Winter Market – Oak Park – Meet the Beet’s Newest Blogger!

January 28, 2009 at 7:55 am

As you all have noticed, we have added another blogger to the roll.  Vera V brings to the Beet, the perspectives of someone who farms, someone who participates in markets, and someone with a bona fide artsy background (unlike say messy me).   One of Vera’s many talents is the spinning of wool.  She will be selling her yarns as well as preserves she’s made and maybe a few other things at the Winter Market this Saturday in Oak Park.  The bonus feature of this week’s market, the location’s been featured in a book or two.  Come not just to buy the winter’s bounty, but to poke around Wright’s glory.

The hard working woman of winter, Robin “Winter” Schirmer is trekking down to St. Anne today to meet with Farmer Vicki of Genesis Growers.   Expect her to return, for market with plenty of storage crops–beets, carrots, parsnips, as well as some hoop house products like lettuce.  Tony from Scotch Hill should have potatoes, carrots and spinach.   Come thank Jim the Vinegar guy for his generous donation to West Suburban PADS by buying some of his products.  Expect much more including mushrooms, canned goods and local meat.  Information on pre-ordering meat, including halal meats below.

No brunch this week, but Angie Ackerman will fry up her delicious spring rolls from ingredients grown on her farm. 

Unity Temple UU Congregation 875 Lake St.

875 Lake St.


(SE corner of Lake St. & Kenilworth Ave.) 
Oak Park, IL  60301 
Check here for directions, public transportation, and parking information.

o 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, and turkeys in the 24# to 26# range. If you are interested in any of the set 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 Wednesday evening, Jan. 28, at 8pm.  [If you’re reading this after the cut-off, you can still try calling and Tom may be able to accommodate you.]
  • Let Tom know if you will pick up Saturday at Unity Temple between 9am and 12noon; plan to pay when you pick up with cash or check.
    • 2  To learn more about halal meats from Taqwa Eco-Food Cooperative, go to the Taqwa website.  For availability of halal beef, click here; for halal lamb, clickhere. 
  • PLEASE NOTE: to pre-order for pickup at these markets, do not order or pay online; rather, email julianna@faithinplace.orgor call 312-733-4640 or 215-828-6314 with your specific order.  Plan to pay when you pick up with cash or check.  (Also NOTE that while the product inventory on the website is current, the web content about the farmers is not; the lamb producer for Taqwa is now Mint Creek Farm, Stelle, IL, and the beef producer is Cedar Valley Sustainable Farm, Ottawa, IL.) 
  • Cut-off time for ordering from Taqwa Co-op is Thursday, Jan. 29, at 4pm.  [If you're reading this after the cut-off, you can still try calling 215-828-6314 and they may be able to accommodate your order.]
    Pre-Orders of Meat & Poultry
    for pick-up on Sat., Jan. 31  

    1 To pre-order from Arnold Farm, Elizabeth, IL (grass-fed beef, grain-fed beef, pastured pork and poultry), g


    Although many of these items will be available at the markets, pre-orders enable the meat/poultry producers to know what to bring, give you access to better selection, and ensure availability.  Please read these pre-order options carefully.  Additionally, Kinkoona Farm, Brodhead, WI, will have a variety of cuts of grass-fed lamb available for purchase–but not by pre-order–while quantities last.