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!
Here we are…looking at a Tuesday morning, and the market will close for weekly orders at 8am, today!!
Like you, I am racing to make sure that I also get my ordering in because it’s just been a crazy working weekend into a crazy work week for me, and catering. But, like you, I know if I think I’m too busy to order, I will be crying my eyes out on Thursday.
And…an observation that I have been making, while out and about…in our catering, we use quite a bit from this market, from our own businesses, and as local/organic as we can. Sometimes, though, I have to venture out to buy things like pans/gloves/serving items…and this past weekend, I’m noticing such dwindling supplies due to no deliveries, etc. This worries me as a business, but it also drives home the fact that this little market stays strong, each and every week. And, because you are getting items that are coming straight from the producer, to you, we all are able to supply. And, you know where your food is coming from. And, no dependency on trucking things in from parts unknown.
We are here, we are strong, and we remain dedicated to all of you…