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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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Bell Bottom Blues

Just because I am in an Eric Clapton/Derek and the Dominoes frame of mind, today…

Go ahead, turn up the volume…you can thank me, always…

And, how about taking the morning, while you have cranked up the Clapton, and get your orders in for the week?

What’s better than Clapton’s wizardry on guitar, a lazy Sunday morning, and this little local market of love…

Go ahead…don’t get blue, we’re here for you…

Cosmic Pam

Thank You!

Thank you for being a friend, thank you for being you, thank you for loving us!!

Tonight, we open the market, again, on a groovy kind of love!! And, we are announcing new products from our pals at Freshwater Farms, along with all of our amazing products and vendors!!

We’ve got it all, and, you can even Christmas shop with us!

You make each week, an amazing market! Keep on with the grooviness!!

Cosmic Pam

Good Morning!

Good morning, good morning
Good morning, good morning
Good morning…
(The Beatles-Good Morning)

And, my wake up call to you, lovely local market of love customers…

Get up, you have an hour, get your thoughts together, and toss us your weekly orders…

Oh, and, good morning…

Cosmic Pam

Tis The Season...

…to welcome back old friends!!

We would like to welcome back, Freshwater Farms!!

They are in the process of listing their products, so keep looking for them to add to your weekly order!!

Cosmic Pam

Rainy Days and Mondays

Hanging around,
Nothing to do but frown.
Rainy days and Mondays always get me down.
(Carpenters-Rainy Days and Mondays)

Jump in your way back machine, take yourself to the year, 1975, and find me, with one of my very first albums that my mother let me pick from her Columbia Records Club, and then find me, the album playing on my little turn table that opened up like a little case…not to be confused with the now Crossley turntables…this was the original, then put a hairbrush in my hand, place me in front of my mirror, see my Marcia Brady hair, bell bottoms, and listen to me belt out this tune…

Fast forward to the now…Mondays always get me down, and add in the rain, and there you have it…

So, why not put on this song, take a bit of time, and put a smile into this rainy day Monday, by placing your market orders…

Cosmic Pam

Hello, I Love You!!

Hello, I love you
Won’t you tell me your name?
Hello, I love you
Let me jump in your game
Hello, I love you
Won’t you tell me your name?
(Hello, I Love You-The Doors)

Welcome back, yes, we do love you, and we hope that you love us, just as much!

We are climbing out of that limbo stage, leaving Thanksgivng behind, and not yet too into Christmas, yet…so, why not get back to the norm, and get your orders in for a week of local love, and local goodness!!

Let us make your week, your month, an easy one while you gear up for the busiest time of the year!

Hello, we love you…let us jump in your game…

Cosmic Pam

It's Wednesday!!

Do you know where your market orders are?

It’s early, it’s another day of cold, and we know that we are all coming off of the food haze of Thanksgiving, the crazy Black Friday shopping, the Shop Small Saturday frenzy, Cyber Monday, and Giving Tuesday…plus, we have been battling cold, wind, rain, ice, snow…we’ve been doing it all, out there!

How about if we make this last hour in the market…What About Wednesday?

No big box shopping holiday, so why not make it the crazy hour of Wednesday ordering?

I’m off to get my orders in…will you be joining me?

Cosmic Pam

Easing In On A Sunday...

Have you recovered from the holiday loveliness? Did you have a blissful day, followed by a whirlwind weekend, after a whirlwind week of prepping for all things, Thanksgiving?

I hope that you are able to take today, and have a bit of downtime, just to regroup, before your week comes storming in, tomorrow.

If you find time to sit and reflect on what you may need for the week, and how we can help take the stress out of your week, while putting our own local love into your life, get your orders in for the week…

We are here to make you life a bit easier, while fueling you with the our local brand of grooviness…

Cosmic Pam


From your friends at your little local market of love, to you…we hope that you had a very amazing Thanksgiving holiday!!

We are now, back open, live and in action!! You may begin ordering, pronto, for next Thursday’s pick up!!

I don’t want to wake you, too abruptly, from your turkey happiness, or interrupt you from your Black Friday shopping, but, we are here, ready to help you with your local grooviness!!

Cosmic Pam

A Heartfelt Thank You!!

Good evening…and, also, a dose of love to all customers for being so patient with market pick up, this evening, and for understanding the weather dilemma, and some of the products being delivered/not delivered, due to the messiness of the day!!

And, thank you to all vendors who either were able to make it all happen, or who were honest about how tricky the weather was making their journey!!


Old Souls Farm: the driver made it, and we were so glad!! He told us about his delivery day to Columbus and Marysville…of the road conditions, the downed power lines on the roads, and his thankfulness to be done for the day!! We totally understood!! And, FYI…your lettuces are in the fridge, and we marked each customers names on them!! Grab them, at any time!!

Kennedy Farms…very iced in, out in the country!! They will be making their delivery at or before noon, tomorrow!! A huge thank you to them, and if they were part of your order, you can grab it at the YMCA, tomorrow!! Look for your name on their products!!

Madison Ling…she will have her cookie dough balls in the fridge!! They were able to get to the Y at 8pm, this evening!!

Once again…thank you for showing so much understanding, tonight. It’s not easy being the manager, and trying to navigate the logistics on a weather day.

And…we will be closed until we reopen, on Thanksgiving night!! And, a reminder…we know that some of you want to grab your orders earlier than the 4:30 start time. While it’s generally ok, somedays may not work because the vendors have until 4:15 to get their things to us. If all products are there, it’s totally cool when you are there at 4pm. But, when we still have vendors coming in, at their appointed time, all products may not yet be there, and that can create frustration on the customer end. We want everyone to be happy!!

Finally…I would like to wish you all a very lovely Thanksgiving holiday. I have much to be thankful for, and I have many thoughts of love going out to everyone. I am getting ready to contribute to a big catering effort, being shipped out to a group of Paradise, CA residents, who have lost everything. I wish I was catering in food, but will be donating money to see that the catering efforts have a bit of my heart in them. Hoping that everyone involved are able to give these displaced residents, a tiny bit of love as they try to make sense of what their next steps are.

In this upcoming season, maybe we could all share a bit of love, wherever we go…

Cosmic Pam