Michelle Ryan

Cheese, glorious cheese!
Cheese, glorious cheese!

It was a dairy kind of day for me last Saturday at the Urbana Market at the Square. I allowed myself to sleep in a little, knowing I would then face a much bigger crowd – but it was worth it, and I was still able to do tons of shopping and socializing. I certainly don’t mean to scare you by always mentioning the crowds. Vendors tend to run out of the BIG items like fresh eggs and sweetcorn, but typically they bring plenty of everything. You’ll get the best selection if you get there early, though.

Anyway, the gelato in the photo above is from Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery…they offer free samples, and everything I’ve tried is decadent and wonderful. I was really surprised by how much I liked the thai basil! It was unique and refreshing, as was the lemon verbena. I went with vanilla for my purchase, though, and once I got it home had to fight the urge to eat the entire carton!! Crazy good.

My other dairy jackpot was the Sangamon cheese (described as “double-cream, decadent cheese made with morning fresh, pasteurized milk and aged just 3-4 weeks. Has a velvety texture and mellow, fresh, buttery flavor”) from Ludwig Farmstead Creamery (also free sampling) in Fithian. OMG. Their products are certified humane, and certifiably amazing. Currently they have six kinds of cheese available, and you can bet I’ll back sampling the ones I missed this weekend.

rainbow veggies

Beautiful, isn’t it? The food at the Urbana Market at the Square tastes even better than it looks, too. I made three trips to my Jeep Saturday, I bought so much. My list:

  • sweet corn
  • melon
  • fresh eggs
  • green peppers
  • turkey burger
  • kale
  • golden beets
  • butternut squash (fries!!)
  • mild CHOW CHOW (then saw a restaurant making it on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives – was so excited)
  • zucchini
  • cucumbers
  • vanilla gelato
  • cheese

I also bought two bottles of Ryan’s Essential Oils - made from scratch and all-natural. Ryan was terrific to talk to as he explained the process and the many different varieties. I went with Cedarwood & Lavender (great to kill kitty litter odor) and Cinnamon & Cloves (just great in general).

It’s going to be a warm one this Saturday, but the Urbana Market at the Square is on the corner of Illinois and Vine every Saturday, rain or shine (or oppressive heat). I sure hope to see you there. And remember, Mix will be broadcasting live on September 7th from 8-10!



About Michelle

FAVE MIX ARTISTS: Adele, P!nk, The Killers
FAVE MOVIE: When Harry Met Sally
FAVE LOCAL BARS: Boltini, Tumble Inn
CURRENTLY READING: Nightmares and Dreamscapes
PET PEEVE: People who feel sorry for themselves
I GET TEASED FOR: excessive ironing, being too frugal
ON MY BUCKET LIST: ziplining, going to Europe, whitewater rafting, running a 10k, getting a tattoo (maybe…)
WHEN I’M NOT AT WORK I’M: playing sports or working out at Refinery, doing stuff around my house, or reading