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!
Your Very Chatty Manager With Forgotten Information
Just an FYI…when I posted the dinner information for The American Cancer Society, the top part of the info. that I copied and pasted got cut off…
The date of the event is June 18, 2021 beginning at 6:30pm, and running until 11pm…
A Note From Your Manager...The Hippie
Hippie and the Farmer are involved, each year, donating a formal dinner and appetizers, to the Pan Ohio Bicycle Group, along with the local Roadfish Bicycle Group to raise money for The American Cancer Society.
The invitations are now circulating, and I wanted to extend reservations to our little market community.
This year, Old Souls Farm will be donating all of the lettuce for the salads that we provide for the dinner service.
This event almost had to be put on the back burner with the Covid regulations, so along with donating the dinner and appetizers, we also are donating the use of the farm venue, that evening. Read on, and if you are interested in tickets (and, they are going fast), you can call me…937-926-4833…to reserve your seats for this amazing event.
I have posted this, on social media:
Every year, we join forces with Pan Ohio Bicycle Group in conjunction with the Road Fish Bicycle Group to raise money for The American Cancer Society!
This is a big event, usually it takes place in March, in Springfield, but with regulations still being strong in March, the event had to be postponed.
So, Hippie and the Farmer offered the farm venue, along with our always lovely set up of appetizers, and formal dinner, so that the event could still go on, raising the much needed funds, this year, now more than ever!!
The evening is a lovely combination of cocktails, appetizers, dinner, over the top desserts, coffee, mingling and dancing the night away with the Pleasant Street Blues Band!! An amazing band, that will fit right in, under the stars, for this Farm Elegance event!
Wine Works will be there with a cash bar, for this event, so no bringing of your own cocktails, to this event.
Tickets are only 40.00/each for the evening of fun, AND, if you get your reservations in before May 24th, you will be entered into a drawing for a free night’s stay, the evening of the event, at Scioto Inn!!
I cannot tell you how much work, dedication, and love go into this event. So many of us donate the entire evening, because this event means so much to all of us. All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society, and each year, more and more money is raised.
You can call me to reserve tickets….937-926-4833, or you can call the number on the form!
If you are a regular customer of Hippie and the Farmer, for Pizza Farm Fridays, think about kicking the summer off with this Elegant Dinner On The Farm….
I feel that this past year, with Covid taking front and center, a lot of cancer awareness was pushed out of the limelight. But, it is there, it touches all of our lives, and now is the time to come out, enjoying dinner and dancing with the groovy tunes of the band, and be happy that you helped with this cause….
Good morning, lovely little local market of love customers!!
Tomorrow, during pick up, we will have one of our past vendors set up, out by my old VW, the yellow landmark, Sugaree, selling her plant starts!!
I asked Laurie to write a bit about her, and what she will be offering. You do not have to have ordered, this week, to stop by to grab some of her starts!! AND, she does not take cards, so it will be cash and carry on her end of things!!
Hello, my name is Laurie and my mini-farm is Anchor Acres (because my husband was in the Navy for 30 years and we moved and moved and finally have our anchor down here). I am looking forward to bringing some plant starts this week even though the weather is still quite cool. This year I selected a particular variety of tomato called Siletz that is a determinate variety especially developed for this crazy weather because it has early yields, sets its fruit in cool weather, and resists cracking. (Last year, because of the weather, I think I ended up with as many green tomatoes as I had had red all summer. This year I am counting on these Siletz tomatoes to help me have more reds in season, although I enjoy green tomatoes for many things, too!) The other starts I will have this week are African Marigolds, Crackerjack mix. Marigolds will benefit your garden veggies by attracting pollinators and beneficial insects while repelling some pest insects. In two weeks (assuming some warmer weather shows up!) I will have some other veggie starts that really shouldn’t go out yet. Prices will range from $3-$6 depending on size.
You know that I love all of the market products, order just about all of them, each week or so, depending on my need.
You know I cannot be without CrisMis’s Jewelweed Salve. I have more rollerballs of patchouli than I can count from ELM Tree Essentials. I must have all the Old Souls lettuce varieties. I need a candle, in each room of my house, from Old Farmhouse candles because they smell that amazing!!
And, one of my newest obsessions are the Wholly Rollies produced by Old Souls Farm!! IN LOVE. These are little powerhouses of protein. If I have one for breakfast, with my coffee, I am good all the way into the afternoon, when I break for a quick lunch. If I’m busy, on the road, or just being lazy for lunch, I will have one of these, and it can carry me all the way through my late dinner, and sometimes, I’m not even hungry for dinner.
The ingredients are natural, the protein is plentiful, they are local, and the serving size is perfect!
There you go…just one more product, of many, that I will be sharing, that I am in love with…
Good morning!! Yes, it is Tuesday, already, and you have one more hour to get your weekly orders in!!
We close for ordering, at 8am, and I don’t want you to miss out on the fun!!
Grab your coffee, tea, anything that makes your morning, happy, and get your market list together!!
I’ve been speaking with the girls, off and on, this past weekend, and like many of our producers, their flower farm, and surrounding flower farms that they depend on, are battling this crazy drop in temperature.
So, because their niche/passion/belief is to only use florals, locally grown, this puts them on a bit of a set back, for now. They are in Vacation Mode, for the time being, maybe just a few weeks, just so they can wait out the cold snap, and then will be back with their beautiful local floral offerings!
Blue Jacket Dairy!!
It’s their week on the market, right now!!
As you know, they offer just one week a month for your ordering pleasure, so take advantage for Thursday’s pick up!!
Monday Comes Knocking!
Monday morning comes so quickly!! Not really in a bad way, but today, for me, it was emerging from a lovely little weekend cocoon of a brief visit from my daughter, who flew in on Friday evening. A lovely bridal shower for one of her best pals, and an early morning Mother’s Day celebration, with her, before she hopped back on a flight to Florida.
I then hosted a Mother’s Day Dessert Party for my own mother, with all of my family, as we toasted all of us with champagne…
I spent the rest of the day diving into a few new books that I received on my birthday, and enjoying an early evening of nothing.
But, this morning found me waking, crazy, and ready to get a weblog out, for the market, organize a few months, upcoming, with my businesses, and just embrace the sunshine!!
I hope that everyone had some sort of lovely celebration, yesterday, honoring your mothers, yourselves, and the fact that mothering does not have to be about mothering children of your own, but most of us become mother of thousands…including pets.
I wanted to give you all the weekend to not be pestered with my ramblings, but here I am, rambling on, again…
The market will close, for orders, tomorrow, and pick up will be, as always, on Thursday!!
Get those orders in…there is so much to choose from!!
Let's Hear It For The Market!
Another market pick up that deserves all the applause, love, and snaps that I can hand out!!
You all warm my heart, my soul, and my days. I love seeing your smiling faces, chatting about your day, your lives, your thoughts.
You make me so proud to manage your little local online market, and I love you all from the bottom of my heart!!
Customers, vendors…you all deserve the biggest applause!!
I am reopening the market, this evening, for another week of ordering!!
Thank you, so very much, for always supporting this very hard working market…
Good morning, lovely market customers!
Just a quick reminder that today is your market order pick up, between 4pm-6pm!
If you need a Friday pick up, we are there between 10am-12pm, only!
And, if you need to pick up on Saturday, we are there from 10am-4pm!!
Please let me know if you are planning to pick up on the alternate days, and not this evening!
We welcome another round of new customers, this week!! Welcome to the market!! Pick up is easy!! You will just be pulling into the circular drive, and we bring your order to your car!
If paying by card, you can call me, ahead of time, with your card information!! I super helps the line if you are not giving me your card, in the pick up line!!
If paying by check, please make it out to Oakview Farm Meats, and if paying by cash, PLEASE have exact amounts, in a ziplock bag, with your name!!
In the event of rain, this evening…and, hey…it’s Thursday, we usually have some sort of weather blow in at pick up, please also put your check in a ziplock bag, to keep it dry, while I am getting your orders into your cars!!
Once again, we thank you for continuing this lovely outpour of support, each week, for our market!!
See you at pick up!!