The Weekly Calendar 3/7 Greens, greens, everyone wants greens!

March 7, 2012 at 11:05 am

Majestic Nursery Greens Everyone wants local greens! More farmers are showing up at the markets as we move closer to Spring. On Henry’s to do list this week, which are annotations on the The Land Connection 2012 calendar, March 8th is “to move hens from the barn to the pasture” and for Friday March 9th, “Do early inspection of beehives and check for brood and eggs, for the 10th, ” In field:Start tilling under cover crops as needed, allowing them to decompose and release nutrients to feed the vegetables” and the most exciting entry for Sunday March 11th, daylight savings time begins and Ramp(wild leek) harvest begins and runs through April”. Ramps are a sign that Spring is arriving. It may still be a little early for Chicago farmers markets but ramps will soon be here.


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!

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

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.

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 – The Green City Market Held at the Peggy Notebaert Museum 2430 N. Cannon Drive 8am – 1pm Chef demonstration at 10:30 will Mark Mendez of Vera!

Chicago - Faith in Place Indoor Market Time TBD (website) 6th Grace Presbyterian Church 600 E. 35th Street

Chicago - Farmer Forum Kendall College 2:30 – 7:30 pm  Green City Market and Kendall Collegewill host Chris Blanchard for two back-to-back presentations on growing and organizing your small farm business. 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.

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

New!! Medora, IN – The National Maple Syrup Festival in Medora, IN. Word has it that 2 Chicago chefs, Ina, The Breakfast Queen and Jo-Marie Frigo of Nonna Santi’s Biscottis will be judges of the cooking contest. Who said that all things maple are only in Canada or Vermont? Tim Burton of Burton’s Maplewood Farm will be hosting the event as well. Woo hoo! Indiana maples!!

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!

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.

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 – Glenwood Sunday Market Glenwood Bar 6962 N. Glenwood  Hours are 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Sundays.

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

Chicago - DOSE Market - At River East Arts Center Dose is back. 10am – 4pm Park in the garage at 456 E. Illinois St. for $6, 4-hour parking, and get a Dose of the best in local, artisanal and entrepreneurial food, fashion and design. See you on Sunday!

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”.

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

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 13

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


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

New!!! Whiskey Week starts – Disappointed that you didn’t get tickets to the sold out Whiskey Fest on March 23? Well, there are 31 events during whiskey week that you can choose from. Far too many to list individually in the Local Calendar but you can check out what they are and where they are here.

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 $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

New! Chicago – Koval Distillery Open House as part of Whiskey Week – 2-7pm 5121 N. Ravenswood. We are hosting a Distillery Open House to commemorate our 3 year anniversary of Koval’s first bottle sold! We invite our fans to come visit us on this day. The mashing, fermenting and distilling will be ongoing. Meet with our distillers and ask questions. Knowing first hand that when Koval says organic ginger, they mean, hand peeled, organic ginger in their Ginger Liqueur, Koval puts the Capital L in local.

March 20

Chicago – As part of Whiskey Week, one of our favorite local distillers FEW Spirits, that will be at ACRE Dining Room 8-10pm 5308 N. Clark St. Meet distiller Paul Hletko at Acre and sample Few Spirits and talk about distillation and the handcrafted process that goes into making Few Spirits. In case you didn’t see it on the home page of the Beet, local Beet stalwart Tom Keith wrote this witty piece on FEW.

March 21

Chicago – Another chance to taste FEW Spirits as part of Whiskey Week At Delilahs 7-10pm 2771 N. Lincoln They’ll be pouring rye, white whiskey, and a splash of bourbon. In case you didn’t see it on the home page or above, here is LBeeter Tom Keith’s witty write-up, really, it is a great read, on FEW!

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

New!!! Chicago – Growing Power Winter Market menu at Sepia - 135 N. Jefferson St. 6:30 pm Sponsored by the Green City Market Junior Board – $115 per person, inclusive of wine pairings, welcome reception with cocktails crafted by head bartender Josh Pearson, tax, gratuity and donation to Green City Market.

New!! Chicago - Desserts for Deserts – A Sweet Fundraiser for Fresh Moves – Sponsored by the Chicago Green Restaurant Coalition(, Greenhouse Loft(housed in Chicago’ Green Exchange) 2545 W. Diversey Ave. 7-10:00pm Fed Up a food blog devoted to better food ideas for a more sustainable world is behind this event. Almost everyone has a sweet tooth and Fed Up wants to take advantage of this fact. The fundraiser will be an evening of sampling desserts from some of the finest bakeries, chocolatiers, restaurants, caterers and pastry chefs in Chicago. Buy tickets here $75 VIP, $55 regular admission.

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

April 19

Chicago – Chicagourmet Hosts a Dinner at Les Nomades in honor of Anne Willan – 222 E. Ontario 6pm Champagne reception and book signing 6:30pm Dinner Anne Willan has over 50 years experience as a teacher, cookbook author and food columnist. She is the founder of the French Cooking School La Varenne and has received numerous awards. Her long awaited book “The Cookbook Library:Four Centuries of the Cooks, Writers and Recipes that Made the Modern Cookbook” will be published in April 2012. This will be a unique opportunity to meet an iconic name in French cooking and to have an amazing meal with Chef Roland Liccioni in the kitchen and Owner Mary Beth Liccioni in the front of the house. $159 Go here for reservations.

April 21

New!! Chicago – Edible Gardens workshop sponsored by Green City Market -9:30am – 10:15am. Join us for our FREE Monthly Hands-on Gardening Workshop Series with Jeanne Pinsof Nolan, founder of The Organic Gardener, Ltd.  Spring Start: Soil Preparation and Planting Cool Weather Crops The key to a successful organic garden starts with proper soil preparation.  Learn the techniques of good soil stewardship including soil aeration and the beneficial use of compost, soil amendments, and organic fertilizers.  We will also discuss how to successfully direct seed cool weather crops such as peas, spinach, chard, and radishes.

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

April 29

Winnetka – Pop-Up Wine Tasting and Dinner – Sponsored by ChicagourmetsKamp Gallery 996 Green Bay Road. Meet Jens Baerle, the founder of Gourmetdestinations that puts together Farm to Table trips in Italy. The event will feature an olive oil tasting with appetizers and prosecco reception followed by an Italian Wine pairing dinner. Check Chicagogourmets for further details on this.

May 1

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