The Local Calendar Still Says Fall

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December 2, 2011 at 3:17 pm

The Farmer’s Almanacs forewarn a brutal, snow-filled winter.  The nightly forcasters predicted a covering this week.  We still see a green lawn around us.  We also still see fall on our Local Calendar.  What we mean is that we want you to continue to search for and consume “fall” in your locavore efforts.  Of course, you should also be making haste in your efforts to put-away for those actual snowy days, but in the next few weeks, think fall: broccoli, brussels spruts, kale and other greens, maybe a stray green pepper.  You’ll have plenty of time to live on rutabagas and other roots from the cellar.

To assist you in your winter farmer’s marketing, we have this guide, and we also have a stocking up list for your to use. We’ve listed markets for this week, but you can also look at our master list of Chicago area winter markets.

WHAT TO BUY NOW

Since the Local Calendar still says Fall, it also says there’s more produce out there than you might expect.  Fruit-wise, there may be some pears, certainly Asian style “papples”, and grapes as well as various apples.  Vegetable-wise, look for cold friendly fall crops like greens, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, rocket, lettuces, spinach, radishes, probably a pepper or too, and then continue to stock up on all the storage stuff, potatoes, garlic, onions, squash and the roots like turnips, beets, rutabagas, etc.

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

December 2

Chicago – Friday 2-4 pm Lincoln Square Leland and Western Christkindl Market For Lincoln Square, the holiday season begins with the Christkindl Market, now in its fourth year. This much anticipated three-day event featured in Midwest magazine, blend Old World traditions with New World twists to create a unique event that has something for everyone, including Christmas carolers and choirs, local folk musicians and bands, Kids Korner with St. Nick; young-adult mix and mingle, and perennial favorites hot chocolate, gluhwein, and craft beers.

December 3

Chicago – The Glenwood Sunday Market presents “It’s a Wrap” to benefit the market.  -Lifeline Theater, 6912 N. Glenwood – 7 – 10 PM

Chicago – Lincoln Square ChristKindl 9am -10pm For Lincoln Square, the holiday season begins with the Christkindl Market, now in its fourth year. This much anticipated three-day event featured in Midwest magazine, blend Old World traditions with New World twists to create a unique event that has something for everyone, including Christmas carolers and choirs, local folk musicians and bands, Kids Korner with St. Nick; young-adult mix and mingle, and perennial favorites hot chocolate, gluhwein, and craft beers.

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

Elgin – Elgin Winter Market – 166 Symphony Way (right across the street from Centre -Kimball/Douglas) – 8 AM – 2 PM

Evanston – The NEWLY MINTED Evanston Indoor Farmer’s Market, thrown by the Friends of the Evanston Market – Expect many of the vendors found at the summer Evanston markets, see here for a list of vendors and other information on the market – 2024 McCormick – 9 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

Morton Grove - Morton Grove Winter Market - American Legion Memorial Civic Center, 6140 Dempster St, Morton Grove – 10 AM – 2PM

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

December 4

Chicago - Dose Market – River East Arts Center 10am to 5pm Artisans include -Keeping it fresh for this very special Dose, they’ve got a slew of new debuts including: complimentary fizzy gin punch from Death’s Door; the first-ever preview of finger-licking good Honey Butter Fried Chicken;  the debut of chef Marianne Sundquist’s Mess Hall & Co.; mint-vintage designer pieces from inimitable purveyor, Ariane PrewittPost 27’s best giftables (think quirky bookends and mesmerizing candles); Dinner Party, ready to do up your holiday table; and Elise Bergman’s adorable hair bows and leather accessories. -

Chicago – Lincoln Square ChristKindl 10am – 7pm For Lincoln Square, the holiday season begins with the Christkindl Market, now in its fourth year. This much anticipated three-day event featured in Midwest magazine, blend Old World traditions with New World twists to create a unique event that has something for everyone, including Christmas carolers and choirs, local folk musicians and bands, Kids Korner with St. Nick; young-adult mix and mingle, and perennial favorites hot chocolate, gluhwein, and craft beers.

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

Deerfield – Winter Market organized by Faith in Place – North Shore Unitarian Church – 2100 Half Day Rd. (Rt. 22) – 10 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.

SAVE THE DATE!

March 15-17

Chicago Good Food Festival – More soon!

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