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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!

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!

Rise and shine!

Rise and shine…the grand announcement my Dad would make on mornings where we had to get up rediculously early. Most often this was for a special event or when departing for a vacation. It wasn’t a regular “good morning” but one where he knew we would be groggy for certain. So this morning, groggy or not, I’m sharing my “Rise and Shine” story to bring your attention that the market is OPEN for business!

Please join us at! We await you!

Have a wonderful day and thank you for rising and shining with us!

Thank you, come again!

Good evening! Just a reminder that the market is open for business once again! A special thank you to everyone who visited us tonight at pickup and also a huge thanks to those vendors who donated something for the annual Chamber of Commerce dinner tomorrow night. Lonny’s Green Acres, Swisher Hill Herbs, Cosmic Charlie Breads, Oskview Farm Fresh Meats, Harold Holzinger, and Homecomer Traditions- we thank you! It will be a special basket for sure! Enjoy a wonderful weekend and please remember to tell a friend about us! Rumor has it JC Growers will have some produce for us out of the greenhouse next week so keep your eyes peeled!

Thank you!

It wasn’t a record breaker but it was pretty darn close! Thanks everyone for the continued support you show us each week for the market! Mark your calendars for Thursday to pick up your items! We love you and our wonderful vendors!

A record maybe?

Are we going to set a record this week? Sales are strong and I was just wondering…only you know if we will or not. T-minus three hours!!!!


Tonight, tonight...

Don’t forget today is Tuesday and the market closes tonight at 8 PM. Get your orders in soon for this week! Enjoy the sunshine and spring beauties out there!


Sunday, Monday, Happy Days...

While The Fonz and Ritchie have long passed into syndication, I writing to remind you the market is alive and well, awaiting your orders. Be sure to check out something new, including Swisher Hill’s wide variety of herbs for spring planting or something special from Cosmic Charlie, who is flying high after her grand Grand Opening on Scioto Street in her new commercial space. Check out some staples like eggs from Harold or On The Rise, and maple products from Valley View and Connelly’s. If you have yet to try the soft pretzels from Homecomer Traditions, you simply must. She sells out each week at the Mechanicsburg Market! Don’t forget kettle corn or frozen desserts from Rue Farms and those soft and flaky dinner rolls from Sunshine Gardens.

While I simply can’t name all of our vendors in one swoop, be sure to get thinking about your grilling needs like meat from Oakview and garlic from JC Growers. While we await produce, be sure to utilize those items in season. Many vendors add new products each week so be sure to check back often!

Tell your friends and family about us and how easy it is to shop with us! Co-workers also could use a reminder so spread the joy!

I have to add I saw the first asparagus of the season (and promptly attempted to hose down the patch before the sun hit the frost and rendered it damaged.) More to come but get your olive oil ready! It will be here soon!

Have a great evening and be sure to Rock and Roll all week long!