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!
Long Strange Trip
Sometimes the lights all shining on me
Other times I can barely see
Lately it occurs to me
What a long strange trip it’s been…
(Truckin’-written by Grateful Dead lyricist, Robert Hunter. Performed by The Grateful Dead)
Well, here we are…Sunday, kicking off my birthday week, the market orders are booming, and, I’m sitting with coffee, thinking back over the past 12 years, the baking, the soup making, the restaurants who have featured me, the shop fronts I’ve had, the everyday hustle, the catering….it’s all there, mixed in with my little clothing business…the technicolor hippie clothing, mixed with pieces of vintage. It’s all there. All on the road map of my life. Ups, downs, triumphs, failures, a million farmers markets, a trail of friendships made along the way.
The long strange trip of it all. Much like this market moving into it’s 10th year in operation. Talk about a long strange trip!! We’ve come so far, the journey was been interesting, to say the least, and here we all are. Still going strong, still the little market that could, because we all refused to ever give up on it.
It’s Sunday, and since I am now back from vacation, I am throwing out another Cosmic trivia question of the week!! It’s a two part question, for two separate winners!! REMEMBER…you must be an ordering customer to be able to win!!
Here we go…which local eatery first featured my Cosmic Soups? And, which of my soups was the first to debut, there? It’s still a soup that is my most requested, and still on heavy rotation in my weekly soup set lists…
There you go…and, while you are thinking of answers, don’t forget to get market orders in!
That's How Strong My Love Is...
If I was the sun way up there
I’d go with love most everywhere…
So, I am back, and I have received so many lovely welcome back emails, as well as so many lovely email send offs, when I departed.
The market seemed to run, smoothly, with a huge shout out going to your market co-manager, Mark, and Carla, of JC Growers! And, all of you, who make each week a pure joy!!
I wanted to point out that it looks like we have fresh produce trickling in, microgreens are strong, and some plant starts are appearing.
It’s all beginning to happen, once again, in this season of growth.
I’m excited to be back in action, and look forward to your orders, and seeing you at Thursday’s pick up!!
That’s how strong my love is…for all of you…you make this market all that it is!!
Riding along on this big old jet plane
I’ve been thinking about my home…
(Steve Miller Band)
That’s right! I’m waiting to board the plane that is bringing me back to you!
My vacation was amazing, the sun was lovely, I am recharged, and had the best time with my daughter.
Now, it’s back to business, the market is open, and my products are back on!
Beth just got back with me on the price!
It’s that time!!
Beth, of Harrigan’s Harvest, is dropping off 22 pounds, this afternoon!!
If you are a market customer picking up orders, you can ask Mark to add it to your order! Bring extra cash, or write your check, for the additional amount once he tells you how much! If you are a card customer, he will add it to your total!
If you did not order, this week, you can still come to pick up, between 4pm-6pm, just for asparagus! Cash and carry!!
It will be a few weeks until we get more, due to the cold weather, so grab it now!!
Oh, and please welcome Carla, from JC Growers, at pick up! She will be assisting Mark!
Cue the Jimmy Buffet song implant while I am enjoying the Floridian scene….
Just popping on to remind you that it is Monday, and to get your orders in!
Tomorrow, at 8am, you will be singing the blues if you miss out!
Sending all the sunshine love vibes!
Thursday Thank You!
Thank you, again, for all the market love, this week!!
I leave for Florida, in the morning, and the market is open for the week!
I will be running things, remotely, in case you have any questions!!
Also, Microgreens are now on the market for ordering!
Good morning, lovely market customers!
Just a quick reminder that today is your market order pick up, between 4pm-6pm!
If you need a Friday pick up, we are there between 10am-12pm, only!
And, if you need to pick up on Saturday, we are there from 10am-4pm!!
Please let me know if you are planning to pick up on the alternate days, and not this evening!
We welcome another round of new customers, this week!! Welcome to the market!! Pick up is easy!! You will just be pulling into the circular drive, and we bring your order to your car!
If paying by card, you can call me, ahead of time, with your card information!! I super helps the line if you are not giving me your card, in the pick up line!!
If paying by check, please make it out to Oakview Farm Meats, and if paying by cash, PLEASE have exact amounts, in a ziplock bag, with your name!!
In the event of rain, this evening…and, hey…it’s Thursday, we usually have some sort of weather blow in at pick up, please also put your check in a ziplock bag, to keep it dry, while I am getting your orders into your cars!!
Once again, we thank you for continuing this lovely outpour of support, each week, for our market!!
See you at pick up!!
Flowers In Your Hair
If you’re going to San Francisco
Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair…
(John Phillips-writer/Scott McKenzie-singer)
What better way to both welcome the girls of Flourish back with some pretty spring floral selections, AND, give you the last reminder of the week to get your orders in!!
I will still see you all on Thursday, before I leave on Friday, and I hope to see all of you, and your smiling faces at pick up!
I will be monitoring, and running the market, as per usual, while I am away, but your co-market manager will be running the whole show, next Thursday!
My products will all become available, again, when I reopen the market, next week, on April 22!
You have until 8am to still get your market love…thank you for always showing the market such amazing support!
Good morning…just a reminder that it is Monday morning, and you have until tomorrow morning, at 8am, to get those orders in!
Have a lovely day…