Blues into Green and More Kickoffs on the Local Calendar
As Robin noted in her Market Watch last week, it’s roll-out time around here. Several City of Chicago markets will be active this weekend, and the Mayor’s Office of Special Events, along with our friends at Country Financial, hold a rally tomorrow, today, May 13, at Daley Plaza. Get a bag to use all market season. At the Beverly market starting Sunday, find pastured pork from our friends at C&D Family Farm. And the kick off of all kickoffs occurs Saturday in Lincoln Park at the Green City Market. Activities include tours of the Edible Garden, a lettuce fest and a cooking demonstration by one of the market’s biggest fans, Chef Sarah Stegner. It will be a good place to be, but be warned, it will be packed.
Use our market locator too to find markets near you.
WHAT TO BUY NOW
Things look about the same on the Local Calendar. We still see ramps at Whole Foods and at a few other outlets. Asparagus will be plentiful. Look for deals. A vendor at Evanston last week was selling five good sized bundles for $10. The onions and garlic are green, although we saw storage onions too. We saw a plethora of fresh herbs including sorrel, parsley, hyssop, thyme, lovage, basil and cilantro. As we noted last week, our friend Farmer Vicki likes to point out that in Spring, our bodies crave the cleansing virtues of greens. Nettles are especially known for their de-toxing properties. Henry’s Farm should have some in Evanston. Look also for wild watercress. Other greens you may find include turnip greens, chard, rocket, lettuces (you can cook lettuces and rocket), spinach and Asian items like tsao choi. Local apples and potatoes, last year’s crop, are still around and eatble.
Local apples remain. There’s plenty of rhubarb and we hear reports strawberries a-comin’.
Last week we heard of morel mushroom reports. We think you can find this very expensive sign of Spring this week too.
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
Thursday – May 13
Green Room Sessions – Uncommon Ground – a free eco-awareness event featuring local environmental organizations along with live music and FREE appetizers featuring the product of a local farmer or producer prepared by uncommon ground’s Executive Chef Brian Millman. Topic: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle - Featured guest participants: No Foam! Chicago; The Green Chicago Restaurant Co-op , Chicago Department of Environment, Koru Street LLC. and Urban Worm Girl -6 – 8 PM – 1401 W. Devon
Saturday – May 15
As markets roll out outside, one market remains inside. If it’s raining all heck on Saturday, you can always get your local food at the Geneva Community Garden, 11 N. 5th St., Geneva, IL – 9 AM – 1 PM
City Provisions Supper Club at Nichol’s Farm – We here Lloyd Nichol’s got some new lawn furniture for this gala.
Sunday – May 16
Turning Blues into Greens – The Academy for Global Citizenship, a Chicago Public Contract School with an emphasis on environmental stewardship holds its fundraiser at Schuba’s Tavern. Come support this unique group.
Swing into Spring to benefit the Peterson Garden – 4740 North Western, Chicago
May 21, 22
Evanston Garden Fair – Volunteers needed for the Talking Farm. The Talking Farm will also have organically grown plants for sale. – Independence Park, Evanston
Screening, What’s on Your Plate – Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum – 11 AM – Presented by our friends Purple Asparagus and Myfoodshed. Background here.
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