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!
When the rain came I thought you’d leave
‘Cause I knew how much you loved the sun
But you chose to stay, stay and keep me warm
Through the darkest nights I’ve ever known
If the mandolin wind couldn’t change a thing
Then I know I love ya…
So much love for this song, for this album, for the pure pleasure of just sitting and letting the groove take over.
Aww, and the rain line, well, it was definitely a rain soaked market, this evening, but you all just smiled, and chatted, and spoke of appreciation of the market, of the little market sisterhood/brotherhood, and hoping that we would keep on keeping on.
No worries…this market is deep in my soul. Just like the music that I hold dear, this is my passion, and you, my lovelies, are so very important…all of you.
I’ve been on a Rod Stewart kick, lately. A Faces kick, lately, and I have flipped through my old collection of Rod Stewart albums. Like going home, again, and to borrow the title from this particular album, Every Picture Tells A Story…no words have ever been truer.
When I think of home in my soul, comfort in my heart, a feeling of peace and gratitude, this is my music. Spinning this vinyl, back in the day, is now spinning the vinyl in the here and now.
When I think of this market, and all of your sweet words, sweet messages, kindness, it’s like revisiting an old song, a long ago time, where it was just people helping people, and sharing the love.
I hope that this market brings to you the same peace, comfort, and soul happiness, as does an old song, an old feeling.
Tonight, I first would like to thank all of you for tossing out your song suggestions! They will all appear in my weblogs, this week. Thank you for your smiling faces, and your warmth. Thank you for giving me the gift of music via cds for me to listen to. And, thank you for sharing your Thursday early evenings with the market, and myself…
As I open the market, I want to let you all know that our friends at Freshwater Farms have been able to regroup, and get their production all caught up, and are able to now list all of your favorite products! We welcome them back…
And, as fellow producers, I would be lying if I didn’t say that in one way or another, we have been hit hard, since March. But, the struggles of us all, have landed here, and I am hopeful that I have been able to continue to steer the ship, while we all tried to keep calm waters.
Also, I am off of vacation mode, and am ready to bake for you! I spent the week planning for an event, tomorrow, and then I am all yours, again…
No mandolin wind couldn’t change a thing…
Go play some old school Rod Stewart…and, get your orders in while you groove the groove…