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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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Snow, Wind, Cold

Good Morning!! Happy Wednesday, and happy end of our market week!! That’s right…time to get those orders in, this morning, by 8am!!

I hope that the one good thing about this crazy weather, is that you have been able to keep warm while doing your shopping, with us, out of the elements!!

You still have time to give our market some love, this week, and in turn, give yourself that same love by making your week a bit easier!!

Our market is a strong community market with much pride in what we do, what we offer, and who our vendors are!! You have helped us, each week, with your support and love!!

Keep it groovy, this week…throw us your orders…

Cosmic Pam

Live! Action! Go!

We’re back!!

You know the drill!!

Show us some love!!!

Cosmic Pam

Call Of The Wreckin' Ball

Call Of the Wreckin’ ball, and the close of this week’s market, at 8am, today!

Song title by my favorite punk band, X, to signal the crashing sound of getting your orders in!!

It’s a big, fun market, this week, with a whole lot of local action shakin’ down. I am sure you don’t want to miss out on the fun.

Grab your coffee, your tea, or whatever grooves your early morning, and throw us your weekly orders. It only takes a few minutes to make your shopping life so much easier for the week.

Be the wreckin’ ball…crash the market!!

Cosmic Pam

Positively 4th Street

I wish that for just one time you could stand inside my shoes
And just for that one moment I could be you
Yes, I wish that for just one time you could stand inside my shoes…
(Positively 4th Street-Bob Dylan)

For no other reason, today, except that I think these lyrics are beautiful, and I am in a Dylan kind of way, this morning…

Go ahead…spin some Dylan, and thank me, always for setting the tone of your day.

It’s Tuesday, it’s sunny, and it’s going to be a warm 52 degrees!! Perfectly inspiring for ordering from this perfectly inspired little local market of love!!

Oh, and you know…it’s climbing to be quite a market, this week! You don’t want to miss out on all of this positive vibing local goodness…we are open until tomorrow at 8am. Don’t linger, and don’t forget…

Another fun tidbit about the song that I chose for you, today? It’s the song that I put on replay, endless amounts of play, when I am on the cusp of making business decisions. And, the Jerry Garcia version is the one that I listened to, constantly, on the night that I put Cosmic Charlie into action, 9 seasons ago. What’s the song that sends you into action? We all have a song…

Okay! Groove it out…get your orders ready!

And…on a follow up to the chipmunk adventure of yesterday. The little intruder had trapped himself into my powder room trash can, must of scared himself into a sad farewell, and was then disposed of in the fields…so long…

Now…let’s get this Tuesday underway…

Cosmic Pam

Monday Drag

That’s it…the feeling you get as you begin to wake up, and remember that you are not slowly waking up on a lazy Sunday. You are crash waking, right into a full blown Monday.

Make the transition a bit easier by vowing to take a few minutes to place an order with us! All of your local goods, in one place, with simple clicks of the keys!

I’m sitting here, coffee in one hand, my hair a mess, a million things on my Monday list of musts, and a chipmunk trapped in my lovely little powder room.

But, what am I going to do? Order. I know my week, at a glance, and once again, it’s a bit crazy. To make it less crazy, I need to simplify by getting some food ordered!!

Follow my lead…and please, throw me some tips on getting the chipmunk out of my life, and powder room…

Cosmic Pam

Happy March!

Here we are, entering into a new month, the bridge into spring but with such wind, rain, and cold, that I just want to throw blankets on, and seek out comfort!

While I listen to the wind, I am going to place my weekly orders, to put the sunshine back into the days!

Keep your sunshine going strong by turning on with our market!

Also, my products are all out of vacation mode!

Cosmic Pam

Hello, Tuesday!!

Just a reminder, before the day gets away from you, that we are open, for the week, until tomorrow at 8am!!

Spend a little time, today, to make sure you don’t miss out on all that this little market has to offer…

Cosmic Pam

Sunday's Best

Every day is just like the rest but Sunday’s best…
(Sunday’s Best-Elvis Costello)

Sunday really is the best day of the week. It’s one of those days that when you wake up, you first are freaking out because you think you overslept. Then, your brain finally kicks in to let you know that it’s still the weekend. But, not just the weekend, and not like Saturday.

Sunday is all it’s own to do with it what you will. Some Sundays, I am a total bum, hide out, drink coffee, watch mindless tv, take a million naps, and linger in the kitchen, working on a recipe or two. Tinge the whole day with music, rumpled clothes, and messy hair.

Other Sundays I am all about the crazy organization of my life. If I know I have a super busy week, ahead, I do everything that I can, on Sunday, to ensure that I pull the week off. That means house cleaning, planning/prepping dinners, making a detailed list for each day to come. Sometimes my own relaxation comes from this kind of Sunday craze.

And, while I am getting my life all worked out, I make sure to sit and place my market order at this little local market of love.

If I know my ordering is taken care of, I can mark that task off of my Sunday list.

Why not give yourself that same sense of accomplishment? Go ahead…take a little time, today, out of your Sunday, to make it the best…

On a side note…my products are all on Vacation Mode for this week. I have back to back events that started, last night. On Thursday, both of your market managers will be involved with Empty Bowls. Our combined business of Hippie and the Farmer will be offering two of the soup selections for the evening. And, yours truly, will be the evening’s bread baker, once again, and that means I will be busy baking for that. I had to take time off, this week, from you, my lovelies.

But, I will return, for next week’s ordering!!

Okay…make your Sunday the best!

Cosmic Pam

Hello To Another Week!

We are live, we love your love, and we want to fill your ordering needs!

Show your local love!

Cosmic Pam

And Just Like That...

…it’s Wednesday!!

This means that you have until 8am to get your orders in!! It’s been kind of a crazy week of work, the weather has been so kind to us all, and the week just sort of got away from me. Do you feel the same?

If so, take a bit of time out of your morning, to look at the market, and let us take care of the rest. You enjoy the rest of the week, and let us worry about getting you ready with all of our local goodness…

Go ahead…make your life, your week, your days easier…

Cosmic Pam