Follow the Momentum of the FamilyFarmed Expo with the Latest Local Calendar

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March 25, 2011 at 8:56 am

Last weekend, a lot of us re-committed to local eating.  Many more discovered eating local for the first time.  Potential investors hooked up with food businesses; foodies tasted Localicious, and a whole heck of a lot of people filled the UIC Forum on Saturday hearing chef demonstrations, attending workshops and walking the exhibit floor.  We all left inspired.  Keep the momentum going with this latest Local Calendar, which highlights area markets and the little bits of local foods still available.

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

This is the barest time of year on the Local Calendar.  Use mostly indoor grown vegetables: lettuces, spinach, micro-greens, mushrooms, cucumbers, herbs, rocket; there only the mostly limited supplies of  root vegetables : beets, carrots, celery root, sunchokes, while storage crops like onions, potatoes and apples, are hanging around.

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.

WHAT TO BUY SOON

It won’t be long, but the first things to spring: watercress, ramps, sorrel, fiddle-head ferns, nettles, and green garlic.  Let us know when you start seeing these products.

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

Saturday - March 26

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

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

Sunday – March 27

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 St. John’s Episcopal Church – 3857 N. Kostner, Chicag0 – 12 PM – 3 PM

Wednesday – March 30

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