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!
Shaking Things Up
I was going to wait until next week to make a slight change to the market, but then thought, why not spring it on, this week?
We are now going to close the market at 8pm on Tuesdays, vs the 10pm closing! I have been gauging the ordering habits, and only one to two customers order up to that 10pm cut off! This will allow me to close it at 8pm, begin getting the orders processed, sales notifications to vendors, and check writing paperwork out of the way, so I am not up until midnight taking care of the behind the scenes!
So, beginning, tonight, we are shaking it up, and closing at 8pm!
If you have not ordered, get groovy!
Good morning, lovelies…
Just a few notes on this rain soaked morning…
First, in case you missed it, Beth added more asparagus onto the market!
Second, the girls of Flourish have sent their week’s theme for the market bouquets….Sipping On Sunshine will consist of bright yellows, purples, and greens. A true spring bouquet with a mix of roses, snapdragons, allium, anemones, and foliage!
Third, if you are new to the market, you may pay ahead by phoning me, at 937-926-4833.
Fourth, I am urging all customers to either pay ahead, have a check made out to Oakview Farm Meats, or exact change in a ziplock bag, WITH YOUR NAME. If it is raining, please place your checks into a ziplock bag, as well. The lines move so very quickly, and it really jams things up when I need to make change, or write down a credit card number, to run, after the market!
Fifth, if you want to be a Friday pick up, please let me know! 10am-12pm, this week, as I am leaving town for the afternoon, and will not be around, after 12pm!
As always, I will be breaking the time slots down, for Thursday, tomorrow, once we close the market, tonight!
Thank you, so very, very much for being part of this lovely market family!
Make Your Own Kind Of Music
Sing you own special song…
(Mama Cass Elliott)
I thought this was the perfect song to start out the week, celebrate the uniqueness of you, and of this market…
Also, letting you know that the Stoll/Vernon Family Farms have added more beef to the market!
We also have radishes added by Kingdom Produce/Kingdom Fish!
Ok…the day begins, turn up the song, and go make your own kind of music…
The Story of Flourish
Flourish was established in October 2019. Flourish was created as an opportunity to pursue a purpose: create joy in the world with floral art and spread smiles.
Rebekah, Flourish’s lead designer, always had a knack for nature. She apprenticed with a florist and flower farmer in Michigan, studied the floral industry while living in Amsterdam, and operated as a freelance florist for hundreds of weddings. Audrey quickly established herself as an irreplaceable business partner, she’s the business guru and handles all the details.
We believe in taking care of the environment, in singing while flowering and befriending every animal we see. In always challenging ourselves and our peers to be better, all the while affirming each other for where we are today.
Flourish uses the freshest quality products available from local farms, foraged materials, and stunning flowers from area wholesale companies. We continually experiment with unique textures, tones, and types of flowers striving to inspire you, one bloom at a time, and we cannot wait for you to experience a bit of what we do!
We offer mixed bouquets & arranged flowers for any occasion. We love flowering for events and weddings. We host workshops and are always finding ways to have fun with flowers. Follow us @we.are.flourishing to keep up with all of our crazy. We pride ourselves on keeping things unique and fresh so our featured flowers vary by season. The guide below will help loop you in on what to expect.
Bouquet favorites by season
Focals: Peonies, Tulips, Ranunculus, allium
Spikes: Stock, Snapdragons, Larkspur, Canterbury bells, Foxglove, Delphinium, Lupine
Disks: Calendula, Dianthus, Godetia, Iceland Poppies, carnations, button mums, bachelor buttons
Filler: Apple Mint, Bells of Ireland, Bupleurum, Queen Anne’s Lace, Honeywort, Snowball Viburnum, Lady’s Mantle, Orach foliage, Raspberry foliage
Flair: Love in a Mist, Bachelor Buttons, Orlaya, Chinese Forget-Me-Nots, Agrostemma
Focals: Sunflowers, Lilies, Zinnias
Spikes: Snapdragons, Cockscomb (plume), Gladiolas, Salvia, lavender
Disks: Asters, Cosmos, small Zinnias, Rudbeckia, Marigolds, Ageratum, Cockscomb (crested)
Filler: Amaranth, Bells of Ireland, Orach, Basil, Scented Geraniums, Ninebark, Raspberry foliage, Chocolate Lace Flower
Flair: Grasses, Scabiosa, Poppy Pods, Globe Amaranth, Rudbeckia triloba, Oregano, Love in the Mist pods, Nicotiana, Flax, Cress
Fall (September/early October)
Focals: Sunflowers, Zinnias, Dahlias
Spikes: Cockscomb (plume), ornamental Peppers, Millet, Salvia leucantha, Broom Corn
Disk: Asters, Cosmos, Helenium, small Zinnias, Rudbeckias, Marigolds, Strawflowers, Cockscomb (brain/crested or fan), Chrysanthemums
Filler: Scented Geraniums, Amaranth, Basil, Pineapple Sage, Ninebark,
Air: Orach, Love in a Mist pods, Rosehips, Grasses, Jewels of Opar, Grains, Flax and Cress
We don’t make fresh wrapped bouquets in the winter but we do offer dried bouquets & wreaths!
Sizes & Pricing
We like to keep it simple, our size breakdown is mini, classic & grand. Wrapped in newspaper and ready to display. If you’d like your blooms arranged in a vessel, we charge +$10.
Mini: 10 stems- $25.00
Classic: 20 stems- $35.00
Grand: 30 stems- $45.00
We can’t wait to Flourish together!
Rebekah & Audrey
Flourish with us!
Do You Believe In Magic?
And it’s magic, if the music is groovy…
What better song to kick off a magical, sunshine day? To kick off a Sunday of ordering from our magically, lovely, little market of love?
You are all making this week’s ordering so groovy, so far! You bring the magic to this market, each and every week!!
Make sure to check out all of the new offerings from Hickory Acres, CrisMis Farms, and the girls at Flourish are working on a second size of bouquet, along with fun details, each week, about their planned theme for their beautiful bouquets, that I will post in a weblog!
Kim from Kim’s Homestead told me that her flowers are growing for her hand held bouquets, and will be adding those to the market in the next few weeks!
We hope to see beef returning, soon, from our meat producers!
Each week, there are more and more items from our lovely vendors…the other magic in this market!
I am adding a new Cosmic product…a small coffee cake, called…Breakfast With The Hippie Coffee Cake!
Ok…go put your own magic into this amazing day!!
If you believe in magic, come along with me….(lyric from, The Lovin’ Spoonful)
Till I reach my highest ground
No one’s gonna bring me down…
(Higher Ground-Stevie Wonder)
Note of Interest: When I was a flight attendant of the 1980s, Stevie Wonder was a regular passenger of mine, when I used to work the LAX-JFK night flights…lovely, lovely man.
Happy Friday, and happy shout out to last night’s customer who blared me some Stevie Wonder from her car! And, to all the customers who love to play me a melody, or ask about my sunglasses, or just have general compliments about the market, and put little love notes in with their payments…
This market, the customers, the vendors…what a local lovefest.
We are open, for the week of ordering. We say hello to a new vendor! Misty, of CrisMis farm with her body products, and exciting…she carries products for men, as well!! And, sage sticks…anyway, check it all out!
Update on beef…our beef producers both tell me that it won’t be long before they get reloaded from the processers!! The animals are in, but the waiting is the hardest part. Don’t worry…it won’t be much longer!
We await updates, as well, on the next round of asparagus! Mother Nature seems like she is FINALLY going to start giving the growers some love!!
Speaking of Mother Nature…she really did a nasty turn on us, last night. Thank you, to all who were waiting on orders during that crazy storm. We tried to fight the wind and downpours to still get you back on the road, in a timely manner!
I am headed back to the greenhouse, now, to help with the Friday orders. Of course, the skies look like rain, again…
Oh well…we are all riding on this higher ground of love, and we thank you, kindly…
Put A Little Love In Your Heart
Think of your fellow man, lend him a helping hand
Put a little love in your heart
You see, it’s getting late, oh, please don’t hesitate
Put a little love in your heart
And the world will be a better place
And the world will be a better place for you and me
You just wait and see…
Happy Thursday evening, lovelies!
I am opening the market, again, for the week!
And, speaking of love, my gosh, thank you for all the outpouring of love that you all gave, tonight!
Thank you for sticking out the storm with us, and yet continued with lovely support!
Much love as we begin the weekly ordering!
Tomorrow’s Market Times
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!!
Happy, sunshine day, lovely market customers!!
First…we would like to once again, thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for making this week another amazing round of orders!!
Second…once I get to my office, I will be breaking down the pick up time slots. I will send an email, as always!! If you requested a Friday time slot, you are in! If you need a Friday time slot, let me know! The rest of you will be at your appointed times on Thursday!
Third…if I have your payment info., no need to call me, again! If you would like me to have your info. for pre-pay, you may call me at 937-926-4833!
Or, you may bring a check, already made out to Oakview Farm Meats, with your order amount! Or, you can bring exact change, in a ziplock bag, or envelope, with your name on it!
This is still curbside service, and we ask that you pull straight up to my outdoor awning area, so that we can load you up, and send you on your way!
It’s scheduled to rain…what’s new, so we will be working, quickly, to keep you all moving!
Thank you, so very much…
Dancing days are here again
As the summer evenings grow
I got my flower, I got my power…
(Dancing Days-Led Zeppelin)
We are dancing into a Tuesday, little local market of love customers, and you need to dance your orders, into the market, by 10pm, this evening…
We love seeing all of your smiling faces at pick up, each week, and sometimes, the days just dance away from us…
So, let this be your reminder, today, as I dance my way back to the kitchen, to dance my own baking dance…