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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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Tuesday Reminder!

Good morning…just your Tuesday morning wake up call that you need to have your weekly orders in by 8am, this morning!

Cosmic Pam

Memorial Day Weekend!

I just didn’t want you to forget to order any and all things that may be festive, fun, and delicious for your weekend fun!!

Cosmic Pam

Never Going Back, Again...

Made me see where I’ve been…
(Fleetwood Mac)

Happy, Happy Monday!!

I’m hoping that your weekend was good to you, that you enjoyed the weather, and got recharged for the week!

I spent my time with old high school pals, on Saturday, reliving fun times, toasting each other with champagne, and astounded that those young women, 40 years ago, made it in life…lol. We all went off on separate paths to colleges, life, journeys of our own, but here we are, all these years later, bonded by who we were, when life seemed so vast and spread out, on graduation day of 1982.

I picked this song, today, because I am always so sad for people who say they will never go back, again, or didn’t have the same growing up experiences that I had. This weekend made me realize, all over again, how lucky I was, in that spectacular moment in time, with the music, the freedom, the experiences. The West End, the friends who have become family, and the tales we share. The tales and adventures, in all ages and stages of elementary/high school. Having all of these people, in my life, certainly always makes me see where I’ve been. Good, bad, happy, sad…all roads lead to home.

It was also a weekend that found the newlyweds, back in Ohio, for a quick visit, and in case you didn’t know…they come with their babe to be…yes, they are adding a baby boy to their little family, in November!

I’ve told them that he can call me, Lovey, and I am just so excited to be a part of what will shape this little babe. Hoping that he will always have loving experiences, know that all roads lead to home, and (hoping his parents let me lead him in tie-dye, musical instruments, and my music…lol)

And, then, this market…talk about all roads leading home. I always feel that this market grounds all of us, calls us back, each week, and provides you the laughs, the food, the goodness that we all need in life.

And, you know the drill…it’s time to get those weekly orders in, before tomorrow at 8am.

No matter what roads lead you, always look at where you’ve been.

Cosmic Pam

Into The Mystic

We were born before the wind
Also, younger than the sun…
(Van Morrison)

So, what a lovely market filled with lovely customers who were full of good cheer.

It was great to be back in action, and thank you for all of the kind words, and love.

I’m listening to Van Morrison on my back deck, with a glass of wine, and thought this song was perfect to reopen the market.

Cosmic Pam

Tuesday Reminder!

Hello, good day, bonjour, and what about another day of that sunshine?

Also, this is your reminder that the market will close, this morning, at 8am, so be sure to get your orders in for the week!!

So much grooviness at the market…

Cosmic Pam

Lovely Day

And the world’s alright with me
Just one look at you
And I know it’s gonna be
A lovely day…
Lovely day, lovely day, lovely day, lovely day…
(Bill Withers)

I was in Columbus, last night, having dinner, and I looked at my phone, quickly, to see I had received a text, from one of our dearest market customers, and someone who has become very dear to me, over the years (as all of you have become) and she sent me the song she was listening to.

I thought what a lovely song to start this lovely Sunday morning…put it on your playlist, and you will agree.

It’s been a busy weekend, for me, filled with old high school friends, in town, yesterday, as we spent time in downtown Springfield, at Indie Craft (you can still go, today, with many more bands performing, food, and craft beer everywhere). I loved basking in the sun, going down memory lane, laughing, loving their faces, and watching not only all of us coming together, again, but also the downtown community of Springfield all working together, and all of the crowds just doing nothing but loving and listening and grooving…

All the concepts that I always hope to weave into this lovely little market, right here…

It’s Sunday, and it’s perfect for ordering!

Asparagus is only here for a short time, Kingdom Fish have their microgreens back on along with their lettuce and swiss chard!!! And, they have much more to come!

Brighten your soul with a bouquet of flowers, candles, oils, soaps, beautiful woodworks, designs from Be Bright Designs for fun tshirts for this warmer days…the list goes on and on!

So, my lovelies…order up!

Enjoy your day, it’s such a lovely day…

Cosmic Pam

And, I Love You, I Love You, I Love You

And the songbirds are singing
Like they know the score
And I love you, I love you, I love you…
(Fleetwood Mac-Songbird)

This verse sums up how I felt about all of you, this evening, at market pick up. I’m finally back, I’ve missed you all, and I loved the chats and catching up, this evening!

I’m also so happy to announce that I am back for baking!! The Flourish girls are back with florals, and S&S is back with elderberry!!

I love you, I love you, I love you…

Cosmic Pam

Thanks For The Love!

Thank you, so very much, for all of the market orders, support, and love for this little local market!!

This month, May, marks our 11th year anniversary from when the market first went LIVE!! Can you believe it?? I remember the excitement of the unknown, the untested, and the sometimes unwanted online market!

We started with humble beginnings, at the YMCA, and we have continued to pave the way, each and every year.

You, the customers deserve all the love, as well as our hard working vendors!! Some of us have been in the trenches, since the beginning, of this market. Some of us have been in all the markets for going on 14 seasons, like me! Some of us have managed many of your local, seasonal markets, and some of us are coming in new to the game! We boast the best of the best, and we are proud to bring you this love, each and every week!

AND…more LOVE…when the market reopens on Thursday evening, you will see the return of S&S Naturals with her elderberry products!!!! YAY!!!

And, you will see the return of products from both my Cosmic Charlie Bread Adventures AND Hippie and the Farmer!!

I am healing, and I know to protect myself post injury, and I am excited to get back to what I LOVE!!

How’s that for market love?

Cosmic Pam

If you placed an order, for the week, I will see you at Thursday pick up!

Tuesday Love Note

Good morning, lovelies!

I hope that you had a beautiful weekend, and that your Mother’s Day was filled with love…and, a mother extends to giving love to anyone. If you give them love, they are your people, their nurturer, their light.

And, I hope that you are on the way to having your orders in for the week! This week has flown by, and I need to do the same!! 8am is the ordering deadline!

Cosmic Pam

A Shire Farm Update!

Hey everyone!

First, huge thank you to each of you! Your support of small local farmers helps ensure that we can continue to produce quality goods for our community. You may have noticed our dwindling inventory, fear not, this is normal. Since we raise our meat birds on grass, it means that we only grow them out when temperatures are above freezing. We have our first batch of meat birds for 2022 outside, enjoying the sunshine right now ???? Our date with the processor is the first week of June, so you will see that restock as soon as we have that available for you. We did have to change processors from what we used last year, so you will see some differences in quantity and packaging.

We will have Thanksgiving turkey pre-orders go live on our website on June 1st ! Mark your calendars if you are interested, they went really quickly last year ????

Thank you!