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!
April Come She Will
April, come she will
When streams are ripe and swelled with rain…
(Simon & Garfunkel)
One of my favorite songs, ushering in my favorite month of the year.
April…crossing the bridge into the new season. Growth begins, green begins, sun is now warming, the promise of budding trees, early flowers peeking up, and our moods become lifted, hopeful, full of lightness.
The market always seems to embrace each season, but April…April begins to see more and more freshness, early produce, lightness, and the bridge for a summer to come, full of the season’s best.
The girls of Flourish are getting ready to begin listing early floral offerings, microgreens will be here, in few weeks with Kingdom Fish, early plant starts will be coming via Gourmet Fibers, and Hippie and the Farmer will even be offering early tomato and pepper starts, in the coming weeks.
April…a time for celebration.
And, one more reason to celebrate in April? It’s your market manager’s birthday month!!
Leading me into this week’s Cosmic Trivia question…
What is the date of my April birthday?
Throw me your answers!!
And…as a side note…I will be off the market, for two weeks, after this week. So, if you are ordering Cosmic loveliness, or Hippie and the Farmer pizzas, you need to do it, this week!!
I’m finally feeling a bit more comfortable to travel, safely. So, I will be heading to Florida to finally see my daughter’s newly built house, and to spend time in the sun, at her pool, and taking advantage of some downtime before May comes crashing in!