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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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Reminder


Just a reminder that Friday pick ups, are available between 10am-12pm, at the farm!!!

Tomorrow’s Time Slots!


Another market week takes shape with tomorrow’s pick up times!

Here you are! We strive to break down the slots, getting everyone back on to the road, quickly!

Tomorrow:

A-F…4pm-4:45pn

G-P…4:45pm- 5:15pm

R-W…5:15pm- 6:00pm

Thank you, again, for another outstanding market!

XOXO,
Cosmic Pam

Dear Prudence


The sun is up, the sky is blue
It’s beautiful and so are you
Dear Prudence, won’t you come out to play?
(The Beatles)

I’ve had all of my Beatles vinyl out, lately, playing them on my little turntable, listening, taking the love that they put out, admiring the peace messages…

This is from their White album, of which I picked mine up, way back in the early 80s, in an obscure little dingy, barely lit basement record shop, in downtown Lexington, right beside a little thrift shop that clothed me, during college days, and supplied me with the most exquisite 50s style prom dresses that I would gather up, and made a community trunk for all of my sorority sisters, for each of us to pick from and share, for the different formals we attended.

Spinning this album always brings me back to those days, and how I was always the dress girl of cool vintage finds.

Not much has changed, and the best part? All of those sorority sisters are still a HUGE part of my life. After all these years. When bonds are strong, and built on love, they will remain.

This market is like that, to me…the bonds, the ties, the pride, the love. I hope that it brings the same, to you, each and every week.

And, I hope that you take each of these little snippets of songs, and piece together your own treasure trunk of memories…

The market will close, this evening, at 8pm, for the week! Don’t forget to get those orders in…

XOXO,
Cosmic Pam

The Weekly Flourish Bouquet!


Hey there! This weeks bouquet is

Summer Lovin- featuring locally grown Scabiosa Fama, colorful Snapdragons, Painted Dianthus, luscious lillies and fabulous foliage!

Morning Morgantown


Ladies in their rainbow fashions
Colored stop and go lights flashing
We’ll wink at total strangers passing
In morning Morgantown…
(Joni Mitchell)

One of my favorite songs to start a Sunday…

The sun is bright, the love is strong, go and enjoy your day, and remember that we are here for you, taking your orders, and ready to pack them, lovingly, all for you…

Happy Sunday…

XOXO,
Cosmic Pam

Summer Breeze


Summer breeze, makes me feel fine, blowing through the jasmine in my mind…
(Seals and Croft)

I was outside, early, this morning, watering all of my flowers, and sat down, in the early morning sunshine, to enjoy a cup of coffee, and started singing this tune, silently, while the day began to unfold.

It is Saturday, the orders are already pouring in, and I wanted to take this time to thank you, to tell you that you all are very loved and appreciated, in this market family, and that I adore, each Thursday evening, when we can load your cars up with all of the love from this market and it’s amazing vendors.

Last week we enjoyed the garlic scapes, and totally bought them out! JCGrowers is letting them have a week’s regrowth, and then we will see them, next week!

Asparagus will be with us, one more week! Take advantage!

Beef was restocked, and reloaded on the market site!!

Each week will bring more and more seasonal produce, and we do have spinach coming, soon, from Truck Patch Naturals, your microgreens growers!

There has been a big cry because I was ending my soups for the season, so I am going to bring them back, but it will be one variety, each week, in an individual size, along with a Cosmic roll, and a disposable spoon, in a little lunch bag, for my Cosmic Love On The Run soup edition! Perfect for the one serving to take for your lunch, or have for a quick dinner! I will be adding that, today!

I think that is all of the news of the day…

Sweet days of summer…

XOXO,
Cosmic Pam

The Look Of Love!


This market, the vendors, and you…

Thank you so much for always being the look of love!

Opening the market for the week!

XOXO,
Pam

Time Slots for Tomorrow's Market!


Get excited!
Tomorrow is pick up time!! Here are your time slots!
4:00-4:30….A-C
4:30-5:00….D-H
5:00-5:30….J-N
5:30-6:00…O-R
6:00-6:30…S-Z
Or…
Friday 10am-12pm! (Please alert if you are a Friday pick up!
My Cosmic Hotline is 937-926-4833 if you need me!
Pre-pay, checks, or exact change keep the lines moving!!
XOXO,
Pam

And, as always, we thank you, kindly, for always supporting our local endeavor!

The Love Of Flowers


From Flourish:

We wish the sweet scent of peonies could last forever but this is probably the last week nature will provide-in celebration we are calling this weeks bouquet…

Strawberry fields forever- Sweet strawberry stems, Puffy Peonies, pink Snapdragons, darling painted Dianthus, Queen Anne’s lace, and fun foliage.

It’s Tuesday, and the market will close at 8pm, for this week.

Put a little love in your day…

XOXO,
Cosmic Pam

Garlic Scapes-Culinary Delights


Hello, and once again, new growth in this season…

We now welcome Garlic Scape season!! It’s a short lived season, they are AMAZING, and it’s like being given a gift to treasure in your foodie bag of tricks…

A word from Carla and Jenny of JCGrowers!!

C Growers Gourmet Garlic Scapes are available this week on the Virtual Market champaignoh.locallygrown.net.

Thankfully they freeze well because the season comes and goes so quickly. They can be used in everything. Our favorite is the garlic scape green bean style, sautéed in olive oil or butter until they are the color of a cooked green bean salt and pepper to taste. I love the wizards home made pasta with garlic scape pesto way to much. Great on salads, baked potatoes even eggs. Use your imagination and enjoy.