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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 gochampaign.com. 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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Tick, tock!


T-minus thirty minutes! Get shakin’ folks if you need to put an order in tonight. That is all…thank you!

Looking for love!


Hey locavores! Just wanted to point out that if you have yet to place your order this week, please show us some love! Now that we have a few extra days to order, we didn’t want you to forget about us! So, show us some love and we’ll send it back your way on Thursday when you pick up the freshest, best items! Love you all!

Commercial Kitchen Chat!


Here’s a great example of a Commercial Kitchen. We do not have one super close to us (they are located at Ohio State, Athens, Kenyon College, and this one called NOCK/CIFT near Bowling Green). It would be awesome if we could do this here, don’t you think?
Here’s the link but it looks like you might need to copy it?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhfCCrRwKC4&feature=youtube_gdata_player

The finest meteorologists!


Thanks Chuck and Phil! Looks like Spring will be coming early! You silly critters are giving us hope we could get out there and grow something! If you haven’t planned your garden, there’s still time! Lots of time…at least six weeks:).

Help needed!


We have an oportunity to help a friend who is gathering some info. Can you help by filling out a survey? Even better, it is a survey about local food preferences. Check it out and lend a hand if you have a minute.

Like to eat? Ohioans are showing a growing interest in eating locally grown foods. A local survey is being conducted, through the support of the Ohio State Extension Office in Miami County, to better understand consumer interest and perceptions of buying local foods; and your help is needed! Please share your opinions by going to

www.surveymonkey.com/s/osulocalfood
and filling out a short and completely anonymous survey. Your participation is greatly appreciated. Thank you! If you have any questions please feel free to contact Brian Raison at raison.1@osu.edu or Jessica Chadwell at jess.chadw@gmail.com

Please fill it out for us!

Juicy news!


Good gravy it is cold! Sorry to always be chatting about the weather but we sure have seen a wide range of weather diversity these days! Enough about that I guess!

Don’t tell my husband but I’ve spent some time with another man today! Check out The Bayou Gardener. While we have just met, I’m in love already. Looks like his videos, while I’ll admit might be a bit juvenile for the experienced gardener, are full of great suggestions and methods and will help all of us learn and become better at our craft. If you plan to make this year your first to try a garden, spend some time with my new boyfriend and you’ll see why I’m so fond! I’ll share him (but just today;)

A shout out too to our newest vendor Michelle Comer with Homecomer Traditions. You might know Michelle from Mechanicsburg with her soft pretzels, unless you are late to the market as she always sells out early. Those pretzels are addictive! My children go nuts for them! Find her under the Baked Goods tab and support Michelle!

I want to give a huge “Atta Girl” to Carla Miller from JC Growers. She is so on it already that she is asking for feedback from her customers on what they would like her to grow for them. It is only February and she is planning her garden. I put her on a pedestal because it is important if you want to eat something new this summer or fall, tell your growers what you want. They are all eager to please! Also, if there is another product, herb, meat, dairy or whatnot, please mention it to them. I assure you there might be others who want the same item and our vendors aim to please! Great Job Carla and Jenny! Superb!

Don’t forget, the market is now open even though it is Friday! Shop now through Tuesday! And please, if you enjoy the market, please tell a friend and offer to help them get set up with us. Our valued vendors work really hard to provide food for us and we need to continually support them so they can support us. The more we shop, the more they can plant, grow, expand their business, etc. It is the circle of shopping local!

Thanks and have a great weekend!

Market is open!


Good evening! I’ll be brief…the market is open now thru Tuesday as we attempt to allow for more shopping time. If we see it becomes a problem during peak produce time, we’ll adjust it back but for now you can shop Thursday thru Tuesday. We think it will be a seamless change, but no good deed goes unpunished right? Have a great night and thanks for the super market tonight!

Warm thoughts...


Good morning everyone! If you are like me, we might be wondering if we are in Kansas with our very small dog, some witches and new friends! Whew! That wind is crazy! Just wanted to remind everyone that ordered this week to please remember to retrieve your orders tonight! What fun it is to see you also! It’s a party! Come join us!

See you Thursday!


Thank you to everyone who ordered with us this week! Mark your calendar for pickup on Thursday from 4:30 to 6:30 PM! See you then!

30 minute warning!


Hello campers! Just 30 minutes left to shop tonight! Get it while you can!