Glad to Have Met You, Please Stick Around
When Jim Slama of FamilyFarmed suggested the Local Beet man a table at the 2011, Expo, I demurred. Jim persisted, so I gave in. Thankfully. Me and the other Beetniks, Wendy, Tom, my wife, Sheila, and newest Beetnik, Mo, all had a blast chatting local food at our table. We hope that all of you who stopped by the table or who heard panels given by myself, Keighty or Melissa will stick around and become full-fledged ’niks yourself.
For those of you new to the Beet or at least in need of some remedial Beetness, we present this handy tip sheet.
We present a range of topics and resources with our regular features. We also have various guides to assist you eat local including our much lauded big, big list of 2011 CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture).
Make a point of checking in weekly with our Local Calendar. We post it in our Blog around Thursday or Friday each week. As long as we can count off area farmer’s markets on our fingers, we will list them eat week in the Calendar. When the markets get into full swing, in late May, we will refer you to our Market Finder (a revised Market Finder is under construction). Beyond markets, the Local Calendar tells you what is in season/what local foods are available in the Chicago area. The most recent Local Calendar can be found here.
If you want some ways to follow our dispatches, this page, a bit dated, still contains good links for our RSS feeds, our Facebook page and some of our Twitter personae. It’s another good place to know how to follow us.
We have other ways to get you and keep you eating local. In the Local Family slot, I try, never as much as I want, to chronicle our attempts to eat all our meals from food grown in the Big Ten Conference. Melissa Graham also lives the eat local life, and provides us delicious recipes as the Sustainable Cook.
We are quite proud of the experts around here. Wendy Aeschlimann makes the case for local wine. Keighty Alvarez teaches you how to make your own cheese and also writes, with love, about other cheesey topics. Tom Keith consistently finds the interesting and intriguing in our local beer scene. Our latest expert, Mark Smrecek, covers home curing, sausage making and other meaty matters.
To dive into our rich history, scroll to the bottom of this page and engage our robust search engine.
Any questions, let us know via comments or by using our contact us page.
Glad to have met so many of you at FamilyFarmed, we hope you all stick around.