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!
Let Your Love Grow
Good evening from Portland!
The market is open and ready for your orders!
Good morning, lovely customers!!
First…I am happy to report that wedding weekend is now over, my daughter had the mystical, magical wedding of her dreams, it was a weekend filled with love, happiness, beauty, and rejoicing!
So, after a long summer of wedding catering, throwing the bridal shower of all bridal showers for my daughter, and then the wedding, other than our last Pizza Farm Friday, on October 8, I am winding down for a bit!!
It’s been a crazy month, and today I head into the office to do a whole lot of reports updating for the market.
I am letting you know that if you have been an ordering customer, the past two weeks, I will be running both of those weeks payments, today!! Just didn’t want to alarm anyone!!
Second…I am headed to Oregon, Thursday morning, with my brother, so that we can say a final farewell to our dear sweet uncle, who is in his final days, really, after losing his battle with cancer. He’s my hippie uncle, who will always be that rebel inspiration to me. I will be adding my Cosmic products, and Hippie and the Farmer products back to the market, as I will return Monday night, but your other market manager will be all alone, handing out orders on Thursday, so be patient….
And, my heartfelt thank you for always showing this market so much love!! And, for allowing me the time off so that my daughter could have all of my attention, these last couple of months.
Ok…the fall season is here, and the market is heading straight into it…
Wedding weekend is well underway, but the market is here, ready, and happy to meet all of your local needs!!
Good morning, lovely market customers!
I’m coming to you from crazy wedding week central as the countdown continues to Saturday!!
Thank you, all of you, for being so patient, and still continuing with ordering!
It was a crazy wedding season of a summer leading into the wedding of weddings, this Saturday.
I will be so happy to return to you for all of your baking, and soup making, and market greeting days of order pick up!
Until then…let’s give a big shout out to your other market manager, and my father, who have been holding down the fort on Thursdays!!
You have about 15 minutes to get your orders in for the week!! And, I do see that eggs are nowhere to be found, so I will check with all of the egg vendors for the market’s reopening on Thursday evening!! I do know that many of my chicken owning friends are having the same issues…those chickens are just on strike, at the moment…
Ok…tossing out all the love to you, all the gratitude, and I look forward to returning to the market, full time!!
Another dose of love and thankfulness to all of you amazing customers, and vendors, keeping the vibe alive, while I am busy with all things wedding!!
Just over a week away! Once again, I will be in vacation mode, and look forward to returning to all of you!
The market reopens for the week…come and get your love!!
It’s the Tuesday that feels like a Monday, so don’t be a day behind in your market orders!
I am coming out of my wedding haze from Saturday, and am full steam ahead for my daughter’s wedding, September 18!
But, first…I also need to get my orders in!
Let’s all make this week a bit easier with the happiness of the market!
Just a quick note to thank you, the customers, your other market manager, and my father, for all pulling together for a great market pick up!!
It allowed me to stay in the kitchen, working, on prep work for this weekend’s catering!!
I love the teamwork that I have instilled in everyone!
And, just a note…I am remaining on vacation mode until after….drumroll…. My daughter’s wedding, on the 18th!
So much to do, along with getting my staff organized, prep the menu, and then step aside to enjoy being mother of the bride!
I will still be managing the market, and will return, later in the month!!
Hugs and kisses….and, opening the market for the week!!
Champaign Berry Farm
I’ll be there today – white and yellow peaches, sweet corn , tomatoes and extra blackberries.
A note from Cathy!!
Yay!! 4-6, tonight!
Here we are…looking at a Tuesday morning, and the market will close for weekly orders at 8am, today!!
Like you, I am racing to make sure that I also get my ordering in because it’s just been a crazy working weekend into a crazy work week for me, and catering. But, like you, I know if I think I’m too busy to order, I will be crying my eyes out on Thursday.
And…an observation that I have been making, while out and about…in our catering, we use quite a bit from this market, from our own businesses, and as local/organic as we can. Sometimes, though, I have to venture out to buy things like pans/gloves/serving items…and this past weekend, I’m noticing such dwindling supplies due to no deliveries, etc. This worries me as a business, but it also drives home the fact that this little market stays strong, each and every week. And, because you are getting items that are coming straight from the producer, to you, we all are able to supply. And, you know where your food is coming from. And, no dependency on trucking things in from parts unknown.
We are here, we are strong, and we remain dedicated to all of you…
Monday Dose Of Magic!
It’s a Monday, and time to throw some magic into the day that begins another week!!
It’s been such a crazy, hot weekend, and I know that ordering may be the last thing on your list, but just think of all that you will be missing if you let this heat, humidity, and general end of August blues get the best of you!
We are set to start looking into September in just a few days, and the market is crazy with produce, and all of the seasonal/year round goodness. I know that I forgot to place my order, last week, and I was so sad on Thursday…and, cursing myself that I had to shop, elsewhere, for a few items!
Make the magic happen on this Monday, and conjure up your orders…the happiness it will produce is just like a magic potion…