Local Calendar 2/15 & Beyond – It is Never Too Cold to Get to the Markets!!

February 15, 2012 at 10:00 am

Local Beets, I realize I am preaching to the choir here, but Paula, my colleague, at Tiny Greens at the Green City Market is right, when she tells me, that when the weather gets really cold, less people come out to the markets. For me, the rooms where the Green City Market resides at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum  has great market “feng shui”. The windows are big, bright, airy and cheery. Getting out to the market is a great way to give yourself a dose of optimism on a cold winter day, so get out and get to the markets and tell your friends. The Logan Square Market is bustling, the Andersonville, the markets in the suburbs, get out and get to the one closest to you!! As I said, I realize everyone who reads this are the ones who get “it”. But if you can this week, encourage one of your friends who may not get “it” the way you do, to go to one of the markets, I realize it can be like pulling teeth sometimes to get people out of their houses when the weather gets cold, but give someone an extra nudge!!

Okay, on to the local of local and what is available. Slowly but surely more greens are showing up but they do sell out early and some of the winter spinach that is available is mighty tasty!!

My Beet colleague Wendy Aeschlimann has written a great write-up on what she found at the Green City Market last week and you can read it here! It is not just the Green City Market, all the other markets on our events calendar have lots of produce, check them out, if you haven’t read my rant above already!!! 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.


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


Ongoing through June 10th Chicago – Feast:Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art Smart Museum University of Chicago Go here for all the projects associated with it.

February 15

Chicago – Soup and Bread at The Hideout 5:30pm – 7:30 pm 1354 W. Wabansia Ave. Soup makers this week include : Megan Larmer Co-President of Slow Food Chicago, and rumor has it that her soup will have a lot of heart!!!  Soup & Bread is a free weekly soup dinner to benefit hunger relief efforts across Chicago.

Evanston – Chicagourmets Dinner at Hota – 2545 Prairie Evanston Go here for more info.

February 16

Hines –  Edward Hines JR., VA Hospital Winter market – In the apiary  8am – 2pm 5000 South 5th Avenue

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 18

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

Chicago – Growing Power’s Iron Street Farm – 3333 South Iron Street Farmstand open 9-3pm Tours of the farm at 10am & 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,

February 19

Champaign – Faith in Place – Policy Workshop – University YMCA – Wahl Room 2-4pm 1001 S. Wright Street What are you going to do? You will start by learning a few basics – bill drafting, deadlines, shell bills, negotiating, and voting. We will then get specific and learn about a couple pieces of environmental legislation before our General Assembly this year – hydraulic fracturing, Tenaska coal gasification, DNR Fees, citizen’s enforcement, and a local food resolution.

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

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

Chicago- Faith in Place Indoor Market – St. John’s Episcopal Church 3857 North Kostner Ave. 9am – 1pm

February 21

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.

NEW! Chicago – Re-Thinking Soup – Jane Addams Hull House 800 South Halsted 12-1pm Topic of the week: Visioning the Farm Bill Learn how the Federal Farm Bill impacts not only farms and farmers but the entire food system from farm to fork. Hear from Illinois Stewardship Alliance’s policy coordinator Wes King about this legislation written and passed by congress every 4-6 years and how and why you should get involved.

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 – Chicagourmets Pig Roast at The Southern - 1840 W. North Avenue 6:00 pm Go here for more info.

Chicago - Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri USA Tour Chicago Go here for details


February 22

New! Chicago – Soup and Bread at The Hideout -5:30 – 7:30pm Chief Beet Rob Gardner and his wife Sheila, The Local Family, will be participating with other Beets, Wendy Aeshlimann and Tom Keith in serving Beet Borscht along with new Beet Jeannie Boutelle and her Edible Chicago friends. Come on out have some soup, all donations will go to a local charity in Chicago fighting hunger.

February 23

Chicago – Goodgreens.org meeting 10:00 -12:00 sponsored by the USDA, for location and session information contact Alan.Shannon@fns.usda.gov I have attended this meeting and it is incredibly productive to attend for anyone looking for information on the myriad of grants available for the Il. farmer, the Farm to School program, all the pubic programs focused on healthy eating and anyone who wants to know what is going on in the public and non-profit sector on sustainable food in Illinois, highly recommended to attend but email Alan Shannon first.

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 .

Chicago – This is going to be great! Dinner and a MovieUncommon 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.

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.

Chicago – A Spirited Dinner – Nana Organic 3267 S. Halsted 7-9pm Chef Guy Meikle prepares a three-course prix-fixe meal featuring produce from Seedling (South Haven, Michigan) and beer pairings from 5 Rabbit Brewery (Chicago, Illinois). Peter Klein from Seedling and Isaac Showaki, Andres Araya and Randy Mosher from 5 Rabbit will be on-hand for discussion and questions during the meal. Buy tickets here.

February 25

Chicago – Growing Power celebrates it’s 10th anniversary 3333 S. Iron St. 1-6pm Aquaponics workshop, small bites, tours and cheers! Happy Birthday GP!

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. As an added bonus Virtue will be premiering its new cider and a favorite of many already in Chicago, Puffs of Doom will be providing their little bites of yumminess!

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

Chicago – Starts – Logan Square Kitchen is hosting Bee Movie Weekend 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 3

Chicago – Bee Movie Weekend continues Logan Square Kitchen

New! Springfield - Illinois Products Expo A Food and Cooking Extravaganza Orr Building Illinois State Fairgrounds go to link for more info.

March 4

Chicago – Glenwood Sunday Market Third Annual Chili Festival – Noon-3pm Glenwood Bar 6962 N. Glenwood

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.

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

Springfield – Illinois Food Products Expo continues

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

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 17

New! Caledonia – Angelic Organics Learning Workshop for Prospective Chicken Keepers - Count Your Chickens 9am – 12pm 1547 Rockton Rd. Focus on small flocks

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 22/23

Decatur - Farm to Plate conference – Join Land Connection founder Terra Brockman and other community members at the Illinois meeting of the American Planning Association. Terra will be speaking on Building Health and Wealth Through Local Food with other members of the Edible Economy Project. Registration information is here.

March 23

Chicago – Whiskyfest sponsored by The Malt Advocate Hyatt Regency This incredibly popular event was sold out as of this post but go to the website for details.

March 24

New! National Cash Mob Day – What is this all about go here. Want to participate in Chicago, follow on Twitter @cashmobchicago It is all about supporting locally owned, independent businesses.

New! Chicago – Basic Backyard Chicken Care – Angelic Organics Learning Workshop 10:00am – 1pm 1444 N. Sacramento Raising chickens as pets and for eggs is LEGAL in Chicago and part of our growing local food and urban agriculture scene. Learn how to keep you, your chickens, & your neighbors happy – from daily needs and year-round care to relevant city regulations. For anyone who has read the book, Farm City, chickens seem to be the next step for a lot of people, particularly some friends of mine who will go unmentioned (but you should go to this workshop!!) Angelics is trying to empower people with the information to follow through with this idea!!!!

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.