Can We Call Them Winter Markets on this Local Calendar

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February 17, 2011 at 6:08 pm

How warm is it.  Warm enough that I opened my office window and also let the cat out of said window.  Do we still call them Winter Markets when the snow has all melted?  Well, just because there are puddles all around, don’t think the local food supply has increased much. 

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.” As noted above, we believe there may be a bit more indoor grown produce this week.  Please let us know what you are seeing.

Indoor grown vegetables: lettuces, spinach, micro-greens, mushrooms, cucumbers, herbs, rocket; root vegetables (very limited supplies): beets, carrots, celery root, sunchokes; storage crops like onions, potatoes, and apples, and winter squash.

WHERE TO FIND LOCAL FOODS

These stores specialize in local foods:

It’s open! Eat locally butchered meat at the 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 - February 19

Brookfield – Winter market associated with Faith in Place at Faith Luthern Church – 12 PM – 3 PM – 3801 Madison, Brookfield

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

Sunday – February 20

Chicago – 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 – Winter market associated with Faith in Place at Ebenezer Lutheran Church – 1650 W. Foster Ave. – 9A – 1 PM

Tuesday – February 22

Chicago – Logan Square Kitchen hosts the Chicago debut of the new documentary, Ingredients.  In addition to the film screening (approximately 70 min), the event includes networking with other locavores, food provided by Chef Matt Maroni of gaztro-wagon and a closing panel session featuring farmers and chefs.  Chef Matt Maroni will be preparing a sampler of his locally-famous naanwiches with locally-sourced ingredients. - $25 per person (includes seat and food from gastro-wagon); a cash bar will offer selected brews from Chicago’s own Revolution and Haymarket breweries.  You must purchase tickets online at Brown Paper Tickets - 2333 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago – 630 PM

Chicago – Our friend, Ann Flood, Editor of Edible Chicago, mans the bar at Prairie Fire, mixing up treats including the locavore tinged “maple-tini”.  Your tips support the Peterson Garden Project – 215 N. Clinton

Wednesday – February 23

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

WHAT TO DO SOON

Saturday – February 26

Chicago – Green City Market – Theme: Meat & Potatoes – 8 AM – 1 PM – Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Tuesday – March 1

Chicago – Slow Food Chicago Breadmaking Workshop – Guests will learn about ciabatta and its many uses, as well as Sardinian semolina crackers and various toppings for ciabatta dough. The instructor will be Anne Kostroski, an alum of the Culinary Institute of America and a veteran of such esteemed kitchens as Tra Vigne in California and Citronelle in Washington, D.C. In 2009, she founded Crumb baking company. – Whole Foods Lincoln Park, 1550 N. Kingsbury St., Chicago

Saturday – March 5

Chicago - Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse presents a Gardening Exchange Event – The opportunity to take basic organic gardening classes (a mix of free classes and class @ $5), purchase compost and seeds, and find gently used gardening and cooking tools at bargain prices - Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse – 3501 N. Kilbourn, Chicago – 1 PM – 4 PM

Chicago – Winter market associated with Faith in Place at Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church – 9147 S. Jeffery Blvd - 10 AM – 2 PM

Saturday – March 12

Oak Park – Winter market associated with Faith in Place at Euclid Avenue United Methodist Church - 405 Euclid Ave – 9 AM - 1 PM

SAVE THE DATE!

March 13 – Slow Food Chicago Book Club – Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal Vegetable Miracle – at First Slice Pie Cafe (4401 N. Ravenswood Ave.) at 2:00 p.m.  To learn more, or to purchase the book, visit here.  RSVP for the event by emailing sfchicagoevents@gmail.com

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

March 19 – Equinox Farm Dinner – Heritage Prairie Farm – Elburn

April 30 – GreenNet’s 19th Annual Green & Growing Urban Gardening Fair – Garfield Park, Chicago

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