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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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Way Down Yonder In The Paw Paw Patch!

Hey, now!!

So….we have a special addition, this week, in a different way!!

So, in case you did not know, The Stadler’s, of Valley View Woodlands, are also well known for their Paw Paws!! They originally were going to set up a pop up, to sell them at market pick up, but with rain on the forecast, are not setting up, BUT, instead, if you would like to purchase a pound of Paw Paws, you can contact Marc and Shary, directly, today, and they will place in your market orders, for pick up!!

The Paw Paws are 5.00 a pound, and the total can be added to your cards on file, or you can add it to your check or cash payments to the market!

You MUST try these delicate beauties!!! I love them!!! They have such a sweet custard like center!! And, each look uniquely different!

I am including their original write up, but remember, they are not setting up a pop up, you must order through them, and the pricing will be different, instead of what is written!

The season is short for these, so jump on the pawpaw train!

Marc and Shary Stadler of Valley View Woodlands would like to announce a special pop-up event for the market on Thursday. It’s pawpaw season and it’s a bountiful harvest! We have pawpaws and Marc is bringing them to the market on Thursday for purchase. This is a chance for market customers to enjoy this amazing native, local fruit. If you’ve never tasted a pawpaw you are in for a real taste treat. It’s a tropical fruit that somehow adapted to our temperate climate. Marc likes to describe it as tropical crème brulee. Eat them out of hand or make delicious ice cream and smoothies. We have one of the largest commercial pawpaw “patches” in the country, with special selected varieties. They will be priced by the piece based on size, from $1 to $4 each. At the Ohio Pawpaw Festival, we sold these varieties at $4 to $12+ each and sold out quickly.

Enjoy a treat from “way down yonder in the pawpaw patch!” Thursday during pick-up time.

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