The Weblog

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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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!

Feed update...

X-Cel Feeds has some exciting news!

The organic feed division of Honeyville Feed & Supply (the Wolcottville, Indiana facility) was recently purchased by a co-op formed by mostly dairy farmers from that area. They want to ensure a continued source of quality organic feeds well into the future. They are in the process of building a new mill and the fact that the new owners are also “customers” means that the products manufactured there should remain TOP QUALITY – if not better than before. The new organic feeds are in bags with the logo W.O.L.F. (Wolcottville Organic Livestock Feed) imprinted on them.

Therefore we are going to reduce the price of all organic feeds in stock that are in a bag with the Honeyville logo or feed tag on it by $5.00 per bag (price on market reflects this discount). That will be 9-50# bags of Organic 16% Layer, 5-50# bags of Organic Cracked Corn, and 1-50# bag of Organic Oats. This is NOT old product, we simply want to avoid any problems that might arise from having the same feed in different bags.

Non-GMO feeds remain as before – from Honeyville Feed & Supply.

Thank you Kurt and Susan!

Market reminder...

Just a reminder that it is Tuesday and the market closes tonight at 8. Get your orders in soon!



Don’t forget the market will close Tuesday night at 8 pm! Get your orders in soon! Produce is flying in and we love, love, love it!

Also if you have yet to purchase your tickets for the event this Saturday known as The State of the Plate, please hurry! Tickets are going fast and are limited in number! Leslie Schaller is our keynote speaker and she is awesome! The event will begin at 5:30 and go until the last question is answered (7:30ish!). A local meal prepared by Amy Forrest will also feature other local providers. Cost is $10 but information provided from Ledlie and others will be priceless! Event will take place on South US HWY 68 just south of Urbana at the County Community Center. If you are interested in the potential benefits of local foods, please join us to mingle and nurture the growth of our local food system! Contact or stop in the chamber of commerce for a seat!


Good Friday to you!

Good morning everyone! As I hope the weather improves and gives our growers a chance to dry out today, please keep dry thoughts coming their way! Moisture makes everything more difficult when it comes this often as the growth of fungus, molds, and just being able to get into the garden is a challenge. Please send kind words of support to them as they are trying to recover from the high winds too which could have toppled their corn, unstrung their climbers like beans and squash, or brought trees down in the middle of their patch.

Any way you slice it, please keep them in your thoughts as they try to regroup and harvest what must certainly be a challenge this summer. They will overcome and we will be smiling when we bite into those precious items! Have a great Friday and if anyone has any pull with Mother Nature, this would be a good time to ask for her kindness!

The market is open and ready for you!

Market is open...but not for long!

Just a reminder that the market closes at 8 pm tonight so get your last-minute orders in soon! It’s a great day to shop local and we know you are really great at it! Have a wonderful evening and hope to see you Thursday!


Happy Independence Day!

I write to you tonight hoping your day was extra-ordinary and full of family, friends, or restful relaxation! However you wish to have spent it, I hope it fulfilled your expectations!

The market is once again open for business! May you find something new and something old to please your taste buds! Have a great week and thanks to our special helpers for helping to make it happen! Thanks to Pam and Charlene for pitching in again this week to handle the behind-the-scene activities!

A special shout-out too to our vendors who set up in Urbana from 9-1 on Saturday or even those who set up at the flea market at the fairgrounds the first weekend of each month. Stop out and see them as we’ll as our friends in St. Paris tomorrow afternoon around 2:30! There are many opportunities to find your local vendors around the county!

Here’s hoping to see you Thursday! Be safe and enjoy the rest of your Fourth!