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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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Good gravy it is cold! Sorry to always be chatting about the weather but we sure have seen a wide range of weather diversity these days! Enough about that I guess!

Don’t tell my husband but I’ve spent some time with another man today! Check out The Bayou Gardener. While we have just met, I’m in love already. Looks like his videos, while I’ll admit might be a bit juvenile for the experienced gardener, are full of great suggestions and methods and will help all of us learn and become better at our craft. If you plan to make this year your first to try a garden, spend some time with my new boyfriend and you’ll see why I’m so fond! I’ll share him (but just today;)

A shout out too to our newest vendor Michelle Comer with Homecomer Traditions. You might know Michelle from Mechanicsburg with her soft pretzels, unless you are late to the market as she always sells out early. Those pretzels are addictive! My children go nuts for them! Find her under the Baked Goods tab and support Michelle!

I want to give a huge “Atta Girl” to Carla Miller from JC Growers. She is so on it already that she is asking for feedback from her customers on what they would like her to grow for them. It is only February and she is planning her garden. I put her on a pedestal because it is important if you want to eat something new this summer or fall, tell your growers what you want. They are all eager to please! Also, if there is another product, herb, meat, dairy or whatnot, please mention it to them. I assure you there might be others who want the same item and our vendors aim to please! Great Job Carla and Jenny! Superb!

Don’t forget, the market is now open even though it is Friday! Shop now through Tuesday! And please, if you enjoy the market, please tell a friend and offer to help them get set up with us. Our valued vendors work really hard to provide food for us and we need to continually support them so they can support us. The more we shop, the more they can plant, grow, expand their business, etc. It is the circle of shopping local!

Thanks and have a great weekend!

Market is open!


Good evening! I’ll be brief…the market is open now thru Tuesday as we attempt to allow for more shopping time. If we see it becomes a problem during peak produce time, we’ll adjust it back but for now you can shop Thursday thru Tuesday. We think it will be a seamless change, but no good deed goes unpunished right? Have a great night and thanks for the super market tonight!

Warm thoughts...


Good morning everyone! If you are like me, we might be wondering if we are in Kansas with our very small dog, some witches and new friends! Whew! That wind is crazy! Just wanted to remind everyone that ordered this week to please remember to retrieve your orders tonight! What fun it is to see you also! It’s a party! Come join us!

See you Thursday!


Thank you to everyone who ordered with us this week! Mark your calendar for pickup on Thursday from 4:30 to 6:30 PM! See you then!

30 minute warning!


Hello campers! Just 30 minutes left to shop tonight! Get it while you can!

Rue Farms Open house!


Need something to do this weekend? Check out our first farm tour! Here are the details! Sign up on the market website here just like buying something from the market. Click on the “event registration” and enter the number of guests! Come join the fun! Meet Jeanne and Matt, some of our newest but very cool vendors!

Come out to the Farm February 2nd from 4-6pm for a Product Tasting. There will be a wide variety of foods to send your tastebuds on a journey… from sweets to meats. Not only do we bake and make candy, we also raise natural grass fed beef. The tasting wil be limited to the first 20 reservations. The cost will be $10 per person. Our farm is located at 4711 Johnson Rd. Springfield, Ohio 45502. Our house sits in the middle of our property down a quarter of a mile lane. Come ready to enjoy food and friends!! If you should have any questions,please don’t hesitate to contact us at www.ruefarms.com or at 937-215-1997. See you here!

Don’t forget to sign up now! You can still make a reservation after the market closes tonight at 8, but you will have to contact them directly to RSVP! Have fun!

Specials!


Hello customers! Just wanted to highlight an option for you quickly. As some of our older customer might have noticed, we used to have a “what’s new” and “what’s featured” tab at the top of the market shopping page. For some of you, you still might. For others with older software on your devices, those highlighted areas went away upon a software change a few months ago. Until we get another upgrade, you can find those items listed at a special price under the “special” tab in the market list! Vendors have offered items in large enough quantities and at a special price for some real deals! Check it out!

Get your orders in before 8 PM tomorrow!

Super specials for a super week!


Good evening and hope your Sunday was super de duper! I know we are all prepping our pantries for the big game next weekend so we thought we might help entice you with some big-game specials!

First up, Oakview Farm Fresh Meats have sage or country-style sausage links for $3/pkg and DB Yummers Spicy BBQ Sauce for $4! Combine those with the specials from Swisher Hill Herbs who have all of their dips and chili mixes on sale for $.25 off each! Fix their Touchdown chili with Oakview’s Ground Beef and serve as nachos. Or, dial up some White Bean Chicken Chili with one of Cosmic Charlie’s awesome breads.

Charlene recommends making their spinach dip with 2 cups of the Star Dancer Creamery plain or Greek yogurt! if you haven’t tried their yogurt you simply must! Delicious!

Cosmic Charlie’s specials are extra yummy too! Pam’s giving away the store with her Cosmic Sheriff for a deal of $3. When you wake up thinking it was all a dream, you’re going to need some Magnolia Hippie Breakfast Cookies to get your day started off on the right foot!

Don’t forget that starting this Thursday, we are actually going to open the market right after market pickup on Thursday instead of Sunday. Be looking for the sales listing at 8 o’clock Thursday evening instead of Sunday night! This will allow a few more days to shop. Just remember if you shop earlier, please remember to pick up your orders on Thursday as usual. We’ll still try to send you an email reminder.

If you haven’t “Liked” us on Facebook, please join us for updates and info on our page of Champaign Locally Grown. Our vendors are full of great ideas and ways to improve your relationship with your food! Have a great evening and we’ll see you Thursday!

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!