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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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Live! The Market Is Back!

We are back for another week of fun!

Cosmic Pam

Ain't No Sunshine

Ain’t no sunshine when she gone
It’s not warm when she’s away
Ain’t no sunshine when she gone
She’s always gone too long
Anytime she goes away…
(Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone-listening to the Lenny Kravitz version)

But, seriously…the market closes at 8am, this morning, and there truly is no sunshine if all of our merry band of followers are not all with us, on the ordering adventure…

And, just a note on the bread front for my own, Cosmic Charlie…if you need bread, order it for this week. I will be putting myself on vacation mode, for next week, as I take my annual leave to drift off to the first music festival of the season…

Now…give me some sunshine, get your orders in…

Cosmic Pam

Sha La La La La...

Whatever happened
To Tuesday and so slow
Going down the old mine
With a transistor radio
Standing in the sunlight laughing
Hiding behind a rainbow’s wall
Slipping and sliding
All along the water fall, with you
My brown eyed girl…
(Brown Eyed Girl-Van Morrison)

The day is bright, the sun is shining, the breeze is warm, and all is just amazing on this beautiful Tuesday.

For some reason, in my musical tastes, Neil Young always ushers in the fall season, while Van Morrison always ushers in the upcoming summer months, for me.

So, here I am, coffee in hand, the day already planned, and Van Morrison singing to me from my Alexa…it’s on!!

On this lovely morning, why not take a few moments to think about how our market can help you in your local quest for good food, from trusted vendors, who can help you make that transition to buying/supporting/and encouraging local eating, local buying, and local living?

The market is so easy to use, and we have so many amazing products. We are also very seasonal, so right now is the time to take advantage of Harrigan’s Harvest Asparagus!! She also has very limited quantities of rhubarb!!

We’ve got it all…and we are just waiting for you, to get in tune with us, as we stand in the sunlight, waiting to make your local life, full of local products…

Cosmic Pam

Happy Friday!

Good Morning lithe local market of love customers!

After a night of market updates to the site, it’s now ready for opening!

It’s a new week, and we have all the sunshine, right here, with all of our products and vendors!

Take a moment to look things over, place your orders, and be done!

Have a great first day of the weekend!

Cosmic Pam

Hello, Sunshine!

This busy week has flown by! Here we are at Wednesday morning, and the market closes at 8am, this morning!

What you don’t want to miss is the asparagus!! It’s that time of year!! We welcome Beth back to the market but remember, the season is fleeting for asparagus, so you need to take advantage!

Happy Wednesday!

Cosmic Pam

Late Night

Sorry for the late opening of the market this week. This is Mark ,your assistant manager. Your manager,The Hippie has been busy preparing for an event tomorrow. The Farmer has been busy too,but forgot to open the market for her. Get your orders in so the Farmer doesn’t get in trouble for a smaller market this week.

Egg Mania!

Remember the months of our egg shortage?

Well…no more!!

I am leaving the market open until 8:15 because even more eggs were added, and you may STILL need to get your egg groove on!!

The market is a groovy place to get all of your local products…

Cosmic Pam

Don't Forget!!

The market closes at 8am, today!!

Still time to get those orders in while you make coffee, tea, breakfast, pack lunches…

So easy to make your weekly crunch time a bit easier!!

Cosmic Pam

Looking For Fun and Feeling Groovy

Slow down, you move too fast
You got to make the morning last
Just kicking down the cobble stones
Looking for fun and feelin’ groovy
Hello lamppost, what cha knowing?
I’ve come to watch your flowers growing
Ain’t cha got no rhymes for me?
Doot-in’ doo-doo, feelin’ groovy
Got no deeds to do, no promises to keep
I’m dappled and drowsy and ready to sleep
Let the morning time drop all its petals on me
Life, I love you, all is groovy…
(The 59th Street Bridge Song-Simon and Garfunkel)

This song always seems to kick off the spring season for me. It’s fun, it’s kicky, and it’s a song that we performed in my 7th grade choir, in school, when we had a student teacher in music, that year, who was super cool, and she let us sing all kinds of cool tunes…

The last line also can apply to my recent birthday, on Friday, and the month long birthday celebration of me. I am going to share a writing that I put on my Facebook blog from one of my business pages.

Your market manager went on a personal soul journey, this month…

April has been all about my birthday month…I have taken the month to work hard, but also to take pockets of time to get away for a few adventures, a weekend away with my lovely sorority sisters on our yearly reunion that takes us to various locations.
I have also been so very lucky to have celebrated with some of my nearest, dearest, and life long friends, this month.
I watched my daughter run in a half marathon, this past weekend, and I got teary eyed at the woman she has become, even when she has no idea how totally awesome she really is.
I celebrated myself, all month. My 53rd year was not my best. No clue what was so different, but I felt like I had hit a life change. I was sick for much of the winter. I was going through the motions for most of last year. Everything around me was going very well…my businesses, like in general, but I felt like it was the year of my personal inner struggle. It wasn’t even something that I could put into words. I just was not me. I didn’t broadcast it. I didn’t go around mopey, or talking about what was going on. Simply because I didn’t even know how to explain it.
But, approaching the onset of my 54th year, I started the journey on the first day of the month. I made sure to take time, each day, to celebrate. I celebrated with shopping, I celebrated with alone time, I celebrated by having unloaded some baking jobs, I celebrated by writing, I celebrated by embracing me. My age, my accomplishments, my appearance, my tiny little lines that now dust my face. I celebrated with branching out with new hair with a new, super amazing, and super inspiring girl. I celebrated by letting everyone around me, love me. I took a trip, in my mind, retracing all of my life. The ups, downs, good, bad, happy, sad….I took time to reflect on the people in my life who inspire me, and have been with me, no matter what.
I have said goodbye to the year of the negative 53. I have said hello to the very vibrant, energetic, and possibility filled year of 54…
Life I love you…all is groovy…

I felt like this awakening is also relevant to this little local market of love…each spring, I feel a rebirth in this market. The sunshine, the warm weather, the beginning of new growth in gardens, the blossoming of flowers…it all begins to unfold, awaken, and come alive. Much like the personal journey that took me out of my 53rd doldrums…

So, with this…I did want to announce that one of our newest vendors is now live, and full of color with her floral offerings that have come early to her garden!!

Make yourself feel groovy…

Cosmic Pam


Welcome back to another week!

Is the weather going to stay warm and beautiful? Let’s hope so!

Cosmic Pam