Eat Local Winter – New Local Calendar

December 3, 2009 at 10:20 am


 A few weeks ago we urged you to buy pears while there was still time, to prolong the long season of “what’s local fruit now, apples.”  Based on our market intel, we can tell you that pears remain to be had.  Look for them at Cassie’s Green Grocer, the Downtown Famstand and the Seedlings booth at Green City.  Look also for sunchokes from Green Acres at Green City or the brand new Dill Pickle Coop in Logan Square (yeah!).  Melissa gives you one idea for this late season vegetable.  Beyond pears and sunchokes, most every thing else from our stocking up list can still be found somewhere around town.  Recipes ideas for cold weather foods can be found here.

Wool is an agricultural product too, and the reasons to buy local foods applies as well to the reasons to buy local materials.  Three area sheep farmers, including the Local Beet’s Vera V,  will be bringing their wool items to the Winter Market this Sunday in Andersonville (details below).  Great ideas for the holidays.


Thursday – December 3

Melissa Graham, the Local Beet’s Sustainable Cook, provides advice on healthy eating for your family at the Downtown Farmstand, 66 E. Randolph, Chicago – 12 – 2.

It’s here!  Chicago’s French Market at MetraMarket opens its doors to the public. – 131 N. Clinton, Chicago

Saturday  – December 5

Green City Market – At the Permeable Paver Lot north of the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m (Directions) – Local Beet contributor Pat Sheerin gives a demonstration at 1030.

61st Street Market – 6100 S. Blackstone, Chicago – 10 AM – 1 PM

Grayslake Winter Market – Downtown Grayslake – 10 AM – 2 PM

Geneva Community Market – Inglenook Pantry – 11 N. 5th Street, Geneva – 9 AM – 1 PM

Sunday – December 6

Logan Square Farmers Market  - 2135 N. Milwaukee – 10 – 2 PM

Andersonville Winter Market – First Evangelical Free Church – 5255 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago IL – 12 — 3 PM

Winter Market at the Chicago Botanical Garden  – 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe

Mado’s Family Dinner

Dinner and screening of the movie Fresh at Uncommon Ground –   630 PM – 1401 W. Devon


Saturday – December 19

Farmer’s Market at Empty Bottle – 10 AM – 1035 N. Western, Chicago

Sunday -  January  10

Winter Market, Deerfield – North Shore Unitarian Church – 2100 Half Day Rd. (Rt. 22), Deerfield – 10 AM – 2PM

No Dates Announced

Portage Park


Family Farmed Expo and Chicago Food Policy Summit – March 11-13 2010.

Keep you eye on Local Beet as we have all your winter needs covered.