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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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Last Call


Hello, lovelies…

Taking a bit of time to remind you that you have 45 minutes before the market closes for the week!

Get those orders in!!

XOXO,
Cosmic Pam

Turn! Turn! Turn!


A time to build up, a time to break down
A time to dance, a time to mourn
A time to cast away stones, a time to gather stones together…
(The Byrds)

Good morning, little local market customers!

This is your Tuesday dose of love, and song to take you on your travels, and your reminder that the market will be closing, this evening, at 8pm, for the week! Get those orders in so you don’t miss out for the week!

XOXO,
Cosmic Pam

California Dreamin'


All the leaves are brown (all the leaves are brown)
And the sky is grey (and the sky is grey)
I’ve been for a walk (I’ve been for a walk)
On a winter’s day (on a winter’s day)
I’d be safe and warm (I’d be safe and warm)
If I was in L.A. (if I was in L.A.)
California dreamin’ (California dreamin’)
On such a winter’s day
Stopped into a church
I passed along the way
Well, I got down on my knees (got down on my knees)
And I pretend to pray (I pretend to pray)
You know the preacher like the cold (preacher like the cold)
He knows I’m gonna stay (knows I’m gonna stay)
California dreamin’ (California dreamin’)
On such a winter’s day
All the leaves are brown (all the leaves are brown)
And the sky is grey (and the sky is grey)
I’ve been for a walk (I’ve been for a walk)
On a winter’s day (on a winter’s day)
If I didn’t tell her (if I didn’t tell her)
I could leave today (I could leave today)
California dreamin’ (California dreamin’)
On such a winter’s day (California dreamin’)
On such a winter’s day (California dreamin’)
On such a winter’s day…
(The Mamas and The Papas)

For as long as I can remember, this song has always ushered in November for me.

When I was very young, you could hear this song playing on one of the older brothers or sisters, or even a parental stereo. When I was in college, and stepping out in November, to walk the campus, all day, going class to class, this was always in my mental playlist.

One of my oldest, best, and lifetime of adventures friend since 3rd grade, used to ride bikes with me, all over the countryside part of the West End. We would talk music, life, and always had a plan that we would trek off to California to open up some sort of communal living place, follow the Grateful Dead, etc. We got older, he went off to the coast guard, I went off to college, we both went our own way, and for a super long period of time, never even chatted. Years and years later, we all reconnected at one of our West End pal’s wedding, and my childhood pal was there, and we began laughing it up, like no years had passed. He is still my very best of pals, and this song still reminds me of those California plans of starting our own community.

Maybe that’s why I love this song so much. It reminds me of this market, building it’s own little community of friendship, sharing, food, and bonding.

I actually did move off to the California dream, right out of college. I was determined to keep my part of the plan. I lived in apartments in Venice Beach, Westwood, and for a short stint, Malibu…and, along the way, collected the most eclectic cast of characters, making for an extended family of friends.

Enjoy this brisk November day, on this first Monday of November. This month is about sharing, drawing in on your own circle of family and friends, and giving thanks for all that has come into your life.

The market is seeing a record week, only on a Monday. You are all catching that same market feeling that I have. Keep the orders rolling in, and you have until tomorrow evening, at 8pm.

California dreamin’ on such a winter’s day…

XOXO,
Cosmic Pam

November Blue


My heart is dancin’,
To a November tune…
(November Blue-The Avett Brothers)

Well, here we are…the first sunshine day of a new month. November. That bridge month between the golden haze of October, and the stark white of December. The limbo month is how I think of November. The weather can go either way, this month while moods turn to the Thanksgiving month. The month of lovely fellowship. The month lets us look back, and forward, and lets us take count of all we have to be thankful for.

Can you believe that we are now in our 8th month of moving the market to the farm? After nine years at the Y, and at the onset of the pandemic, we moved the whole show, and yet gained a whole new following, a rebirth, and a growth that was unbelievable. That is one of my November thankfuls. This market, and all of you.

My hope is that as we move into these next few months with changing seasons, and the need, now more than ever, of comfort, friendship, and nourishment, you will find it all, right here, at this little local market.

It seems like the perfect day, today, to spend some time getting your orders together. The winds are howling, the time has changed, and there is a definite chill to the sunshine.

I am on my second pot of coffee, and ready to get my own orders in…

Hello, November…

XOXO,
Cosmic Pam

Happy Halloween!


When I look out my window
Many sights to see
And when I look in my window
So many different people to be
That is strange
So strange

You’ve got to pick up every stitch
You’ve got to pick up every stitch
You’ve got to pick up every stitch
Mmm-hmm, must be the season of the witch
Must be the season of the witch, yeah
Must be the season of the witch

When I look over my shoulder
What do you think I see?
Some other cat lookin’ over
His shoulder at me
And he’s strange
Sure is strange

You’ve got to pick up every stitch
You’ve got to pick up every stitch, yeah
Beatnicks are out to make it rich
Oh no, must be the season of the witch
Must be the season of the witch, yeah
Must be the season of the witch

You’ve got to pick up every stitch
The rabbits runnin’ in the ditch
Beatnicks out to make it rich
Oh no, must be the season of the witch
Must be the season of the witch
Must be the season of the witch
Where’d I go

When I look out my window
What do you think I see
And when I look in my window
So many different people to be
It’s strange
Sure is strange

You’ve got to pick up every stitch
You’ve got to pick up every stitch
The rabbits runnin’ in the ditch
Oh no, must be the season of the witch
Must be the season of the witch, yeah
Must be the season of the witch
Where’d I go
Where’d I go…
(Season Of The Witch-Donovan)

Time to get groovy, little local market of love customers! It’s Halloween, it’s going to be a full moon, and it’s going to be a Blue Moon….must be the season…

I love Halloween! I have nothing but super great memories, every year of my life, about Halloween fun.

Growing up in the West End, Halloween was a magical time. Costumes, in the 70s were elaborate, most of them homemade, and sometimes you even got to have two costumes. One for wearing to school, and one to trick or trick!

My mother would spend many hours on my costumes. And, the West End was just set up for the perfect trick or treat experience. The fall night air, the crisp leaves, all parents and kids taking to the streets, while one parent stayed behind to hand out mounds of candy. The houses were all decorated, and waiting for the droves of us all parading up and down the drives.

Halloween continued with me during college, where the fun turned into more of a shenanigan event, and less about the candy, but man, what fun we all had. There were also many road trips from where I went to college, to meet up with all of my pals who attended the biggest Halloween party college, back then. I’ll stop there…lol…because those Halloween times were epic, and only up for discussion with those involved…lol.

I always made sure that Halloween as a HUGE event for my daughter, both in Florida, and when we moved here. Totally decorated house, Halloween parties, the same over the top costumes…

And, to this day, my house is still decked out for Halloween. Traditions are good, and they last a lifetime.

So, now that I have taken you on my Halloween memory lane journey, I know that it is going to be a crazy day and evening, but if you want to take a rest, you can always get your orders in…

I leave you, now, with this song to turn up, pick out some of the best Halloween movies for tonight, and get ready for moon gazing…

Must be the season…

XOXO,
Cosmic Pam

Laughter In The Rain


Oh, how I love the rainy days and the happy way I feel inside…
(Neil Sedaka)

Go ahead…cue up 1975 bubblegum pop, and let the memories of bad school dances, awkward crushes, and feathered hair all come rushing back.

I happened to start singing this song, in my head, the entire market pick up, tonight. It was a rain soaked, cold event, this evening, but just seeing all of your smiling faces, and quick chit chats just made it more like laughter in the rain!

And…thank you, so very, very much for being this awesome, lovely little local market community. Thank you for sweet texts, thank you for bringing my pieces of pie from Loretta’s, thank you for giving me cd’s of music, and all of the other nice things that you all do for me, but mainly, I just love the love.

I am opening the market up, again, as I warm up with a glass of wine…

So many new items added to the market just when everything seems to be changing, again, along with the shift of the seasons. This means that we are here for you, more than ever, making sure you take home the love, each and every week…

Go ahead…turn up that bubblegum pop music while it rains, outside…

Cheers!

XOXO,
Cosmic Pam

Rainy Days and Thursdays


Almost a song implant, just the wrong day…

But, don’t let the rain get you down, because it’s market pick up day, and that’s always a happy day!!

Thank you, so very much, for making this another stellar week of sales!!! The market, it’s vendors, it’s managers all love you for it!!

There are a lot of you, for pick up, and the weather is dicey. There WILL be time slots, tonight, because it’s going to take a bit longer for me to be inside, and outside, delivering to your cars because of the rain. And, I don’t want you all to have to sit in a traffic jam in the rain.

So….A-M 4PM-5PM
N-W 5PM-6PM

If you are going to be a Friday pick up, please let me know, if you have not already done so, or if you are not a regular Friday pick up!

If it is raining hard, I may be delivering out of the front door of the retail shop. Thank you, so very much, for your patience!!

XOXO,
Cosmic Pam

Science Fiction/Double Feature


Science fiction double feature
Doctor X will build a creature
See androids fighting, ugh, Brad and Janet
Anne Francis stars in Forbidden Planet!
Woah oh, oh oh oh
At the late night double feature picture show

I wanna go-
Woah oh, oh oh oh
To the late night double feature picture show…
(Opening song-Rocky Horror Picture Show)

Happy Tuesday, Happy Halloween Week, and Happy National Black Cat Day!! It’s all happening, on my favorite week of the year…Halloween Week!

And, I thought, what better way to usher it all in than with my favorite movie to celebrate, along with it’s opening song.

Taking you back in a time warp, 1978, the midnight movie in my downtown where I grew up, arriving to our first time to view The Rocky Horror Picture Show. No idea what to expect, but tons of excitement as older siblings to my West End friends, had seen this in the few years before us. We were armed with our bags of toast, umbrellas, squirt guns, etc.

We entered into the very historic, very majestic theatre, and let me tell you…it was the 70s, there were no rules on over packing the place, there were many forms of alcohol and general mayhem allowed, or at least over looked, and we all filed into the seating areas.

The opening song, the song I picked for today, came on with the big red lips, and the night, and life would never be the same. The characters on the screen, also the characters in real life, on the stage, acting out the moving, and the complete wildness of the evening unfolded. And, each time the movie played, in any town I was living in, I would attend a midnight showing. College, my first cities I lived in after college, all through high school….it became Halloween tradition.

Even now, I still have my vinyl of the soundtrack, and also the movie on DVD. For those of you who remember my little shop, in downtown Urbana, you will remember my Halloween windows, my vintage Halloween costumes, and my cocktail display bar, set up, with a tv, that always had this movie playing during the Halloween week.

Such amazing memories of this little known movie, that flopped in it’s early years, only to become the best underground movie, and a tradition for so many of us.

Anyway…it’s Tuesday, it’s Halloween week, and the market is full of bakers with fun Halloween baked goods! Why not order cute cookies and treats to wow any guests who may be stopping by. My sadness is that I always decorate my house to the hilt, and host a big party which cannot happen, this year, but in spirit, it’s happening in my head. And, I have Alexa blaring this movie’s soundtrack, right now, until I put the vinyl on, Halloween night…

Get those orders in, today…and, you will see many new items being added, and a new vendor or two, as we go.

Happy Halloween Week!

XOXO,
Cosmic Pam

Happy Monday from Flourish


Hello, and more from me, later, but to kick the week off, I have a note from Flourish!

Hi, Pam!

As season ends we are changing out our offerings

We will still have eucalyptus and dahlias for another week or so and start pushing out more dry stuff. As per your recommendation we have added some plants to the market which is so exciting!!!!! Thank you!!!

If you could send an email out letting people know we are offering plants and will soon have dried and green wreaths! You rock!!

Thank you, girls!

XOXO,
Cosmic Pam

Sweet Thing


And I will stroll the merry way
And jump the hedges first
And I will drink the clear
Clean water for to quench my thirst
And I shall watch the ferry-boats
And they’ll get high
On a bluer ocean
Against tomorrow’s sky
And I will never grow so old again
And I will walk and talk
In gardens all wet with rain…
(Van Morrison)

Probably one of my very favorite of his songs. Off of one of my oldest, and most cherished albums, Astral Weeks.

Van Morrison music is perfect, it’s every moment music. It’s what I usually turn to, early evenings, lighting candles, and getting dinner prep happening, wine poured, a bit of writing accomplished, and as the sunlight fades to dusk, this is my music of that time of day.

It brings about the same easy feeling of comfort, as this market brings to me. And, all of the customers bring to me. Most of you are no longer customers, though, you have become somewhat of an extended family, each week, meeting up for chat time, laughs, tales of sadness, tales of happiness. The ease of sharing in your lives is something I look forward to, each and every week.

As we draw closer to the end of the month, we will see the fade out of much of the produce, but hopeful that the late season items will continue with the fall squash, kale, chard….the Flourish girls think we have seen the last of the fresh florals, but are working on things like houseplants, to continue to bring that little bit of colorful joy.

Comfort items are taking front and center at the market, and holiday shopping will begin.

Our own little local market, our own little sweet thing of joy, all in the form of goodness, and nourishment for your soul…

The market is open, new items seem to be added, daily, and we look forward to your weekly love….

XOXO,
Cosmic Pam