This Local Calendar Tastes Localicious

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March 18, 2011 at 8:32 am

Much apologies for not getting an updated Local Calendar up last week.  We hope you were still able to use the most recent version to find the ins and outs on how to eat local in the Chicago area.  With this Local Calendar, not only do we have information on the happenings, we got fresh intel on where you can pick up some locally grown, indoor grown, greens.

As always, please share with us any other events or tips on living the eat local life in the Chicago area.

WHAT TO BUY NOW

The local larders are generally at their smallest now with mostly indoor grown vegetables: lettuces, spinach, micro-greens, mushrooms, cucumbers, herbs, rocket; you can find very limited supplies of  root vegetables : beets, carrots, celery root, sunchokes, and storage crops like onionsapples, and winter squash.

Do resist the tyranny of the fresh.  We expect you can find frozen and dried fruits from Seedlings at various markets.  Tomato Mountain does all sorts of things with its Wisconsin tomatoes, not just salsas; I love the pickles made by River Valley Kitchen.  The Downtown Farmstand sells Three Sisters Garden dried beans.  Use the local.

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.

New! We learned of an Indiana farm growing lettuces, basil and rocket (a/k/a arugula) indoors called Eden Farms.  They sell mostly now in Indiana, but they also sell to the Sunset Foods stores on the North Shore. 

Your local grocery may not be carrying living waters lettuces, but look around for what they may have local.  You can almost for sure find local apples and potatoes, maybe onions at various grocery stores.  The Angelo Caputo’s in Elmwood Park still has Michigan apples, and I recently espied Wisconsin potatoes at the Fresh Market in Oak Park.

WHAT TO DO NOW

Friday – March 18

Chicago – FamilyFarmed Expo/Chicago Food Policy Summit - This is the premier opportunity for those involved with the good food movement in Chicago to interact, network and learn from each other.  Learn especially about efforts to bring local foods to schools and restaurants – UIC Forum at the corner of Halsted and West Roosevelt – 830 – 430 PM

Chicago – Localicious – FamilyFarm celebrates the fantastic-ness of local foods and raises funds for its work at this grand party.  Taste foods from some our favorite places including Signature Room, Big Jones, City Provisions and Old Town Social.  Dance to the music of Liquid Soul included!  $75 for a great cause – UIC Forum at the corner of Halsted and West Roosevelt – 830 – 430 PM

Saturday - March 19

Chicago - FamilyFarmed Expo – All things local food including workshops, chef demonstrations, kid’s corner and exhibit hall.  Meet the Beet at their table where we will have a printed copy of our CSA list and will be showing off the Local Food Wheel for the Upper Midwest we helped build.  Learn from Beetniks on eating local on a budget, four season local eating, and home cheesemaking – UIC Forum at the corner of Halsted and West Roosevelt – 9 AM – 4 PM

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

Geneva - Equinox Farm Dinner from Heritage Prairie Farm – Geneva Golf Club – 831 South St., Geneva – 6 PM

Sunday – March 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

Wednesday – March 23

Chicago – Terra Madre Reunion – An evening of presentations, show and tell, and discussion from the attendees of the 2010 Terra Madre conference in Turin, Italy – Wicker Park Fieldhouse (1425 N. Damen) – 7 PM

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

WHAT TO DO SOON

Saturday – March 26

Chicago – Green City Market – Theme: Say Cheese – 8 AM – 1 PM – Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Sunday – March 27

Chicago – Winter market associated with Faith in Place at St. John’s Episcopal Church – 3857 N. Kostner, Chicag0 – 12 PM – 3 PM

SAVE THE DATE!

April 18 - Our friend Jon-David, the Mafia Hairdresser, made us aware of  GREEN CHICAGO @ Joseph Michael’s Salon & Spa..
GREEN CHICAGO is an Earthday Celebration where “Social Media Royalty meet Chicagoland Green Groups” to mingle, have fun & learn about each other. Your ticket includes munchies, fabulous beverages & a special “Mafia-Mojito” made by jon-david.  Pepsi Refresh Challenge winner, Alicia Ontiveros, will be screening a portion of Meet the Gulf, her documentary about the people in the Gulf of Mexico affected by the BP Oil Spill.  All ticket and raffle purchasers go into weekly raffles leading up to the event and 1 lucky Ticket Event attendee will win a Hair Make-Over at Joseph Michael’s Salon & Spa.  Mother Nature herself will be your special guest ambassador and show you how a salon can turn into a GREEN CHICAGO tradeshow and how a spa can turn into a screening room.  At this event green-guy/writer/hairdresser jon-david will be launching & signing his book, Mafia Hairdresser, and all proceeds will go to Climate Cycle, the May 22nd Chicago fun bike ride which put solar power in Chicago schools. You will also be able to sign up for Climate Cycle. Pre-Purchase your book and pick it up at Green Chicago, 1313 Ritchie Ct. anytime after March 31.  TICKETS now on sale VIA EVENTBRITE .  See also the Mafia Hairdresser site for more information.

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

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