Last Week of Fall, the Weekly Events Calendar

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December 14, 2011 at 12:39 pm

December 22nd  the official start of winter, is approaching. The Green Grocer’s most recent email update on their produce shares best describes what is available and what the farmers are up to.

Received word from our local farms that now all of their crops are out of the ground and into cold storage. The crops that remain store very well under proper conditions and would be considered the food staples of our recent ancestors who lived pre-refrigeration(or pre-supermarket for that matter.) Here is what is in their produce share for the week, carnival squash, carrots, beets, cabbage, gala apples and granny smith apples. There are still plenty of winter greens, kale, spinach, tatsoi at most of the markets as well.

Seems like a pretty good rendition of what you’ll find on the Local Calendar. Still, we also note that more and more farmers are using hoop houses to extend their growing seasons, so get to the markets and check out all that’s available! See our list below for what we think you can buy this week.

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, below, the 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 greenscabbagebroccoli, cauliflowerrocketlettucesspinachradishes, probably a pepper or two, and then continue to stock up on all the storage stuff: potatoesgarliconionssquash and the roots like turnipsbeetsrutabagas, etc.  Other items you may still find include leekssunchokes, and hearty herbs like cilantro, sage, and thyme.

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

WHAT TO DO NOW

December 15

Chicago - Farmageddon – 6:15 pm Gene Siskel Theater Last chance to see this movie which is a documentary about the story of small family farms trying to provide healthy, good, foods to their communities and the obstacles they face from the government and corporate bureaucracies.

Chicago - Goodgreens.org meeting – 10am – 12pm – (Loop) This group envisions a region in which all residents have access to affordable, locally grown food and appreciate the importance of good nutrition for themselves, their families and their communities. This is a monthly meeting of mettings sponsored by the USDA. If you are interested in attending or want to find out more about it, please contact Alan Shannon of the USDA, his address is on the website.

December 16

Chicago – Ms. Mint’s Holiday Bazaar opens 3-8pm Grossing City Autoplex 1530 N. Dayton (Near Clybourn and North Avenue) Come on out to eat, shop, and share the festivity & fun at the 2nd annual local & fair trade gift bazaar.  Ms. Mint’s Holiday Bazaar is a curated grassroots gift bazaar that brings together incredible regional food artisans, fair trade businesses, designers, authors and community organizations. You will also have the opportunity to make your own artisan gift baskets!

December 17

Chicago - Green City Market – You will now find the market in its fall/winter home, the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.  Expect a wide range of cold weather produce –  8 AM – 1 PM There is an ATM in the building which makes it very convenient to stock up!

Chicago - 61st St/Experimental Station – 6100 S. Blackstone – 9AM – 2 PM

Chicago – Crop Mob at Growing Power’s Iron Street Urban Farm 2-5pm 3333 S. Iron St. Growing Power’s Iron Street Farm is located on the Southside of Chicago in a renovated warehouse space. Take a tour of this innovative 2.5-acre farm, help prepare new beehives for next spring, and learn about creating mushroom “chandeliers”.

Chicago – Ms. Mint’s Holiday Gift Bazaar – 11- 6pm Grossinger’s City Autoplex 1530 N. Dayton (Near Clybourn and North Avenue

Chicago - The Publican Seasonal Food Drive to benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository 1:30pm – 3:30pm The Publican will be providing delicious snacks as well as giving a Complimentary brew to all who donate. In case you were wondering while culling your cupboards, “what to donate?” Here they are: peanut butter, canned vegetables, pasta, rice, cereal, chili, soup, tuna, beans and canned fruit.

Chicago – Empty Bottle 1035 N. Western Ave. hosts A Chili Home Companion It’s only $10 with money going to support Graze, a Chicago-based food-focused literary magazine. Fifteen cooks representing different restaurants including Bite Cafe, Birchwood Kitchen, Jam, Revolution Brewing, Burhop’s Seafood Market and more, will hit the Bottle while live music from local bands Cains & Abels, Angela James and Tin Tin Can will entertain the crowds.

Bolingbrook – Winter Farmer’s Market in Bolingbrook Church of St. Benedick in Bolingbrook 10 – 2pm 909 Lily Cache Lane Sponsored by Faith in Place

Elgin - Elgin Winter Market – 166 Symphony Way (right across the street from Centre -Kimball/Douglas) – 8 AM – 2 PM Here is a list of the vendors that will be there this Saturday.

Evanston – The NEWLY MINTED Evanston Indoor Farmer’s Market, at the Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd at Bridge St., (there is a large parking lot across the street), 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 Green Market – Note, the market has moved to a new location, 27 N. Bennett (Geneva Place) – 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

December 18

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 – 10-2pm

Glencoe - Winter Farmers’ Market at the Chicago Botanic Garden – 10-2pm 1000 Lake Cook Road Features seasonal produce, herbs, wreaths, handmade pottery, honey and more.

SAVE THE DATE!

March 15-17

Chicago Good Food Festival – More soon!

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