Local Calender for Around March 27, 2009
This is the last weekend for a long time that the Local Calender will be urging you to attend one of the Winter Markets organized by Robin “Winter” Schirmer and the Churches Center for Land and People. From November through now, when you thought the idea of local food was something for Alice Waters and her Californianiks, Robin and crew showed that local always happened here too. You never knew what could be there week to week. Markets featured leftover fruit, apples from Michigan farms like Seedlings and the newly grown fruit, crops of indoor strawberries and raspberries. Same with veg; over the course of the winter she had still viable stuff from farmers like Genesis Growers, beets, potatoes, carrots as well as indoor grown crops including more than once, zucchini. There was always breads and canned goods and mushrooms; ice cream, sorghum corn; best there was always some way to taste from the Ackerman’s eggrolls to the market brunches to even a dinner. Come say thanks for doing all this at the last market of the year, Saturday, Oak Park, Pilgrim Church (460 Lake), from 9 until 1. Don’t forget the brunch.
After you’ve had your brunch, head off to Green City Market. It may be the other in their every other off-season schedule, but they’ve decided to go for it this weekend too. Based on Twitter intel, there may be ramps and there should be an array of stuff from the genius’s at Growing Power.
And more from my number one source of media insider-ness; Cassie has this to say on her Twitter: “Fresh local products from three different Illinois farms! Lettuce, baby spring mix, stir fry mix, kale, collards, chard, and green onions!” Tell her I told you to stop by her Green Grocer.
Martha and friends, including the Beets ow Vera cook soup for the last of their soup and bread fundraisers for the Chicago Food Depository on Wednesday April 1 at the Hide Out. Proceeds to to the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Details here.
And…I have to run, so when I can, I’ll update. Please add to the listings in the comments.