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!
Rainy Days and Mondays...
No need to let the combination get you down!
We’ve got all that you need to bring the sunshine back into your soul! And, what better way to spend a gloomy morning, than to make a list of items you need, and then instead of going out into the elements, you can order right from the comfort of wherever you are!
And…don’t forget that Easter is this coming weekend!! We can make it easy for all of your food prep needs. Or, still looking for items to put in Easter baskets? Why not make baskets full of local products for our market? We have so much to make up a Foodie Easter Basket!
However you want to use our market, we are ready to take the dreariness out of the rainy day!
And…Old Soals has now added fresh basil along with their lovely lettuces!! Arugula is on vacation, at the moment, as they wait for the next production of it, but will be back, soon!!
And…Kennedy Farms is on a short break while they plant, and plan for the markets they are involved with, in the coming season! They should be back in mid May!!
Rainy days and Mondays are actually really goods for getting things done, and getting your orders in…
Sing Your Song...
…and, dance to your own beat…
Be the original. The one who sings, dances, laughs, dresses flamboyantly, and stays colorful…only you can sing your own tune, and that is why you are such a perfect match for this market.
We do things, our way, singing our song, and dancing to our beat. Our customers love that about our little local market of love. It’s our originality, dedication to being one of a kind, colorful, and full of amazing products, and vendors, that keep the market groovy, and the customers, shopping us, weekly…
So, tonight, before I head off to dreamland, I open up the market for the week. The one of a kind, marvelous, colorful market…
We Bid You Goodnight...
And I bid you goodnight, goodnight, goodnight…
(Grateful Dead-We Bid You Goodnight)
How many Dead shows did I see with this song ending the evening? Jerry, Bobby, Phil, all harmonizing, together, with just Jerry strumming on his guitar…
Anyway, why not strike up your own harmony with our market, as I bid you goodnight. The market closes at 6am, tomorrow morning, so consider this your night before love letter to get your orders in…
And, I bid you goodnight…
Feeling Stronger Every Day
And knowing that you would have wanted it this way
I do believe I’m feelin’ stronger every day…
(Feeling Stronger Every Day-Chicago)
Feeling the grooviness of the sounds of Chicago, this morning…and, the perfect summary of my feelings about this market. It just keeps rolling, getting stronger and stronger, building up with vendors, product, customers, and amazingness!
Today is Tuesday, the market closes at 6am, tomorrow, and we want you to join in the fun of making this market stronger and stronger…
Go ahead…dig out those old Chicago tunes, and get your Tuesday vibe action…
Just Another Thursday Evening...
…nothing special. Just opening up the market, after a crazy busy week. But, as crazy as the weeks are, for me, I always love Thursdays. Thursdays are my zen day. I bake, and make soups, and get orders organized, and make sure all reports have been submitted, all while making sure everyone with orders have been alerted, or reminded, to grab their orders on Thursday evenings.
But, once I get to the market, make sure products are delivered, vendor checks have been distributed, I’ve checked in with the Y, for any updates…I can then just be one with my people.
I love the chatting, I love asking each of you how you are, how your week is going…many of you, I feel, have been with me for so very long, that we are family.
This market…the weekly vibe of me writing to you. The craziness of keeping it all going. The loveliness of it when I open it up for order pickup, and then ending my Thursdays, coming to you, live, after reopening the market…it’s a love, a thankfulness, and a gratitude that I cannot explain.
Just another Thursday night, maybe…but for me, it’s a Thursday night of market love…
Go ahead…feel free to throw us some Thursday night love.
And, as always, we thank you, kindly…
Come and Get Your Love
Here we are, early on a Tuesday, with nothing but love to give you from our little market!!
Take some time, today, to look through all of the products, vendors, local love…
We are open until tomorrow, at 6am, so there is still plenty of time to show the love, be the love, order the love…
Well I’m going out west where I belong
Where the days are short and the nights are long
Where I’ll walk
And they walk
And they twist
And I’ll shimmy
And they shimmy
And I’ll fly
And they fly
Where they’re out there having fun
In the warm California sun
Well, I’m going out west
Out on the coast
Where the California girls
Are really the most
And I’ll walk
And they walk
(The Rivieras – California Sun)
Go ahead…look out at that bright sunshine, and just try not to blast this song, start to boogie down, shake your groove thing, and just get so excited that we have sunshine, we are warming up, all week, and it’s time for light hearted music!
This song has been covered many times since it’s 1961 inception, with my favorite cover having been done by The Ramones. But, even though I groove to the hippie beat, I was a club kid, and heavily into the alt/punk scene of the early 80s…
So many different versions of one song, a little something for everyone, just like this little market.
We offer such a large variety, something for everyone, because we all have our own likes, dislikes, needs, wants…we all groove to our own beat, and we’ve got ALL the grooviness for you!!
The market is open until 6am, Wednesday morning!! Why not start the week with placing your orders. Groove it out, market babes…
It’s Saturday Night!
Do you have your market orders in?
It’s rainy, the Elite Eight are playing, the night is perfect to also work on your orders, while the evening sets in…
While I watch the games, I’m also watching the market!
Throw us some love for the win!
Over The Hills and Far Away
Hey lady, you got the love I need
Maybe more than enough
Oh darling, darling, darling
Walk a while with me
Ohh, you’ve got so much, so much, so much
Many have I loved, and many times been bitten
Many times I’ve gazed along the open road
Many times I’ve lied, and many times I’ve listened
Many times I’ve wondered how much there is to know
Many dreams come true, and some have silver linings
I live for my dream, and a pocket full of gold
Mellow is the man who knows what he’s been missing
Many, many men can’t see the open road
Many is a word that only leaves you guessing
Guessing ’bout a thing you really ought to know, oh, oh, oh, oh
Really ought to know
I really ought to know
You know I should, you know I should, you know I should, you know I should?…
So…the weather, today, was nothing short of spectacular. Could you feel the shift? The hints of warm, the nuances of the rebellion that spring days bring?
I remember my high school days, and the reckless abandon that these early spring days would bring. Taking off from school, jumping into all of the muscle cars, windows down, hitching a ride off to fun. Shedding flannel shirts and jeans for tshirts and cutoffs…blaring music, cruising in the local park where I grew up, tossing frisbees, blaring car stereos with Led Zeppelin, and gearing up for one heck of a spring/summer pocketful of gold…
Anyway, this weather has me recharged, ready to open the market for another week, and hoping that you are all catching the same spring vibe that I am…
Toss us some orders…and then just mellow out…let the sunshine vibes take over…
Hello, Sunshine Day!
Are you soaking up the beauty of the sun?
While you are enjoying the day, throw us some market orders! You have until tomorrow at 6am!
Give us those love vibes!