Can It Still Be Winter – Last Winter Market of Season on Local Calendar

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April 7, 2010 at 5:37 pm

I think the madly blooming (alas short showing) cherry tree out my window means no more winter.  Yet, the Local Calendar still finds a winter farmer’s market on the agenda, the last of the season in Beverly.  Come by and say hi to Robin and all the other itinerant marketers who worked to keep you eating local all winter.  While the Winter Farmer’s Markets wrap up, the outdoor markets slowly start a-rollin’.  There’s one this weekend in Grayslake.  And our friends at Green City are making little distinction between winter and summer, calling themselves a year round operation.  The Local Calendar really says: GO. 

WHAT TO BUY NOW

As in last week, we are seeing the earliest Spring produce in our area including sorrel, green garlic, and onion shoots.   From the warming hoophouses come lettuces (often stretched with other greens), spinach, chard, and rocket as well as micro-greens.  If you are fortunate, you may find a farmer who over-wintered carrots or parsnips–do not fear mondo sized veg either, these may be the sweetest you will encounter.   There are the wild edibles, like watercress and nettles, that start to show now too.

There is also, that very last of last year.  We still see  apples and potatoes.  We have also seen cabbage, beets and sunchokes.   

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.

Need ideas for your Spring produce, check our our seasonal recipe collection.

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 – April 7

Whole Foods River Forest – Healthy Foods Seminar with Seventh Generation Ahead + Shop to benefit SGA – 7245 Lake, River Forest – 630 – 730 PM (you can shop for the benefit of SGA all Wednesday)

Whole Foods Evanston (1640 Chicago Ave. & 1111 Chicago Ave) – Shop for the benefit of SAGE (Schools Actively Gardening in Evanston/Skokie)

Head to your Hideout for Soup and Bread – 1354 W. Wabansia, Chicago – 530 – 8 PM

Thursday – April 8

New! – Purple Asparagus and more friends of the Beet – Uncommon Ground is hosting a Green Room Session this Thursday on Urban Ag and Sustainable Food Systems with Purple Asparagus, The Center for Urban Transformation, Chicago Botanic Garden, Chicago Honey Co-Op, Growing Home, Slow Food Chicago, WeFarm America, NeighborSpace, Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT), Growing Power, Inc., Illinois Local Food & Farms Coalition, UrbanPonics LLC and Angelic Organics Learning Center. – 1401 W. Devon Ave. Chicago 6 – 8 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

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

Adapting our Gardens to Climate Change – Evanston Ecology Center - Co-sponsored by The Garden Club of Evanston, Citizens for a Greener Evanston, the Ecology Center and ISEN, The Initiative for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern.  The plants and trees in our gardens can help reduce the impacts of climate change that are now projected for this area.  But warming temperatures and changes in precipitation will stress many of the species now growing here.  This program will explore choices of plants, trees and water management techniques that will help our gardens adapt to changing conditions. No fee, but please pre-register at 847-448-8256.

New! – Spring Pastry Market at Logan Square Kitchen – 2333 N. Milwaukee, Chicago – 10 AM – 3 PM

MARKETS AND EVENTS COMING

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

Sunday – April 18

New! – Let’s Retake Our Plates  – Whole Food Earth Month Film Series – No Impact ManEntrance donation is $10 and all proceeds will be donated to The Talking Farm. Location: Chicago Filmmakers, 5243 N. Clark St., 2nd Floor, Chicago. In celebration of Earth Month, join Whole Foods Market for two award-winning documentaries paired with locally produced food and beverages, green goodie bags, and an expert panel discussion following each film, including those from The Talking FarmClick here to buy tickets or get them at the Whole Foods Market Sauganash.

Monday - April 19

New!Three Course Earth Day Menu – Vie – 4471 Lawn Ave., Western Springs

Tuesday – April 20

City Provisions Supper Club – Earth Day Dinner

Wednesday- April 21

Three Course Earth Day Menu – Vie – 4471 Lawn Ave., Western Springs

Thursday- April 22

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

New!Three Course Earth Day Menu – Vie – 4471 Lawn Ave., Western Springs

Friday – April 23

Earth Day Dinner, Heritage Prairie Farm – Menu – 2N308 Brundige Road, Elburn – 6 PM

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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