Local Calendar 5/2/12 The Markets Start to Move Outdoors!!

May 2, 2012 at 8:59 am

Artisan Yes, you are not hallucinating, there are not vegetables from the Green City Market in the picture. This past Saturday, I helped out at the 2nd Annual Pastoral Artisan Producer Festival at the Chicago French Market. As Ann Flood, the Editor of Edible Chicago calls it, I focused on that “other” food group “cheese”. In the picture is one of my favorite farmstead and artisan cheese producers, Leslie Cooperband and her cheese from Prairie Fruit Farm and Creamery. Fortunately, my refrigerator has been stocked full of greens and yes, if you keep your refrigerator cold enough, greens can last longer than you think, it is a fine line between just cold enough and too cold, but I manage to ride that line.

Fortunately, the farmers markets are starting to move outside this month and it is heralded by the opening of the Green City Market on Saturday May 5th, much further south of the Nature Museum,  across from the Farm-in-the-Zoo in Lincoln Park.

From now on, the calendar reflects the abundance that Spring and Summer brings, and starts to get very crowded and it is easy to omit markets or events. So if you have a favorite market, farmer delivery stop, sustainable food event, farm dinner, let us know in the comments below!!!! On to the weeks 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.

****The last day to register for Seven Generations AheadFresh From The Farm” Educator Training workshops is May 16th.

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

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

New!!! Chicago – Chef Randy Zweiban  of Province Restaurant presents his Spring Menu Dinner highlighting the produce of Spring. 6pm 161 N. Jefferson St. $75 5 course dinner with wine pairings, includes tax and gratuity, more information available here.

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 theLocavore 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.

Evanston –  The Downtown Evanston Farmers Market opens for the season and will be open today, May 5th through November 3rd. The market is celebrating its 37th year and will be open from 7:30am to 1pm at University Place and Oak Ave.(just east of Railroad Ave.) behind the Hilton Garden Inn. Free parking is at the adjacent 1500 Maple garage.

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 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.

Woodstock – Woodstock Farmers Market 8am – 1pm at historic Woodstock Square There will be a pie-eating contest!

May 6

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

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

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” .

New!! Chicago – Calling all Food Revolutionairies, this will be a doozie!!  Re-Thinking Soup – Hull House Kitchen – Jane Addams Hull House 800 South Halsted St – 12pm – 1pm This is the last Re-Thinking Soup for the season and it is going to be a full house of many of Chicago’s Food Revolutionairies, Grace Lee Boggs, Amy Franceschini, Erika Allen, Michael S. Thompson, Seneca Kern, Debbie Hillman, Dana Benigno, Dara Cooper, Martha Boyd, and Dan Fredman. Gosh, there will be a lot of food power at this lunch!!!

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 - 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.

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


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

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.

New!! Chicago - Cocktails and Composting Logan Square Kitchen 5:30pm – 8:30pm 2333 North Milwaukee Ave. Logan Square Kitchen and Urban Worm Girl are proud to present an evening of two things you never thought you’d see together: Cocktails & Compost! Enjoy sipping on handcrafted, seasonal cocktails while learning about how you can start composting inside your home, aparment or condo. Learn the best techniques for enriching your soils this season, and get tips and advice about starting your garden off right. Composting demonstrations will take place at 6:30pm and 7:30pm. If you would like to reserve equipment, worms, or other materials please contact us to ensure availability. Best part? It’s free!

May 11-13

New!!! Chicago – Peterson Garden Project Vegetable, Herb/Bake Sale – 10am -2pm daily 4642 N. Francisco (at the Francisco Brown Line Stop) Wondering where to get rare, organic, heirloom tomato seedlings? Want to talk to master gardeners or certified Square Foot Gardening instructors before making a purchase? Then join them for their annual Plant Sale and Fundraiser, where you can buy herb and vegetable seedlings, basic gardening supplies, seeds, gardening gift baskets, and even enjoy tasty baked goods from Chicago pastry chefs.  There is no cost for admission, and all proceeds benefit The Peterson Garden Project, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization.

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.

New!! Chicago – Greenheart Earth Olympics (runs all day from 11-6pm), Worm Composting Workshop (2-3pm)- Wicker Park Field House 1425 North DamenGreenheart Earth Olympics is a family-fun, and FREE event of interactive “Olympic Games” and educational workshops in Chicago’s Wicker Park. Brought to you by Center for Cultural Interchange, Greenheart Shop, Wicker Park Advisory Council, and the Chicago Park District. This day-long event focuses on increasing awareness of other cultures, the environment, and ways we can change our habits for the global good.

New!! Chicago – Dill Pickle Prom – Fundraiser to help the Dill Pickle expansion project. 8pm – 12am Logan Square Auditorium tickets $20 -$25 Go to the link for more information

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.

Chicago – Worm Composting 101 – Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum 6-7pm Learn the basics of worm composting, you’ll leve with a completed started bin. 10$ members $15 non-members register here.

May 19

New!! Chicago – The Plant Spring Open House -1400 W. 46th St. 12pm – 5pm Come on out  for free food and and a home-brewing beer contest! They will ,also, be giving tours of the building every half-hour from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. for $5 (half off the regular price!). Come see their progress, including a huge step forward on the renewable energy system, a new growing bed in the basement, and tons of work done in the kitchen spaces! More info here.

May 20

Chicago – Food Sanitation Class Logan Square Kitchen – 9:30am – 12:30pm -2333 North Milwaukee Get certified with the Chicago Health Department required for all food vendors at a farmers market, special event, street fair. $35 Go here for registration and more information.

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 Wig.Chicago@gmail.com

Chicago - Food Sanitation Class Logan Square Kitchen – 5-8pm 2333 North Milwaukee Get certified with the Chicago health Department required for all food vendors at a farmers market, special event, street fair. $35 Go here for registration and more information.

May 23

New!!!! Chicago - Spring Slow Food Chicago Dinner featuring Harvest Moon Farms, Cedar Valley Sustainable Farm & 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 24

New!! Chicago - Edible Chicago and Brooklyn Brewery present  ”A Celebration of Beer, Food, and Stories” Beer Bistro 1061 W. Madison 5-7pm Event is free, RSVP to events@ediblechicago.com Pick up an Edible Chicago, taste Brooklyn Brewery’s latest release  beer and enjoy food by local purveyors. The Second Quarterly Carousal party will be held at Beer Bistro.

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

New!! Chicago – Taste of Fresh Moves to celebrate the one year anniversary of Fresh Moves, Mobile Produce Market 1-5pm 3750 W. Ogden 4th floor The event is designed to highlight the many talents of theit customers and supporters in the Westside communities that they serve. This celebration will feature live food demonstrations and tastings from local celebrity chefs, performances by Young Chicago Authors featured poets, a student art competition and judging, food games for the young and young at heart, a screening room for food documentaries, acro-yoga demonstrations, raffles and prizes, music and more. All are welcome and it is free but RSVP by May 21st to thetasteoffreshmoves@gmail.com.

FD!! Champaign – Prairie Fruits Farm starts their dinner season – “A Dinner of Spring” 4410 N. Lincoln Ave – H2Vino, Caveny Farms Lamb 5 courses, $10

New!! Hinsdale – Terra Brockman speaks at Wellness House, “Changing the World One Meal at a Time” 10:00am – 11:30am 131 N. County Line Rd. Terra Brockman, Author of The Seasons on Henry’s Farm and Founder of The Land Connection will discuss her brother’s organic vegetable farm, her sister’s organic fruit farm, and the ripple effects of our food choices–including the health, economic, and environmental benefits of supporting local farmers.

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!!!