The Weblog

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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Today's Market Information!!

Hello, lovely little market of love customers!!

Just a HUGE heads up, about the market pick up, today…

I will be gone, off to my usual music festival weekend, AND, your co-market manager is gone, on the road, making a delivery, and if the weather holds out, will be in the fields trying to get it all done, against this crazy weather!!

SO…I need you all to stop at the desk, if you are not on file with pre-payment status, and give them your name, and pay for your order! I then need you to proceed to the market area, and grab your order, on your own!! Vendors all use your names on the products, so look on the back counter, the fridge, and the freezer…YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!!

As volunteers, we love working the market, but there are certain times, when one or both of us will need to be gone. This is that time!!

I am leaving my contact number, here…for any time of order conflict or question…but, I will be on the road, with my people, meeting up with the rest of my people. If my service is dicey, just leave me a text, and I will be anxiously grasping my phone, during market hours!!


Thank you, and have a lovely holiday!!

Today’s Weblog!

Brought to you by our friends at Valley View Farms!

Shary and I want to let our fellow market members know about our current offerings. Valley View Woodlands (also known as Marc and Shary Stadler) had a very productive maple syrup season this spring. Many factors came together in our beautiful woods to create a near record year of delicious syrup. The success story goes back to the summer of 2018, when we had plenty of warm days and a lot of moisture. The sugar maples produced a heavy leaf load, each one a miniature factory, turning sunlight, water, and carbon dioxide into sugars which would be stored in the tree the following autumn. Then at the end of winter we had a number of days perfect for sap production: cold nights below freezing and warm days above freezing. The trees pumped out gallons of sweet sap, sometimes filling our five-gallon buckets in a day! Then the boiling starts. It takes at least 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of syrup!

This year we were able to produce early-season gold syrup along with amber and dark. Early gold, which has a light color and delicate flavor, is very weather-dependent, and not available every year. All three grades are currently offered for sale on the market. We are often asked what our favorite grade is. We love all three! We cherish the gold, as it has a vanilla-caramel flavor and it not available every year. The amber has a wonderful balanced flavor, and the dark is very rich and robust. You can find our syrup in beautiful glass bottles (that showcase just how beautiful our syrup is) and larger plastic jugs.

We have pawpaw trees for sale! Last fall, our fellow market members had a chance to purchase fresh pawpaws from our “patch” (also known as an orchard) which is one of the largest in the United States. America’s “forgotten fruit” is being rediscovered, and people are raving about the tropical banana-mango flavor of this native tree. Spring is the perfect time to plant pawpaw trees. Plant them in your yard for a bounty of delicious fruit. While pawpaws should be mulched and receive regular watering, the trees don’t need any special care, unlike apples and other common fruit. Pawpaws are not self-fruitful, so you need two different varieties to cross-pollinate. We currently offer two varieties, Sunflower and NC-1. We also offer seedlings (ungrafted trees grown from seed) at a reduced price. The trees should be planted between 8 and 30 feet apart. The trees are in tall “tree pots” and are approximately 18” tall. Grafted trees will usually produce fruit in three to five years. Seedlings will take an extra two to three years to produce fruit. And with seedlings you can never be sure of the size or quality of the fruit.

If market members have any questions about our maple syrup or pawpaw trees, they can contact us via email or phone:


Thank you,


The Chain

Listen to the wind blow
Down comes the night…
(Fleetwood Mac…The Chain)

I was just sitting on my back deck, listening to the sounds of the wind, feeling the change in temperature, watching the clouds mingle up with the moon, and enjoying a glass of wine, when these lyrics popped into my head.

But, how appropriate when I sang the song, in my head, perfect with the night wind, and perfect for thinking of the chain of this market, and how it flows.

This month marks our seventh year in existence to his lovely little community, and it takes a chain of vendors, customers, the managers, and the Y, to make it all happen. Each week, you all return, handing us your orders, allowing us into your lives, your homes, your dining plans, with our products.

This market thrives on the chain…always strong links, always vibing along…

The market is opening for the week!

Your vacation mode producers for this week are myself, Hippie and the Farmer, and the BARKERY.

But, all your other favorites are here, waiting to continue the chain…

Cosmic Pam

Walking On Sunshine!

This day!!! It’s a total sunshine daydream!!!

And…as your orders are rolling in, I want to remind you that the market closes, tomorrow morning, at 6am!!

If you want to catch the asparagus wave, get on it, now!

AND, if you plan to order from Cosmic Charlie, or Hippie and the Farmer, do so, this market, because we are putting products on vacation mode, for next week’s market!

The Hippie is travelling off to her annual music festival, and your other market manager, is headed off for a golfing weekend, at Muirfield!

That means neither of us will be around for our products, but the market will still be in full swing!!

Cosmic Pam
The Hippie

C'mon Get Happy!

Hello, world, here’s a song that we’re singin’,
C’mon get happy
A whole lotta lovin’ is what we’ll be bringin’,
We’ll make you happy
We had a dream we’d go trav’lin’ together
We’d spread a little lovin’ then we’d keep movin’ on
Somethin’ always happens whenever we’re together
We get a happy feelin’ when we’re singin’ a song
Trav’lin’ along there’s a song that we’re singin’,
C’mon get happy
A whole lotta lovin’ is what we’ll be bringin’,
We’ll make you happy
We’ll make you happy,
We’ll make you happy…
(C’mon Get Happy-The Partridge Family)

Go ahead…sing it out!! You know you can’t help but think back that multi-colored bus, with the groovy family, and those velvet stage outfits…I mean, all I wanted was for my family to buy a bus, and hit the road. But, alas, my family did not share my young hippie thoughts…

Anyway, on this dreary Monday of a morning, I thought we could all use a little happy to put some pep in our step! And, another way to get happy on this Monday, is to place your market orders!

Go ahead…get happy…

Cosmic Pam

Coat Of Many Colors

My coat of many colours that mamma made for me
Made only rags, but I wore it so proudly
Although we had no money. oh I was rich as I could be
In my coat of many colours, my mamma made for me…

A shout out to all of our mamas out there, doing what you do, and doing it all with love…

Our market is open, there are new products, added, and we hope that the weekend celebrates you, in the manner in which a hard working mama needs to be celebrated!

And, remember…a mom can be a mom in many forms, to many children/friends/fur babies/strangers…

We hope that you will take a bit of time from your busy weekend, to get your orders in…

Cosmic Pam

Box Of Rain

And it’s just a box of rain
I don’t know who put it there
Believe it if you need it
Or leave it if you dare
And it’s just a box of rain
Or a ribbon for your hair
Such a long long time to be gone
And a short time to be there…
(Box Of Rain-Grateful Dead)

Hello, lovely little market of love customers…I hope that you are having a lovely evening as I open up the market for another week.

Such a rain filled day leading into a rain filled night. Your market manager’s head and heart are heavy, tonight, as I worry over a dear friend, their health, and what’s to come. This song always gets me through these heavy times, when all I can do is send out the love vibes. When nothing else is in our control.

I need to add new Cosmic Charlie items, I need to add a whole lot of new Hippie and the Farmer dinner combos…but, here I sit, deep in worry, with thoughts only of the well being of my friend.

The market is vibrant, the products are amazing, and it’s all there for you, your week, and your happiness!

Please, take advantage of our very short asparagus season. Beth’s asparagus was on my dinner table, this evening, and I always forget just how scrumptious it is!!

We will be adding honey back on in a couple of weeks!

There is the new grass fed beef from Stoll/Vernon Family Farm!!

And, we have so many weekly items, to bring the lovelight into your week.

I will be adding products, tomorrow…now, go, show the love, be the love…

Cosmic Pam

Sunshine On My Shoulders

Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy
Sunshine in my eyes can make me cry
Sunshine on the water looks so lovely
Sunshine almost always makes me high…
(Sunshine On My Shoulders-John Denver)

Well…have we finally broken through to some spring like weather?? Yesterday was super amazing, and it was perfect for working, outside, clearing out the winter, and beautifying for spring/summer!

With all of this spring like weather, don’t forget that it give us asparagus season!! And, that season is a very short one, so you will want to take advantage of it, while it is with us!!

Today is Tuesday, the sun is shining, and it’s the perfect moment to work on getting your orders in for the week!!

Go ahead…just try not to be happy with this morning’s song implant…

Thank you, always, for supporting this ongoing market! It’s a pleasure to always serve you, our loyal customers!

Cosmic Pam

Thanks For The Love!

You really, totally, grooved this week’s market!!

Thank you for always supporting all that we do!!

We are your very own lovely little market, open year round, bringing you so much local love!

We are opening, again, for the week…

Get ready!! Let’s all show the love!!

Cosmic Pam