Go Green with our Local Calendar

May 15, 2009 at 8:52 am

Rob Gardner

Go to Green Fest Saturday or Sunday at Navy Pier.  Plenty of stuff at the fest for the eat local fan.  Speakers include Mark Kastel of the Cornucopia Institute (ask him what he thinks of the milk you drink @ 2 PM Saturday)  and Ms. Alice Waters @ 4 PM Saturday.  Stick around Saturday night for a reception with Ms. Waters and others from 6 until 730.  Then, stick it out until 4 PM Sunday when one of our favorite local restaurateurs, Helen Cammeron of Uncommon Ground, will participate in a panel on greening restaurants. 

Our friends at FamilyFarmed will have a big booth at Green Fest showcasing local foods.  On Sunday, you will find members of the Local Family manning their booth.

Our friends at Purple Asparagus will have a Green Fest booth showcasing their approach to making good, sustainable foods fun for the whole family.  On Saturday you will find the junior members of the local family manning their booth.  I cannot say for sure, but I bet Melissa would still welcome a few more volunteers.  Contact them at info@purpleasparagus.com or at 773-991-1920 (ask for Melissa).

Green Fest Updates: Special screening of the film, Food Fight at 8 PM–e-mail healthyfoodforallchicago@gmail.com or call 310-204-2140 to reserve complimentary tickets.  On Sunday, there is a roundtable at 4 PM on food, health and education with Jim Slama, Livia Marques, from the Obama administration, Congressmen Rush and Davis and others.  Community breakout dialogues will follow the panel discussion.

More and more markets are a-goin’ this weekend.  One of our favorites, the Evanston market opens their show on Saturday.  This is the only market where you can find the outstanding produce from Henry’s Farm (sigh).  Expect to taste sour, you should be able to find sorrel and rhubarb at the markets this week.  Use the Local Beet’s Market Finder to find a market near you.

Still looking for a market, or more importantly, looking for a market to take your doggie.  Heritage Prairie Market has dog day this Saturday in Elburn.  Too bad Molly the eat local dog will be locked away for the afternoon.

Mado’s next family dinner is on Sunday, May 17.  I cannot make it do to Green Fest duties.  Tell me how you think it went.  Chef Levitt’s letting his creativity loose.  Whitefish bacala?  Who does he think he is, GEB?  Still, the meal is a celebration of  the products of Spence Farm and the Stewart’s of the Land and includes such unique items as cattail shoots, white Iroquois corn, and nettles. 

Another event I wish I could be at, but can’t (dog training); Michael Pollan speaks at the Harold Washington Library on Monday, May 18.

All next week, Carnivale is offering a farm-to-table menu featuring the products of Nichol’s Farm and Blue Marble Dairy.

The Virtual Farmgirl lets us know about an event to become a volunteer for the Oak Park Farmer’s Market on Tuesday May 19 in Oak Park.

How much local do you think will be at the new Whole Foods opening in Lincoln Park on May 20?  Penny and Jeff have the PR stats.

Stick around that area for the Swan Creek Benefit dinner Wednesday night at Goose Island.


May 30 – Beet-up/Go Green Day at Oak Park Farmer’s Market

May 31 – Fishy Fun with Purple Asparagus and Shedd Aquarium

June 7 – 12th Street Beach Clean Up & Water Testing with Chicago Green Families

July 16 – Green City Market BBQ (tickets are flying fast so I’ve heard)

August 26 – Slow Food Chicago Eat-in at Daly Plaza