Winter Market Like a Rock Star with this Local Calendar – UPDATED

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December 17, 2009 at 11:38 am

This summer, someone mentioned on LTHForum that they arrived at the Logan Square Farmer’s Market too early.  Seems the scene there does not get going until 10 AM.  Now, if you are really living the rock and roll lifestyle, we have a market for you this weekend.  Empty Bottle (1035 N. Western, Chicago) hosts a market from 11 AM until 5 PM.  You cannot sleep away this one.  They have also lined up a strong group of vendors, with produce, meat and wools.  A full list of the vendors can be found here.

UPDATE: We’ve been meaning to add information on C&D Pastured Pork’s sales around town.  We finally did.  We’ve also added info on some great apple prices at Cassie’s Green Grocer.  See also the comments where Damien’s added info on the last market of the season at 61st Street.  Let us know what else is needed.

Your Local Calendar is below.

WHAT TO BUY NOW

Do not let the darkest days of the year convince you that there is no local foods to be had.  Our market spotters tell us that the sunchokes (yes sunchokes) look especially nice at Green City Market.  Stock up on your chokes.  They keep very well with a little refrigeration.  Melissa tells us we can make chips from them, and chips are not the only potato-like thing you can do with sunchokes.  Try roasting or mashing them.  Unlike potatoes, however, you can use them raw.  Ideas for other winter foods can be found in our cold weather recipe file.

Oriana has the last of her Asian pears for sale at Green City.  These store well, so buy what you can.  That other grand fruit of the cellar, apples, remain in abundant supplies around town.  Look for speciality apples, including organic apples at the farmer’s markets, and conventional Michigan apples at stores like Caputo’s (or even Costco!).   UPDATE: We’ve told you in the past about good apple prices around town.  Here’s one that cannot be beat.  Cassie is selling Seedlings apples at her Green Grocer fro 29 cents/lb!  Get ‘em while they last!

We believe you should still be able to find root crops (including turnips, beets, celery root and assorted radishes), cabbages and hard squash in markets. We have not spotted much lettuces, but there is chard and collards to keep your tables green.  In a pinch, there’s sprouts and microgreens. There will be mushrooms all winter.

There remains supplies of the storage staples garlic, onions, shallots and potatoes.

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:

Local apples and potatoes are widely available in the Chicago area. Look for the local where ever you shop. 

The new French Market at Metra Market offers local food.

WHAT TO DO

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.  Special this week, Pasta Puttana made pasta from local chestnuts. 

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

Tour Half Acre Brewery with ChicaGourmets – 230 and 330 PM, $25 – 4257 N. Lincoln, Chicago

C&D Pastured Pork for sale in the Lincoln Park High School Parking Lot, 7 AM – 1 PM

Sunday – December 20

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

C&D Pastured Pork for sale in Beverly, 95th and Longwood – 7 AM – 12 PM

Tuesday - December 22

C&D Pastured Pork for sale, Lincoln  Square – Brown Line Parking Lot on Leland between Lincoln and Western – 7 AM – 1 PM

C&D Pastured Pork for sale, Andersonville - On Berwyn between Clark and Ashland - 4 - 6 PM

Wednesday – December 23

The FINAL “Regular” 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.  Green City Market continues during the winter in a more condensed location at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Shop local year-round!  See below for dates and information.

MARKETS COMING

Saturday – Janurary 3

Chicago Botanic Garden – 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe – 10 AM – 2 PM

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 at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m (Directions) – The theme is “Are You Game”

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 at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m (Directions) – The theme is “Meat and Potatoes”

Saturday – February 20

Winter Market, United Church of Rogers Park – 1545 W. Morse – 9 AM – 1 PM

Saturday – February 27

Green City Market at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m (Directions) – The theme is “Meat and Potatoes”

Sunday – March 7

Winter Market, St. Giles Church – 1025 Colombian, Oak Park – Times not posted

Saturday – March 13

Green City Market at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m (Directions) – The theme is “Greens, Eggs and Ham”

Sunday – March 14

Winter Market, Park Ridge Community Church, 100 Courtland, Park Ridge – 930 AM - 130 PM

Saturday – March 27

Green City Market at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m (Directions) – The theme is still Greens, Eggs, and Ham (we think).

Saturday - April 10

Green City Market at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m (Directions) – The theme is Cheese

Saturday – April 24

Green City Market at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m (Directions) – The theme is Cheese.

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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2 Comments

  1. Damien says:

    Update from the 61st St MArket – last of the year.

    Dear friend,

    It is with some degree of sadness and, admittedly, even a smidgeon of relief that we have come to our final 61st Street Farmers Market of the 2009 season. The Market has seen a year of growth and wonderful opportunity of which we can all be proud. As the Market goes into hibernation for several months, be assured that it is to renew our collective energy and resources for what we anticipate will be a rocking 2010.

    This Saturday, December 19, from 10am-1pm, we look forward to a full house, new products for the holidays, and good cheer. Here are some of this week’s highlights:

    The Market will offer a selection of Abbey Brown soaps, which make excellent—and healthy—holiday gifts and stocking stuffers. We will also offer a selection of Prairie Fruits Farm goat cheese (delicious, but not recommended as stocking stuffers), Hull House Kitchen preserves (including new raspberry and blueberry preserves), and Hillside Orchard chestnuts.
    In honor of the holiday season, this week Brunos Organics will be selling two types of pie. In addition to their blue-ribbon Apple Pies, they will also be bringing Sweet Potato Pies.
    Besides their mushrooms and an array of fabulous salsas, chutneys and sauces, River Valley Ranch will be offering a great gift item—their ever-so-cool mushroom farms. You, your family and friends can become crimini farmers for $25, or grow white mushrooms for $20.

    Stock up on organic and pasture-raised meats for the winter from Faith’s Farm, Mint Creek Farm and Brunos Organics.
    If you are interested in the possibility of winter deliveries of some of our Market offerings, speak to Kim at Faith’s Farm, Brunos Organics, and Growing Power for further information.

    Backstory Cafe may be closed for the holidays, but you can still find them at the Market with freshly-brewed coffee and special holiday treats. They will be conveniently located near Universal Crepe and Yah’s Cuisine.
    Saturday is the last day to use your Double Value LINK Dollars. Don’t forget, they expire at the end of the Market on Saturday!
    What better gift for your special someone than a bike from Blackstone Bicycle Works? The Holiday Bike Sale continues on Saturday (10am-5pm) with a wide selection of bikes for children and adults ranging in price from $25 to $250. You can also find helmets, locks, and other bicycling accessories.

    We thank you for your steadfast and valued patronage of the Market these past seven months. Obviously, we could not have done it without you!

    We wish you a happy, healthy and safe holiday season and look forward to seeing you at the Market.

    Best,
    Connie Spreen

  2. Paul Levin says:

    The Logan Square Indoor Winter Farmers Market is taking two Sundays off, but will be back on Sunday, January 10 in the lobby of the Congress Theater, 2135 N. Milwaukee Avenue, starting at 10 AM, running ’til 2 PM. We plan to be there every Sunday through March.

    You’ll find more than a dozen producer vendors, with sprouts and tofu, onions and eggs, meat–pork, lamb, beef and poultry–and mushrooms, teas and honey, cheeses and vinegars, sauces and salsas. Plus bread and baked goods plain and fancy.

    And yes, we still take Link, Visa and Mastercard. See you at the Market!

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