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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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Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who placed orders this week! We’ll see you Thursday!

Some serious specials!

Wow have our vendors been crazy! They’ve gone pure wild offering specials this week! So here they are…Oakview Farm-Fresh Meats is offering Pork (sausage) Ground Pork Patties for $2.50 per package of 4 patties. Spice these babies up with some herbs like Swisher Hill’s Southwest Seasoning Mix or JC Grower’s Garlic Powder. Wowweee, does that sound like a great deal and I can smell dinner now!

For our second special, spice up your life by trying some Apple or Pumpkin Pie Spice in jars or refills from Swisher Hill Herbs: Regularly priced at $2.75 per jar or $2.25 for the refill. This week only $2.25/jar and refills for $1.75. This special smells delicious!

Lastly but not least, is the Cosmic Explosion of a worldly deal from Cosmic Charlie…her Cosmic Plain French and Whole Wheat Baguettes are a sky-falling $3 each. Amazing!

All deals are this week only! Stop in and see us through Tuesday at 8 PM. Happy Shopping and enjoy the deals!

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!