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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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Sunday Morning Vibes

I want to thank you for giving me the best day of my life…
Oh just to be with you is having the best day of my life…
(Thank You-Dido)
Song Implant/Memory-Customer Bev Titus

This song stands alone, in it’s beauty. I remember it’s release, and I remember listening to it, many times, taking my daughter to her early years of school, in our first years after moving to the Urbana area. It was a hard move for her, as we moved from our little beach town in Florida. Her little school was right off the beach, in a very free flowing, barefoot learning experience. The move, the new school, the new climate, leaving her little friends, the only house she knew, the playgrounds, beaches…it was all just so hard. This song used to calm us, both, as we listened to this driving to school drop off.

On Friday, at market pick up, Bev gave me a handwritten memory of this song, what it meant to her, and the bittersweet memories it holds of her very brave, very beautiful, very young daughter to have been lost in the very ugliness of the 9/11 tragedies, Alicia Titus.

Bev’s memory and this song are of one of the last fun filled evenings that she had spent with Alicia and their other daughter, as Alicia colored their other daughter’s hair, had music on, and they were singing, dancing, and making what would be one of their last memories, together, with Alicia.
To Bev, this song represented an insight into Alicia, a wish that they had both conveyed to each other, and it has become her heartwarming/bittersweet memory of those last sweet times.

The reason that I began with the story of my young daughter, and this song, is to share my never ending parallels with Bev.

Bev and I first got to know each other through my Cosmic Charlie business. My messages of peace, hope, love, intrigued her to reach out to me, as this was the message that she and her husband had set forth in Alicia’s memory. We began to bond, over the years, and with each time, one more layer of our crossing paths would be unveiled.

Alicia, though much younger than me, was also an American Airlines flight attendant. While I had left that career a few years, earlier, before the 9/11 events, I remember watching the horrific news feeds, and knowing what those flight attendants were going through in those last moments. I trained for those moments. You needed to be a selfless, compassionate, and giving person to be a flight attendant in those type of moments. We trained to put ourselves, last, and the passengers first. I wanted Bev to know that her daughter was an angel, in those moments, to so many strangers. Bev already knew that about her daughter, but I just needed to let her know, of our bond.

The next parallel that Bev unveiled was that Alicia and I were sisters of the same sorority. A sorority that emphasized being the light, giving graciously to others…of that, her daughter did.

Bev and I have bonded over being mothers with daughters, and she never forgets to ask about my own daughter, and her life, and her hopes and dreams.

I spoke, two years ago, at Bev’s request, at a peace movement. The speech I had planned, got crumbled up, as I decided to speak from my heart about the peaceful soul her daughter had to have possessed, the peacefulness that I had to fight for, for my own daughter, when intervention was needed in a school situation, and how love and peace will always prevail either in memory, or/also in those of us, left, to continue the fight for everyone to feel peace, comfort, and compassion…

And, so, to begin with my own memory of our move to Urbana, this song, and driving to those early days of school drop offs was another parallel, mother to mother, taking comfort…

This has been a very long, very heavy Sunday weblog but I mean to just show you that we all find healing, and peace, and my hopes is that this market, and myself, give you just that.

I have had so many market customers become so close, and dear to me, over the years, and I hold each of you in my heart…

Go forward with peace, love, and understanding, and in these times we are in, try to sprinkle it, wherever you go…

Cosmic Pam

For What It's Worth...

Something happen in here
What it is ain’t exactly clear
There’s a man with a gun over there
Telling me I got to beware

It’s time to stop, children, what’s that sound?
Everybody look what’s going down

Battle lines being drawn
Nobody’s right if everybody’s wrong
Young people speaking their minds
Getting so much resistance from behind

It’s time to stop, children, what’s that sound?
Everybody look what’s going down

What a field day for the heat
A thousand people in the street
Singing songs and carrying signs
Mostly say, hooray, for our side

It’s time to stop, children, what’s that sound?
Everybody look what’s going down

Paranoia strikes deep
Into your life it will creep
It hurts when you’re always afraid
Step out of line, the man comes and takes you away

It’s time to stop, children, what’s that sound?
Everybody look what’s going down

Stop, children, what’s that sound?
Everybody look what’s going down
Stop, children, what’s that sound?
Everybody look what’s going down
(Buffalo Springfield)

This song implant came via email from market follower: Dennis

Actually, this song always makes me tear up because the lyrics not only spoke to 1967, but are always speaking to us, today, any day, any year…always something that can be applied to these lyrics.

The market is open. Your market manager had an XL glass of wine, last night, a great sleep, and a new determination, today, to just keep bringing the love…because, really, love and peace is all I strive to bring to you, each and every day.

Some of you may have noticed a big market clean up in the categories…I am still working on moving things around into categories that make sense, and make your shopping, easier.

Also…if you need to restock or add to your growing collection of face masks, I will be moving that category out of The Barkery, and giving it a Face Mask category.

Burns Bakery has returned from vacation!

We welcomed Kennedy Farms back, this week!

Have a great Friday, everyone!! It even looks like we may just get some RAIN!!

Sending all the love vibes…

Cosmic Pam

Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing...

Don’t you worry ‘bout a thing
Don’t you worry ‘bout a thing, mama
Cause I’ll be standing on the side
When you check it out…Yeah
When you get it off…your trip
Don’t you worry ‘bout a thing…
Don’t you worry ’bout a thing…
(Stevie Wonder)
Song Implant from customer: Susan

Have you ever had a week? Like…nothing bad, nothing traumatic, but a whole lot of just things. One after the other. One minute you think…great, all under control. Next minute…what the ??? Insert your own expletives, lol.

Anyway, that has been my week. Then, tonight, we tried different roles at market pick up…um, not to my liking. My control ways took over, the customers in the beginning were confused, and quite frankly…I NEED my customer fix, each week!!!

My father does a fine job, but it was time to reel him in, back to the greenhouse, lol. Your other market manager was trying to keep it all together, doing both of their jobs, and I was stuck in the greenhouse window.

Intermission…then Act Two.

I returned to my outside post, and LOVED conversing with all of you in the second half of the evening. And, you have no idea what your spirits do for me. Your conversations, your life sharing events, and your spiritual conversations.

So, I got to end my evening, on the loveliness of two conversations, lifting me up, and brushing off my spirit and my sparkle.

And, ended with this song implant from Susan, after a long chat on the state of things..

Also…to the customers who offered me some of their orders, because of my lack of remembering to order, to the gifts that were given to me, and just for all of your kindness…thank you, from the bottom of my heart.

This little local market of love…don’t you worry ’bout a thing…

I am opening things up early, this evening…and also, thank you for showing the girls of Flourish so much LOVE!!!

Cosmic Pam

Box Of Rain

Look out of any window
Any morning, any evening, any day
Maybe the sun is shining
Birds are winging or rain is falling from a heavy sky

What do you want me to do
To do for you to see you through?
For this is all a dream we dreamed
One afternoon long ago

Walk out of any doorway
Feel your way, feel your way like the day before
Maybe you’ll find direction
Around some corner where it’s been waiting to meet you
What do you want me to do
To watch for you while you were sleeping?
Then please don’t be surprised
When you find me dreaming too

Look into any eyes, you find by you
You can see clear to another day
Maybe been seen before
Through other eyes on other days while going home
What do you want me to do
To do for you to see you through?
It’s all a dream we dreamed
One afternoon long ago

Walk into splintered sunlight
Inch your way through dead dreams to another land
Maybe you’re tired and broken
Your tongue is twisted with words half spoken
And thoughts unclear
What do you want me to do
To do for you to see you through
A box of rain will ease the pain
And love will see you through

Just a box of rain
Wind and water
Believe it if you need it
If you don’t, just pass it on
Sun and shower
Wind and rain
In and out the window like a moth before a flame

And it’s just a box of rain
I don’t know who put it there
Believe it if you need it
Or leave it if you dare
And it’s just a box of rain
Or a ribbon for your hair
Such a long long time to be gone
And a short time to be there…
(Box Of Rain-Grateful Dead)

Aside from the title implying that we really, really could use our own box of rain, this Grateful Dead song is one that I always turn to for my own peaceful being. My sanity. My locking out the world when it all gets too heavy for this hippie heart who tries so hard to only know love and peace.

This market brings me the same feeling as this song. It makes my heart so very happy to see each of you at pick up, to wave or chat as I fill your cars with your orders. I love watching each of you place your orders, and I feel like with each week, the bonds grow stronger as a market family.

I hope that the market does the same for you. Gives you a little oasis on a Thursday afternoon, to just sit, enjoy the scenery, listen to a tune while you wait on us to get your orders to you, and as you go on your way, I hope that we have provided your own box of rain…for whatever you may need to take away with you.

I will see you all, this evening…and, as we have done away with the assigned time slots, the line does get a bit backed up, but not for long, and your patience, kindness, friendship, and love are always so appreciated.

As always, I ask that you throw me a song…even write it on a piece of paper with your name, as I love to build the musically charged weblog with your music library, as well as mine.

And, to put more brightness into your day, stop at the bloom bar, after getting your order, and show the girls from Flourish some love…

Sending you the Thursday love vibes…

Cosmic Pam

Scarborough Fair

Are you going to Scarborough Fair? Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme…
(Simon & Garfunkel)

Just a huge thank you for an amazing market, once again!! You are the best customers, and I love you to the moon and back!!

A few reminders…pick up is between 4pm-6pm, with no assigned time slots! We have been loving the hustle of getting it all out to the cars, and getting you on the way, while giving you the freedom to pick your own times.

AND…At market pick up…don’t forget to pull over to the side, after you collect your order, and pick up all the fresh flowers that the girls from Flourish will have to offer at their stem bar, set up in the Hippie and the Farmer outdoor garden kitchen!! How fun to arrange your own bouquets, and they will also have house plants available!! BUTREMEMBER THAT THIS WILL BE A SEPERATE SERVICE, so bring cash with you, or a card that they can run. They will not have access to any of your cards on file!!

Have a great day, and thank you, so much for making us your weekly shopping adventure…

On a side note, remember how I always tell you to get your orders in so that you will not be sad? Guess who is sad, today?? Me!!!!! I should have taken my own advice…

See you, tomorrow…

Cosmic Pam

Crystal Blue Persuasion

Look over yonder
What do you see?
The sun is a’rising
Most definitely

A new day is coming
Ooh ooh
People are changing
Ain’t it beautiful
Crystal blue persuasion

Better get ready
To see the light
Love, love is the answer
Oooh ooh
And that’s all right

So don’t you give up now
So easy to find
Just look to your soul
And open your mind

Crystal blue persuasion
Mmm, mmm
It’s a new vibration
Crystal blue persuasion
Crystal, blue persuasion

Maybe tomorrow
When he looks down
On every green field
And every town
All of his children
And every nation
They’ll be peace and good brotherhood

Crystal blue persuasion
Crystal blue persuasion
Crystal blue persuasion
Crystal blue persuasion
Crystal blue persuasion…
(Tommy James and The Shodells)
Song implant from customer Kathleen!

I am loving your songs that you all are throwing at me!! And, I want more from you!!

This song…the words…it just makes you want to jump on that love train of life…

Today is Tuesday, and orders are due by 8pm, this evening!! This will be your last reminder, and the market is exploding with orders, love, and excitement!

Just look to your soul
And open your mind…

Cosmic Pam

Because Your Market Manager Can Make Mistakes!

In my morning weblog, I mistakenly gave Darlene credit for the song, when it should have been credited to her friend, Dena…

Ugh…I hate not giving credit where credit is due!

So, here’s to Witchy Woman, The Eagles, and great customers with great musical tastes!!

And, this gives me another chance to remind you about orders, AND, to get your songs ready to shout out to me…

Cosmic Pam

Customer Song Of The Day!

She’s a restless spirit on an endless flight…
(Witchy Woman-The Eagles)
From Customer: Darlene

See…when you shout out a song, you get the spotlight! Darlene was the first to give me a song, so it goes into the market playlist of songs!

It’s a Monday, and already your market manager has been hard at work! Customers, and myself, noticed that the market categories needed some cleaning up, so for 3 hours, I have been working on doing that!

And, on this sunshine morning, remember to get your weekly orders in before tomorrow evening, at 8pm!

It’s going to be another hot week, so be a cool cat, and make things easy on yourself by letting us do the hard work for you!!

I am now off to get my day started, and to get my own orders in! So many great products!!

And…don’t forget the bloom bar from Flourish, at market pick-up!!

Cosmic Pam

Flower Power

Summertime will be a love-in there
In the streets of San Francisco
Gentle people with flowers in their hair…
(San Francisco-Scott McKenzie)

We have all been loving the ability to order fresh floral bouquets, dried bouquets, wildflower bouquets, lavender, and now house plants from the girls of Flourish!!

And, now, they want to offer you the chance to step up to their outdoor bloom bar that will be available, at this Thursday’s market pick up! Build your own bouquet, get information, and help on building your own vision, and deciding on your own stems! So fun, and we are so exciting for this!!

You can grab your orders, and then park off to the side, to go over and get your own florals! You will be paying them, directly, for this so bring extra cash or card…they can hardly wait to greet you!!

Cosmic Pam

Put A Little Love In Your Heart

Think of your fellow man, lend him a helping hand
Put a little love in your heart
You see, it’s getting late, oh, please don’t hesitate
Put a little love in your heart
And the world will be a better place
And the world will be a better place for you and me
You just wait and see
Another day goes by, and still the children cry
Put a little love in your heart
If we want the world to know, we won’t let hatred grow
Put a little love in your heart
And the world will be a better place
And the world will be a better place for you and me
You just wait and see, wait and see
Take a good look around and if you’re lookin’ down
Put a little love in your heart
I hope when you decide kindness will be your guide
Put a little love in your heart
And the world will be a better place
And the world will be a better place for you and me
You just wait and see
People now
Put a little love in your heart
Each and every day
Put a little love in your heart
There’s no other other
Put a little love in your heart
We ought to
Put a little love in your heart
Come on and
Put a little love in your heart…
(Jackie DeShannon)

Thank you for always making Thursdays so lovely and filled with love!

Today was a HOT one!!! But we got everybody packed up, and on their way!

I love that some of you gave me song shout outs, today, and via messages! I’m going to start featuring them!

The market continues to add produce, and this week we will see Truck Patch Naturals bring us….mushrooms!!! Get excited!!!!

And, for more fun, next week, at market pickup, the Flourish girls will have an outdoor bloom bar set up to help you put together your own bouquets or pick your own stems! Bring extra cash so you can park, and buy your hand selected blooms!

Go, put a little love into all that you do…together, we make it all happen!

Cosmic Pam