The Local Calendar – 4/25/12 Next Week Begins The Outdoor Season!

April 25, 2012 at 9:10 am

Carrots Carrots, can you believe carrots at the Green City Market last week? Okay, they were carrots from Growing Home that were planted in the winter time. But they still were real, live, local carrots. I think one of the pleasures, although the farmers who get up in the middle of the night and drive for all hours will disagree, but for me, one of the pleasures of working at a farmers market is the early morning set up before all the customers have arrived. It sounds corny but it has a night before Christmas feel. I never know what exactly each vendor has and it is fun to see the produce get carefully placed on the tables and then to see things like carrots appear. The light in early morning gives all the vegetables a glow that they just don’t have as the day progresses, yet one more incentive to get to the market early!

Overwintered carrots are just one of the things in season now in Chicagoland.  Check out our in season list to see what else you may find when shopping for local food.

Don’t forget Growing Home has a 10th Anniversary Celebration coming up, 10 years is a very long time in the farm business and in the urban farm business it is unheard of, so all the more reason to wish them a very happy 10th Birthday!

More markets are going to be opening outside next week as well and we will try to keep you as abreast as we can. But remember, we welcome feedback and input, so if you have a favorite market let us know!!! Now on to the week ahead!


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 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 - 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.

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

New!!! Chicago - Hackneys Printer Row – Locavore Beer Fest -6pm 733 South Dearborn St.  A celebration of local, artisanal beer, in an effort to promote the pleasures of eating and drinking in our own backyard. The night will be highlighted by a rare beer tapping at 6 p.m. Hackney’s will tap Metropolitan’s Generator Dopplebock, Two Brothers Red Eye Porter brewed with Dark Matter coffee, Two Brothers Circus Penguin Pale Ale brewed with organic beets and blood oranges, and Finch’s Witness Belgian Pale Ale. The locavore beer menu will continue for the week.

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 – The Green City Market Held at the Peggy Notebaert Museum 2430 N. Cannon Drive 8am – 1pm Last indoor market of the season!!

Chicago – 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 Chicagoand 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.

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 Open 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 29

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

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 ofMexique, 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

New!Frankfort Country Market – Frankfort – Downtown Frankfort – 10-2 – Might find paella.

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.

April 30

Chicago – ViniItaly Italian wine tour comes to Chicago – Come and enjoy a taste of Italy! River East Arts Center 6-8:30pm $30 More information and to buy tickets go here.

May 1

New!!!! Chicago – Brown Trout Farmer’s Market 5-8pm 4111 North Lincoln Ave. In North Center, near the Irving Park Brown Line stop, this new “micro” farmer’s market sponsored by “Ground Up Chicago” is taking place today!

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.

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

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

Evanston - NU sustainable FOOD Talks – Pot Luck “Food Deserts:What Chicago Organizations Are Doing to Solve the Problem” A Panel Discussion Featuring Chicago Leaders in Sustainable Food Systems 6-8pm Technological Institute, Room L361, 2145 Sheridan Road

Woodstock - Woodstock Farmers Market at historic Woodstock Square  opens for the season 8am – 1pm


May 2

Chicago – Climate Cycle Ride Info Social (with free beer) – 6-7:30 pm ING Direct Cafe 21 East Chestnut St. Learn about the Climate Cycle Ride To Recharge and mingle with riders, get some encouragement to ride and enjoy free beer!

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.

Chicago – Lots going on at The Bedford for their One Year Anniversary Celebration – 1612 West Division

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.

Chicago - The Green Festival at Navy Pier 12noon to 8pm Buy tickets and more information here.

Elgin- The Green Expo in Elgin continues.

Woodstock – Woodstock Farmers Market 8am – 1pm at historic Woodstock Square

May 6

Chicago – Glenwood Sunday Market – The Glenwood Bar Glenwood Ave at Morse 9am – 2pm

Chicago – The Green Festival continues at Navy Pier 11am to 7pm Buy tickets here

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 9

Chicago – Carnivale, which has a roof top garden, has started Carnivale University classes on Wednesdays from 6:30-8pm $25 This week, Portugese wines 101, includes 5 stations with Chef David Dworshak’s food and wine pairings. 702 West Fulton Market

May 10

New!!! Chicago – Green City Market Junior Board Book Club – 6:30 pm at Next Door Chicago 659 West Diversey This month they are reading “The Prince’s Speech: On the Future of Food,” Prince Charles’ keynote address at the 2011 Future of Food conference in Washington, D.C. It’s only 64 pages! Join them for a conversation about food sustainability, go to the link above for more information.

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.

Morton Grove – Morton Grove Spring Farmer’s Market –  8am – 12noon 6210 Dempster St.

May 13

Chicago – DOSE Market - Mother’s Day addition River East Arts Center 10am – 4pm River East Arts Center 435 East Illinois

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 public.

New!!! Chicago – Women in Green monthly meeting – Hosted by Shannon Downey of Pivotal Productions at The Greenhouse Loft in The Green Exchange 2545 W. Diversey Ave. 5:30 pm Interested in attending or learning more? Contact


New!!!! Chicago - Spring Slow Food Chicago Dinner featuring Harvest Moon Farms & FEW Spirits at Uncommon Ground Devon 1401 W. Devon Ave. $65 includes tax, gratuity and a donation to Slow Food Chicago’s Terra Madre campaign. For reservations please call 773-465-9801.

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!!!