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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 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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Stumblin' In...

Now and then firelight will catch us
Stumblin’ in…
(Suzi Quatro/Chris Norman)

This song…bringing back the 1978 song implant, anyone?

We are stumblin’ back in with another opening night of market orders, and I have been on one big Suzi Quatro kick of late. Maybe it’s because I am in the midst of planning my Class of ‘82 reunion, maybe it’s her rock and roll attitude, maybe I just forgot how much I loved her…

Anyway, it’s the perfect song for singing, and it’s the perfect song for rocking into this week.

Go ahead, and stumle into all that we have to offer!

This week…we see S&S Naturals go onto vacation mode, but will return the week of Easter!! Then, maybe a short break while she gets work done in her greenhouse, before returning for the season!

And…we say, Hello, and welcome back to 4 Hens and A Rooster with their eggs!!

We also welcome new vendors…Be Bright Designs, AND, Crisp E Treats!!

Be Bright Designs makes the cutest stickers, tshirts, and other creative items!!

Crisp E Treats brings us organic dog treats, (working on cat treats), frozen pup cups for your furry friends, and hot chocolate bombs for your hot chocolate/hot coffee! (People treats)

We welcome all of the returning, and new vendors!!

Cosmic Pam

Thursday Note!

Good morning, lovely customers!

Just a reminder note, that if you placed an order, this week, tonight will be your time to pick up!! 4pm-6pm!

You also have the option for a Friday pick up, 10am-12pm, or Saturday, 10am-4pm!

Just let me know if you will not be there, this evening, if you have not already done so!

When I open the market, this evening, I will be announcing our new vendors, and I will also have a few vendors who will be in vacation mode for a bit!

As always…we love you for supporting this long running local market!

Cosmic Pam

Good Day, Sunshine...

I need to laugh, and when the sun is out
I’ve got something I can laugh about…
(The Beatles)

Happy Tuesday, and this is your reminder that the market will be closing at 8am, this morning, so get those market orders in!!

Have the loveliest of days!

Cosmic Pam

Sunday Morning!

Good morning, lovely market customers!

Just a Sunday reminder to get your orders in, and to have a lovely, lovely day…

Cosmic Pam

The Long Awaited Return!

We are welcoming back the Stadlers, of Valley View Woodlands with their maple syrup varieties!! So exciting!! The season happened, and now they are back with the loveliness…

And, a note from the Stadlers:

Maple syrup is back on the market! Shary and Marc Stadler at Valley View Woodlands have just completed their annual maple syrup season. Unlike large commercial producers, Marc and Shary keep each batch separate so that buyers can enjoy the different flavors of the season. Color and flavor change during the season as temperatures rise. Early season Golden has a delicate vanilla-butterscotch flavor, Amber is rich, and Dark is robust. Golden, Amber, and Dark are all available on the market.Maple syrup is not just for pancakes anymore. Try it on yogurt, in salad dressings, and in many recipes such as barbeque sauce. It’s loaded with nutrients that table sugar doesn’t have.

Thank you!


Welcome To The Week!

Market customers…it was a COLD one, this evening, and a windy one!!

It was lovely to see all of your smiling faces, and thank you for the warm welcome backs!! Though, I have to admit…a large part of me was missing the warm sunshine, drifting around the pool or exploring the beach, dockside cafes, and any other warm weather activity I was engaged in while on vacation!

But, then, I did miss you all, and this lovely little market!!

So, here we are with a brand new week of ordering, just waiting for you!

And, on a sudsy note, ELM Tree Essentials is another vendor, returning, with 6 soap scents, and 3 more coming in 2 weeks!!

It’s like coming home week, with all of the returning vendors!!

Also, a note from Gourmet Fibers…they will be out for a few more weeks, but will keep us updated as to their return!!

And, with that, I am off to pour a glass of wine, and warm up!

Cosmic Pam

Thursday Note!

Good morning, lovely market customers!

Just a quick reminder that if you ordered, this week, your pick up is tonight, between 4pm-6pm, or tomorrow, 10am-12pm, or if you need to come on Saturday, you may pick up between 10am-4pm! Just let me know if you need one of the alternate pick up days so that I can add that note to your order!

To the new customers, this week, you may bring the exact cash with you, in a ziplock bag, with your name, OR a check, also in a ziplock bag if it is raining! Checks are made out to Oakview Farm Meats. OR, you can pay be card, by calling me, at 937-926-4833, with card information, before the market!

A few other market notes…

*We will see the return of Kingdom Fish, when I reopen the market, this evening! It will be a few weeks before microgreens, though!

*Flourish let me know that the local flower farms that they use for the market florals are beginning to report growth, so it won’t be long before the return of flowers to the market!!

*3 Chick A Dees have returned from vacation with their yummy kettle corn!

*I believe McClain’s Munchies return from their travels, as well!

*A new little local designer is joining the market with her fun screen prints on tshirts, little bags, stickers, etc…Be Bright Designs will begin selling, after next week!

*ALSO…we will see the return of Valley View Woodlands maple syrup!!!!

I think I covered all of the updates, and, as always, we appreciate your support, always, with our market…

Cosmic Pam

Hello, Tuesday...

Good morning!!

Just your Tuesday morning wake up call to remind you that the market closes, this morning, at 8am, for weekly orders!

Cosmic Pam

Monday Morning

Monday morning you sure look fine…
(Fleetwood Mac)

Good morning, lovely little market customers!!

The sun is shining, the week is going to get warmer with each day, and it’s Monday!

Monday, to me, is the perfect starting point for getting your week organized, your thoughts all aligned, and perfect for sitting down to get your market orders in by 8am, tomorrow morning!!

This is your Monday reminder, as the market welcomes you to all it has to offer…

Cosmic Pam

Saturday In The Park

People talking, really smiling
A man playing guitar
Singing for us all

Will you help him change the world
Can you dig it?

What a great song to start out this day, on this snowy morning in March. But, no matter the weather, you can still have all the Saturday vibes in your soul. And, I’m choosing to hang on to the warm weather waves that I am still riding from vacation.

The market is open, it’s always a sunshine, Saturday kind of feeling when you order, and you don’t want to miss out on one minute of market fun!!

Go ahead…dig through your vinyl, or pull up your playlist, and blast this song while you order. Your vibe will be riding high…

Cosmic Pam