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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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Last call!

Just a quick reminder that the market closes at 8 PM! There are still lots of wonderful items that await you! Thank you vendors for providing such wonderful options!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

As we pause for a moment to remember those who have served our country and those that have gone before us, we are thankful for all our blessings. Please have a wonderful weekend and be sure to spend a few minutes of quiet reflection about how fortunate we are to live in such a land of true opportunity with natural resources to sustain us. May that always be true. Happy Memorial Day and enjoy the extra offerings for time with family and friends if possible.

Berry Good News from our newest vendor!

A quick shout-out to our newest vendor The Berry Patch which features strawberries from West Liberty! So exciting to have another berry connection for all of us, especially our friends from the north end of the county! They specialize in Pick-Your-Own but promise to help connect their yummies to you! Check them out on our site and get ready for more berries! He says they are set and we are waiting to see them ripen! This is Berry Good News! Welcome to The Berry Patch and can’t wait to taste them!


Welcome to our newest customers Ellen, Carrie and Kay! We can’t wait to meet you! Thank you for joining the market. If there is ever anything we can do to make your shopping experience better please do not hesitate to let us know. This goes out too to all of our customers…if we can make this process easier, or more personalized, please let us know. All suggestions are important to hear and we will act on them if possible! Have a great day and know we appreciate all of you!

Open for business!

Here we go again! We are open and ready for business!

It's a beaut!

Just a reminder if you had an order tonight to be sure and pick it up between 4:30 and 6:30! Thank you! You’ll be seeing the smiling faces of Michelle and a repeat performance by Pam and Charlene! Thanks ladies!

Reminder time!

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!