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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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Holiday Shopping!


Happy, Happy!!

I am opening the market for the week!!

Please remember that this will be the last market week until after the new year!! There is still time to shop for amazing local gifts without trying to be in the crowds, shopping!

And, I have two holiday shopping announcements!!

The first Is from, Flourish!

Hi and happy holidays flourish fans! We have our new products – the flourish holiday boxes up on the market under the holiday shopping tab! Boxes are the perfect gift for anyone who love local and sustainability. These boxes come with locally, hand crafted, clay earrings, an air plant, flourish famous bath salts and a flourish essential oil roller. These boxes are $26 but we have a sale right now for $23. The perfect gift that can be wrapped and put under the tree or shipped out for loved ones near and far. Happy holidays everyone we look forward to flourishing with you!

And, the second is from, The Barkery!

Kim wants you to know that she can make any of her treats into gingerbread shapes for your furry friends!! Tis the season!

Thank you!

XOXO,
Cosmic Pam

Thank you, Thank you!


Good morning, lovely market customers, and a HUGE thank you, for another amazing week of sales!!

If you are new to us, the market pick up is on Thursdays, at the farm of Oakview Farm Meats, 4pm-6pm!

Or, you can have a Friday pick up, at the farm, 10am-12pm!

If you are a customer through Clem and Thyme, we will deliver your order by 1pm, on Fridays, to their lovely farm offices in Yellow Springs!

You may also call me to put your card number on file! It helps in our ongoing efforts to keep everything contactless. Once your number is in the system, you will not need to call it in, again!

If you are paying by check, please make it out to, Oakview Farm Meats! If paying in cash, please place in a ziplock bag with your name!

If you are a customer through Clem and Thyme, we do need your card information as this is the only form of payment through that portion of the market!

My number is 937-926-4833!

Once again, we all thank you, kindly, for your continued support!

XOXO,
Cosmic Pam

Imagine


Imagine there’s no Heaven
It’s easy if you try
No Hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people livin’ for today
Ah, ah, ah-ah

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothin’ to kill or die for
And no religion, too
Imagine all the people livin’ life in peace
Yoo, hoo, oo-oo

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope some day you’ll join us
And the world will be one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people sharin’ all the world
Yoo, hoo, oo-oo

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope some day you’ll join us
And the world will live as one
(John Lennon)

I thought it only fitting to use this song by John Lennon for our market song, this morning, in tribute to losing him, on this day, 40 years ago.

One of those days you remember the exact moment upon hearing the news, and, for me, I was entering sophomore Geometry when the news flooded our high school. The day was somber, the world was darker, but his message and talent lives on, in all of our hearts…

Good morning, on this Tuesday. The market site has had a few glitches, this morning, but all seem to be worked out, now. If you had trouble in that time frame, please try to place your orders, again!

The market will be closing, this evening, at 8pm, and you don’t want to miss another week of market loveliness.

Keep the song in your hearts, and love in your souls…

XOXO,
Cosmic Pam

Tapestry


My life has been a tapestry
Of rich and royal hue
An everlasting vision
Of the ever-changing view
A wond’rous woven magic
In bits of blue and gold
A tapestry to feel and see
Impossible to hold…
(Carole King)

Good morning on this bit of a dreary Monday morning, local market lovely customers! I hope that the weekend was kind to you, and you are ready to face the week with us, and the market!

At Thursday’s pick up, as I was loading a customer’s trunk with market orders, I could hear that they were playing Carole King, and ever since, I’ve been revisiting my love of her, her music, and the lovely lyrics to this song.

Life is a tapestry for us all. If we all painted, and pieced together all of the colorful mosaics of our lives, what a rich tapestry each of us would have. Every color, every design, every thought provoking inch of our tapestries would offer such an amazing look into all of the roads we have travelled.

I feel like this market would have such a unique tapestry with all of the different customers, vendors, products, the paths that the market has taken…a lovely little local tapestry of market love.

Today is Monday, and you are really showing the market so much love! You have until tomorrow evening to get your orders in! The market will close at 8pm, tomorrow night!!

Take on the day, painting it in vivid and rich colors…

XOXO,
Cosmic Pam

Happy Sunday Evening!


Hoping that your weekend was a super one!

It was busy with a small catered event with Hippie and the Farmer, and now I am getting back in the groove of sending out your weekly love note!

Also, tonight, we welcome the addition of one of our younger vendors who has listed his woodworking!

I’ve known him since he was young, and many of you remember him as Honey Boy Honey, to his mother’s, Homecomer Traditions business! Together, they would bring her pretzels, and his honey to the area farmers’ markets, and as he has gotten older, he has become so skillful in his woodworking skills, and now, brings his talent to our market!

Following is a write up about him!

John Comer is a fifteen year old woodworker who lives near Mechanicsburg, Ohio. He began scroll sawing 7 years ago, and enjoys making puzzles, toys, word art, portraits, and just about anything else someone can imagine. He’s the youngest member of the Heart of Ohio Scroll Saw Association. He has shown his work, competed, and won awards at the Champaign County Fair, The Ohio State Fair, and The Wood Show (a national woodworking expo.) He has been selling his products for about 5 years at the Mechanicsburg, Champaign County, and Plain City Farmers markets, as well as at area gift shops. He has a passion for intricate detail, and loves to incorporate images of his interests in his work, especially history and animals. He does occasionally take on custom order requests, on an as-available basis.

Another Dose Of Love!


Thank you for an awesome market week!!

Tonight, I reopen the market before I drift off to dreamland!

I will write more, tomorrow!

And, remember…only two more weeks of market before the holiday break!

XOXO,
Cosmic Pam

Ain't No Sunshine


Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone
It’s not warm when she’s away
Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone
And she’s always gone too long anytime she goes away…
(Bill Withers)

One of my personal favs, and, today’s song implant comes from long time market customers, The Follsteadts.

I got an email from them, the other night, with this song title, because their market customer account got sent to an inactive status, and they were not getting my emails or market updates. I loved that they felt no sunshine without my ramblings…lol.

Anyway, yesterday was certainly living up to this song. Wow, what a really blustery, cold, and snow/ice day.

But, the sunshine is on it’s way, again, babes!! And, the sunshine certainly shined on this market, this week, because of your love!!

Sales were at a record high, and the vendors and managers thank you, kindly!

Just a note about tomorrow’s pick up. There is construction, and it’s a pain, but this time, it’s a pain for people coming from Urbana. If you are coming from the Springfield direction, your are good to go!

Urbana…I have no good answers, other than if you are coming from town, which is the direction I came, yesterday, I would go 68 and take a left on Campground Road. It’s pretty, and scenic, and will drop you at 54, where you will then take a left to the farm.

If you are coming from the country, say where I drive from my house, close to Mutual, I would either come 29, to Three Mile or Dugan, jump on Sloan Rd, to Short Cut, and take a left onto 54 to the farm. Or you can map out your own route…lol…Ugh, I failed, horribly at map reading, and Siri is my best friend…

I am not going to divide you out into time slots, so just line up, and I will deliver the goods to your cars.

If you are new to the market, and want to put a card on file, please call me, today! 937-926-4833.

If you need a Friday pick up, at the greenhouse, between 10am-12pm, please let me know if you are not already set up for Friday pickup!

If you are a new customer, to us, from the Hippie and the Farmer’s partnership with Clem N Thyme Nutrition, I will be delivering your orders to their Yellow Springs farm offices, Friday, after 1pm! AND…I definitely need card information for you guys!!

If you are coming to market pick up for the first time, at the farm, the address is 1645 St. Rt. 54, Urbana. Just in case Siri is also your best friend…

Much love, many thanks, and I look forward to seeing all of you, tomorrow, between 4pm-6pm!

XOXO,
Cosmic Pam

Hello, December...


Good evening, lovelies…

Wow, what a way to bring in December…so cold, icy, windy…it’s so nice to be inside, candles lit, dinner prep underway, and a playlist of French Cooking Music getting all jazzy.

And, you know what else is nice to do, since it is Tuesday evening? Settle in to get your orders arranged!!

Remember, the market closes, this evening, at 8pm, for the week! I don’t want any of you to miss out on the fun…

This will serve as your last call for ordering, and I will close out at 8pm…

Sending you all the warm hugs…

XOXO,
Cosmic Pam

Open The Door


Open the door and come on in
I’m so glad to see you, my friend
You’re like a rainbow, coming around the bend…
(Song For Judith-Judy Collins)

Happy Monday, lovely market customers! It looks like we may get a snowy farewell to the month of November, today! We are one day from jumping into December!

The song that I chose, today, seemed to be the perfect, upbeat, positive song to leave this month. Also, as the this market has become such an old friend, new friend, to all of us, I hope it always brings you that rainbow to the week. The sunshine to your soul.

On Saturday, we celebrated Shop Small/Shop Local, and you all flooded us with orders. Today is Cyber Monday…also fitting for our market. So, if you are cyber shopping, today, go ahead and throw us your cyber orders on this Monday!

Have a love filled day…

XOXO,
Cosmic Pam

Sunshine Daydream


I hope you are enjoying this beautiful day, going into a golden sunset!

Just a note, as I said I would update you…

I am putting Cosmic Charlie and Hippie and the Farmer products back on the market!

After much consideration, with the spikes in Covid, and even with plans to drive instead of fly to Florida, I just don’t feel safe in doing so!

So, you are stuck with me!

Sending all the love vibes on this Sunday evening!

XOXO,
Cosmic Pam