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!
It’s A Sunshine Day!
And, we added the most adorable new egg vendors from a neighboring farm!
Here is their write up!
4 Hens & A Rooster
We are 4 sisters & a brother . . . Madison (15), Lacy (13), Aleah (11), Saige (9) & William (8). We took care of our chickens daily for almost 3 years. Our chickens produced more eggs than any one family could eat. We had egg custard, fried eggs, scrambled eggs, egg casserole, egg sandwiches, egg salad, deviled eggs . . . well, you get the point. We had eggs coming out our ears. One day, we got the bright idea to turn our chore into a business. We took a dirty ‘ole dusty chicken house and turned it into a cute little place to host our business, all we needed was a name. 4 Hens & A Rooster was born out of the fact that we are a family with 4 girls and 1 little boy!
We hope to expand our business in the future when our garden starts producing and as we learn new skills! We appreciate you supporting our small business!
4 Hens & A Rooster
Madison, Lacy, Aleah, Saige & William
“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith & in purity.”
1Timothy 4:12 (NIV)
Vacation, all I ever wanted
Vacation, had to get away…
Well, I am not going on vacation, but next week, many of your market vendors will be on vacay mode!!
Let’s give the vacation role call…
Burns Bakery and Fudge!
S & S Naturals!
While we will miss them all, we bid them all a lovely bit of time away, and we give Rebekah, of Flourish, a huge congrats, as it’s her wedding weekend!
Anyway…the rest of you are stuck, here, with me…let’s get those orders rolling…
Also…super important…our egg vendors are all working hard to get more eggs on the market!!
Oh, What A Night
Oh what a night, hypnotizin’ mesmerizing me…
(Frankie Valle and the 4 Seasons)
So…this song…lol…first of all, it just made me so happy, tonight, to see all of your smiling faces, chat, laugh, exchange little quips and conversation, and send you on your merry way. Truly, Oh what a night…I love you all, so very much!!
But, as I was humming this song, as we waved goodbye to our last customer of the evening, I started thinking back to the release of this song, my, 7th grade, and seriously, in the most awkward stage of my being. Ever. Like…new braces, 70’s pre-teen hair, and super little, thin, and not a 70’s babe..lol.
This song came out, and I remember all of the parties, this song blaring, my usual guy pals all enthralled with the early developed babes, while your’s truly was busy refilling the chip bowls…lol..Ugh, good times, good memories, and now, those same boys are still my forever friends, and now they are sad that they passed over the chips girl.
Anyway, my awkward stage left, I recovered from my chips girl status, and went on to have fun, wild, and memorable times. But, character building came from those chips girl days, and sweet dance moves perfected, and early party planning skills while everyone else was making out under black lights…
This market reminds me of that really great party, really fun time, and lots of friendship building, and a real dance worthy Thursday market pick up…
Oh what a night every Thursday is…and, who knows, maybe I will pass out bags of chips, next week, to celebrate the old days of your market girl’s chips girl days…
The market is now open, we always make it a party, and I look forward to seeing you all, next Thursday…
Formerly the girl in charge of chips…
The Roadside Stand
Don’t forget that Champaign Berry will be set up, roadside, driveway circle area, with their sweet corn and sunflowers!!
Market customers are welcome to get out of their cars, or they can bring things to you!
Non-market customers are welcome to stop out, and grab corn and sunflowers!
Cash or card!
1645 St Rt 54
Over The Hills and Far Away
Many dreams come true, and some have silver linings
I live for my dream, and a pocket full of gold…
Good morning, lovely market customers…
This song has one of my favorite lyrics in it, and, it was playing in my car, the other day, and I just had to turn it up, and let myself drift back to summers of the late 70s, this song blaring, and nothing to do but cruise around with friends, get into innocent fun, and a bit of fun trouble, and just feel the freedom…
Anyway, I wanted to thank you for making another week of awesome orders, and I look forward to seeing all of you, tomorrow, between 4pm-6pm!
Champaign Berry will be there selling their sweet corn and sunflowers! Bring cash or card, and take advantage of our own local pot of gold…the gold of sweet corn and sunflowers!
No time slots, tomorrow!! Let the fun begin!
If you need a Friday pick up, please alert me! If your credit cards/debit cards have expired, give me your updated info! If you are a new customer, you can call me with payment information, OR you can pay by checks made out to Oakview Farm Meats, or exact cash/change in a ziplock bag with your name!!
See all of your groovy faces, tomorrow…
Good Morning, Star Shine
Good morning starshine
The earth says, “Hello”
You twinkle above us
We twinkle below…
Just sending out a dose of hippie love vibes for this Tuesday…Hoping your day is already heading in a groovy direction…
Today is Tuesday, and your orders are needed by this evening, at 8pm.
When ordering, please make a note of two things…
The girls of Flourish will be in vacation mode, for next week, so if you need florals, order them, today!
Sarah of S&S will be in vacation mode for the next few weeks, as she prepares new batches of elderberry goodness…again, get your orders in, today, for Sarah…
Go paint the sky a beautiful color, bask in the sun, and pass along the good vibes, wherever you go…
Born To Be Wild
Get your motor runnin’
Head out on the highway
Lookin’ for adventure
And whatever comes our way
Yeah Darlin’ go make it happen
Take the world in a love embrace…
Just a Monday bit of music to get yourselves all revved up for another week of beauty, sunshine, and market fun!
Your market manager took Saturday and Sunday off from most things, so I did not pester you with weekend weblogs. We had a big Pizza Farm Friday, on Friday evening that ended up being a torrential downpour, so all of the guests had to hurry into the greenhouse, but they ended up having one big, huge fun party, in spite of the weather, and no live entertainment…and, my hostess skills went into overdrive to make sure everyone was happy had having fun because it’s much more exhausting to make sure everyone leaves happy, under the most trying of circumstances…and, hopefully, everyone left with a bit of fun, new friends, and a desire to return…lol.
Anyway, all that to say that I then baked for a small breakfast/floral class by our floral girls, Flourish, from the market, on Saturday morning, and then this chick, checked out…
Here we are on Monday, me downing coffee, and blaring music because I will soon be slipping back into the daily dance in a couple of hours.
Get your motors running, and your orders in for the week!
We were all born to be wild….
Dedicated To The One I Love
And tell all the stars above
This is dedicated to the one I love…
(So many groups have covered this song, my favorite being the Mamas and the Papas, but tonight, I am playing the soundtrack from, Echo In The Canyon, which features Jacob Dylan, and friends, singing in the documentary…)
And, this is my love song, to you, this evening. From the customers, to the vendors…you have no idea how much love I have for all of you.
Each week, the sisterhood/brotherhood of this market, and the meshing of spirits and souls and market revelry warms my heart.
My gosh…the kindness, love, compassion, excitement…you all bring it, every week. For some reason, this week just really hit home. I hope that after your cars are loaded, and we’ve talked, laughed, exchanged more than just orders, that you also take the love vibes with you, on your journeys.
I open the market, tonight, for another week of ordering fun. We also welcome and new and awesome vendor, this week!! She will send me a write up, all about her, her products, and what she does, but she brings us her body scrubs, and I am so excited!
Tonight, this weblog is dedicated to ones I love…all of you…
How Sweet It Is!
Tomorrow!! Once again, sweet corn will be available from Cathy, at Champaign Berry Farm!!
She will be parked in the same spot, dozens and half dozens!
Cash or cards!!
Slow down, you move too fast
You got to make the morning last
Just kicking down the cobblestones
Looking for fun and feeling groovy
Ba da-da da-da da-da, feeling groovy
Hello lamppost, what’cha knowing
I’ve come to watch your flowers growin’
Ain’t you got no rhymes for me?
Doo-ait-n-doo-doo, feeling groovy
Ba da-da da-da da-da, feeling groovy
I got no deeds to do, no promises to keep
I’m dappled and drowsy and ready to sleep
Let the morning time drop all its petals on me
Life, I love you, all is groovy…
(59th Street Bridge Song-Simon and Garfunkel)
Song implant: Weekly customer Kathleen
I’ve used this song, before, many times, and when Kathleen gave me her song choice, I just smiled…
I feel like no other song makes me happy, trippy, or skippy, as this song.
And, this is how I feel about this week’s market! Another great market, a whole lot of customers, more new customers, and returning customers from over the years.
Tomorrow, pick up is between 4pm-6pm, with no time slots assigned!
If you are a new customer, you may call me, today, with card payment information, if you would like to be paid ahead, and then we can load you up, as you come through the car line!
OR…you can have a check made out to Oakview Farm Meats, or exact change, in a ziplock bag, with your name on the bag!
I do have to insert a note of seriousness…if you ordered, you are responsible for pick up that order. When the market closes, reports are done, checks are written to vendors, and we expect the money to be coming in with order pick up. If you don’t pick up, and ignore your payment responsibility, it costs the market money because we cannot recoup the loss that has been incurred. Last week was another incident of this. I am always about the peace and love, man, but I am also a hard nosed business gal, and need to put a stop to this nonsense.
So…consider this my very heartfelt love note. It doesn’t happen, often, but it has been happening, too much, for me to still be smiling about it.
Now…let’s see your smiling faces, and hear your song selections, and load you up with all of your amazing local products!
Life, I love you…all is groovy…