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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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My Favorite Things-Part 2

I simply remember my favorite things,
And, then I don’t feel so bad…
(Julie Andrews)

I love when customers send me their likes, dislikes, songs, support, encouragement, and now their favorite things! Keep them coming…it means the world to the vendors!!

And, what I love, is that all of our favorite things will be different, because we all shop, differently, because we are all so different and unique.

This list of favorites comes from weekly customer, Dawn Butcher!

Oh, the chunk honey from Ladybug Acres! My husband eats some every morning on his English muffin! Yum.

Yes, and the fresh, deboned trout from Freshwater Farms! So beautiful and tasty, with butter and sliced almonds on top!

The short ribs from Oakview Farm Meats, fall-off-the-bone tender and juicy and sweet!

Of course red raspberries from Champaign Berry Farm are always a treat. As well as all their lovely jams and preserves.

My ChrisMis Survival Stick works on all my bug bites, blisters, surgical scars, and even my lips. My dogs use it, too.

I love eating eggs from chickens that have happy lives:). Thank you, egg vendors.

I have lavender bundles in my linen drawers, where they still look pretty and make everything smell great.

The item I used most this year: my mesh produce bags! I love them; I can pick my veggies, rinse them while they’re still in the bag, and let them drip dry. The bags are simple but amazing. I don’t remember who made them, but thank you.

Oh, and when it’s available, Pasture Bob’s coffee blend. Unlike many coffees, it tastes as good as it smells.

My Favorite Things

I simply remember my favorite things
And then I don’t feel so bad…
(Julie Andrews)

I have decided to dedicate a few blog entries titled, My Favorite Things.

I think this will be a fun installment, that along with favorite songs, you can send me a little blurb, via email, with some of your favorite products from the market, and why…The vendors/producers/growers work so very hard, each and every week, and I know that they would all be delighted to read little blurbs about their wares.

So, I am kicking it off, today, with one product that has become very essential to me, and that is a product from ChrisMis Farms, and it’s their Jewelweed Salve. In the little silver tin. With a lid that just comes off, easily, unlike my once favorite Smith’s Rosebud Salve that you practically had to have a hammer to get the top off…but, I digress.

This little tin of loveliness goes with me, everywhere. It’s cute, and stylish, and fits in all of my little handbags, clutches, even pockets of my jackets. It is the best texture, and when you rub it on, there is no gummy/greasy texture.

It is billed as being great for summer itches, but it’s great for so much of my life. It’s the BEST lipgloss. A bit of shimmer with a whole lot of moisture packed surprise. I love it under my eyes, before I fall asleep at night. The fine lines are looking so less so. My hands take a beating, in and out of the commercial kitchen/cleaning pans/baking, etc…and when I need more than lotion on my hands, I rub this in, and like magic…dry skin be gone!

It’s become the thing that I rub into my hands, the minute I get in my car, after being out in a public place. I first remove my face mask, and I then use hand sanitizer. Both of which dry out my hands, and my face mask has started to create little dry patches under my eyes. So, a little bit of this, and all dryness is gone.

It would be the perfect stocking stuffer for all of the people in your life…

And, so it begins…These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things…

Cosmic Pam

Turn, Turn, Turn

To everything (turn, turn, turn)
There is a season (turn, turn, turn)
And a time for every purpose, under heaven

A time to be born, a time to die
A time to plant, a time to reap
A time to kill, a time to heal
A time to laugh, a time to weep

To everything (turn, turn, turn)
There is a season (turn, turn, turn)
And a time for every purpose, under heaven

A time to build up, a time to break down
A time to dance, a time to mourn
A time to cast away stones, a time to gather stones together

To everything (turn, turn, turn)
There is a season (turn, turn, turn)
And a time for every purpose, under heaven

A time of love, a time of hate
A time of war, a time of peace
A time you may embrace, a time to refrain from embracing

To everything (turn, turn, turn)
There is a season (turn, turn, turn)
And a time for every purpose, under heaven

A time to gain, a time to lose
A time to rend, a time to sew
A time to love, a time to hate
A time for peace, I swear it’s not too late…
(Written by Pete Seeger/Performed by The Byrds, as well as many other bands)

Well, here we are on a Monday, and I feel like I have been remiss in my market blogging, over the weekend.

When I last blogged, I was getting ready for the last outdoor event of the season, for Hippie and the Farmer, on Friday. What a turnout, what a lovely evening, and what a showing of local support, sisterhood/brotherhood, and such a heartwarming experience to have it all unfold. For any of you who were there, I thank you, kindly.

It was crazy busy with so many pizzas made, and served. I took Saturday for a bit of time to myself, mingled in between meetings, and looking at possible vendors.

Closing night, on Friday, was bittersweet, as it ushers in yet another season. Another season where growth begins to fade, but new plans of growth abound. Saturday was the yearly day to take in other markets, in other towns, but also had that fade beginning, as it is almost time for all markets to go into slumber for the upcoming season.

This song always plays in my mind, as we fade into the golden haze of October, and our own market begins it’s ease into the last of the autumn months, and into the winter.

But, we are here for you, year round, with an excitement about a new season for the market, out on the farm.

It’s been a heavy weekend, for me, in many ways, but I always take comfort in the last few lines of this song.

The market is open until tomorrow evening at 8pm. Don’t forget to get your orders in for the week. There is just so much good to celebrate on the market, and I don’t want you to miss any of it…

A time to gain, a time to lose
A time to rend, a time to sew
A time to love, a time to hate
A time for peace, I swear it’s not too late…

Cosmic Pam

You Can't Always Get What You Want

You can’t always get what you want
But if you try sometime you find
You get what you need…
(The Rolling Stones)

Happy Thursday evening, on this first day of October!!

I am finally settling in for the night, adding my seasonal soups to the market, having a glass of wine, listening to a very rousing version of this Stones song that I have chosen for tonight’s blog.

If you want a down and bluesy version of this song, turn on to, the Tedeschi Trucks Band version…just what I needed to blow out of this week.

It’s been a week, lovelies. One of those weeks where right when you thought you had it all on track, just one more thing would shoot at you. It’s been a test, this week…lol.

Anyway, the song, the verse…I hope that you always feel this market has what you want, and what you need.

I loved seeing you all, this evening, at market pick up. I love all of your conversations, the music I pick up on, playing in your cars, and making sure you are happy, as you go back out into the world.

I am opening the market, again, this evening, with nothing but love for all of you.

My own products are out of vacation mode, and I look forward to your market orders!

The market is bursting with all the goodness of the season…take advantage…

You just might find
You get what you need…

Cosmic Pam

Lettuce Update

Old Souls just emailed that they will not have their Bibb lettuce for the market, tomorrow.

Please, and I do apologize, but I am only the messenger…deduct the amount for the Bibb lettuce if you are a check/cash person.

If you are a card person, I will sit and go through each order, this morning, deducting totals, before I run cards, this week…

Cosmic Pam

Forever Autumn

The summer sun is fading as the year grows old…
(Justin Hayward, also performed by The Moody Blues)

This song always puts a little tear in my eye, as does the autumn season. That tiny little bridge from vibrant, sunny summer, to the winter months, on the fringe, waiting to appear.

Seasonal changes always get to me. No clue why they make me so emotional, but they do. And, as we stand on the brink of lovely October, this week has had me extra emotional. I’m sure the moon is playing into that, as well, but whatever, here I am, your market manager, in her usual autumn retrospection, ready to bask in October.

You lovelies gave us another amazing market with sales, and love!! I love printing out the weekly reports, and reading all of the kind comments you all write. Again, ole teary eyes, this morning, started crying, again, because you love the market, so very much!

A few notes:

Tomorrow, there will be no time slots! You may arrive anywhere from 4pm-6pm. Just remember that the largest traffic jam is usually between 4:00-4:30. There may be a wait, but we will get to all of you!

If you are new, this week, we welcome payment by credit/debit cards, to keep on file, encouraging contactless payments. OR, you may have a check ready, made out to Oakview Farm Meats, OR, exact cash/change, in a ziplock bag, with your name!!

As we approach the winter months…just thinking ahead, the market is going to off a delivery service, with an added delivery fee, for those of you who would rather not be out in the cold (although there is no need for you to exit your vehicles), or would rather not brave the snowy/icy roads. There will be more on that, later, but another service that we can now offer in the winter months!

And, I am going to be adding a Holiday Section to the market categories, soon, for any vendor specials/gift packs, etc. to make your holiday shopping easier, and keeping it all local.

We love you to the moon and back, and will see you at tomorrow’s pick up!

Cosmic Pam

Groovy Tuesday!

Happy Tuesday!!

Groovy Tuesday is always what I think of when the day rolls around.

It goes back to college days, 80s, me stuck in a night lab glass for Geology, bored out of my mind, but needed a science class to fulfil that segment of my curriculum of which I changed majors, three times, in college, finally landing where I should have been, all along. A communications major with a minor in journalism, dabbling in liberal arts. Throw in a few fashion classes, where my award winning term project of organizing a closet using polka dots and plaids as my guide, still gets talked about at my alma mater. I know this, because my daughter also graduated from my alma mater, and majored in fashion. One day she called me, laughing, about the awesome project being used as a demo…who knew??

But, I digress…the boring, to me, Geology class was only made brighter by two things. We got a good looking, TA, for that lab, and, we all went to Groovy Tuesday, at one of the downtown clubs, after lab. And, it was a highlight of the week. All new wave music, cheap beer, Geology students, cute TA, and then, me…the non Geology girl, but who was I to skip a fun night out?

So, Tuesdays, to me, are always groovy, for those memories. Also, it’s the day we close the market, for the week, at 8pm, and, I love seeing how groovy the market looks, each week, at closing.

Go make your own grooviness, today, and while you are doing so, remember to get your orders in…

Cosmic Pam

Girl From The North Country

So if you’re travelin’ in the north country fair,
where the winds hit heavy on the borderline,
remember me to one who lives there.
(Bob Dylan)

Happy Monday morning, lovely market customers!! A perfect song that always makes me think of the fading September that takes us into the rest of the string of the ’ber months.

Just a note that I have put all products on vacation mode, this week, as I am busy adding new Cosmic delights, new soups for the season, and retiring a few other Cosmic favorites. I also will be busy, all week, with the last of the Hippie and the Farmer Pizza Farm Friday pizzas, which are many, to celebrate the closing of the season.

So, in my absence (but, you will still see my smiling face at pick up), take full advantage of all that the market has to offer!!

Have a lovely Monday, lovelies, and get your orders in before 8pm, tomorrow evening…

Cosmic Pam

I Want Candy

I know a girl who’s soft and sweet
She’s so fine, she can’t be beat
Got everything that I desire
Sets the summer sun on fire

I want candy, I want candy…
(The Strangeloves…but, for me, my favorite version…the 1982 version from Bow Wow Wow)

Happy Friday, lovely little local market of love customers!!

First up…I picked today’s song to welcome our newest vendor, and a great friend of mine!

Candi’s Corn has joined up for the fall/winter season with her amazing popped caramel corn. She is well known in the concessions world for this, and she and I felt that it would be a great addition for the upcoming seasons.

She is working on a bio that I can put in a blog, to introduce herself, and her history, and her family history in the concessions world.

She is working on her listings, and will be ready for ordering, soon!

Also, your market manager has been on a memory lane trip with 80s club music, and this used to be one of my favorites to jump and dance to. Ahhhh, the days we could all cram into tiny clubs and dance the night away…

The market is ready for ordering!

Take note that any produce you see listed, needs to be ordered, now, as it is fading off, little by little…

But, have no fear. We are a year round market for all of your other needs, and we do have the luxury of all year lettuces/basil from Old Souls!

Have a lovely day…and, thank you for always being such lovely customers!

Cosmic Pam

I Love You, Baby

I love you baby,
and if it’s quite alright…
(Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons)

Just how I feel about the market, the customers, and the vendors!

We are open for another week, and we are ready to take your orders!

I LOVE you, baby!

Cosmic Pam