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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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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…

Cosmic Pam