The Local Calendar May 23 The Humanity of the Markets
As regular Beet readers know, I work at the Green City Market on Saturdays, for the organic micro greens farm, Tiny Greens. I live downtown in Streeterville which makes getting to the market in Lincoln Park easy. However, this past weekend, with the NATO conference going on, was to say the least, a little different. In my neighborhood, there were times where the streets were completely empty. Periodically I would see groups of uniformed personnel in conference at street corners. In each building there was a security guard either right inside the door or standing in front of it and on some streets there were crowd control gates lining the sidewalks. All the humanity had left the streets and all that was left was the military. The streets were eerily silent and had the feeling that a plague had hit the city sending all the people away. Thankfully, and I was concerned that the farmers market might be cancelled, but the Green City Market carried on. Around 9:30am, when people were sitting under the trees having picnics, owners were strolling around with their dogs, people walking with their market bags under their arms full of produce, it reminded me of the humanity of the farmers markets and why I love them. The many varietal vegetables reminds me that each of us is different, we are all unique and that is a good thing. Living in a city, seeing all the fresh produce directly from the farm, reminds me we are tied to the earth and dependent on it. It hit me, that good food brings people together in a really positive way and it was such a wonderful sight. Working at the market on Saturday really brought home to me why we need the markets and their value of bringing farmers and the city people together. Thank you Green City for being open and carrying on as usual!!!
The markets continue to get more colorful. Green Acres Farm had wild watercress on their table and Ellis Family Farms had strawberries, already. The strawberries were gone by no later than 9:30 though. It only continues to get better from here!! If you want to check if their is a farmer’s market near you, check our farmer’s market locator. Need help with how to shop at a market, check our shopping guide right here! Now on to the week ahead.
WHERE TO FIND LOCAL FOODS
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
WHAT TO DO NOW
Chicago Craft Beer week is ongoing through May 17th through May 27th with tons of events throughout the city
Chicago - Green City Market 7am – 1pm Lincoln Park across from the Farm at the Zoo. Chef demonstration will be Matthew Holmes of Uncommon Ground, 10:30 – 11:30am.
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.
Chicago – Red Meat Market “Meat-Up” – Goose Island Brewery 6-9pm $62.50 GETS YOU, $100.00 of local, sustainable, all natural Grass-Fed Beef. Save 38% and meet other 100% all natural meat lovers and make it social! Upon arrival with a purchase of a ticket, you will receive seven pounds of delicious Grass-Fed Angus Beef direct from Black Earth Meats and the lush green pastures of southwestern Wisconsin.
Chicago – City Provisions Dinner with Greenbush Brewing Company from Sawyer, MI. 1818 West Wilson 6pm Featuring Terminator X and Loud Mouth Soup, Cleetus’s two collaboration beers. Greenbush will also be launching the “yet-to-be-released-outside-of-the-tap-room” Lagniappe, a toasted pecan ale. 95$ Please call 773-293-2489 for reservations, only 16 seats are available each night.
Chicago – Castilla La Mancha -Experience the wines of Don Quixote’s Spain in Chicago The Hotel Palomar 505 N. State St. 10:30am – 4:00pm Reserve spot here
Countryside – “Introductions to Chickens…Urban Style!“. The workshop runs from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at their offices in Countryside (near the intersection of I-55 & I-294). The cost is $10.00 for non-members, and free for members.
Chicago – The Daley Plaza Farmers Market Opening Day - 7am – 3pm Country Financial will have a booth and will be giving away my absolute favorite market bag!! The design on the Country Financial bag is the student winner of their design contest. I cannot wait to see it!!
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 email@example.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.
Chicago – Cooking With Grayson – Logan Square Kitchen 2333 N. Milwaukee 7-11pm 5 Rabbit Cerveseria teams with Chef Grayson Schmitz (Top Chef Texas: Season 9) As guests will prepare the family dinner with Chef Schmitz paired with 5 Rabbit Beers $125
Chicago – Grilling in the Garden Join the Green City Market Junior Board and Jared Rouben, Goose Island Brew Pub for sausages on the grill and seasonal beers. $20 all in and proceeds go to support Green City Market’s LINK program. 3535 North Clark St. 7-9pm
Chicago – Local First Chicago Multi-Chamber Networking event Copernicus Annex 5214 Lawrence Ave. 5:30pm – 8pm Cost $5
Chicago – Growing Home Benefit by Modern Conversation at Jerry’s Wicker Park 1938 W. Division 9:30pm – 12:30am 8$ cover at the door. For more information about the band go here. Growing Home had a recent break-in unfortunately,so can use all the support they can get!!!
Chicago – The Art of Fermentation – Chicago Cultural Center – 78 E. Washington 12:15 – 1:30pm Sandor Katz presents his new book about fermentation, culture, and community. Come share kraut, meet Sandor, hear about his new book, get a copy inscribed to you, and ask questions.
Chicago – Green City Market – The featured chef will be Sean Sanders of Browntrout. The hours are longer 7am to 1pm and the market moves further south in Lincoln Park, right across from the Farm in the Zoo.
Chicago – Edible Gardens Workshop – Necessary Nourishment: Feeding Plants for Healthy Growth and Production. This is a FREE Monthly Hands-on Gardening Workshop Series in The Edible Gardens with Jeanne Pinsof Nolan, founder of The Organic Gardener, Ltd. Workshops will be held from 9:30am-10:15am. Respond to RSVP@greencitymarket.org to reserve a spot.
Chicago – 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 vendors will be there like Penny Pastries, look for him.
Evanston – The Downtown Evanston Farmers Market 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.
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
Oak Park – Oak Park Farmers Market – 460 Lake St just one block west of Ridgeland Ave. 7am – 1pm The Market is much more than a farmers’ market. It is an Oak Park tradition, a Saturday gastronomic event (the donuts have a devoted following), a concert site, a social event and a great place to pick up super-fresh produce, traditional and unusual plants, fresh cheeses, honey, flowers, vinegars, herbs, and much more. The Oak Park Farmers’ Market also features unique items for sale at the commissioners’ table, including items you can’t find anywhere else, such as reasonably priced T-shirts, one-of-a-kind items and bags, all offering a beautiful, functional way to support the market.
Woodstock – Woodstock Farmers Market 8am – 1pm at historic Woodstock Square There will be a pie-eating contest!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Chicago – Premier of the documentary “Bitter Seeds” at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival sponsored by The Jane Addams Hull House. 3:15pm 164 N. State St. The film is focused on the farmer suicides surrounding their use of genetically modified seeds and the effects on their crops. Purchase tickets here.
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.
New!!! Chicago – “Small Business Memorial Day” Join Logan Square Kitchen, BIG(Blacks in Green) and Local First Chicago for a brown bag lunch, noon, at the Daley Center and bring a roll of red tape!!
Woodstock - Woodstock Farmers Market at historic Woodstock Square 8am – 1pm
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!!!