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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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…

Cosmic Pam