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The C-U green bean scene

Do you like green beans? I, for one, am keen for the green bean, and though no one asked, I have taken it upon myself to write about the green bean cuisine scene of Champaign-Urbana. …

Market Watch: July 2023

First off, today is a market day in Downtown Champaign — in case you want to see some of these goods in real life. Also I want to point out the perseverance of our C-U …

Market Watch: June 2023

The Champaign-Urbana farmers markets are fun outdoor shopping spots for fresh produce, delicious baked goods, and all kinds of drinks from kombucha to cold brew to fresh-pressed juices. The Saturday market is a busy, bustling …

Market Watch: Season Opening, May 2023

This Saturday is the return of one of Urbana’s most glorious recurring events: the Saturday morning farmers’ market. Champaign-Urbana has two farmers’ markets: Urbana Market at the Square in the parking lot of Lincoln Square …

Five C-U restaurants with good sharable food

The popular phrase “sharing is caring” is something that fits very well into the food traditions of many cultures, especially those of collectivistic societies. When shared plates are served on the table, it brings people …