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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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Happy Valentine's Day!!

Good morning, little local market of love customers, and happy love day to you all!!

It’s a cold day, and it’s about to be snowy. Real snowy. And, as your responsible market manager, I will be keeping everyone updated, as the weather unfolds pertaining to this week’s market pick up!

Until then…keep ordering all of the amazing products that we offer, and also, have yourselves a little lovely day of love…

Cosmic Pam

We Love You!

Thank you, so much, for another amazing market week!! And, thank you for coming out to pick up your orders in this cold, cold weather!

We want to welcome you to another week of ordering, as I open the market, again!

And, we have a note from Ehrle Bird Designs!

Ehrle Bird Design is ready to bring you brand new items! But first we need to clear out some things from last year. This week, you will find some of our items (hardwood cutting boards and coasters) in the “weekly specials” tab in the market! Please take a look through and enjoy 40% off! Thank you very much for your support ?

Have a lovely evening, and stay warm and cozy!!

Cosmic Pam

Hazy Shade Of Winter-On Repeat

Good morning, lovely market customers!!

Just a note about today…

The market will be open for pick up between 4pm-6pm. If this crazy weather kicks up, unexpectedly, and you cannot get out, that is totally fine!

You can pick up, tomorrow morning, 10am-12pm, OR, Saturday, 10am-4pm!! OR…we can add you to our delivery list, for a small fee, with our Friday deliveries!!

It’s cool…however you need to navigate the weather!!

If you are new to the market, here are your payment methods…have a check made out for your total, to Oakview Farm Meats! OR, bring exact cash in a ziplock bag with your name on it! OR, call me, ahead of time, with card information!! Having payments all thought out, before hitting the car line, helps me SO VERY MUCH!!!

Ok…stay warm, and I will be greeting each of you, this evening…

Cosmic Pam

Happy Tuesday Reminder!

Good morning on this snowy little morning…you all have been showing this market THE LOVE, overnight, and I just wanted to remind any of you, who still need to place orders, that you have until 8am, this morning!

I don’t want any of you to miss out…and, no worries with the snow that is predicted, all week! If you feel that you cannot make it to Thursday’s pick up…you can also pick up on Friday morning, or all day on Saturday!! Or, you can schedule a delivery for Friday…BUT, we need to know that, so we can add you to our list!!

Now, go order some local love!

Cosmic Pam

One More Cup Of Coffee

One more cup of coffee for the road
One more cup of coffee ’fore I go…
(Bob Dylan)

Happy Sunday!!

And…Happy Coffeehouse Cosmic Trivia! You guys went so crazy, Friday evening, with emails, texts, and messages, answering the Cosmic Trivia Question!!

The question asked what two Urbana/local coffeehouses used to feature my breads, for serving, and for selling, years ago!

Many of you emailed me, Madison’s, and while that was a correct answer, it was not the two I was looking for since I featured Madison’s, already!

The answers…The Depot Coffeehouse, and The Spotted Cow Coffeehouse!

And, we have five winners, all frantically sending answers at about the same time. How could I turn any away??

So…congrats to these market winners!!

Lorie Hale
Kim Wooten
Marcia Cope
Shary Stadler
Michelle Poston-Peters

YAY!!! Now…it’s cold, the sun is shining, but really it’s just too cold to venture out, so why not get your market orders in, while you are inside, staying cozy??

Cosmic Pam

Trivia Night Is Closed!

Hey you crazy market customers!!

It was so much fun with all of you playing trivia, and we now have 5 winners with answers flying it at the same time!!

I will announce the answers and winners, tomorrow!

Cosmic Pam

Friday Trivia Night

Happy Friday evening on this cold, cold night!!

I wanted to tell you that the February menu for both Cosmic Charlie and Hippie and the Farmer is now up, live, and ready for ordering!

New soups, pizzas, and frozen dinners!

Also…it’s time for a bit of Cosmic trivia for more chances to win a Cosmic product of your choice!!

Way back in time, when I used to bake for restaurants, I used to bake for two local coffeehouses, and they used my breads for their pressed panini sandwiches!

There can be two winners, again, and please, one answer per person!! I’m looking for both of the coffeehouse names!!

Ok…stay warm, and I am off to rest up for a weekend of making Hippie and the Farmer food for a small dinner party of clients!!

Cosmic Pam

Hazy Shade Of Winter

Look around
Leaves are brown
And the sky is a hazy shade of winter
Look around
Leaves are brown
There’s a patch of snow on the ground…
(Simon & Garfunkel)
(However, I am listening to The Bangles version, from the movie, Less Than Zero)

So…what a crazy market pick up!! That snow, sleet, ice, wind…all at once!! I am hoping that all customers got home, safe and sound!!

I am opening up the market with a few reminders…

Next week’s market pick up will be right before Valentine’s Day, so, if you need sweets for your sweet, you know that we offer them!!

If you need flowers for your sweetheart, a Galentine’s gift, or just a gift to yourself, because you are so amazing, we have a limited amount of the lovely Hawaii florals!!

AND…your market manager is tired, cold, and ready to settle in with a glass of wine…so, I will have the new Cosmic soups, breads, and Hippie and the Farmer frozen dinners all up, tomorrow!!

Thanks again for all of that came out in this weather!! You make the market what it is!!

Cosmic Pam


It’s market order pick up day!

This evening from 4pm until 6pm!

Friday pick ups! If you are not on the list, you may let me know that you will be here between 10am-12pm, tomorrow!

Clem and Thyme clients! Delivery on Friday, as usual!

If you are new to the market: you may phone ahead with card payment info!

You can pay by checks made out to Oakview Farm Meats! Or, exact cash, in a ziplock bag, with your name!

See you, this evening!

Cosmic Pam

A Note From Flourish!

Happy Wednesday, and thank you for all of the market orders, this week!!

I received an email from the girls of Flourish, with this market offering that will be available when I reopen the market, tomorrow night!

As you know, one Flourish partner is now living in Hawaii, for now, on an adventure with her new husband, so they are spanning Flourish from Ohio to Hawaii, and having a great learning opportunity with flower farms of Hawaii!

The other Flourish partner is still here, and provides with all of the market loveliness of seeds, and now the delivery of these florals!

Be ready when the market opens, tomorrow eve!

Here is their note:

The Flourish ladies are bringing you a special offer this Valentine’s Day season! Specialty protea’s grown on a small farm on Maui. These blooms are stunning and last up to two weeks in a vase. Once they begin to wilt, hang to dry. They keep their color and are overall amazing. Only available to be picked up at the market on Feb 11. 1/2 dozen for $18 & a full dozen stems for $36!

Cosmic Pam