What Happened to the Snow on The Local Calendar – Eat Local Now!

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January 18, 2012 at 9:11 am

More markets are opening as we move further into January. We will now be giving “what to eat now” its own blog post. So stay tuned. Even though it is only the third week of January, the local event calendar is already picking up, so check it all out!!

WHAT’S IN SEASON

In the last Local Calendar, we reminded you that what’s in season this time of year is mostly what you find, and for the Local Family, it turned out to be peppers, cucumbers, and lettuce.  Who knows.  You may find tomatoes, rocketSwiss chard or spinach from farmers with hoop-houses or hydroponic operations.  Also grown indoors are mushrooms and sprouts.  Seasonality is odd this time of year.  On the other hand, what’s in season remains what the farmers and stores have left.  There could be apples and potatoes as well as other storage crops like root vegetables (beets, celery root, rutabaga, turnip, radish), cabbages and winter squash.  Once again, don’t bring a shopping list; just get what you find.

And supplement with high quality preserved foods.  Resist the tyranny of the fresh!  Look for items like Tomato Mountain pureed tomatoes* or Seedling’s Fruit’s dried and frozen.  At the Logan Square Farmer’s Market you can get Michigan blueberries.

WHERE TO FIND LOCAL FOODS

These stores specialize in local foods:

City Provisions Deli 1818 West Wilson in Ravenswood, Chicago

Downtown Farmstand 66 East Randolph in the Loop, Chicago

Green Grocer 1402 West Grand Ave in West Town, Chicago

Dill Pickle Coop 3039 West Fullerton in Logan Square, Chicago

Marion Street Cheese Market 100 South Marion St. Oak Park

Butcher and Larder 1026 North Milwaukee in Noble Square, Chicago

Southport Grocery and Cafe 3552 N. Southport, Chicago

WHAT TO DO NOW

January 18

Chicago - Portlandia, The Tour comes to Chicago at The Hideout 8pm Sorry folks this event is sold out already, check The Hideout for ticket availability.

January 21

 Chicago - The Green City Market reopens!!! Held at the Peggy Notebaert Museum 2430 N. Cannon Drive 8am – 1pm The chef demonstration which starts at 10:30 will be Chef Matthias Merges and Chef de Cuisine Jennifer Petrusky of the recently opened Yusho in Logan Square.

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

Evanston –  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 — Read a report from the market from Beetnik, Peg Wolfe here.

Geneva - Geneva Green Market – 27 N. Bennett (Geneva Place) – 9 AM – 1 PM

La Fox – Heritage Prairie Farmers Market – 9-1pm 2N308 Brundage Road La Fox

January 22

Chicago – Winter Farm Wine Dinner at West Town Tavern – This is a midwinter celebration of local food, featuring the produce of Green Acres Farm out of Judson, IN and the cheeses of Hidden Springs Creamery in Westby, WI. A representative from both farms will be there to talk about their farms and philosophy. 6pm sharp at West Town Tavern Noble Square, 1329 West Chicago Avenue $75 per person

Chicago – The Logan Square Farmers Market – 2135 N. Milwaukee at The Congress Theater 10am – 2pm

Palatine - Faith in Place Indoors Farmers Market in Palatine Countryside Church UU 1025 N. Smith St. 10am – 2pm More info here.

January 23

Chicago - City Provisions Supper Club Cocktail Party 6pm 1818 W. Wilson – Chef Cleetus Friedman teams up with Rick Gresh from David Burke’s Primehouse and Death’s Door Spirits for a one of a kind cocktail party. $75 The goal of CP Supper Clubs and Farm Dinners are to enlighten, educate, and entertain our guests. From our process to connecting our Clients with the origin of our food sources, the City Provisions Supper Club is a monthly event focusing on seasonality, celebrating the fruits of the season.

January 24

New! Chicago – Lincoln Square - C & D Family Farms selling their all natural free range meats from 7 to 11 am in the parking lot at Lincoln & Leland.

Chicago – Re-Thinking Soup – Jane Addams Hull House 12-1pm

New! Chicago – Andersonville – C & D Family Farms selling their all natural free range meats from 4pm to 7pm on Ashland at Berywn in front of the First Evangelical Free Church.

Chicago - Graze University – 6-8pm  Who are the people behind the up and coming Graze Magazine? This 5$ pot-luck held at The Hideout will feature 5 minute mini-classes by Koval Distillery, Rewster’s Cafe, Neo-Futurists, The Halamays, Shedd Aquarium, Jane Addams Hull House, Bobby Evers and Laura Szumowski , go here for more info.

January 25

Chicago -Bucktown Bee Loved Feast 1616 N. Damen  7-9pm Wine tasting and a special cocktail, the InCider, featuring Chicago Honey Coop Honey, $20. All proceeds to benefit the Chicago Honey Coop Apiary Relocation fund.

Chicago  - The Butcher and Larder 7:30 pm 1026 North Milwaukee Ave Sausage Making Demo. Attendees learn how to make sausage and take home 1 lb. $55/person.

Chicago - The Portage 3938 N. Central Ave, Chicago is having a five-course dinner with Few Spirits of Evanston. Each course will be paired with a cocktail using Few liquor. Two seatings, 6 & 8 pm. $50/person. Call or email The Portage for more information.

January 26

Chicago - Goodgreens.org meets downtown at the FNS(Food and Nutrition Service) offices 10-12pm. Contact Alan Shannon his email address is on the website if you are interested in attending. Goodgreens is a meeting of meetings focused on good, healthy food for all in Chicago. All are welcome to attend.

January 29

Chicago – Woo hoo! It is their 4th Anniversary celebration at The Green Grocer - 10am – 7pm – 1402 West Grand Ave.

February 2

Chicago - Slow Wine Guide - A walk-around wine tasting featuring over 100 wines from 45 Slow Wine Producers presented by Slow Food USA and Slow Food Chicago to celebrate the first ever publication in English of the Slow Wine Guide. Takes place at Spiaggia, 6-8:30pm 980 North Michigan Avenue $30 for Slow Food Chicago members $35 for general admission You can order tickets online here.

Chicago - Fresh Taste Open House - 5555 N. Sheridan Road Pool Terrace 4pm-7pm Join Fresh Taste as they celebrate local food, their new home and the hope that spring is around the corner!

February 26

New! Chicago – Slow Food Chicago Annual Meeting 2-4pm Peggy Notebaert Museum 2430 N. Cannon Drive

February 29

Chicago – Culinary Conversations Chicago Downtown Farm Stand - 6-8:30 pm 66 E. Randolph Free lectures and discussions offering an up-close encounter with the people responsible for Chicago’s local food scene.

March 4

New! Chicago – Pleasant Farms in Bridgeport is holding gardening classes on spring planting, seed starts, planter box care and spring bed refreshing to help get you started on your garden. For more information and to register, please call 773-523-7437 or email pleasantfarms@gmail.com. $20. Refreshments provided by Pleasant House Bakery.

March 15-17

Chicago Good Food Festival – More soon!

March 18

New! Chicago – Pleasant Farms in Bridgeport is holding gardening classes on spring planting, seed starts, planter box care and spring bed refreshing to help get you started on your garden. For more information and to register, please call 773-523-7437 or email pleasantfarms@gmail.com. $20. Refreshments provided by Pleasant House Bakery.

April 28

2nd Annual Artisan Producer Festival – More soon!

May 1st

Chicago – Growing Home 10th Anniversary Benefit Peggy Notebaert Museum more to follow

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