Be a Beet Reporter – Market Correspondents, CSA Subscribers, Home Canners (Etc.) Wanted

May 5, 2011 at 9:11 am

Hey you eat localers.  We need you.  We need your reports.  We need more Beet Reporters.  We especially want coverage of the many farmer’s markets around the Chicago area.  Adopt a market.  Make it your beat.  Get to know your farmers.  Woo us to your market. 

We don’t just want market correspondents.  CSA subscribers, home canners, heirloom tomato growers. Anyone knee deep in locavore activities, we’d be happy to hand out a Beet press pass. 

If you want to be a Beet reporter, feel free to contact me at or leave a comment in this thread.  If you were a Beet Reporter last year, you can go ahead and send me a message, but I’m going to reach out to you directly.



  1. Susan says:

    I visit the Saturday farmer’s market at Nettlehorst and do my share of canning local produce/jelly/salsas etc. Would be interested in knowing more of your need for writers.


  2. esp says:

    I’d be interested in writing for the Beet. I’m a home canner, gardener, CSA subscriber, farmer’s market shopper, and backyard chicken rabble-rouser. :)

  3. Pat Clark says:

    Hi, Mr. Gardner,
    I met you at the FamilyFarmed Forum where you gave me your card. I’m the Independence Park Farmers Market Manager and would like to promote it via The Local Beet. It’s located in Independence Park, 3945 N. Springfield, Chicago 60618 (along Irving Park Road/Hamlin). The Sunday market dates are June 12 & 26, July 10 & 24, Aug. 14 & 28, Sept. 11 & 25, Oct. 9; each runs 9 am to 1 pm. As of today there are 29 vendors selling everything from baked goods, honey, seasoned nuts, coffee, crepes made-to-order, cut flower bouquets, olives, spices, cheese, meats, eggs, flours, jams and jellies, salsas and sauces, organic bug spray and household cleaners, soaps, pet treats, and crocheted market bags. The fruit and vegetable farmers will join as soon as their crops are ready. There’s always bluegrass musicians entertaining and asking everyone to join them. A Children’s Craft Class runs from 10 am to noon; many special events and guests are scheduled throughout the season. The Shedd Aquarium will present their program, Rite Bite, plus kids craft class on 6/26.The Bicycle Ambassadors will be joined by Working Bikes (the market will be a bicycle donation site) on Aug. 14; three dance troupes(ballroom, Irish and belly dancing) will perform on different dates.

    The market received a mention in the first-ever Chicago edition of the Michelin Guide, “The nearly Independence Park Farmers Market is also worth a trip. This fast-growing market will satisfy with its array of produce, plants, and baked goods.”

    Parking is available in the south lot by the field house on Springfield; the #80 bus stops at Springfield; the Irving Park Road Blue Line stop is two blocks west.

    Thank you, Mr. Gardner, for this wonderful opportunity. The market is is really the neighborhood gathering spot in the summer.

  4. Caron Smith says:

    I could find plenty to write about in Lake County, Ill. and southeastern Wisconsin. (There’s an interesting farmer’s market in Bristol, Wis.) I used to write about cooking for the Lake County News-Sun. Just one question, though. Is this a paying gig?

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