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!
Short and Sweet
Your market manager is tired after a super great market!
Announcements to come, tomorrow, but until then, the market reopens!
And, your market manager is in need of beauty sleep!
Thursday Time Slots
Good morning, lovely market customers!!
And, a HUGE thank you for making this another AMAZING market week!!! We thank you, kindly!!!
Tomorrow, my father will be away for really, the entire month, so you get your two market managers, and the need to continue time slots, for now, just because of all the produce, and the time it takes to get you all packed up, and on your way!!
We look forward to seeing your smiling faces, tomorrow, and remember…sing me a song, throw me a tune…I love to post your musical choices!!
So, I’m just sending out a little reminder that the market will be closing in a little less than a half hour!!
It’s pretty much exploding, and I would hate for you to miss out, this week!
Just like in my early days of working in pubs to earn cash for moving to California, I am turning up the lights, blaring, New York, New York on the juke box, and making my rounds, gathering glasses, and asking if anyone needs anything else before they have to leave…
Here is your New York, New York moment…
After The Gold Rush
Look at Mother Nature on the run…
Well, market lovelies…here we are, on the cusp of another month. This time, we begin the slow movement into September.
September is the month that is still summer while the shadows, the sun, the air, the breeze all change. September then erupts, in the end, to blaze into the colorful, technicolor month of October.
I spent a lot of time, outside, yesterday, doing nothing in particular other than watching the beautiful day, basking in the sun, and bidding the lovely August a final farewell for the year.
I’ve picked Neil Young, this morning, because to me, Neil is fall. His voice is the voice that I remember grooving to in my growing up, running wild where I grew up, with all of my West End pals, Neil blasting from all of our houses, stereos, car windows. We took his music with us on hiking adventures, and midnight hikes to a waterfall area, and parties in parks.
Growing up in those times, in that area, as I have described before, were magical. I feel lucky, and forever grateful that I had a place in the West End, with the predominately boy neighbors, all of us, a gang, a tribe, learning about life, and carrying all that we learned, with us into adulthood.
Some of my best mates, pals, now, are still those guys. We still stay in touch, are close, and I love that we built those life long bonds, all those years ago. We have all mourned the loss of parents, of pals, gone too soon. We have cheered successes, and hugged out failures. I love that all those years ago, all of those guys let a girl into their circle. I am rich in many ways, because of that.
So, today is September 1. It will be our first market of September, and let me tell you…it’s a crazy exploding one!!! The love that you show us…my gosh, it’s heart warming.
And, like my love of the West End, and my gratefulness to my guy pals who always let me tag along, this market has taken a place in my heart, just as deep. You, the customers, warm my heart, each and every week…
This is your last reminder that the market will close, this evening, at 8pm, for the week.
I am off to make Neil the backdrop music of my day, and get the market ready to greet you on Thursday…
Monday morning you sure look fine…
To me, there is nothing better than to blast this song on a Monday morning, to get the weekly groove started.
And, I took the weekend off after an amazing Pizza Farm Friday night, with quite a few customers and vendors in attendance! A good time was had by all, but after a night of dancing, and singing, and fun making, then, an early Saturday baking session, and then off to a Saturday evening in Columbus for a quick visit with my daughter, who was in for the weekend, your market manager was tired!!
But, back on my game, and noticing that you all have been keeping the market going, without me, with your orders!
I have been looking at all of them, over my coffee, this morning, and you make me so happy, so proud!
We welcome back our vacationing vendors, this week, as well!!
So, you have until tomorrow evening, at 8pm, to get your orders in!! Remember to take advantage of produce, now, because the season is blowing by so quickly!!
Happy Monday to you!!
You Make Me Feel Like Dancing...
I’m in a spin, you know
Shaking on a string, you know
You make me feel like dancing, I’m gonna dance the night away
You make me feel like dancing, I’m gonna dance the night away
You make feel like dancing…
Because, well, who doesn’t think back to 1976 with this feel good tune. It takes me right back to care free days, nights at the skating rink, or sitting around one of my pal’s swimming pools, or just generally kickin’ it all over the place, growing up in the West End of my hometown.
And, truly, this market…the customers, the vendors, the managers…lol…patting myself on the back. All of it makes me want to dance!!
Today, I was able to be in the greenhouse, during drop off time of products, and yesterday, and last night, lol, and I loved chatting with the vendors. They are all just the loveliest bunch. And, it occurred to me that there is not one weak link in the bunch. That stopped me in my tracks. NOT. ONE. WEAK. LINK.
We are so proud of this market, and how far it has come. Some of the vendors have been around with me, since we all hit the early farmers’ markets scene, years ago. Like, ages ago. Some of the vendors are newer. Some are even the youngest group that we now have…the brother sisters group with eggs.
This day found me able to chat on the phone with one vendor, tonight, who I’ve been in the trenches with forever. She and I haven’t touched base, in so long, but kicking back and shooting the shit with her was just what my soul needed.
Another good friend of mine sent me a text that literally made me laugh harder than I have laughed in so long.
A customer brought me more music cds that he and his wife burn for me.
It just went on and on…the love, man, just the outpouring of love…it made me feel like dancing.
So, I open the market, this evening, once again!
Keep in mind, that next weekend is Labor Day, and you may want to order things for the holiday weekend!
If you get spices from JC Growers, they would be ecstatic at getting their glass bottles back, to reuse!! Jars, lids…they are hard to come by, these days.
Our egg vendors love getting their egg cartons back!
And…most importantly, we just want to see you all, next week…you just put the dance into it all.
Good morning, lovely customers!
This is your time slot schedule for tomorrow’s pick up!!
Thank you for acknowledging your time slots! It’s a big, busy market, again, and I feel that during produce season, and the sweet corn out front, this will alleviate the bottle neck of traffic!
AND…YES…Champaign Berry Farm will be there with sweet corn to sell! 4pm-6pm, or until they run out!
Cash or Card!
Thank you for making this week’s market a spectacular one!!
We look forward to seeing you all on Thursday!!
We will be dividing the market into time slots, this week! Lots of customers, lots of orders, and I feel like we need the time slot system!
ALSO…IF YOU ORDERED YOUTH FACE MASKS, PLEASE LET THE VENDOR KNOW IF THEY ARE FOR YOUTH BOYS, OR YOUTH GIRLS!
Thank you, so very, very much!
They give us those nice bright colors
They give us the greens of summers
Makes you think all the world’s a sunny day, oh yeah…
Song Implant from market customer, Kathleen…
Good morning, market customers, on this bright and sunny Tuesday morning!
This song just seems to scream summertime fun, with the groovy beat, the lyrics of brightness, sunshine, happiness…much like I hope the market has been doing for you, all summer long!
The market is full of brightly colored produce, a whole lot of greens, and, we get the golden back with another round of market roadside sweet corn from Champaign Berry Farm, on Thursday, and, to also brighten the week, they have added their sunflower arrangements to the market, this week!
We have richly colored tomatoes, in all colors, peppers in many hues, and the list goes on…
Please take a minute to get your orders in because the market will close, this evening, at 8pm, for the week!
Here’s hoping you have a colorful, groovy day, lovelies…
Let’s go out and paint the town
And we could turn the world around…
Well, I stumbled onto this song, and April Wine, not too long ago, and what a blast from my past. I was super into this group in the late 70s? I saw them in concert, cannot remember where, or exactly when, but I know I would be safe in saying, I remember it being a small, club like venue, and I borrowed a co-worker’s ID…underage me, went to a whole lot of shows, in a whole lot of clubs, with that ID. Thankful for all us mall rat workers, who banded together, to help each other out…lol.
But, I am getting away from why I picked this song. I posted all of our vendors who are off on vacation, but there is also a whole lot to Say Hello about…
Truck Patch Naturals is back with groovy stuff!!!
ChrisMis Farms added their much sought after Baklava!
We have luxurious body scrubs from new vendor, Grace Lane Goods!
And, you all are getting your egg orders taken care of with not only the established egg vendors of the market, but also with new kids on the block, 4 Hens & A Rooster!!
This market…it warms my heart!!
Ok, it’s Saturday, and your market managers turn into Hippie and the Farmer for catering a wedding, this evening…
So, while I am busy, all day, you can get busy, saying Hello to the new things on the market, and getting your orders in…