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!
Gasping at glimpses of gentle true spirit he runs
Wishing he could fly…
(Crosby, Stills & Nash)
I’ve had this on replay, all morning, for it’s beauty, it’s message of hoping…
I wanted to wish you a love filled day, and to remind you of the love that you will find, each and every time you place an order for market goodness.
Your market manager is taking a bit of time, today, to go hang out with long time friend from high school. She has a lovely oasis of a backyard, we will be socially distanced, sipping chilled afternoon drinks, and having some much needed chat time.
I hope that you find a bit of an oasis for yourselves, today, wherever that may be.
Morning Has Broken
Mine is the sunlight, mine is the morning…
Good morning, and happy sunshine day!!
What a lovely song to greet such a lovely day, outside. I always associate this song, and my other songs of his, and Simon and Garfunkel, with my growing up, and having a student teacher, one spring, in school. She taught our music class, and she got rid of all of the boring songs we always had to sing, and introduced us to a whole new world of music. This song was one that we got to sing at our spring musical, full of excitement. She also arranged for us to all take a field trip, off school hours, to see the Beach Boys in concert. She wore super cool, hippie/mod clothes, and I thought she was everything.
I guess she was one of my first influencers in my love of music.
Anyway…all this just to greet you, on this Saturday, remind you that the market is open, ready for your orders, and that we appreciate you and your support, each and every week.
And I will walk and talk
In gardens all wet with rain
And I will never, ever, ever, ever
Grow so old again.
Oh sweet thing, sweet thing
Sugar-baby with your champagne eyes
And your saint-like smile…
(Van Morrison-Sweet Thing)
Good evening, all of your little local market of love customers!!
Your market manager closed down the market pick up, tonight, got organized for the Friday pick ups, and is now home, all of my own market orders unpacked, dinner is simmering, wine is poured, candles lit, and Van Morrison filling the evening.
The weather was just beautiful, at pick up, and continues into the evening hours with all the honeyed hues pouring through the windows.
And then, well Van Morrison has been my spring time song master from as far back as I can remember. Drifting off into his lyrics just triggers so many memories of kicking around, where I grew up, looking for all the adventures that us West End kids loved to take off with.
Also, with this market being such a sweet, sweet thing, each week, and all of the lovely bonds that are forming with the new influx of customers, all of the amazing vendors, getting to know their customers, their own brotherhood/sisterhood of vendors getting to know one another, you couldn’t ask for more love pouring out from a well crafted market.
My favorite time of the week is to greet all of you, at your cars, getting to chat as I put your orders into your cars, and get to know you, a bit better, each week. Your other market manager is always hard at work, filling your boxes, along with my father, in the green house, and while they are behind the glass, working for you, they also share the excitement over you, the market, and what it is growing into!
So, I open the market, tonight, feeling so very, very honored that you choose to shop from us, each week. That you allow us to get to know you, send you off with local goodness, and hopefully a bit of sweet love, that you can pass on to others.
I do want to let all of the newer customers know that at this point in the season, I put my Cosmic Charlie soups and waffles to rest, while the summer warms up. They will be back in the fall, for the months of fall, winter, and early spring.
Also, thank you for being so very patient with our beef producers, these weeks. It’s tough stuff out there, like playing the lottery, to see if you will get your meat orders from the processing places. Our meat producers have never been is such demand, and they strive to get your needs met!
And, as the weeks turn into summer, we will see produce appear, little by little, as the producers begin to see growth!!
Just some sweet thoughts, this evening, as your market manager opens it all up, again, and thanks you, for allowing me to bring you the music, the food, the light the love, each and every week.
Hello, lovely customers!!
We thank you, kindly, for making this another amazing market!!!
We are going to be super ambitious, and try to do this in two hours, OR, you have the Friday option, 10am-12pm, but just please let me know if you would like the Friday option!
Thank you, and I look forward to seeing you!
Perfect As A Peonie
This week’s bouquet theme, is “peonies be poppin” and will feature locally grown peonies, Orlaya white lace, fern, & allium!
From the girls of Flouris!
Just throwing out ALL the love vibes on this Tuesday morning!!
Hoping that you all had a lovely long weekend, and that you enjoyed the sunshine, and times spent however you spent them.
Your market manager set up her own little hippie campout, in her backyard, since my yearly music festival had been cancelled.
Today finds me all rested, sparkly, and ready to dance into the week!
Remember…we are a bit of a day off, and the market will close, tonight, at 8pm, for ordering!
I Can See Clearly Now
Look all around, there’s nothing but blue skies
Look straight ahead, there’s nothing but blue skies…
Good morning, lovely little market of love customers!
It’s already so bright, sunshiny, cheerful outside, and I wanted to throw all that brightness, your way, with a Saturday market blog!
While you are enjoying the weekend, don’t forget to take a bit of time to get those market orders in! The market is already off to a crazy great start, and you all want to be in on the fun!!
Beef is back on, from our producers!
Vegetables, lettuces, greens, herbs, plants, flowers…they are all beginning to come in!!
Our lovely face mask seamstress/dog treat maker is off on vacation, this week, finally able to travel to see her grandkids!!
Freshwater Farms told me that they will be adding your favorite items back to the mix, soon, along with new items!!
And, as always…the rest of your producers are hard at work, making this the amazing market, year round, that you have come to know, and love…
I am going to go get my orders in for the week, do a bit of baking for my customers, this morning, and then I am taking some time, this afternoon, to set up my own camping spot, in my teepee, in my own backyard, in a tribute to my long time music festival that had to be postponed, this year.
Whatever you are doing, or going, or staying home…be safe, be courteous, be understanding. And, I look forward to seeing you on Thursday!!
Nothing But Love
It’s all I’ve got, tonight!
From the vendors, the products, and you, the customers…all I feel is love!
Thank you for an awesome market pick up night, and thank you for allowing us, weekly, to send you on your way with local love!
I am opening the market, and I hope that you each have the happiest of holiday weekends!
We look forward to seeing you, next Thursday!
A Thank You!
Just a quick note of love, for loving this market, so much! Thank you for your total support as we continue our growth, and thank you for the smiling faces that you bring to us, each week!
We look forward to seeing you at tomorrow’s pick up or at the Friday pick up!
Tomorrow's Time Slots
Tomorrow is pick up time!! Here are your time slots!
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!!