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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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Good evening everyone!

Here is hoping we see each and every one of you this week as we celebrate the annual return to school! Please watch for those big yellow rolling things called buses and the kids on foot or bicycles. What a fun time of year with new shoes and excitement! Have fun as we all remember how it felt to be nervous for newness and excited to meet new and old friends! Remember the market though and please share us with a friend!

It is Tuesday! Last day!

Just a reminder to get your orders in by 8 pm tonight! It will be here before you know it!


Jefferson's Monticello...

Good day! While watching a P. Allen Smith show about Monticello, I am inspired by some fall vegetables as well as his garden! He was the original foodie. When folks came to dinner at his home, he served seasonally out of his garden, loved to share seeds and wine and was a great entertainer! His garden was full of seeds shared with him from around the world and regularly served as many as 30 people for dinner in one night!

While our homes may not be compared to Monticello, we all can be inspired by the fall vegetables that are starting to show up. Enjoy something new today and eat local for health, taste and a bit of history too! Shop the market until 8 pm tonight and find something that inspires your inner Jefferson!


Having fun yet?

I hope you are having a relaxing morning but don’t forget the market is open! Shop early for best selection!

Here we go!

So put that corn dog, French Waffle or the elephant ear down and head home long enough to shop this week. Have a wonderful time at the fair but don’t forget we are open through Tuesday night! Enjoy!

It is Tuesday!

Good morning everyone! Just a reminder that the market will close tonight at 8 pm so please get your orders in before the bell. There are super options and lots of choices so spend a few minutes to browse a new category or support a new grower. Have a great day and good luck if you are one of the hundreds of campers trying to get a good spot at the great Champaign County Fair!

Weblog Entry

Swisher Hill Herbs has something to share! Read on!!!

Swisher Hill herbs has you covered for the Summer time. We have fresh basil and parsley for making pesto! Did you know that a tomatoes favorite companion is basil. How about adding peppermint to your sun teas and fruit salads. Want to add a little bit of zip to your next barbecue try adding one of our dried herb blends such as Southwest, Garlic Chipotle, Sweet and Zesty, South of the Border, Italian or Cajun as a rub or in a marinade for your chicken pork or beef. Or last but not least make an herb butter with one of our Butter/Dip mixes for your fresh vegetable dishes. For example herb garden butter is a favorite for corn on the cob!

Pesto – 1 cup olive oil – 2 cups fresh basil leaves- 1/2 cup fresh parsley -1/4 cup pine nuts, walnuts or sunflower seeds -1/2 cup parmesan cheese – 2 to 3 cloves of garlic

Puree the ingredients above in a food processor, add 3/4 to 1 cup of olive oil to make a paste. Serve at room temperature over hot cooked, buttered pasta! You can also store the pesto in closed containers in the refrigerator no longer than 2 wks) or freeze up to 3 months. Can be frozen with out adding cheese and nuts to use in your favorite tomato dishes, soups and stew recipes.

Omit the cheese and nuts when making the pesto, freeze pesto in ice cube trays then pop into zip lock bags after frozen use all winter for soups stews,and other dishes.

Thanks a million Pam!

Thanks for a great market tonight! Pam ran the show without a hitch! Thanks to our Cosmic Gal for all the hard work! Have a super week everyone!

Last call!

Just a quick shout out that the market is closing in 10 minutes!

Tuesday, Tuesday!!!

Just a reminder that the market is open until 8 pm tonight! Hurry online to place your purchases!

Also, the Mechanicsburg Market is tonight from 4:30-7 at Heritage on route 29. Many of our wonderful vendors will be there in the flesh so stop on out for a visit! They would be glad to see you!

Have a wonderful day and thank you again for being our customer!