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!
It's A Sunshine Day!
I just can’t stay inside all day
I gotta get out get me some of those rays
Go ahead, turn up the bubblegum music on this sun filled, warm day, headed our way! Just in time for tonight’s market pick up!! But, it’s going to be windy, so no hats for your market manager, today!
First, thank you, thank you for the spectacular market, again, this week!
There are a lot of you, and there are a few new customers to the market!
You may begin picking up your orders at 4pm, this evening, at the site of Oakview Farm Meats 1645 St. Rt. 54, Urbana!
Please pull into the drive, noticing the flow of the car line, and you will begin pulling up to the new extension to the greenhouse! Your other market manager worked hard to get the walls and front door ready, but has not yet cut out the windows, or painted. But, it gives me some protection from the elements that will be heading our way, soon.
The guys in the greenhouse will pack your orders, as I give them your name, and then I will deliver it to your trunk, or in your car.
Payments are easiest for the flow of the line if you are ready with them! If your don’t have a card on file, you can either call me, today, with your card number, or you can have a check made out to Oakview Farm Meats, with your total. OR, exact cash in a ziplock bag with your name!
The lines can be long, at times, so just enjoy the sunshine, the country, and the relaxed part of your day, while we get you packed up, and ready for the road!
If you are new, we welcome you to this very large market family! And, as your manager, I love when customers give me a favorite song, or a favorite market product! I love to write about the different customers that are a part of the market scene.
If you need a Friday morning pick up, please let me know! If you are a Clem N Thyme customer from Yellow Springs, we deliver your orders, tomorrow afternoon to their farm office!
I’ll see everyone, this evening!
Tuesday Love Note
Just popping on to let you know that you have until 8pm, this evening, to get your orders in!
If you missed out on eggs, earlier in the week, both 4 Hens and a Rooster, and Oakview added more eggs!
The market is going to crazy, and for that we thank you from the bottom of our vendors’ hearts!
I just got in for the day, and am headed to place my own order!!
If you wake up and don’t want to smile,
If it takes just a little while,
Open your eyes and look at the day,
You’ll see things in a different way.
(Fleetwood Mac-written by Christine McVie)
Today’s Song Implant comes to us from weekly customer Kathleen Smith!
What a great song choice! Originally written by Christine McVie to help her deal with her separation from from band member John McVie, and to encourage people to always move forward. Put the bad days behind. A great pep song, no matter where you are in life.
Also, I want to remind all of you that the market closes, this evening, at 8pm, for the week’s orders!
AND…this is the last market before our Thanksgiving week’s break, next week!!
Have the grooviest of Tuesdays, and I will see you all, this evening, as I close out the market! Don’t miss out!
Market Reminders From Sunshine Central
Good morning, market lovelies!!
It’s a beautiful sunshine day now that those crazy winds have subsided!
And, with the sunshine streaming in, I wanted to also bring you some sunshine reminders to start the week!
This week’s market is going crazy with orders, and we are also continuing to add new customers! So, I thought this would be a great time to revisit the workings of the market!
We close, tomorrow evening, at 8pm, for the week’s orders. Pick up for the orders is Thursday evening, 4pm-6pm, at the site of Oakview Farm Meats, St. Rt.54, Urbana. We generally shut down the greenhouse where the market takes place, promptly, at 6pm. At that point, I like to get my father on the road, back home…you know, the smiling volunteer from the greenhouse. And, I like to make a fast retreat, home, at that point, for my evening block of time to regroup. AKA a large glass of wine.
If you are a Friday pick up, already on the books, we know we will see you between 10am-12pm, Fridays. If you find that your schedule needs you to pick up on a Friday, please let me know, ahead of time, so I can add you to the Friday list.
We require everyone to stay in your cars, and we bring the orders to you! Payment is either taken care of, contactless, with a credit or debit card. This means you will need to call me with your number, the first time, and then you are added into the market POS system, and you no longer need to phone. Your card will automatically be charged for your order.
If you are paying in cash, please have the exact amount, in a ziplock bag, with your name! Check payments can be made out to Oakview Farm Meats.
If you are our Clem & Thyme customer base, your delivery to Yellow Springs will be on Friday afternoon, to their farm/office, with a small delivery fee added.
After the Thanksgiving break, we will talk more about the delivery system, especially when the weather gets bad, for those of you who do not want to be on the roads.
I hope I have explained things to the new customers, and it’s always good to revisit for everyone!
It’s Monday, and the market is ready to take your orders…
Favorite Things and A Favorite Song
Thursday market pick ups are so fun because I get to see you all from the comfort of your cars, we get to chat, a bit, and then I load you up, and you are on your way.
I also love when you all give me a song, and product favorites.
This past Thursday, customer Deb Walters gave me a piece of paper with her favorite song, and favorite market item.
She picked the song, Scar Tissue, by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. If you are familiar with the song, the lyrics, you know how powerful the meanings are in the song. The song deals with the reality of addiction, which most of the band members dealt with. It was also a message of sorts as some member returned to the line up, while a snub to those who were let go. It also reflected their utter devastation when one member was lost to his addiction.
A lot of life lessons, reflections, and jumping into new directions at this point in their career. Much like life, and all of it’s twists, turns, ups, downs.
Deb has been a customer, of mine, from way back in the my early days as co-manager/manager of the Mechanicsburg Farmers’ and Artisans’ market. Her daughter would stop, and shop, and then you would see Deb walking down to the market with her cute pup, shopping from all of the vendors. She then became one of our first virtual market customers when we kicked off this market, and has remained with us.
Her favorite things of the market are the fresh flowers. And, I have to agree. The amount of fresh flowers that have been ordered from all of our floral vendors, since March, has been staggering to see.
But, why not? Fresh flowers, much like her favorite song, seem to swoop in, looking so beautiful, and elevating our moods in the exact time when we may need it. Twists, turns, happy, sad…flowers always lift us up.
And, with that, I leave you to your Sunday. I do want to mention on more message from Kim, of The BARKERY.
Kim was in vacation mode for two weeks so that she could take care of her two grand babes. Upon her return, she has been crazy busy, covering extra shifts at work, but will be back with Christmas products right after the Thanksgiving break!
Keep On Flourishing
Happy Saturday Afternoon!
Here is a word from our favorite duo, letting us know we can keep on keeping on with Flourish!
Hello everyone! Flowers beds have gone to rest for the season and we are changing our offerings. You can anticipate wreaths and greenery arrangements being added to the market soon. In the meantime we’ve added a couple new things. Our mini lavender bushes were a fan favorite so we brought them back but bigger this time around! They’re in 4” pots and can be beautifully keep inside this winter and planted come warmer days. + we have Christmas cactus for a limited time. These can be found in the live plan section of the market! We will be having poinsettias in soon, please email us at email@example.com if you’re interested so we can get enough! Tis the season!!!!
Good morning, lovely market customers!
What a change in the weather from a few short days ago. But, this brisk change just makes an early Saturday morning even more inviting to sit, with my coffee, and my favorite Saturday coffee mug, looking out at the frost on the hills behind my house, spin some tunes, and let the day unfold.
Today’s title, is from a soundtrack that I have loved, ever since I can remember. It’s from the Bob Dylan soundtrack to the movie, Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid. Bob did the music for the movie, and appeared in the movie as…..go ahead, surprise me with emailing me your answer. No cheating by looking it up. The first person to answer, gets a free Cosmic product, this week!
Anyway, November always draws me deep into listening to two Bobs. Dylan and Weir. Anyway, since here we are, in November, very close to Thanksgiving, I wanted to give a few updates to those of you who have only been with us since March, when we moved the market.
This week’s market is traditionally the last market before the Thanksgiving holiday. We take the whole week off for Thanksgiving. We don’t try to reschedule the pick up day. When we hit this point in the year, the season, I like to give the vendors a bit of time off. We all need a bit of a recharge, at this point. As their market manager, I am demanding, I ask for a lot from them, and each and every week, they give me their A game.
So, get your orders in, this week, because we will be off, the following week. On Thanksgiving eve, I will reopen the market for ordering.
In this month of November, this month of thanks, and giving, I always reflect back on things of the year. It’s been a crazy train. A crap shoot. Uncertainty. Questions. My gosh…how did we even get here? But, I am so thankful for silver linings in times of turmoil. This market, and it’s move to the farm, is one of them. The great pleasure of all of the customer base who have become more than customers. You have become friends. Each and every week, I love getting snippets of your lives. I love loading your cars with market loveliness.
For some reason, I have never been able to run this market as an assembly line at pick up. Some have said, why not just pack things up, and let the customers grab their boxes and go? Or, why not have several people out to hand out orders.
I cannot do that. A large part of what sets this market apart from other online pick ups/deliveries, is the interaction and bonds that have been built with each of you. It’s important to how this market thrives.
I hope that you all feel the same. I hope that you find peace, as you drive out to Thursday pick ups on the farm.
And, while we are giving thanks, I feel we all need to give the other market manager, and his family, a HUGE thank you, for housing the market after the YMCA had to let us find another place, in March. Because of their kindness, the market has grown into what I had always hoped, bringing all of you to the market.
The vendors deserve ALL the thanks for supplying us with product, each week, and for stepping up to the high volume and demands of this market.
And, while I have taken up your Saturday, long enough, I urge you to communicate with any of our vendors, if there is something that you would like during our week’s hiatus, after this Thursday. Many times, you all are able work things out, on the side.
Much love to you all…I’m floating back into my cloud of Dylan instrumentals, and allowing you to get back to your ordering.
Many thanks to the song requests, and favorite things, this week…I will be featuring all of them.
Hello, I Love You
A little Doors to groove you…
It was an excellent market, this evening, and now your market manager is tired, and ready for beauty sleep!
The market is open, and I will post more, tomorrow
The Thursday Love!
Good morning all of you groovy market customers!!
Once again, you blew me away, this week, with your orders!
The vendors, and the market, thank you, kindly, and I can hardly wait to greet you, this evening!!
There are no time slots, so come, anytime between 4pm-6pm! If you need a Friday pick up, and you are not on my Friday list, please let me know!
It’s going to be a sunshine day, again, and nothing makes your market manager happier than sunshine at market pick up!
Give me your songs, give me your favorite market products, and I will write all about your thoughts!
See you soon!
Tuesday Love Note
Just a quick note to remind you that tonight, at 8pm, the market will close for this week’s ordering fun!
Don’t miss all the action because I love seeing all of your smiling faces at market pick up!!
This will serve as your last reminder…
Hoping that you enjoyed yet another beautiful day!