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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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Last Call

It’s Tuesday evening, and that means I am giving you the one hour last call before the market closes at 8pm, this evening!

I’ll see you on the flip side…just like in the old days of late night shenanigans in clubs, with the staff yelling, drink up, go home, lights up, New York/New York blasting…Closing Time…

Cosmic Pam

Sun Comes Up, It's Tuesday Morning

Sun comes up, it’s Tuesday morning
Hits me straight in the eye…
(Cowboy Junkies)

Happy Tuesday on this sunshine filled day! A perfect autumn day just waiting to unfold, paint the day golden, and usher in that feel good, deep into October feeling.

I remember these fall days when I was in high school, and all you could think about was the last class of the day, and racing out to the parking lot, taking off for an afternoon of fun and mayhem, until evening obligations brought you home, again.

While you are enjoying this lovely day, the market is rocking and rolling, and will close at 8pm, this evening.

I took a bit of time to clean up more categories in the Bakery Section, including sorting our my own categories to make products easier to find!

Such lovely offerings from the market, and you don’t want to miss out…my Tuesday, today, not only your golden, honey hazed day, but make it your order day!

Cosmic Pam

Wouldn't It Be Nice

But lets talk about it
Wouldn’t it be nice…
(The Beach Boys-Pet Sounds album)

Happy Monday, market lovely customers!

Kicking it all off with one of my favorite albums, Pet Sounds. Also, the Beach Boys were my first concert when I was in 7th grade. I was never into their beginning pop, but I was way into their Pet Sounds album. Our 7th grade music teacher somehow pulled off a Sunday evening field trip, to see them, in concert, and I am unclear how that came about, but I was in awe…

Anyway, the first beat of this song, just puts you in a good mood, a sing song mood, and hopefully, gives you the feel good beat to your week.

The market is open, and we will be taking your orders up until tomorrow evening at 8pm.

Have a happy Monday morning…wouldn’t it be nice?

Cosmic Pam

Love Train

Ride the love train
Come on, take a seat
Ride this train, y’all
Everything’s gonna be alright
Everything’s gonna be just cool…
(The O’Jays)

Happy Sunday, all of you lovely market customers. I am hoping that your last day of the weekend is starting out with love filled vibes…

First, I wanted to thank you all, so very much, for the love that you have been vibing to me. I have tried to answer all of your texts, and your emails, but just the overwhelming kindness, has meant the world, this week. I’ve just kind of been doing my own, quiet, groovy things, to keep my mind occupied, and this market has helped in huge ways.

Today is sort of a dreary morning, and the kind that I consider perfect for sitting down, and perusing the market, and deciding what you would like to order.

There’s really no love like the market Thursday love, when pick up rolls around, and we send you off with all the goodness this market has to offer.

Each and every week, I am amazed at how much this market grows, how many new customers we get, and how steady the orders are, coming in.

We thank you, so very much, for being on this whole market love train…

Cosmic Pam

Weekend Fun

This is from one of our newest, but already popular vendor, Michael Bennett, of Gourmet Fibers…he posted an invitation for this event, set for Saturday.

This Saturday Oct. 10th, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., an outdoor fall festival event will be held to help benefit local and foreign ministries at:
Mt. Carmel Friends Church `
3470 Kennard-Kingscreek Rd. Cable, OH.

Each ministry beneficiary has local folks involved in their organization.

All food and activities are by donation:

Recipient Ministries:
Joni & Friends (Disability Awareness)
Project Teddy Bear & Friends Ministry (Tami Wenger, West Liberty)
Tracy’s Heart Foundation Bukavu, Congo (Trade training for ladies needing to support their families; Prison ministry)
The local Trail Life Boys troop will be making Revolutionary War Bean Soup & Cornbread.
Women at Risk (Human Trafficking)

Blessing Bags (teachers put food in kids’ backpacks to help ensure they get some food over the weekend) quick food items can be dropped off

Cookie, Hot Chocolate, & Russian tea – ‘fill your own recipe jar’, S’mores, Homemade Ice Cream, Blanket Tying for Homeless, Corn Hole Toss, Baked goods.

My Favorite Things-Part 3

Tonight’s entry comes from one of our longest loyal market customers, Laurie…

And, these are some of her favorite things! Thank you, Laurie Cuddington!

Okay, here goes :-)
I have been a customer since January 2014! One of my longtime favorite items that I can’t do without is ELM Tree Essentials Soap. Some of my favorites are the Peppermint, Lemongrass, and Thieves Blend varieties. Another favorite product each year is Harrigan’s asparagus. I try hard to take advantage of that short season! In addition, I love JC Growers garlic in several forms, and my newest favorite item is the 8-pack of 1/3-pound beef burger patties from Oakview. We have fallen in love with smoking those. <3
Thanks for all the work and love that go into the market!
Laurie :-)

Where Rainbows Never Die

Waste away the sunsets
Where rainbows never die…
(The Steeldrivers)

Happy Thursday eve, lovely little market customers!

What a lovely market pick up, this evening. I loved being able to chat with each of you. It brought a smile to my face, and a song to my heart.

I’ve had a tough couple of days for me, after my cat of 17 years passed away, yesterday. My heart is just hurting, and today, I focused on baking, making all of the Cosmic soup, getting orders organized, tried not to cry too many times, and then looked forward to seeing all of your smiling faces. I guess I needed the chats more than I realized because while my sadness is still there, you each gave me a little bit of love, with each of your chats.

This song has been on my repeat of late. It’s beauty, it’s words. And, just like in all parts of my life, music gets me through the sad times.

I open the market, tonight, with all love and light…the market does that for me, and I hope for all of you.

Have an amazing evening…

Cosmic Pam

Happy Market Day!

Happy Thursday, everyone!!

Just a reminder that it is market day, and you may pick up your orders anywhere between 4pm-6pm!

If you need a Friday pick up, 10am-12pm, please give me a quick email or text, and I will put those orders aside!

Thank you, once again, for another great week for the market!! And, with your orders, today, you will find that I will be including a few of our new market cards, made possible from a donation from one of our lovely market customers!! Feel free to hand a card out to a friend, family or neighbor, or if you work in a place that allows you to stock business type cards, that would be super as well!

We are so proud of this market, it’s customers, it’s vendors, and it’s almost 10 year old roots in the community, and we think our brand new cards reflect that…

See you, this afternoon…thank you, so very much!

Cosmic Pam

Golden Days

Champaign Berry just let me know that they have added a new berry! Double Golden!

They couldn’t get the picture to load, but hurry and order!!!

Can't You Hear Me Knocking?

Can’t you hear me knockin’, on your window…
Can’t you hear me knockin’, on your door?
(The Rolling Stones)

Hello, happy Tuesday evening, and here I am, knocking on your window, door, and shouting out that the market closes for the week, this evening, at 8pm…

Just your friendly Tuesday reminder…

Cosmic Pam