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!
Come and Get Your Love
Here we are, early on a Tuesday, with nothing but love to give you from our little market!!
Take some time, today, to look through all of the products, vendors, local love…
We are open until tomorrow, at 6am, so there is still plenty of time to show the love, be the love, order the love…
Well I’m going out west where I belong
Where the days are short and the nights are long
Where I’ll walk
And they walk
And they twist
And I’ll shimmy
And they shimmy
And I’ll fly
And they fly
Where they’re out there having fun
In the warm California sun
Well, I’m going out west
Out on the coast
Where the California girls
Are really the most
And I’ll walk
And they walk
(The Rivieras – California Sun)
Go ahead…look out at that bright sunshine, and just try not to blast this song, start to boogie down, shake your groove thing, and just get so excited that we have sunshine, we are warming up, all week, and it’s time for light hearted music!
This song has been covered many times since it’s 1961 inception, with my favorite cover having been done by The Ramones. But, even though I groove to the hippie beat, I was a club kid, and heavily into the alt/punk scene of the early 80s…
So many different versions of one song, a little something for everyone, just like this little market.
We offer such a large variety, something for everyone, because we all have our own likes, dislikes, needs, wants…we all groove to our own beat, and we’ve got ALL the grooviness for you!!
The market is open until 6am, Wednesday morning!! Why not start the week with placing your orders. Groove it out, market babes…
It’s Saturday Night!
Do you have your market orders in?
It’s rainy, the Elite Eight are playing, the night is perfect to also work on your orders, while the evening sets in…
While I watch the games, I’m also watching the market!
Throw us some love for the win!
Over The Hills and Far Away
Hey lady, you got the love I need
Maybe more than enough
Oh darling, darling, darling
Walk a while with me
Ohh, you’ve got so much, so much, so much
Many have I loved, and many times been bitten
Many times I’ve gazed along the open road
Many times I’ve lied, and many times I’ve listened
Many times I’ve wondered how much there is to know
Many dreams come true, and some have silver linings
I live for my dream, and a pocket full of gold
Mellow is the man who knows what he’s been missing
Many, many men can’t see the open road
Many is a word that only leaves you guessing
Guessing ’bout a thing you really ought to know, oh, oh, oh, oh
Really ought to know
I really ought to know
You know I should, you know I should, you know I should, you know I should?…
So…the weather, today, was nothing short of spectacular. Could you feel the shift? The hints of warm, the nuances of the rebellion that spring days bring?
I remember my high school days, and the reckless abandon that these early spring days would bring. Taking off from school, jumping into all of the muscle cars, windows down, hitching a ride off to fun. Shedding flannel shirts and jeans for tshirts and cutoffs…blaring music, cruising in the local park where I grew up, tossing frisbees, blaring car stereos with Led Zeppelin, and gearing up for one heck of a spring/summer pocketful of gold…
Anyway, this weather has me recharged, ready to open the market for another week, and hoping that you are all catching the same spring vibe that I am…
Toss us some orders…and then just mellow out…let the sunshine vibes take over…
Hello, Sunshine Day!
Are you soaking up the beauty of the sun?
While you are enjoying the day, throw us some market orders! You have until tomorrow at 6am!
Give us those love vibes!
Sing Me A Song
Give me a beat, rock my soul…you get the vibe!
Now, let’s get this grooviness started!
We are back, ready for your orders, and….
We are going back to our Wednesday morning closing time!
The Tuesday cut off was just not working, so Old Souls has given us the ok to go back to our closing time, BUT, instead of 8am, we will close the market at 6am, so all of you Tuesday night customers can still have the market open!
Now, all you need to do is get your orders in!
Go ahead…sing me a song…
The Last Call Dance
Hello…don’t forget about our new Tuesday evening closing for the week!!
Go ahead, you still have 15 minutes…but, don’t wait, because we want to see everyone at the market pick up, on Thursday!!
Don’t forget that you only have until 8pm the show us some love!!
It’s our new order closing time, and we don’t want you to miss the fun!
To be born again
In another world
In another time
In another place
So far away…
(Astral Weeks-Van Morrison)
Quite possibly one of my favorite Van Morrison’s songs/albums. And, one of my favorite Irish singer/songwriters. How very fitting, on this day of the Irish, as this girl, who has one side of her family, hailing from Galway, to be listening to, today…
And, on this very sunshine, luck of the Irish kind of day, why not take a bit of time to look through all of the products that we have to offer? Why not place your weekly order, or learn how easy it is to place an order for the very first time.
We are very close to celebrating our 7th year in existence, and, I couldn’t be more proud of this market, of our large variety of products, and the strength of our many vendors. But, through it all, we are only as strong as our ordering customer base, of which we are forever grateful!!
We’ve added so much, just for you, and we hope to see your smiling faces, this Thursday, at market pick up…
When Irish Eyes Are Smiling…
Hey, there…it’s that magical time of the week where we reopen this little local market of love to you, our lovely customers!!
We love seeing you, we love having you as our customer ordering base, and we love to meet up with you, on Thursdays, to deliver all of the goodness that this market has to offer.
Go ahead…jump right in, get your list together, and make your week an easy one by ordering from the friendliest market around!
I am opening the market tonight with nothing but love…and, a song…and a smile…
Let’s all sing a song, show some love, and make the smiles go around when you place your market orders!
Remember…we now close the market on Tuesdays at 8pm…