Local Calendar Feb 8th Yes, It’s Cold Outside but Warm Inside at the Markets!

February 7, 2012 at 10:31 pm

Yes, its gotten cold outside. We have to have some kind of winter right? We are finding, for us, plenty of local produce, and we have tons of happenings and events to share.


Markets are showing some greens, lettuce, kale, and spinach, but they tend to sell out early.  There may also be limited supplies of indoor specialtyitems at the Logan Square Farmer’s Market including cucumbers, tomatoes and peppers (yes!).  We see a good abundance and variety of root vegetables and storage crops. At Genesis Growers, at Green City Market, their table had all these kinds of winter squash: Red Kabocha, Buttercup, Tirks Turban, Baby Hubbard, Butternut and Red Kuri.  They also had red and golden beets, kohlrabi, purple top turnips, celeriac (celery root), napa cabbage, green cabbage, black spanish radishes and carrots, plus a few other items. Nichols Farms, at Evanston and Green City, had a ful table including carrots, a plentiful selection of apples, Italian holster garlic, sweet candy onions, lots of potato varietals (kennebec, norland red, red thumb, ozette, Russian fingerling, rose finn fingerling, russina blue and yukon gold). Nichol’s also had a huge supply of their popcorn kernels and a really picturesque selection of radishes: winter rose, spanish black green meat, daikon and watermelon/beauty heart. The other farmers at Green City had a great deal of variety as well, Orianna was there was her delicious Asian pears. There’s always mushrooms and sprouts.

Just because we remain long in root vegetables and frost-kissed spinach, does not mean you should only favor fresh foods this time of year.  As Rob reports, at the Downtown Farmstand, one can find good quality, locally grown beans and peppers dried and ready to withstand the winter.  A few farmers at Evanston and Green City also carry dried beans.  Beyond that, there’s Michigan fruits preserved, including what Peter Klein at Seedlings is doing, and all the tomato products sold by Rob’s wife at Tomato Mountain.


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

New! – Have you checked out Publican Quality Meats? – 835 W. Fulton, Chicago

On top of these specialists, we still find local foods here and there at neighborhood grocery stores. Caputo’s still has Illinois grown beets.  Michigan apples are still plentiful, although the varieties are falling off.


February 8

Chicago – Soup and Bread at The Hideout 5:30pm – 7:30 pm 1354 W. Wabansia Ave. Soup makers this week include : architect/jewelry designer Helen Tsatsos, Foodgasm‘s Ashley Simone and her mother, Etta Worthington , the editorial team of Gapers Block’s Drive-Thru food coverage, and City Provisions‘ visionary Cleetus Friedman. Soup & Bread is a free weekly soup dinner to benefit hunger relief efforts across Chicago. Volunteers are from Teen Living Programs, the recipients of this week’s Soup & Bread donations.

February 9

Chicago - Food on the Dole – Winter Market Salon 7-10pm The Food on the Dole Salon is led by Chef Hugh Amano: part underground dinner, part cooking lesson, all delicious food that we cook and eat together. More information on this and other Salons can be found at Food on the Dole. Questions? Email Hugh at hughamano@yahoo.com. $50 Reserve a place here.

February 11

Chicago - The Green City Market Held at the Peggy Notebaert Museum 2430 N. Cannon Drive 8am – 1pm

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 – Read a report from Beetnik Melissa Owens, who finds among other things, basil, at this market here.

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

St. Charles – Farm Fresh Food Stuffs sponsors a market at St. Charles Place Steakhouse and Banquet -NEW MARKET starts in St Charles this Saturday. We will be on North Ave (route 64) on the east side of town between Kirk & Dunham Roads in the parking lot of St Charles Place. Open from 9am to 3pm,

Chicago - Logan Square Kitchen Pastry Market 2333 North Milwaukee Ave – 10-3pm – LSK brings together a lot of the artisanal bakers, chocolatiers and artisans who use their kitchen. This is a very tasty opportunity with lots of opportunity to sample, check out and buy some of the goods that are being made in the kitchen.

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.

Oak Park – Dennis and Emily Wettstein bring their organically raised meats and eggs to the Buzz Cafe.  They will be selling from 12 until 3 PM – 905 S. Lombard –  You place orders with the Wettstein’s via email at dennis@wettsteinorganicfarm.com.

February 12

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

Chicago -The Glenwood Sunday Market – Glenwood Ave at Morse “Your Green Stop on the Red Line at Morse!” 9am – 2pm

Chicago – DOSE Market is back! River East Arts Center – 435 E. Illinois 10am – 2pm If you don’t know what DOSE is about, go to the link and check it out!

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

Chicago – Logan Square Pastry Market continues – 2333 North Milwaukee Ave. 10-3pm

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!

Chicago - The Trencherman Pop-Up Dinner at Logan Square Kitchen -2333 North Milwaukee 7:30pm -9:30pm Buy tickets here This is an opportunity to taste and try the food of Chefs and brothers Michael and Patrick Sheerin along with owners Matt Heisler and Kevin Heisner. The pop-up will feature a five course tasting menu with beer, wine and cocktail pairings by Trenchermen Beverage Director, Tona Palomino (wd~50) and will be a chance to preview dishes from the highly anticipated restaurant.($120/person)

February 13

Chicago – The Trencherman Pop-Up Dinner -Logan Square Kitchen 2333 North Milwaukee 7:30-9:30pm  The 5 course tasting menu created by Chef Michael Sheerin (Blackbird) and his brother Chef Patrick Sheerin(The Signature Room) continues join them 2/13 or 2/14. For more information and to purchase tickets go here...

February 14

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 800 South Halsted 12-1pm

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


February 17

Chicago – The Piranha Club Inaugural Feast The theme is “a tribute to our ancestors, The Bone Dinner” 8pm Noble Square 1034 N. Milwaukee $40 Go here for more information and to purchase tickets.

February 19

Chicago – Andersonville Indoor Market at Ebenezer Lutheran Church – 9am – 1pm 1650 W. Foster Ave.

February 23

Chicago – Green City Market Junior Board - Book Club – “Read, Grow, Eat” 6-8pm The book being discussed is “Farm City-The Education of an Urban Farmer”  by Novella Carpenter. Held at The Bedford, 1612 West Division St .

New! Chicago – This is going to be great! Dinner and a Movie, Uncommon Ground 6:30pm 1401 West Devon The Good Food Festival and Uncommon Ground is excited to premier Michael Gebert’s film, The Butcher’s Karma. 3-course dinner featuring locally sourced meats, wines from Candid Wines and Q and A with the stars of the movie. $50 Buy tickets here.

New! Chicago – #Cleetusfeedus (On Twitter) Sko-fit Eatin’ Fit Services and City Provisions Dinner 6-8pm $51 Buy tickets and see menu here... The menu is based on locally sourced, healthy ingredients and particpants will Tweet about it and eat, to promote and spread the news about local and healthy eating. 1818 West Wilson.

February 25

Chicago – Growing Power celebrates it’s 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 The keynote speaker will be Greg Hall, founder of Virtue Cider and former brewmaster of Goose Island, to talk about his experiences as an entrepreneurial ciderist and two-time delegate to Terra Madre. Greg will also share samples of his new hard cider – a truly unique “sneak peek” for the Slow Food community in advance of its market launch. The annual meeting will also host a meet-and-greet session where you will be able to meet and talk with Slow Food board members, Greg and past Terra Madre delegates. The Annual Meeting is a free event.

Lombard – “Derby for a Day” Roller Skate-a-thon Fundraiser for Wellness – 201 West 22nd St. Proceeds from this event will benefit Seven Generations Ahead’s efforts to build healthy, sustainable communities. 4-7:30 pm

February 27,28

Chicago – The Stew Supper Club presents From Ukrainian Village With Love with guest chefs The Underground Food Collective 4 course prix fixe $45 Tickets are available at Coopsauce.com

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.

Chicago - Edible Chicago and Brooklyn Breweries present the Quarterly Carousal “A Celebration of Beer, Food, and Stories” 7-9pm. Sheffields 3258 N. Sheffield Ave. Pick up the winter 2012 issue of Edible Chicago magazine and try Brooklyn Breweries latest beer, Mary’s Maple Porter while noshing on some local food goodies. RSVP to events@ediblechicago.com with “Quarterly Carousal #1″ in the subject line.

March 2, 3, 4

Chicago – Logan Square Kitchen is hosting Bee Movie Week to benefit Chicago Honey Co-op’s efforts to relocate its hives before Spring. (Chicago Honey Co-op lost its land earlier this winter.) They will be screening “The Vanishing of the Bees,” narrated by Ellen Page. Concessions provided by Jason Hammel of Lula Cafe and Matthias Merges of Yusho. $20. Tickets and more information here.

March 4

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.

New! Chicago - Chowdah Fest returns Columbia Yacht Club – 6:30-9pm Go to link for details and reservations $35

March 6

Chicago – Quarterly Citrus Canning Workshop – Sponsored by Slow Food Chicago - Held at The Logan Square Kitchen – 6-9pm 2333 N. Milwaukee In this intimate, hands-on workshop Lis David and Zvi Bar-Chaim (owners of Scratch Homemade) will teach you how to enjoy home preserving, even in the dead of winter.  You will participate in every step as the group makes delicious and unique Lemon Ginger Marmalade. The class includes all tools and equipments.  Organic, domestically grown lemons will be purchased through Dill Pickle Coop. You’ll leave with the knowledge and confidence needed to can at home as well as a few jars of the chutney prepared during class.Order tickets here.

March 9

New! Chicago - King of the River Casino Night- Benefit for Meals On Wheels Chicago – Chicago Cultural Center 6:30- 12:30am

March 10

Chicago - Farmer Forum Kendall College 2:30 – 7:30 pm On Saturday, March 10, 2012, Green City Market and Kendall College will host Chris Blanchard for two back-to-back presentations on growing and organizing your small farm business.  Join us at Kendall College, 900 N. Branch St. Chicago IL, for this unique educational event! Green City Market vendors can attend for free and $10 for other market vendors in the area.

March 15-17

Chicago Good Food Festival –  The schedule is out, go to the link and buy tickets now, it sounds like it is bigger, and bringing together more people focused on all aspects of sustainable, healthy, good, local food and the Chicago food shed than ever before!  Beet Editor Rob Gardner is moderating a panel on fermentation, and he and other Beetniks will have a table in the Exhibit Hall.  Make sure to say hi.

March 18

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 23

New! Chicago – Whiskyfest sponsored by The Malt Advocate Hyatt Regency

April 14

New! Chicago - BACONFEST – UIC Forum If you don’t know what Baconfest is, you should!!! Go to this link to find out more.

April 15

New! Chicago – Food Fight - 4th Annual Celebrity Chef Competition benefitting Sclerodema – Kendall College 4:30 – 8pm

April 28

Chicago – Pastoral Artisan Producer Festival –  Chicago French Market 11-3pm This cheesy festival is back stay tuned for more details.



  1. Robin Schirmer says:

    Clarifiying the mid-February markets: February 19 is the Andersonville Indoor Market at Ebenezer Lutheran Church, 11:30 to 3:30 (not one of the church-based moveable markets formerly known as Markets & Meals for Hope).

    BUT….Faith in Place (which is the successor to the Markets & Meals) is sponsoring markets

    **Saturday, February 18, 9 to 1, at Glenview New Church, and
    **Sunday, February 19, 9 to 1, at St John Episcopal in Old Irving Park

    For the most current schedule of these moveable feasts, go to https://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/6265/images/All%20Markets%20Flyer-1.pdf

  2. Jeannie Boutelle says:

    Thanks so much for the clarification! I made the change. Helpful comments make for a better local calendar. Any and all information is much appreciated!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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