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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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Our House

I’ll light the fire
You put the flowers in the vase that you bought today
Staring at the fire for hours and hours while I listen to you
Play your love songs all night long for me, only for me

Come to me now and rest your head for just five minutes, everything is good
Such a cozy room, the windows are illuminated by the
Sunshine through them, fiery gems for you, only for you

Our house is a very, very, very fine house with two cats in the yard
Life used to be so hard
Now everything is easy ’cause of you
And our la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la

Our house is a very, very, very fine house with two cats in the yard
Life used to be so hard
Now everything is easy ’cause of you
And our

I’ll light the fire while you place the flowers in the vase that you bought today…
(Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young)

This song comes to us from long time customer Laura Zureich, as it was raining and chilly, yesterday, and I was loading her car up with all of her market purchases. She had no idea how much I love this song, how it always marks the late fall season, for me, and how the album, Deja Vu, is one of my most loved, worn, and treasured albums in my collection.

Also, the love and peace that this song invokes reminds me of all the loveliness that I feel our market embodies. I’m hoping you always drive off feeling the same vibe.

It also reminds me of a summer house that a bunch of friends rented, one summer, when I was in college. I was working two jobs, that summer…one, as a retail girl at Casual Corner, and one as an advertising intern at a local newspaper. The days were long, and busy, and full of learning, but it was always so comforting to know that at the end of the day, that house would be full of friends, food, wine, music, and always new faces drifting in and out, becoming our little summer family of mismatched friends. Simple times, with simple ways, but the communal feeling of that summer never leaves me. This album was thrown on the stereo, almost daily.

Anyway…all of this to say that the feelings it brings me, are also the feelings that the communal spirit of our market brings me…

It’s Friday, and the market awaits you…I will be taking the next two days off as it’s wedding dress shopping for my daughter who is flying in this evening from Florida! The adventure begins…and, as she and her groom to be are almost complete with the building of their own first home, my plan is to give them so many iconic old albums for their turntable that I gave them, last Christmas, so that their house will also always be filled with music…

Have a lovely weekend, and get your orders in…

Cosmic Pam