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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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Riders On The Storm

Riders on the storm
Riders on the storm
Into this house we’re born
Into this world we’re thrown
Like a dog without a bone
An actor out alone
Riders on the storm…
(Riders On The Storm-The Doors)

Well, we are certainly having a bit of a snow storm out there, this early cold morning!!

Yesterday, I baked all afternoon, and while listening to a selection of classic rock songs, this came on. So fitting for the weather we are experiencing. Aren’t we all riders on the storm? Today, the snow, one day the rain, any day, whatever that storm may be?

Let us help you make the storms, be it weather related or life related. We can’t make it all better but we can help make it easier by taking the hassle out of your shopping.

We have one hour before the market closes for the week. We have so many selections, and so much for you to easily fill your cart with, press pay now, and then forget it until Thursday when you come to grab it all from us.

You just have to exit your car, pay at the desk, and dance on over to our market area where we are waiting, with your order in hand, with smiling faces, and a basket full of local loveliness…

Go ahead…be that rider on the storm but let us at least offer you a bit of shelter by handing you your local…

Cosmic Pam

Monday, Monday

Happy Monday evening!!

As we ease out of last night’s snowy, ice filled roads, and the Super Bowl, we are now at Monday evening, looking ahead for the week.

Your market manager has just poured a glass of wine, and is perusing her market order…it’s the perfect kind of evening for you to do the same!!

Shop in comfort, in local ease, in nutritional excitement!!

We are here, and the vendors would love you to throw them some love!!

Cosmic Pam

Hello, there!

It’s us! Just your little local market of love!

Time to reopen for the week, and so happy to have you back!!

Cosmic Pam

Hello, Wednesday!

That’s right, my market kit kats…it’s Wednesday morning, and that means we will be closing the market at 8am, today!!

There is still time to peruse the products, vendors, and all that we offer…I love seeing your smiling faces on Thursday pick up day, so get it in gear, and make your order happen!!

Cosmic Pam

Your Tuesday Lovenote

Reminding you that today is your last day to order!

We close at 8am, tomorrow morning!

Shine your love straight at us!

Cosmic Pam

Sunday Morning Sunshine!

What a beautiful sunshine day!

Why not start the week in the same beautiful way?

Take some time to gather your thoughts, grab your nearest smart device, or sit at your desk, and throw us some sunshine love with your weekly orders!

Make it your Sunday thing of self love….making your life, easier, healthier, and locally based, is the best form of self love!

Cosmic Pam

And, Just Like That...

We are back!! Live, and ready to take your weekly orders!!

And, may I just take a minute to thank you all, so much, for really helping to make this market reach new levels of total intensity?

So far, in this new year, the customers have come out for our weekly local fun!! We have new customers, we have returning customers, we have the customers who shop from us, weekly.

You should all give yourselves some much needed love because we love the love that you show us, constantly!!

OK…here we go, again…another week, another chance to show us how local you can go!!

Cosmic Pam

Hello, Wednesday!

And, just like that, another week of market ordering is coming to an end!!

You have until 8am, this morning, to get your weekly orders in!!

Think of me as your friendly wake up call to grab your coffee, your tea, your whatever, and think about how we can make your week easier, while allowing you to shop locally.

See you at 8am!

Cosmic Pam

Mad About You!

And…we are mad about Mad Sweet Heat!!!

Their products are back on the market, and we are just MAD over them!!

If you have been missing their sweet jalapeno love, you can now get it, again, through us!!

And, hey…while we are talking products to use as condiments, let’s talk Bad Seed Mustard, Champaign Berry Farm sauces, Valley View Maple Syrup, Honey Boy Honey products, Lippincott Honey, and DB Yummers BBQ sauces!!

And, shake on some JC Growers products to really rev up the list of condiments!

Go ahead…we’re mad about it all!!

Cosmic Pam

Scents and Sensibility:)

Just a little play on words as I share a write up from ELM Tree Essentials!

Hello Market Shoppers!
We’re pretty excited to launch and offer you Essential Oils…the same oils we use in our soaps that you have grown to love! And for now, we’re exclusively offering them on this market. You’re just that special! J
Here’s what we currently have available {pssst, there might be some special blends coming in the near future! J}:

5 ml bottles of oil in Lavender, Peppermint, Tea Tree, Frankincense, Lemongrass, Patchouli, and our Thieves Blend.
10 ml roller ball bottles of the same oils, which come pre-diluted to 5% in Jojoba or Fractionated Coconut Oil! These are super handy because they are ready for use, no dilution required!

A little about each oil and its commonly known attributes/properties (source: Essential Oils for Beginners, Althea Press):

· Properties—Analgesic, antibacterial, anticonvulsant, antifungal, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antitumoral, vasodilator, vermifuge.
· Primary Uses—Soothes insomnia, nervous tension, and premenstrual symptoms; treats skin conditions, including acne and excessive oil on the skin; reduces blood pressure and cholesterol; treats allergies and asthma; soothes bruises and burns; eases headaches; combats mild bacterial and fungal infections, including swimmer’s ear and athlete’s foot; repels insects. It can be used to promote a sense of calm and balance, as well as to relax the mind and ease feelings of anger and frustration.

· Properties—Analgesic, antibacterial, anticarcinogenic, anti-inflammatory, antiparasitic, antispasmodic, antitumoral, antiviral, digestive
· Primary Uses—Soothes aches, pains, and itchy skin, including psoriasis and eczema; eases tension and headaches; soothes respiratory infections and asthma; relieves nausea and other digestive problems; combats viral and fungal infections, including cold sores.

Tea Tree:
· Properties—Antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral, balsamic, expectorant, insecticide, stimulant, sudorific
· Primary Uses—Relieves colds, sinusitis, and bronchitis; stimulates the immune system; clears acne; alleviates skin irritation.

· Properties—Analgesic, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiseptic, astringent, carminative, digestive, diuretic, expectorant, sedative, tonic, vulnerary.
· Primary Uses—Boosts immune system and combats infections; alleviates coughs, sore throat, strep, pneumonia, and staph infections; reduces stress and nervous tension; boosts mood.

· Properties—Analgesic, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, antiparasitic, antiseptic, antiviral, astringent, deodorant, digestive, febrifuge, insecticide, sedative, tonic.
· Primary Uses—Speeds healing of ligament and tendon injuries; repels insects; aids sedation; dilates blood vessels to promote healing and improve circulation; promotes lymphatic flow.

· Properties—Antibacterial, antiemetic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral, carminative, decongestant, deodorant, febrifuge, laxative, stimulant, stomachic, tonic
· Primary Uses—Eases indigestion; alleviates constipation; soothes insect bites and stings, burns, and minor wounds; alleviates dandruff; moisturizes dry skin; reduces appearance of wrinkles; opens pores for cleansing; relieves oily skin and hair; repels insects. When used in aromatherapy it alleviates nervous exhaustion and relieves stress. It promotes physical and mental relaxation, increases focus, and helps eliminate feelings of insecurity.

Thieves Blend:
· Our special blend of Lavender, Rosemary, Peppermint, Lemon Eucalyptus, Clove Bud and Orange Essential Oils. Not intended for use on children!

The oils we source are therapeutic grade and intended for external use only. We do not recommend ingesting essential oils due to the research we’ve done! Essential oils have many benefits when safely used topically or for aromatherapy. We make no claim that this info or the oils will diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any illness or disease. Special care should always be used—dilute, never use the straight oil because it’s so concentrated! Stop use immediately if skin irritation occurs. There are very few safe oils for babies, young children, or expectant/nursing mothers so be sure to check the safety before use! Here are a few links to websites that could be used as a resource on that topic:

We’re excited about selling these oils on the market! Have a great week!
FYI, right now all the pictures show a Lavender label, so don’t be alarmed….you’ll get what you order!

Laura Miller
ELM Tree Essentials