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!
A Harvest Dinner Event
Hello, little local market of love customers!
Just an invitation, today, while we wait on the shut down week to come to an end, and we can re-open the market!
What are you doing, the evening of September 8?
Well, why don’t you plan on being a guest at the first annual Harvest On The Farm Dinner!
Hosted by: The Champaign County Farm Bureau and sponsored by Jamon Sellman Nationwide Insurance, and catered by The Hippie and the Farmer, your market managers!
The event location will be at Oakview Farm Meats, in the gardens of Hippie and the Farmer!
This event is open to the public BUT tickets must be purchased in advance! September 1 is the cutoff for sales!! You may purchase the tickets from the event’s Event Brite Page, or, from the shop at Oakview Farm Meats, or in the local offices of Jamon Sellman Insurance!
Cocktail hour will begin at 6pm, with appetizers, beer, and wine!
Entertainment will be provided by Noah Back!
Dinner hour begins at 7pm! All outside under the beauty of the late summer sky, surrounded by the gardens, and our new beautiful greenhouse!
Contact me with any questions! But, time is running out, so make your plans!
Change Of Plans
I was just informed that the YMCA will be on shut down, this week, leaving me with no staff for our market operation!
We will go ahead and put the market on vacation for the week, and return, next week!!
For any orders that were already made, the vendor will contact you, to arrange alternate plans for getting your order to you!
Another Week, Another Market!
After an evening of site issues, the market site seems back to normal, and open for the week!
Nice to see you, again!
What’s The Story, Morning Glory?
Rise and shine, little local market of love customers!!
It’s been an emotional week for your market manager as I said goodbye to my daughter, who left on her next life adventure, this morning!
It also found me losing one of my original Cosmic customers, a sweet, sweet man, who lost his somewhat short battle with cancer…
It also found me reminiscing with my old college roommate over the exact date, yesterday, two years ago, when an auto accident changed their lives, forever, and the journey they have been on in those two years, never giving up, and pushing Elliot, in different cities, hospitals, experimental procedures.
All of this centers around time…the time we think we have, the time we are always trying to make more of.
This market, over all of these years, has been a work in progress, a labor of love, and the success of letting it’s own time take control, as it has unfolded, made customers, our families, and given us the love from community support.
Why not put a little of that love into your week, each week, and let us help you, along the way…
Time marches on, just like this market…
Hazy Days Of Summer
With the onset of back to school, some schools already in full mode of starting for the season, recovering from the week of the fair, and last minute vacation plans taking place…don’t forget that we can help to make your lives so much easier!
Our market can be that bright spot of ease, locality, affordability, and all around good for you items, for both your food, and your home, and you…
I have put my own products in vacation mode, for this coming week. My daughter is relocating/moving to Florida, this week, and while she jets off, I am here, with all of her boxes and car, waiting on the moving company and car transport company to arrive and whisk her things to Florida. I was afraid that this would all take place, right on baking day for the market.
I will be back, next week…
Love to all…
Join the fun, and get your orders in, this week, to make your week happy, easy, and full of local goodness!
Wednesday Comes Calling
And, it’s calling for you…and your orders…by 8am, this morning!!
Your market manager was scarce, in blogging, this week. My daughter is home, preparing to make a big move into a big new job in a far away state…so, my time has been divided between her, the move, and with Hippie and the Farmer, as we burned the midnight oil, all last week, finishing the construction and painting of our new mobile festival kitchen, and as we spent the weekend in music festival mania…
So, it’s back to reality time…and ordering time…
Give it to me…
And, we are back!!
Live!! Ready for action! Throw us those orders!!
Sky Was Yellow, And The Sun Was Blue
Well there ain’t nothin’ wrong with the way she moves,
All scarlet begonias or a touch of the blues…
Scarlet Begonias-Grateful Dead…
Just showing the love, today, to all things Jerry Garcia, as we roll into the last days, of the Days Between. The sweet sad days between his birthday of August 1 until his death on August 9…each and every year, since he left us, I pay tribute, so today, this is my song for you…
And, it’s my reminder that the market will be closing for the week, at 8am…get your moves on, and your orders in…
Hey all of you groovy groovsters, customers of the market…
If you have not yet ordered for the week, you still have until tomorrow at 8am to do so!
The market is in full swing, even with the excitement of the fair!! We don’t want you to miss out on all of the fun, or be sad, on Thursday, when you realize that you forgot to place your orders!!
Groove it out with the market groove line…