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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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What's The Story Morning Glory?

What’s the story morning glory?
Need a little time to wake up wake up…
(What’s The Story, Morning Glory?-Oasis)

I had a lot of nicknames when I was young…two of them were, Mary Sunshine, and Morning Glory. Both were very tongue in cheek, in direct conflict with my morning mood as a young child.

I hated to be talked to or looked at, while I was waking up, over my glass of genetically modified Tang Breakfast Drink, and bowl of healthy Trix. I had hair that looked like an egg beater went through it, my eclectic 70s outfits, and my big attitude. So unlike me, in my later years, when I perked right out of bed, grabbed coffee, and a much healthier breakfast, and bopped right out the door.

Anyway…Morning Glory was the nickname my grandmother gave me, and when I stayed the night at her house, she kept me away from the Tang and Twix, and fed me a real breakfast. My grandfather poured me real orange juice, and snuck sips of his coffee to me.

As I got older, I began to notice the difference in food at my house, versus my grandparent’s house. I came from the cliché 70s household where we practiced all of the food fads. When my parents divorced, it was a free for all of packaged, easy, not real food.

Lucky for me, my grandparents were a short bike ride, in the West End, and I biked there for my dinners, and most of the time, slept in my room, at their house, and enjoyed a real breakfast before catching the bus to school.

Now, not saying that my own household was poorly run. It was just a house of the 70s. That’s the direction the food front was taking, and a lot of parents of suburbia jumped on the bus taking them to a life of ease, with very little cooking.

These days, you know me…I’m the old school culinary hippie. I raised my own daughter with my old school, organic, crazy hippie granola ways. I had her in 1993 when the food front was even more of a mess. I refused to join the bandwagon of the moms, back then, and ignored the Lunchables, etc. I was determined to heed my grandmother’s teachings. Real food, in real time.

So, with all this behind me, another fun fact about my nickname, Morning Glory, is that when I very first relocated to this area, back in 1999/2000, I started a brief stint as a muffin baker for early morning delivery to a Springfield business, and yes, you guessed it…I called that little business, Morning Glory.

My grandmother was still living, then, and she helped me go through her old recipes, and together, we brainstormed. But then she got sick, they had to sell there home, and move into a facility better suited for her needs, and then she left us, and I put Morning Glory to rest. My inspiration was gone, and I didn’t want to move it forward without her.

And then, much later, I launched my bread business, and while I named that business a different name, the old Morning Glory attitude has always been there.

So, in your own morning glory state, we are moving into a Monday, and we have many new products added to our market. Take a bit of time while you are waking up, wiping the pixie dust from your eyes, and place your orders…

We are here to make your mornings, your days, your week, easy…

Cosmic Pam

Ain't No Man

There ain’t nobody here,
Who can cause me pain or raise my fear, ‘cause I got only love to share…
If you’re looking for truth I’m proof you’ll find it there…
(Avett Brothers-Ain’t No Man)

Just like our little local market of love…it’s all I’ve got to share…

And, a HUGE dose of love to our customers, our vendors, and the popularity of our new Vendor Night At The Market!!

I am now opening the market, once again, and I urge you to get in on the fun, on the love, and look at all we have to offer!!

If you head to our Facebook page, you will see pictures of the past few weeks with our market pick up items, our fun, and our Vendor Night At The Market!!

All I have is love to share, and all this little local market has to share is it’s love…

Why not make it an all around love fest, this week…go, love, order…

Cosmic Pam

A Late Entry!

Pickle Boy Produce will be in the micro market in the lobby!!

Offering…green beans, cucumbers, and a limited supply of white onions!

Virtual Market meets our own little micro market!! The mini market of love!!

Make sure to come shop!

Cosmic Pam

Tomorrow's Market!

Once again, we will be adding a micro market within our market pick up area, at the YMCA, tomorrow afternoon/evening!

Tomorrow, Herr Family Farm will be back with their amazing peaches, and other produce items!!

Dugan Road Creamery will be set up to introduce themselves, give our samples, and have product to sell!! Learn all about their milk, their dairy, and all that they do!!

Covington Cheese Company, LLC, will also be set up!! They are a new vendor, who just added their artisanal cheeses to our market, and would love to introduce themselves, and, let you sample their products, and give you a chance to purchase, since they have just added items!!

So, make plans to visit the market, again, tomorrow!! If you placed an order, bring extra cash so you can also shop the micro market! If you forgot to place an order, you can totally just drop by, talk to our new vendors, and pick up some amazing products!!

Cosmic Pam

Welcome To Wednesday!

This will serve as your last call for ordering, this week!!

The market closes at 8am, this morning, so if you are going to order, make sure to stroll along into the site, to get those last minute goods!

Cosmic Pam

Tuesday Evening!

Just a quick note that if you want to place an order for green beans or cucumbers, we now have our newest grower, Pickle Boy Produce, to take care of those needs!!

Go ahead, you have all night to order…I will not close the market until tomorrow at 8am!!

Cosmic Pam

Monday Blues?

Does Monday get you down? Are you sorry when the weekend passes into Monday? Do you get the Monday Blues?

We’ve got you!! Why not do everything you can to make the beginning of your week, a pleasure trip? Why not place orders with our market to make it easy, to make it fun, to make you smile?

Sure, you can feel good about shopping local, but let’s be honest….shop from us because it makes your life easier!

We’ve got you!!

Cosmic Pam

Feelin' Groovy

Slow down, you move too fast
You got to make the morning last
Just kicking down the cobblestones
Looking for fun and feeling groovy
Ba da-da da-da da-da, feeling groovy…
(Simon&Garfunkel-59th Street Bridge Song)

Why not take it easy on this beautiful Saturday morning, and look at all of the products on our market, and then place your orders!!

Each week, we add more and more produce, vendors, and products…check us out!!

This past Thursday was extra fun at market pick up, because we actually had a micro market within our market, in the lobby of the YMCA.

It was fun to have vendors connect with customers, who usually do not get that opportunity to do this!!

Go ahead…get groovy, and give us a try…

Cosmic Pam

I Wasn't Born To Follow

I will want to dive beneath the white cascading waters
She may beg, she may plead, she may argue with her logic
And mention all the things I’ll lose
That really have no value in the end she will surely know
I wasn’t born to follow…
(The Byrds…I Wasn’t Born To Follow)

I love this song, and, tonight, finds me with loads of old tunes, a glass of wine, listening to more storms blowing in, and thanking my lucky stars that I wasn’t born to follow. Anything. Anywhere.

I know it’s no big surprise that I do things on my own terms, pave my own way, go the extra mile, all on my own. If something is the main stream, I will go less main stream. If the crowd is all doing it, chances are, I groove one my own.

Much like this little market…it’s always just grooved on it’s own. Basked in it’s own little success story, paved it’s own way, and usually stayed away from the mainstream.

We love our market, we love our vendors, and we love that you allow us, each week, to bring you all that we have to offer.

Like our market, our customers tend to not follow…they come back, because they are free flowing thinkers, always giving us the opportunity to take them in all different directions…

We are opening, once again, for the week!! Take a bit of a detour from your usual path, and be the one that doesn’t follow the masses. Follow a new groove, and give us a try…

Cosmic Pam

It's A Full House!!

So, it looks like it’s going to be a full house in the lobby, tonight!

Along with Herr Family Farm, and Madison’s Gluten Free Baking, we are adding our newest produce vendor, Pickle Boy Produce to the mix!!

He is setting up, tonight, to get to know everyone, and then will begin to add stuff to the market!!

Tonight, he will have fresh green beans, AND, MAYBE…I am hearing rumblings of sweet corn!! He grows all produce, chemically free, and we are excited to get to know him!!

Again…make plans to stop in the lobby, bring extra cash, and take advantage of what is looking like a micro market, within the market!!

Cosmic Pam