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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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The market will close at 8am!!

Get your motors running!!

Cosmic Pam

Christmas-Local Style!

The Makers,
The Movers,
The Shakers,
This Christmas…

How can you do that??

Well, you can order from our market!!


On Thursday, during the hours of 4pm-6pm, you can also have the chance to shop in our Christmas Vendor Pop Up Market, in the lobby of the YMCA, this Thursday, during market pick up!!

Even if you do not need to order, this week, you can still grab a friend, a family member, a neighbor, and plan to shop our Christmas Pop Up Market for gifts that are local, unique, and that reflect our dedication to our growers, producers, artisans…

Cosmic Pam

Welcome Back!

Once again, we are live! And, open for another week of market fun!

Cosmic Pam

Almost Time!

The market is about to close for the week…do we have your orders??

Go, race…you have about 10 minutes!!

Cosmic Pam

Merry Everything! Happy Always!

Good morning!! It’s Tuesday, and I am just here to remind you that you have until tomorrow, at 8am, to get your orders in!!

In case you didn’t notice, we have Davidson Family Growers back with us!! It you have been missing his greens and lettuces, get yours, now!!

We have some holiday gift packages, available from some of the vendors, AND, we have a special, on site Christmas market planned for you, in the lobby of the YMCA, on Thursday, December 14th!! Vendor set up will begin between 3pm-3:30pm, and they are ALL kinds of excited to have this pop up market, right inside the lobby!! Make plans to attend!!

Also…we will be closing the market for the week of Christmas. So, we will not have a market on the 28th, but we will be back the next week!! Make sure to plan ahead for your ordering needs!!

And, as a reminder…our market has so many unique and locally produced items, that your Christmas gift list recipients would be so excited to receive! Browse through, and look at all of the possibilities!!

Okay…go, get your orders in, and remember to be merry and bright!!

Cosmic Pam

Welcome Back!!

A new week, a new month that begins, and a whole new opportunity for ordering from your favorite little market of love…

Cosmic Pam

Our House

I’ll light the fire while you place the flowers in the vase that you bought today…
(Our House-Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young)

As we near the last days of November, and look ahead to the next month, my mind immediately goes into overdrive.

The thoughts of the hustle and bustle of the holidays, the planning, the shopping, the baking, the travel, the events, the family, the excitement…it can be a little overwhelming if you look at the whole big picture.

I am that person who easily shuts down the minute that I try to look at the whole thing, the whole equation, the big picture. I like simplicity, the ease of things, the peace and love of things…of course I know that the holiday season is about peace and love, but if I look too closely at jammed schedules, events, people, places…I zone.

We all get that way, and that is why our little local market of love can be so helpful in these busy weeks.

Think of us as your comfort place, your ease of ordering and buying all that you will need to feed your family and guests. All that you will need for your baking. All that you will need for lighting your home with candles to make it cozy, soaps to stock the rooms with or for quick gift ideas. Oils for diffusing throughout the house…

We truly have it all, right here, in your own backyard, where we all come together in our own house…this market, our house…

This morning we close the market for the week. Your market manager has been crazy busy with the Thanksgiving holiday, a weekend away, and then a crazy busy event, yesterday. As I ease back into the real world, I am going to make my own life easier, by ordering from the market. And, as my early December gift to you, I am going to leave the market open until 9am, this morning.

So, you get an extra hour, extra time to think about what you need for the week…

Cosmic Pam

We’re Back!

Hoping you had the happiest of Thanksgivings!

We are now back, live, and ready to fill your post holiday needs, this week!

Let us help you ease into the week…

Cosmic Pam

Hey, Hey, Hey!

Ok…your market manager has decided to keep the market open ONE EXTRA HOUR!!

The market will close at 9am, this morning!! It is our last market before Thanksgiving, so give that some thought when placing your orders!!

I am keeping it open, one more hour, due to the fact that we will be closed, next week, AND, some of our customers are returning from being gone, and all accounts needed to be reactivated…

I just want everyone to have time to get their orders in!!

See you at 9am…

Cosmic Pam

November Blue

November shadows, shade November change
November spells sweet memory, the season blue remains
November spells sweet memory, the season blue remains…
(November Blue-The Avett Brothers)

It’s now that cold, chill that the November winds kick in. It reminds us that we are now out of the warm limbo that is between the end of summer, and the dazzling of fall. We are headed to Thanksgiving, and then we are headed to the months that I like to call both hibernation, and yet planning mode.

We usher in the hush of the growing season, while we begin, at least with Hippie and the Farmer, the indoor growth time. The seed saving, grown lighting, garden planning stages…

November is the cusp of both the goodbye, and the hello…

We open the market, this week, to say hello to returning vendors, and also to remind you that we will have next week, as a market, and then we will be closed for the Thanksgiving week!!

Get your orders in, see all that we offer, and let us guide you through these months of winter…we can make it all an experience in local…

Cosmic Pam