Weekly Calendar – 4/18/12 – Less Than A Month Until The Outdoor Markets!

April 18, 2012 at 12:22 pm

radishesIMG_0304 The vegetables keep coming! I have to admit, I am a vegetable addict. Something about the look of freshly harvested vegetables, like the radishes above, embody such vibrance and freshness, that I love just walking around the market looking at all the vegetables. The radishes, from Growing Home,  were the standout vegetable, of the Green City Market last week. The smell of greenness that hits your nose when you walk into a farmer’s, brings an urban person like me back to the scents of a farm and the land!

The other picture I couldn’t resist, a picture of a market bag. To shop at a farmer’s market means having at least one market bag to put product in.  The one above, stood out to me, but there are other amazing bags out there. Country Financial is currently running a contest among students for designing a reusable market bag, their bag from last year, was my personal favorite. If you donate to the Green City Market, you receive one of their market bags which are always well designed! If you have a favorite market bag, post the picture in the comments below or on our Facebook page.  To shop well at the markets you need good bags!! Now on to the weekly calendar and remember that the Farm Dinners and the forward calendar, Memorial Day through Labor Day, are now on a separate calendar, happy shopping!

If you have a favorite market that we have not included, let us know in the comments below, we really appreciate all feedback!!!


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 GG has weekly wine and beer tastings check their website or twitter for details.

Marion Street Cheese Market 100 South Marion St. Oak Park

Provenance Food & Wine - 2 locations Logan Square 2528 N. California Lincoln Square 2312 W. Leland Ave. Provenance has weekly free tastings of food and wine products, check their website for details.

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.

April 18

Chicago - Growing Home hosts a free screening of the acclaimed documentary “The Interrupters” at their Wood Street Urban Farm. 4pm. 5814 S. Wood St. The movie tells the story of three “violence interrupters” in Chicago, all of whom are former gang members working to protect their communities by breaking the cycle of violence. From 1-4pm, Growing Home will give farm tours, garden workshops and a chance to shop at their organic farmstand and after the movie, violence interrupters, Li’l Mikey and Hot Rod will lead a community discussion.

April 19

Chicago – Chicagourmet Hosts a Dinner at Les Nomades in honor of Anne Willan – 222 E. Ontario 6 pm, Champagne reception. 6:30 pm, book signing and 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 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.

Chicago - Farm Fresh Food Stuffs at Weiss Memorial Hospital 7am – 1pm Weiss is just north of the intersection of Wilson and Marine Drive.

April 20

Chicago – Great Lakes Brewing Earth Day Beer Dinner at Uncommon Ground Devon – 6pm 1401 West Devon $55 per person exlcudes taxes and gratuities

April 21

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 and this week will be jeremy Billings from Scoozi.

Chicago – Edible Gardens workshop sponsored by Green City Market -9:30am – 10:15am. Join them for their 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.  They will also discuss how to successfully direct seed cool weather crops such as peas, spinach, chard, and radishes.

New!! Chicago – Pasta Puttana’s Chef Table Series – Conservas Seafood – 1407 West Grand Ave. 7pm – 9pm This month they bow to conservas seafood: gourmet imported seafood preserved in olive oil, brine, or its own juices. New to conservas? Your first bite of salty white anchovies, sweet king crab, or succulnet razor clams will make you a conservas convert, they swear! Their  Chef’s Table dinners are intimate gatherings set right in the Pasta Puttana production space. The meal is prepared before your eyes and served on our custom-made pasta table. Ingredients are sourced locally and sustainably. $85 per person including tax and gratuity, BYOB Please contact Jessica at 773-439-9623 or jvolpe@pastaputtana.com to reserve a seat.

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.

Grayslake – The Grayslake Farmer’s Market Opens for Spring!! Centennial Park and Center St. 10:00 Am – 2pm

La Fox – Heritage Prairie Farmers Market – 9-1 pm. 2N308 Brundage Road, La Fox, IL

New Location!! St. Charles – The Saturday Farm Fresh Food Stuffs market has moved and is now at Trellis Family Farm 8-4pm 2N492 Kirk Rd.

April 22

Happy Earth Day!!! How are you going to celebrate/

Chicago – Andersonville Farmers Market – 11:30 – 3:30pm Ebenezer Lutheran Church 1650 W. Foster

Chicago – The Pasta Puttana Chef’s Table Series continues tonight, see above for the info. 7-9pm. 1407 West Grand

Chicago - Clandestino Supper Club – Pop-Up- “WTF” with guest chefs Ben Roche(Moto) and Thomas Bowman (Moto and ING) along with Chef Efrain Cuevas. 7pm  $75 BYOB and taxs, tips not included. Once reservation is made, location will be given 48 hours before event. Reserve a spot here.

Crystal Lake – Duke’s Alehouse in Crystal Lake is having an Eco-Friendly Food and Beer Tasting. 2-5pm 110 N. Main St. $35 per person includes 1 raffle tickets and a donation to the McHenry County Environmental Defenders. Make a reservation here.

April 24

Chicago – Re-Thinking Soup – Hull House Kitchen – Jane Addams Hull House 800 South Halsted St – 12pm – 1pm Check website for the current speaker

New! !!! Chicago – Taste of the Great Lakes – Local and Invasive Species DinnerDirks Fish & Gourmet Shop 2070 N. Clybourn 7:30pm – 9:30pm Join acclaimed fishmonger, Dirk Fucik, and his wife Terry, in celebrating our Great Lakes region and the distinctive seafood it provides us – including the controversial Asian carp you’ve heard about in the news!This family-style dinner includes eight of Dirk & Terry’s original recipes, plank-smoked Lake Trout, Tempura Perch, smoke rainbow trout wraps and more. It will feature local & invasive fish that were caught or farmed in environmentally friendly ways. Special guest include the folks from the Shedd Aquarium. $65 per person, BYOB Part of the proceeds go to Slow Food Chicago and there “Send A Farmer to Terra Madre” program. Go here to reserve a spot!!

Chicago – Chicago Rare Orchards Project (CROP) – Inaugural lecture series by leaders of crop diversity and sustainable development. 6pm Haas Park Fieldhouse 2404 Washtenaw Ave. (entrance on Fullerton) Speaker Jennifer Jordan Associate Professor of Sociology & Urban Studies University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Event is free and open to the public.

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


April 26

Chicago - Green City Market Spring Fling – A New Leaf 1820 N. Wells 6:30pm -9:30pm Join Green City Market chefs, farmers, and supporters for an evening of cocktails, small bites, music and a unique auction experience as they raise funds to support their market education programs.Ticket information and prices here

Chicago - GoodGreens.org meeting -10:00- 12:00 USDA offices in the loop If you are a veteran “good food” person or a newbie, this meeting is a great one to go to, to develop contacts in the “good food” world in Chicago and to get valuable information, it is always worth your time. It is sponsored by the USDA and is a meeting of meetings and welcomes people from all aspects, neighborhoods, organizations, public, non-profit, private, entrepreneurs, anyone interested in a better and more sustainable food system in the Midwest area. The website is a treasure trove of information and Alan Shannon of the USDA is the one to contact if you plan to attend, go to the website for details.

April 27

Chicago – Starts today Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance Presents “Road Food – Exploring The Midwest One Bite At A Time” – Kendall College This 3 day symposium is about what it says, exploring the midwest and all its nooks and crannys when it comes to eating. Here is the jam packed program that covers all three days.

Chicago – Graze Magazine releases inaugural issue at Smart Museum of Art The graze // issue one reception will take place at the Smart Museum of Art at 5550 S. Greenwoood Ave. on Friday, April 27, from 8-11pm.  For just $10 guests will gain entry to a night of guerilla gastronomica, hand-crafted cocktails, folk music, and a free copy of Graze, Chicago’s premier food-oriented literary magazine-all set to the backdrop of Feast:Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art, the current exhibition at the Smart Museum of Art.

April 28

Chicago – Highly recommended!2nd Annual Pastoral Artisan Producer Festival at the Chicago French Market 11-3pm This year’s line-up features more than 70 producers,in addition to tastings and demonstrations from a wide variety of your favorite French Market vendors. In addition to cheese-makers and mongers from around the world, there will also be producers of beer, wine, and accoutrements in attendance as well as the vendors in the Chicago French Market. From confectioners and beer and spirit makers right here in Chicago to vintners from Bordeaux, this year the festival includes artisan producers from around your neighborhood and around the world!

Chicago – Another great idea! Green and Growing Fair - Sponsored by the Advocates for Urban Agriculture and GreenNet Chicago. Garfield Park Conservatory 11am – 4pm 300 North Central Park Ave. Free Meet the folks from One Seed Chicago and pick up a packet of the winning seed, buy the unique KochTerri pepper, a new varietal, bred by Garfield Park Horticulturists and many more vendors and workshops. Go to the link for further details.

April 29

New!!! Chicago – It’s back for the 4th year Cochon 555 – It is a traveling, culinary competition and tasting event. 5 chefs, 5 pigs, 5 winemakers to promote sustainable farming of heritage breeed pigs. The chefs this year include : Carlos Gaytan of Mexique, Danny Grant of Balsan/Ria, Stephanie Izard of Girl and The Goat, Michael Sheerin of The Trenchermen, and Jason Vincent of Nightwood. The event this year will be held at The Four Seasons hotel 120 East Delaware and starts at 5pm. Tickets start at $125 and can be purchased here. Besides the main event of the contest and eating a lot of mighty tasty pig there will be Pastoral Cheese, Rob Levitt of The Butcher and the Larder giving a butchering demo and lots more!

Chicago – The Rice Table at Vincent presents a Rijstaffel Dinner – 1475 West Balmoral 6-9pm This is a Dutch Indonesian grand feast. Go here to reserve a spot. $50

Winnetka – Pop-Up Wine Tasting and Dinner – Sponsored by ChicagourmetsKamp Gallery 996 Green Bay Road. Meet Jens Baerle, the founder ofGourmetdestinations, 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 -Happy Birthday!!!!! 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.

May 3

Chicago – Meet the Market – At Balena - 1633 N. Halsted 6-8pm The popular series sponsored by the Green City Market Junior Board is back! Meet the crew from Ellis Family Farms, Chef Chris Pandel, pastries by Amanda Rockman and beverages by mixologist Debbi Peek. All I can say, it’s back!! Go to the links for further details.

May 4

Elgin- Elgins’ Green Expo- 1-8pm at the center of Elgin and is the biggest green event in the Fox Valley. This family-friendly event will include a Green Car Show showcasing some of the latest hybrids; a Farmer’s Market with artisan breads, cheeses and wines; the Garden Area to purchase native trees & plantings; an Eco-Bazaar where visitors can get the latest recycled goods; a Wellness Center with eco-friendly products & chair massages; plus food & drinks from the Locavore Cafe/EcoBar and much more!! Thanks to Melissa Owens for pointing this out!!!

Ottawa, IL - Morel University – This is part of Morel Mania. LEARN FROM EXPERTS – SHARE THE MORELS! Tom Nauman of Morel Mania, Inc. and other morel hunting experts will be your instructors for Morel University. The class is for beginners or anyone who wants to learn the finer points of shrooming: morel habitat, tree identification, correct harvesting techniques, and tricks of the trade. Morel-gathering will last approximately two hours.

May 5

Chicago – Opening Day the Green City Market – The featured chef will Sarah Grueneberg of Spiaggia. The hours are longer 7am to 1pm and the market moves further south in Lincoln Park, right across from the Children’s Farm.

Elgin- The Green Expo in Elgin continues.

May 8

Chicago - Chicago Rare Orchards Project (CROP) – Inaugural lecture series by leaders of crop diversity and sustainable development. 6pm Haas Park Fieldhouse 2404 Washtenaw Ave. (entrance on Fullerton) Josh Ellis Program Director Metropolitan Planning Council Event is free and open to the public.

May 12

Chicago – Opening Day for 61st Market sponsored by Experimental Station – This market which is becoming “the” market on the south side opens today, go to their website for further details.

May 16

Chicago – Floriole Monthly Dinner with Guest Chef Nathan Sears of Vie. Floriole Cafe and Bakery  1220 West Webster $75 5 Courses exlcudes beverage, tax and gratuity. Reserve a space here.

May 22

Chicago – Chicago Rare Orchards Project (CROP) – Inaugural lecture series by leaders of crop diversity and sustainable development. 6pm Haas Park Fieldhouse 2404 Washtenaw Ave. (entrance on Fullerton) The speakers tonight will be Melissa Tobias and Dan Schnitzer Sustainability Educators, The Academy for Global Citizenship. This event is free and open to the pubic.

May 25

Chicago – Kedzie Brewery Grand Opening Party – Revolution Brewing celebrates the opening of its new brewery at 3340 N. Kedzie. 5-10pm $15 Tickets go on sale April 27th.

May 26

FD!! Champaign – Prairie Fruits Farm starts their dinner season – “A Dinner of Spring” 4410 N. Lincoln Ave – H2Vino, Caveny Farms Lamb 5 courses, $100

For the summer schedule including Farm Dinners please go to our Farm Dinner calendar, it is time to make reservations for your summer farm dinners now!!!