Last Week’s Local Calendar: Was Time For Pears
We spent a good amount of time yesterday at three Chicago farms. We will have a report up soon, and what we will report is that these three farms have fresh, local food for you all year. All three have stuff growing in their hoophouses, but they also have stuff thriving away in their fields. It is November but there is local. So, we knew there would be spinach. We knew there would be carrots and beets, turnips, rocket, lettuces. Pears, we did not expect pears. Seedlings Orchard in Michigan has kept some of their pears for late markets. Cassie had some yesterday at her Green Grocer. I bet some will also be at the Downtown Famstand. For sure, you can find some at the Seedlings booth at Green City. Besides the cold weather crops, you should be able to find apples, potatoes (sweet too), winter squash, mushrooms, celery root, herbs, onions, garlic. Here’s your shopping list.
Our pal Robin “Winter” Schirmer has no markets this weekend. Check back with us for updated information on the winter markets being held by Faith in Place.
As we mentioned already, Green City is a-going at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Elaina Vazquez of Boutique Bites offers a demonstration on Saturday. Getting you inspired to put a pig’s head on your Thanksgiving table, Rob and Allie Levitt of Mado offer a demonstration next Wednesday, and the following Wednesday following in offal footsteps is Brian Huston of the Publican. NOTE: There will be no Green City Market on the Saturday following Thanksgiving (Nov 28).
Even without Robin, you have other great buying opportunities to get local for Thanksgiving. There’s a couple of markets just this forthcoming weekend. On Saturday, November 21, there’s an indoor market, 8 AM to 1 PM in Evanston at Immanuel Lutheran Church. On Sunday, November 22, there’s a market at the Portage Park Fieldhouse from 10 AM to 2 PM.
Then, there’s the markets running through the end of there year like the Logan Square Farmer’s Market (Sundays/no market on 11/28), the 61st Street Market (Saturdays), and Grayslake (Saturday). Running through the end of the year and beyond, your virtual farmer’s market at Irv and Shelly”s Fresh Picks. For background on the 61st Street Market, we’ve moved Melissa’s profile over to the blog. Alan Lake, who we mentioned above, also has some interesting background on the market.
On December 6 and 20 and January 3, the Chicago Botanical Garden has a winter market.
Celebrate local cheese on Sunday at Marion Street Cheese Market in Oak Park. James Norton and Becca Dilley, authors of the newly published Master Cheesemakers of Wisconsin, will be signing books from 2-4 PM this Sunday, November 22.
A menu of specials featuring Michigan squashes and pumkins and a whole bunch of local beers now on tap over at Brasserie Jo.
Mado Family Dinner on December 6.
SAVE THE DATE: Family Farmed Expo and Chicago Food Policy Summit – March 11-13 2010.