The Local Calendar – 3/14 Soon Garlic, Spring Onions…

March 13, 2012 at 9:36 pm

Heritage Prairie Soon, not quite yet but soon, garlic and spring onions will appear at the markets. People are continuing to seek out greens. Greens not only are great for you, taste best when fresh but I think give such signs of hope and of Spring. What are on Henry’s to do list for this week? (All quotes are from the 2012 calendar for the Land Connection and are comments from Henry of Henry’s Farm)On the To Do list for Thursday is ” Check garlic in the field: If it’s not poking through its winter blanket, pull mulch away.” For Friday, ” In greenhouse: Select 175 tomato seedlings for growing in greenhouse for early harvest and plant ine seedling per soil block” and finally for Saturday, start mulching rhubarb, raspberries, fruit trees, bush fruits”.” All these to do’s are hopeful signs of the vegetables and fruits to come. It is that CSA choosing time of year, so if you can’t decide or need more information, don’t forget to check probably the most comprehensive CSA guide for Chicagoland out there, (thank you fellow LBeeter Wendy Aeschlimann) here…

So onto the weekly events, the biggest event of this week besides Saint Patricks Day which is probably one of the most celebrated events in Chicago is the Good Food Festival which is bringing together the entire farm universe throughout the midwest. So below is the local calendar and more. A Local Beet helpful hint, the Andersonville Winter Farmer’s Market is a great place to shop on a Sunday, check it out!!


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 14

Chicago - Soup and Bread at The Hideout 1354 W. Wabansia 5:30pm – 7:30pm Soup & Bread is a free weekly soup dinner to benefit hunger relief efforts across Chicago – to sign up to serve soup email Each week we round up a handful of Hideout staff and regulars, plus local musicians, writers, artists, and professional cooks to donate pots of homemade soup. We heat them up in crock pots and serve them up, along with fresh bread and the occasional muffins, pie, or cookies. All are welcome. We’ve got soups this week from: Hot Doug’s, The Butcher and Larder, Sheila Sachs , Perry Kim, Gilberto Gomez-Gonzalez, Susannah Kite Strang, Ellyn Diko.

March 15

Chicago – The Good Food Festival starts today which is really conferences within conferences at UIC, Good Food Financing Conference..Go here for the full schedule

March 16

Chicago - Good Food Festival Trade Show, School Food and Food Policy Summit at UIC, Schedule here.

March 17

Happy St. Pat’s Day!!!! The day of Greenness!!!

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 Chief Beet will be Rob Gardner will be talking about Fermented Food at 3pm and The Local Beet will have a table, come by and say hi, give us your feedback and spread the purple word!!!

Chicago – The Green City Market Held at the Peggy Notebaert Museum 2430 N. Cannon Drive 8am – 1pm The chef demonstration from 10:30am to 11:30am will be Heather Terhune of Sable!

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

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!

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 18

Chicago – The Andersonville Winter’s Farmer’s Market –  11:30 – 3:00 at the Ebenezer Lutheran Church on Foster just west of Ashland This is the best kept Farmer’s Market secret in Chicago. Great produce, great deals…Come by and say hi to Paula Jeremias, the market manager of Tiny Greens and let her know you read about this market in the LB, you will make her day!! How to get there by CTA?Here it goes: The nearest CTA bus stops directly in front of our church with the #92 and #50 CTA buses serving the church. The #22 CTA Clark bus stops 2 blocks east of the church, while the CTA Red Line Argyle and Berwyn stops are a 10-15 minute walk away. The #92 Bus also serves the Berwyn Red Line stop, while the #50 bus connects to the Brown Line stop at Damen.

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 $20. Refreshments provided by Pleasant House Bakery

March 19

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

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

New!!!!Chicago Private screening of “Capone’s Whiskey – The Story of Templeton Rye” A film by Kristian Day 12pm Cocktails & lunch 1:00pm Press and VIP screening Anthem Bar & Grill 1725 W. Division RSVP to

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 – 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 – 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

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.

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 3

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 8

New!!!! Chicago – Return of the Longman and Eagle (Adult) Easter Egg Hunt – 1pm 2657 N. Kedzie Yes, this Easter Egg Hunt for Big People is taking place again, here is a description of the hunt last year. If it is sponsored by Longman and Eagle, it is sure to be tasty, fun and very creative. Go to the links for more information or contact

April 9

New!! Chicago – Fundraiser for Ground Up at Spacca Napoli 1769 West Sunnyside (Between N. Hermitage and N. Ravenswood Ave) 6-9pm To support their first project an incubator farmer’s market at Browntrout. For tickets $100 go here.

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

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.

June 10

Chicago – Slow Food Chicago Pig Fest – The annual fundraiser for Slow Food Chicago is back. Mark your calendars and further details will be up coming.