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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Market Fun!!

It’s Thursday, and we would like to thank everyone who ordered for the week, from the bottom of our hearts!!

If you will be picking up your orders, today, there will be Hippie and the Farmer All Organic Strawberries, on the side, if you forgot to put them on your weekly order! Even if you didn’t order, you can stop by the market area, and grab a pint or two!! 3.00 a pint!!

Also…as a treat for your dogs, Kimmy Shark is leaving small bags of samples, to take home to your furry friends!! Watch how much your dogs love them, look at the goodness in the ingredients, and then feel good about ordering treats for your pal, too!!

OK!! See you at the market!!

Cosmic Pam

Time Keeps On Ticking...

And…it’s Wednesday!!

The time is ticking into the 8:00 hour, and that means it’s time to get your orders completed!!

And…in case you didn’t see, not only do we have strawberries, but Champaign Berry also added limited amounts of their first of the season, red raspberries!!

But…don’t stop there…we also have new flowers that have been added, and we have all of the other amazing products that are on the market, year round!!

See you at 8:00am…you have one hour!

Cosmic Pam

Tuesday Mania!

Your market managers have been crazy busy, this past weekend, with all things Hippie and the Farmer, getting ready to open for the season, busy with the strawberry UPick, busy with our individual businesses, and busy getting the gardens, greenhouse, and construction all accomplished, for our opening day, June 23, the first Saturday On The Farm, of the season!!

Soooo…here it is, Tuesday, and this is my reminder that the market will close, for the week, tomorrow morning…get your orders in!

Yes…we know that there is no lettuce…but our lettuce is coming on, strong, and will be added to the market, in the coming weeks! Along with our organic spinach, and chard!!

Yes…the asparagus is gone…Beth’s season has ended…

Yes…if you want strawberries, don’t wait…the season is short, but sweet!

Yes…not a lot of produce, yet…but, since we run the market, locally, according to the seasons, you get the best, of what comes into play, with each growth season. And now we are in the upswing of the growing season, and our producers will be adding produce, as it comes on…

Thank you for being amazing market customers!!

Cosmic Pam

Happy Thursday!!

We welcome you back to the market!

Take a moment to get to know us, and if you already use us, we thank you for the love!

Cosmic Pam

Tripping Into The Morning!

Wednesday morning, again…

And, that means you need to be tripping into the market for your last chance at placing orders for the week!!

We close up at 8am!!

See you on the flip side…

Cosmic Pam

Another Chance To Be Golden!

In the sunshine of the market, it’s time to shine!

The market is groovy with activity, and we look forward to seeing you!

So much goodness, so many seasonal products!

We are now live, again, giving you another chance to be golden!

Cosmic Pam

Hey, Now!

Egg cartons!! All egg customers, we would LOVE it if you started bringing all cartons back to the market!!

Our egg vendors will love you for it!!

Cosmic Pam


Hello, little local market of love customers…

A quick note to let you know that the Hippie and the Farmer will have extra pints of our organically grown strawberries, for purchase, at the market table, at today’s pick up!!

Just in case you missed out on ordering them…bring cash!! 3.00/pint!!

Cosmic Pam


Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day
You fritter and waste the hours in an offhand way…
(Time-Pink Floyd)

How many high school summer days did I drift through with Pink Floyd as my background music?

Anyway…the theme of this morning’s Weblog is time. You have an hour left in the market before I close up shop for the week.

Don’t waste the moments…get your orders in before 8am, today!! And, don’t let time tick away on the precious seasonal delights that will only be with us for a few short weeks…

Cosmic Pam

Strawberry Letter 23

Pretty music, I hear
So happy and loud
Blue flower echo
From a cherry cloud…
(Strawberry Letter 23-The Brothers Johnson)

And, you can write your own strawberry lyrical song or poetry because guess what…it’s time to say, hello, to strawberry season!!

And, Hippie and the Farmer have all organically grown strawberries, in limited quantities, for the next few weeks, on the market!!

Now, we can all write strawberry scented letters…

Cosmic Pam