The Early Bird Gets the Greens, the Local Calendar for Jan Week 4

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January 25, 2012 at 2:09 pm

UPDATE! – Close readers of this site will know that a few weeks ago we purchased lettuce and other local produce from an Illinois farmer using indoor production.  Well, we could not keep that to ourselves, and we put the Logan Square Farmer’s Market in touch with him.  This week he appears there for the first time, with lettuce and probably a few other treats to get your mind off of winter storage crops.  See below for additional details on the Logan Square Market.

We’ve filled this Local Calendar with many events, markets and placeholders.  Who thinks locavores slow down in the winter?  And with cold and snow finally kicking in for a spell, you’d think the cupboards bare.  No, our market correspondents found enough local foods last week, including greens, carrots, and herbs.

WHAT’S IN SEASON

Right now there are winter greens, spinach, kale, tatsoi, swiss chard, grown in Hoop Houses but the early shopper gets the greens, they go quickly!! 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.  Unlike in previous years, we are still seeing garlic and onions at this time of year.  Of course, we talked to a farmer who told us it was only a few weeks ago that he stopped cutting leeks and Brussels Sprouts from his fields.  On top of all that, our friends at Fresh Picks continue to offer locally grown herbs.

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

New!! A few volunteers needed to help out for the General Members meeting of the AUA(Advocates for Urban Agriculture) on 2/1 contact Mhoekstra@plantchicago.org.

January 25

Chicago - Soup and Bread is back at The Hideout 5:30 – 7:30pm 1354 W. Wabansia Soups from: Mana Food Bar, Peasants Plot Sustainable Farm, Eat My Words blogger Gillian McLennan, Stephanie Beyne, Soup & Bread Cookbook editor Alison True, and at least two others. DJ: Hideout talent buyer Michael Slaboch All donations benefit Lakeview Pantry

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.

January 28

Chicago - The Green City Market Held at the Peggy Notebaert Museum 2430 N. Cannon Drive 8am – 1pm The chef demonstration which starts at 10:30 will be by Larry Donahue of Foodease.

Chicago – First annual Lincoln Square Winter Brew Festival – 7-11pm at the Dankhaus Buy tickets here.

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 29

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

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

Chicago - Harvest Moon Customer Appreciation Day at Goose Island and Chili cook-off – 1-5pm Goose Island Wrigleyville

Park Ridge - Faith in Place Indoors Farmer’s Market in Park Ridge St. Luke’s Lutheran Church of Park Ridge 205 North Prospect Ave. 10am – 2pm More info here.

January 31

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 Learn from an ethnobotanist about the “miracle” fruit,  Synsepalum dulcificum, a berry, that rewires the way your palate perceives sour flavors for an hour or so.

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 – Launch event for the release of The “ROC National Diner’s Guide 2012: A Consumer Guide on the Working Conditions of American Restaurants” hed at the Chicago Tmeple Building 77 W. Washington St. Lower level 9-11am. Megan Larmer of Slow Food Chicago will be one of the featured speakers.

SAVE THE DATE!!!!

February 1

Chicago – Advocates for Urban Agriculture Annual Meeting  (AUA) 5:30 – 8pm Community Room Garfield Park Conservatory 300 N. Central Park 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 11

Chicago - Pasta Puttana Chef’s Table Series “Salty, Tart, Savory & Sweet” 1407 W. Grand Ave 6:30-8:30pm $85 BYOB Reservations 773-439-9623 or email Jessica at Jvolpe@pastaputtana.com Oyster Agnolotti will be one of the starts of this 5-course feast based on locally sourced and sustainable ingredients, set in the Pasta Puttana space.

February 12

Chicago – Screening of “The Greenhorns” at The Hideout 7-9:30pm 1354 W. Wabansia sponsored by the AUA(Advocates for Urban Agriculture).

Chicago – Pasta Puttana Chef’s Table Series: Salty, Tart, Savory & Sweet. 1407 W. Grand Ave. $85 BYOB Reservations 773-439-9623 Jvolpe@pastaputtana.com One more chance to have a feast of locally sourced and sustainable ingredients, yum!

February 25

Chicago – Growing Power celebrates its 10th anniversary 3333 S. Iron St. 1-6pm Aquaponics workshop, small bites, tours and cheers!

February 26

Chicago – Slow Food Chicago Annual Meeting – Peggy Notebaert Museum 2 -4pm

February 29

Chicago - Culinary Conversation, “Sweet Chicago”Chicago’s Downstand Farmstand 66 E. Randolph 6-8:30pm Celebrate Chicago’s 175th Birthday by learning all abou lore t the origins, legends and of the city’s sweet history. Cultural Historian Tim Samuelson and Art Historian Rolf Achilles join Chef Jenny Lewis, author of the the new book, Midwest Sweet Baking History, for a fast-paced conversation filled with fascinating facts and fun tidbits of past and present. Admission is FREE, but reservations are required. Please contact the Ticket Office 312-742-TIXS (8492) to reserve your space.

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

Chicago – Artisan Producer Festival – This cheesy festival is back stay tuned for more details.

*Rob’s wife works for Tomato Mountain


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