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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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Romaine Orders

Old Souls cannot fulfill the romaine orders, again, this week, so if you pay by cash or check, please deduct that amount!

If you pay by card, I will go through and update each account before running your cards.

Thank you,

Look Of Love

That’s the look, that’s the look
Hip hip hooray
That’s the look, that’s the look
Yippee ai yippee aiay
That’s the look, that’s the look…
(Look Of Love-ABC)

Good morning, and not only am I taking you back on a journey to my early club days with this song, it also conveys my feelings about this market, on a lovely sunshine filled Wednesday.

Thank you, again, for your total love and support of this lovely little market!! Another great week, new customers, and smiles all around!!

No time slots, tomorrow, again! There are a lot of you, but let’s bring it on!

Cosmic Pam

Last Call

Let this serve as your last call for market orders, this week!

You have until 8pm!

See you in a bit, to finalize the orders, and close the market for this week!

Cosmic Pam

Jet Airliner

Ridin’ along in this big ol’ jet plane
I’ve been thinkin’ about my home
But my love light seems so far away…
(Steve Miller Band)

And, really…where else would your love light be, besides right here at this little local market of love??

It’s Tuesday, and I am actually heading out on the road, myself, so my day is crazy packed with obligations, but wanted to remind you to order before 8pm, this evening.

Also…a note from Kennedy Farms letting you know that this will most likely be the last for their tomatoes, but may still have some San Marzano for sauce making! Also, this will be the last week for their flowers!!

Man…where did the season go, so quickly??? Take advantage of the seasonal produce!!!

Ok…and as the lyrics say…

I’ve got to keep on keepin’ on
You know the big wheel keeps on spinnin’ around…

And, the market orders continue to groove…

Cosmic Pam


Alabama, Arkansas,
I do love my Ma and Pa
Not the way that I do love you

Well, holy moly me oh my
You’re the apple of my eye
Girl, I’ve never loved one like you

Man, oh, man, you’re my best friend
I scream it to the nothingness
There ain’t nothing that I need

Well, hot and heavy pumpkin pie
Chocolate candy, Jesus Christ
Ain’t nothing please me more than you

Home, let me come home
Home is wherever I’m with you
Home, let me come home
Home is wherever I’m with you

La la la la
Take me home
Mama, I’m coming home

I’ll follow you into the park,
Through the jungle, through the dark
Girl, I’ve never loved one like you

Moats and boats, and waterfalls,
Alleyways, and payphone calls
I been everywhere with you (that’s true)

Laugh until we think we’ll die,
Barefoot on a summer night
Never could be sweeter than with you

And in the streets you run afree,
Like it’s only you and me,
Geez, you’re something to see….
(Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros)

Happy Sunday, and happy day of complete sunshine…good for your heart, and good for your soul…

This song, to add to your market playlist, is one of my very favorite fun little tunes to dance around to.

Some fun facts about it…way, way back in the day, when I first started Cosmic Charlie Bread, 11 years ago…what??? Anyway, in the early years, I was a cottage home baker. I baked for three farmers’ markets, four restaurants, retail shelves, and a bakery, for a short span. I baked for two different shops of my own. I also had pop up clothing shops. In those days, my kitchen was full of bags of flour, bowls, baking sheets, and music. My gosh, the music and coffee and wine kept me going, kept me sane, and kept the beat to all of the dough I was kneading.

This song was in my early bag of tricks of playlists. Over and over…all night baking sessions, packing my little VW with my farmers’ market goods, on the road, constantly. The hustle was never ending, the marketing, the building of my little businesses. Never, not one day, did I give myself a break. The more in demand I became, the more driven I was. Sleep was forgotten, but my drive just increased.

This song marks those early years. It’s also a group that was co-founded by one of my favorite girl singers, Jade Castrinos.

And…one more favorite memory of this song was more recent. On a lovely evening, last month, Hippie and the Farmer had the pleasure of catering a lovely wedding reception for one of our own vendors, here…Rebekah of Flourish. And, as we were clearing the plates, she and her groom took to the dance floor, for their first dance, and this was their song. I literally had to step away from tables, as I started to cry…this song was perfect for them, I love this song, and I really almost ran to the dance floor to dance with them…haha.

Anyway…it’s upbeat, it’s sweet, and it gives hope to love, and life, and all that we try to convey from this little market.

It’s Sunday, I have babbled on, long enough, and now it’s time for me to finish my coffee, and get my own orders in.

There is so much fall goodness on the market…both in food, sweets, candles, oils, soaps…it’s all around us.

Cosmic Pam

The Sweetness Of Saturday!

So excited to add our newest vendors! They come to us with their new gourmet cookie business, and, they were high school friends with my daughter!

I bring to you:

L and C Gourmet Cookies!

L & C gourmet cookies Is a locally based company out of saint Paris Ohio. We offer homemade cookies from just your basic chocolate chip cookies to our delicious mega cookies. We use some of our favorite family recipes, while adding our own little twist to some that you won’t want to miss. We will be offering a couple different flavors each week so stay tuned to see what we have to offer!

Burning Love

I’m just a hunk, a hunk of burning love
Just a hunk, a hunk of burning love
Just a hunk, a hunk of burning love
Just a hunk, a hunk of burning love
Just a hunk, a hunk of burning love
Just a hunk, a hunk of burning love…

(Today’s song implant comes from our youngest market customer! Three year old Winston Cox! Alison…I hope I remembered his name, correctly!!!!)

Cutest market sighting, last night, was taking Alison’s order to her, while her son was in the back seat, in his car seat, telling me his song…Hunka, Hunka Burnin’ Love…just melt my heart!!

Ok…also, why not use this song to also talk about my love for this market, and you, the customers, and my vendors. Yesterday, for whatever reason, was challenging to say the least.

We didn’t get some of the lettuce, the milk didn’t arrive until after the market closed, we had vendors forgetting it was market day, and racing to get their orders delivered, and we had the craziness of our youngest egg vendors, singing, talking and coaxing their chickens to lay those last few eggs, and then racing into the drive to deliver.

And, while as a market manager, these are not ideal conditions to begin the market, it all was fine. We rearranged orders, we set up pick up times to get the milk to everyone, and through it all, each vendor, and myself, got through it with laughter, love, and understanding. Building these market bonds even stronger.

So, here is my love note to you…my hunk a burning love…

And, thank you, to all of the customers, who also took it all in stride…you are truly the best!

Now…get your orders in, and then go spread the love, today…

Cosmic Pam

Golden Slumbers

Once there was a way
To get back homeward
Once there was a way
To get back home
Sleep, pretty darling
Do not cry
And I will sing a lullaby
Golden slumbers
Fill your eyes
Smiles await you when you rise
Sleep pretty darling
Do not cry
And I will sing a lullaby
Once there was a way
To get back homeward
Once there was a way
To get back home
Sleep, pretty darling
Do not cry
And I will sing a lullaby…
(The Beatles)

Just a note, as your very tired market manager slips into slumber.

Thank you for being amazing, and I will write a note in depth blog, over the weekend!

The market is now open for a new week…

Cosmic Pam

Important Information!

Old Souls found that they were unable to supply orders for today’s Romaine or Bib lettuces!!

If you pay in check or cash, please make note of the change in amount!

If you pay by card, I don’t run cards until after the market, for this reason, so I will deduct those orders from your totals, prior to running your cards!

So very sorry!

Down In The Valley

I know there’s California, Oklahoma
And all of the places I ain’t ever been to but
Down in the valley with whiskey rivers
These are the places you will find me hidin’
These are the places I will always go…
(The Head and the Heart)

One of my favorite songs, perfect to add to a dinner playlist, as background music to your evenings in the kitchen…

Just a reminder that this evening is your market pick up night!! There are a lot of you, and you gave the market some really great love, this week!!

But, because I love a challenge, there will be no designated time slots!! 4pm-6pm!! Just pull all the way up to the greenhouse, and we will get you going as quickly as possible!!

If you are new, this week, the way you will speed up the process! You can call me, today, with your credit/debit card! You can present a check, already made out, to Oakview Farm Meats, OR…have exact change in a ziplock bag, with your name on it!!

This allows me to flow with the traffic line, without stopping to make change, or record your card number!

As always, we love you for loving this market!!

See you, this evening…

Cosmic Pam