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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Madness Mania!

Hello!!! Your market manager is all caught up in the crazy of the Sweet Sixteen, this evening!

Let’s create our own frenzy for the market, this week!! Let’s soar even higher, than this past week!!

I will be back with you after this nail biting Kentucky game!!

Cosmic Pam

The Snow Globe

Because of the snow filled morning, school closings, and many delays, I am keeping the market open until 8:30, to get your last minute orders in!!

Pass the time, while you wait for the morning to start, by getting your order together!!

And, let’s hope, this is the last that we see of this snow globe effect…

Cosmic Pam


And even if time has passing me by a lot
I couldn’t care less about the dues you say I got
Tomorrow I’ll pay the dues for droppin’ my load
A pie in your face for bein’ a sleepy bulltoad…
(Lovin’ Spoonful-Daydream)

Soooooo….I had a super post, all ready to go, to welcome in the spring weather, to shed sunshine all over your day, and to talk about growth, green, golden tones…but, as usual, Mother Nature has the last laugh.

Happy first day of spring…happy day of incoming snow, ice, wind…yes, the winter that wouldn’t leave. The spring teases, the winter crushes.

Anyway…we just keep all warm and cozy in our little online world. The market is rolling, the orders are spinning, and it’s the perfect way to stay out of the cold, out of the big stores, and staying in with local food, nutrition, and value. All with the ease of ordering, picking it up with ease, and getting smiles and chatting from your lovely market managers, and your Y staff…can you get that anywhere else?

Ok…go dream your own daydream about spring…but first…groove us your order…

Cosmic Pam

Welcome Back!

And, welcome to another week of ordering up the local goodness, right here, at our market!

Place your orders with the market you can trust!

Cosmic Pam

Snow, Wind, Cold

Good Morning!! Happy Wednesday, and happy end of our market week!! That’s right…time to get those orders in, this morning, by 8am!!

I hope that the one good thing about this crazy weather, is that you have been able to keep warm while doing your shopping, with us, out of the elements!!

You still have time to give our market some love, this week, and in turn, give yourself that same love by making your week a bit easier!!

Our market is a strong community market with much pride in what we do, what we offer, and who our vendors are!! You have helped us, each week, with your support and love!!

Keep it groovy, this week…throw us your orders…

Cosmic Pam

Live! Action! Go!

We’re back!!

You know the drill!!

Show us some love!!!

Cosmic Pam

Call Of The Wreckin' Ball

Call Of the Wreckin’ ball, and the close of this week’s market, at 8am, today!

Song title by my favorite punk band, X, to signal the crashing sound of getting your orders in!!

It’s a big, fun market, this week, with a whole lot of local action shakin’ down. I am sure you don’t want to miss out on the fun.

Grab your coffee, your tea, or whatever grooves your early morning, and throw us your weekly orders. It only takes a few minutes to make your shopping life so much easier for the week.

Be the wreckin’ ball…crash the market!!

Cosmic Pam

Positively 4th Street

I wish that for just one time you could stand inside my shoes
And just for that one moment I could be you
Yes, I wish that for just one time you could stand inside my shoes…
(Positively 4th Street-Bob Dylan)

For no other reason, today, except that I think these lyrics are beautiful, and I am in a Dylan kind of way, this morning…

Go ahead…spin some Dylan, and thank me, always for setting the tone of your day.

It’s Tuesday, it’s sunny, and it’s going to be a warm 52 degrees!! Perfectly inspiring for ordering from this perfectly inspired little local market of love!!

Oh, and you know…it’s climbing to be quite a market, this week! You don’t want to miss out on all of this positive vibing local goodness…we are open until tomorrow at 8am. Don’t linger, and don’t forget…

Another fun tidbit about the song that I chose for you, today? It’s the song that I put on replay, endless amounts of play, when I am on the cusp of making business decisions. And, the Jerry Garcia version is the one that I listened to, constantly, on the night that I put Cosmic Charlie into action, 9 seasons ago. What’s the song that sends you into action? We all have a song…

Okay! Groove it out…get your orders ready!

And…on a follow up to the chipmunk adventure of yesterday. The little intruder had trapped himself into my powder room trash can, must of scared himself into a sad farewell, and was then disposed of in the fields…so long…

Now…let’s get this Tuesday underway…

Cosmic Pam

Monday Drag

That’s it…the feeling you get as you begin to wake up, and remember that you are not slowly waking up on a lazy Sunday. You are crash waking, right into a full blown Monday.

Make the transition a bit easier by vowing to take a few minutes to place an order with us! All of your local goods, in one place, with simple clicks of the keys!

I’m sitting here, coffee in one hand, my hair a mess, a million things on my Monday list of musts, and a chipmunk trapped in my lovely little powder room.

But, what am I going to do? Order. I know my week, at a glance, and once again, it’s a bit crazy. To make it less crazy, I need to simplify by getting some food ordered!!

Follow my lead…and please, throw me some tips on getting the chipmunk out of my life, and powder room…

Cosmic Pam

Happy March!

Here we are, entering into a new month, the bridge into spring but with such wind, rain, and cold, that I just want to throw blankets on, and seek out comfort!

While I listen to the wind, I am going to place my weekly orders, to put the sunshine back into the days!

Keep your sunshine going strong by turning on with our market!

Also, my products are all out of vacation mode!

Cosmic Pam