Eat Meat with This Latest Local Calendar
I received three different emails this week about winter markets. Two of the three emphasized their meaty options. Faith in Place, advertising this week’s market in Oak Park, lead with Scott Hassleman and his meats (I especially like his spareribs, BTW). Green City Market showed six, yes six, animal farmers in their weekly newsletter, and also reminding us that they are the place around here to get your locally raised elk. Logan Square, on the other hand, talked about a bee keeping class at Wright College. It’s only when you get to your second vendor “Planning on Being at the Market” did you get some meat (and fish too), Jake’s Country Meat. Whatever else you find on your Local Calendar this week, you can find meat.
Finding produce, fresh produce, remains a challenge. Green City Market should have some root and other storage crops. You should be able to find indoor grown crops at Cassie’s Green Grocer or the Downtown Farmstand. There are likely Michigan apples around. What you need to do is not get caught up on the idea of fresh produce. Resist the Tyranny of the Fresh. You can find highly delicious frozen blueberries at the Logan Square Farmer’s Market. Seedlings is selling, at multiple sources, their summer fruit, dried for the winter, and they may have some frozen fruits too. Tomato Mountain and River Valley Kitchen jar their seasonal products to great results. Remember Tomato Mountain* products include not just salsas but tomato juice and plain tomato sauce. Just because you forgot to put up tomatoes or create your own pickles, does not mean you cannot find good local versions.
WHAT TO BUY NOW
We remain in the part of the year where 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: beets, carrots, celery root, sunchokes; storage crops like onions, potatoes, and apples,winter squash and cabbage.
WHERE TO FIND LOCAL FOODS
These stores specialize in local foods:
- City Provisions Deli
- Downtown Farmstand
- Green Grocer
- Dill Pickle Coop in Logan Square
- Marion Street Cheese Market
We await the soon, really soon 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 NOW
Saturday – January 15
Oak Park – Winter market associated with Faith in Place at at Unity Temple – 875 Lake, Oak Park – 9 AM – 1 PM
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
Geneva – Geneva Community Market – Inglenook Pantry – 11 N. 5th Street, Geneva – 9 AM – 1 PM
Sunday – January 15
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
Wednesday – January 19
WHAT TO DO LATER
Saturday – January 22
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.