Back for More Local Food with this Local Calendar

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December 3, 2010 at 11:12 am

Last week, every time we re-booted our hopelessly crappy Beet computers, we found out there was one less place to get your local food in the days following Thanksgiving.  This Local Calendar, however, contains more surety.  There is local food to be had. We do warn and note that many of the Green City Market vendors are only showing at the Saturday markets. 

Not only are there markets and stores for your to visit to meet your eat local needs, we assure you there is plenty of local food to be had.  See here if you need to know the three phases of winter markets. Continue to shop.  Continue to use our handy set of winter market tips. Continue to live the locavore life.  See our Local Calendar below for all the details.

WHAT TO BUY NOW

Continue to stock up on various onionsroot crops (radishesbeets, rutabagas, carrots, celery root, sunchokes), potatoes, hard squash, cabbages and apples.  Continue to eat your greens: rocket (a/k/a arugula), chard, spinach or lettuces.  Supplment your diet with micro-greens/sprouts and 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.

We bet, if you look around, you can also find local foods at various grocery stores, especially local apples, onions, winter squash and potatoes. 

WHAT TO DO SOON

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

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

Green City Market at the Peggy Notebart Nature Museum from 8 AM to 1 PM. Top Chef Stephanie Izard of the Girl and the Goat does a Demo 1030 AM.

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

1st Annual Chicago Local & Fair Trade Holiday Gift Bazaar – Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N Cannon Dr. on Sunday December 5TH and Sunday December 19th, 2010  from 11-5 pm – Details here.

Wednesday – December 8

Green City Market at the Peggy Notebart Nature Museum from 8 AM to 1 PM. Demonstration by Paul Fehribach of Big Jones at 1030 AM

Another opportunity to see the documentary Living Downstream.  After the movie, Terra Brockman, of the Land Connection, leads a discussion of the impacts of industrial agriculture. The Reader notes that Uncommon Ground will serve a three-course meal that includes an entree choice of “faux pho” (vegetarian) or shepherd’s pie. 6:30 PM, Uncommon Ground, 3800 N. Clark

WHAT TO DO LATER

Saturday – December 12

Logan Square Kitchen Christmas Market – 2333 N. Milwaukee, Chicago – Details here.

Drink AND shop for local stuff – Empty Bottle Farmer’s Market – 1035 N. Western, Chicago – Noon – 4 PM

Sunday – December 13

Logan Square Kitchen Christmas Market – 2333 N. Milwaukee, Chicago – Details here.

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

Sunday – December 19

1st Annual Chicago Local & Fair Trade Holiday Gift Bazaar – Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N Cannon Dr. on Sunday December 5TH and Sunday December 19th, 2010  from 11-5 pm – Details here.

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