Leap into Local Foods at the Markets! Local calendar 2/29!!

February 28, 2012 at 10:14 am

Fennel Microgreens It is getting greener at the markets. To the left is a picture of beautiful fennel microgreens at the Tiny Greens booth at Green City Market this past Saturday. The fennel seeds were there own natural licorice candy. More and more greens are starting to make their way onto the tables of the markets but they go quick!!! The early bird does get the greens!

Using the The Land Connection 2012 calendar as a guide, March is a busy month for Henry of Henry’s Farm.  The “To Do” for March 1st is “get the last of the root vegetables out of the storage pit”. Friday March 2nd is the last day of wood chopping for the season.  Beehives, chickens, vegetables, hoop houses, a farmers work is never done, so get yourself to the winter markets and buy local!!!


These stores specialize in local foods:

Butcher and Larder 1026 North Milwaukee in Noble Square, Chicago

City Provisions Deli 1818 West Wilson in Ravenswood, Chicago

Dill Pickle Food Co-op – 3039 West Fullerton, Chicago

Downtown Farmstand 66 East Randolph in the Loop, Chicago

Green Grocer 1402 West Grand Ave in West Town, Chicago

Marion Street Cheese Market 100 South Marion St. Oak Park

Publican Quality Meats – 835 W. Fulton, Chicago

Southport Grocery and Cafe 3552 N. Southport, 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. And more soon on the Local Beet!

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

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 - The Green City Market Held at the Peggy Notebaert Museum 2430 N. Cannon Drive 8am – 1pm Chef demonstration 10:30am Meg Colleran Sahs of Terzo Piano. Come visit me at Tiny Greens and join WG(wheat grass) nation!!!

Chicago - Faith in Place Indoor Market 9-1pm Vernon Park Church of God 9011 South Stony Island

Chicago – Bee Movie Weekend continues Logan Square Kitchen

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

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

St. Charles – Farm Fresh Food Stuffs sponsors a market at St. Charles Place Steakhouse and Banquet -NEW MARKET(weather permitting)  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.

March 4

Sunday is Seed Swap Day!

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 – Seed and Story Swap, Seed Sharing Workshops & Conversations 2-4pm Jane Addams Hull House Museum  800 S. Halsted Street Join us for city-wide seed and story swap where YOU will have an opportunity to exchange seeds, find new ones to grow this spring, check out a library card from the Hull-House Seed Library, share food and agricultural stories, and discover new ways to nourish a sustainable food system. Partners include
Advocates for Urban AgricultureSouth Side Seed Exchange , Chicago Honey Co-op

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

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

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.

Oak Park - Faith in Place Indoor market – St. Gile’s Parish  8:30-1pm 1025 Columbian Ave.

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

Chicago – Osteria Via Stato – Dinner with Slagel Family Farms and Great Lakes Brewing This multi-course meal will use Slagel’s farm-raised, hormone-free beef, pork, lamb and chicken in an Italian-inspired menu, with each course complemented with Great Lakes beers. With an opportunity to meet Louis John Slagel in person, as well as a Kevin Hack from Great Lakes, this dinner is priced at $65 per person (not including tax and gratuity). For reservations and menu call 312-642-8450

March 6

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

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 7

Chicago - Illinois Center for Urban Agricultural Education Open House10:00 am Held at Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences (CHSAS), 3807 W. 111th Street, in Chicago. We invite the public, and especially Chicago students, teachers, counselors, and employers to come learn about and take advantage of its resources,” said director Corey Flournoy.

March 8

Moonglo – Full moon (This content comes from Ina’s letter but thought it was appropriate for the LB calendar, thank you Ina!)Our next full moon will be on March 8th, and is most commonly referred to as the Full Worm Moon.   Daylight is paying more attention to us lately. As the ground begins to soften the earthworm casts reappear, heralding the return of the robins and their welcome chorus, particularly in the early morning hours.The more northern tribes referred to this Moon as the Full Crow Moon, when the cawing of crows signaled the end of winter; or the Full Crust Moon because the snow becomes crusted from thawing by day and freezing at night.  The Full Sap Moon marking the time of tapping maple trees is yet another variation. Moonglo, is ,also, the name of one of Prairie Fruit Farms Farmstead Cheeses.

(Psst…  Spring is right around the corner…March 20th …which means our beautiful sidewalk cafe will be ready for seating before you know it!)

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.

Chicago – Piranha Club - The Last Last Meal 7pm Roots & Culture 1034 N. Milwaukee Ave. In September of last year, the state of Texas (which coincidentally is the state that puts the most prisoners to death) banned the millennia- old practice of serving a last meal to an inmate awaiting their execution. The last last meal was served to Lawrence Russell Brewer who, in protest, refused to eat the excessive spread of favorite foods that he requested. Email Eric May if interested, capacity 10 seats. Ericmay@gmail.com

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!

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 12

Chicago – City Provisions Supper Club “Breakfast for Dinner” 1818 W. Wilson 6pm Join us for the 4th annual “Breakfast for Dinner” with special guests North Shore Distillery. Cleetus will create a unique, mulit-course dinner of breakfast foods and be paired with wild cocktails by Sonja & Derek Kassebaum $65 Cal 773-293-2489 to reserve.

March 15

Chicago - Good Food Festival Financing Farm and Food BusinessSchedule 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

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 pleasantfarms@gmail.com. $20. Refreshments provided by Pleasant House Bakery.

March 19th

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

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! Chicago – Fruit Tree Grafting Workshop - “What You Need to Know to Become a Backyard Orchardist” – 1-5pm Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum – Sponsored by Slow Food Chicago Workshop includes information on the best choice of fruit trees and berry plants to grow organically in the Chicago area, how to graft a fruit tree that you are unable to find from an organic nursery and more. It will be lead by Orianna Kruskewski of Asian Pear Farm. $35, $25 for SFC members go here to make a reservation.

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

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.

March 28

Springfield - Local Foods Awareness Day 10:30am – 4pm at Illinois State Capital Complex Sponsored by the Illinois Stewardship Alliance Local food advocates, farmers, and citizens from across the state will come together in Springfield to encourage their legislators to support local food and farms. Go to link for further information.

April 4

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

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

April 15

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

May 1

New! Chicago - Growing Home’s 10th Birthday  - Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum 6-10pm Keynote by Steve James, Director of The Interrupters and Hoop Dreams. Buy tickets here and more information.

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.

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