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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!



 
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We Need A Favor!


Burns Bakery and Fudge was doing updates to their market site, and the customer who had ordered a gluten free key lime pie, got wiped out!

Can you please reorder the pie on the market, please?

Thank you!
XOXO,
Cosmic Pam

The Monday Haze


Wishin’ on a falling star
Watchin’ for the early train…
(Ventura Highway by America)

I always feel that when my alarm goes off, early, on Mondays, that I need to ease, peacefully, into those early hours. I know that deadlines need me, emails need me, phone calls are coming, I need to be out and about, but for the first couple of hours, I play easy listening tunes (hence, my song of this morning), slowly drink my coffee, and let my soul awake as the morning light unfolds…

This is also when I like to get my own market orders in for the week. I mentally know what I need, then I look at new items added, and then I take one more go round to make sure I did not miss anything.

Mondays are perfect for starting a brand new slate, getting organized, and also for putting the easiness into your week, by ordering from us…

Sending the love vibes…

XOXO,
Cosmic Pam

Happy Mother's Day


Mama, mama, many worlds I’ve come

Since I first left home…
(Brokedown Palace-Grateful Dead)

Probably one of the most beautiful lyrics, and the song that tossed me onto that bus with the legions of Dead Heads, so many years ago.
I was a wild child, wanting the world, wanting everything on my terms. I exhausted my mother, and delighted my grandmother, but together, they were, and still are, a driving force in all that I have become…
They let me go, they let me see the world, they let me fail, they let me conquer, they let me be, because they knew that my strong will would see me through…
Here’s to the mothers and grandmothers who raise strong women…
Happy Mother’s Day, Bread Heads…and, thank you for always showing the love…
The many worlds that shaped me into becoming the Hippie Bakestress…

Have a lovely day, market motherhood…and, remember, you can also be a mother just by caring for something or someone, along with your furry loves of your lives, the pets that need your mothering love…

XOXO,
Cosmic Pam

Down On The Corner


You don’t need a penny, just to hang around
But if you’ve got a nickel, won’t you lay your money down
Over on the corner, there’s a happy noise
People come from all around to watch the magic boy

Down on the corner
Out in the street
Willy and the Poor Boys are playin’
Bring a nickel, tap your feet…
(Creedence Clearwater Revival)

As I was making my coffee, this morning, I decided it was a good day to listen to a little CCR, as I started the day, looking at the sunshine, sipping coffee, and getting ready to head back to the kitchen to bake the morning away.

I wanted to write a bit, this morning, to thank you, all, for the love, each and every week. This morning, I looked at the orders, and you guys are doing it, again!!

We have another week of the lovely asparagus, but it is limited, so get your orders in. Obviously, this weather, is not helping Harrigan’s Harvest with her production. So, each week, we are so thankful for any that she has to give us!

Also, I wanted to give a big Thank You to Old Souls Farm for coming up with yet another great product! If you missed it, they added individual salads, making it even easier to take your salad on the go!

Enjoy your day, lovely customers, and we look forward to seeing you, once again, at the market pick up on Thursday/Friday!

XOXO,
Cosmic Pam

Soulshine


When you can’t find the light
That got you through the cloudy days
When the stars ain’t shinin’ bright
You feel like you’ve lost you’re way
When the candlelight of home
Burns so very far away
Well, you got to let your soul shine
Just like my daddy used to say
He used to say soulshine
It’s better than sunshine
It’s better than moonshine
Damn sure better than rain
Hey, now people don’t mind
We all feel this way sometimes
You gotta let your soul shine, shine till the break of day…
(The Allman Brothers)

Your souls were all so bright, tonight, little local market of love customers!

Your manager is beyond tired, but so very heart happy at this market!

While I drift off to sleep, I am opening the market for the week!

Show us all the love!

XOXO,
Cosmic Pam

Time Slot-Part 2


Sorry!

Two things…in my previous time slot email, I meant to say, Friday pick up, not delivery!

Also, a few of you use three names with your last names. If that’s the case, our system puts you alphabetically with the second name.

If you use, say, Jane Doe Smith, the site places you in the D category!

XOXO

Tomorrow's Time Slots


We had a record amount of customers, this week!! Over 100!!

So…last night, I stayed up late to run reports, give out last week’s credits for the lettuce, and divide the names into time slots.

A-C…4pm-4:30

D-H…4:30-5:00

J-P…5:00-5:30

Q-S…5:30-6:00

T-Z…6:00-6:30

It’s going to be a full house!!

I ask everyone to pull forward, as far as possible to where I will greet you, under the awning, and near the courtyard.

There are an amazing amount of plants and florals which will be set up in the courtyard, with a market helper, bringing those to your car, as well!

As soon as you are loaded with your market items, you may go ahead and exit! We do ask that if you need to get out of your car to go into the shop, please pull out of the mainstream of traffic.

I have strategically placed the same numbers into each time slot, so if at all possible, pay attention to your times!

Let me know if you would like to be Friday delivery!

Ok…I am off to bake the day away, and look forward to seeing all you, tomorrow!

XOXO,
Cosmic Pam

Rock On


Rock on, ooh my soul
Hey, kids, you boogey, too, did ya?
Hey shout, summertime blues
Jump up and down in my blue suede shoes
Hey, did you rock and roll, rock on
And where do we go from here?
(Rock On-David Essex)

Good morning, and welcome to your 70’s flashback of song tunes, this morning…

But, really, I am totally shouting, and rockin’ on over last night’s market closing!

You rocked, you rolled, and we closed out the week not only shattering our highest record of two weeks ago, but also making it look like child’s play!

My love for you is strong, my gratitude, immense, and from myself, your co-market manager, and our vendors…we thank you, so very much!!

I am getting ready to send a separate email with tomorrow’s time slots!

If you would like to be a Friday pick up, please let me know, if you did not already specify!

Also…if you are paying by card, and I do not already have your information, you can call me, today, with that!! It does help us, so much, not to have to take time to run a card through the pick up line, but also understand if you are not comfortable with that! Just expect a bit of wait, while running the cards!

Checks made out to Oakview Farm Meats, are perfect! Cash, in ziplock bags with your names…excellent!! Again, if we need to stop and make change…time slog…but, again, we understand!

The market will only continue to grow with product, and we look forward to bring it all to you, each and every week…

Rock On, babes…you are the best!

XOXO,
Cosmic Pam

Last Week's Market Credits


Customers…

I just went through, and deducted all of the charges for the lettuces, and credited your final account balance.

This system had me do an extra step, to get to that point, but the final reports, on my end, show the correct deductions to all who should be receiving them.

If you have any questions, or need to know the amount due, please feel free to email me.

Hoping it all made sense!

Pam

Revolution


You say you want a revolution
Well you know
We all want to change the world
You tell me that it’s evolution
Well you know
We all want to change the world…
(The Beatles)

Well, market lovelies…we are doing it, each and every week…starting our own local scene, local food revolution.

Last night, I watched as the orders continued to come in, and watched as we shattered our highest record of two weeks ago.

Your market managers are so proud to be your ever humble band leaders in this whole local food revolution, evolving the scene, forevermore…and, our vendors, my gosh, those vendors, you can’t lead a rock star band without the stars, and let me tell you…rock stars, they are.

So, we are open for orders until 10pm, this evening!

How high can we get, today?

Rock on, babes…rock, on…

XOXO,
Cosmic Pam