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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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Tuesday Evening!

Just a quick note that if you want to place an order for green beans or cucumbers, we now have our newest grower, Pickle Boy Produce, to take care of those needs!!

Go ahead, you have all night to order…I will not close the market until tomorrow at 8am!!

Cosmic Pam

Monday Blues?

Does Monday get you down? Are you sorry when the weekend passes into Monday? Do you get the Monday Blues?

We’ve got you!! Why not do everything you can to make the beginning of your week, a pleasure trip? Why not place orders with our market to make it easy, to make it fun, to make you smile?

Sure, you can feel good about shopping local, but let’s be honest….shop from us because it makes your life easier!

We’ve got you!!

Cosmic Pam

Feelin' Groovy

Slow down, you move too fast
You got to make the morning last
Just kicking down the cobblestones
Looking for fun and feeling groovy
Ba da-da da-da da-da, feeling groovy…
(Simon&Garfunkel-59th Street Bridge Song)

Why not take it easy on this beautiful Saturday morning, and look at all of the products on our market, and then place your orders!!

Each week, we add more and more produce, vendors, and products…check us out!!

This past Thursday was extra fun at market pick up, because we actually had a micro market within our market, in the lobby of the YMCA.

It was fun to have vendors connect with customers, who usually do not get that opportunity to do this!!

Go ahead…get groovy, and give us a try…

Cosmic Pam

I Wasn't Born To Follow

I will want to dive beneath the white cascading waters
She may beg, she may plead, she may argue with her logic
And mention all the things I’ll lose
That really have no value in the end she will surely know
I wasn’t born to follow…
(The Byrds…I Wasn’t Born To Follow)

I love this song, and, tonight, finds me with loads of old tunes, a glass of wine, listening to more storms blowing in, and thanking my lucky stars that I wasn’t born to follow. Anything. Anywhere.

I know it’s no big surprise that I do things on my own terms, pave my own way, go the extra mile, all on my own. If something is the main stream, I will go less main stream. If the crowd is all doing it, chances are, I groove one my own.

Much like this little market…it’s always just grooved on it’s own. Basked in it’s own little success story, paved it’s own way, and usually stayed away from the mainstream.

We love our market, we love our vendors, and we love that you allow us, each week, to bring you all that we have to offer.

Like our market, our customers tend to not follow…they come back, because they are free flowing thinkers, always giving us the opportunity to take them in all different directions…

We are opening, once again, for the week!! Take a bit of a detour from your usual path, and be the one that doesn’t follow the masses. Follow a new groove, and give us a try…

Cosmic Pam

It's A Full House!!

So, it looks like it’s going to be a full house in the lobby, tonight!

Along with Herr Family Farm, and Madison’s Gluten Free Baking, we are adding our newest produce vendor, Pickle Boy Produce to the mix!!

He is setting up, tonight, to get to know everyone, and then will begin to add stuff to the market!!

Tonight, he will have fresh green beans, AND, MAYBE…I am hearing rumblings of sweet corn!! He grows all produce, chemically free, and we are excited to get to know him!!

Again…make plans to stop in the lobby, bring extra cash, and take advantage of what is looking like a micro market, within the market!!

Cosmic Pam

Market Announcement!!

Tomorrow at the market pick up area!!

We welcome Herr Family Farm, tomorrow, in the lobby, with their amazing peaches!! They are grown, locally, at their farm, in Mechanicsburg, and this season, they have excess to sell!! If you are picking up an order, make sure to stop by their table to grab peaches on the run!! If you forgot to place an order, you can still run into the lobby for the peach purchase!!

ALSO…our gluten free baker, Madison Ling, will be in the lobby, handing out samples of her products, and talking to anyone who needs more information on her baking, products, or to get to know her background!!

Ok…tomorrow will be a big day at market pickup!!

And…I will be putting all customer names into a drawing for the weekly market playlist for summer listening fun!!

Cosmic Pam

Morning Wake Up!

You have a half hour to get your market orders in for the week!!

Make it a great one!!

Cosmic Pam

From The Berry Side Of Things

Cathy, from Champaign Berry Farm just let me know that this will be the LAST week to order raspberries, until August/September!!

BUT…they just added cling peaches!!

Go, order, get your peaches!!

Cosmic Pam

Monday Morning

Who loves Monday morning, asked nobody, ever!!

But, one happy way to usher in the week, is to get a lot of your shopping done, with us, for the week!! Why not make it easy, and fun, and affordable to eat healthy, locally, and cost effectively?

Don’t let the Monday blues get you down…kick the week into gear by placing your trust in us, and our little local market of love…

Cosmic Pam

Let's Get This Party Started!

Hello, little local market of love customers!!

It’s that time!! It’s Thursday evening, I just closed out the orders from last week, and tonight’s market, and we are ready to get back on track, now that holiday time has come and gone!!

So, in order to get all that you would like to get your hands on, let’s see who can be the first to order, this evening!!

And, for extra summer fun, let’s say that all customers, this week, get their name in a drawing for a fun, music packed summer inspired cd!!

You know you love my summer playlists, and it’s always so fun to see who the winner will be, each week!!

Just remember, if you don’t order, you can’t be in the running for your very own Market Of Love Playlist!!

Go, be groovy, order up!!

Cosmic Pam