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!
Black Magic Woman
You got your spell on me baby
You got your spell on me baby
Yes, you got your spell on me baby…
(Black Magic Woman-Fleetwood Mac)
We just want to put our spell, onto you, with all of our dazzling products, new products, new vendors…it’s totally bewitching in this month of October…
So, let’s get down to this…your market managers were busy from Thursday until yesterday, catering a super long wedding event. Thursday dinner, Friday dinner, Saturday dinner. The crowd, each night, raved about the food. The freshness of it. The taste. The appearance. Some have never tasted a real roasted carrot drizzled in local honey. They have never tasted meat that comes straight from a farm. They have never tasted bread quite like they were offered.
And, it was with such pride that we were able to talk about not only what we do as Hippie and the Farmer, but also what we do, individually, with Oakview Farm Meats, and Cosmic Charlie Baking and Bread. But, it didn’t stop there. As I was serving them their salads, heavy in organic kale, I was also able to talk to them about this market. It’s many vendors. The concept of this market. The ease. The amazing products. And, it brought me such pride to not only talk about the market, but to add names, such as all of the vendor business names. And, as I listened to myself talk, I felt myself beaming with pride. I told them about the amazing customer base, and how easy it was to become a customer. How easy it was to order, pick up, and go on your way, each Thursday.
And, soon, there will be an even easier way for you to use this market…and, as soon as all the details are worked out, we will unveil the next level…
Until then…keep letting us put a spell on you, with our dazzling magic…
It is Monday, and the market will be open until Wednesday morning, at 8am!!
And, Just Like That...
Summer days drifted into fall like weather as we now have a definite chill to the air!
The night is crisp, the breeze is cool, the moon is a beautiful October crescent moon, and we look forward to ushering in this week’s market with you!
It’s a wonderful night for a moon dance…
Just a correction to the previous email that I sent about State Of The Plate!
It is October 21!! Not August 21!!
Also…when the market opens, tonight, we see the return of Laura Miller of ELM Tree Essentials…her soaps and oils are market favorites!!
Here is a word from Laura:
Hello! We got really low on stock due to some big orders hitting at once! We went on vacation mode for a few weeks and hit the soap making hard! We are pleased to tell you that the first few batches of soap will be ready for this week’s market! Sweet Orange Clove, Tea Tree Lavender, and Pink Grapefruit are available now, and more of our scents will be added each week—including our Holiday ones—so be on the lookout!!! FYI, this will likely be our last batch of Pink Grapefruit, so if it’s your favorite get it while you can!!!
Werewolves Of London
I saw a werewolf drinking a piña colada at Trader Vic’s…
(One of my favorite lines from a song…and, perfect to add to our October Market Playlist…who will be the lucky winner of the cd?-Warren Zevon)
A HUGE thank you to all of you who placed orders, this week!! You are bringing such love, fun, and excitement back to the market, on your end, and I hope that we are bringing it back to you!!
Tonight, we have many customers, and much product. Your market managers will be onsite, handing out your orders, but we need to groove out of there, by 5:15ish, as we are kicking off a three day catering event, and tonight is night numero uno!! So, if you are at the Y, after we leave, your orders will be grouped together…look on the shelves, the fridge, and the freezer…but, we hope we get to see all of you before we leave!!
As always…thank you for being so amazing!!
It’s magic you know
Never believe it’s not so
It’s magic you know
Never believe it’s not so…
Keeping with the magical theme to our October/Halloween play list…we have this gem from 1975. If you were a pre-teen in the 70s, and you lived by AM radio, this song was it!
And, maybe it’s magic, maybe this market was just due for a huge comeback, maybe it’s these sparkling weblogs that I am back to writing, maybe it’s the amazing vendors of the market, but whatever this magical spark is, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts!!
This market has bounced back by crazy numbers, and we are forever in awe of our loyal, magical, and, returning customers from so long ago!!
Here’s to putting the magic in you day!
And…the market closes for the week, in a half hour, at 8am…
Go work your magic!
A Nice Surprise!
The market is open until tomorrow morning at 8am!!
And…drumroll…the Stadlers have added their Paw Paws!!! The most delicate, most delicious fruit!!!
BUT…this may be the only week, because they are such a limited, seasonal delight!!! Get them, now!!! Don’t hesitate, get your orders in!!
Add an order of raspberries, from Champaign Berry Farm, to go with!!
PS…my products are in vacation mode because of a three day event that I am catering with Hippie and the Farmer!! But, I will return, next week!!!
Howlin' For You
I must admit
I can’t explain
Any of these thoughts
Racing through my brain
But baby I’m howlin’ for you…
(Howlin’ For You-The Black Keys)
Continuing our October theme of Halloween, haunting, howling…and, what better song to continue on our party playlist for Halloween, than the Black Keys…Howlin’ For You…
But, seriously…this market? Yeah, it’s got me totally howlin’! Baby, I’m howlin’ for you! First…the beat of this market has turned up to crazy levels. The excitement is back. The customers were groovin’ and swingin’ and happy as a piece of Halloween candy, tonight!
We are back, we are totally taking this market back to it’s crazy levels, and I invite all of you to join in the howlin’ good time. The howlin’ fun.
We had the debut of Old Souls Farm lettuces…and, baby, let me tell you…a howlin’ treat. A feast for the eyes.
All of your favorite vendors had their products, in your baskets, and ready to rock and roll.
So, how are we going to do this week’s market? The same? Nah…let’s totally take this to the next level…let’s totally howl.
Go ahead…give me what you got…‘cause baby, I’m howlin’ for you…
*Go ahead…throw some Black Keys on, and you will totally get the vibe of my post, tonight…
Don’t Be Late!
The market closes at 8am, this morning!
Don’t miss the fun!
I Put A Spell On You
Kicking off this month of October, this month of Halloween magic, this month of golden days, and chilled nights…
(I Put A Spell On You-various artists, you choose your favorite-original, Sreamin’ Jay Hawkins)
This song is always on my Halloween fun fest of music playlists! It’s jazzy, it’s bluesy, it’s hypnotic…
And, now…let us work our magic with you! Let us put our spell on you!! Our local spell of love…
You have until tomorrow morning, at 8am, to get your orders in!
Let’s work some of that October magic…
*Also, if you order in the month of October, your name will get put into a drawing, to win the soundtrack that I will be providing you, this whole month…and, you KNOW that I spin some mean tunes…it will be my Halloween treat to you, the lucky winner!