All Wet – Days 4 & 5 of the Localvore Challenge

September 14, 2008 at 11:24 am

Rob Gardner

How is your challenge going?  Did your shopping get rained out yesterday?  You might be able to find a dry spell today to do some market shopping.  As always, the Illinois Department of Agriculture’s Agrihappenings site is the best place to find area markets.  I am well familiar with the Logan Square Market and the Wicker Park market, and both can meet your fruit and vegetable needs for the ongoing challenge.  What can you do otherwise.

If you expected to find Jessica Volpe’s fresh pastas at the Edgewater Green Market on Saturday, how about instead RP Pasta made in Madison, Wisconsin and sold at Whole Foods. 

If you love the Blue Marble Dairy sold at Green City Market, you will probably just as much like the equally shakeable Farmer’s All Natural Creamery milk widely sold around town, including any decent Polish market.

If you love the Sugar River yogurt from Wisconsin (my wife and I surely do) and usually carried along by the Blue Marble guys, then you will also love what my wife calls her crack, the Trader’s Point Creamery yogurt sold at Cassie’s Green Grocer.

If you were proud of Joe Burns for having one of his cheeses included in Wine Spectator’s 100 Great Cheeses but really wanted to get a slab of his Brun-uusto “bread cheese”, you can find a similar product from Carr Valley, called just bread cheese, at Costcos.

If you want local apples, peaches, cucumbers, tomatoes, potatoes, cabbage, peppers, celery, lettuce and probably a few other local things, you can visit the six outlets of Angelo Caputo.

And if all else fails, you have Monday’s Farm Dinner at Lula’s [linked menu is last week's farm meal].