The Weblog

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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The leaves are a' changing...

Good morning virtual shoppers! What a bright and sunny morning we have on our hands! We can certainly feel that brisk fall air about us, can’t we? My husband actually asked me this morning if I left a window open last night. Silly guy!

As you know,(and without the funny camel having to tell you), today is not Wednesday but rather Tuesday and the market closes tonight at 8 pm. Please make sure all orders are completed by then.

I might point something out.. even though some of our summer specialties are gone for now, you can still get many, many nutritious and delicious items. I have heard so many good compliments about the lettuces and basil from Fresh Harvest Farms. If you have not tried them, you simply must! A big shout out to Jeni and Doug for delivering to us from just north of us. Thanks guys!

Also, I know our superstar Cosmic Pam is busting at the seams. She is on a growth curve that is sky-rocketing out of this planet! More to come on that but congrats Pam! Your hard work for us is so appreciated too! Thank you for helping us grow with every loaf of your cosmic greatness!

I also hear Rue Farms will rejoin us after November 1st! We have missed Matt and Jeanne and we will be waiting. The farm and volleyball have kept you long enough: it is truffle time guys and we are in need!

Also, as I made a pot of Swisher Hill’s chili over the weekend, I just have to say how good the seasonings, dips and mixes are from Charlene and Joe. I felt a cold coming on but knew their white chicken chili mix would help. Pair their mixes with a can of chicken from Oakview Meats and you have a meal in minutes but one that is good for you!

Don’t forget the hour is upon us tonight! “Don’t be late, remember 8!” (o’clock that is!) I think that might even make that funny camel laugh! Have a wonderful day!

Are you drying out?

Hello everyone! Just a quick note as you wait for your shoes or yard to dry out in order to mow that one last time, please make sure you leave enough time to place your order before tomorrow night at 8 pm. We are so pleased with how wonderful you have been to us! We are so thankful!

Have a great Monday and spread the joy!

The Door is open!

Come on in! The market is open! Thanks for a great market pickup everyone! Have a great evening and a super weekend! We’ll be selling it until Tuesday night so come see us!

It's you know where your squash is?

Just a reminder that you have less than 4 hours left! If you need anything, better get cracking!

Tick, tock... once again...

Good morning happy campers! Just a reminder that the market closes tonight at 8 pm so get your groove on now! Take a break from all the negative news out there and focus on what you can control at least to some degree…your own health, your own family and friends and your own impact on the local economy. Your local vendors will thank you! Smile, even if you have to try a bit harder this morning!

Monday, Monday...(to be sung at the top of your voice!)

Good Monday morning to YOU! I hope this finds you back in the saddle and well on your way to completing your Monday To-Do list. Just a reminder though that the market closes tomorrow night at 8 pm so get your wish list ready and check out the wonderful offerings. Did you realize we have over 300 options? That is just amazing to me that we have grown this large! I am so proud of the types of things we offer too, and not just the basics but really unique items. I could talk all day about how wonderful our vendors and customers are but I’ll let you get back to your work! Have a good one and enjoy your day!

TGIF (Thank Goodness for Food)

Good morning foodies! Just a huge, huge thank you to Cosmic Pam and our super- star guest Charlene for helping with the market last night! All is well in your local food system when such bright and sunny faces can make it all click! Enjoy your weekend and do remember that that ugly word of “frost” will soon change our offerings for many of our vendors. Shop now while we still have some of our more tender-hearted offerings, especially our raspberries. We will say our goodbyes after Jack Frost comes a callin’to some of our favorites.

That doesn’t mean we won’t be full of yummy choices though as many of our vendors are year-round friends. Especially when the other markets close, you can rely on us to deliver! Please spread the word if you know of someone who is looking for a place to shop as we are the only year-round market in the county. We are proud to keep bringing our customers options and our vendors an outlet (the chickens don’t know what month it is anyway, do they?).

Smile with the sunshine, breathe in the morning crispness and have a truly beautiful day!

Reminder for Tuesday...

Just a quick note that today is Tuesday…you know what that means. Get your orders in by 8 pm tonight for the freshest options around. All items are made, grown, picked, plucked, stirred, baked, harvested, stitched, or created just for you! Where else can you get this personalized care? Enjoy your day!

Pesto recipe...

I wanted to remind everyone about the recipe tab on the market site. I was curious what might be new and found Charlene’s awesome pesto recipe. I love that she substituted the sunflower seeds as my daughter has an allergy to pine nuts. How inventive! Be sure to check out the many ideas directly from the growers who know best how to cook what they make, raise, grow and even better, like to eat!

There are lots of options and once you find a recipe you love, be sure to share it with us! We love to be able to taste the best too! Thank you to all the vendors who have uploaded recipes, both new and old. Happy eating!

Basil, basil and more basil...

I am not sure how I missed one of my favorites, but Fresh Harvest Farm also has added basil this week for us. I do apologize as noone can forget our good friend basil! Enjoy!