The Local Calender

November 14, 2008 at 8:49 am

Rob Gardner

Seven Generations Ahead annual benefit dinner is tonight (Friday November 14) at the Chicago Cultural Center.  I cannot make this event, but my wife will be there.  Tickets available at the door.  This is an opportunity to support an organization making enhancements to our local eating in the Chicago area.  Seven Generations’ founder Gary Cuneen recently received a Chicago Tribune Good Eating Award.

For those on the other end of the Chicago region, Heritage Prairie Market in Elburn Il [ed. that IS far], a source for local food all year long, is having a harvest dinner.

Tomorrow (Saturday November 15) the third area winter market will run.  I had much fun at last week’s market.

You can pick up locally raised, organic meat from the Wettstein’s at Buzz Cafe in Oak Park on Saturday from 12-3.

Green City Market will still have plenty too in their location outside the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum at Fullerton and Lake Shore Drive.  Another market is in Geneva on Saturday.

Have the antipasto lunch at Mado.

A week from now, November 21-23, all things local will be discussed at the Family Farmed Expo.   I will participate on a panel on Sunday November 23.  There are still volunteer opportunities.  Contact Local Beet contributor, Melissa Graham at to sign up.

It’s a busy time next weekend.  Over the weekend Marion Street Cheese Market in Oak Park celebrates their fourth anniversary.  A bunch of things will be happening there to commemorate.  On Saturday, November 22, a farmer’s market will be held in Evanston at Immanual Luthern Church, 616 Lake St.  One last chance to buy from Henry’s Farm.  The following day, November 23, the Geneva Green Market will have their Thanksgiving Fest.   

Squeeze some time in for Cassie and her Green Grocer.  She has the latest in seasonal produce, healthy Blue Marble dairy and maybe her liquor now too.

Then watch MikeG’s latest farm to table video–accompanying story here; backstory here.

Tomorrow I take stock of my local food.  Resume the local life.  With plenty to keep me busy.