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!
We welcome you back to the market!
Take a moment to get to know us, and if you already use us, we thank you for the love!
Tripping Into The Morning!
Wednesday morning, again…
And, that means you need to be tripping into the market for your last chance at placing orders for the week!!
We close up at 8am!!
See you on the flip side…
Another Chance To Be Golden!
In the sunshine of the market, it’s time to shine!
The market is groovy with activity, and we look forward to seeing you!
So much goodness, so many seasonal products!
We are now live, again, giving you another chance to be golden!
Egg cartons!! All egg customers, we would LOVE it if you started bringing all cartons back to the market!!
Our egg vendors will love you for it!!
Hello, little local market of love customers…
A quick note to let you know that the Hippie and the Farmer will have extra pints of our organically grown strawberries, for purchase, at the market table, at today’s pick up!!
Just in case you missed out on ordering them…bring cash!! 3.00/pint!!
Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day
You fritter and waste the hours in an offhand way…
How many high school summer days did I drift through with Pink Floyd as my background music?
Anyway…the theme of this morning’s Weblog is time. You have an hour left in the market before I close up shop for the week.
Don’t waste the moments…get your orders in before 8am, today!! And, don’t let time tick away on the precious seasonal delights that will only be with us for a few short weeks…
Strawberry Letter 23
Pretty music, I hear
So happy and loud
Blue flower echo
From a cherry cloud…
(Strawberry Letter 23-The Brothers Johnson)
And, you can write your own strawberry lyrical song or poetry because guess what…it’s time to say, hello, to strawberry season!!
And, Hippie and the Farmer have all organically grown strawberries, in limited quantities, for the next few weeks, on the market!!
Now, we can all write strawberry scented letters…
Let There Be Songs To Fill The Air
If my words did glow with the gold of sunshine
And my tunes were played on the harp unstrung
Would you hear my voice come through the music
Would you hold it near as it were your own?
It’s a hand-me-down, the thoughts are broken
Perhaps they’re better left unsung
I don’t know, don’t really care
Let there be songs to fill the air…
Coming back into reality, today, after a long weekend, engulfed in music, friendship, and fun, and I felt this mellow, love filled tune was the perfect theme for the market, today…
I hope that everyone had an amazing holiday weekend, spent doing it in a manner that was meaningful to you.
Holidays and holiday weekends tend to mess with our market. Everyone gets busy, is taking a vacation, or trying to remember it’s actually a Tuesday, and not a Monday.
So, I want you to take a glance at the market, on today, the day that is Tuesday, and not a Monday, because the market closes, tomorrow, Wednesday, for the week!
And…a few announcements…
We are welcoming a new vendor, Fun Guy Farms, with his Oyster Mushrooms!!
I met him, this past winter, and the Springfield Winter Market, and talked to him about joining this market!!
He applied, this past weekend, and now I want you all to show him some love by getting your mushroom orders in, as soon as his product is live on the market!!
Also…there seemed to be some sort of hiccup in the market, when I was gone. Please check your orders, and confirmation emails, to make sure that your order did go all the way through the market.
I have asked a few customers to reorder, due to a time frame where the orders did not take!
And, with the return of yours truly…all Cosmic products are out of vacation mode, and live, on the market!!
We are open!!
Wake Up Call!
Good morning, lovelies!!
This is your wake up call that it is Wednesday, and we close at 8am, today!!
Your market manager has been incredibly busy, this past weekend, and has put all of the breads in vacation mode because, well, I am leaving on my usual music festival weekend, tomorrow, and will not be around for market times!! In the past years, I have baked up until the exact moment that we were packing, and leaving…this year, I gave myself a break, and permission to just ease into the festival weekend…but, I will be back with all the Cosmic goodness for next week’s market!!
On the lettuce front…sadly, we said goodbye to Kevin, of Davidson Family Growers. Urbana was becoming an issue to try to deliver, and he has decided to move on. We wish him well, and we thank him for his years on the market!!
But…we will have lettuce!! Hippie and the Farmer have been growing early plants in their greenhouse, all winter, and we should have lettuce to add to the market, soon!! Also, now that we know to plan, we should be able to provide lettuce, year round, from our greenhouse!! We are all organic growers, and look forward to another great season!!
We also have our other produce vendors who should be able to bring their products, soon, and we have added a new grower for the season!!
Right now…don’t forget asparagus season!! Get it, here, before the season ends!!
And, Champaign Berry thinks it’s just a matter of time before they have their first offerings…
Ok…let’s do this…get your orders in…and, remember…it’s the holiday weekend!! Get your celebration started, here!