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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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The One Hour Bell!

Good morning…

This is your last call bell to remind you that if you have yet to get your orders in for this week, you still have time!

The market closes at 8am, this morning, and you don’t want to miss all of the fun!!

Cosmic Pam

Cold Rain And Snow

You guys…you have been blowing up my email with your answers to this week’s Cosmic trivia!!! And, I have been loving your answers, and singing all of your song choices while I have been getting the Monday morning list of things ready, that I need to accomplish!

We have our two winners!!!

My Grateful Dead weather related song titles choices were just two of many of their weather related titles.

Let me tell you, I have spent years, first at Dead shows, then at Dark Star Orchestra shows, and Dead and Company shows, in ALL kinds of weather!! Dead Heads have danced in cold, rain, snow, sleet, dodged lightening, and ran for our safety to tents. We’ve watched stages get washed out from rains. We’ve had total campsites demolished with hurricane/tornado type weather. We’ve all helped out our fellow camp neighbors in the aftermath of said storms. We’ve danced in rainfall with the Dead playing on with all of their weather related music. We’ve worn parkas in May, we’ve worn sundresses in December. But, the important thing, the underlying lesson that we all have taken with us, is that weather comes, and it goes, but love gets us all through, and you may as well keep on dancing…

So, with all that…

My first winner of the morning was Rachel Massey with her answer…Weather Report Suite!!!! She was a new customer, last week, and I am so excited to hear her kind words about the market!

My second winner has been with the market since it’s inception, 10 years ago…the other song I was looking for was, of course…Cold Rain and Snow! Mary Jo Price won that song!!

So…we have the trivia winners!!

And, I have added new selections of Cosmic breads and focaccia!!

Cosmic Pam

Cosmic Monday Trivia!

Get excited!!

While you are busy with your ordering, today, and remember…the market closes tomorrow morning, at 8am, for weekly orders…I am giving you the next trivia mission!!

This week, I am going to award TWO winners!! And, with this weather, we could all use a little Cosmic sunshine…

Related to the weather, I am looking for two weather specific Grateful Dead songs! The first two people to give me the song/songs I am looking for, will be this week’s winners!

1. Only give me one song with your answer!

2. You must be an ordering market customer!

3. You can pick soup or a bread product for your trivia prize!

Cosmic Pam

Out In The Cold

I’m out in the cold
Body and soul
There’s nowhere to go
I’m out in the cold…
(Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers)

Turn up the music, market customers, and warm up the place, because we really had a winter storm dumped into our laps, and from the looks of it, it’s going to keep on keepin’ on!

Not to fear…you can still order, in the loveliness and warmth of your home, and guess what?? We can deliver all the market goods, to your door, you don’t even have to bundle up to make the drive to the farm, this week!! Think about that when you are trying to decide on placing your orders.

We are here, the market boosts so much goodness, and to make it easy in these snowy times, we will deliver it all!

Happy Sunday eve…and, like you, I am settled in, after having a movie watching/house organizing/plant loving/laundry catch up kind of day, and now I am enjoying a glass of wine, with dinner in the oven, roasting away. AND, while I have a bit of downtime, I am sipping a glass of wine, listening to tunes, and placing my own market order!

Let’s see some of that market love come pouring in, and remember…we KNOW the cold that this week presents, and we are HAPPY to deliver the market, right to your door…

Cosmic Pam

Shelter From The Storm

‘Twas in another lifetime, one of toil and blood
When blackness was a virtue the road was full of mud
I came in from the wilderness, a creature void of form
“Come in,” she said, "I’ll give you shelter from the storm"
(Bob Dylan)

Well, happy early Saturday, and welcome to what sounds like the big snow storm of the past year. Coming our way. Getting everyone into a state of panic.

But, no panic is needed, here. We’ve got it ALL for you! All that you need for the week!! With no hassle, no need to go out and risk the crowds. The best products, given to you with love, and smiles. Our own shelter, to you, from the storm.

And, we also have seen the addition of a few new items, this week…

Chuck Lippincott brings us his new creamed honey! He also spun his magic with a cinnamon creamed honey! I sampled it, last week, and it is sooooo yum!!!

Oakview Farm Meats has added a couple of meat bundles!! Always perfect for stocking your freezer, no matter what the crazy weather is!

And, we say hello to a new vendor, old friend, supporter of the local scene….Ryan Hostetler!! Ryan also had, St. Ives Winery, out in Cable, with his wife, and they have always been total fans of what’s goin’ down in the market, and around.

He brings to us his own dried spice, in two different levels of heat, from his own, carefully cultivated peppers. He brings with his product, his own sense of humor in the names, and if you know him, you will laugh. He did let me sample some of the product, back during one of Hippie and the Farmer’s Pizza Farm Friday events, and I loved it! So, with a big welcome to another great vendor, we welcome Ryan!!

Also, this week will be the last week to order from the January menu of Cosmic soups, and Hippie and the Farmer frozen pizzas, and dinners! I will launch the February menu on Thursday!

I am also adding a few new Cosmic breads that haven’t been around for quite some time…they are some of my Gypsy Breads, and they were quite popular when I was making my rounds at farmers’ markets, in my early Cosmic days…

Ok! Forget the snow storm, and get your shelter, right here…

Cosmic Pam

How Sweet It Is...

…to be loved by you…

Once again, a HUGE thank you to all who ordered from this week’s market!! You were all so lovely, this evening, at pick up, and even though it was so very cold, you all had smiles on your faces!!

I am getting ready to enjoy my own Cosmic Roasted Tomato soup for dinner, and a lovely glass of wine!

The market is open, again, for orders, and I look forward to the next trivia winner, and all of your orders!

Stay warm…

Cosmic Pam

It's Market Day!!

Good morning, lovely market customers!!

This is just my reminder that today is market pick up day, and you once again blew it all up with such enormous love!!

You may pick up your orders, between 4pm-6pm! If you are a Friday pick up/delivery, I’ve got you on the books! If you need a Friday pick up, please let me know, and you can pick up between 10am-12pm!

If you are new, this week, and there are several of you, you have the option of phoning me, ahead of time, with payment information that I will keep on file for future orders!

If you do not want to pay by card, you can bring a check made out to Oakview Farm Meats, or cash, in a ziplock bag, with your name! Please have exact change because it takes time if I have to leave the line, to make change, and it also takes time if you are handing me your card, in line…thank you, so very much!

Thank you, everyone, who started flooding my email with the answers to this week’s Cosmic Trivia!! We did have a winner!!

Long time market customer, Michelle Poston-Peters!! She and her adorable daughter have been supporters of the market since we opened the doors/internet to the market, 10 years ago!!

The answer to the trivia question was….Madison’s Downtown Cafe, and the second answer was the owner, then, Summer Woodburn, also heads up her own little group of vendors, here on the market, 4 Hens and a Rooster!

Ok…get ready for more exciting trivia, and a chance to win your very own Cosmic product!

Cosmic Pam

Tuesday Love Note

And…your reminder that the market will be closing for weekly orders, this morning, at 8am!

Also…so far, no trivia answers for the week…

My question was what downtown Urbana restaurant did I bake in, and help get off the ground, years ago?? I know you know it…a cute little cafe, and later, I opened up my own shop, right across the street from the cafe…give me your answer for a free Cosmic product of your choice…

Cosmic Pam


Time it was
And what a time it was, it was
A time of innocence
A time of confidences…
(Simon and Garfunkel)

Good morning on this very cold, icy morning, little local market customers! I hope you are all warming up with coffee, tea, and staying safe if you need to be out and about.

The weekend was a quiet one for me. I had an afternoon with an old friend, on Saturday, and a long conversation with another long time friend, that evening. I had text messages from other longtime pals. I guess it was my weekend to hold onto connections. Catch up. Laugh, chat, remember…I treasure my friends, so much, and I think from childhood to adulthood, those who have withstood, are like my own bookends. Keeping me together. Grounded. Remembering that no matter who I am, today, I owe so much to all of them in helping to make take the steps on life’s journey.

Maybe that is why this market, and you, the customers, are so very dear to me. You make up a very important part of me, in this last decade. Through this market, I have built businesses, served on boards, committees, fought for the survival of this market, used my loud mouth to get the message out there about local food, the local landscape…building networks, new bonds, new friendships. This market, in these past ten years, has given me a new set of bookends for this chapter. And, yet, maybe just one bookend, because we are still growing, still groovy, and nowhere ready to have the second bookend put into place. We all still have much work to do in our next ten years with the market.

A lot of wordiness on a Monday…but, also, a simple reminder for us all to cherish each chapter. And, the market is open until tomorrow morning, taking this week’s chapter of orders…

I look forward to seeing you all on Thursday.

AND…Thursday is to be very cold, so if you do not want to be out in the cold, we can deliver to you, for a small fee, on Friday!! Keep that in mind…

Have a lovely day…

Cosmic Pam

April Come She Will

April, comes she will,
When streams are ripe and swelled with rain.
May, she will stay,
Resting in my arms again.

June, she’ll change her tune.
In restless walks she’ll prowl the night.
July, she will fly,
And give no warning to her flight…
(Simon & Garfunkel)

One of my favorite songs from this duo. It’s just so beautiful, and I love the depiction of seasons from early growth to the withering of late autumn. I’ve also always claimed this as my birthday song, since I am an April birthday. And, with the growing season upon us, why not begin listening to these sounds, now? It won’t be long before colors, and fresh produce, fresh flowers, and sun drenched days of warmth will be upon us!

This song also brings in the Cosmic trivia question for the week! And, it’s also a two part question, so there could be a possible two winners, this week!

Way back, around the April/May time frame, I helped get a local restaurant, up and running! I was only there for about two months, but you all knew me there, and flooded in to see what all was happening in there. I was not the owner, just the baker, and now I need you to give me that name of that once downtown local eatery?

And…you get a bonus part of this…the owner of that place, now heads up one of our flock of vendors, on the market! If you can give me her name, you will win!

A two part market trivia question from the Life and Times of Cosmic Charlie…

And, while you are getting your thinking caps on, go ahead and get your weekly orders placed…

Cosmic Pam