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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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Rainy days and Tuesdays...

Good afternoon market customers! Just a quick reminder that the market will be closing tonight at 8 so hurry and get any last minute items ordered by then! Be sure to pick up your eggs and dairy items for your holiday baking needs! Stay dry and see you Thursday!

Open early

As I am taking in a performance of A Christmas Carol and won’t be able to open the market promptly at 8, I am opening the market a bit early tonight. Don’t forget to see what is new and consider local goods for holiday gifting! Happy eating and thank you for being such super customers!

Open early

As I am taking in a performance of A Christmas Carol and won’t be able to open the market promptly at 8, I am opening the market a bit early tonight. Don’t forget to see what is new and consider local goods for holiday gifting! Happy eating and thank you for being such super customers!


A late change…spinach is here! If interested, dial some up!

Give local...

As we head into the last few hours of the market this week I wanted to offer up a reminder to consider our wonderful vendors when selecting gifts for your loved ones for the holidays. From local maple syrup, honey or garlic, to baked goods like homemade noodles, spices, herbs, and breads, we have many items that family or friends would be happy to receive. Many items are shelf-stable and could be wrapped and placed under the tree or in a stocking too. While we can’t possibly name them all, please remember that local dollars spent on local items stays mostly local! And if it cannot be placed under the tree, start a new tradition of gifting it into their refridgerater or freezer! Blame it on the elves and deposit that roast or sausage right into their freezer! What a surprise it would be! Taking a road trip? Order extra cookies or a loaf of Cosmic bread for the ride! The options are endless!

Let’s work hard to make your cyber Monday really virtual Tuesday and support your local food providers!

Turkey, turkey and more turkey...

Good evening friends! If you are like me, we have already left-over the leftovers for homemade pizza tonight as we have had our fill. That being said, we start anew with the home stretch towards Christmas this week with your old friends. I promise we will let you enjoy each week but will highlight all the great items for fresh eating and gift-giving. We are thankful for your friendship and committment to shopping local. Please consider us as we ask you extend Small Business Saturday thru this week. Shop away and thank you for shopping with us!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Since you are used to hearing from me at this hour, I simply want to wish you and yours a most wonderful Thanksgiving! We have so much to be thankful for in our families, our communities, and our country and are truly blessed. We have the right to choose where and how to buy our food and we thank you for choosing us for at least a portion of your consumption. Have a great holiday and we’ll see you front and center on Sunday night when we start toward the home stretch towards Christmas!

Last day for sales before Turkey Day!

Good morning! Here is your reminder that today will be the last opportunity to shop with us prior to Thanksgiving as the market will be closed next week. Get your gobble on and order up by 8 o’clock tonight when we will close the market. Happy shopping and know we are thankful for you!

Summer loving...

Whoa was it gorgeous today or what? I know it can’t last but all things need a rest right? Winter is a time for regrouping so we should welcome the change of seasons to slow down a bit.

Please check out our new items and enjoy! Don’t forget we have many items that would make a great compliment to any meal, special or everyday, for this week and next. A reminder that the market will be open this week but will take one week off for the holiday next week so order extra if needed for pickup this Thursday. See you Thursday at the Y!

Turkey Day Plans

Good morning locavores! After much discussion we have decided to close the market the week of Thanksgiving NEXT week so we wanted you think about your market needs THIS week a bit early. Do you have company coming or need to take a special dish to someone else’s home? Need extra milk for those scrumptious mashed potatoes or squash dishes? Be thinking of your needs now as the market goes live tonight at 8 and will be open til 8 on Tuesday evening with pickup on Thursday eve. We will be off next week so we can all spend time with family. If you get in a pinch and need product please contact the vendor directly to make other arrangements.

Another note about shopping locally…I am issuing another challenge to see how many of your holiday shopping needs can be found locally. Perhaps it is a gift certificate to a restaurant like Paradiso in Urbana that supports the local food system or one to Everyday Organics that stocks local products? How about the gift of Hemisphere Coffee beans to your Aunt Betty or even a gift certificate to our own Champaign Locally Grown to Grandpa Bob? Did you know you could gift money into a loved one’s account? Yep can do! Start thinking about how your dollars used locally stay local! Happy eating everyone!