Winter Markets on the Local Calendar

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March 24, 2010 at 12:23 pm

Hope your Wednesday night is free.  Every Wednesday is a good Wednesday to help out our food pantries and related agencies, but this Wednesday the Hideout helpers are the folks from LTHForum, and the soups will be abundant and awesome.  I’d tell you to then hightail it downtown for culinary conversations with some of the woman making local foods possible here in Chicago, Downtown Farmstand, but I see the event is now fully registered.
Hopefully,  you got your tickets for the Downtown Farmstand event.  If you want to attend any of the chef demonstrations at this week’s Green City Market, including, ahem the Chef at the Local Beet’s Restaurant of the Year, then you need to email in advance.  As the market notes:

Capacity for the 9:00 am, 10:00 am and 11:00 am demos is 35 people and capacity for the 12:00 pm chef demo is 100 people. RSVPs are required. To RSVP for a chef demonstration on March 27th, please send an email to admin@chicagogreencitymarket.org (you must specify which demo you would like to attend and the number of attendees). You’ll receive an email confirmation within two business days of sending your email (please e-mail or call after two business days if you have not received confirmation).

As usual, let us know what’s missing (and expect updates during the course of the week).

WHAT TO BUY NOW

The very last of last year’s food and the very first of this year’s food may be out there this week.  At our neighborhood Caputo’s market, the supply of Michigan apples went down to one variety.   Wisconsin potatoes are there and very cheap.  We are seeing reports of lettuces, spinachsprouts and mircogreens.  Wild watercress is actually out and around, but good luck finding it in a Chicago area market.

Continue to use quality preserved items.  Tomato Mountain and River Valley Ranch are good sources for canned goods, and Freshpicks has frozen fruits and vegetables from Michigan.  You might find dried fruits.

Local foods also include our great cheeses, 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:

WHAT TO DO

MARKETS  AND EVENTS THIS WEEK

Wednesday - March 24

LTHForum makes the soup at the Hideout for Soup and Bread – 1354 W. Wabansia, Chicago – 530 – 8 PM

EVENT FULL! – 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.

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

Community Winter Market – 11 North 5th Street, Geneva 9 AM – 1 PM

Sunday - March 28

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

SOLD OUT! – 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.

MARKETS AND EVENTS COMING

Saturday - April 3

Community Winter Market – 11 North 5th Street, Geneva 9 AM – 1 PM

New!Grayslake Farmer’s Market – Downtown Grayslake; Vendors are located on Center Street and Centennial Park – 10 AM – 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

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

SOLD OUT! – BaconFest Chicago – Chef’s participating here –  Ticket info here.

Community Winter Market – 11 North 5th Street, Geneva 9 AM – 1 PM

New!Grayslake Farmer’s Market – Downtown Grayslake; Vendors are located on Center Street and Centennial Park – 10 AM – 2 PM

Tuesday - April 13

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

Tuesday – April 20

City Provisions Supper Club – Earth Day Dinner

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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