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 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!



 
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More Shop Small Saturday Fun!


A word from our friends at Valley View Woodlands!

To mark “Small Business Saturday” today, we want to let our fellow market members know about our sale on our Valley View Woodlands maple syrup. To mark the holiday season, we’re putting our gift-quality maple syrup on sale for the next 10 days. As our members know we bottle our syrup in fancy glass bottles to showcase the beauty of this delicious treat from our woods. Our prices are already well below what you would find online for maple syrup gifts, and now we are dropping the price even further through December 11. Don’t forget you can choose among the three styles: gold, amber, or dark, two sizes and two shapes. Mix and match!

Thanks to all our market members, and thanks to our market managers for shepherding such a wonderful community resource. Merry Christmas to all!

Marc and Shary Stadler

Valley View Woodlands

Shop Small Saturday!


Hello, lovely little market of love customers!!

Happy post-Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and now we are looking at Shop Small Saturday!! This is our day!! And, it’s your day, to explore our market, and all that we have to offer!!

We have new holiday scents from ELM TREE ESSENTIALS, along with so much more, from each and every vendor/producer.

This holiday season, consider using our market for locally produced gifts…or, just keep on keepin’ on with the love you already show us, each and every week.

We love your support!

XOXO,
Cosmic Pam

Happy Thanksgiving!


And, happy week!

We are live, after our week’s hiatus!

Between your Black Friday, Shop Small Saturday, and Cyber Monday, we will take whatever love you throw us!

XOXO,
Cosmic Pam

Alice's Restaurant


This song is called "Alice’s Restaurant
“It’s about Alice, and the
Restaurant, but “Alice’s Restaurant” is not the name of the restaurant,
That’s just the name of the song
That’s why I call the song “Alice’s Restaurant.”

You can get anything you want at Alice’s restaurant
You can get anything you want at Alice’s restaurant
Walk right in, it’s around the back
Just a half a mile from the railroad track
You can get anything you want at Alice’s restaurant…
(Arlo Guthrie)

Good morning on this sunshine filled Sunday morning…

Your market manager is working, this morning, on your market, on my own market orders, on my Thanksgiving menu, dividing up all the items that I assign to all who attend Thanksgiving dinner, arranging seating plans, and set up for desserts, food, cocktails…well, you get the picture.

I love tradition. I love Thanksgiving, and I love that it is also my daughter’s birthday, and even though she is turning 26, and off on her own, she still comes home, now with her long term boyfriend in tow, and we celebrate just as hard as if I was still planning her elaborate birthday parties of her youth.

Another one of my personal traditions is to watch the movie, Alice’s Restaurant, during my prep times in the kitchen, and then making sure I listen to Alice’s Restaurant, at noon, on Thanksgiving day, on WYSO. I know, I could easily pop it up on social media, but I have been listening to it, on the radio, since I was in my teens…and, I have to stay true to my traditions.

Anyway…you can get whatever you want…at our market…now, go, pop on Alice’s Restaurant, and get in ordering mode for your own traditions…

XOXO,
Cosmic Pam

Cosmic Charlie


Cosmic Charlie how do you do
Truckin’ in style along the avenue…
(Cosmic Charlie-The Grateful Dead)

Today…a word from your market manager…

First, if you are thinking about dinner rolls for your Thanksgiving holiday, consider your favorite market manager, and hippie bakestress. You can order my rolls, for this week’s market, pop them into your freezer, and they will be lovely, and like just baked, when you pull them out for your guests…

Just a thought on this Saturday morning.

And, don’t stop with dinner rolls…our market has so many, many offerings for your holiday needs, and beyond…

XOXO,
Cosmic Pam

Get Together...


Love is but a song to sing
Fear’s the way we die
You can make the mountains ring
Or make the angels cry
Though the bird is on the wing
And you may not know why
Come on people now
Smile on your brother
Everybody get together
Try to love one another
Right now
Some may come and some may go
We shall surely pass
When the one that left us here
Returns for us at last
We are but a moment’s sunlight
Fading in the grass
Come on people now
Smile on your brother
Everybody get together
Try to love one another
Right now
Come on people now
Smile on your brother
Everybody get together
Try to love one another
Right now
Come on people now
Smile on your brother
Everybody get together
Try to love one another
Right now
If you hear the song I sing
You will understand (listen!)
You hold the key to love and fear
All in your trembling hand
Just one key unlocks them both
It’s there at your command
Come on people now
Smile on your brother
Everybody get together
Try to love one another
Right now
Come on people now
Smile on your brother
Everybody get together
Try to love one another
Right now
I said, come on people now
Smile on your brother
Everybody get together
Try to love one another
Right now…
(The Youngbloods-Get Together)

So, here we are, perched in the middle of November, looking at Thanksgiving, in two weeks, and this song is always on my playlist for Thanksgiving Day. It always has been. It just seems so appropriate for the day, the season, the feeling.

It’s the sense of gathering that I love. It’s the communal spirit that makes me love this holiday, more than any other holiday.

I abhor the rush into the Christmas season because I feel the tradition of Thanksgiving gets lost, more and more, each year. Thanksgiving is about love, brotherhood, sisterhood, and a coming together.

I love traditions, and Thanksgiving is all about keeping with my grandmother’s love of the holiday. The love that she instilled in us, the inviting all family, friends, and friends of friends to the dinner table. It was a day when we knew no strangers. Everyone was welcome.

I began my own traditions as I trekked around California, North Carolina, New York, Florida, and then here, in this little local community that I started to call home, in 1999.

Much thought and love is put into my Thanksgiving menu plans, the cocktails that will be served, making sure that my door is open to all. I have had years where my house has been full of family, plus college pals, high school pals, pals with no place else to hang their hat that day.

This holiday, and all that I hold dear, reminds me of this little market of local love. Everyone is welcome, I hope to fill your spirit with love, your market baskets with the goodness of food, and that you will leave, taking with you, that communal feeling of brotherhood/sisterhood…

I am opening the market with a HUGE thank you, to all who help this market continue, on a weekly basis. A reminder that this coming week will be the last market before we close for the week of Thanksgiving, and a hope that you will order, and let us put the love into your
own holiday…

Come on people now
Smile on your brother
Everybody get together
Try to love one another…

XOXO,
Cosmic Pam

California Dreamin'


All the leaves are brown and the sky is gray.
I’ve been for a walk on a winter’s day.
I’d be safe and warm if I was in L.A.;
California dreamin’ on such a winter’s day.
(The Mamas and the Papas)

This song was swirling around in my head, all weekend. Because of the cold, the crazy amount of leaves that have fallen all over my front lawn and steps, the fleeting lovely sunny day on Sunday, and then the snowfall of yesterday.

Also, as I spent the weekend totally recharging my batteries, I watched a documentary on Netflix, Echo In The Canyon, and it was heavy on the 1960s musicians who were all living in that magic filled canyon in California, making their music, and showing the love…

Which now brings me to my song pick of the weblog, today, and to remind you that even though it’s cold, with our first taste of what’s to come in the winter, you can still be warm, cozy, happy, and love filled if you order all of the amazing products from our market, and throw on some Mamas and the Papas for listening…it will get your through.

Our products are year round, and don’t forget…if you are looking for the milk, it is under the Indian Creek Creamery heading!

Now…grab your coffee, tea, or whatever grooves your morning, and while you are dreaming of some warmer days, go ahead and warm your life with orders!

XOXO,
Cosmic Pam

Come And Get Your Love


Give us your orders!

Come and get your love…

XOXO!

Welcome Indian Creek Creamery!!


Please help me in extending a huge welcome to our new milk producers…

Indian Creek Creamery!!!

Indian Creek Creamery is an extension of our family dairy, opened in 1991 in rural Logan County, Ohio. Dairy farming has been our lifelong passion, and our 80 cows are like members of our own family – with names and personalities that bring a smile to our faces every day. Cow comfort is of utmost importance to us; our cows always have the option of grazing and lying in the rolling pasture outside the barn or staying inside during inclement weather. Our products are made with a loving touch every step of the way; we hope it’s a love you can taste!
Mission: We have seen and experienced first-hand the health benefits of drinking pure, farm-fresh milk as nature intended, and it is our desire to make it available to the world without extensive processing or chemical additives. Plus, dairy drinkers should know (and taste!) that their milk comes from cows who are cared for and loved. Minimally processed milk is also known to be easier on the digestive system – we’ve even seen many who are lactose-intolerant or sensitive to dairy be able to drink our milk without problems! Our non-homogenized, cream-topped milk is pasteurized using a high-temperature method which heats the milk to 171 degrees for 18 seconds, then quickly cools it to kill bacteria while maintaining that freshness and straight-from-the-cow flavor.

We are excited to offer both their Whole Milk, and their A2/A2 Milk!!

Now…even more reason to get your weekly orders in!!

Ramble On Rose


Did you say your name was ramblin’ rose?
Ramble on baby, settle down easy
Ramble on rose…
(Grateful Dead-Ramble On Rose)

So, happy Sunday, and like the name of today’s song pick reflects, this is what I am about to do in today’s weblog.

But, rambling on for good things, fun announcements, and getting a general Sunday groove going…

So, how are we? We have entered into November. That crisp, brisk month right before we say a final farewell to late autumn. We have said good-bye to Halloween fun. We bid our lovely summer months, adieu. And, here we are…

I sort of totally dig this time frame. I love the easing out of summer seasonal menu planning to this autumn seasonal menu planning. Foods become a bit more complex in flavors, a bit more rich in texture, and, a bit heartier.

Because of the seasonal growing, we have now had to say fare the well to our seasonal gardeners such as Queen’s Garden. We will revisit with them, as with all of our seasonal growers, next spring and summer.

But, we still have lettuce producers, year round, with Old Souls! So, no worries on a lettuce goodbye.

We welcome back the amazing duo of JCGrowers!! Back with their dried spice and garlic blends!! Just in time for soups and stews.

We will have micro greens, through the winter with Truck Patch Naturals!

Our pie baker, Ruthie, will be adding more pies to her culinary list of baking!

More soups will be added from your favorite market manager! And, what goes better with soups, than great bread??

We have new jams/chutneys from The Wildflower Patch!!

And, along with the newness, we have all of our year round goodness from our lovely local vendors!!

It’s Sunday, and it’s a great day to get ordering…

I’ve rambled on for long enough…

XOXO,
Cosmic Pam