Winter Market – River Forest – Sunday

January 15, 2009 at 9:40 am


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Winter Farmers Markets & Meals for Hope

Sunday  ~  Grace Lutheran Church  ~  River Forest
F R E S H   P R O D U C E   ~   P A N T R Y    S T O C K – U P  I T E M S   ~   G I F T S

What you’ll find this week at the Winter Farmers Market 

  • Grass- & grain-fed beef
  • Pastured pork
  • Free-range poultry
  • Mushrooms
  • Lettuce
  • Milled flours & wheatberries
  • Popcorn & corn meal
  • Goats’ milk soap for people & pets
  • Onions, garlic & shallots
  • Dips & spreads
  • Sweet basil vinaigrette
  • Vegetable-dyed yarns
  • Spa & beauty products
  • Handmade woolen goods
  • Wool socks
  • Yogurt 
  • Catnip toys
  • Honey & beeswax products
  • Root vegetables
  • Potatoes
  • Eggs 
  • Apple cider
  • Salsas, sauces & soups
  • Preserves
  • Pickled vegetables
  • Cheese & cheese curds
  • New!  Hand-crafted ice creams & sorbets
  • Fruit tarts, baguettes & pastries
  • Fair trade olive oil
  • Fair trade coffee, tea & chocolate
  • Cookbooks
  • Reusable shopping bags
    . . . and much more!  

A note about product availability

Quantities of some items are limited and/or may not be available at both markets.  The list of items in this email is changed weekly based on expected participation, but our vendor and product availability is subject to the vagaries of the weather and other factors.  Nonetheless, we will always try to have a wide variety of fresh and prepared farmstead goods!  If you have questions about availability of a particular product, please email Robin at


Quick Links

River Forest
Sun., Jan. 18 ~ 9:30am to 1:30pm
Grace Lutheran Church

7300 Division St.
(Division & Bonnie Brae, one block West of Harlem Ave.) 
River Forest, IL  60305 
  • Admission to the market is FREE and open to the public
  • A brunch will be offered during the market prepared with ingredients from the participating growers; a suggested donation ($8 adult, $4 child under 12) is requested to cover the cost of the meal
  • Enter the market through the main door on Bonnie Brae or on Division St.
  • Plenty of parking on-street, in the surface lot across the street to the North, or in the parking structure to the South
  • For best selection of meat & poultry, pre-order from Arnold Farm [see below]

Pre-Orders of Meat & Poultry
for pick-up Sun., Jan. 18 at Grace Lutheran Church


Meat & poultry vendor, Tom Arnold of Arnold Farm, Elizabeth, IL, will be glad to accept pre-orders for items to be picked up at the market on Sunday.  Although he will also have many of these items at the market, pre-orders enable him to know what to bring, gives you access to better selection, and ensures availability.
To pre-order:  

Go to  Though much of what is shown there is bulk/whole sides, most cuts of beef and pork listed in those packages are for sale individually.  Also, plenty of whole chickens in sizes ranging from 3.5# to 5.5#+ and turkeys in the 16# to 18# range.  

  • If you are interested in the 20# (mixed sampler), 25# (beef) or 30# (pork) packages, definitely pre-order those to ensure availability.
  • Add 10% to web site pricing to cover Arnold Farm’s contribution to Harvest of Hope Fund, a beneficiary of these Winter Markets.
  • Email Tom at  Email is best, but you are welcome to call Tom’s home phone:  815-858-2407.
  • Cut-off time for ordering is Thursday evening, Jan. 15, at 8pm.  [If you’re reading this after the cut-off, you can still try calling and Tom may be able to accommodate you.]
  • Pick up at Grace Lutheran Church, 7300 Division St., River Forest, between 9:30am and 1:30pm; plan to pay with cash or check payable to Arnold Farm.

    ~ A N N O U N C E M E N T ~

    Green Community Center in Oak Park presents Locally Grown Foods in Winter


    Thursday, Jan. 15, 7pm

    New Spirit Community Church
    542 S. Scoville, Oak Park

    What are the obstacles to growing and buying local foods in the off-season in Chicago?  What are the solutions?  What can you find–and where can you find it?  Presenters include Kathy Caldwell (Catalina’s Garden), who sells at farmers markets and has ventured into season-extending growing methods; Robin Schirmer, who organizes Winter Farmers Markets & Meals for Hope in the Chicago area; and Rob Gardner, who together with his family is eating as locally as possible year-round.

    Coming up . . .
    • Sat., Jan. 24, 9am to 1pm ~ Lake Street Church, Evanston
    • Sat., Jan. 31, 9am to 12noon ~ Unity Temple Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Oak Park 
    • Sat., Jan. 31, 3pm to 7pm~ Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church, Winfield
    • Sat., Feb. 7, 9am to 1pm ~ St. Benedict Parish, Chicago / Northcenter
    • Sun., Feb. 8, 9:30am to 1:30pm ~ Faith Lutheran Church, Glen Ellyn

               . . . and many more through March! 

    NOTE:  Markets scheduled for Jan. 25 and Feb. 1 have been cancelled. 
    For more details and a full schedule of Winter Farmers Markets, click here.





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