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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Wednesday Comes Calling

Good morning!!

Just your market manager reminding you that the market will be closing at 8am, this morning, for the week!!

Such a fog filled, drizzly, dreary morning…I’m nestled at my desk with coffee, Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks album spinning, and working on my own ordering for the market.

It’s the perfect time to groove in, and throw us some love…

Cosmic Pam

PS…don’t forget…we are back with eggs!! Both Oakview Farm Meats, and Ladybug Acres have eggs!!! YAY!!!

Maple Syrup Education

Hello, little local market of love customers!! Tonight’s weblog is brought to you from Valley View Farms, and what we can expect from their recent run for sap!!

Dear maple syrup lovers,

We would like to update everyone on our maple syrup season that ended recently. As you know, the weather has been very volatile this spring! We tapped our sugar maples on February 13, which is just about a normal date for us. After a good quick sap run, warm weather shut off our taps for several days, and a forecast of a lengthy warm spell did not bode well. For a good sap run, maple trees need freezing nights and warm days. Without either one, sap doesn’t run. By early March, we had produced only a small amount of syrup, and it looked like our season would be a bust. Of course, temperatures turned cold again—very cold. March was actually colder than February! But as temperatures warmed gradually our trees cooperated and we had some great runs late in the month. Our season was saved and our syrup production was just about at the level for an average year.

Normally, early season syrup is very light colored and delicately flavored. As the season progresses and temperatures rise, the syrup darkens and turns more robust. This year, our first syrup was dark, robust, and delicious. The later cold spell actually created lighter syrup—a beautiful amber, but not light enough for us to call it golden. So for sale on the market this year, we have amber and dark syrup in our usual glass bottles, which allow the beauty of the syrup to be seen. This year for the first time we also are offering on the market a limited number of quarts of syrup in traditional plastic jugs. We are happy to satisfy our customers who are asking for larger volumes of syrup.

Pancakes, waffles, ice cream, yogurt, oatmeal, cereal, sauces, cocktails, pies—Valley View Woodlands maple syrup is sure to put a smile on everyone’s face!

The Warming Trend

Could it be that we are finally going to inch our way into spring? Even though I woke up to snow flurries, and ice on my car, the day became full of sunshine with a hint of warmth…fingers crossed that we are on the upswing!!

Thank you, to all, who ordered from the market, this week, as well as all of you who order from our market, regularly.

Also, I was sorry to miss everyone at the market pick up, this evening, but thank you for helping Mark keep it all in line.

I left early to begin packing for a sorority trip, this weekend! I will be heading south, to my Kentucky alma mater, for fun, sisterhood, and laughs…

While I am gone, I want to see everyone ordering!! We have some eggs added back to the market from Oakview Farm Meats, and we welcome a new egg vendor from Ladybug Farms!!

I will see you when I return from my weekend of fun…let’s hope we are on a warming trend, and let’s continue the great momentum of this market!!

Cosmic Pam

Egg Flash!!

We have been missing eggs!!!! Our egg vendors have had a shortage!!! But, if you hurry, Oakview Farm Meats just put a few dozen on!! Hurry!!

It’s an Egg Flash Sale!!

Cosmic Pam

Look Around

Dear Prudence, won’t you come out to play
Dear Prudence, greet the brand new day
The sun is up, the sky is blue
It’s beautiful and so are you
Dear Prudence won’t you come out and play…
(Dear Prudence-The Beatles)

Good morning!! The sun is definitely, finally showing up in the blue sky, today!! What crazy weather, all weekend. We experienced it all, at any given moment. But, now, we seem calm, happy, sunny, and on our way to warmer days, this weekend…

To celebrate this amazing morning of sunshine, you could get your orders in!! You have until 8am!!

Let’s make this day really shine!!

Cosmic Pam

Welcome Back!

Once again, we are live!

Another week begins, just as the weather begins to turn in our favor!

To celebrate these warm winds and sun, let’s get your orders in, this week!

It’s nive to see you, again!

Cosmic Pam

Technical Issues

Hello!! Just a quick note to say that somewhere, on my end of things, my Weblog has been technically challenged with my system, and I have been unable to get them out to you!!

Some of you may think…YAY…enough of her chatter!! Some of you may think…SADNESS…we LOVE her!!

Either way, I have not been able to reach out to you. But, after working on the issues, it looks like it’s back up and running for me…so…here is your technically challenged morning Weblog, letting you know that the market closes, this morning!!

But, since I am just able to get back to things, I am going to leave it open until 9am, this morning!! Giving you an extra hour to get it all together…

See you, and your orders, in one hour!!

Cosmic Pam

Let’s Get This Party Started!

It’s market time!!

Let’s all get our groove on, and make this a totally happening week!!

Cosmic Pam

Last Call!

It’s that time, market customers!!

Almost time for the market to close for the week!!

I hope that you had a lovely Easter, and are having a fun spring break!! I’ve tried to leave you with not a lot of Weblogs to interrupt your fun…but, now, it’s time…

I’ll see you on the flip side!!

Cosmic Pam

The Rains Came

Half a mile from the county fair
And the rain came pourin’ down
Me and Billy standin’ there
With a silver half a crown…
(It Stoned Me- Van Morrison)

Well, the rain certainly has been pouring down, today!!

Thank you to everyone who braved the wetness just to get your orders! True little local market of love customers!

Also, thank you for being such a great group while I had to be away from the market, tonight, at pick up! Mark did a super job, and reported how helpful you all were!!

The market is opening for the week! Let’s hope for a bit of sunshine, and a bit of dry weather! I hope everyone has a very happy Easter, and we look forward to another week of market love!

Cosmic Pam