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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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Wonderful Market!

Just a huge dose of love, to all of you, who once again ordered from the market, this week!

It was a crazy windy pick up night but it was nice to chat with each of you!

I am opening the market for the week, and then I am off to pour a glass of wine!

Cosmic Pam

Market Day!

Welcome back to another week of your lovely market pick up!!

As always, you made this a stellar market, once again, and for that, we are all grateful!

You may pick up your orders between 4pm-6pm, this evening!

You also have the option of picking up, tomorrow, at the shop, but PLEASE note…it’s between 10am-12pm, and then the shop closes, so that we can do the Yellow Springs deliveries!! If you have not already alerted me about a Friday pick up, please do so!

You can also pick up on Saturday, at the shop, 10am-4pm…again, please let me know, in advance!

If you are a new customer, you can phone ahead with your card payment, or you can have exact cash, in a ziplock bag with your name, OR, you can have a check ready, and made out to Oakview Farm Meats!

As always…I look so forward to chatting with all of you, this evening, at market pick up!

Cosmic Pam

Sunshine Daydream

Sunshine, daydream, walking in the tall trees
Going where the wind goes
Blooming like a red rose, now come on over sweetly
Ride out singin’, “I got you in the morning sunshine”…
(Grateful Dead)

Good morning, good morning!!

Well, this song is perfect for announcing that it’s rumored we will have some sunshine, today!! Also, when I was young, my mother called me, Mary Sunshine, upon rising because of my very, very dislike of getting up in the mornings. Completely opposite of the adult me. And, I used to sing this to my daughter, in her nursery, when I would get her up in the morning. And, last fun fact…her nursery was decorated in Grateful Dead song verses, one of them being, Sugar Magnolia, with this song, Sunshine Daydream, being one of the verses within Sugar Magnolia. And, at quite a few Dead shows, they would open a set with Sugar Magnolia, work their way all around the songs of that set, and settle back in to end the whole night, with Sunshine Daydream…

Had enough of my sunshine trivia and thoughts??

Okay, also, this serves as your reminder that the market closes for the week in one hour!!! Get your sunshine selves up, get groovy, and get your orders in!!

It’s a great market, again…let’s just blast it with all the sunshine we can!

Cosmic Pam

59th Street Bridge

Slow down, you move too fast
You got to make the morning last
Just kicking down the cobblestones
Looking for fun and feeling groovy
Ba da-da da-da da-da, feeling groovy
Hello lamppost, what’cha knowing
I’ve come to watch your flowers growin’
Ain’t you got no rhymes for me?
Doo-ait-n-doo-doo, feeling groovy
Ba da-da da-da da-da, feeling groovy
I got no deeds to do, no promises to keep
I’m dappled and drowsy and ready to sleep
Let the morning time drop all its petals on me
Life, I love you, all is groovy…
(Simon and Garfunkel)

Go ahead…just try to start your morning out with this groovy beat, and watch how happy everything becomes…

Happy Monday, lovely customers of our little local market!! Go ahead, let your orders flow while listening to the different songs that I provide you, right here, on the market. Where it’s not just good food, but also good friendship, good music, and well, also your market manager’s trivia game, each week!

I have to say, your emails were coming fast and furious, yesterday, and I loved that so many of you were playing!!!

We did have a winner who finally came through in the afternoon with their answer…Shary Stadler, of Valley View Woodlands, and also a market customer, shot me the right answer!

Venice Beach was the correct answer to the location of my first apartment when I moved to California!! Venice Beach was a funky place, I lived in a very old school tiny apartment building with a pianist below me who practiced night and day, a group of Chippendales dancers who lived in the building across the street, and practiced their dance moves on the roof of their building, which I was able to view from my terrace. I was near the beach, I was broke, all the darn time, because I was such a junior flight attendant, out there, and a befriended such an eclectic group of pals, and experienced so many west coast lovely vibes. I also befriended a pal who had grandparents with a rent controlled apartment in San Francisco, but were then living in San Diego, so they gave us keys to use it, right in the heart of it all, so we often hopped a plane, and spent the weekends exploring San Francisco.

They were good years in my California life. Adventures, both good and bad.

So, see…with celebrating the market anniversary with my trivia, you also get insight into my journey…

Go, order, and thank you, always, for being a part in paving the way for this market…because like all of our journeys in life, this market has also had it’s own journey…

Cosmic Pam

Good Morning Starshine

Good morning starshine
The earth says, “Hello”
You twinkle above us
We twinkle below…
(Oliver-From the musical, Hair…sung by the character, Sheila)

As I was listening to music, this morning, I got a text from Audra Bean, telling me to put this song on for instant good mood vibes.

I love when all of you send me texts, and emails, and, this has always been a favorite song of mine. It is trippy, fun, and happy.

Plus, I was looking for a song to depict a fun California-ish song for my weekly Cosmic Charlie trivia question, and this is perfect!

First…I hope you are having a happy, feel good weekend. It’s cold, and it’s snowy, but that just means we are getting things all ready with Mother Nature, to escort us into warmer, sunnier, growing days.

The market is open, and your orders are flowing in! Thank you, for that! So much loveliness in this market, from the products to the vendors to the customers.

This market IS the Starshine…

And, now…a California question for this week’s Cosmic trivia for a free Cosmic product of your choice! This will really just be a good guess, on your part, unless you have followed my writings of all the places I have lived bringing me along my path.

Fresh out of college, your favorite bread baker decided to ditch my plans to go into journalism, which was my minor in college, to take off to be a flight attendant in the mid 80s. I was a flight attendant for American Airlines, and chose Los Angeles as my first city to be based out of….but, where was my first little apartment?

It was in a beach area, and it was in one of those old school, 1950’s types of California apartment houses.

Give me the area of my first apartment…what beach area? It was, then, a little haven of hippie bohemian…ok, first one to text or email the right answer wins!!

Again…celebrating our 10 year market anniversary, and this is my Cosmic ongoing celebration to all of you…give me your guesses! And, you must be an ordering customer for the week…

Cosmic Pam

How Sweet It Is

Welcome back to another week of market fun!

I’m opening the market on a sweet note as we welcome Ruthie’s Pies back onboard!

We look forward to seeing you, this week!

Cosmic Pam

Thursday Love

Good morning, and welcome to another Thursday of market pick up!! You made this another spectacular week of sales!

You may pick up your orders, this evening, between 4pm-6pm!

You may pick up on Friday morning, between 10am-12pm, but you must let me know, if you are not a usual Friday pick up, so I can make note on your orders!

You can pick up on Saturdays, 10am-4pm, but I must know, as well!

Or, if you are a customer coming to us from our partners at Clem & Thyme, in Yellow Springs, your order will be delivered to them, Friday afternoons for you to pick up!

If you are new to the market, and would like to put your card, on file, for payment, you may call me at 937-926-4833. It saves time if you do this before market pick up! Or, you may bring exact cash/change, in a ziplock bag, with your name on it, or you may pay by check, made out to Oakview Farm Meats!

It’s a lovely day, today, and I will see each of you, at pick up!

Cosmic Pam

Love Is All Around

Well, love is all around me
And so the feeling grows…
(The Troggs)

Peace and Love, Peace and Love…

A perfect song to kick off this week, a nice thought to spread love wherever you go, and it also helps to kick off the theme of growth, of planting seeds of love, and what better way to plant those seeds, than with the seed packets that Flourish has to offer? It’s the perfect time to start your seeds…and, just like the ten years of this market, if you tend to the seeds, just right, they will bring you amazing peace, love, and growth.

I have more to come with the growth theme, and some words from the girls of Flourish, and their seeds, as well as updates on when to expect their fresh flowers!

And…along with the Peace and Love theme, our market trivia winner, this week, with the winning answer to yesterday’s question is….Audra Bean!! She’s a long time supporter of our market, and now she wins a Cosmic product!!

The question was what lyric have I always incorporated into my Cosmic Charlie taglines, from the Jefferson Airplane song, White Rabbit…

The answer is…

Peace, Love, Bread…FEED YOUR HEAD!!


Peace and Love…and, a reminder that orders are due by 8am, tomorrow morning!

Cosmic Pam

Sunday Love and Another Chance To Win!

White Rabbit

One pill makes you larger
And one pill makes you small
And the ones that mother gives you
Don’t do anything at all
Go ask Alice, when she’s ten feet tall

And if you go chasing rabbits
And you know you’re going to fall
Tell ’em a hookah smoking caterpillar
Has given you the call
To call Alice, when she was just small

When the men on the chessboard get up
And tell you where to go
And you’ve just had some kind of mushroom
And your mind is moving slow
Go ask Alice, I think she will know

When logic and proportion have fallen sloppy dead
And the white knight is talking backwards
And the red queen’s off with her head
Remember what the dormouse said
Feed your head, feed your head…
(Jefferson Airplane)

Happy Sunday, lovely customers of the market!! Here’s hoping you have a beautiful, sunshine filled day!!

Today, I continue my own journey of celebrating the market’s own journey into it’s 10th year, by awarding another Cosmic Charlie product to the customer who emails/texts me the correct answer for a Cosmic product of your choice!

Today, I am getting all Trippy Hippie on you with this song. If you have followed me over my own past 12-13 years in existence with my bread business, you will know that my popular tag line has always included a line from this song. I usually will always end my FB page posts about what’s available with Cosmic Charlie, with the tagline, including the lyric.

So, from you, I need the lyric, and for bonus, give me my whole tag line…again, a possible two winner situation, this week!

You must be an ordering customer, this week, and while you are getting your groove on, trying to come up with the answer, make sure to get your orders in for the week!!

The market has just so much to choose from…

I look forward to your orders, and to see who the winner/winners will be, this week!

Cosmic Pam

Huge Dose Of Love!

Thank you, so very much, for helping the market with it’s outstanding week back from holiday!!

And, remember to read the weblogs for more music trivia fun!

I am opening the market for the week!

Ready to order?

Cosmic Pam