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!
It is reminder time that the market closes tonight at 8! Be there or be square!
Happy Monday to You!
So did you get some frost? I’m still not certain if we did or not but I sure left the frost-protect on for one more night, whether we need it or not!
I am so excited for produce! Did you see the spinach and greens added this week? And don’t forget about your good friend asparagus. You met last week and wouldn’t want them to fell left out, right?
I just have to point out one more thing before heading out. If you have not seen the “flight of the season” syrups from Valley View Woodlands, you simply must go to “maple syrup and products” as they captured the syrup as the season evolved. It is amazing and would be an awesome event for sampling. Did you know how color changes through the season? I had no idea this did this. So cool!
Anyway, enjoy your evening and please remember the market is only open until 8 pm tomorrow night. Find us at
Need a plow???
Sorry to bother you one more time on your busy Friday but I wanted to share another contact name. If you would like help plowing a spot for a garden or just need someone to till up some area to plant something, I have spoken to Patrick DeMarco at 4860 St. Rt. 55 who does this task for a fee. If you are interested in this, you can reach him at 937-631-0827. It certainly is not too late to put a garden out, especially with the threat of frost this weekend. While I have not used Mr. DeMarco personally I have spoken to him on the phone and found him through a yard sign announcing that he plows “food plots”. I loved the ingenuity of connecting this task with the demand that exists for many. So here is the start of my “sow it forward” posts where we use the strength of our customer base to help close the gaps in our food system!
Enjoy your day and remember to shop locally today for something special for Mom, yourself, or a great lady in your life that has been maternal to you and yours!
Sunshine Gardens Open House
For spring planting needs, be sure to visit Sunshine Gardens in Mechanicsburg on route 4 just outside of the Burg. They are having their Open House today and tomorrow complete with raffle prizes such as a hanging basket, a flat of plants and $10 worth of baked goods! Stop in and visit with Katie and Rufus from 9 am to 7 pm Monday thru Saturday the whole month of May. They are closed on Sundays.
Katie is a wealth of information about planting for health and the “how to’s” of best practices for a successful garden. She has a wide-range of vegetable plants, annuals and perennials. It is so worth a visit! You will come as a guest and leave with a friend! They are such wonderful people so be sure not to miss it!
To market...to market!
The market is open once again and ready for business! Enjoy our growing list of options and yummies! As someone who had asparagus for breakfast and dinner, I’m glad it is spring! Spread the word and get the word out that we are here!
Order pickup reminder...
Just a reminder to pick up your order tonight if you placed an order this week! Can wait to see you at the Y!
Just a reminder to get your orders in by 8 PM tonight! The produce is flying off our site so shop early for best availability! Also if you need a gift idea for Mother’s Day or if you are planning a meal for celebrating with your special someone on Sunday, we have great gift ideas like herb gift sets or even a Buckeye Tree that would leave a legacy for sure! From garlic to olive breads, grilling meats to jars of jam or honey, Mom will appreciate your thoughtfulness of supporting local!
Asparagus time is here!
Extra, extra!!! I wanted to let you know Harrigan’s have joined our market to offer their wonderful asparagus! I just received word tonight so thought I would write to everyone ASAP. She thinks she will have 30 pounds this week with 40 more next week! Two Peas in A Pod (my kids) have a few pounds listed too but you just can’t beat Harrigan’s quantities. Happy day to you and remember the market closes at 8 PM Tuesday!
Open for business!
Happy horsey hats and Cinco de Mayo to you and yours! What a delightful weekend! As it comes to an end, please take a moment to log on and shop with us until Tuesday at 8. We are open and ready for business!
It's a great day!
Thank you so much to all our super customers who did a fantastic job tonight at the market! I want to send a huge shout out to Michelle Comer who is working hard to get everyone checked out! We couldn’t do it without you girl! By the way, did I mention how fantastic her pretzels are!!! Thanks to the vendors who are baking, planting, washing and prepping all the great items for us! Super job everyone! The market is now open and ready for sales! Keep watching as the produce is sneaking in! Have a great weekend everyone!