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!
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!
I know you still might be mowing the lawn or clearing the dinner dishes, but we have 15 minutes left to shop. Hurry, hurry if you still need to order this week!
Rhubarb and asparagus...
To document our spring temperatures, I wanted to give a shout out to the asparagus and rhubarb fairies that the first pounds of asparagus and rhubarb have been harvested. An asparagus quiche for breakfast and a rhubard pie for dinner! Keep it coming Mother Nature!
Hats Off to You!
Need some fresh mint for your juleps this weekend for your Derby party? Need a Buckeye tree or apple pie for Mother’s Day? Are you thinking of an item for the grill perhaps? Think of us instead of running to the store! All it takes is a bit more planning to buy by 8 PM tonight. We have so many options for your weekend entertaining or hostess gifts. Times a’ticking and those ponies don’t wait (nor does Mom!;) Have a Terrific Tuesday and a wonderful week!
Don’t forget to bring a market bag Thursday so we can continue to reduce waste! Hope to see you there!
Ever want to learn to can your own food?
Some exciting news to share…ever wanted to learn to can food either with a hot water bath or pressure cooker? Planning a garden but not sure what you will do with all the food? Come learn from an expert!
This 3-week hands-on program will teach techniques in both hot water bath and pressure canning. There are two options: Wednesdays May 15, 22 and 29 from 6:30-9 in Clark County at the Agricultural Agency building (registration is sue May 8) or here in Champaign County on Mondays June 17, 24, and July 1 from 6:30-9 at the Community Center (registration is due June 10). Hurry though as class size is limited to 12 participants and the fee is $20/person. Classes will be taught by Carol Miller, OSU Extension Educator, Clark County. For more information about the Clark County class call 937-521-3860 and call 937-484-1526 for Champaign County information. Checks should be made out to OSU Extension and mailed to 1512 S. US HWY 68, Suite B100, Urbana 43078 for Champaign County classes or 4400 Gateway Blvd, Suite 104, Springfield, 45502 for the Clark County classes.
Let’s learn all we can to help increase our local food supply! You can’t get more local than this!