The Return of the Local Calendar

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November 18, 2010 at 10:49 am

We have a good reason and a bad reason for the disappearance of the weekly Local Calendar from the Local Beet.  Which do you want first?  Or you decide which is the good reason.  It’s hard keeping up with all this stuff, and around May or so, there’s too much stuff to note.  Or put it this way, by Summer you need less prompting to get out and find local food.  And now, we are back in the period where some of you need a certain amount of prompting and prodding to get out and about.  You may believe there are no farmer’s markets left.  You may believe there is no good local foods to be found.  Well, we got the Local Calendar up and running again to let you know how wrong you are.  We may not be able to defend our failures to post a more regular Calendar, but we want you to use the heck out of the calendars we do post.  (Don’t be afraid to let us know what we have left off the Local Calendar either.)

To get the most out of your winter farmer’s market experience, use our handy set of tips.

If you want to get out and about, we have a big list of Midwestern locavore roadtrips (to be updated).

The weekend before Thanksgiving finds several Chicago area markets still a-goin’ as well as a one time, stock up for the holidays, market in Evanston.Your Local Calendar is below.

WHAT TO BUY NOW

Don’t let the colder weather fool you at all.  There is still much produce to get.  Plus, more than a few farmers have told me in recent weeks how the cold weather enhances crops, making them sweeter and more robust.  For one thing, you will find much greenrocket (a/k/a arugula), chard, spinach or lettuces as well as micro-greens/sprouts; herbs around now include especially cilantro and a few others here and there.   For another thing, there is much in the cabbage families: white and red head cabbages, Asian greens like bok choi, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, turnips, kohlrabi and more.    Then, there are other root crops: lots of radishesbeets, rutabagas, carrots, celery root, sunchokes.   Of course there are the alliums: onions, garlic, leeks, shallots.   Look around, you might find hot peppers. Finally, there are those classic storage crops: winter squash, apples and potatoes (including sweet potatoes).  And as always, there are mushrooms.

WHERE TO FIND LOCAL FOODS

These stores specialize in local foods:

We cannot wait for the opening of Butcher and the Larder, a locally focused butcher [ed., you mean a butcher focused on local]!

C&D Pastured Pork’s sales around town.

Besides the above stores, we continue to see local foods at various grocery stores.  Look especially for local apples and potatoes wherever you shop, but we are also seeing local herbs, chard, squashes and peppers at places like Angelo Caputo’s.

WHAT TO DO SOON

Saturday – November 20

61 ist Street Farmer’s Market at Experimental Station – Variety of breads, meats and produce from our friends at Genesis Growers. 6100 S. Blackstone Ave., Chicago 9 AM – 2 PM

Annual pre-Thanksgiving un-official extension of the Evanston Farmer’s Market.  This indoor/outdoor event features full spreads from Nichols, probably Henry’s Farm, and many other vendors from the Evanston summer market.  Immanuel Lutheran Church, 616 Lake Street, Evanston – 8 AM – 1 PM

Woodstock - We learned of this market when we went out to McHenry to give a talk.  At the Extension Office/Farm Bureau office in Woodstock (1102 McConnell Road), this market promises pastured meats, winter produce and other fun stuff  9 AM – 12 PM through December.

St Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral – 835 North Oakley Boulevard, Chicago – We have no additional details on this farmer’s market and artisan fair.

Olivia’s Garden – Find Tomato Mountain, Mint Creek, C & D Pastured Pork, vegetables and honey from the Pullman community garden and other goods at this Beverly garden center  10730 S. Western, Chicago – 9 AM – 1 PM through

Green City Market at the Peggy Notebart Nature Museum from 8 AM to 1 PM. Demonstration by Matt Maroni of Gaztro-Wagon at 1030 AM

Geneva Community Market – Inglenook Pantry – 11 N. 5th Street, Geneva – 9 AM – 1 PM

Meeting outdoors, the Grayslake market continues with meat, vegetables, cheese and other goodies – Downtown Grayslake in Centinial Park – 10 AM – 2 PM

Sunday – November 21

St Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral – 835 North Oakley Boulevard, Chicago – We have no additional details on this farmer’s market and artisan fair.

Logan Square Farmers Market – 2135 N. Milwaukee – 10 – 2 PM – All sorts of things on for Sunday including Otter Creek cheddars, Mint Creek lamb, and Tempel Farms eggs; Otter Creek Organic Farm also has grass fed beef and pasture raised organic pork and chicken – Congress Theater, 2135 N. Milwaukee – 10 AM – 2 PM

Chicago/Glenwood (Rogers Park) – This well received, new market goes indoors with sausages, apples, and more including organic produce. The market  will continue to accept Master Card and Visa and is extending our Market for All matching fund program for Link/SNAP guests.  The Glenwood Sunday Market is located at the intersection of Glenwood & Morse Avenue (1400W-6900N) in Rogers Park, conveniently located at the Morse “L” stop. 9am -2pm

Glencoe – Chicago Botanic Garden – The Botanic Garden affiliated Windy City Harvest is one of the best indoor growers in the Chicago area, and they will be stocking this market.  On the down side, parking costs a fortune.  10 AM – 2 PM

Wednesday – November 24

Green City Market at the Peggy Notebart Nature Museum from 8 AM to 1 PM. Demonstration by Scott Walton of Markethouse at 1030 AM

WHAT TO DO LATER

Sunday – December 5

Deerfield – Winter market associated with Faith in Place at the North Shore Unitarian Church, 2100 Half Day Road, Deerfield – 10 AM – 2 PM

Saturday – December 12

Chicago/Ravenswood – Winter market associated with Faith in Place at the First Free Evangelical Church – 12 PM – 3 PM

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