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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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Ladies and Gentlemen...

This concludes the ordering portion of our market!! Thank you for giving us your local love!!!

See you at Thursday’s pickup!!

Peace and Love,
Cosmic Pam

Order Up! Last Call!!

Back when I was in college, I use to work at a local Irish pub…whenever I post, Last Call, it reminds me of flipping the lights on bright, making sure everyone ordered up, started slamming out their orders, blared, New York, New York, and wished them all well as we ushered everyone out the door!

So, here are your bright lights, last chance to order, before the market door closes for yet another week!!

“Start spreading the news…”

See you when the market closes…

Sun, Sun, Sun Here It Comes!

Little darling, the smiles returning to the faces…
Little darling, it seems like years since it’s been here…(The Beatles, Here Comes The Sun)

The day has been AMAZING with sunshine, warm temperatures, a breeze…perfect for moods, perfect for outside work, perfect for the incoming of new spring produce…it’s just one big day to smile!

Our local market gets so excited with each season because we bring you the best of the local, seasonal, products!! Don’t miss out on ordering some of the many new items and all of your old favorites!!

We have the asparagus, loads of new greens and lettuces, a dandelion honey jelly, a new violet jelly…we have eggs from new sources, and we are just bursting with sunshine happiness!!

Also, don’t forget that you can still order products from Oakview and be entered into their monthly gift certificate drawing!!

We have live plants, herbs, garlic plants and the sunshine hello to spring’s green garlic!!!

The next Coupon of Love awaits from Cosmic Charlie!!

Our market has never rocked so much!! In the next few weeks, watch for even more vendors and products!!

Here Comes The Sun…and here comes your Local online market!! Make it all happen…you have until 8pm…don’t miss out!! Since we are seasonal, you know that so many of these products will only be around for a small amount of time..

Peace and Love,
Cosmic Pam

Some Kind Of Wonderful!

That is what our little online market is!! A wonderful, amazing mix of all things local!! We are proud to bring these wonderful items to you, weekly, and we are excited with each order that comes in!!

Do something wonderful for yourself, your family, your week…order from us, today!! The market will close at 8pm, this evening!!

I am getting emails, almost daily, telling me how wonderful this market is, thanking us for making local shopping so easy, complimenting every single thing about this market!! We are adding more and more new faces as vendors, new customers, weekly, new products, and the return of our seasonal produce…it’s all happening!! You just have to order to make it all happen for YOU!!

Take a bit of time, look at all we have to offer, make your choices, press the check out button, and wait…what…you are done? Yes, you are done! All you have to do is show up on Thursday, do a quick payment process, groove over to our table, and your orders are packed, ready, and we are smiling…what a wonderful way to be!

Go, order, make it all happen…

Peace and Love,
Cosmic Pam

Greet The Brand New Day

The sun is up, the sky is blue
It’s beautiful and so are you
Dear Prudence, won’t you come out to play? (Dear Prudence…The Beatles)

Happy Monday, Locavores!! Another week for our beautiful market and we hope you will take a minute out of your day to play on our market site, see what we have to offer, see all of the new offerings, and start your week the right way…the local way!

We have new faces for our egg vendors, asparagus is here, a new jelly that tastes like a honey…made from dandelions! We have live plants and herbs that won’t be around forever so you need to get them ordered, quickly!

I spoke with the Star Dancer people…they hope to be able to bring their dairy products back in just a few more weeks!!

I have new vendors getting ready to enter the fun and games!!

It’s all happening, it’s all happening now, and we are becoming the most talked about hip, happening, local food source, around!!

Make it a beautiful day by seeing what all we are about!!

We are the new face of local!!

I would like to send out a personal thanks to all of the customers who emailed me Happy Birthday wishes…so very, very kind of you!!

Peace and Love,
Cosmic Pam

Market News!

Just a brief announcement that it’s the time of the season…It’s time for asparagus!!

Beth Harrigan just listed her amazing asparagus! Race to place your orders! It will sell, quickly!!

Cosmic Pam

Sunbeams That Sparkle and Shine!

“If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”
? Roald Dahl

A morning weblog from me to wish you all a happy weekend, and to share a few market updates before I take time off for my birthday weekend…

First, you, the customers, will begin to see a trickling in of new vendors, new faces, new faces of local! I am receiving emails, now, constantly, from excited local growers/producers, who are offering so many exciting things!! I feel so proud that our market has so much sparkle to attract the attention of new vendors wanting to come onboard, learn, offer us new techniques and products.

Second, as much as things change, we sometimes feel sad because we have to bid someone or something a fond farewell. Last night, our lovely egg lady, Laurie, of Springs Eternal, let us know that her life is just too busy and she has taken a new career path that leaves little time for her to bring us her eggs. We are so excited for her new journey but she is also like family so we are also sad to say, farewell….

With every cloud, though, silver linings and all…we do have your egg needs covered! JCGrowers, returns, full force, with their amazing eggs!! And, we welcome our already well known vendor, Oakview, into the egg arena!! Both vendors have great eggs from happy, healthy, anti-biotic free, hormone free, free to roam, chickens!! So, no worries…they can handle the eggs!!

We welcome a few new products, this week. One of them is a unique honey made of dandelions!! Interesting!! This comes from the Gingersnaps cookie bakers!

Also, it makes me proud to share that our market is growing, growing, growing. This morning, alone, I have answered so many emails from interested vendors, and customers. For those of you who didn’t know, our market was invited to participate in a private Lunch/Learn Vendor Day for the county employees, on Tuesday. I cannot tell you how much good this did to promote our market. I have been getting emails, since, from new customers, staff giving praise, and requests from other organizations, to participate in an event with them.

It’s exciting times, right now! This market makes me smile, all of your kind comments, at pick up, and behind the scenes, makes me smile, the new vendors, the loyal vendors, every single person connected with this market…you make me smile!!!

This market was built on positive thinking, positive actions, and the belief that we can make it all happen!!! We are doing just that!!

While you are grooving the weekend, don’t forget to groove with us. Your orders, and you, mean the world to us!! Practice being local, practice being positive and in the end…Sunbeams really will shoot out of your faces!!

You Say Goodbye, And I Say Hello..

I don’t know why you say goodbye
I say hello
(Beatles – Hello Goodbye)

…My best friend, in high school, and I were huge music fans. Big surprise. We just felt music and lyrics and beats. We are still mega close, we are still huge music fans, and we are both turning 50 within a month of each other. Back in our days of teen angst, teen heartbreak, teen girlhood, we could put a lyric with anything happening in life, and make it all better.

We always felt that music made the world go round. Just like I think the change of seasons helps to make us go round, just like I think all things local, make us more aware of our immediate surroundings, just like the hello and goodbye of life…we need to bid one goodbye so that we can welcome the next stage, age, situation. We just said goodbye to winter, so that we could say hello, to spring!! Growth, moving on, understanding, is all due to saying a fond goodbye.

So, as I stand on the brink of stepping into my next 50 years, I give a very, very fond farewell to my first 50 years. How much fun and friends could a girl have packed into her first 50? How many stepping stones, along the way, how many learning experiences, how many milestones? I love life, I love people, I love the passion of what each person brings to my life.

I have this same passion for local…again, no surprise. I love this little community I fell into, 15 years ago. I love my friendships, my fellow vendors, my local markets. It is all exciting. I intend to make the next step just as exciting as these last steps have been!!

Learning, shopping and living local is on the same excitement level!! Give it a chance…make the leap…find your local passion. You won’t be sorry!! Say hello to us….your online LOCAL market. We are your new HELLO…make a milestone step, with me, and let your step be into all things LOCAL, with us!!

Ladies and Gentlemen...

This concludes the ordering portion of our market, this week!!

We would like to thank you for keeping it real, keeping it local, and for shopping with us!!

Your continued support means the world!!

See you at order pick up, Thursday…

Have a wonderful week…

Peace and Love,
Cosmic Pam

Last Call!!

Get your orders in while you can!!

We are ticking down the minutes…you wont’ want to miss out on all of the ordering fun!!

Get groovin’…