We are Just Keeping Up with The Local Calendar

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December 9, 2010 at 3:45 pm

We don’t have a lot new to report in this Local Calendar.  Besides, we are on our way for a few days in not-so-sunny Florida, but we want you to keep on eating local. Without much updates, we still want you to know there’s local food to be had and there’s several ways to get it. 

Need to know what this time of year tastes like, see here.  Want to know what winter generally tastes like, see here.  Need some tips on how to “winter market”, see here.  See below for what’s in season and where to find it.

WHAT TO BUY NOW

Not much need to modify last week’s report.  The snow and the cold means you will like see some but less  greens: rocket (a/k/a arugula), chard, spinach or lettuces.  There should be plenty of onions, root crops (radishes, beets, rutabagas, carrots, celery root, sunchokes), potatoes, hard squash, cabbages and apples. All winter you will find 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

Saturday – December 11

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.

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 12

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

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

Wednesday – December 15

Green City Market at the Peggy Notebart Nature Museum from 8 AM to 1 PM.

WHAT TO DO LATER

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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