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!
It Stoned Me
Oh, the water
Oh, the water
Oh, the water
Hope it don’t rain all day
(Van Morrison – And It Stoned Me)
So, I am having coffee on a dark, rainy morning, looking at one last view of the mountains in Virginia.
I’m returning to you, and the market, this morning, and am so pleased to see so much activity happening behind the scenes!
Your orders mean the world to us! And, I am getting ready to introduce another brand new vendor that I have been stalking on Instagram!
This market is just the most amazing! And, it’s my pleasure to continue to bring you more and more!
I am off to the airport, soon! I will see you at order pickup night!
All replacement lettuces and arugula are at the YMCA, ready for you to pick it up!
Could that be right? November?!
We are now in that beautiful of full autum glory, weather that calls for hearty fare, and the need for taking care of our souls!
Turn to our market for all of that!! Indulge in the comfort foods, pampering for your every need, and beautiful artisan works!
We have everything for all senses!
The market is now open for the week! Ease into the comfort with us!
Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch
Sugar pie, honey bunch, can’t help myself, can’t help myself…
(Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch-Four Tops)
Ok…I lied…one more Weblog…but, hey, I want you to get ALL the sweetness, and if I cram it all into one, long, run on blog, I don’t keep your attention…
ANYWAY…For those of you who have been asking about Honey Boy Honey, she will be returning to us, soon!! For those of you who have been asking for her glass jarred honey, she will be returning with those, as well!!
And…Michelle will also be bringing us her organic dried herb blends!! She will have a separate business name for those, and we will announce, once she is back up and running at the market site!!
OK…for real…I’m leaving you in peace, Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch…
Lettuce Make It Up To You!
And, my final weblog of the evening…
There were two weeks of a few lettuce snafus, and I spoke with Nik, today, of Old Souls Farm, and he is on it, ready to make it all right for everyone!!
So…if you were part of the arugula issue of two weeks ago, your replacements will be at the market, this week!! If you are ordering, just plan to also grab the arugula. If you don’t order, you can stop in, and Mark will have it for you!
If you were part of the arugula/Spring Mix downfall, last week, all replacements will be at the market, on Thursday!! Some drill…Mark will take care of you, if you order, or if you just groove in for your replacement!!
AND…finally…if you are ordering, just a regular order, with no problems, the past two weeks, your current lettuces/arugula will be waiting!!
We are working to get it all groovy with them/us/you!!
Thank you, so much, for your patience!!
And, thank you, Old Souls, for making it right!!
When I Paint My Masterpiece
Someday, everything is gonna be smooth like a rhapsody…
When I paint my masterpiece…
(When I Paint My Masterpiece-Bob Dylan, also The Band, also The Grateful Dead, but written by Dylan)
So…I am super excited to add another new vendor, this evening!! She is talented, she is super upbeat, and I love her stuff!! I have followed her on Facebook, met her at Octoberfest, purchased one of her body sugar scrubs, fell in LOVE with it, just bought another jar of it, from her, and asked her to join our little local market of love!!
But…along with her scrubs, she is also going to add her art!! I love having all kinds of artisans on our market. And, it’s not too early to begin thinking about the gift giving season, and what better gift, than a locally produced piece of art…
So, a big hello to Emily, of Art by Adair!!
She got the way to move me, Cherry baby
She got the way to groove me…
(Cherry, Cherry-Neil Diamond)
What better song to usher in the intro to our new vender, who listed homemade cherry pie as her first variety for the market!!
Tonight we introduce, Ruthie’s Pies!!
Ruth is actually Ruth Runyan, part of the Oakview Farm Meats gang. Actually, to be truthful, she keeps them all in line, on the farm, and in the shop!! She is a powerhouse of energy, and her pies, and other baked goods are amazing!!
She has had impressive careers as both a home economics teacher, and was basically the founder of the original Rothschild’s recipes for jams, etc!! And, now, she brings all of her know how of all things kitchen and baking to our market!!
Go, get your orders in, and, why not throw in a homemade pie to take away?
Cherry, cherry…groove me…
She keeps her Moet et Chandon
In her pretty cabinet
‘Let them eat cake’ she says
Just like Marie Antoinette…
Because, in my personal Halloween party playlists, this has always been a must, AND, because I am counting the minutes to the debut of the Queen movie, Bohemian Rhapsody…like, counting down the minutes.
And…it makes for a nice song added into our Halloween market playlist!!
Well, it’s the spookiest week…it’s Halloween week!! And, it’s also time to come out of your Halloween weekend party haze, and get your orders in, for the week!!
So much to offer, and so much added to this market, to make your life easier, helps you to keep it local, and offers you year round goodness and super affordable prices!
You have until Wednesday morning…but don’t get left out of the ghoulish fun…order before you hit the streets for trick or treat!! After all the sugar that you will be gathering, wouldn’t it be nice to have all kinds of good for you things, ready and waiting?
Over At The Frankenstein Place
In the velvet darkness,
of the blackest night,
there’s a guiding star,
no matter what or who you are…
(Rocky Horror Picture Show)
Adding this to our little local market of love’s Halloween playlist…
And, to say, let us be the burning light, your guiding star, as we groove this market, together…
We are approaching the week of Halloween, so why not get your orders in before all of the bewitching fun!!
I am leaving on vacation, Wednesday, so my products are in Vacation Mode, until I return. They will be available for ordering, the following market!!
On Halloween night, I will be flying out, on a plane, not a broom, but none the less, whisking away!
Your other market manager, Mark, will be at the helm!! Let’s see those orders do the Monster Mash!
Bad Moon Rising
Don’t go ‘round tonight
It’s bound to take your life
There’s a bad moon on the rise…
(Bad Moon Rising-CCR)
Have you gazed out your windows, this morning? Have you seen the brilliance of the moon? Nothing makes me more energized than to feel the loveliness of the moon…
And, after you gaze at the moon, make your way to the market because we close for the week, in one hour!!
Be bright, be brilliant, be the moon…