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!
Hey, now! It’s Wednesday, and that means the market will be closing at 8am!
See you on the flip side!
The Rain Song
This is the mystery of the quotient, quotient
Upon us all, upon us all a little rain must fall
Just a little rain, oh
(The Rain Song-Led Zeppelin)
We’ve got the rain, that’s for sure…but like the lyric, a little rain must fall…
To make the most of this rainy day, and the last day of this market, why not take some time to order for the week! The market will be closing, tomorrow morning, at 8am, and you don’t want tears, falling like raindrops, when you miss the deadline.
Also, I am aware that market pick up falls on Valentine’s Eve…but just swing by, early, grab your order, and then head out to grab your sweetie. Or group of pals. Or your dog, cat, whoever is the love in your life…but, make us your first love…
It’s Monday, again, and I am sure it’s the usual maniac, mentally exhausting, mania that usually accompanies a Monday.
When, suddenly, you are lulled out of that blissful weekend cocoon of no worries, no phone calls, no emails, and maybe even secret Netflix binging…oh, wait, maybe that’s my Sunday…shhhhhh. Anyway, you know the feeling. The morning hits you like a ton of bricks, and you are off and running.
Let us do your legwork, while you take care of the rest. Throw us your orders, and before you know it, the weekend cocoon will be back…your week just got easier, and you can thank me, always…
Wish You Were Here
Can you tell a green field
From a cold steel rail…
(Wish You Were Here-Pink Floyd)
It’s dreary, I’m in one of those lazy Sunday hazes, and I’ve got acoustic Pink Floyd in the background.
Snow is predicted, and I’m all about just staying in, getting my market orders in, and not worrying about the rest of the week, or my weekly food. I love how easy this market makes the week!
If you are feeling as lazy as I feel, today, why not just lazily put in your order? We’ve been doing the food pick up gig way before the big box places started. And, there is no additional fee to use our market. And, you get the smiles and humor of your market managers, all while grabbing the local goodness, and keeping your hard earned money in our lovely local economy. Everyone wins from producer to consumer to the community to the local economy.
All that, just to say…wish you were here, if you have not already placed your order for the week…
But I see your true colors
I see your true colors
And that’s why I love you
So don’t be afraid to let them show
Your true colors
True colors are beautiful
Like a rainbow…
(True Colors-Cyndi Lauper)
I couldn’t think of better song or lyric to talk about the new additions to our market products!
Our market artist vendor, Art By Adair, has added hand painted market bags to our bag of tricks!! They are ADORABLE!!
And, in my mind, I am seeing all of these different colored designs, coming and going to our market, or on any of your daily travels. Then, everyone will see you, be so envious, and then you can tell them all about our online market, the beauty of supporting local, and that by buying a bag, supports the local arts, as well! Then, they will be so excited that they will want to order a bag, and all the market products to put in the bag!!
So…go ahead…get a colorful bag, get all of the other market products that you need, and by doing so, you are showing the colorful vibe of our little local market of love…
Are You Ready?
Let’s get this market party started!
Each week, we rock and roll to the best of a strong market, and, we just keep bringing you more and more!
We are opening for the week, and we welcome you to start the ordering to jump start this week’s party!!
Ain't No Sunshine When She's Gone
Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone. It’s not warm when she’s away. Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone. And she’s always gone too long anytime she goes away. Wonder this time where she’s gone…
So, we’ve no sun, today, just lots of showers, but it is WARM!!
Go ahead…put your own spin of sunshine into the day, and take this last half hour to get your weekly orders in at the market!!
Tuesday Check In
Good morning, lovely local market of love customers!
It’s Tuesday, the weather is still giving us the mildness to get us out of that frozen blue frame of mind, and the market is open, vibrant, and ready to keep you out of the blues of February, by bringing you the brand of happiness that only we can provide!!
Give us a look!! We will be open until tomorrow morning, at 8am!! Plenty of time to get your lists of happiness ready, and your orders placed!!
Peace, Love, and February vibes…
Your Sunday Sunshine
Shhhhh…yes, I know…you are all watching the Super Bowl, having fun, kicking it up with whichever team you are for!!
Me? Well…my team is not in the game. They wrongly lost to the Rams, but hey, I’m not bitter or anything…but, my Saints should be playing!!
Anyway…moving onto the sunshine vibes of the day. Did you get to enjoy the incredible day?? I sat in the sun, snapped beautiful sunset pictures, and let me tell you…my mood is SO elevated!! Just that shot of sunny Vitamin D, and I am a WHOLE new girl!!
So…while you all are watching the game, I am going to wait until halftime to catch the band, but first, I am going to place my market order!!
If you all find yourselves with time on your hands, let’s all place our orders!! We can make this the Super Bowl of a Super Market!!
Market Bowl…we are in it to win it!
sick and tired you’ve been hanging on me…
Blow dry those feathered bangs, put on that Bonne Bell Lipsmacker, grab your bell bottoms, your lounge like wear, and uncover this little song of the 70s…
And, let’s reflect, and bid goodbye to the longest year, err, month, that I truly have ever encountered. It just greeted us with such fierce, and apparently is leaving us with the same fierce…
We survived…and, we are happy to say hello to a new month!! And, the first market to kick off the new month!!
Goodbye to the ice, snow, polar vortex loving January…you have been a cruel mistress. Even, ending my evening, last night, with busted pipes, a crashing garage ceiling, and my car getting the brunt of the action…and, a huge thank you to all of my Cosmic customers/Hippie and the Farmer customers, for being so understanding with my need to get your orders to you, tomorrow!!
It’s been a month of months, and with February ready to usher us in, let’s all just hope it’s a smoother ride.
The market is now open, and we welcome you back to the greatest market in the county…your year round, locally enforced, lovely little market…
Let’s all say hello to the new month, with a whole batch of orders!!