Make Way for Air and Water Show with This Local Calendar
This is the week of no Green City Market for you. As we always know from media reports 3 million people will flock to the lakeshore this weekend. So many people arching their heads skyward for a glance at the Thunderbirds or Blue Angels or whatever formation flyers in town this year, that we cannot possibly have a farmer’s market near the lake shore. So, pack your re-usable shopping bags and find another source for fresh foods. Telling you which market to visit is like telling us to pick which is our favorite child. We love ‘em all in their own special way. Use our searchable, sortable, Market Locator to find a market near you.
There’s still plenty of time to support the good causes that need support. Besides the Purple Asparagus, Seven Generations Ahead, Slow Food Chicago, and Nice Cream events we’ve told you about in the previous Local Calendars, there’s also the benefit tonight for Chicago’s Recycling Coalition. See below for details on these and other great events.
WHAT TO BUY NOW
The great thing about tomato season, the funny, odd shaped, weird colored tomatoes you tried last week have been replaced by some new shapes, sizes and colors. And don’t forget to learn all the cool names. I especially like that a delicious tomato variety honors Paul Robeson. Another variety, the Arkansas Traveler sounds like a new show on the TLC Network. The Mortgage Lifter seems especially apropos these days. And the German Johnson sounds like an old time ‘rassler. See what tickles your fancy this weekend. See also our previously published guide to some of the varieties of heirloom tomatoes you will find in our markets.
There’s much more than tomatoes. We adore peppers in all their forms. Gorge on summer foods like melons, eggplants, okra and eggplants.
WHAT TO BUY SOON (OR LOOK FOR KEENLY)
Pears, more varieties of apples, more colors of sweet peppers.
Please remember that the seasonal apples, onions and potatoes in the market now are not meant for long term cellaring. In fact, the need to be kept in the fridge or they will spoil easily.
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
Pay attention, the local supermarkets continue to advertise local foods. This week we found local food at the little neighborhood store, Serrelli’s.
WHAT TO DO NOW
August 18 – The Chicago Recycling Coalition has a fundraiser and junk gathering tonight at Logan Square Kitchen. The event also features the movie, Scrappers (with the chance to meet the filmmakers). The doors open at 6, the movie is at 730. Reservations at Brown Paper Tickets. Logan Square Kitchen, 2333 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. See here for more details.
August 20 – Our great friends at Green Grocer Chicago are holding a BBQ. They will be grilling up delicious local, pasture raised meats, and local portabellos; offer fresh fruit and local craft beers. They are asking for $7 suggested donation to help cover food, booze and music. Seems like a good deal! Parking lot behind their store, 1402 W. Grand, Chicago.
August 24 – Our friend, the man we love to disagree with, the ever opinionated, yet never wrong Steve Plotnicki, helped curate a team of Midwest chefs who source from the farm yet cook from the modern playbook for a group dinner at North Pond. This event features five of the most exciting guys around our parts, and on this night you get the chance to sample from all of them as well as have the chance to go mano-a-mano with Steve himself. It should be a extremely fun night. If you can afford $140 a person for a dinner, this is one you should not miss. See the North Pond web sitefor more details.
August 28 - Cork & Crayons Benefit for Purple Asparagus at UnCommon Ground – The family-friendly event brings foodies old and young together to celebrate the joys of family meals and healthy eating all for and to support the good works of our friends at Purple Asparagus. The event will include a mini farmers’ market sponsored by Harvest Moon Organics farm, music from Old Town School of Folk Music artists, a raffle, and a silent auction for bidding on gourmet treats, getaways, and more. Guests will enjoy selections from Uncommon Ground’s kitchen and Candid Wines. Attendees will also be able to tour the certified-organic green roof atop Uncommon Ground where the restaurant grows some of the produce on its menu. $60 for adults ($65 at the door), $15 for ages 5-20 ($20 at the door). Kids under 5 are free. Tickets can be purchased via credit card at www.brownpapertickets.com or by check payable to Purple Asparagus sent in care of Melissa Graham, 1824 W Newport Ave, Chicago, IL 60657 - Uncommon Ground, 1401 W. Devon Ave., Chicago
August 28 – Head straight from Cork and Crayons to another good cause. Local ice cream maker Kris Swanberg came to the attention of the State food police who want her to switch from fresh fruits to syrups and packaged “milk” from good, local milk. Her friends at Revolution Brewery have offered their space and their beers to help raise funds and awareness for the plight of Kris and others in her similar situations. 5 PM to 8 PM at Revolution Brewing, 2323 N. Milwaukee, Chicago. Additional information and ticket information can be found here.
September 11 – Slow Food Chicago Presents 3rd Annual Pig Roast at Goose Island – Simply, local chef’s serve local pig. Five area chefs have their way with hogs from Illinois’s Slagel Farm for the benefit of Slow Food Chicago. 2 – 5 PM at Goose Island, 1800 W. Fulton Street, Chicago. Ten dollars off your ticket if you buy before August 17! Go here for details and tickets.