Back to the Local Grind, and You Should Be Able to Find Local Food with This Local Calendar

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January 6, 2011 at 11:43 am

After a short hiatus, we have farmer’s markets again, at least a few, in the Chicago area.  For eat local fans, this is the time of year where local food exists but local food may not always be easy to find.  Sometimes it is a matter of timing.  For instance, yesterday our correspondents reported that Green Grocer Chicago had local baby lettuces, carrots, beets, turnips and celery root.  We were also told that all of that would probably be gone by the end of the day.  Other times, it is just a question of where you go.  Your local supermarket, like my neighborhood Angelo Caputo’s, may have something, in my case locally grown basil and Michigan apples.  If you can find your self in the loop, you can drop in to the Farmstand for a pretty good supply of green items (lettuces, rocket, cucumbers).  If you are crossing the Logan Square area, Dill Pickle Co-op, had a few treats such as local sunchokes.  We hate to say it, but it can be a bit of a grind to maintain the locavore lifestyle.

WHAT TO BUY NOW

As noted above, it is not a question of what’s “in season”, it’s a question of “what’s available.”  The following items may be found, depending:

Indoor grown vegetables: lettuces, spinach, micro-greens, mushrooms, cucumbers, herbs, rocket;   root vegetables: beetscarrots, celery root, sunchokes;   storage crops like onionspotatoes, and apples,winter squash and cabbage.

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 – January 8

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

Oak Park – Wettstein organic meats and egg sale – Buzz Cafe – 905 S. Lombard – Note: in prior years, the hours for the Wettstein sale have been noon to 3 PM, but we have not confirmed that.  You may wish to contact the Buzz.

Sunday – January 9

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

Palatine – Winter market associated with Faith in Place at the Countryside Unitarian Universalist Church

Chicago/Glenwood (Rogers Park) – This well received, new market continues its indoor market 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

Monday - January 10

City Provisions Supper Club with Casa Noble Tequilla – Email supperclub@cityprovisions.com for details and reservations.

Wednesday – January 12

Soup and Bread at the Hideout benefiting local food pantries – 1354 W. Wabansia, Chicago – 530 PM – 730 PM

WHAT TO DO LATER

Saturday - January 15

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

Chicago – KAM Isiah Israel – Martin Luther King Program – Sustainable Food Program – Pre registration is not required but they recommend you visit their online RSVP form to reserve a spot.430 PM – 630 PM – 1100 E. Hyde Park Blvd, Chicago

Sunday - January 16

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 – KAM Isiah Israel – Martin Luther King Program – Sustainable Food Program - 11 AM - 345 PM – 1100 E. Hyde Park Blvd, Chicago – Pre registration is not required but they recommend you visit their online RSVP form to reserve a spot.430 PM – 630 PM – 1100 E. Hyde Park Blvd, Chicago

Saturday – January 22

Beekeeping class at Hull House offered by Chicago Honey Co-op - 800 S. Halsted, Chicago – 10 AM – 3 PM

Evanston – Winter market associated with Faith in Place at Lake Street Church - 607 Lake, Evanston – 9 AM – 1 PM

Saturday – January 22

Chicago – Winter market associated with Faith in Place at Irving Park Luthern Church - 3938 W. Belle Plaine, Chicago - 12 PM - 3 PM

SAVE THE DATE!

March 17 – 19 – Familyfarmed.org Expo including Financing Farm to Fork, Chicago Food Policy Summit, Localicious Party and Consumer Day.

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