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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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Summer Lovin.....

Had me ablast…
(Summer Lovin’-Grease soundtrack)

Well, it’s definitely winter, but with the addition of Champaign Berry’s frozen black raspberries, you can feel the summer sun, even in the cold!

Limited quantities, so order fast!

Cosmic Pam

Super Happy New Year!!

Welcome to a new happy year!!

I hope your celebrations were happy ones, all during the holiday season, as we said a goodbye/hello, to the passing of years!

And, as an added bonus, we were treated to the spectacular view of the Super Moon!! So beautiful, bright, and an illumination to our new journey in this fresh new year!

In honor of fresh starts, healthy kick offs, new local promises, why not place an order, today?

We have until tomorrow morning, at 8am, and the market is rockin’ and rollin’!! Don’t miss out on placing your first order of 2018!

Cosmic Pam

After All, You’re My Wonderwall!

Maybe you’re gonna be the one who saves me…

On this brink of 2018, maybe we can all be eachother’s wonderwall…we’ve got you, and you’ve got us….your little local market of love!

In 2018, your market managers have big plans for your market!! Expansions, surprises, new growth…

Your Wonderwall of the market, is excited with the new direction, new plans, a whole new attitude!

We take our local very seriously, and we thank you for loving this market!!

Also, the orders are flying in to make this already a record kick off market for a new year!!

Have a safe and happy celebration!! Remember to get the first orders of 2018 to us!!

Thank you, from the bottoms of our hearts to the vendors, vendors coming on the market, customers, and the staff of the YMCA!

Gratefully yours,
Pam and Mark
Your market managers

Hazy Shade Of Winter

Well, we certainly have entered snow, cold, wind, and hazy conditions! The hazy shade of winter…cue the song implant!

I was just thinking that while you are keeping warm, before you begin your new year’s preparations, and making those resolutions, how about planning your upcoming cold weather menu items?

We have so many options for locally produced meat, from several vendors! When snowy days hit, think about soups, stews, casseroles, cassoulets, slow roasted dishes….

We have all the dairy, cheeses, yogurts that you need to have on hand, for drinking, cooking, baking, or snacking…

Breads, pizza dough, cookies, brownies, candies, and other treats….

Lettuces and greens for salads, wilting as side dishes, or soups! Greens are easy to add to any dish…

It’s nice to stock eggs, jams, sauces, syrups, frozen berries, and honey to make marinades, breakfast dishes, drizzles, salad dressings, toppings for yogurt….

Candles to warm your spirit, scented soaps that are easy on your skin…

Field corn for leaving out for birds and animals, and specially made dog treats for your furry friends…

Get it all, from the comfort of where you are keeping warm….

What better way to stay warm than with the coffee selections that are listed…

The hazy shade of winter just got more enjoyable…

Cosmic Pam

One Last Word

For now….

But, don’t forget your dogs in all of your ordering!!

They like treats, too!! And, why not surprise them, on these cold days, with treats from our market!!??

It’s the Dog Days Of Winter!

Treat them right!!

Cosmic Pam

Going Where The Climate Suits My Clothes

Title to this weblog is dedicated to a lyric from, from The Grateful Dead…and, it suits the day just fine…

How are you keeping warm? If you are able to get cozy, this weekend, out of the elements, think about ordering from our market, gathering up all that you need to make these winter days easier to face!

First, the ease of ordering let’s you order from your comfort zone! Second, we have so much at our market for your winter cooking, and cold weather consumption needs!!

And, don’t forget your skincare with rthe amazing soups that are offered! And, if you are in the need to liven up your decor after the Christmas decorations are down, we have things in our farm crafts section, and all kinds of candles to warm the corners of your house!

Also, the pick up is super easy! No fighting crowds!

We are affordable!

And, we are ALL local!!! For real!!!

Use the weekend to order!! Let’s all ring in the new year with orders! I placed mine, what about you??

And, there was a typo in my last Weblog…it should have read, Swisher Hill Herbs! They have left our market, but can still be reached!! If you need contact info., you can email me! Or, if you have their email, shoot them an email!

Much love going forward! I feel a vibrant year ahead!!

Cosmic Pam

A New Day Will Dawn

For those who stand long,
and the forest will echo with laughter…
(Led Zeppelin)

We are upon a new day to dawn, the brink of a new year, another year in this market!

Was your holiday a love filled one? Did you eat well, give unto others, and love those around you?

This time of year makes me so happy to see so much kindness. I also love to see the return of our market hours and weeks, and the excitement of the dawn of a new year in our market history!

We thank you for being along for the ride!

One announcement fior the dawn of a new year, is that we are moving along without Seusher Hill Herbs. Joe and Charlene have decided to leave our little local market of love, and we wish them well, an would like to thank Charlene for her participation in helping to manage our market in the early years!

So, with every dawn, there is a rebirth…and, I feel that for this market!

2018….the year that brings all exciting things!

Tonight, I open the market!! Let us be your new dawn…


Cosmic Pam

The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

Hello, little local market of love customers!

Your market manager is crazy busy with baking, catering, and delivering but I wanted to take this time to wish everyone a very happy, love filled holiday!!

I feel like we are all a little family with local vibes, and love filled jives!! I value the customers, vendors, and staff of the YMCA for becoming friends, local believers, and market makers!!

We are the doers and shakers of this local food scene, and I am proud to boast that this market remains strong, vibrant, and dear to my heart!!

Thank you for allowing me to manage your market, allow me access into your lives with this Weblog, and allowing our market to serve you, each and every week!

Also, a reminder that we are closed, this week, but will reopen on December 28th!!

While we approach the new year, we approach year 6 in our market history!! We could not do it without each of you!! The Local Gang!!

May you each know good health, love, and compassion in the new year!

This is my love letter to you…

Cosmic Pam

We Are Stardust

Hello, little local market of love!

A reminder that the market will close, at 8am, this morning!

We will then be closed the next week!!

We hope that you have an amazing holiday, and we will see you, in the new year!!

Cosmic Pam

One Week!

We are opening the market, again, for one more week, before we take a week off at Christmas!!

So, get your orders in!!

Happy, Merry, Love