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!
More asparagus has been added to the market!
Get it while the weekly supply lasts!
And, get your other orders in!
The market closes, tomorrow, at 6am!
Beth sent me a message, earlier, that she is waiting and watching the weather, to see how things are affecting her asparagus supply!
She may be able to add more to the market, this week, so we will wait to hear back from her!
Happy Monday!! I hope you all are having a bright start to the week!!
I am sharing the Stoll Farm/Vernon Family Beef story that they have written for you!
Stoll Farm/Vernon Family Beef: Our Stories
We holistically raise all-natural 100% grass-fed beef on our farms. From birth and through life, our herds are allowed to graze freely on natural grasses using intensive-grazing techniques so they thrive on the best of the grasses year round. We grow and harvest our own hay mix for round-bale feeders and rolling-bale techniques in the colder months which allow our cows to continually roam in the pasture areas. Never in feed-lots or penned. The health benefits of including grass-fed beef into your diet is Keto/Paleo friendly.
The Stoll Farm, located in Zanesfield, Ohio has been in operation since 1952 and is currently owned by Bob and Lois Stoll. Their cow-calf specialty is grass-fed Angus beef, offering a variety of cuts and packages to consumers.
The Vernon Family Beef operation, located in West Liberty, Ohio began in 1963 and is currently owned by Mark and Jeff Vernon. Their cow-calf specialty is a grass-fed mix of Hereford/Angus, offering similar cuts with a variety of packages to customers.
Our operations are sustainable utilizing good farming practices to promote the health of our herds and the environment. We are Beef Quality Assurance certified using best practices of humane husbandry, environment and management techniques which promote wholesome herd health. Our consumers can be assured and confident of the high quality of our beef with NO antibiotics, NO hormones and NO grain. Our philosophy of raising natural grass-fed beef is a family value we cherish and put into practice each day on the farm to provide healthy beef to our customers and raise our cows as God intended. We thank you for your support of our local, small Ohio farms
Eyes Of The World
Wake up to find out that you are the eyes of the world
The heart has it’s beaches, it’s homeland and thoughts of it’s own
Wake now, discover that you are the song that the morning brings
But the heart has it’s seasons, it’s evenings and songs of it’s own…
(Eyes Of The World-Grateful Dead)
Hello, lovely little market customers!
It’s a dreary Sunday morning, but even without the sun, I can still fill the brightness of a new day, and, a new year, for your market manager.
Yesterday was my birthday, and it was a week spent doing things that I wanted to do, with friends, with old friends I have reconnected with, with family, and with my daughter, who flew in from Florida, to run in the Cap City 5K, yesterday.
I feel like, each birthday gives me more and more insight into who I am, where I am going, and what I am doing. This birthday was a bit different, because I entered into the month, conflicted, and letting a negative incident of last month, make me question me, and what I do. Like, it has not been good in the Hippie’s head.
But, like life often does, at just the right time, and from the right people, the light was thrown on what I have been grappling with, and suddenly, along with this song blaring in my car, yesterday, I began to carve the way back to me. The real me. And, what I do, how I do it, and where I am headed…
And, that it really is okay to live no particular way but your own…
So, there you are…very Eyes Of The World, on this Sunday morning…
And, in Cosmic news…I am adding new product, today, so you will not want to miss out!
Tis the season…and, no, not the Christmas holiday season…it’s even better!!
It’s the start of asparagus season, and Beth, of Harrigan’s Harvest, is back with the loveliness of her local offering!!
As you know, this season’s length depends on weather, and availability! So, you must get your orders in, each week, as if it’s going to be the last, just so you can indulge in the short lived, but much loved asparagus season!!
Welcome To The Market!
Sending out a huge welcome to the new vendors of the Stoll Farm/Vernon Family Beef!!
Adding to our already stellar local meat producers, we are excited to add the Stoll/Vernons with their all grass fed beef!!
Get to know them, and their products!! They will be supplying me with a write up, for this weblog, soon, so that we can all read about their adventures in grass fed beef!!
Their products are now on the market…check them out!!
We are opening the market, again, for the week!
Show us some love, and watch for new products, incoming seasonal products, and new vendors!!
All of our customers are beautiful souls who love us, and this market!
Today is Tuesday, and the market closes for the week, tomorrow, at 6am!
Take your beautiful thoughts, think about your week, and float your orders on in to us!
We want to put the beauty in your week!
Just Another Thursday Evening...
Kicking it into the holiday weekend…
We know that you are going to be busy, overloaded with activities, soulful thoughts, family and friends on this Easter weekend…
We don’t want to bother you, or pester you while you are enjoying, so for now, I am just sending you love vibes for the weekend, and a gentle thank you, for always shopping this little local market of love.
Right now, just as a note, we are short on honey. We are going through a cycle, and the honey supply is down, but we are working on things!!
Now…go, enjoy, and we will be here, all weekend, ready to take your orders!
Started humming a song from 1962
Ain’t it funny how the night moves…
(Night Moves-Bob Seger)
I’ve been sitting outside, this evening, taking in the beautiful colors of the sky, as the sun slipped away, and the moon began it’s moonlight dance.
Get your orders in, tonight, before the night slips away…we close the market at 6am, tomorrow!