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!
Keep On The Sunny Side
Keep on the sunny side, always on the sunny side
Keep on the sunny side of life
It will help us every day, it will brighten up the way
If we keep on the sunny side of life…
(The Carter Family)
Just a fun, upbeat, old school music. And, the music that I grew up, in my younger days, listening and dancing around as it played.
Growing up, I had one set of grandparents that I wasn’t actually close with, but they would have my brother and me over, occasionally, to spend a Saturday night sleepover. Always, on Sunday morning, The Carter Family music would humming away, while my grandmother would serve the one thing she ever could bake…her pecan caramel rolls. Overnights with them pepper my memory of those rolls, that old music (that I also inherited their collection of 45s), and, their sparkly aluminum Christmas tree. That’s it…not a lot, but enough to have given me my early appreciation for this music.
My grandparents dropped out of my life before I was 12 years old, but, like with anything in life, I just kept on with my own sunny side of looking at things…
This market always gives me that sunny side of life kind of feeling!! You all were the best, last night, and with the return of our third helper, I was able to spend more time with all of you, chatting at your cars!!
I have a few things to update!
1. Blue Jacket Dairy needed to change some of their delivery schedules, and because of that, our market will be offering their products, one week a month, for ordering!! They are going to give me their week, each month, so that I can alert all of you to order for the month!!
2. We welcome a new cookie baker who is doing such amazing things with her vision of cookies, ingredients, and flavorings!! She comes to us from Logan County, she is all the rage, and she is…The One Eyed Cookie Lab!! We welcome her and her creations!! Jennifer is super sweet, and one of the things that I love is that Hippie and the Farmer also catered her wedding, a couple of years ago. I love these full circle kind of things…
3. We are going to be announcing some summer time fun for the market in the coming weeks, and we are super excited!!
I think that’s all I have for today…just enough to keep you on the sunny side of life…