Live the Local Life with The Local Calendar – Already Updated

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March 9, 2010 at 11:46 am

It’s a busy time for us eat local livers.  We need to finish our stored foods.  We got the  FamilyFarmed Expo this weekend.  Do you know that the following week, GreenTown 2010 also looks at local food systems in Lake County?  There are farmer’s markets this weekend in Chicago, Geneva and Park Ridge. 

UPDATE: The ink was barely dry on this week’s Local Calendar when we started updating.  Look for our New! items below.

See your complete Local Calendar below to live the local life.

WHAT TO BUY NOW

Very limited supplies of local food left to purchase this time of year.  Look, and you will find  apples and potatoes.   There are sightings of local carrots, cabbage, squash and rutabaga.  Maybe Cassie has some local rocket.  There will always be sprouts and mushrooms. – UPDATE: A recent visit ot Angelo Caputo’s in Elmwood Park confirmed that local apples still exist.

Think instead for dried and frozen fruits.  Tomato Mountain and River Valley Ranch offer canned local goods.

And remember, just because there is barely any local produce, it does not mean that there are not lots of other local foods to get from all our great cheeses, to meats, grains, beans, nuts, milk, eggs, etc.  There’s even local tofu at some markets.

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.

WHAT TO DO

MARKETS  AND EVENTS THIS WEEK

Wednesday - March 10

Check out the Hideout for Soup and Bread – 1354 W. Wabansia, Chicago – 530 – 8 PM

 Two friends of the Local Beet, Chef Rick Gresh and rare tea sourcer Rodrick Markus are teaming up for a meal combining their two talents.  David Burke’s Primehouse may be a steakhouse to you, but to us it is also a place very much in line with our eat local ethos.  If you like good food and rare teas, this is a great event to try both. 

Thursday - March 11

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

Melissa Graham at the Downtown Farmstand – 66 E. Randolph, Chicago – 12-2 PM

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 Farmer’s Market, Park Ridge Community Church, 100 Courtland, Park Ridge – 930 AM - 130 PM

Pig Butchering class at Mado – 1230 PM – 1647 N. Milwaukee, Chicago

Logan Square Farmer’s Market – Congress Theater 2135 N. Milwaukee, Chicago 10 AM – 2 PM

New! Maple Syrup Time –  Fullersburg Woods, 3609 Spring Rd., Oak Brook – 1 PM

MARKETS AND EVENTS COMING

Tuesday - March 16

  City Provisions Supper Club with August Hill Winery at Logan Square Kitchen – 2333 N. Milwaukee, Chicago   

Wednesday – March 17

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

Crawford Farm dinner at Vie – 4471 Lawn Ave, Western Springs, IL

Meet the folks behind Harvest Moon Farms and learn about their CSA – Lush Wine and Spirits (Roscoe Village) – 2232 W. , Chicago – 6 – 8 PM

New! Green Acres Cook Off and Bell’s Brewery Tasting – Green Grocer Chicago – Green Acres Farm is coming upstate to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day with Bell’s Brewery! Self-titled Mid-Life-Farm-Wife, Donna O’Shaugnessey, will be leaving her hormone-free, pasture raised friends in Frankfurt for the night to pan sear some sliders and stir fry some pork. Pair all of that with a dark glass of porter or stout, and your eyes will be smiling Irish heritage or not! Never in all the four counties has eating ethically tasted so good! Slainte! Whet your appetite, and check out Donna’s blog. – 1402 W. Grand, Chicago – 5 PM

Thursday - March 18

Melissa Graham at the Downtown Farmstand – 66 E. Randolph, Chicago – 12-2 PM

GreenTown: The Future of Community Main Conference – College of Lake County – 19351 W. Washington St., Building C – Lower Level, Grayslake, IL – 7 AM to 6 PM – See here for details

Saturday – March 20

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

Purple Asparagus Family Dinner – at Dawali Mediterranean Kitchen, from 2:30-5:00 PM

New! – Celebrate National Corndog Day with Gus at Weiner and Still Champion - 802 Demptster, Evanston

New! – Maple Syrup Festival – North Park Village Nature Center. 5801 N Pulaski Rd (between Bryn Mawr and Peterson Aves)

Sunday – March 21

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

Logan Square Farmer’s Market – Congress Theater 2135 N. Milwaukee, Chicago 10 AM – 2 PM

New! – Maple Syrup Festival – North Park Village Nature Center. 5801 N Pulaski Rd (between Bryn Mawr and Peterson Aves)

Monday - March 22

Pig Butchering class at Mado – 1230 PM – 1647 N. Milwaukee, Chicago

Tuesday - March 23

New! Farm Forum sponsor by the Geneva Green Market – First Congregational Church of Geneva, 321 Hamilton Street Geneva, IL – 830 AM – 1 PM

Wednesday - March 24

Culinary Conversations with Food Women – In celebration of Women’s History Month, Judith Dunbar-Hines will lead a lively conversation with five women who own and operate Chicago area food businesses to learn about their journey in establishing, operating and marketing their successful local food businesses. Chicago’s Downtown Farmstand will remain open until 8pm to accommodate post-event shoppers! Scheduled participants include: Nicole Bergere, Nicole’s Crackers; Jessica Volpe, Pasta Puttana; Jenny Yang, Phoenix Tofu; Meg Dhamer, Pigtales Twist; and Elizabeth Madden, Rare Bird. – Chicago’s Downtown Farmstand – 66 E. Randolph, Chicago – 6 – 8 PM - Call 312.742.TIXS (8497) for reservations or click here to register online.

Thursday - March 25

Melissa Graham at the Downtown Farmstand – 66 E. Randolph, Chicago – 12-2 PM

Friday - March 26

 Tiny Mahler Orchestra performs La Bonne Chanson”  at 73o in Alice Millar Chapel, 1870 Sheridan Road, Evanston on the Northwestern University campus.  Expect some neat food.

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

Sunday - March 28

New! – Winter Farmers Market at North Shore Unitarian Church, Deerfield - 21oo Half Day Road, Deerfield, IL – 10 AM – 2 PM 

Logan Square Farmer’s Market – Congress Theater 2135 N. Milwaukee, Chicago 10 AM – 2 PM

Choucroute Garnie Alscatian stuffing at Mado – 1647 N.  Milwaukee, Chicago – 6 PM

 Tiny Mahler Orchestra performs La Bonne Chanson”  at 7:30 pm at the Heaven Gallery, 1550 North Milwaukee Avenue, 2nd floor.  Expect some neat food.

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

Winter Farmer’s Market, Chicago/Beverly – Beverly Unitarian Church (the Castle) – 10244 S Longwood Ave, Chicago – 9 AM – 1 PM

BaconFest Chicago – Chef’s participating here –  Ticket info here.

Tuesday - April 13

New! Geneva Green Market, NFP Green Chatter Matters – Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual by Michael Pollan – Inglenook Pantry, 11 North Fifth St, Geneva IL – 7 pm

Thursday- April 22

Go Green Day Management Earth Day – Flair Tower – 720 N. Franklin, Chicago

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

 

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One Comment

  1. Robin Schirmer says:

    Local apples, yesiree! Hillside Orchard still has beautiful Honeycrisps and others at Green City Market, and can usually be found at the Maple Syrup Festival (Mar. 20-21), too. Hardin Orchard was down to their last crate of the season by the end of the market at St. Giles last Sunday, so they’ll probably be laying low until the markets start in May . . . watch for their fabulous cider to make a brief return at the beginning of the season. Seedling Fruit has been out of apples for a while, but still has cider, a variety of dried fruits (great in scones!) and fruit butters. Yum. And Earth First has cider (by the gallon only) made from their organic apples, and if you ask nicely they might still have some cooking apples.

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