The Local Beet & You/The Local Calender

February 20, 2009 at 10:55 am

Rob Gardner

The Local Beet has been filling the Internet with materials towards a practical approach to local eating for several months.  Many of you have been following along.  We recently made ourselves more official (thanks Dish and Gaper’s Block), and we know a few of you recently jumped aboard.   We welcome all of you.  Each week we post information on upcoming eat local events and related material to assist you in your attempts to find and eat real food.  Before getting into this week’s calender, let’s look at some of the other ways the Beet helps.

OK, before telling you what’s here, let me tell you what will soon be here.  We are in the process of building the most complete, user friendly guide to area farmer’s markets.  We’ve already given you a guide to area CSAs (and addressed some of your CSA concerns).  For those who do their local shopping at farmer’s markets, our resource will be invaluable.

Our primary way to promote local eating is to lead by example.  Want to know what it’s like to subscribe to a CSA, well, we’ve been subscribers.  In the middle of winter, we are making dinner from local foods.  We try not do be didactic but instead emphasis how fun local food is.

We hold no monopoly over local food knowledge.  A few weeks ago, a friend asked me why we did not include a certain restaurant in our (admittedly work in progress) list of local-friendly restaurants.  It was no slight I assured her.  Let us know any restaurants or shops that sell “our kind of food.”  Please add generally to our resources.  We have a forum to collect and disseminate data.  If you need info, ask away. 

That said, here’s what you can do in the upcoming weekend, and days ahead. 

That’s a lot for now, so we’ll post a roadtrip idea some other time.

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One Comment

  1. art says:

    Thanks for making me aware of Heritage Prairie Market in Elburn. My family still lives near there so I will be sure to check out the farm and market next time I’m visiting.

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