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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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Your Tuesday Lovenote

Reminding you that today is your last day to order!

We close at 8am, tomorrow morning!

Shine your love straight at us!

Cosmic Pam

Sunday Morning Sunshine!

What a beautiful sunshine day!

Why not start the week in the same beautiful way?

Take some time to gather your thoughts, grab your nearest smart device, or sit at your desk, and throw us some sunshine love with your weekly orders!

Make it your Sunday thing of self love….making your life, easier, healthier, and locally based, is the best form of self love!

Cosmic Pam

And, Just Like That...

We are back!! Live, and ready to take your weekly orders!!

And, may I just take a minute to thank you all, so much, for really helping to make this market reach new levels of total intensity?

So far, in this new year, the customers have come out for our weekly local fun!! We have new customers, we have returning customers, we have the customers who shop from us, weekly.

You should all give yourselves some much needed love because we love the love that you show us, constantly!!

OK…here we go, again…another week, another chance to show us how local you can go!!

Cosmic Pam

Hello, Wednesday!

And, just like that, another week of market ordering is coming to an end!!

You have until 8am, this morning, to get your weekly orders in!!

Think of me as your friendly wake up call to grab your coffee, your tea, your whatever, and think about how we can make your week easier, while allowing you to shop locally.

See you at 8am!

Cosmic Pam

Mad About You!

And…we are mad about Mad Sweet Heat!!!

Their products are back on the market, and we are just MAD over them!!

If you have been missing their sweet jalapeno love, you can now get it, again, through us!!

And, hey…while we are talking products to use as condiments, let’s talk Bad Seed Mustard, Champaign Berry Farm sauces, Valley View Maple Syrup, Honey Boy Honey products, Lippincott Honey, and DB Yummers BBQ sauces!!

And, shake on some JC Growers products to really rev up the list of condiments!

Go ahead…we’re mad about it all!!

Cosmic Pam

Scents and Sensibility:)

Just a little play on words as I share a write up from ELM Tree Essentials!

Hello Market Shoppers!
We’re pretty excited to launch and offer you Essential Oils…the same oils we use in our soaps that you have grown to love! And for now, we’re exclusively offering them on this market. You’re just that special! J
Here’s what we currently have available {pssst, there might be some special blends coming in the near future! J}:

5 ml bottles of oil in Lavender, Peppermint, Tea Tree, Frankincense, Lemongrass, Patchouli, and our Thieves Blend.
10 ml roller ball bottles of the same oils, which come pre-diluted to 5% in Jojoba or Fractionated Coconut Oil! These are super handy because they are ready for use, no dilution required!

A little about each oil and its commonly known attributes/properties (source: Essential Oils for Beginners, Althea Press):

· Properties—Analgesic, antibacterial, anticonvulsant, antifungal, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antitumoral, vasodilator, vermifuge.
· Primary Uses—Soothes insomnia, nervous tension, and premenstrual symptoms; treats skin conditions, including acne and excessive oil on the skin; reduces blood pressure and cholesterol; treats allergies and asthma; soothes bruises and burns; eases headaches; combats mild bacterial and fungal infections, including swimmer’s ear and athlete’s foot; repels insects. It can be used to promote a sense of calm and balance, as well as to relax the mind and ease feelings of anger and frustration.

· Properties—Analgesic, antibacterial, anticarcinogenic, anti-inflammatory, antiparasitic, antispasmodic, antitumoral, antiviral, digestive
· Primary Uses—Soothes aches, pains, and itchy skin, including psoriasis and eczema; eases tension and headaches; soothes respiratory infections and asthma; relieves nausea and other digestive problems; combats viral and fungal infections, including cold sores.

Tea Tree:
· Properties—Antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral, balsamic, expectorant, insecticide, stimulant, sudorific
· Primary Uses—Relieves colds, sinusitis, and bronchitis; stimulates the immune system; clears acne; alleviates skin irritation.

· Properties—Analgesic, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiseptic, astringent, carminative, digestive, diuretic, expectorant, sedative, tonic, vulnerary.
· Primary Uses—Boosts immune system and combats infections; alleviates coughs, sore throat, strep, pneumonia, and staph infections; reduces stress and nervous tension; boosts mood.

· Properties—Analgesic, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, antiparasitic, antiseptic, antiviral, astringent, deodorant, digestive, febrifuge, insecticide, sedative, tonic.
· Primary Uses—Speeds healing of ligament and tendon injuries; repels insects; aids sedation; dilates blood vessels to promote healing and improve circulation; promotes lymphatic flow.

· Properties—Antibacterial, antiemetic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral, carminative, decongestant, deodorant, febrifuge, laxative, stimulant, stomachic, tonic
· Primary Uses—Eases indigestion; alleviates constipation; soothes insect bites and stings, burns, and minor wounds; alleviates dandruff; moisturizes dry skin; reduces appearance of wrinkles; opens pores for cleansing; relieves oily skin and hair; repels insects. When used in aromatherapy it alleviates nervous exhaustion and relieves stress. It promotes physical and mental relaxation, increases focus, and helps eliminate feelings of insecurity.

Thieves Blend:
· Our special blend of Lavender, Rosemary, Peppermint, Lemon Eucalyptus, Clove Bud and Orange Essential Oils. Not intended for use on children!

The oils we source are therapeutic grade and intended for external use only. We do not recommend ingesting essential oils due to the research we’ve done! Essential oils have many benefits when safely used topically or for aromatherapy. We make no claim that this info or the oils will diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any illness or disease. Special care should always be used—dilute, never use the straight oil because it’s so concentrated! Stop use immediately if skin irritation occurs. There are very few safe oils for babies, young children, or expectant/nursing mothers so be sure to check the safety before use! Here are a few links to websites that could be used as a resource on that topic:

We’re excited about selling these oils on the market! Have a great week!
FYI, right now all the pictures show a Lavender label, so don’t be alarmed….you’ll get what you order!

Laura Miller
ELM Tree Essentials

Welcome Back!!

Today, we welcome back a long time favorite, long time missed vendor…JC Growers is BACK with their selections of dried garlic varieties, gourmet selections, and spice blends!!

We love you, JC Growers…and we give you a huge little local market of love hug!!

I also got a peek at Laura Miller’s online additions of her oils…she’s not live, YET, but it should only be a matter of time!!

And, Doug is now an official vendor, on the market, so it’s also only a matter of time before we see the scratch made pies that are iconic to The Airport Café!

Cosmic Pam

Happy Sunshine Day!

I just can’t stay inside all day
I gotta get out get me some of those rays
Everybody’s smilin
Sunshine day
Everybody’s laughin
Sunshine day
Everybody seems so happy today
It’s a sunshine day…
(It’s a Sunshine Day-The Brady Bunch)

Because, well, first, these warmer temps. seriously do feel like a heatwave! Second, who doesn’t remember the Bradys when they were a singing, pop star group??

Anyway, as you begin your weekend, don’t forget to throw your little local market of love some orders!!

And…Laura Miller of ELM Tree Essentials chatted with me, yesterday, and is hoping to have her line of oils on the market, this weekend!! She will start with a selection of favorite oils, offered both in rollerball options and regular bottle versions!! We love her soaps, and now we will have her oils!!

Also…one announcement…Bev Littler of Littler Farms has now needed to leave our market. She has been so busy with family obligations, and we thank her for your years with this market!

I know…everyone has been missing freshly baked pies…

But, guess what? We have pies coming on as we network our local market with local icon…The Airport Café!! That’s right…Doug Hall, owner of The Airport Café will begin offering their amazing, locally made pies, right here!! He is in the process of getting his listings on!!

Let’s give a huge sunshine greeting to both Laura, and her oils, and Doug/Airport Café for their pies!!

The local connection…it continues…

Cosmic Pam

Hello, again!

Come play with us, this week!!

Get your orders in so that you can be part of the weekly fun!

Get groovy!!

Cosmic Pam

Angel Of The Morning

Maybe the sun’s light will be dim
And it won’t matter anyhow…
(Juice Newton-Angel Of The Morning)
(Singing the Chrissie Hynde version)

The sun seems like it WILL be a bit dim, this morning, and it is COLD, and so snowy…but don’t let that get your morning down. Put on some tunes, grab a warm beverage, and get to ordering!!

Think how nice it will be to have your grocery shopping, all completed, from the comfort of wherever you are…

You have until tomorrow morning, at 8am!!

Cosmic Pam