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!
Another Happy Thursday!
Made even better by opening the market for another week of ordering fun!!
Thank you to Stoll Farm/Vernon Family Beef for coming out to give samples, and chat with the customers, and Y members, about their grass fed beef, their story, and their recipes for their product!
Ok…it may be raining/sunshine/crazy out there, but right here, we are always steady, and ready for your market love!
Strawberry Fields Forever!
FYI! Hippie and the Farmer will have 1/2 quart containers of their organically grown strawberries, today, at market pick up!
3.00/half quart! Cash and carry!
Sweet as honey!
Stoll Farm/Vernon Family Beef
Don’t forget to come out to the market, tomorrow, between 4:30-6:00pm, to sample the grass fed beef!!
Meet your farmers! Sample their products!
It’s always fun when the vendors set up!
The market closes, tomorrow, at 6am, for this week!!
Get your orders in!
I will see you on the flip side!
Hello, lovely customers of the market!!
First, welcome to another week of ordering fun!! You guys are going crazy with the orders, and we LOVE you for it!! Keep it coming, love!!
Second…we never know how long the asparagus season is so you need to continue you the love, while it’s still around!!
Third…no matter if you will have orders to pick up on Thursday, or you just want to come out to visit the market, but we will have a special tasting set up with the Stoll Farm/Vernon Family Beef vendors!! Get excited, as they will be on site, all set up, with samples of their 100% grass fed beef!
Come out, grab some samples at the tasting, and get to know them!! Ask them questions, get their story, and continue to know your farmers…
Ok, let’s get this day going!
Happy Memorial Day!
Your wayward Hippie market manager is just in from the long weekend of musical fun!
And, it’s a sunshine holiday, but if you have a bit of downtime, remember to throw us some orders!
This week, we see the return of fresh flowers from Kim!
Turn It On!
Hey!! The market reopens!
Today's Market Information!!
Hello, lovely little market of love customers!!
Just a HUGE heads up, about the market pick up, today…
I will be gone, off to my usual music festival weekend, AND, your co-market manager is gone, on the road, making a delivery, and if the weather holds out, will be in the fields trying to get it all done, against this crazy weather!!
SO…I need you all to stop at the desk, if you are not on file with pre-payment status, and give them your name, and pay for your order! I then need you to proceed to the market area, and grab your order, on your own!! Vendors all use your names on the products, so look on the back counter, the fridge, and the freezer…YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!!
As volunteers, we love working the market, but there are certain times, when one or both of us will need to be gone. This is that time!!
I am leaving my contact number, here…for any time of order conflict or question…but, I will be on the road, with my people, meeting up with the rest of my people. If my service is dicey, just leave me a text, and I will be anxiously grasping my phone, during market hours!!
Thank you, and have a lovely holiday!!
Brought to you by our friends at Valley View Farms!
Shary and I want to let our fellow market members know about our current offerings. Valley View Woodlands (also known as Marc and Shary Stadler) had a very productive maple syrup season this spring. Many factors came together in our beautiful woods to create a near record year of delicious syrup. The success story goes back to the summer of 2018, when we had plenty of warm days and a lot of moisture. The sugar maples produced a heavy leaf load, each one a miniature factory, turning sunlight, water, and carbon dioxide into sugars which would be stored in the tree the following autumn. Then at the end of winter we had a number of days perfect for sap production: cold nights below freezing and warm days above freezing. The trees pumped out gallons of sweet sap, sometimes filling our five-gallon buckets in a day! Then the boiling starts. It takes at least 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of syrup!
This year we were able to produce early-season gold syrup along with amber and dark. Early gold, which has a light color and delicate flavor, is very weather-dependent, and not available every year. All three grades are currently offered for sale on the market. We are often asked what our favorite grade is. We love all three! We cherish the gold, as it has a vanilla-caramel flavor and it not available every year. The amber has a wonderful balanced flavor, and the dark is very rich and robust. You can find our syrup in beautiful glass bottles (that showcase just how beautiful our syrup is) and larger plastic jugs.
We have pawpaw trees for sale! Last fall, our fellow market members had a chance to purchase fresh pawpaws from our “patch” (also known as an orchard) which is one of the largest in the United States. America’s “forgotten fruit” is being rediscovered, and people are raving about the tropical banana-mango flavor of this native tree. Spring is the perfect time to plant pawpaw trees. Plant them in your yard for a bounty of delicious fruit. While pawpaws should be mulched and receive regular watering, the trees don’t need any special care, unlike apples and other common fruit. Pawpaws are not self-fruitful, so you need two different varieties to cross-pollinate. We currently offer two varieties, Sunflower and NC-1. We also offer seedlings (ungrafted trees grown from seed) at a reduced price. The trees should be planted between 8 and 30 feet apart. The trees are in tall “tree pots” and are approximately 18” tall. Grafted trees will usually produce fruit in three to five years. Seedlings will take an extra two to three years to produce fruit. And with seedlings you can never be sure of the size or quality of the fruit.
If market members have any questions about our maple syrup or pawpaw trees, they can contact us via email or phone:
Listen to the wind blow
Down comes the night…
(Fleetwood Mac…The Chain)
I was just sitting on my back deck, listening to the sounds of the wind, feeling the change in temperature, watching the clouds mingle up with the moon, and enjoying a glass of wine, when these lyrics popped into my head.
But, how appropriate when I sang the song, in my head, perfect with the night wind, and perfect for thinking of the chain of this market, and how it flows.
This month marks our seventh year in existence to his lovely little community, and it takes a chain of vendors, customers, the managers, and the Y, to make it all happen. Each week, you all return, handing us your orders, allowing us into your lives, your homes, your dining plans, with our products.
This market thrives on the chain…always strong links, always vibing along…
The market is opening for the week!
Your vacation mode producers for this week are myself, Hippie and the Farmer, and the BARKERY.
But, all your other favorites are here, waiting to continue the chain…