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!
December Market Notes
I hope you can stand two emails, today, since I have been giving you a break for the past week…lol.
Ok…since so many of you have never been with us in a December, and so many of you are jumping into the market, brand new, right now, I wanted to explain a few things. AND, even those who have been with us, it’s always good to refresh.
December is always a short month for the market. This year, there will be three weeks of market operation. We always close for the weeks of Christmas and New Year, but are back in high gear, January, for the rest of the year!
So, if you are Christmas shopping from the market, please note that the last market pick up will take place on December 17.
And, if you would like to give the gift of local for Christmas, please contact me about purchasing gift cards, in any increment, for friends, family, neighbors, office mates…keep the love train going.
When the market closes for the rest of December, I will be adding a new feature to the market. You will be able to click on a delivery option by selecting one of the delivery fee buttons that will be put into place. We know that at times, the weather can be a bit much to get out, or for those of you who are getting our deliveries, out of the area, there will be a weekly delivery fee. Shopping for the delivery fee will be just like adding an item to your cart. Exciting times! Until then, any Springfield/Clem and Thyme orders will automatically have their delivery fee added to their total.
Construction…ugh, the dreaded construction. It starts, this week, right around the market pick up site. I will know more, Monday, on how best to get you to the market pick up. Nothing too terrible, just a bit out of the norm.
AND…I am sure many of you have noticed that my Cosmic Charlie Breads, and Hippie and the Farmer products on in vacation mode. I am so very sorry for this. But, I am on standby to drive to Florida, to help my daughter move into her newly built house, but since the final inspections were already to have been done, and I was to be down, and back, my now, I am in a holding pattern. And, since I am driving (I do not feel comfortable flying, right now) the trip will take a bit longer. I may be leaving, this week, next week, or not until January. So, because I cannot commit to baking, I put my things on hold. If I find out on Monday, that I will not be leaving, this week, I will alert you that I am taking things out of vacation mode for ordering. If you have already ordered, you can place another order, if that happens!
AND…in my absence, I leave you with your other market manager, and my father. While I will be bossing them along, via the phone, and anxious texts.
Ok…thank you, all of you, for making this market what it is, and I look forward to what this market will do, after the holiday season is over!
Love and light…