Tracey Tuesday, Reservations Saturday, Other Limited Events – Local Calendar

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February 9, 2010 at 10:11 am

You can show up Tuesday, February 9 to see chef turned farmer, Tracey Vowels at re-Thinking Soup at Hull House, but we caution that the historic dining hall fills up.  On the other hand, do not even think of showing up to Saturday’s chef demo at Green City Market without a reservation.  Moreover, reservations are only available to subscribers of their newsletter.  Info on how to subscribe can be found here.

Another event with limited room, Local Family Bubbie’s new favorite author, Terra Brockman, author of The Seasons on Henry’s Farm: A Year of Food and Life on a Sustainable Farm, will join Judith Dunbar-Hines of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs for a conversation and reading followed by a book signing on February 24, 6 PM at the Downtown Farmstand.  Additional information and a link to register can be found here.

One more thing to make advance plans: on March 17, 6 – 8 PM, Wisconsin’s best cheesemaker’s take on the world.  International cheeses competing for gold medals in the World Championship Cheese Contest go against Wisconsin cheesemakers like Bleu Mont Dairy, Carr Valley, Edelweiss Creamery, and Hidden Springs Creamery.  Monona Terrace, Madison, Wisconsin.  Ticket information here.

WHAT TO BUY NOW

We see some  local apples still, but mostly of the (less than) Delicious variety–did you know that there is no relationship between Red Delicious and Yellow Delicious apples.  We also see local potatoes.

Think there’s no other local foods?  A good way to gauge what can be out there is to look at Irv and Shelly’s Freshpicks site.  Local items include  beets, squash,  micro-greens/sprouts,  mushrooms, rutabagas, lettuces,  and cabbage.

From indoor growers like Windy City Harvest, you might also find rocket, collards and chard.   We bet you might spy a sunchoke.

The Produce Express stand at the Chicago French Market still have  has Illinois grown, indoor tomatoes as well as local potatoes and squash.

When there is no fresh fruit around, there is still fruits dried and frozen.  Tomato Mountain and River Valley Ranch offer canned local goods.

Let us know what other local goods you are still seeing for sale.

 WHERE TO FIND LOCAL FOODS

These stores specialize in local foods:

As noted above, local apples and potatoes can be had for excellent prices.  Look soon for an update on what’s local at  the French Market at Metra Market. Until then here’s our previous report.

C&D Pastured Pork’s sales around town

WHAT TO DO

MARKETS  AND EVENTS THIS WEEK

Tuesday – February 9

re-Thinking Soup with Tracey Vowells - Hull House – University of Illinois, Chicago – 800 S. Halsted, Chicago – 12 – 1 PM

Wednesday - February 10

Love Bites at Carnivale – One of our favorite organizations, Slow Food Chicago, stops for the night, at one of our favorite restaurants, Carnivale for a pre-Valentine’s Day celebration.   “Love Bites” promises to be a festive evening of sustainable, Latin-flavored bites from Chef Mark Mendez paired with wines selected by wife and Carnivale Wine Director Elizabeth Mendez.  The event takes place from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., with live music by Son De La Habana set to start pumping at 7:30 p.m.  The cost is $30 per person, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Slow Food Chicago. Reservations will only be taken by calling the restaurant at (312) 850-5005. Carnivale is located at 702 W. Fulton St, Chicago. [Made our reservations last night.  See ya there!]

Soup Savy Veterns at the Hideout for Soup and Bread – 1354 W. Wabansia, Chicago – 530 – 8 PM

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”

A Tasting of Local Candy – Pastoral – Whimsical Candy: Chris Kadow-Dougherty will sample her artisan La Dee Dahs confection, handmade swirls of white chocolate nougat and sea salt caramel hand-dipped in premium dark chocolate.  1:00p.m. – 3:00 p.m – 2945 N. Broadway, Chicago

Wettstein Organic Meat – Buzz Cafe – 905 S. Lombard, Oak Park – 12 – 3 PM

Sunday – February 14

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

Winter Market – Milwaukee – Lake Park ELCA Lutheran Church – 2647 N Stowell Ave, Milwaukee – 9 AM - 1230 PM 

MARKETS AND EVENTS COMING

Saturday – February 20

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

Sunday – February 21

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

Organic Cultivation of Backyard Apple Trees – Slow Food City’s Edge - The Historic Clow House @ 10S404 Knoch Knolls Road Naperville, Illinois – 2 PM

Tuesday - February 23

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

Wednesday – February 24

New! – Chicago’s Downtown Farmstand market, presented in partnership with Edible Chicago, will present a Culinary Conversation with author, educator and farmer Terra Brockman discussing her new book with Judith Dunbar-Hines of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs on February 24 at 6:00 PM at the Downtown Farmstand. Come join us and plan to attend exciting event! Event is free but reservations are required.

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

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

Sunday – February 28

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

Sunday – March 7

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

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

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

Localious Party with FamilyFarmed – UIC Forum, Chicag0 – 7 – 10PM

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, Chicago

Sunday – March 14

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

Wednesday – March 17

Wisconsin vs. the World – Cheese Contest - Monona Terrace – Madison, Wisconsin 6-8 PM

Saturday – March 20

Ebenezer 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

St. Benedict Parish-Northcenter

First Evangelical Free Church-Andersonville

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