Eat Local with Our Weekly Local Calendar

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May 19, 2011 at 10:01 pm

A few more markets roll out this weekend, including my hometown market in Oak Park; French Markets in the far South Suburbs (New Lenox and Homewood) and way on the other end of the spectrum, the Kenosha HarborMarket moves to its outdoor location.  Of course, in between, within Chicago, markets are happening in Lincoln Park, and Division Street.  You should not have to travel too far to find local food. To find the market right for you, use our searchable, sortable, Market Locator

As the outdoor markets roll out, the most stalwart of indoor markets holds its last session this Saturday.  The Community Winter Market in Geneva shines on each weekend, each week, all winter, allowing for local food all the time.  We rarely (if ever) can make it to Geneva, but boy do we love that they are there.  The market always features a mix of available produce,  meat vendors with humanely raised chicken, pork and beef, and eggs as well as the outstanding selection of cheeses from  Curds & Whey Cheese Company.   The market is in the Inglenook Pantry building at 11 N 5th Ave in Geneva.  

Bring our set of market shopping tips with you.

WHAT TO BUY NOW

The novelty of spring greens may be wearing off, and in fact some of that earliest plants, like ramps, are probably gone.  Still, we feel you should capitalize on the short season of foraged crops like watercress, nettles, garlic mustard, wild ferns.  Grab these now.

We saw over-wintered parsnips last week at  Growing Power.  See if you can still find them.  Also, old but still very good look for potatoes and apples.

Spring! asparagus and  rhubarb.

WHAT TO BUY SOON (OR LOOK FOR KEENLY)

Strawberries

WHERE TO FIND LOCAL FOODS

These stores specialize in local foods:

City Provisions Deli in Ravenswood, Chicago

Downtown Farmstand in the Loop, Chicago

Green Grocer in West Town, Chicago 

Dill Pickle Coop in Logan Square, Chicago

Marion Street Cheese Market in Oak Park

Butcher and Larder in Noble Square, Chicago

An Indiana farm growing lettuces, basil and rocket (a/k/a arugula) indoors called Eden Farms sells mostly now in Indiana, but they also sell to the Sunset Foods stores on the North Shore.

We are still seeing Michigan apples and Wisconsin potatoes here and there.

WHAT TO DO NOW

Other Eat Local Activities

May 19 – May 25 – Chicago Craft Beer Week – Tom tells you what he thinks here.

May 22 - Our friend Jim Javenkoski throws his next Locavore Dinner, which includes a screening of the new documentary, Ingredients, at Kitchen Chicago.  The dinner will include a 4-course dinner menu designed by Chef Derrick Wcislak of Pure Kitchen Catering.  More details and tickets ($65/$75) are available here.

May 25 – Savor the Seasons Tasting Festivals: Lettuce, Green City Market, Chicago, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

May 26 – Swing into Spring, a fundraiser for the Peterson Garden Project – 7 – 11 PM

May 29 – Slow Food Chicago Book Club – Epitaph for a Peach by David Mas Masumoto – First Slice Cafe (4401 N. Ravenswood)
 - 2 – 3 PM – RSVP to sfchicagoevents {at} gmail(.)com , if you plan to attend.

June 4 – Planting Day at the preSERVE Garden – 12th Place and Central Park Ave., Chicago – 10 – 1230 - Water will be provided. Bring a sack lunch and work gloves if you have them.  Spaces are limited, please RSVP to slowfoodpreserve {at} gmail(.)com (Rain date will be Sunday, June 5th)

June 7 – Taste the Great Lakes Dinner – Freshwater fish dinner at Dirk’s Fish with Slow Food Chicago.

June 24 – Slow Food Chicago Summer Solstice Potluck – At the Chicago Honey Co-op. – Details forthcoming.

August 3 — Outstanding in the Field with Paul Virant of Vie and Bare Knuckle Farm, Northport, MI.  There are a lot of great farm dinners with local farms this summer with Outstanding in the Field, but join The Local Beet in making the trek north for this one, as it promises to be special as anyone who has tasted Bare Knuckle’s pork belly from Duroc Cross hogs can attest.  More information here.

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