Winter Markets on the Local Calendar – (Last week’s)
As we mentioned last week, the Local Beet’s lagged of late. Still, as we also told you last week, nothing’s too late. And look back a few weeks to see what we’ve said about stocking up, and here’s a list if you need to know what to buy. Update: we’ve dropped in a few other links to places to find local food, not just over the weekend, but most days of the week.
This will be the sixth year that an organization called the Church’s Center for Land and People will be throwing winter markets around the Chicago area. This year CCLP teams with Faith in Place to ensure that the markets continue. As in past years, Robin “Winter” Schirmer works her butt off to make these things actually happen. There will be two markets this weekend. On Saturday November 14, there will be a market in Beverly at the Church of the Holy Nativity, 9300 S. Pleasant, Chicago. This market runs from 9 AM to 1 PM. A brunch will be offered with foods purchased at the market. Sunday, November 15, there will be a market in Elgin, Unitarian Universalist Church of Elgin, 39W830 Highland Ave., Elgin. This market also runs from 9 AM to 1 PM and also features a brunch.
Green City convenes on Saturday at its cold weather location, the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Heather Terhune of Atwood Cafe will give a demonstration at 1030. Green City continues to run also on Wednesdays at the Nature Museum. This upcoming Wednesday expect crowds as the Top Chef Master himself, Rick Bayless, does the 1030 demo. NEW: Next Saturday, Elaina Vazquez of Boutique Bites gives a demonstration.
Another market that’s been running in the winter for a while is Geneva. Check them out year round on Saturdays.
The Saturday 61st Street Market goes through December. The Saturday market in Grayslake also goes through December. The Lincoln Square Market on Tuesdays (Lincoln Ave. & Leland from 7am to 1pm) though, only goes through November.
UPDATE: Additional sources for local food, both over the weekend and into the week: Cassie is gonna stock her Green Grocer with as much local as she can find as long as she can find it. We mention the Downtown Famstand below as a source for local turkeys, but they have a big array of local goods from produce to ice cream. Of course they have local cheeses, but Marion Street Cheese Market in Oak Park has all sorts of other local goods including farm eggs and Illinois Jersey milk. You do not have to leave home to go local with Irv and Shelly”s Fresh Picks.
Paul Virant teaches a class on Thanksgiving cooking this Monday, November 16 at his restaurant. Worth going just for the lunch provided!
Our friendly rivals at Dishes and Dirt have organized a local food extravaganza on Tuesday, November 17 at Old Town Social (a place I’ve been meaning to try).
Goose Island cooks up turkeys from Swan Creek Farm and serves them with Thanksgiving themed (styled?) beers on November 19.
Chuck at Chicagoist reports that the long awaited Logan Square coop, the Dill Pickle will open on November 21. Show up and show some support.
Mado Family Dinner on December 6.
You may still have time to get a local turkey. Slow Food Chicago has put together an outstanding list of bird options. Our friends at the Downtown Farmstand have also arranged for local turkeys to be delivered to them through Genesis Growers, who are working with their neighboring farmer, Irene Seals at B. & S. R.R. Youth Center Farm, located in St. Anne, Illinois. The price for a 13-15 pound bird is $65.00. For more information or to order, please contact them at 312-742-8419.