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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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And, To All, A Good Night...

Well, can you believe it? Another year almost gone, a new one almost ready to begin.

We would like to thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for being a part of this market family!!

We saw this year bring us a bigger, stronger, more varied market, and in turn, you gave us a bigger, stronger love!!

Thank you to all customers, vendors, staff of the YMCA…you make this market what it is!! And, there is more to come…just wait for 2019!!

So, I am slipping away, for a much needed break from baking, event making, and all things that I do.

I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, and a very magical entrance into the New Year. What will this new year bring to all of us? Only time will tell…

We will see you, when I reopen the market, on January 3rd, for your ordering pleasure. We will see you, at the first market pick up, of 2019, on January 10th!

And, now…your very tired market manager would like to bid you all a good night, and sweet dreams into the holiday magic…

See you soon…

Cosmic Pam
Keeper of the new year’s dreams…

Big Day!

When you are picking up your orders, today, it’s a big day for Mark, your other market manager!

It’s his birthday, so why not give him a huge dose of birthday greetings?

I’m sure he will love it!

Chairman of Cheer!

Also…don’t forget the flash market!

Flash Market!

Just letting you know that some of the vendors will be set up, in the lobby, of the YMCA, tomorrow evening, during our market pick up hours of 4:30-6pm, with super cool last minute local gifts to grab!!

Bring some extra cash for shopping, or, if you missed the ordering, you can still swing by, and check out the fun!

Kimmy Shark will be there, with fun gifts for your furry friends, and Oakview Farm Meats will be there with local products like Bad Seed Mustard, Mad Sweet Heat, and DB Yummers BBQ sauce…and, to make it even more fun, he is bringing along baskets, to help you fill them with the various products of your choice!

These are just two of the vendors…so, why not come out for our Flash Market?

Cosmic Pam

Last Call for 2018!

Don’t miss the party!! If you miss ordering, you will miss your favorite market managers wishing you a happy holiday, and passing out candy canes to our lovely market customers!!

8am is when we close the ordering, this morning…

Cosmic Pam
Keeper of the Candy Canes

The Christmas Waltz

“Merry Christmas
May your new year’s dreams come true”
And this song of mine
In three-quarter time
Wishes you and yours
The same thing, too…
(The Christmas Waltz-She & Him)

Happy Monday…the last Monday before the holiday Monday hits. The last Monday that we will be open in 2018. But, still plenty of time for you to get your orders in.

The market is going crazy for this holiday ordering, and we don’t want you to miss out, and have to wait until January to get all that this market has to offer!! Remember, Wednesday is the closing morning…make those lists, and check them twice!

Cosmic Pam

Holiday Haze

Just in from Kennedy Farms! Lip balms, body balms, and gift bundles!!

Holiday haze, daze, and craze!

Make it all happen, right here!

Cosmic Pam

It’s That Time!

Another market week!!

And, the last one before we take a holiday break!!

Don’t miss out on all that we have to offer, to make your holidays bright!!

Cosmic Pam

Lettuce Update From Old Souls Farm

Good morning, lovely customers…I received an email from Nick and Ethan at Old Souls Farm, and it will be impacting all lettuce orders in today’s market pickup.

I will copy the letter so that you know the issue, and that they are working hard to get things worked out…

If you had orders from them, for today, I will be working with the Y desk, when I get to the market, to make sure all totals are fixed. If you notice that your total is still reflecting the lettuce, please let me know, this evening.

Also, this will take a bit of my time, on top of an already extremely large market, so if I could ask everyone to not pick up, early orders. The 4:30 pick up time will help me get to the market, fix all order totals, and set things up!

Here is the email…

Valued Old Souls Farm’s Customer:

Wanted to get the word out ASAP. News from the greenhouse is we will not have any Spring mix, Bibb or Arugula tomorrows delivery 12/13 and Friday 12/14.

A mechanical interruption has affected our yields. Fill rates will continue to rise quickly over the following weeks. Working through this issue now and all hands on deck to remedy this situation

Disappointed to have to bring you this news but we are empty handed for the remainder of the week.

Hopefully you will have time to source elsewhere. Again, we apologize and please call Nick with any questions (614) 307 1642.


Ethan Snyder
Nick Kaczkowski

Party Train

Don’t you miss it, baby
If you miss that train
Don’t miss the party train…
(Party Train-Gap Band)

All aboard…

Who doesn’t remember groovin’ the dance floors, in the 80s, to this tune? Lots of groove time…

Anyway, this is also your cue to jump on board, this morning, and get your market orders in by 8am!

If you miss the order deadline, you miss our own market party train…and, that would just be ungroovy…

See you, at 8am…will you be on the train?

Cosmic Pam

Merry and Bright!

’Tis the season, and all that jazz…

A reminder that you have until tomorrow morning, Wednesday, at 8am, to get your orders in!

And…for everyone who has been asking, I wanted to wait, until now, so as not to confuse the market pick up dates, etc., but, we will have one more market, after this one. That market pick up date will be on December 20! We will then close the market for the entire holiday, to give your market managers, the vendors, the staff of the YMCA, and you, a bit of a holiday break, and then a regroup.

I will reopen the market ordering, for 2019, on January 3rd, and your first market pick up for the new year will be on January 10!

Now…go, order, we will see you on Thursday!!

Cosmic Pam