The Time to Make a Local Thanksgiving is Now on the Local Calendar
Starting last week, we began our annual, seasonal switch-over in Local Calendars. We do the switch-over because we want you to switch-over too. We want you to find winter markets and other places still selling local food. We know it is entirely possible. For instance, Beetnik Peg Wolfe made it to the Lincoln Square market and filed this report. Melissa Owens made it to a couple of markets last weekend, and filed this report. See above for a shot of her market haul.
If you need added incentive, Thanksgiving is only a few weeks away. Although, the holiday found itself oddly stretched from our annual harvest, it is still possible to fill the table with local foods. In fact, we strongly believe Thanksgiving should be the ideal time to showcase the bounty of cold weather foods. We think there is much to grab if you get out now.
To get you ready for Thanksgiving and the weeks ahead, see our stocking up list found here. We’ve also provided you help in making your own root cellar with this post. Beetnik David Hammond has been sharing his root cellaring with a diary; read the latest installment here.
In addition to our listing of markets below, you can still use our Farmer’s Market Locator to find a market near you, or you can check with our master list of Chicago area winter markets (we will have up soon, a big list of winter markets around the midwest for those who want to travel for local food).
WHAT TO BUY NOW
There just may still be tomatoes and peppers around; in fact we strongly believe there will still be all sorts of peppers, sweet and hot. And there will be all sorts of other items like leeks, bok choy, carrots, turnips, garlic, winter squash, apples, beets, potatoes, onions, lettuces, spinach, cilantro, rocket, broccoli, brussel spouts, cabbage and cauliflower.
There still may be tomatoes, green and ripening. You can make various recipes from your green tomatoes, for instance in Melissa’s recipe here or you can pickle them. You can also exercise patience and see if the tomatoes will ripen.
WHERE TO FIND LOCAL FOODS
Find a farmer’s market near you with our market locator.
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
As Hammond notes in his root cellar diary, it is possible to buy good quality local food at your neighborhood grocery store. We see tons of Michigan apples at Caputo’s, and not just plain ones, but interesting varieties like fuji. Whole Foods has an assortment of stuff, primarily from Wisconsin’s Harmony Valley Farm.
WHAT TO DO NOW
Glencoe – Chicago Botanic Gardens – Indoor market featuring Windy City Harvest, a unit of the Botanic Gardens. Windy City Harvest is one of the best source for cold weather vegetables.
Chicago - Lincoln Square Farmer’s Market – City Parking Lot adjacent to Brown Line Station, 4700 N. Lincoln - 7 AM – 1 PM
Chicago - Green City Market – You will now find the market in its cold weather home, the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Expect a wide range of cold weather produce – 8 AM – 1 PM
Chicago - 61st St/Experimental Station – 6100 S. Blackstone – 9AM – 2 PM
Chicago – Logan Square Kitchen presents a pastry market featuring many of the city’s finest confectionery and bakery artisans – 2333 N. Milwaukee – 10 AM – 3 PM
Elgin - Winter Market at “the Haight” 166 Symphony Way (right across the street from Centre -Kimball/Douglas) – 8 AM – 2 PM
Geneva – Geneva Community Winter Market – 11 N 5th – 9 AM – 1 PM
Grayslake – This market in the far north suburb starts early and ends late. Dress warm as it’s outdoors – Whitney and Center Streets 10 AM – 2 PM
Woodstock – This large suburban market moves indoor this weekend to the McHenry County Farm Bureau building at 1102 McConnell Rd. in Woodstock, just off Route 47 – 8 AM – 1 PM
Chicago - Logan Square Farmer’s Market – This market moves indoor to the Congress Theater, 2135 N. Milwaukee. Randy Brockway says his Brockway Farms will still have many local vegetables including baby spinach and cauliflower – 10 AM – 2 PM
Chicago – Logan Square Kitchen presents a second day of its gourmet pastry – 2333 N. Milwaukee – 10 AM – 3 PM
Palatine – Winter Market at Countryside Church – 1025 N Smith St, Palatine – 11 – 3
Warrenville – Slow Food City’s Edge Harvest Dinner at Two Brothers Taphouse – 30w315 Calumet Ave - Brewery Tour @ 4:30pm and dinner following – Space is extremely limited, reserve now at (630) 393-2337
Chicago – Fall canning workshop with Slow Food Chicago – Lis David and Zvi Bar-Chaim (owners of Scratch Homemade) will teach you how to take apples from off the tree to in the jar. You will participate in every step as the group makes delicious and unique Curry Apple Chutney. These events have sold out in the past, so get your tickets now.
November 19 & 20
St. Nicholas Cathedral is hosting the Ukrainian Village Winter Market & Artisan Fair from 10 to 3. Vendors include Peasant’s Plot, River Valley Ranch & Kitchens, Black Dog Gelato, and features Ukrainian embroidery for the holidays. More information here.
Chicago Food Film Fest – We’ll have more on this up soon, but expect a whole weekend’s worth of food fun, on screen and on the table. Check our their web site for details.
SAVE THE DATE!
Chicago Good Food Festival – More soon!