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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 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!



 
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It Was Wonderful!


The market, the chats, the laughs…

You all make my week!!

Just an FYI before opening the market…

My products will be on Vacation Mode for the next couple of weeks while I cater, next week, for a wedding, and then move into….drumroll…my daughter’s wedding!!

Thank you for being patient while my products are on hold!!

Now….let the market ordering begin!!

XOXO,
Cosmic Pam

It Was Wonderful!


The market, the chats, the laughs…

You all make my week!!

Just an FYI before opening the market…

My products will be on Vacation Mode for the next couple of weeks while I cater, next week, for a wedding, and then move into….drumroll…my daughter’s wedding!!

Thank you for being patient while my products are on hold!!

Now….let the market ordering begin!!

XOXO,
Cosmic Pam

This Just In!


Champaign Berry Farm will be at market pick up, today, with peaches, tomatoes, and blackberries!!

No corn, this week, as they are in between plantings!!

4pm-6pm!

XOXO,
Cosmic Pam

Kept On Looking For A Sign...


Time was drifting, this rock had got to roll…
So, I hit the road and made my getaway…
Restless feeling, really got a hold
I started searching for a better way…

And I kept on looking for a sign in the middle of the night…
(Climax Blues Band-Couldn’t Get It Right)

And, here is your sign….you have 30 minutes to get your weekly orders in!!

I was outside, this morning, as the sun was just starting to rise, and you can just tell that the air is a bit different, the trees look a bit different, and that lingering point of time of late summer moving into fall is upon us.

The early morning air reminded me of school days back in my middle school and high school mornings. I was either waiting on the bus, or waiting on a ride, but suddenly those days came rushing back, to me, this morning, and when I came inside, this song was playing, and it just all seemed perfect…

Time was drifting, this rock had got to roll…

Get your rock and roll on, and drift into your orders…

XOXO,
Cosmic Pam

Updates and Additions


Your other market manager, just informed me that he updated the quantities of his eggs, the milk, and Ruthie’s Pies!

And, I just added a couple of new things to my Cosmic bag of tricks, along with the return of my roasted tomato season now that the tomatoes are busting out, all over, the Hippie and the Farmer gardens!!

Today is Monday, and you have until tomorrow morning, at 8am, to get your orders in!

XOXO,
Cosmic Pam

I'll Stop The World


Dream of better lives the kind which never hate…

Dropped in the state of imaginary grace
(You should know better) I made a pilgrimage to save this human race…
(I Melt With You…Modern English)

Happy Monday, lovely market customers!!

Your market manager is just coming off of another catering weekend, and back to getting her groove on.

This song has been in my brain for a few days. One reason is that it popped on my playlist, and I immediately was transported back to the 80s, clubs, friends, boyfriends, fun, and carefree lives. The second reason is that one of my pals just started a group, on Facebook, for the girls from our high school. Not a graduation year only, or a best friend, only, but it’s an all inclusive girl group, from all years, of our high school.

A group of just positive vibes, good thoughts, and a bit of escape from the daily norm of negativity.

I love it, because even if we all did have our own little groups in high school, we are now a group of one. Adult women, living very different lives, but celebrating each other.

Again…all the late 70s/early 80s vibes.

And…my recent dealings and feelings out there, in the general public, needs all of the positivity, some days. Recently, the rage is real, out there…I run into while driving, while shopping, in walking past people. I get it…it’s crazy times, and everyone is feeling it in different ways.

But…my hope, is that when you are a part of this weekly little market of love, that you actually do feel the love. The all inclusive positivity. The happy. The fun. Not always perfect, but always with the best of heart and intentions.

I hope that both customers, and vendors feel the love. Because I like to think that we try to make that difference. Trying to make your own lives better, happier, healthier…

Because you know…I’ll Melt With You (and, for you)

XOXO,
Cosmic Pam

Happy, Happy!


You all put the happy in my days!!

It was a great market week, and I loved being back, with all of you, chatting and catching up!!

We are doing it all, again…so get those weekly orders in!!

We are here to make your local love come alive!!

The market is open!!

XOXO,
Cosmic Pam

Champaign Berry Farm


Good morning, lovely customers!!! And, a HUGE thank you, to all of you, who helped to skyrocket this week’s market, after our week off, last week!!

We missed you!!!

Also…a note from Champaign Berry…

Tomorrow, during market pick up, (for both ordering customers, and non ordering customers, and anyone who wants to drive through)…

Cathy will be set up, 4pm-6pm, with sweet corn and peaches!!

Both are sooooo good!!!! You may want to think ahead as we look into the coming months, about getting all the corn and peaches, that you can, to start getting ready for those winter months (ugh…not ready for that) but, think of the loveliness of grabbing corn/peaches from your freezer or canning supplies, for a pop of summer in the middle of winter.

She is also offering half bushels of peaches for 35.00!!!! If you are interested in purchasing the half bushel, you will need to let Cathy know, ahead of time, you will need to call or text her at…

937-232-7525!!

And, she accepts cash and cards!!!

Excited to see you all at tomorrow’s market!!

XOXO,
Cosmic Pam

Reminder!


The market closes for the week, at 8am, this morning!!

Don’t miss out on all of the market goodness!!

XOXO,
Cosmic Pam

Closer To Fine


I looked to the children, I drank from the fountains
There’s more than one answer to these questions
Pointing me in a crooked line
And the less I seek my source for some definitive
(The less I seek my source)
Closer I am to fine, yeah…
(The Indigo Girls)

I’ve had this song rattling around in my head for a few weeks, now. First, I love it, and it will always remind me of my drive from Los Angeles to Raleigh, NC, when I moved for my job as a flight attendant, and my change of bases.

It also has been of great comfort in these crazy weeks of summer with the wedding events for catering, my own daughter’s bridal brunch (which turned out just simply stunning!! If you want to see photos, you can find them on either The Hippie and the Farmer Facebook page, or Instagram page), and while all the happiness has been happening, and now the upcoming wedding of my daughter on September 18, I am also walking a bit of an emotional tightrope as my favorite uncle has been battling what will soon become his final days.

This song’s lyrics have been perfect in helping me find that balance of happiness, sadness, compassion, acceptance, and many phone calls, with him in Oregon, as we retrace my childhood, his outlook on life, his crazy hippie ways (looks like the apple fell close to the family tree, with me), and trying to plan a last trip out to see him, after the wedding.

Balance…the careful balance…

This market has made me smile with all of the orders flooding in. This market is another one of the things in life that I welcome each week, to keep the balance. I was so busy, last week, prepping for a wedding, and on Thursday, I just really missed that there was no market. But, it gave all the vendors a nice week off…more balance. Some time off to relax, regroup, and jump back into it all.

Also, it looks like Blue Jacket is on the market for the week!! Take advantage, and get your orders in for them!!

The Flourish girls have new offerings, as well!!

Closer to fine…this market, ourselves, our lives…we all just want to be closer to fine.

XOXO,
Cosmic Pam