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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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Commercial Kitchen Chat!


Here’s a great example of a Commercial Kitchen. We do not have one super close to us (they are located at Ohio State, Athens, Kenyon College, and this one called NOCK/CIFT near Bowling Green). It would be awesome if we could do this here, don’t you think?
Here’s the link but it looks like you might need to copy it?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhfCCrRwKC4&feature=youtube_gdata_player

The finest meteorologists!


Thanks Chuck and Phil! Looks like Spring will be coming early! You silly critters are giving us hope we could get out there and grow something! If you haven’t planned your garden, there’s still time! Lots of time…at least six weeks:).

Help needed!


We have an oportunity to help a friend who is gathering some info. Can you help by filling out a survey? Even better, it is a survey about local food preferences. Check it out and lend a hand if you have a minute.

Like to eat? Ohioans are showing a growing interest in eating locally grown foods. A local survey is being conducted, through the support of the Ohio State Extension Office in Miami County, to better understand consumer interest and perceptions of buying local foods; and your help is needed! Please share your opinions by going to

www.surveymonkey.com/s/osulocalfood
and filling out a short and completely anonymous survey. Your participation is greatly appreciated. Thank you! If you have any questions please feel free to contact Brian Raison at raison.1@osu.edu or Jessica Chadwell at jess.chadw@gmail.com

Please fill it out for us!

Juicy news!


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!