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The local foods movement is alive and well in Champaign County! Here are some updates on other projects while we finalize our virtual market:

Local Producers Map:
Our local producers map is ready for publication and you will soon be able to find it on Copies will be distributed around the community, in the local telephone book, and other “hangouts”. The guide lists the location and contact information for nearly 50 local producers within our county. The map was a project of the Local Food Council and printed with the help of some local sponsors including the Monument Square District, Champaign Bank, the Community Improvement Corporation, the Chamber of Commerce, the Farm Bureau and others. It is a great start to finding a local source for Champaign County’s finest!

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Another start to a great market...

The market is open and awaits you! Thanks to the great helpers tonight and to our wonderful customers! We can’t do this without all of you! Check out some new items from Swisher Hill Herbs who I will feature later! Happy Thursday and have a great weekend!

Good morning!

Just a quick note that the market is open and ready for shopping! Walnut Ridge has added some beautiful live plants that are sure to pretty-up your patio or spruce up your spread! Check out the weekly specials and shop through tomorrow night at 8 pm.

Please join us to put a face to your food! Have a super day!

Happy Sunshine To You!

Good day and hope you are doing well! The market is open and ready for you! Just a quick note that this is the sad time when I announce asparagus will be leaving us at the end of this week and strawberries are probably nearing their exit too! Act early and thank your vendors for such a tight,, busy season of fun as we have enjoyed both of them so very much!

Good news is though that Cosmic Pam will be back to help at market pick up this week and we so appreciate all of our great volunteers! Charlene and Michelle will handle things as well so please give them big, toothy grins when you see them!

Thank you customers and vendors! We so appreciate you!

PS…please give the Y staff a huge thank you too when you pay so they know how much we enjoy the ease and options of paying for our items! It sure makes our lives so much easier!!!

Have a super weekend!

A few more minutes...

As I was late to remind you to order today I will leave the market open until 8:30. Hurry if you still would like something! Thank you!

Strawberries, strawberries!

Thank you everyone for such a great market tonight! Fun, fun and more fun! The market is open and ready for business. Hurry as strawberry and scape season will be over before we know it.

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All she wrote...

Thank you everyone! See you Thursday!

Last call!

Just a reminder that there are 30 minutes til the market closes! Join us if you have yet to order!

Together we can!

I was just thinking about the great selection of items we have listed from all of our super vendors and am so proud of each of you! From the new strawberries that I just love to the scapes that are celebrating their second trip around our market, I am so excited! Did you know we have entered our second year? We plowed through our first anniversary on May 10. That must certainly be a milestone and one worth a celebration! Thank you to our customers, young and old! Hugs to each of you and thank you for working this together!


Just a reminder that the market closes tomorrow night at 8 pm!

Order up!

After our 100% flawless and awesome market tonight from the great assistance of Michelle “aka the Pretzle Lady” Comer, the market is once again open for business! Enjoy those strawberries and greens while they are here! They are beautiful!

A feature, a feature!

Some news for you from Swisher Hill Herbs…This is the last week for Swisher Hill Herbs’ live plants. They aren’t going away quietly though as they are going to feature their 3 inch Basil pots for $2.25 which is one dollar off! Each pot contains 3-4 basil plants which is a super deal! Get them before they are gone for the year! Thanks Charlene and Joe for all the work it takes to bring live plants to the market! We have all benefitted from growing a bit of you all over the county!