Monday, December 22, 2008

'Tis the Season!

Happy holidays, everyone. Hope you all emerge from the deep freeze (2 degrees above zero FAHRENHEIT as I type this) intact, and we at Market at the Square/the City of Urbana send along our best wishes for 2009.

A couple things: First, I need to let everyone know about the Food Rules workshop we're hosting on January 13, 2009, along with U of I Extension, the Champaign County Farm Bureau, and The Land Connection. If you're currently offering prepared foods at the Market (or are considering doing so), this workshop is a great opportunity to discover what, exactly, the health department requirements are on the state and county level to be able to do so legally. I'll blog about this in more detail after the holidays; for now, there's more information at The Land Connection's site or this Facebook page.

Second, Market at the Square will be celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2009. We'll be marking this milestone in many different ways - honestly, Market devotees, next season is shaping up to be flat-out AWESOME - but one thing I'd love is access to photos anyone might have taken at the Market over the years for eventual inclusion (with permission, of course) in an online collage or photo album or DVD documenting the Market's history. The older, the better. Have something you'd be willing to let us use for this community project? Let me know.

Want something to hang your winter hats on? Opening Day is a mere 131 days away!

I can't say this enough: Market at the Square starts for the season on Saturday, May 2, 2009, in the southeast corner of Lincoln Square Village's parking lot. Showtime is at 7 AM, rain or shine, and the season will continue through Saturday, November 7, 2009.

More soon - for now, have a safe and happy holiday.