It’s Never too Late for the Local Calendar

November 6, 2009 at 3:19 pm

Rob Gardner

As you may have noticed, here at the Local Beet we’ve been a bit caught up in matters not fully related to putting content on the site.  We still eat local, we still want you to eat local, and we still keep track of things to put on your calendar to enhance your local eating.  Nothing’s too late.

It is not too late to stock up.  Shopping options include markets in Evanston and Green City on Saturday/Wednesdays and Logan Square on Sundays.  We popped into Cassie’s Green Grocer today, and she had all sorts of things from red peppers to red tomatoes.  You have time to find your onions, garlic, apples, pears, and roots to keep you going.

It’s not too late to get tickets to the Seventh Generation Ahead Taste of the Seasons benefit tonight at the Union League Club, because tickets can be obtained at the door according to Brown Paper Tickets.  Come bid on the two items I secured for the event: a $100 gift certificate for Mado or dinner for four, with wine pairings at Vie (RonnieS, wanna give me a proxy?).

It’s not too late to see what’s going on down at 61st Street.  The Saturday market run by Experimental Station is schedule through December!

If you live in the far north suburbs, it’s not too late to find a local market.  The market in Grayslake is also going through December.

It’s not too late to shop a farmer’s market in Lincoln Square.  The market there will run the month of November.  It’s at Lincoln Ave. & Leland, and goes from 7am to 1pm, Tuesdays.

It’s never too late to shop at the Dane County Farmer’s Market.  The market in Madison runs year-round, but it is at its biggest and best when it is at its location on the capital square.  This is the last weekend you will find the market there (until April 2010).  You will find much, much to buy.  Believe me.

If you go to Madison this weekend, you will make my wife awfully jealous.  Not only does she want to stock up there on Saturday, she especially wants to attend pie-palooza on Sunday (sadly our weekend plans do not allow for Madison).  REAP is a Madison based organization working on making us all locavores.  They raise money each year by getting a bunch of Madison restaurants to bake pies for them.  Then, for a low fee, you can eat these pies and help a great cause.

And there’s plenty for your local calendar that’s around the corner.

A couple of our favorite local food-ers are providing their goods for a dinner November 24 at Province.  Come enjoy a grand meal featuring Seedlings Orchard and Three Floyds Brewery.

We mentioned Mado above.  Their next Family Dinner is on December 6, and it’s a side of cow for each diner.

There will be a special extension of the Portage Park Farmer’s Market on November 22.  The day before, November 21, there’s an indoor market in Evanston at Immanuel Lutheran Church.

It may not be too late, but pay attention to dates to ensure you get a good local turkey for your holidays.  Slow Food Chicago has put together an outstanding list of bird options.

It’s never too late for the Local Beet.  Let us know what we else we need.


One Comment

  1. Robin says:

    And don’t forget to check out the offerings of indoor winter markets in churches, starting this weekend, Nov. 14 (Beverly) and Nov. 15 (Elgin). Check our Local Harvest listing for more and for updates to the schedule.

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