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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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Snowy streets out there!


Good morn to you locavores! Be careful if you have to travel on these slippery roads. Stay home and learn something new if you can. Just a few exciting things to cover today…

First, the market board has discussed opening the market sooner so you have more time to shop. I agree we can do this and still close the market at regular hours on Tuesday eve. So, we will be opening the market on Sunday as scheduled but NEXT week, we will open the market Thursday evening at 8 PM after market pickup. If you are a traditionalist, you won’t need to do anything different. If you are a trendsetter (and we know you all are!) you can now shop Thursday thru Tuesday. Only issue might be if an item usually sells out, you might need to adjust your shopping habits to purchase earlier to get the best selection. Again, look for the change next week after market pickup on Thursday!

Also, we are going to be working with some of our vendors who are interested in hosting a gathering at their farms or homes. We have an option on the bottom of the sales listing that can be used for reserving a spot at an event. We will provide details for each tour as they are added and will be asking those interested in attending to sign up with a reservation so we know how many will be attending. We’re hoping to provide teachings, tastings and tours monthly throughout the year so let us know who you want to visit! Our vendors all want to show you how they make/grow/raise your food with as much transparency as possible and tours are perfect for this! A nominal fee (a few dollars) will be charged to compensate our vendors for their time but look forward to some take-aways too! It will be fun I promise! Just mention to your market helpers who you would like to tour and we will try to fill your requests!

Have a wonderful day and be watching for our super specials coming up to help you celebrate the SuperBowl with local produce!

Snowy streets out there!


Good morn to you locavores! Be careful if you have to travel on these slippery roads. Stay home and learn something new if you can. Just a few exciting things to cover today…

First, the market board has discussed opening the market sooner so you have more time to shop. I agree we can do this and still close the market at regular hours on Tuesday eve. So, we will be opening the market on Sunday as scheduled but NEXT week, we will open the market Thursday evening at 8 PM after market pickup. If you are a traditionalist, you won’t need to do anything different. If you are a trendsetter (and we know you all are!) you can now shop Thursday thru Tuesday. Only issue might be if an item usually sells out, you might need to adjust your shopping habits to purchase earlier to get the best selection. Again, look for the change next week after market pickup on Thursday!

Also, we are going to be working with some of our vendors who are interested in hosting a gathering at their farms or homes. We have an option on the bottom of the sales listing that can be used for reserving a spot at an event. We will provide details for each tour as they are added and will be asking those interested in attending to sign up with a reservation so we know how many will be attending. We’re hoping to provide teachings, tastings and tours monthly throughout the year so let us know who you want to visit! Our vendors all want to show you how they make/grow/raise your food with as much transparency as possible and tours are perfect for this! A nominal fee (a few dollars) will be charged to compensate our vendors for their time but look forward to some take-aways too! It will be fun I promise! Just mention to your market helpers who you would like to tour and we will try to fill your requests!

Have a wonderful day and be watching for our super specials coming up to help you celebrate the SuperBowl with local produce!

That's all she wrote!


Good Eve! Thank you for all the orders this week! We’ll see you Thursday evening from 4:30 to 6:30 at the Y!

Java Juice!


Hello market customers! A quick note to let you know about our newest vender, Crimson Cup Coffees offered by the Depot Coffee House! You all know Susan and Dave Oelker who bring us our wonderful coffee experience at the restored Urbana Train Depot. Now, they can satisfy your java jolt needs at home too! Check out their coffees and soon teas too (or tea for two): Service with a smile in Urbana or at home!

And since she is a personal favorite of mine, I have to welcome a new customer to the market! Welcome Ellen Spinner, our favorite local goddess of Mechanicsburg! I’m raising my Crimson cup of joy to you Miss Elle!

Happy shopping and hurry…less than three hours til the market closes!

Baby I'm cold!


Good morning shoppers! Just a shout out that while Old Man Winter is visiting us along with his buddy Jack Frost, we are live and well at the Virtual Market! We miss you! We’re here and ready for your orders! Shop now as the market closes tonight at 8! Stay warm, remember your animals outside that might need some extra attention, and we’ll see you at pickup on Thursday!

Special day to all!


Happy Inauguration Weekend! This week’s specials are awesome! Oakview Farm Fresh Meats are offering a super deal on smoked bone-in ham in one or two slice packages. Get your scalloped potatoes ready to sideline with it!

A second deal also goes out to our bread-heads… Cosmic Charlie’s Whole Wheat Apple is a super deal at only $3! If you have yet to partake in her groovy offerings, Pam will not disappoint! Fresh is best and it certainly is that! Yummo!

Have a great week!

Pop goes the kettle!


I just had to write to tell you how much I am loving this Kettle Corn from Rue Farms. Sitting here working on paperwork, I have devoured handful after handful! It is wonderful! It is so portable I am taking it with me this weekend on a bus trip! We’ll see how many miles it lasts!

I also sampled their caramels, truffles and toffee bars which are all awesome too! My hat is off to our newest vendors, Matt and Jeanne Rue! We are loving you already! Thank you for vending with us!

Thank you!


Thank you to everyone who placed orders this week! We’ll see you Thursday!

Some serious specials!


Wow have our vendors been crazy! They’ve gone pure wild offering specials this week! So here they are…Oakview Farm-Fresh Meats is offering Pork (sausage) Ground Pork Patties for $2.50 per package of 4 patties. Spice these babies up with some herbs like Swisher Hill’s Southwest Seasoning Mix or JC Grower’s Garlic Powder. Wowweee, does that sound like a great deal and I can smell dinner now!

For our second special, spice up your life by trying some Apple or Pumpkin Pie Spice in jars or refills from Swisher Hill Herbs: Regularly priced at $2.75 per jar or $2.25 for the refill. This week only $2.25/jar and refills for $1.75. This special smells delicious!

Lastly but not least, is the Cosmic Explosion of a worldly deal from Cosmic Charlie…her Cosmic Plain French and Whole Wheat Baguettes are a sky-falling $3 each. Amazing!

All deals are this week only! Stop in and see us through Tuesday at 8 PM. Happy Shopping and enjoy the deals!

That's a wrap!


Thanks to everyone who placed an order tonight! We’ll see you Thursday!