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!
Strawberry Letter 23
Pretty music, I hear
So happy and loud
Blue flower echo
From a cherry cloud…
(Strawberry Letter 23-The Brothers Johnson)
And, you can write your own strawberry lyrical song or poetry because guess what…it’s time to say, hello, to strawberry season!!
And, Hippie and the Farmer have all organically grown strawberries, in limited quantities, for the next few weeks, on the market!!
Now, we can all write strawberry scented letters…
Let There Be Songs To Fill The Air
If my words did glow with the gold of sunshine
And my tunes were played on the harp unstrung
Would you hear my voice come through the music
Would you hold it near as it were your own?
It’s a hand-me-down, the thoughts are broken
Perhaps they’re better left unsung
I don’t know, don’t really care
Let there be songs to fill the air…
Coming back into reality, today, after a long weekend, engulfed in music, friendship, and fun, and I felt this mellow, love filled tune was the perfect theme for the market, today…
I hope that everyone had an amazing holiday weekend, spent doing it in a manner that was meaningful to you.
Holidays and holiday weekends tend to mess with our market. Everyone gets busy, is taking a vacation, or trying to remember it’s actually a Tuesday, and not a Monday.
So, I want you to take a glance at the market, on today, the day that is Tuesday, and not a Monday, because the market closes, tomorrow, Wednesday, for the week!
And…a few announcements…
We are welcoming a new vendor, Fun Guy Farms, with his Oyster Mushrooms!!
I met him, this past winter, and the Springfield Winter Market, and talked to him about joining this market!!
He applied, this past weekend, and now I want you all to show him some love by getting your mushroom orders in, as soon as his product is live on the market!!
Also…there seemed to be some sort of hiccup in the market, when I was gone. Please check your orders, and confirmation emails, to make sure that your order did go all the way through the market.
I have asked a few customers to reorder, due to a time frame where the orders did not take!
And, with the return of yours truly…all Cosmic products are out of vacation mode, and live, on the market!!
We are open!!
Wake Up Call!
Good morning, lovelies!!
This is your wake up call that it is Wednesday, and we close at 8am, today!!
Your market manager has been incredibly busy, this past weekend, and has put all of the breads in vacation mode because, well, I am leaving on my usual music festival weekend, tomorrow, and will not be around for market times!! In the past years, I have baked up until the exact moment that we were packing, and leaving…this year, I gave myself a break, and permission to just ease into the festival weekend…but, I will be back with all the Cosmic goodness for next week’s market!!
On the lettuce front…sadly, we said goodbye to Kevin, of Davidson Family Growers. Urbana was becoming an issue to try to deliver, and he has decided to move on. We wish him well, and we thank him for his years on the market!!
But…we will have lettuce!! Hippie and the Farmer have been growing early plants in their greenhouse, all winter, and we should have lettuce to add to the market, soon!! Also, now that we know to plan, we should be able to provide lettuce, year round, from our greenhouse!! We are all organic growers, and look forward to another great season!!
We also have our other produce vendors who should be able to bring their products, soon, and we have added a new grower for the season!!
Right now…don’t forget asparagus season!! Get it, here, before the season ends!!
And, Champaign Berry thinks it’s just a matter of time before they have their first offerings…
Ok…let’s do this…get your orders in…and, remember…it’s the holiday weekend!! Get your celebration started, here!
Live! The Market Is Back!
We are back for another week of fun!
Ain't No Sunshine
Ain’t no sunshine when she gone
It’s not warm when she’s away
Ain’t no sunshine when she gone
She’s always gone too long
Anytime she goes away…
(Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone-listening to the Lenny Kravitz version)
But, seriously…the market closes at 8am, this morning, and there truly is no sunshine if all of our merry band of followers are not all with us, on the ordering adventure…
And, just a note on the bread front for my own, Cosmic Charlie…if you need bread, order it for this week. I will be putting myself on vacation mode, for next week, as I take my annual leave to drift off to the first music festival of the season…
Now…give me some sunshine, get your orders in…
Sha La La La La...
To Tuesday and so slow
Going down the old mine
With a transistor radio
Standing in the sunlight laughing
Hiding behind a rainbow’s wall
Slipping and sliding
All along the water fall, with you
My brown eyed girl…
(Brown Eyed Girl-Van Morrison)
The day is bright, the sun is shining, the breeze is warm, and all is just amazing on this beautiful Tuesday.
For some reason, in my musical tastes, Neil Young always ushers in the fall season, while Van Morrison always ushers in the upcoming summer months, for me.
So, here I am, coffee in hand, the day already planned, and Van Morrison singing to me from my Alexa…it’s on!!
On this lovely morning, why not take a few moments to think about how our market can help you in your local quest for good food, from trusted vendors, who can help you make that transition to buying/supporting/and encouraging local eating, local buying, and local living?
The market is so easy to use, and we have so many amazing products. We are also very seasonal, so right now is the time to take advantage of Harrigan’s Harvest Asparagus!! She also has very limited quantities of rhubarb!!
We’ve got it all…and we are just waiting for you, to get in tune with us, as we stand in the sunlight, waiting to make your local life, full of local products…
Good Morning lithe local market of love customers!
After a night of market updates to the site, it’s now ready for opening!
It’s a new week, and we have all the sunshine, right here, with all of our products and vendors!
Take a moment to look things over, place your orders, and be done!
Have a great first day of the weekend!
This busy week has flown by! Here we are at Wednesday morning, and the market closes at 8am, this morning!
What you don’t want to miss is the asparagus!! It’s that time of year!! We welcome Beth back to the market but remember, the season is fleeting for asparagus, so you need to take advantage!
Sorry for the late opening of the market this week. This is Mark ,your assistant manager. Your manager,The Hippie has been busy preparing for an event tomorrow. The Farmer has been busy too,but forgot to open the market for her. Get your orders in so the Farmer doesn’t get in trouble for a smaller market this week.