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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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That's a wrap!

Thanks to everyone who placed an order tonight! We’ll see you Thursday!

Last hours for the market this week!

Get your orders in folks! The market closes in just a few hours tonight at 8. We will see you Thursday with the smiling faces of Charlene, Mark and Pam: they are our sunny, sunny market volunteers ready and willing to pack your orders, fill your bags, and send you on your way with fresh, local yumminess!

Oakview Special this week

A deal this week from our special friends at Oakview Farm Fresh Meats…bulk ground pork for $2/pound! Now that’s something to brag about!

Market to market

The market is open! Join us in between Downton Abbey watching! Find something new thing week and enjoy an old friend too! See you Thursday at market pickup!

The missing glove...

Good evening market shoppers! A brief note of thanks to our wonderful volunteers tonight who packed your orders with a smile: Charlene, Mark and Pam (along with Meyer which I include because he is so charming!) We couldn’t do it without you guys!

There was a black glove with leather accents found at the check-in table tonight. It is at the front desk of the Y in case you have dropped it at the market.

Many thanks also to Craig Shirk from the Urbana Daily Citizen who is writing a feature story on the virtual market for their sister paper, Acres, which is circulated to at least 5 counties to homes with five acres or more. It primarily has a focus on rural living and agriculturally related stories. We’ll fit right in the pages and hopefully will show up in the February copy. We’ll share the news when it does! Have a great Friday and thanks again for your support!

Act fast!

Just a reminder that the market closes tonight at 8! Get your orders in now before that clock strikes 8! Happy New Year’s Day and we’ll see you Thursday!

Ringing in the New Year

Good eve shoppers! Why not start making your New Year’s resolutions by increasing your level of support for shopping local? Our virtual market vendors are ready and waiting to prep your items for you with a smile! Check out the offerings, get your glasses ready to toast in the new year and resolve to support local! Happy New Year and here’s to a safe, healthy and prosperous 2013 for you and yours! Enjoy shopping and we’ll see you for order pickup on Thursday for our first market of the new year!

Last Call Santa!

Hello shoppers! Whether you are readying for the snow or just sipping some egg nog, please get your orders in during the next few minutes! Weather may be a factor but we will be there rain, snow or shine Thursday! If anything should happen where the Y would close, we would contact you with an alternative plan! Order up and again Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas!

Hello friends! Hoping you are all snuggled in and enjoying some egg nog or your favorite beverage while you finish up the wrapping or the trimming or the trappings…The market will be open this week and we hope you can join us! As we won’t talk much between here and Thursday, please know we wish you the very best holiday yet! We are thankful for you!

Happy snow day!

Happy snow day to those in this part of Ohio! First, be safe out there! Watch your footing and your vehicle speed on these treacherous roads! Stay home and relax if you can! We want everyone tucked in for a long winter’s nap on Monday night!

A few announcements…First, we will be open next week so you can shop as ususl on Sunday evening. Also, we are very excited to finally accept credit cards if you choose to pay in this manner. This is just another way we are expanding our options at our market! Happy holidays and may you be surrounded by family and friends, embraced by your favorite holiday traditions this time of year! We are happy you are part of our market family!