Soup, Bread, Green, City, Milwaukee, etc. – Local Calendar – UPDATED

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January 13, 2010 at 9:56 am

This week us locavores may find ourselves crowding into the first Green City Market event of 2010.  Shop at will, but if you want to attend the chef demonstrations you need to plan ahead.  Capacity for each demo is 35 people, and RSVPs are required. To RSVP for a chef demonstration, send an email to admin@chicagogreencitymarket.com  (specify which demo you would like to attend).   Additional details here.  And what are you reserving?

To buy it’s game: Gunthorp Farms rabbits and ducks, McFarlane pheasants and Cook’s Bison Ranch don’t say buffalo, bison.  Expect also corn meal that Rob Levitt of Mado raves about, root veg, local milk, apples and other goodies.  See also below, WHAT TO BUY NOW.

New! – Tonight, Friday January 15, KAM Isaiah Israel, in the shadow of the Obama manse, hosts urban ag genius, Will Allen at 7 PM speaking on food justice and urban agriculture. 7 PM – 1100 E Hyde Park Blvd, Chicago, IL.  KAM also hosts a mini-symposium on access to healthy food and land use on Sunday.

Last week the Local Family visited the Milwaukee County Winter Market.  The tables there included radishes, potatoes, apples, beets, local oats (yes!), and the outstanding cheeses from Saxon Creamery.  This week, I believe we are off to South Bend for that squash owed.  See what else is a drive away in our listing of Midwestern winter markets.

Your Local Calendar is below.

WHAT TO BUY NOW

We still see a few root vegetables, mainly beets and sunchokes.    We also still see local cabbages and winter squash.  Other storage crops you still might find are onions, shallots, leeks, and garlic.  From indoor growers you may find rocket (a/k/a arugula), collards, spinach, lettuces and micro-greens/sprouts.  In need of a vegetable, there are always cultivated mushrooms from River Valley Ranch. 

As far as we know, Produce Express at the Chicago French Market still has Illinois grown, indoor tomatoes.  

Local apples and potatoes remain.  Caputo’s is selling Wisconsin potatoes at way low prices, and yesterday we spotted Michigan Fuji apples (about the last local apple to come to market) at  59 cents/lb at Stanley’s in Chicago.

Think also about the high quality preserved products at the markets.  There are dried and frozen fruits to be had.  Both Tomato Mountain and River Valley Ranch bring their tasty jars to the markets they attend.

WHERE TO FIND LOCAL FOODS

These stores specialize in local foods:

As noted above, local apples and potatoes remain widely available in the Chicago area. Look for the local where ever you shop.  Even Costco has Michigan fruit still.  Seedling Fruit is dropping off their stuff  at Angel Food Bakery in Chicago (1636 West Montrose Avenue) this Friday, but you need to email Pete@seedlingfruit.com to place an order.

The new French Market at Metra Market offers local food.

C&D Pastured Pork’s sales around town

WHAT TO DO

MARKETS  AND EVENTS THIS WEEK

Friday – January 15

New! – KAM Isaiah Isreal Chicago - Special presentation by Will Allen, CEO & co-founder of Growing Power - 7 PM – 1100 E Hyde Park Blvd, Chicago, IL.

Saturday – January 16

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

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

Empty Bottle – 1035 N. Western, Chicago – 11 – 5PM

Tour Half Acre Brewery with your friends at Five Star Bar. Leaves the bar at 130 PM and returns at 5.

New! – Tour Intelligensia coffee works with the American Institute of Wine and Food – 10:00 AM -12:00 PM – 1850 W. Fulton St, Chicago

Sunday – January 17

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

Mado Pig Butchering Demo - patés and terrines – Noon – Rob will be demonstrating how to break down a pork shoulder for grinding and how to turn that into various patés, terrines and potted meats.  $50/pp

New – KAM Isaiah Isreal Chicago – 10 AM – Mini Symposium on Access to Healthy Food & Land Use  focused on the social justice issues of equal access to healthy food and environmentally-responsible land use. Bringing together local and national activists to talk about food justice and urban agriculture, this program continues the discussion begun on Friday night.   Then How to Start Your Community’s Garden at 2:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m. The Social Justice Committee presents two one-hour sessions to help you start a food-producing garden in your community, synagogue, or organization.

MARKETS AND EVENTS COMING

Friday January 22

NewLocal Sustainable Dinner with Thom Hartmann at West Loop Studios, 17 N. Elizabeth, Chicago.  7 PM – 10 PM – Meet Thom and hear him speak about how making sustainable local choices can have a huge global impact. Hear speakers from the Illinois Local and Organic Food and Farm Task Force talk about recent Local Food Legislation and its impact on Illinois Farmers. Marion St. Cheese Market will be sampling Local and Biodynamic wines and their local artisinal cheese! FIG catering will talk about each course and how they work to source all of their ingredients from local sustainable sources. Seating for this event is incredibly limited.  Additional details on registration here.

Saturday – January 23

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

Portage Park – Irving Park and Central, Chicago - 10 – 2 PM

Sunday – January 24

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

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

Mado Pig Butchering Demo – fresh sausages – Noon – Rob will be demonstrating how to break down a pork shoulder for grinding, sharing his basic formula for fresh sausages and discussing variations. $50/pp

New!Chicago Rarities Orchard Project Fundraiser – UnCommon Ground – 6 – 8 PM – 1401 W. Devon, Chicago

Thursday – January 28

Farm Dinner – Vie – Featuring 28 day dry aged beef from Dietzler Farm.  The dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (708) 246-2082.

Sunday – January 31

Slow Food Chicago Annual Meeting – Kendall College – 900 N North Branch St, Chicago – 130 – 4 PM – Details and registration here.

New! – Continue your Slow Food Sunday with dinner at Sepia honoring Marsha Guerrero, Chez Panisse Foundation Director of Special Projects and The Edible Schoolyard.  And what a dinner it seems.  It’s not enough that favorite local cheese Holland Family Farms Marienke gouda appears on the menu .  After charcuterie, pasta, roasted pears, we get to a course of choucroute garni with cider-braised pork belly, Toulouse-style sausage, ham hock, sauerkraut, and fingerling potatoes.  Wine pairings too!  The cost for attendance is $55 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Slow Food Chicago. Seating is limited and early reservations are recommended. Call Sepia at (312) 441-1920 or email them here. Sepia is located at 123 N. Jefferson St. in Chicago’s West Loop. 

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

Mado Pig Butchering Demo – Dueling testas – Noon – Rob will be demonstrating his methods for making mado’s two different styles of testa.  Our rolled testa is made with braised and shredded pig’s head, while “porchetta di testa” involves boning out the pig’s head, curing, rolling and slowly simmering.  $50/pp

Saturday – February 6

City of Chicago and Green City Market host a Farmer’s Forum.  This event promotes local food and farms by helping farmers, market managers, and chefs connect. In addition, farmers can learn how to become part of the City of Chicago’s Farmers market program as well as improve their direct sales and learn how to better market their products and services.   Kendall College – 9 AM – 2 PM

Slow Food lunch in Michigan City, IN – Brother and sister farmers and Slow Food members Alex and Patty Panozzo are set to host a sustainable harvest lunch  in recognition of Terra Madre, a biannual celebration of Slow Food chapters across the globe. With 2010 being a Terra Madre year, Patty Panozzo is opening her Michigan City, Indiana home to supporters and heralding the day with a festive luncheon.   The sustainable harvest lunch will take place from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. cst and will feature a lavish spread of homegrown food from the Panozzo’s “Victory Garden.” While guests dine, they’ll be treated to a slide show presentation of that very garden. Attendance is free, though donations to Slow Food are appreciated. RSVP is required by February 1.
 

Saturday – February 13

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

Chicago 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, Chicago - 9 AM – 1 PM

Tuesday - February 23

City Provisions Supper Club with North Shore Distillery (venue TBD)

Saturday – February 27

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

Portage Park – Irving Park and Central, Chicago - 10 – 2 PM

Sunday – March 7

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

Thursday - March 11

Family Farmed Expo – Financing Farm to Fork Conference - UIC Forum, Chicago

Friday - March 12

Family Farmed Expo – Trade Conference – UIC Forum, Chicago

Chicago Food Policy Summit - UIC Forum, Chicago

Saturday – March 13

Chicago 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”

Family Farmed Expo – Consumer Day – UIC Forum, ChicagoSunday – March 14Winter Market, Park Ridge Community Church, 100 Courtland, Park Ridge – 930 AM - 130 PM

Saturday – March 20

Evenezer Luthern Church – 1650, W. Foster, Chicago – 9 AM – 1 PM

Sunday – March 20

Unitarian Universalist Church of Elgin – 39W830 Highland, Elgin – 1 – 3 PM

Saturday – March 27

Chicago 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).

Portage Park – Irving Park and Central, Chicago - 10 – 2 PM

Saturday - April 10

Chicago 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

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

Portage Park – Irving Park and Central, Chicago - 10 – 2 PM

NO DATES ANNOUNCED

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First Evangelical Free Church-Andersonville

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

 

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2 Comments

  1. esp says:

    Can you share more info about your oats? Do you roll them yourself? I’ve been looking for a local source of oatmeal to no avail…we don’t have an oat roller.

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