Another Chance to Ensure a Local Thanksgiving on the Local Calendar

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November 17, 2011 at 1:48 pm

There should be plenty of eat local on your Thanksgiving table, and you have plenty of opportunities to get the rutabagas (pictured) and other local produce for your table in the next few days.  Actually, if you forget something this weekend, you have markets in Chicago next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to finish your shopping.  Our Local Calendar clearly states: finish your holiday shopping now.  Beyond the ample supply of fruits and vegetables, you can still find high quality, local turkeys.  Ideas for your turkeys can be found at Edible Chicago or Slow Food Chicago.

Beyond Thanksgiving, the Local Calendar also says continue to make arrangements for your other family meals, holiday or otherwise.  See our stocking up list here for assistance in being prepared.

You still may be able to find markets on our Farmer’s Market Locator, but we’ve made the switch-over and have listed all area markets for the next week below.  As you plan ahead, also look at 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

Thinking Thanksgiving.  We break our Thanksgiving meal into five categories: 1) relishes; 2) potatoes; 3) stuffing’s/dressing; 4) vegetable sides; 5) the meat.  We noted places for the meat above.  For the rest, you have wide choices still from local foods including celery root,  kohlrabiradishes, rutabagas, kales, collards and similar greens, leeksbok choycarrotsturnipsgarlicwinter squashapplesbeetspotatoesonions, lettucesspinachcilantrorocketbroccolibrussel spouts, cabbage and cauliflower.  Remember, if you think categories, you can find use for any of the items still around.

Remember also, think first, what do I have (or see in the market) instead of what does the recipe in Food and Wine say. For instance, where does the great, frost kissed local spinach go?  Well, the Other Cookbook Addict suggests adding some to your turkey dressing.  Consider adding all those odd and end roots, the kohlrabi and celery roots lurking at the bottom of your vegetable drawer to your mashed potatoes.  Throw extra lettuce into a soup.  And don’t forget you can roast your radishes.

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.  We’ve also spotted Michigan concord grapes at Whole Foods.

WHAT TO DO NOW

November 18

Chicago – Chicago Food Film Fest – Coming off its most successful and best-publicized New York City Food Film Festival to date, the Chicago Food Film Festival will be November 18th through 20th, hosted by festival co-founder and Travel Channel host George Motz. The lineup includes many of the most popular films from the New York festival, but it will also include a number of Chicago-made films about food in this part of the country (including the premiere of a new Sky Full of Bacon video about Pleasant House Bakery). Since the point of the festival is to taste what you’re watching movies about, it will also include food from a host of the city’s most-loved spots including Pleasant House Bakery, Hoosier Mama Pie Co., Doughnut Vault, The Butcher & Larder, Bobtail Ice Cream, and more. And the entire festival is hosted by and benefiting The Good Food Project.  Go here for more details and a discount code.  You can also check our their web site for details.

November 19

Chicago – Chicago Food Film Fest – Coming off its most successful and best-publicized New York City Food Film Festival to date, the Chicago Food Film Festival will be November 18th through 20th, hosted by festival co-founder and Travel Channel host George Motz. The lineup includes many of the most popular films from the New York festival, but it will also include a number of Chicago-made films about food in this part of the country (including the premiere of a new Sky Full of Bacon video about Pleasant House Bakery). Since the point of the festival is to taste what you’re watching movies about, it will also include food from a host of the city’s most-loved spots including Pleasant House Bakery, Hoosier Mama Pie Co., Doughnut Vault, The Butcher & Larder, Bobtail Ice Cream, and more. And the entire festival is hosted by and benefiting The Good Food Project.  Go here for more details and a discount code.  You can also check our their web site for details.

Chicago – 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 - 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

Evanston – Indoor/Outdoor Farmer’s Market – Immanuel Lutheran Church – Vendors from the regular Evanston Farmers’ Market will be at Immanuel selling their produce.  616 Lake – 8 AM – 1 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

Oak Park – They’re out of turkeys, but the Wettstein’s have all sorts of meats they organically raise themselves as well as eggs, wheat, and other goodies.  They de-camp at Oak Park’s Buzz Cafe during the winter to keep you eating well.  Find them here on Saturday. 905 W. Lombard – 3 PM – 5 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

November 20

Chicago – Chicago Food Film Fest – Coming off its most successful and best-publicized New York City Food Film Festival to date, the Chicago Food Film Festival will be November 18th through 20th, hosted by festival co-founder and Travel Channel host George Motz. The lineup includes many of the most popular films from the New York festival, but it will also include a number of Chicago-made films about food in this part of the country (including the premiere of a new Sky Full of Bacon video about Pleasant House Bakery). Since the point of the festival is to taste what you’re watching movies about, it will also include food from a host of the city’s most-loved spots including Pleasant House Bakery, Hoosier Mama Pie Co., Doughnut Vault, The Butcher & Larder, Bobtail Ice Cream, and more. And the entire festival is hosted by and benefiting The Good Food Project.  Go here for more details and a discount code.  You can also check our their web site for details.

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 – Andersonville Winter Market – Ebenezer Lutheran Church – 1650 W. Foster – 1130 AM – 330 PM -

Chicago – 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 – Glenwood Sunday Market – 6956 N. Glenwood 9 AM – 2 PM

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.

November 21

Chicago – Ms. Mint and Burger Bar team up for the Double M Trading Post Pop Up Market – See their web site for details and how to order a local turkey. –  1578 W. Clybourn – 630 PM

November 22

Chicago - Lincoln Square Farmer’s Market – City Parking Lot adjacent to Brown Line Station, 4700 N. Lincoln - 7 AM – 1 PM

November 23

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 - Ms. Mint and Burger Bar team up for the Double M Trading Post Pop Up Market – See their web site for details and how to order a local turkey. –  1578 W. Clybourn – 630 PM

SAVE THE DATE!

March 15-17

Chicago Good Food Festival – More soon!

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