UPDATE: Scratch That, There are a Bit Less After Thanksgiving Markets on this Local Calendar

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November 24, 2010 at 12:16 pm

Update: We did not pay close attention when we posted our Local Calendar this week.  It turns out that neither the Logan Square Market or the Glenwood Market will be open this Sunday.  You still have a few options for Saturday as well as the various stores specializing in eat local fare.

We hope you used our last local calendar well. We heard that a lot of shoppers filled Green City Market.  We know bargains filled the last Lincoln Square Farmer’s Market (man we have a lot of squash in the Bungalow).  We know that this Saturday, you won’t have a Green City Market, but we know that you still have places to gather your local foods  one or two places to find local food .  And god yes, there is much local food to be had.  Really.  Get out there and continue your locavore ways.  

Please note, as we mentioned last week, please don’t be afraid to let us know what we have left off the Local Calendar.

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

Need to know what winter will taste like, the three phases of winter eating, see here.

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

WHAT TO BUY NOW

Have we mentioned that there is much local food to be found?  Your only limitation comes in fruit.  Your only option for fresh local fruit is apples.  You can still find many varieties of apples around, both at farmer’s markets and at other sources.  Still, we said fresh fruit.  Your chances of eating great local fruits increases when you extend your boundaries beyond the tyranny of the fresh.   For instance, Seedlings offers their fruits in dried and frozen forms.  Make a fried pie with some dried fruit.  Wait, did we say apples were the only fruit around?  There are still local cranberries, and you can use them after Thanksgiving.  Our latest Beetnick, Ava George Stewart, wants you to rise the the challenge of using cranberries more.

If there are very few local fruits, there are more than enough local veg.  You can get your greens like rocket (a/k/a arugula), chard, spinach or lettuces.  There will always be micro-greens/sprouts.  There may be some herbs  like cilantro; we saw locally grown basil at Angelo Caputo’s.   The last of the cabbage families remain: 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.   We are not positive, but you might still find hot peppers. Finally, there are those classic storage crops: winter squash and potatoes (including sweet potatoes).  And as always, there are mushrooms.

WHERE TO FIND LOCAL FOODS

These stores specialize in local foods:

We await the opening of Butcher and the Larder.

C&D Pastured Pork’s sales around town.

As we noted above, we continue to see local foods at various grocery stores.  Besides the aforementioned basis, we have seen local apples, onions, winter squash and potatoes.  There’s probably more if you poke around.

WHAT TO DO SOON

Saturday – November 27

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

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.

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

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

WHAT TO DO LATER

Wednesday – December 1

Green City Market at the Peggy Notebart Nature Museum from 8 AM to 1 PM. Demonstration by Cleetus Friedman of City Provisions at 1030 AM

Culinary Conversations with Daniel Tucker, celebrating the release of his new Farm Together Now at the Downtown FarmstandBook signing, local food samples and after-hours shopping will follow.  The event is free but visit www.chicagofarmstand.com or call 312.742.TIXS (8497) to reserve seats.  The Downtown Farmstand is located at 66 E. Randolph, Chicago

Friday - December 3

The {Office} Holiday Party…Mad Men Style - Get your thin tie on and join West Loop Studio to celebrate Mad Men style in their designed “office.” Retro inspired food (vegan and GF friendly) from FIG Catering, classic holiday booze by Vinejoy, tunes from Ultimate Photobooth by West Loop Studio, {perhaps a visit by Santa}.  The Mad Men inspired publicists say you don’t have to see these people tomorrow in the office, so any social faux pas that ‘might’ occur are less embarrassing!  Buy your here as they will not be sold at the door. $70 per person – 730 PM – 1130 PM – 17 North Elizabeth, Chicago

Saturday – December 4

Meet the Beet and learn how to be a four season locavore with our friends at Green Grocer Chicago.  Me, Rob Gardner, will give a talk at 10 AM on how you can eat local through the winter and beyond.  1402 W. Grand, Chicago

Sunday – December 5

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

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

Sunday – December 12

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

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2 Comments

  1. SJF says:

    There is no Logan Square Farmer’s Market on Nov 28, Dec 26, or Jan 2.

  2. Melissa Owens says:

    Geneva Community Market will not be open on Nov 27th, but will be back on December 4th.

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