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!
It's A New Week!
Let’s get this week started on the right foot!!
Jump right into things with ordering!
Time Is Ticking!!
Get those orders in!!
There is still time!!
My market lovelies!
I am having major computer issues, and it’s been irritating trying to get it all figured out!
No long Weblogs, no song implants, no ongoing tale of my trip down the rabbit hole of bad eating….
Anyway….it is Tuesday, and we need your orders by 10pm, tonight!!
Ain't No Mountain High Enough
Listen baby, ain’t no mountain high,
Ain’t no valley low, ain’t no river wide enough;
Baby if you need me call me no matter where you are,
No matter how far;
Just call my name; I’ll be there in a hurry;
You don’t have to worry,
‘Cause baby there ain’t no mountain high enough,
Ain’t no valley low enough,
Ain’t no river wide enough
To keep me from getting to you babe…
(Diana Ross-Ain’t No Mountain High Enough)
So, I am opening the market, this evening, with this song in my head. Also, inspired by a new pair of disco inspired shoes that one of my best friends gave me for one of my birthday presents, tonight!!
Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep any of us from this little local market of love!!
So, get with it, get groovy, join in, tune in…whatever motivates you, just don’t let anything keep you from ordering!!
And, thank you, everyone, for the sweet birthday wishes, all evening, at the market!! You mean the world to me!!
Thank You!! And, Another Down The Rabbit Hole Installment
Hello, market customers!!
Just a quick thank you to your loveliness, this week! We watched the market jump to new action because of you, because of the impending growing season, and the return of our seasonal growers.
It’s always so nice to watch the market jump back to life, after the drab winter months!! It’s always so nice to welcome back our vendor friends during this time, AND it’s amazing to welcome back customers who go on hiatus during our winter months!! I love the grooviness of it all!!
This time of year is always a good jumping point into healthier eating, an awareness of what is growing right around us, and the ease of obtaining healthy, local food during these coming months. Thank you for starting your seasonal journey, once again!
In my third installment of my journey into food hell, the fall down the rabbit hole of processed foods, is picking up where I left off with my breakfast going off the deep end.
I am a huge lover of breakfast. My usual breakfasts are fruit, nuts, granola, toasted slices of my breads, jam, vegan pancakes, overnight granola, and power bites that I get in Yellow Springs…all things to ensure that I will ease into my day, well nourished, and not starving, before my lunch.
My days are crazy, they usually see me in the kitchen, where I bake, from morning until the late hours. I bake for customers, this market, retail, and restaurants. When I am not baking, I am working on monthly menus and deliveries for my other business, that I run with your co-manager, of this market, Mark, Hippie and the Farmer. We are also some of your produce providers, during the season, here. And, when I am out of the kitchen, I am working on my third business, The Dressed Up Hippie, my little pop up shop, featuring hippie, vintage, boho clothing.
All of this, just to say, the girl NEEDS her nutrients to get her through her crazy days!!
My lunches come late in the afternoon, so my breakfasts need to be complete. I am a vegetarian, not straight up vegan, but shun most dairy, just because it does not agree with me. So, I am creative in my food choices, and know how to get my protein. But, it’s no hate on meat and dairy…we offer the best of the best, right here!!
Moving on…my processed breakfast choices, even toasting up grocery store bread, instead of my own, was all a new great ease. When I only had to unwrap a package, stuff a sweet delight into my mouth, and gulp some coffee, I was on my way in no time!!
I would arrive to bake, getting the dough all mixed up, and suddenly, I would get so shaky, so hungry, plummeting into almost a dizzy, fainting feeling. The clock would tell me it was only 9am, but it felt like it was 4pm, and I had missed lunch. Just to get me through, I grabbed so called healthy power bars. It would help, but then an hour later, hunger, again. And fatigue!! Wow…once you crash, you get so sleepy. My answer would be more coffee, even more than usual for me. And, more sugar…candy, another power bar, another breakfast treat. Anything to keep me pumped on my full daily schedule.
And, in the coming weeks of this undercover eating, my body did begin to adapt to this vicious cycle of sugar on top of sugar on top of sugar. Sure, I would have fruit on hand, but all I could think about was another delightful hit of sugar.
I was hooked, I had become a secret sugar addict, and I didn’t care from what source it was coming from. I just had to get to my next meal.
And, here is where we will pick up, next time. My lunches that looked nothing like my usual lunches.
Oh…and sure, the weeks were flying by with my sugar, salt, and processed highs…but something else began to show up in those weeks. Well, many things began to happen, but the first thing to become noticeable was my skin, and an odd dry patch that appeared, became worse, and progressed with each week that was going by in my experiment…
See why I am so happy to see all of you back? Ordering healthy items, taking steps to begin your seasonal eating? My hope is that by writing my installments, you will be inspired to continue this type of eating, year round…
High-Ho The Dairy-O!
Ok!! It’s what we have all been waiting for!!
Dairy!! It’s listed, it’s on, let’s rock and roll!
So, if you continue to watch for the weblog postings, today, you will find out the minute that rhubarb AND, AND, AND…DAIRY will be added!!!
The Nelson’s are trying to get their listings on, and Beth is busy, at this second, trying to get her rhubarb listed…
It’s a great Tuesday in market land!!
I love my sunny day
Dream of far away
Dreaming on my pillow in the morning
Never been awake
Never seen a day break
Leaning on my pillow in the morning light…
Get your AM radio groove on…we are looking all the way back for a bit of inspiration on this Monday morning.
I have an author friend, and today, her Facebook inspiration was, Magic Monday, it’s all in the attitude. So true, and of course, the word Magic sent me to this vintage tune, and I thought what more can you ask for on a sunny day?
This is such a feel good, groovy little song of fluff. It reminds me of my West End bedroom, me, young, clock radio blasting out all that was the AM goodness. I loved that bedroom when I was growing up. It had a set of windows, that served as my windows to the world, my windows that I would sit in, because I positioned my dresser and mirror in the corner, jump up to sit on them, and I would open both sides of the windows, let the spring and summer air in, and I would dream, plan, plot, and well, yes, execute. Because, true to form of your rebel market manager, when I was older, I knew these windows were easy to unlatch the screens, and would lead me to late night escapes with neighborhood pals.
I mean, who DIDN’T do the late night escape only to return a few hours, later? The freedom, the excitement, the fun. We were not a band of troublemakers. We were not out causing problems or damaging properties. We were just pals exploring the night hours.
Anyway, looking back, it was all magical to us, then, like anything was possible. That my window, this song, would lead to all of my dreams, and plans. That my whole life was out there, waiting, wondering what I would make of it…
All very fitting thoughts for girl who grew up, lived most of those dreams, plans, and schemes, only to bring her into what is now her birthday week! Yes, my birthday is Thursday, and like each year, I look back at the magic that I have made in my life.
Maybe it’s putting magic into your life, maybe it’s putting magic into your day, maybe it’s just putting the magic into an ordinary Monday…whatever it is, make it all magic!!
And, go ahead…make the magic happen in our market with your orders!! The more you order, the more magic you will bring into your daily diet, menu plan, and health…
All good things take time, and all that jazz!
I talked to Beth at Harrigan’s Harvest, and she just came out of the fields, but had to work at school, and assured me that as soon as she had a minute, she would add asparagus and rhubarb onto the market site!
Hello, Old Friend!
As I am strolling down the garden path,
I saw a flower glowing in the dark.
It looked so pretty and it was unique;
I had to bend down just to have a peek.
Hello old friend,
It’s really good to see you once again.
Hello old friend,
It’s really good to see you once again.
(Hello, Old Friend-Eric Clapton)
Hello to old friends, old vendors, vendors who are seasonal, vendors who have been busy, and hello to our lovely dairy duo who are patiently awaiting their very last inspection to take place.
As I open the market, tonight, we say hello to…
Harrigan’s Harvest- Asparagus!!
JC Growers-Back from hiatus!!
Oakview Farm Meats has added popular items back to their listings!!
Swisher Hill Herbs as a whole lot of live plant action happening!!
Each week will bring more and more of your favorites of the season!!
And, in the next week to two weeks…our local Dugan Creamery!!
Along with all of our old friends, we have the weekly vendors with all of your favorite items…
Go ahead…say hello…