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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 gochampaign.com. 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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You'll Accompany Me


A gypsy wind is blowing warm tonight
The sky is starlit and the time is right
(You’ll Accompany Me-Bob Seger)

Well, little market of love customers, here we are, in the tail end of February, and it feels like are in the middle of April.

I’ve had windows open, driving around with my sunroof open, selecting tunes of my yesteryear music that used to signal sunshine days, cars cruising around with open windows, lazy days of Frisbee, hanging out in the park that was near The West End, meandering around with nothing to do, nowhere to be…the ease of it all.

These warm days have allowed your co-market managers to get kale planted in their Hippie and the Farmer gardens, our seedlings for tomatoes and peppers are all sprouting, you see people, shoppers, vendors, all excited, and hustling around with their plans for the upcoming season.

Little by little we will see the return of seasonal products to this market, and the entrance of our new dairy producer.

This market is always alive in every season, in different ways!! Give us a try, revisit us, check out our extensive products, and just generally show us some love. We’ve got nothing but love for you!!

In other words…won’t you accompany us? Go ahead, place your orders, before the market closes, this evening, at 10pm!

XOXO,
Cosmic Pam

Market Of Love!


It’s the magic hour, again!! That special time when the market reopens for the week, and all is happy, and glittery, and shiny!!

The magical time of the week is here, so take advantage, place your orders, and make some magic!

XOXO,
Cosmic Pam

It's A Lovely Day!


It’s a lovely day, filled with nothing but love in the air, and hopes that everyone got a bit of love, today, on Valentine’s Day!!

If you would like to show the market a bit of Valentine love, we are open until 10pm, this evening!!

Plenty of time to throw some hugs and kisses our way!!

Thank you for your continued support, love, and community spirit!!

XOXO,
Cosmic Pam

New Kid In Town


There’s a new kid in town…
(New Kid In Town-The Eagles)

We are happy to say that our newest vendors are ready to greet the market with their first offerings!! While we eagerly await their produce, and herbs, we are excited for their first project to hit the market!!

First, a few words from their director, and then, you…ordering!!

A.B. Graham Ohio Hi-Point FFA Greenhouse and Nursery Management and Animal and Plant Science classes are working together to produce numerous herbs and vegetables from our school greenhouse. The hands on experience in the greenhouse allows students to expand their knowledge in proper care and maintenance for different kinds of produce. Our greenhouse is located in St. Paris, Ohio at Graham High School. Thank you for the support for the agriculture youth in your local community.

Our Animal and Plant Science class raised chickens in order to deepen their knowledge of animal husbandry. Students cared for the chickens for 7 weeks and used humane practices. The meat from the chickens is now available for purchase in a limited quantity.

Exciting times for our market!!

XOXO,
Cosmic Pam

New Kid In Town


There’s a new kid in town…
(New Kid In Town-The Eagles)

We are happy to say that our newest vendors are ready to greet the market with their first offerings!! While we eagerly await their produce, and herbs, we are excited for their first project to hit the market!!

First, a few words from their director, and then, you…ordering!!

A.B. Graham Ohio Hi-Point FFA Greenhouse and Nursery Management and Animal and Plant Science classes are working together to produce numerous herbs and vegetables from our school greenhouse. The hands on experience in the greenhouse allows students to expand their knowledge in proper care and maintenance for different kinds of produce. Our greenhouse is located in St. Paris, Ohio at Graham High School. Thank you for the support for the agriculture youth in your local community.

Our Animal and Plant Science class raised chickens in order to deepen their knowledge of animal husbandry. Students cared for the chickens for 7 weeks and used humane practices. The meat from the chickens is now available for purchase in a limited quantity.

Exciting times for our market!!

XOXO,
Cosmic Pam

Hello, Again!


Short and sweet, tonight, as your market manager is tired, and heading to some much needed rest…

I am opening the market, again, for the week. You will see your favorite growers, coming and going in the next month or so. They are working on product, we are all getting ready for the growing season, some are waiting on sun filled days for green house growth, others are waiting on Mother Nature. We are looking forward to the arrival of the dairy producer, and we are looking forward to days of sun, warmth, and produce…

It will all come back…just be patient with us, and order what we do have…

We will love you, forever…

XOXO,
Cosmic Pam

Closing Time


You have a half hour to get your orders in!!

We’ll leave the light on for you…

XOXO,
Cosmic Pam

Tuesday!


Hello, little local market of love customers!!

Today is Tuesday, and this is your wake up call!! The market will be closing, this evening, at 10pm!! Don’t forget to get those orders in…

XOXO,
Cosmic Pam

Easy Like Sunday Morning


Ooh that’s why I’m easy
I’m easy like Sunday morning
That’s why I’m easy
I’m easy like Sunday morning!
(Easy-Commodores)

Did someone say to cue up my junior high slow dance music from the 1970s? Okay…it’s a perfect way to spend a lazy Sunday morning. Just listening to the Pop 40 tunes, remembering, laughing at the long forgotten dance dates, the bad fashion, (and, you know as much as I am your vintage go-to girl, there was some BAD fashion), the awkward moments of not being asked to dance, being the snack table girl, or being asked to dance but not from the crush of the week? Yes…that’s what I am dishin’ up, this morning.

But, easy Sunday mornings, to me, are crucial, to give yourself some down time, recharge time, permission to let things all slide, for a bit, or until noon, when you begin the panic that it really is Sunday, you can’t take it easy, all the live long day, and you need to get a plan of action started, pronto!

Let that plan of action involve this market, your shopping, and our smiles, fun, nutrition, amazing products, and ease of ordering/picking up!!

Our market continues to shine, and in the next few months, we will see the addition of new products from our local dairy producers, the seasonal produce growers will return, and we will all be happy, and dancing in the streets.

This week, put a little thought into the fact that Valentine’s Day will be approaching. Are you going to be making a sweetheart kind of dinner, do you need sweets for your sweet, love for your pets, gifts for the people you love the most? We seriously have it all!!

Make your love for this month of love, shine through from the love of this market!!

Ideas…spices for a Spice Up Your Love Life kind of theme! Sweets for the Sweet! You Light Up My Life…from a selection of our candles! You Are The Honey Of My Eye…from our honey vendors!! Scenting You All My Love…from our selection of soaps or essential oils!! Meat Me Under The Stars…either gift someone with a few choice selection of our local meat selections, OR plan to cook for your love. I Knead Your Love…bread! What’s more seductive than a freshly baked loaf of bread? You Are Berry Special!! Jams, jellies, and frozen berries!! You Are So Egg-cellent!! Turn someone on with local eggs!! Lettuce Me Turn You On…with a selection of local greens and lettuces!! Bark For My Love…pet treats!!

You get my drift…start your own love filled theme of ordering, this week…your sweetie will love you for it! And, a sweetie doesn’t even have to be your love interest…I mean, really, how many Valentine’s did I spend with no sweetie pie? Watching flowers being delivered to everyone but moi? For years, my pals and I just celebrated the amusement of no loves!! So, see, celebrate the love of friendship…

After all…love makes the world go round, it makes us think back to the world’s sappiest love songs, bringing it all back to this easy Sunday morning theme…

XOXO,
Cosmic Pam

Happy Thursday!


Once again, we open the market for another fun filled food odyssey!!

Start your own explosion of local food adventures, right here, at this little local market of love!

Let the ordering begin!

XOXO,
Cosmic Pam