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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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Tuesday Reminder!

Good morning…and, here is your last reminder to get those market orders in!!

The first of the season’s produce is on the market, Old Souls is back, so many vendors, so many products…

We close at 8am, this morning, for the week!!

Cosmic Pam

A Note From Shire Farm!

Also…welcome back from the weekend! Make sure to get your weekly orders in by tomorrow morning at 8am!!

And,now…Shire Farm

Hey Everyone,

We hope you all had a wonderful weekend. We are so excited to share our new products with you all! We got back Chicken Bratwurst and Chicken Cheddar Bratwurst from our latest batch of chicken. We are so happy with the texture and flavor of these products. They grill up very nicely or pop them in a pan on the stovetop.

I do want to address that we did have to increase our egg prices. It is not something that we wanted to do, however, the feed cost has continued to increase. Feed is now double what we paid last year. We are keeping an eye out for more economic sources, however non-GMO is a non-negotiable feature for us and we do not want to source feed from outside of Ohio. I do understand that increases are uncomfortable and I wanted to be transparent with our situation.

Thank you all for being a part of the Champaign Virtual Market. You are the vital piece that allows small farms and other small local vendors to keep producing quality products that you just cannot get from the big box guys.

Thank you!

Nicole Doyle @ The Shire Farm

It’s A Brand New Week!

And, it’s time to rock and roll!

The market reopens, Old Souls is back with us, and our amazing vendors bring you all the local fun!

Let’s get those orders started!

Cosmic Pam

Tuesday Reminder!

Sending out your lovely Tuesday reminder that your orders need to be in, for the week, at 8am, today!!

Don’t miss out on all of the fun that the market brings, each and every week!

Cosmic Pam

Hot Child In The City

Danger in the shape
Of somethin’ wild…
(Nick Gilder)

It certainly is a hot one, today, lovely local market customers!! But, one super cool thing you can do is get your market orders in!!

Have you seen the produce that is listed? Take advantage during the months that we have it! And, you can stay in the comfort of coolness while ordering all of your local needs for the week! Keeping you cool, calm, and collected.

You may be a hot child in the city, today, but you can be a real cool cat by placing your market order…

Cosmic Pam

Welcome Back!

It’s a whole new week for ordering, and we are so excited to see you!!

One note…Old Souls is on a vacation break, but will be back, soon!!

Go ahead…start placing orders for all the local love!

Cosmic Pam

Tuesday Reminder!

Half a mile from the county fair
And the rain came pourin’ down
Me and Billy standin’ there
With a silver half a crown
Hands are full of a fishin’ rod
And the tackle on our backs
We just stood there gettin’ wet
With our backs against the fence…
(And, It Stoned Me-Van Morrison)

And, yes…we have rain!! So badly needed, and so welcome.

I hope that you are coming off of the holiday on a good note. I hope that you celebrated in any way that made you happy. I took the weekend off after a fun filled opening night, Friday night, of Hippie and the Farmer’s Pizza Farm Friday, and the rest of the weekend I caught up on reading, enjoying a few cocktails, and getting a bit of just plain downtime in before my next few crazy weeks launch.

And, since it feels like a Monday, I wanted to remind you that it is a Tuesday, and the market will close for weekly orders at 8am, today…I know…but really, it takes little time to get your week all started on the right foot with ordering from the market…

Cosmic Pam

Happy Fourth!

I’m hoping that you all have had a lovely holiday weekend, and that you remember to get your orders in by 8am, tomorrow!

Cosmic Pam

Stoll/Vernon Family Farm Note!

The Vernons have restocked their lamb on the market!

The market has so much to offer, and I love bringing you vendor updates!!

Cosmic Pam

Come And Get Your Love

The local love has never been brighter, and the Lovelight shines for you!

Thank you for another amazing market week! We open the market, again, all for you!

PS…I will be off the market for July! I will see you, at pick up, but between catering for July weddings, a concert, a huge camp out I am planning, and then planning and catering my daughter’s baby shower, my month is full!!

Cosmic Pam