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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Shaking The Cobwebs

Yes, it’s just me letting you know that it’s not a Monday, it’s a Wednesday, and that means the market will close at 8am!

The holiday haze has left me forgetting that we are already in the middle of the week, so I thought maybe we could all use the reminder!

Go ahead, there is still time…

Cosmic Pam

Sunday Morning

But things just get so crazy, living life gets hard to do…
(Sunday Morning-Maroon 5)

One of my very favorite songs, for a lazy Sunday morning, while sipping coffee.

It looks like another beautiful day, as we approach more holiday fun.

If you get a moment of time, don’t forget to place your weekly orders from our market!!

The growers are all in unison, hoping, with each week, that THIS will be the week of growth!! We are adding new vendors, and growers, with each week!! I just updated eggs from Laughman’s, as they are on vacation, and needed to add eggs!!

I am getting ready to add our new honey vendor!! Local favorite, Lippincott Honey!!

Our local creamery is enjoying their sudden burst onto the local scene, as they are found and more and more markets!!

It’s all happening, all the time…look for new vendors, Live Simply, Live Richly Farm with their microgreens!! We last knew Bree as our gluten free baker, and now she and her family are back with their farm, and microgreens!

And, all of your favorites, are right here…

So, on this lovely Sunday morning, why not spend a bit of time getting to know us, or if you are with us, weekly, we love you for loving us!

Cosmic Pam

The Magic Hour

That time of the week when we open the market, again!

As always…thank you for being on this adventure with us!

Cosmic Pam

Good Morning Starshine!

Good morning starshine
The earth says hello
You twinkle above us
We twinkle below
Good morning starshine
You lead us along…
(Good Morning Starshine-Oliver-from the musical Hair)

As I am singing, and vibing you to wake up, I also want to remind you that the market closes at 8am, this morning…

Be the starshine…

Cosmic Pam

Heard It In A Love Song

Heard it in a love song
Heard it in a love song
Heard it in a love song
Can’t be wrong…
(Heard It In A Love Song-Marshall Tucker Band)

Because when I think about this little market, and how proud it makes me that you still allow me to manage it, tend to it, help to grow it along, that it fills my heart with love.

We are well into another year of our market, going into our 6th year! First of all…how amazing is that?? How amazing that in the very beginning we were shunned, doubted, and thought of very negatively. But, the light seekers, the positive forces, those of us who saw the far away vision, the secret, knew what an amazing gift this market would be to our community!!

Our county is lucky to have a physical, seasonal farmers’ market, at just about every edge of it. And, then, here we are, year round, just singing, and smiling, and filling orders, and moving right along.

We love the community support of this market! We love YOU for ordering from this market! We love our VENDORS for providing us with the best of the best, each week!

So, here we are on a beautiful Tuesday, rounding out the end of June, and we are singing our love song to you…

You have today, tonight, and early tomorrow to get your orders in!! It’s another crazy good market, so why not join in on the fun!

You can’t go wrong…

Cosmic Pam

Welcome Back!

Welcome back to the market that never ends!!

Your year round, friendly, local market!

Let us make you happy!!

We are live, again, until Wednesday morning at 8am! Remember to order early for best selections!

Cosmic Pam

Wake Up, Sleepy Heads!!

I will be closing the market at 8am!

You have a half hour for last minute orders!!

Pour a cup of coffee, tea, or whatever grooves you in the morning, and look through the market!

I will see you at the market closing!!

Cosmic Pam

Don't Forget!!

You have a whole evening, and into tomorrow morning at 8am, to get your orders in!!

Plenty of time to kick back, look through the market, and check things off your grocery list!! What an easy way to shop for all of your favorite local items from all of your favorite local vendors, from your favorite little local market of love!!

We have more and more seasonal produce, each week, with more to come!! We have your year round favorites, and we pack it all up, just for you, and greet you with a smile, as you arrive for your order.

Let’s rock it! You get bonus time, now, each Tuesday evening!!

Go show us some LOVE…it’s already a rockin’ week for the market!! Let’s give it another dose of love…

Cosmic Pam

Suddenly, It's Monday

Your market manager is making her way back to realty!

I am so sorry that the market opened, late, this weekend! I was secluded in a lovely lake house in North Carolina, with the most epic of high school reunions!

I had zero internet service, and while at first, I freaked out, but then I gave in, and lived and laughed and loved my favorite people who were the first loves of my life!!

It has been so long since I have let myself go be free, away, on vacation!

So, while I hope you all understand, this volunteer market manager had the time of her life!

Go, order, the seasonal items are rockin!


Market Open!

My people!

I am on vacay! No internet service!

My friend drove me to the top of a hill to
open the market!!

Cosmic Pam