Still No Fava Beans on the Local Calendar

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June 24, 2011 at 9:34 am

Although some sources have let you know your fava bean window passed, we still look for them on our Local Calendar.  So far, we have not seen any.  We do, however, finally see a bit more in our markets beyond greens, asparagus and strawberries.   See below for our weekly guide to what is in season, now, in the Chicago area.

Tonight is one of the best events on the yearly Calendar, Slow Food Chicago’s annual Summer Solstice pot-luck.  It is not too late to get a ticket for the event.  See below for link.

A special treat for those who can make it to the Oak Park Farmer’s Market:  our friends Dennis and Emily Wettstein are offering many of their organic meats for special, reduced prices.   Stock up.

Pretty much all the area farmer’s markets are a-goin’.  Use our searchable, sortable, Market Locator to find a market by you.  Use our farmer’s market shopping tips to get the most out of your area market.

WHAT TO BUY NOW

Early season produce, including asparagus, still exists, but, finally, you can find more to buy and eat.  New produce around includes raspberries, zucchini/summer squash, broccoli, carrots, beets, and garlic scapes.  Continue to enjoy the special and seasonal tastes of young onions and garlic.

WHAT TO BUY SOON (OR LOOK FOR KEENLY)

Cherries, new potatoes, the first tomatoes beyond the indoor grown tomatoes from Iron Creek and Growing Power.

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 continue to see Michigan asparagus at Whole Foods.

WHAT TO DO NOW

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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