Flu Ridden, Barely Revised Local Calendar

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May 27, 2011 at 9:36 am

Here at Local Beet HQ, a bad flu bug ravished the staff, and output this week went down the root cellar.  We expect to be up and running soon.  Even from the depth of illness, however, we want to encourage your local eating.  Thus, we have mildly updated last week’s edition of the Local Calendar to serve as this week’s version.

A good deal of markets take their opening day around June1, and a visit to our searchable, sortable, Market Locator will give you an idea of these markets.   And now that you can shop away, don’t forget our farmer’s market shopping tips.

WHAT TO BUY NOW

Its still very much asparagus and rhubarb season.  Asparagus recipe ideas?  Both Melissa Graham, the Sustainable Cook, and Chef Pat Sheerin, from the Signature Room, offer suggestions.  Still, may we suggest that you expand your produce vocabulary this week.  Mo’s hot on Spring turnips, and we’ve been right behind here, mostly using them raw in salads.  You cannot use Swiss chard raw (except for really baby chard), but it does not take much to cook up chard leaves.  Don’t forget to use the stems too.

Along with the fresh spring items, take advantage of good supplies of old potatoes.  Believe us, you will still find them plenty delicious.  Again, going back to Mo, those old potatoes combine well with the delicious early season turnips.

WHAT TO BUY SOON (OR LOOK FOR KEENLY)

Strawberries, peas (sugar snaps, snow peas, shell peas)

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

We saw Michigan asparagus at Whole Foods this week.

WHAT TO DO NOW

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 23 – 4-Course Slow Food Dinner and Goose Island Pairing Event Featuring Goose Island Beer Company Brew Master, Brett Porter – UnCommon Ground – 1401 W. Devon, Chicago

June 24 – Slow Food Chicago Summer Solstice Potluck – At the Chicago Honey Co-op. – Additional details here.

June 25 – City Provisions Farm Dinner with Dietzler Farms and Half Acre Beer – Bus leaves City Provisions Deli @ 1 PM

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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