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!
Remember the months of our egg shortage?
I am leaving the market open until 8:15 because even more eggs were added, and you may STILL need to get your egg groove on!!
The market is a groovy place to get all of your local products…
The market closes at 8am, today!!
Still time to get those orders in while you make coffee, tea, breakfast, pack lunches…
So easy to make your weekly crunch time a bit easier!!
Looking For Fun and Feeling Groovy
Slow down, you move too fast
You got to make the morning last
Just kicking down the cobble stones
Looking for fun and feelin’ groovy
Hello lamppost, what cha knowing?
I’ve come to watch your flowers growing
Ain’t cha got no rhymes for me?
Doot-in’ doo-doo, feelin’ groovy
Got no deeds to do, no promises to keep
I’m dappled and drowsy and ready to sleep
Let the morning time drop all its petals on me
Life, I love you, all is groovy…
(The 59th Street Bridge Song-Simon and Garfunkel)
This song always seems to kick off the spring season for me. It’s fun, it’s kicky, and it’s a song that we performed in my 7th grade choir, in school, when we had a student teacher in music, that year, who was super cool, and she let us sing all kinds of cool tunes…
The last line also can apply to my recent birthday, on Friday, and the month long birthday celebration of me. I am going to share a writing that I put on my Facebook blog from one of my business pages.
Your market manager went on a personal soul journey, this month…
April has been all about my birthday month…I have taken the month to work hard, but also to take pockets of time to get away for a few adventures, a weekend away with my lovely sorority sisters on our yearly reunion that takes us to various locations.
I have also been so very lucky to have celebrated with some of my nearest, dearest, and life long friends, this month.
I watched my daughter run in a half marathon, this past weekend, and I got teary eyed at the woman she has become, even when she has no idea how totally awesome she really is.
I celebrated myself, all month. My 53rd year was not my best. No clue what was so different, but I felt like I had hit a life change. I was sick for much of the winter. I was going through the motions for most of last year. Everything around me was going very well…my businesses, like in general, but I felt like it was the year of my personal inner struggle. It wasn’t even something that I could put into words. I just was not me. I didn’t broadcast it. I didn’t go around mopey, or talking about what was going on. Simply because I didn’t even know how to explain it.
But, approaching the onset of my 54th year, I started the journey on the first day of the month. I made sure to take time, each day, to celebrate. I celebrated with shopping, I celebrated with alone time, I celebrated by having unloaded some baking jobs, I celebrated by writing, I celebrated by embracing me. My age, my accomplishments, my appearance, my tiny little lines that now dust my face. I celebrated with branching out with new hair with a new, super amazing, and super inspiring girl. I celebrated by letting everyone around me, love me. I took a trip, in my mind, retracing all of my life. The ups, downs, good, bad, happy, sad….I took time to reflect on the people in my life who inspire me, and have been with me, no matter what.
I have said goodbye to the year of the negative 53. I have said hello to the very vibrant, energetic, and possibility filled year of 54…
Life I love you…all is groovy…
I felt like this awakening is also relevant to this little local market of love…each spring, I feel a rebirth in this market. The sunshine, the warm weather, the beginning of new growth in gardens, the blossoming of flowers…it all begins to unfold, awaken, and come alive. Much like the personal journey that took me out of my 53rd doldrums…
So, with this…I did want to announce that one of our newest vendors is now live, and full of color with her floral offerings that have come early to her garden!!
Make yourself feel groovy…
Welcome back to another week!
Is the weather going to stay warm and beautiful? Let’s hope so!
Wednesday Comes Calling
Just your market manager reminding you that the market will be closing at 8am, this morning, for the week!!
Such a fog filled, drizzly, dreary morning…I’m nestled at my desk with coffee, Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks album spinning, and working on my own ordering for the market.
It’s the perfect time to groove in, and throw us some love…
PS…don’t forget…we are back with eggs!! Both Oakview Farm Meats, and Ladybug Acres have eggs!!! YAY!!!
Maple Syrup Education
Hello, little local market of love customers!! Tonight’s weblog is brought to you from Valley View Farms, and what we can expect from their recent run for sap!!
Dear maple syrup lovers,
We would like to update everyone on our maple syrup season that ended recently. As you know, the weather has been very volatile this spring! We tapped our sugar maples on February 13, which is just about a normal date for us. After a good quick sap run, warm weather shut off our taps for several days, and a forecast of a lengthy warm spell did not bode well. For a good sap run, maple trees need freezing nights and warm days. Without either one, sap doesn’t run. By early March, we had produced only a small amount of syrup, and it looked like our season would be a bust. Of course, temperatures turned cold again—very cold. March was actually colder than February! But as temperatures warmed gradually our trees cooperated and we had some great runs late in the month. Our season was saved and our syrup production was just about at the level for an average year.
Normally, early season syrup is very light colored and delicately flavored. As the season progresses and temperatures rise, the syrup darkens and turns more robust. This year, our first syrup was dark, robust, and delicious. The later cold spell actually created lighter syrup—a beautiful amber, but not light enough for us to call it golden. So for sale on the market this year, we have amber and dark syrup in our usual glass bottles, which allow the beauty of the syrup to be seen. This year for the first time we also are offering on the market a limited number of quarts of syrup in traditional plastic jugs. We are happy to satisfy our customers who are asking for larger volumes of syrup.
Pancakes, waffles, ice cream, yogurt, oatmeal, cereal, sauces, cocktails, pies—Valley View Woodlands maple syrup is sure to put a smile on everyone’s face!
The Warming Trend
Could it be that we are finally going to inch our way into spring? Even though I woke up to snow flurries, and ice on my car, the day became full of sunshine with a hint of warmth…fingers crossed that we are on the upswing!!
Thank you, to all, who ordered from the market, this week, as well as all of you who order from our market, regularly.
Also, I was sorry to miss everyone at the market pick up, this evening, but thank you for helping Mark keep it all in line.
I left early to begin packing for a sorority trip, this weekend! I will be heading south, to my Kentucky alma mater, for fun, sisterhood, and laughs…
While I am gone, I want to see everyone ordering!! We have some eggs added back to the market from Oakview Farm Meats, and we welcome a new egg vendor from Ladybug Farms!!
I will see you when I return from my weekend of fun…let’s hope we are on a warming trend, and let’s continue the great momentum of this market!!
We have been missing eggs!!!! Our egg vendors have had a shortage!!! But, if you hurry, Oakview Farm Meats just put a few dozen on!! Hurry!!
It’s an Egg Flash Sale!!
Dear Prudence, won’t you come out to play
Dear Prudence, greet the brand new day
The sun is up, the sky is blue
It’s beautiful and so are you
Dear Prudence won’t you come out and play…
(Dear Prudence-The Beatles)
Good morning!! The sun is definitely, finally showing up in the blue sky, today!! What crazy weather, all weekend. We experienced it all, at any given moment. But, now, we seem calm, happy, sunny, and on our way to warmer days, this weekend…
To celebrate this amazing morning of sunshine, you could get your orders in!! You have until 8am!!
Let’s make this day really shine!!
Once again, we are live!
Another week begins, just as the weather begins to turn in our favor!
To celebrate these warm winds and sun, let’s get your orders in, this week!
It’s nive to see you, again!