Local Calendar Updated – Terre Madre Tomorrow and Slow Food Beyond

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December 9, 2009 at 10:52 am

Editor’s Note: Based on your comments as well as reports from our market spotters, we’ve made some updates below.  In addition, we have added the dates for the Green City Markets in January and February.  Please feel free to let us know what else should be included.  We want this to be the source for finding local food in Chicago.

Did you know that tomorrow  yesterday, December 10, 2009 is was Terra Madre Day and the 20th anniversary of the Slow Food Movement.  Slow Food Chicago has not organized an event in Chicago, but that does not mean you cannot be slow in your own ways.  Slow Food stands on seven pillars.  Think about them tomorrow as you plan your meals.  Try especially to use some products unique or special to our area.  For instance, see if you can work some black walnuts into a dish or true wild rice.  Trouble finding black walnuts (or trouble cracking the ones you have), you should be able to find local chestnuts.  If you are were hankering for a Terra Madre event around North America, look here.  Let us know how you will be celebrating Terre Madre Day.  UPDATE: Continue to celebrate the principles of Slow Food.  We have suggested 50 quintessential foods of our region to get you started.

Before you get to Terra Madre Day, get to the Hideout for the release of the Soup and Bread cookbook.

Your updated Local Calendar is below.

WHAT TO BUY NOW

 We have been encouraging you here and here to get the last of the local pears.  Our market intelligence tells us that the time for pears is now pretty much over.  Local apples, however, remain abundant.  And at good prices.  Cassie is selling Seedling’s apples at her Green Grocer for 79 cents/lb.  An even better deal, Michigan apples in several varieties including old school types like Stayman Winesap can be found at the Caputo’s in Elmwood Park (2560 N. Harlem) for 39 cents/lb. 

Hanukkah starts this weekend, giving all cooks an excuse to make latkes.  You need a good fluffy, starchy, dry potato for pancakes.  You do not need anything heirloom.  Just go with a russet.  A Wisconsin russet.  Look for Mr. Tasty and other bags of Wisconsin russet potatoes at your local supermarket.  It’s something good and local accessible and affordable to all.

With snow and all, field harvesting has ended, but you should be able to still find root crops, cabbages and hard squash in markets.  From our indoor farming farmers, you might find lettuces, rocket, spinach and other greens as well as sprouts and microgreens.  There will be mushrooms.

UPDATE: Our sources also remind us that in-season crops include garlic, onions, shallots and kohlrabi.

WHERE TO FIND LOCAL FOODS

Various farmer’s market operate in December and into 2010.  See our listings below.

These stores specialize in local foods:

As noted above, local apples and potatoes are widely available in the Chicago area.  Look for the local.

The new French Market at Metra Market offers local food.

WHAT TO DO

Wednesday  – December 9

Green City Market – At the Permeable Paver Lot north of the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m (Directions) - Sam Burman of Blueprint gives the demonstration at 1030.

Soup and Bread cookbook release party at the Hideout.  5pm to 8pm, 1354 W. Wabansia, Chicago.

Friday  – December 11

Nice Cream & Glazed Donuts Winter Flavors Launch Party, Green Grocer – 5-7 PM, 1402 W. Grand, Chicago

Saturday  – December 12

Grand opening gala at the Dill Pickle Coop.

Green City Market – At the Permeable Paver Lot north of the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m–note many more vendors come to the Saturday Green City Market (Directions) - Alexandr Cheswick of May Street Market gives a demonstration at 1030.

61st Street Market – 6100 S. Blackstone, Chicago – 10 AM – 1 PM – UPDATE: Our friend Damien Casten provides some excellent information on this market below.  Much great stuff!

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 13

Logan Square Farmers Market  - 2135 N. Milwaukee – 10 – 2 PM – UPDATE: Come get your knives sharpened and also enjoy traditional French style macaroons.

Wednesday  – December 16

Green City Market at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m (Directions) - Bruce Sherman of North Pond gives the demonstration at 1030.

MARKETS COMING

Saturday – December 19

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

Green City Market at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m (Directions) - Paul Fehribach of Big Jones 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

Wednesday  – December 23

The FINAL Green City Market of the season at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m (Directions) - Luca Corazzina of 312 Chicago gives the demonstration at 1030. UPDATE: As noted below, Green City Market continues all winter in a more condensed location at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.  Shop local year-round!

Sunday -  January  10

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

Saturday -  January  16

Green City Market of the season at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m (Directions)

Sunday -  January  24

Winter Market, Chicago – Irving Park Luthern Church – 3938 W. Belle Plaine, Chicago - 12 – 3PM

Saturday -  February 13

Winter Market, Oak Park - Euclid Avenue United Methodist Church – 405 S. Euclid, Oak Park - 9 AM – 1PM

Green City Market of the season at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m (Directions)

Saturday -  February 27

Green City Market of the season at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m (Directions)

No Dates Announced

Portage Park

SAVE THE DATE

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.

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4 Comments

  1. mark says:

    Actually December 23rd is not the final Green City Market at the Notebaert Museum. There will be markets @ the museum on: Jan 16, Feb 13, Feb 27, Mar 13, Mar 27, Apr 10 and Apr 24.

    • Rob Gardner says:

      Thanks Mark. I should have made that more clear. I meant the last of the markets before going totally indoor–is that saying it best? And the dates for rest of the Green City Winter Markets will be added soon.

  2. Damien says:

    Cassie has a lot more than apples that are local. I was doing a wine tasting there the other night with Jess from Pasta Putana and marveling at the squash and particularly the kale that she gets from Growing Power. Don’t let the board on the door fool you. She was broken into (no major harm, no major loss, no one hurt, thankfully) but she is open and going strong.

    Marketwise – here is Connie Spreen’s email from the 61st St Market:

    Shy on inspiration, let me tell you simply what you can look for this week at the 61st Street Farmers Market:

    Hull House Kitchen, Ellis Family Farms, Tomato Mountain, River Valley Ranch, and Brunos Organics will be selling their delicious preserves, jams, salsas, sauces, honey, pickled vegetables, and many other jarred delicacies. These make wonderful holiday gifts that I guarantee will not be re-gifted! Imagine offering them along with some Prairie Fruits Farm goat cheese….

    We are happy to welcome back Kingfisher Farm which will be making a special appearance with their sustainably-grown vegetables.
    You can also count on finding pasture-raised beef from Faith’s Farm, organic lamb and goat from Mint Creek Farm, the area’s best sustainably grown vegetables from Genesis Growers and Growing Power, chestnuts from Hillside Orchards, those on-the-way-to becoming famous crepes from Universal Crepe, and Yah’s Vegan Cuisine.

    Blackstone Bicycle Works will be holding their Holiday Bike Sale this Saturday. Check out the refurbished bicycles for kids and adults at the entrance to the Market. Buy a bike and support our youth program at the same time!

    If you are interested in purchasing foods in bulk, the Woodlawn Buying Club will be providing information on how you can become a member.

    At 11:00am, Courtney Prokopas of Backyard Bounty will offer you a taste of her Parsnip Dumplings at the Living Lovely seasonal tasting. Responding to popular demand, I have also attached to this message the Carrot and Parsnip Latkes recipe that you tried at last week’s Living Lovely tasting.

    THIS Saturday is your last opportunity to enter the Market Raffle for a chance to win $25 in Market Money!

    The Double Value LINK Program will continue throughout the season.

    Oh, and yes, there will be Backstory java to warm, stimulate and inspire. See you at the Market!

    Best,
    Connie Spreen

    Damien

  3. Rob Gardner says:

    Damien, thanks for those outstanding updates!

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