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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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Tuesday Is Groovy...

And, it’s also groovy to get those market orders in!

The weekend is over, the Monday blahs are over, and now it’s time to get excited that the week is progressing, and it would become much more groovy, if you were looking forward to a Thursday order pick up!

Cosmic Pam

Like A Rolling Stone

When you ain’t got nothin’, you got nothin’ to lose…

Well, this market is opening with some Bob Dylan as your market manager bakes into the night!

Welcome back, and look for the addition of a couple new vendors!

Don’t let the market roll away without your offers…

Cosmic Pam

Happy Labor Day!

We hope that you are enjoying your long weekend, and we hope that you have had time to get your orders in for the week!

We close on Wednesday at 6am! Still plenty of time!

Cosmic Pam

Just Like That....

…we are back!

Going LIVE, tonight, opening the market up after the week of shutdown!

We know that the weekend holiday is happening but we hope that you take a bit of time to place your weekly orders!

We’ve missed you…

Cosmic Pam

Hello, and FYI

Hello little market of love customers!

Next week, the YMCA will be on its annual shut down, and the market is also shutting down, just for next week!

We will miss you, but cleaning and maintenance work takes precedent!

See you, soon!

Cosmic Pam

Tick Tock

The minutes are ticking away!

The market closes at 6am, in the morning!

Don’t let time slip by…

Cosmic Pam

Ramble On

Leaves are falling all around
It’s time I was on my way
Thanks to you, I’m much obliged
For such a pleasant stay
But now it’s time for me to go
The autumn moon lights my way
And I smell the rain and with it, came
And it’s headed my way
Oh, sometimes I grow so tired
But I know I’ve got one thing I got to do
Ramble on and now’s the time, the time is now…

Listening to a little Led Zeppelin, this morning, thinking about this market, this point in the summer season, and how gradual changes are coming on like the position of the sun, the length of the shadows, the shades of the trees, the way the wind blows, the slight duskiness of the garden rows…all beautiful, but all reminders that we are in late summer. That bittersweet time before the days of fall come to meet us, taking us off on the colorful season that offers us so much in a different growing season, but sad to see the browning of the strawberry leaves, and the crispness that is taking over the lush green of early June…

But, we continue to ramble on, sing our song, and thankful for all that our gardens, fields, producers all have to offer us, and this market.

It’s Sunday, feels like a sort of lazy start to the day, and what better way to get into the swing of the week, than to get your orders in?

Mine’s a tale that can’t be told
My freedom I hold dear
How years ago in days of old
When magic filled the air…

Cosmic Pam

And, We’ve Got To Get Ourselves...

…Back To The Garden…

By the time we got to Woodstock…

Yes, this is the 50th anniversary of the mother of all music festivals…

Over the next few days, listen to the music, celebrate, and take in all of the past culture!

Then, get back to us, the gardeners of your soul, and give us your orders…

Peace, Love, and this little market of love…

Cosmic Pam

Today’s Market

Today’s market will be a self serve event!

Both of your market managers are busy getting ready for events!

I will set the market up with an order form, for each customer! Just look down your form, and grab your items from the fridge/freezer!

The other items will be on top of your forms!

Thank you for being great customers!

Cosmic Pam

Last call

This is Mark. We are still busy in the kitchen tonight. Pam wanted me to remind everyone to get their orders in. The market closes at 6:00 AM tomorrow. Don’t miss out on the produce selection,the season for fresh produce will be over soon.