Rise to the Locavore Challenge with the Beet, Others at Green City Market – Saturday 9.11.10

September 10, 2010 at 12:24 pm

Have you risen to the challenge of eating local? Green City Market asks everyone to make an extra effort to obtain their food from local sources from September 8 through September 22. They challenge us all not just to go locavore but to raise our general awareness. Green City Market notes on their web site that the challenge is as much about getting educated and getting involved. Towards that purpose, they have organized a Fair on Saturday, September 11 from 9 AM to Noon. We are very pleased to be involved.  And we are pleased to be included with some super organizations.

We are there to get you the down and dirty on what it’s like to eat local, not just for a few weeks but forever. The Local Beet advocates a practical approach to local eating, and we want to share with you what that means. Hint: our first rule about eating local is not to make yourself crazy eating local. We do not believe in strict food mile boundaries, and we certainly believe in keeping coffee in our routines. Still, we believe if we can get it locally, we should get it locally, and we believe that we should defer to local foods as much as possible. We will be there at Green City Market telling you how we can carry out those beliefs.

We are glad to share the stage with some super organizations, organizations that are not just about getting good food in your system but are about making needed changes to our food systems.

  • Melissa Graham, Local Beet Editor and Sustainable Cook, calls herself the head spear of Purple Asparagus.  She tirelessly works on issues designed to improve the food on kid’s tables.  Much of their work involves changing the way kids eat school lunches, but Purple Asparagus also works to bring families back to the table by promoting and enjoying all the things associated with good eating.
  • Scratch a Slow Food poo-pah and they will tell you they are not a club but a movement, a movement for good, clean and fair food for all.  Slow Food Chicago seeks to connect Chicagoans to the good food around us and the vital projects happening for us through partnerships, publications and social events. 
  • When we eat fish and shellfish we often decimate our seas.  If we do not pay attention to our seafood (and lake food), we will soon have no fish to fry.  The Right Bite Program of the Shedd Aquarium focuses attention on making the best choices when putting fish and other seafood on your table.
  • We love an organization as committed to good beer as it’s committed to other good deeds.  Seven Generations Ahead works towards building sustainable communities, and they find local food an important element to those communities.

Come join all of us and others rising to the Locavore Challenge, Saturday September 11 at Green City Market from 9 AM to Noon.  The Chicago Green City Market is located at the south end of Lincoln Park between Clark and Stockton Drive (approximately 1790 N. Clark).