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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The Distance

He’s going the distance…
He’s going for speed…
(Cake-The Distance)

It’s a Monday…dreary, damp, not too cold, a holiday, a day of pondering, a day of remembering.

I know that I am taking the day to re-groove. Re-organize. Re-charge. Re-plan. Basically, I am gearing up for going the distance. In everything that I do.

Also, the theme that I would love to see for the market, this week. Let’s go the distance! Let’s order! We are being given a week that is going to be mild in temperature, weather, and winds. You could actually place your orders, today and tomorrow, without the fear of being able to make it to the Thursday pick up!! No snow, no ice, no below freezing temps, no winds that will blow you out of the stratosphere.

So, yeah, okay…let’s get this order groove moving right along!!

You know what we’ve got, you know what you need. Give it to us! It’s so easy, and you know we love to take those orders and run with them!!

Customers, vendors, go ahead…go the distance!! And, hey, let your furry friends have a say, too. If they could type, I am sure they would be ordering up their own treats from this little market of love!!

So, right now, I am blasting the group, Cake. Retro, cool, funk, groove. Go ahead, find them, play them, dance the day away. I am also diffusing oils. Oils that I get from this market! I have a fridge full of 20 different dinners, all prepared, yesterday, because me life is totally busy, and the last thing I want to do, when I am pouring my glass of wine, is to figure out what I want to eat. All that food for my marathon cooking? From this market!

I have a candle that I love to light, each evening when I arrive home. Candle is made and purchased from…drumroll…this market!

I just did a quick clean up of each room of my house. I just put bars of soap in some of the soap dishes with soap…bam! Ordered from this market!!

I am about to go on a soup making frenzy using herbs that I dried from the summer season. Herbs purchased from this very market! You can now purchase the dried herbs on this market!!

My pantry has a stash of garlic…c’mon, you know where I am going…I’m going the distance…dance it out…this market!!

So, my plea…find music that grooves you!! Crank it up, full on…start some sweet dance moves, rev it up, shake those hips, put some shoulder grooviness into it…and, then…start the Little Local Market Of Love dance…sit, order, imagine the ease, imagine the health benefits, imagine the affordability…and order.

Then, with each order, I want to hear what song motivated you while you ordered!!

Then, on tomorrow’s Weblog, I will publish the customers, and what song grooved them…oo la la…what a bunch of fun!

Cue the music, order, shut it down, go the distance…

Cosmic Pam

Thoughts For The New Year From Swisher Hill Herbs

• Hello, Virtual Market customers, from Swisher Hill herbs. It is a new year, this is the ?me of year when we
all can start with a clean slate. Set goals and resolutions, more exercise, eat better, read more, help
others, sometime, the list is long. The CDC and FDA ‘s salt consumption guidelines for the public
recommended 1 teaspoon of salt a day. This is not an impossible lifestyle change to achieve, but we know cutting back on salt results in some foods being blah and lacking *flavor. Thus, you reach for the Salt.
We have been experimenting with recipes using our salt-free herbs, spices and seasoning blends. All the
recipes will use low and no sodium ingredients. Our pantry is stocked low or no sodium products. This
year we will attach a recipe to every order
Last year we introduced our All-Season Salt Substitute to the Virtual market last year. We are offering,
this week, our All-Season Salt Substittute 20% o/ the regular price $4.50 This Week only $3.60. As with all
of our herbs, spices and seasoning blends, we offer you Save a Jar! Save Money! Refill bags for your jars
when you run low. Check it out!
Take Thyme,
Joe and Charlene Stapleton

Happy Thursday!

It’s Thursday, we are happy to welcome you back to the market, and we hope we can help you out with whatever ordering needs you have…

It’s short and sweet, tonight…

Have an amazing evening…

Cosmic Pam


I need a love to keep me happy…
I need a love to keep me happy…
Baby, baby keep me happy…
Baby, baby keep me happy…
(Happy- Rolling Stones)

Just a quick posting, of the happiest way to express my happiness over our newest vendor!!!!

Over the weekend, your two market managers were able to speak with local, Nelson Dairy!! And, they have agreed to take on our market!!!

We will now have dairy!! Like, right around the corner dairy!! And, they are super excited!! And, they want people to stop at their farm to see them, to give them a look!!

They will begin adding product, soon!! Chris Nelson was talking like early spring!!

I asked them to write up a Weblog for us, to introduce themselves, and also, you could go to the Urbana Daily Citizen’s site from Saturday, to read all about them.

Ok…we promised we were searching, high and low for local dairy, and here they appeared in the paper.

Look for their products, and give them a huge welcome!!

Cosmic Pam

Egg Cartons

Calling all egg customers!!

Just a reminder that we do accept all egg cartons, after you have consumed the eggs that you purchased from our market!!

The egg vendors will love you for it!! And, the earth will love you for it!!

If at ALL possible…if you know remember which vendor you purchased the eggs from, could you divide them up, that way? Maybe tape a name to the stack you bring in, or just tell me the name of the vendor so I can designate them to the right storage area? Thank you, so much!!

Egg vendors…a new way to get your cartons…I will set up areas, with your names, under the cabinet where you always get your returned cartons from. Try to remember to check, each week, and take your stack. I will also try to get your stacks out, to give to you.

We go from either having no cartons, to having too many to deal with, OR, it’s a free for all on the cartons.

Just trying to simplify…

Thank you,
Cosmic Pam

Best Friend

People let me tell you ’bout my best friend…
(Best Friend-Harry Nilsson)

After my post, last night, I remembered that I left out a very important person in your lives…your furry friends. Don’t forget, this market offers nutritional dog treats for those friends!! Your pets are people, too, and some super yummy treats would help them through these dreary winter days…

And, jams/jellies, along with the zip of the mustards, and the sweet heat of the jalapeno offerings!!

We really do have it all!!

Urge For Going

I awoke today and found the frost perched on the town
It hovered in a frozen sky, then it gobbled summer down
When the sun turns traitor cold
and all trees are shivering in a naked row
I get the urge for going but I never seem to go
I get the urge for going
When the meadow grass is turning brown…
(Urge For Going-Joni Mitchell)

Well, we certainly have had quite the frozen spell. So cold that you just can’t quite get warm, can’t seem to thaw once you get inside, seem to need just the right comfort to nourish your soul…

This little market of love can do that for you. On this very cold Sunday evening, what better way to comfort your soul, your need for cold weather remedy in this frozen winter blue kind of haze, than to curl up and order from our market?

Start a menu plan for the week that involves slow cooking, deep soul cooking, and even a bit of body pampering…

Soups, stews, slow roasted dishes all begin with meats, dried herbs, spices, garlic…even honey and maple syrups.

Eggs make great dishes, on their own, in baked goods, or in sauces…

Coffee, teas…perfect for sipping the warmth back into your frozen self.

Lettuces, greens, even a few fresh herbs…

Breads, baked treats, pies, cookies…the perfect sweetness to perk you up, or to round out a dinner.

Candles, soap, essential oils…perfect for mind, body, spirit.

Whatever it takes to get you through these frozen days, whatever lets your mind drift off to the warmer days of sunshine and summertime, just order it. Stock your pantry, stock your fridge, stock your soul…

Cosmic Pam


Sorry!! Here is the market list!

Shelter From Tbe Storm

Come in, she said, I’ll give you shelter from
the storm…
(Bob Dylan-Shelter From The Storm)

Those lyrics never sounded so inviting. These freezing temps, and wild windy snow, we are excited to get you all in from the storm so that we can show you some market love!!

Get ready, escape this wild weather, and place your weekly itfedz


Cosmic Pam


FYI…It’s Tuesday evening!! Yes, again, it just sort of appeared, out of no where, on the heels of another holiday weekend!!

But, the holiday whirlwind is all behind us, it’s a rainy, cold night with nothing left to do but order, order, order…

You have until 10pm…let’s see some market love!!

Cosmic Pam

Oh, and FYI…Happy New Year!!!