The Local Calendar 2/22 Bring a friend to the markets!!!

February 22, 2012 at 10:09 am

Good weather brings people out to the markets!!! Slowly but surely more greens are showing up at the markets. My Beet colleague Wendy Aeschlimann has written a great write-up on what she found at the Green City Market lseveral weeks ago 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. 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. For this week, bring a friend to the market who has never been before. The way to increase demand for local produce is to increase awareness of it. If you are reading this, you are a supporter of local but this week, bring someone who has never been before!!!!! Bring a friend to the markets!!!!


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.

New! Registration is now open for Openlands HomeGrown Chicago Community Food Garden Network Training class starting March 24th

February 22

Chicago – Calling all Beets!!!!! - Soup and Bread at The Hideout 5:30pm – 7:30 pm 1354 W. Wabansia Ave. Soup makers this week include : Sarah Dandelles , The Local Beet’s Rob Gardner, New Beeter and Edible Chicago’s Jeannie Boutelle , Peasants Plot , Graze Magazine’s Cyndi Fetcher , Won Kim , John Soss , Inspiration Kitchens chef David Rosenthall , DJ Carrie Weston . Proceeds benefit Inspiration Kitchens Come one, come all and support Soup & Bread and Inspiration Kitchens!

February 23

Chicago – meeting 10:00 -12:00 sponsored by the USDA, for location and session information contact 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. In my opinion the three people featured in this movie are the Trifecta of Pork in Chi-town, this is a must go to, if you can!!

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 - The Green City Market Held at the Peggy Notebaert Museum 2430 N. Cannon Drive 8am – 1pm Chef demonstration 10:30am Greg Elliot from Lockwood. Come visit me at Tiny Greens and join WG Nation!! 31 vendors are expected to participate including Capriole, Prairie Fruits, Orianna’s Fruit and Growing Home!

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

Chicago - Faith in Place Indoor Market 10am – 2pm Bethany Evangelical Church 9147 South Jeffery Blvd.

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

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 26

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 – 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 Doomwill 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

February 28

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 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 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

New! Chicago – Seed Swap – The Peterson Garden Project – 2-4pm Swedish Covenant Hospital’s Galter Pavillon 2nd Floor 5140 N. California. In addition to the seed exchange there will be opportunities to learn about planting, edible seeds, heirloom vegetables and more!

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 $20. Refreshments provided by Pleasant House Bakery.

Springfield – Illinois Food Products Expo continues

March 5

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

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.

Mineral Point, WI – King’s Hill Farm Prairie Burn Nature’s Fireworks 3pm -10pm After arriving on the farm you will receive a lesson on prairie burning, the history and the practical safety tips. Walk the land to view the layout of the burn. Eat a delicious meal and after dinner the fire works begin!

New! Springfield – Central Illinois Sustainable Farming Network – Annual Meeting – 6-9pm Illinois Department of Agriculture Auditorium Chef Chris Pandel of The Bristol and Balena will be the keynote speaker.

March 11

Chicago – Common Threads Chef’s Charity Dinner at The James Hotel -6pm 55 East Ontario  Hosted by Gail Simmons, and feature some of Chicago’s best chefs teaming up with some of Common Threads’ brightest students to prepare a family-style course for a four course global meal. Individual tickets $250 VIP $500 Buy tickets here. This event is to support all the great programs that Common Threads is doing to support healthy eating for children. If you ever have a chance to observe or volunteer at one of their classes it is well worth it, to see the joy of cooking instilled in children.

Join us for the intimate VIP Cocktail hour with Gail Simmons, which includes a signed copy of her new book “Talking With My Mouth Full: My Life as a Professional Eater”.

March 15

Chicago - Good Food Festival Financing Farm and Food Business. Schedule here....UIC Pavillon 8:30-5:45pm

March 16

New! Chicago – Good Food Festival Trade Show, School Food and Food Policy Summit Schedule here.…9-6:45pm UIC Pavillon

March 17

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

New! Chicago - Good Food Festival Consumer and Workshop Day. Go here for a list of all the great workshops. Farmers, food, tons of exhibitors 9-5:45pm UIC Pavillon

La Fox- Heritage Prairie Farm St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Farm Dinner 6pm 2N308 Brundage Road When the parade is over and the river loses it emerald luster, polish off your shamrocks and celebrate the holiday at Heritage Prairie Farm. That evening Chef Jeremy will prepare a blend of traditional and contemporary Irish dishes served family style at our farm tables while the pints of beer are flowing. Erin Go Bragh!

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 $20. Refreshments provided by Pleasant House Bakery.

March 19th

New! Chicago - Dinner at Floriole Cafe – Featuring the Butcher and Larder - 1220 West Webster Ave. 7-9pm $75 Buy tickets here. For our March dinner, we are working with Rob and Allie Levitt, owners of The Butcher and Larder. Each course will feature meats from their shop paired with Floriole products. Additionally, Sandra and Allie are collaborating to create a decadent cheese course and dessert

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! Openlands Homegrown Chicago Community Food Garden Network Training Class starts 9:30 – 12:30pm

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.

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!!!!

New! Westmont - Standard Market Open House -333 East Ogden Ave. 11-8pm Standard Market is committed to sourcing product within 250 miles of the store. Being a person that loves contests, not only is Standard Market having a chili-cookoff, they have a great contest going on, that involves food trivia, teams, prizes called the Standard Market Sweep Game Show later on in the day. Go to this link to get further information!

March 27

New! Chicago – What’s Brewing in Chicago? The Politics of Beer Haymarket Pub and Brewery 6:30pm – 8pm 7373 W. Randolph St. The Public Square presents a lively conversation on the politics of beer–past and present. Join us to take a look back in Chicago’s history as the beer capital of the world then fast forward to the rise of microbreweries today. Sponsored by the Illinois Humanities Council and is free but reserve a spot here.

April 4

New! Western Springs – Dinner at Vie to celebrate Paul Virant’s new book, Preservation Kitchen – $125. The first dinner sold out so this is a second chance, the ticket includes the meal using recipes from the book with wine pairings, a signed copy of the book and a jar of jam, yum! Proceeds go to DuPage Medical Group Charitable Fund.Call 708-246-2082 to reserve a spot. Vie is a short walk right off the train and it takes 20 minutes at most from the city.

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. Terri says:

    Please note: this event is Thursday, Feb. 23, not Feb. 24.

    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.

  2. Hi there,

    I tried to send this on the “Contact Us” page, but it doesn’t seem to work. Just wanted to let you know that Advocates for Urban Agriculture and the Jane Addams Hull House Museum are hosting a seed swap with workshops this Sunday, March 4. Open to all and free! More info:

    Also, I was happy to see it listed above, but I noticed that the Dill Pickle Food Co-op is not included in the “Finding Local Food” page (full disclosure: I am also on the DPFC’s Board of Directors). The Pickle has as strong a commitment to local sourcing as any grocer in the city (plus it’s community-owned!).

    Finally, is there a better way to contact the Local Beet for listing upcoming urban agriculture-related events?

    Billy Burdett, Coordinator
    Advocates for Urban Agriculture

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