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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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Slip Slidin' Away...

That’s what is happening to the morning…make sure to rush to the market site to place your weekly orders!!

The fun never ends, and we would hate for you to miss out on the party!!

Cosmic Pam


They are back on the market!!

The chickens are producing, again!

Get your orders in!!

Cosmic Pam


And, just like that, we are live!

All for your ordering fun!!

Cosmic Pam

Autumn Almanac

From the dew-soaked hedge creeps a crawly caterpillar
When the dawn begins to crack, it’s all part of my autumn almanac
Breeze blows leaves of a musty-colored yellow
So I sweep them in my sack, yes, yes, yes, it’s my autumn almanac
Friday evenings, people get together
Hiding from the weather, tea and toasted
Buttered currant buns, can’t compensate
For lack of sun because the summer’s all gone…
(Autumn Almanac-The Kinks)

So, hello there, November…just last night, I was passing out candy, downtown, for the trick or treat fun. This past weekend was all about October, Halloween, costume changes, and then at midnight, last night, the clouds drifted over the moon (of which, did you SEE the moon? As I was on my way home from candy fun, I watched the most amazing dusting of clouds over a misty sort of moon…perfect), and we became November.

So, my groove of choice, this morning, this Kinks classic, was perfect for ushering in the last of the wispy leaves, the last of the warmish days, cool nights, and all the comforts that you reach for, at this time of year.

All of the outdoor markets are now closed, and once again, your little local market of love becomes front and center…all year. Every week. Local goodness. One click away.

So, to celebrate the new November month, why not place an order…you have until 8am, this morning…

We look forward to seeing you…

Cosmic Pam

Monster Mash

Before you kick the next two days into non-stop Halloween fun, make sure to get your orders in!!

Once you’ve had enough of your candy craze, you will be happy that you have all of our goodness to turn to!

Cosmic Pam

A New Week!

That’s right…it’s a new week, to get a new groove, to get your new orders in!!

We’ve got it all, you just need to throw us your orders, and let us show you what local is all about!!

Go ahead…you can do it!!

Cosmic Pam

Wake Up Call!

Let me be the first to say, good morning, and welcome you to this Wednesday morning!

And, let me be your reminder that the market closes at 8am, this morning…grab your coffee, tea, juice, and get those orders in!!

Cosmic Pam

The Tuesday Chill

Good evening, little local market of love customers!!

Tonight, there is a chill to the air, a cold rain, and a bit of wind. How is the best way to spend this kind of evening? Staying warm, cozy, and comfy, while you peruse our market listings, ordering to your heart’s content, and making your life an easy ride for the week.

We are open until tomorrow morning, at 8am, and we would love to warm you with our local brand of goods…

Cosmic Pam

A Fall Note from Swisher Hill Herbs!

Here at Swisher Hill herbs we are gearing up for fall and the holidays. Football Friday night,
Football Friday night! Windy days and coId evenings makes you want to sit down to a hot bowl
of Nana’s chili, White bean Chicken chili or Mediterranean Vegetable Soup or before the game
how about a quick meal of Sloppy Joes, simple with SHH Sloppy Joe Mix. You can make great
hamburgers or small sliders with SHH meatloaf mix. Tacos are easy to make using our South of
the Border Seasoning. Check out our full line of dried herbs, spices and seasoning blends. We
blend and package all of our products and they all are salt free! Why no salt! So, you can add it
or not!
I know it seems early to be thinking about the Holiday Season!!! How about holiday baking? We
have Pumpkin Pie, Apple Pie Spice, Cardamom and nutmegs, for all your holiday pies, cakes
and crisps. You will need cinnamon for snicker doodle cookies and other gourmet baking
Don’t forget coming in from the cold means closing up the house and it seems all the creepy
crawly’s come in also especially if you have pets. Lavender Oil is a great (ea repellent to put
around the base boards or make a natural carpet fresh with baking soda and Lavender Oil.
Spiders don’t like Peppermint Oil. Make a spray solution of distilled water and Peppermint Oil
drops. Don’t forget your feet! Wearing sandals and (ip-(ops all summer. Tea Tree Oil is great for
the feet. We have recipes and ideas to help keep your home pest free naturally and smelling
good all winter. Check us out!
Take Thyme,
Joe and Charlene

Hello, Hello!!

Thank you for returning to the market with us, tonight! I am getting ready to open up this week’s market with a huge thank you to all of the customers who give us a dose of love, always, thru this little local market of love.

Just a quick note…we will begin to see seasonal vendors/products, drift away, again, just because the season will be ending, in a few short weeks. But then again, with this weather, I know the Hippie and the Farmer gardens seem to be confused, and are producing many items, on a second go round!!

Also, some of our vendors are leaving on vacations!! Some are busy doing a bit of regrowth, and will be returning, shortly!!

On the baking front, Littler Farms is away on family duty!!

And, our lovely GaGa’s Goodies could use a HUGE dose of all the love, hugs, kisses, and sympathies, that we can all give. Our thoughts all go out to her, her family, and all of those in their fold…

So, we are open, once again…we have amazing local products, all waiting to go home with each of you!!

Let’s rock this week!!

Cosmic Pam