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!
Tuesday Love Note
It’s Tuesday, and here I am, wishing you a lovely day, on this sunshine, yet cold morning!!
Also, it’s my friendly reminder to get your weekly orders in by 8am, this morning!!
Time to get your groove on…
The Cosmic Birthday Surprise!
Well, it’s my birthday week, and while I love a good surprise, I thought maybe you like a little Cosmic magic surprise, even with me being injured. Here is the surprise that I came up with, to get you all the Cosmic goodness, until I am back in action…
I have added a Cosmic Surprise category to the market…
While I am injured, and out of commission, this surprise section will allow you to order some of my frozen breads/rolls and some of my frozen soups!
I always bake, and and make more soup than needed, each week, for the market, and the shop, just to flash freeze, and have on hand.
Both freeze, really well, and I am opening up my frozen bag of tricks, to get you by…
So, here we go…if you like to be surprised, this is your Cosmic way…
Love Is Alive
There’s something inside that’s making me crazy
I’ll try to keep it together…
Good morning on this lovely Monday morning! And, wasn’t the weekend lovely, and sunny, and good for our souls?
I can tell you that because it’s all I’ve been able to do, after my baking accident, last Wednesday. I have a pile of books, on my front porch, with one of my Alexa devices, and on my back deck, I have magazines, and another Alexa. So, all weekend, I just went back and forth, reading, keeping my hand elevated, and listened to music. I enjoyed the sunshine, and the downtime to read, all the while feeling so out of commission.
This particular song popped on, at one point, and at once, I knew it was a great market song. First, my love for this little market, the vendors, and you, the customers, is so great, and each week brings me so much joy! It’s alive, always, in my heart.
Second…the love that I have felt, after my weblog on Thursday evening, with your emails, texts, private messages, and, on Saturday, a delivery of flowers along with a plant, have all touched me, so deeply, showing me that love really is alive and well out there.
It is Monday morning, and, as you know, I am totally out of commission until I go to my second appointment at the burn clinic, so see my progress, after another treatment. BUT, the market is ALIVE, not just with love, but with product, product, product!!!
You have until tomorrow morning, at 8am, to get those orders in!! I plan to be at the market pick up, on Thursday, just to say hello to each of you!!
My soul’s like a wheel that’s turnin’, my love is alive…for all of you, and for this market.
On a side note…this used to be one of my favorite albums, to throw on a turn table, at our middle school dances or parties, back in those lovely days of the 70s…
Go ahead…turn it up while you are placing your orders.
Another Week Of Fun!
The market is now open for your ordering pleasure!
A quick note from me, your market manager….all Cosmic and Hippie and the Farmer products will be in vacation mode, for now, because I suffered a baking accident, yesterday, and will be in recovery mode.
But, the rest of the market and vendors are ready for your local needs!
In The Midnight Hour
I’m gonna wait till the midnight hour
That’s when my love comes tumbling down…
Last night, I ran across The Big Chill, which I immediately sat down and watched, for like, oh…the millionith time since it’s release in the early 80s.
So, you can imagine that the whole Motown soundtrack is alive in my head, this morning, and well…this song, pretty much sums it all up, this morning…
8am is your midnight hour, so feel free to let your love come tumbling down, all over the market, and get your orders in before we close it all up for the week…
Winter In April?
What a crazy weather day it was!!
At one point, as I met up with friends, for coffee, I looked out the windows, and it was a total white out!
Here’s to warmer weather coming in, and here’s to you getting your orders in by 8am in the morning!!
All The Easter Love!
Thank you for another amazing market week, the market is now reopening for orders, and we all hope that you have a lovely Easter weekend!
Happy Sunshine Day!!
And, if you placed an order, this week, we will see you between 4pm-6pm!
If you need an alternate pick up, just let me know!
Thank you, always, for using the market!
For Your Love
For your love, for your love
I would give the stars above
For your love, for your love
I would give you all I could…
That’s us, your little local market of love, doing all that we love, just for your love…
While you turn up this classic up, and, may I add that my love for the bongos are very present in the intro, and, the reason I have a set of my own bongos…but, I am getting off track…
While you turn it up, make sure to look at the time…you have one hour to get those weekly orders in!
For your love…it’s why we do what we do…
April Come She Will
April, come she will
When streams are ripe and swelled with rain…
(Simon & Garfunkel)
One of my favorite songs to usher in the season by my favorite duo of music.
When I was growing up, in elementary school, we had a student music teacher who took over our music class, one spring.
To me, she was magic, and colorful, and wore super cool hippie dresses, and scarves, and she didn’t teach us the traditional music class. She introduced us to Simon and Garfunkel, and The Beach Boys, and The Beatles…you get the drift.
She would bring in her guitar, and play while we learned the songs to sing. She brought in a big, colorful carpet, and got rid of the rigid chairs that were placed in rows, and allowed us to all sit, casually, on the carpet. I was so sad when the school year had ended, and we had to say goodbye. But, after just one spring semester with her, she sent me on my musical journey, at a very young age. I hope that she brought that experience to other kids that she taught.
So, I bring to you, this song, and little story about my growing up, the spring, and to talk about this week being the week of Easter, and how this market can take care of so many of your Easter needs…
From food, to early spring vegetables, to breads, to pies, to sweets, to all of the ingredients needed in all of your Easter dishes. We have items to include in Easter baskets! We even have cute little dog treats to include in their Easter fun! We have so much to offer to make your Easter, a local Easter.
April…come she will…the month of blossoming, growth, reflecting back, looking forward…