The Weblog

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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Sunday's on the phone to Monday...

Just a little Beatles lyric to fit the day, vibe it along, remind you that it is Sunday, and as we all know, the last day of the weekend can slip by so quickly that we are always left staring into Monday, trying to get it all together!

Make it easy for you, your life, and your family! Get on the market site, and start your shopping, today!! It’s snowy and cold, outside, so why not stay in and shop so you have the rest of the week free until you have to come and pick up your order on Thursday?

We make it simple, pleasant, and healthy!!

Grab a cup of coffee or tea, put on some tunes, and get your market groove on!! We are open until Tuesday at 8pm!

A New Day! A New Dawn!

Hello, everyone!

The market is reopening for the week! As exciting as that is, there is even more excitement as this is the first time for me, Cosmic Pam, to do the opening!

The behind the scenes has changed faces and our lovely Heather has passed the torch to me as behind the scenes manager! My assistant managers are Charlene Stapleton and Mark Runyan! Heather brought us to where we are and now the three of us are ready to take us onto the next level!! New day, new dawn, same great market!

So, here are the products, you know the drill, order until we close at 8pm, Tuesday night!!

Let’s make this first market, under our management, totally rock the house!

Last call!

Just a note that you have 10 minutes left to shop! Hurry, hurry!

Chocolate Truffles!

Hello again! I just received a delightful request from Charlene at Swisher Hill Herbs to share a recipe with you, and indeed I will! It is a yummy treat for the special day this weekend of Valentine’s Day! Plan a few minutes to spend with a loved one in the kitchen or just offer them to a loved one as a treat! Thanks Charlene! They look yummy and easy!

Homemade Truffles (In 3 easy steps)
1 8oz. package cream cheese softened (or Neufchatel cheese 33% less fat)
3 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
3 cups semisweet chocolate chips melted (or dark chocolate chips)
1 ½ teas. Vanilla
1. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Gradually beat in confectioner sugar until well blended.
2. Stir in melted chocolate and vanilla until no streaks remain. Refrigerate for about an hour.
3. Shape into 1” balls and roll in ground walnuts or any ground nuts, cocoa, coconut, confectioners’ sugar. For a gourmet touch I mix equal amount of Instant espresso coffee granules.
Unless I am making these for a party I usually make ½ a recipe. Even then I get 24 1” Chocolate truffles so rich and sinfully sweet you eat too many!!!

Happy Tuesday everone!

Good morning everyone! The sun is shining and that is all I will say about that!

Don’t forget to check your calendar and note that today is Tuesday which means it is the last day to order from the market this week. I will shut the door tonight at 8 pm and complete sales until Thursday when you can order for next week.

Be sure to get your orders in for any special Valentine’s Day love! Who wouldn’t want a nice, juicy cut of something from Oakview Farm Fresh Meats or a loaf of some Cosmic goodness? We have cookies and candies too for that special squeeze! Spices and syrups are sweet options too! This year get creative for your cupid-inspired gift giving!

Just be sure to do it prior to 8 pm tonight! Stay warm, or get warm if need be, and I hope to see you all pop up in my email with your orders! Have a super day!

Order up!

The market is ready to go after another week of fun! Thanks to Pam, Charlene and Mark for packing orders tonight and for all the fabulous customers who shopped this week. We love you guys and appreciate you! Ready, set…go!

Thank you!

Thank you for the great market and see you Thursday! Maybe the roads will actually be clear by then! Be safe and happy Wednesday tomorrow!

15 minute warning!

Last call for orders this week! Hurry!

Tonight is it!

Just a reminder that the market closes tonight at 8. Be sure to shop before then for best selection and super finds! Stay warm and get the shovels ready!

It's Monday...and it looks like more snow?

I know I sound like a broken record but seriously, more snow? I am hopeful that the shoots of green grass, spring robins, and the smell of the thaw are just around the corner. This week will merely be a small bump on the road of winter, let’s hope!

I write to remind you that it is Monday and the market closes tomorrow night at 8 pm. Be sure to get your orders in before then. Have you seen all the great seafood items from Freshwater Farms? Awesome! I am excited!

Another huge thank you to Charlene and Joe for the great Touchdown taste-fest they did for us! Samples are always a lot of work and expense for them to do for us but boy is it a great way to taste exactly what you are buying! Thanks for everything Swisher Hill Herbs! They were enjoyed by all!

Have a great day and enjoy the sunshine as it appears a change is a’coming! Remember…8 pm tomorrow!