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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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Hello, good morning…your market manager is soon to be home from Oregon.

Thank you, so very much for all of your kind words you have sent. It was a weekend full of emotions, and last night, we left my uncle with a smile on his face, and falling asleep.

On Thursday, you will all have me back at market pick up!

Also, in this blog, I am including an introduction from The Shire Farms, our newest vendor!

And, I know the egg offerings have been slim…across the board, the hens have stopped laying, for a bit. I have added two additional egg vendors with The Shire Farm and Ehlre Bird!

I will see you, soon, sweet customers…

Hey Everyone! Thank you for having us at the Virtual Market! My name is Nicole Doyle and my husband and I own and operate The Shire Farm in Urbana.

My husband was in the Air Force and, as you can imagine, we have moved around a bit. After traveling thousands of miles and moving a half dozen times, we have put down our roots here. We have Our goal is to provide our community with ethically and sustainably raised meats and eggs.

The more we learned about the commercial food system, the more motivated we were to make a better option. We believe that what our food eats and their quality of life matters and makes a difference in the quality of the final product. Our animals get to see sunshine, eat grass, and enjoy locally milled non-GMO feed. This creates a superior product, not only to nourish body, but also to nourish the need to respect life and be thankful for what the animals provide to give us that sustenance.

We look forward to serving you all.

Thank you,

Nicole Doyle
The Shire Farm