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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 gochampaign.com. 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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Last Call!


It’s Tuesday, and this is your last call reminder to get your weekly orders in, by 8:00am!!

So much goodness, so much fun, you just don’t want to be left out of this amazing weekly market, this week…

XOXO,
Cosmic Pam

Weekend Haze


Good morning, lovely customers!

Here we are, Monday, once again, and we are heading into another lovely week!

I just wanted to remind you of all the lovely local produce, and seasonal products available, as well as all of the year round products that you love, on a weekly basis!

And, the garlic gals of JCGrowers have so much of their garlic crop, ready for ordering!!! This is always a highlight of the season!

Don’t forget that we have blackberries, from Champaign Berry…the season is short, and they are in high demand!

Kingdom Fish has been knocking everyone out with their seasonal produce, microgreens, and tilapia!

Flowers are abundant from our floral vendors!!

Lady Bug Acres has been bringing in great looking kale, peppers, and their usual eggs and honey!

Summer breakfasts need eggs, milk, jams, jellies, maple syrup, honey, baked goods…

Grilling season is here, and there are so many great cuts of meat, brats, burgers, and patties on the market!! The fish and seafood that is featured on the market also are perfect for a grilled dinner!

When you are outside, grilling, or even doing yard work, ChrisMis has you covered with outdoor sprays, itching salve, and poison ivy soap!

ELM Tree Essentials can add to your oil collections!! I know that I have been making my own multi-purpose cleaner, using her Thieves blend, and I will never look at a store bought cleaner, again! Also, her Patchouli oil is the only patchouli I love to wear…

Looking to serve your appetizers on beautiful woodworks? While you are waiting on the grilling, you can serve snacks and drinks on the cutting boards and coasters from Ehrle Bird Designs!

Do you need gluten free options for all those breakfasts and grill feasts? Look to Ella Bella for her gluten free mixes or to Madison’ Gluten Free Baking for her amazing baked goods!

Looking to get super spicy and hot with your grilling? Look to spices from JCGrowers, and for some real kick, look to Ho’s Peppers!!

Indian Creek Dairy is the perfect milk that I mentioned for those summer breakfasts, and Lippincott Honey, is another lovely honey option, perfect for serving with say…some Cosmic Charlie Flower Power biscuits..

The girls of Flourish, along with Kim from Kim’s Homestead Flowers can give beauty to your home, tables, and outdoors!

For a summer body treat, try My Daily Hemp for her body butters…divine!

Another lovely way to bring warmth into your home is with candles. As the sun sets, I love to light candles. Old Homefarm Candles are the BEST scented candles!!!

With tons of grilling, you will want a lot of salad using the already mentioned produce, AND, the lettuce varieties from Old Souls Farm!!

Look to Oberly Bros Farm for your corn needs for feeding the wildlife around you, and for any woodworking like his bat houses…or, hey…if you want to bake, he also has whole wheat flour!

Staying healthy is easy with S and S Naturals elderberry products!!

For breakfast, or kicking back with dessert, Spotted Cow offers some of the best Hemisphere’s Coffee selections!! Coffee not your thing? ChrisMis Farms, and Cottage Alpaca offer tea blends!

That lovely maple syrup that I mentioned for breakfast? It can also be used in other recipes, and even as a syrup for cocktails…and, it comes to us from Valley View Woodlands!

Those grilling options? Look to Oakview Farm Meats, TH Wallace Farms, Stoll Farm/Vernon Family Beef, Freshwater Farms, and Kingdom Fish…

The hardworking bakers for those desserts and treats…let’s hear it for Ruthie’s Pies, Airport Cafe, One Eyed Cookie Lab, Ga-Ga’s Goodies, Cabin Creek, and Baked Batter!

Don’t forget your pets…they love treats, as well, and you can get those from…The Barkery or from Freshwater Farms!

When Homecomer Traditions are on the market, John offers lovely works of wood, especially during holiday time!

For unique gifts, socks, dryer balls, GourmetFibers, Cottage Alpaca Creations, has a huge selection!

When Blue Jacket is on for the one week of the month, their cheeses pair well, with everything!!

And, you know what is the perfect ending to grilling? Dessert!! Pies!! Cookies!! Cupcakes!! Fudge!!

It’s all good, here at the market!!

And…just a heads up…after this week, I will then put my products in vacation mode, again, for another week of wedding prep work, so order, now!

To round out this amazing list of vendors and products, you also have my bread products and soups, at Cosmic Charlie! AND…last, but not least, your market managers bring you…Hippie and the Farmer…

Go, order, it all closes, for the week, at 8am, tomorrow morning!!

XOXO,
Cosmic Pam

Blackberries!


Good morning, lovely customers!!

Before I head out to begin a day of catering, I wanted to let you know that Champaign Berry has put their blackberries on the market!!

I purchased some at the drive thru market, on Thursday, and wow!!! What a treat!!!

Also, they will be set up, once again, Thursday, at the Market Drive Thru with their cling peaches!!!

JUST AN FYI….the drive thru market is not part of the online ordering, but does feature vendors of the market. Sometimes their produce is too much for the market to handle at pick up, sometimes they will have an overage of product, and sometimes they just want to network, and meet the customers.

You do not have to be an ordering customer to come out and enjoy the drive thru market. It is a separate sales market. Or, if you are an ordering customer, but want, for example peaches, those are only available at the drive thru, so you will go through, get your products, and then proceed to get your online order. Or vice versa…my traffic plan did not happen, last week, so enter, either way…just don’t run into each other…lol.

Have a great Saturday!!

XOXO,
Cosmic Pam

Hey, Now!


What a wonderful market day, complete with the drive thru market!! Lots of shopping, sunshine, and smiling faces!!

Also, my products are back on for a week, before I will be back on vacation mode for another wedding!

And, I added a new soup for the week!!

The produce is plentiful at the market, so enjoy it while we have the season!!

Sending all the sunshine love vibes…

XOXO,
Cosmic Pam

Reminder!


It’s market order pick up day, AND, it’s the drive thru market for produce, flowers, and cling peaches!!

Remember to come into the greenhouse area via the new driveway so you can stop at each outdoor vendor!!

Bring cash, in case they all don’t take cards!

4pm-6pm!

XOXO,
Cosmic Pam

Tomorrow’s Fun!


Good evening, lovely little market customers!

Tomorrow is market pick up, AND, there will be several vendors, set up, along the new drive thru area of the driveway!

We welcome….Kingdom Fish with all of their amazing products!!! Their produce and microgreens are beyond amazing!!!

Kim’s Homestead Flowets!! Her flowers are beautiful, and will have them ready for purchase!

AND….

Champaign Berry Farm will be set up with their CLING peaches!!!

If you are picking up your order, let’s pull into the new drive so everyone can drive through to meet the vendors, and purchase items, then head on through to the greenhouse entrance to get your orders!

Also!! If you didn’t order, this week, feel free to come on out, and take advantage of the drive thru market!!!

XOXO,
Cosmic Pam

Time, Time, Time....


Has everyone looked at the time?

It is now 7:30, and the market will be closing for weekly orders at 8am…you don’t want to be late…

Here’s to hoping you have a lovely Tuesday! The weekend just blew by, so quickly, and even more so, for me, because I had a quick visit from my daughter!

It’s hard to believe that her wedding is now just months away, and soon she will be visiting as a married gal.

Time gets away, and it seems like just in the blink of an eye, we were enjoying lazy summer days at the pool. Her little blonde self, running around, splashing in the kiddie pool, with my watchful presence, always there.

And, here we are…she needs me, but not in the same way, and time marches on, ready to take us into the next chapters…

Seasons change with the scenery
Weaving time in a tapestry…
(Hazy Shade Of Winter-Simon & Garfunkel)

XOXO,
Cosmic Pam

Going Up The Country


I’m gonna leave this city, got to get away….
(Canned Heat)

Don’t you feel like this lyric, on Thursdays, when you drive out to the farm to get your lovely weekly orders of market love?

This song always makes me think of summer, of growing up in the West End and exploring all that summer adventures had to offer with my little band of pals.

And, it always gives me such a calming feeling with the intro to this tune. Just a fun beat…

Happy Monday, lovely customers. The market is crazy with all of the produce orders, and that makes me beyond excited to see all of the beauty of locally grown produce adorning the market site!

Kingdom Fish was beautiful produce along with their tilapia!

JC Growers have their seasonal garlic bouquets!!!! YAY!! Start purchasing, for now, and for the winter months!!!

Also…we will wait to see if there are berries, this week, from Champaign Berry, after their busy weekend of being open for picking!!

You have until tomorrow, to indulge in the very short season of locally grown produce!!

Have a happy Monday, and remember to keep that song in your heart!

XOXO,
Cosmic Pam

Happy Thursday!


Another Thursday at the market!

Thank you for being so prompt with today’s pickup, and, for the Friday pick up gang, I will see you, in the morning!

I had to do a big cleaning of the outdoor kitchen, today, after a few weeks of events, at the farm, and missed seeing your smiling faces!

I am in vacation mode with my products, this time! Wedding catering begins for a wedding, next week, and I need to focus on that!

Love to you all!

XOXO,
Cosmic Pam

In The Summertime


When the weather’s fine
We go fishin’ or go swimmin’ in the sea
We’re always happy
Life’s for livin’ yeah, that’s our philosophy…
(Mungo Jerry)

Hello, lovely market customers!!

Here’s hoping that you had a lovely holiday, yesterday, and if it extends into today, I hope you have a lovely one!

Your market manager had a busy one, and ended it, yesterday evening, with the first country cruise of the season, in my convertible, and this random 70s playlist cd was in the car, so I popped it in, and this song was playing…perfect for a warm summer evening, celebrating the July 4th experience!

So, now that you have this song rattling around in your head, take some time to get your market orders in! The holiday weekend gets away, and on Tuesday morning, you don’t want to be left all sad, and blue, because you forgot…

XOXO,
Cosmic Pam