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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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Thank You, Kindly...

Good morning, lovelies…rise and shine and face the glittering day!

Just a note of thanks for another spectacular market!! From the bottom of our hearts, we love you!!

And…because last week went so well with no time slot assignments, it’s full speed ahead, again, this week!

Bring it on…the time choice is all about you!!

And, when I greet you with your purchases, tell me one of your favorite songs…I’d love to know about all of you, and your own musical souls…


Cosmic Pam

Like A Rolling Stone

How does it feel
To be on your own
With no direction home…
(Bob Dylan)

We always want you to think of the market as your direction home…as your local compass. Your oasis, weekly, that brings you to the light and love.

Lately, to keep me sane, grounded, and in my always positive state, I have been revisiting some of my oldest books, lyrics of songs that have meaning to me, and music documentaries…

This song is always on constant replay for me.

Today is Tuesday, the market closes, tonight, at 8pm, and we want you to find your way home…

Cosmic Pam

Bat Box Information!

As noted on the website of Bat Conservation International, bats are: important, threatened, misunderstood, and everywhere in the world. In this area, the most common species are known as the little brown bat and the big brown bat. Their importance lies in their consumption of flying insects like the mosquito, and their pollination of fruit trees. And they are fascinating creatures as well, being the only mammals capable of sustained flight. We don’t want them in our houses or attics, so give them homes of their own by putting up bat boxes.

The bat boxes sold by Oberly Bros Farm on the Virtual Market are constructed of Western Cedar, and based on a design recommended by the Ohio Division of Wildlife. One side a cedar board is rough (unsanded), and that side faces inward to provide a surface on which bats can easily cling, and cedar excels for outdoor weather-ability. To provide a dark exterior color for heat absorption, and even better outdoor longevity, the exterior surfaces of our bat boxes are coated with a rubber-based black spray sealant. A picture of a mounted bat box is featured on the Virtual Market website.

The bat boxes hang easily on utility poles or on the side of a building. According to the Division of Wildlife, bat boxes should be mounted 12-15 feet above ground where they will receive at least morning sun. The following links contain useful background and information.

Long Monday

Like a honey bee
Buzzin’ ’round a glass of sweet Chablis…
(John Prine-Long Monday)

I can’t think of anyone better to start of a Monday, than the late, great John Prine. Always one of the best…

And, it is Monday, the heat is still strong, and I am willing a whole lot of rain to start happening, soon…

But, the thing that makes this very hot Monday, so very super cool, is that you can do your market shopping from the comfort of your home, office, or even in your car, if you find yourself waiting, and need to make use of your time.

The weekend was a long, busy, crazy, good one for your market managers, and their opening season of Pizza Farm Fridays, and Saturdays On The Farm, and all the while we continued to sing the praises of this market, the amazing vendors, the customer fan base, and the ease of pick up.

Market love in the time of social distancing…

I hope that you all have a lovey start to the week, that your Monday will be long in productivity, and that you can keep cool, kick back, and get your orders in.

Soul to soul
Heart to heart…

Cosmic Pam

Hot Child In The City

Danger in the shape of somethin’ wild
Stranger dressed in black, she’s a hungry child
No one knows who she is or what her name is
I don’t know where she came from or what her game is
Hot child in the city
Hot child in the city
Runnin’ wild and lookin’ pretty
Hot child in the city
(Nick Gilder)

Well, Market’s market pick up was scorching hot!!

But this song…a perfect summer song, released in the summer before my freshman year in high school, blaring on all of our transistor radios, as we walked around, kicking it, as children of the 70s.

The temperatures are hot, the market popularity is hot, and our love for you, the customers, is the hottest of all!

Ok! The market reopens for the week!

If you are picking up, tomorrow, we will see you between 10am-12pm! It may be a little crazy, as we prepare for opening night of Pizza Farm Friday, but one of us will run your order out to you!

Cosmic Pam

You Belong Among The Wildflowers

You belong among the wildflowers
You belong in a boat out at sea
Sail away, kill off the hours
You belong somewhere you feel free…
(Tom Petty)

This song is never not beautiful to me, with so many meanings, for whichever you are listening to find.

This is just my Wednesday love note to first, thank you all for your incredible love, this week, and second to tell you that I am going to be very daring, very wild, and forgo the time slots!!!!

I feel that we now have a handle on the market size, and some of the early season items like all of the garden plants, have left us for the season, so it’s easier to streamline all of your orders. BUT WE DO MISS THE PLANTS!!

Anyway…you can all be wildflowers, tomorrow, and pick your own time between 4pm-6pm…OR…pick a Friday time between 10-12!! But, please let me know if you are going to be a Friday customer!

There you go, wild ones…it’s all about you!

You belong among the wildflowers…

Cosmic Pam

Good Day, Sunshine!

Hello, good morning, happy day…

Just a reminder that the market closes, this evening, at 8pm!

If you have not already noticed, new products have been added by Burns Bakery and Fudge, and from the girls of Flourish!

Sending the love vibes, today, and will see you on Thursday!!

Cosmic Pam

Band On The Run

Band On The Run-the entire Paul McCartney/Wings album…perfect for Sunday morning listening over coffee, tea, blood marys, mimosas, or whatever your Sunday morning brings you…

This album was one that was finally the masterpiece that McCartney had hoped for, after having departed The Beatles, years before.

Labors of love are never easy, and sometimes are years in the making, and overcoming a few hardships, before things take shape, and the end product is what your vision had been, all along.

This album had many obstacles in it’s making, and true to form, was aided with a little help from his various friends.

When this album was released, I was still young…3rd, maybe 4th grade? But, growing up in our West End sort of enclave, I remember patio parties that our parents all threw, on Saturday nights, and hearing this soundtrack playing. Saturday nights were our West End parent nights in the summers. While all of us kids had the freedom to ride bikes at dark, run wild catching fireflies, playing Ghost in the Graveyard, really, in the neighboring West End cemetery, and listening to our own soundtracks, in one of our basements, while having our own fun…

Summer memories, all brought back with this album. And, the labor of love that I talked about? Well, this market was not without it’s own challenges, it’s own labor of love, to get it to where it is, today, and where I hope to guide it, in the future.

Have a happy Sunday, lovelies…and, if you find yourself with a free moment, don’t forget to throw us some love, today, with your orders…

Cosmic Pam

Road To Nowhere

Well we know where we’re goin’
But we don’t know where we’ve been
And we know what we’re knowin’
But we can’t say what we’ve seen
And we’re not little children
And we know what we want
And the future is certain
Give us time to work it out…
(Talking Heads)

Well, we are not on the road to nowhere, but I have been revisiting my love of all my Talking Heads collection, and this song takes me back to move in day, junior year in college, AKA perhaps my most favorite, most epic, most fun, most daring year of all…lol. Also, probably the reason I had to go an extra semester to graduate, but, I digress.

This song was released on their, Little Creatures album, and I will always have this mental picture, memory, of moving back to school, with all of my sorority sisters, and just the love, the communal spirit, the helpfulness, the hopes, the dreams, the laughter, and the road of life’s lessons, just beginning, as we were all on the brink of our new paths, wherever they may take us.

On a side note…the gentleman that you see helping your other market manager, packing your orders, and organizing your plants/flowers, is my father, and each and EVERY semester, that man was front and center on move in day, helping each of my sorority sisters move in, carried our heavy trunks of clothing, room accessories, etc. The same man who was also present as I moved into my first apartment in Venice Beach, California, and carried my futon mattress, on his back, down the main drag, to my new digs.

Anyway, this song just always makes me think of all the positive in things, that hopes and dreams are always being formed, no matter what stage in life, and, that no matter how dismal life may seem, you can still look at things with a joyful hope.

The market is our own little oasis against all of the dismal news, I feel. Each week, we open the greenhouse to you, filling your cars, hopefully filling your lives with joy, as well as local goodness.

Happy Saturday, lovelies…and, add this song to your listening pleasure for the weekend…

Cosmic Pam

All My Love

That is what I give to this lovely little market!

I hope you all feel the love that goes into each order we send home with you!

Tonight, the market reopens for the week, and we look forward to seeing your orders, and you!

Have a great evening!

Cosmic Pam