The Local Calendar – Snap Peas, English Peas, Favas

June 13, 2012 at 8:26 am

Snap peasCherry Apple vinegar The vegetables and the products just keep coming, it is that time to love Chicago at the markets. Snap peas and English peas are in full swing! Nichols at the MCA Tuesday market had buckets full. Moira Tuffy @tomarketwithmo found fava beans at the Green City Market this morning.

It is always fun to find new products, particularly condiments, that the farmers come up with. Lehman Orchards is now producing their own line of vinegars. I bought a bottle of cherry apple cider vinegar, they ,also, had honey crisp apple cider vinegar and red wine vinegar. The vendor joked that you don’t have to worry about it going bad because it will turn into vinegar!

Lots going on now that summer has started, lets take a look at the local calendar. If you are curious what farmers market is nearest to you, check our very comprehensive farmers market locator here.


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


June 13

Chicago – The Green City Market – Lincoln Park – 7am – 1pm The chef demonstration at 10:30 will be Laura Frankel of Spertus Kosher Catering (Wolfgang Puck).

Chicago – Dinner and a Movie Night, “Veins In The  Gulf” about Louisiana’s disappearing coastline. Uncommon Ground Devon 6:30pm 1401 W. Devon $35 includes dinner, film, taxes and gratuity

June 14

Chicago – The Daley Plaza Farmers - 7am – 3pm

Chicago – Chicagourmets presents A Foie Gras Celebration Dinner at Cyranos Farm Kitchen– 546 North Wells St. 6pm – Chef Didier Durand has redone the interior of his restaurant and now invokes the nostalgia of his grandparents french farm. He has put together a special dinner in his new restaurant to celebrate, in his own way, what Foie Gras means to him.

Chicago - Red Meat Launch Party – 6 -10pm Goose Island Clybourn 1800 N. Clybourn The Nights Highlights: View the RMM website for the 1st time, meet other 100% all Natural Meat Lovers, have a drink, enjoy a pint of Green Line Pale Ale, spin “The Wheel of Meat” and win great RMM prizes and Meat, enjoy some Grass-Fed Appetizers, share the benefits of Organic or Grass-Fed Meat, ”Meat and Greet” our sponsors from Black Earth Meats! Learn recipes and tips from our Top Chef .

June 15

Chicago – Green City Market – The featured chef will be Peter Klein of Seedling Farms. 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 – Green City Market tour led by Chef David Dworshak of Carnivale - 10-12pm $25 Enjoy Carnivale seviche and a dish prepared onsite. For further information and reservations contact 312-850-5005

Chicago – 61st Market sponsored by Experimental Station –  Go to their website for further details. New vendors include Penny Pastries, look for Axel.

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.

Geneva - Geneva Green Market – 27 N. Bennett (Geneva Place) – 9 AM – 1 PM

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.

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

June 17

Chicago - The Logan Square Farmer’s Market 10-3pm  Logan Boulevard

Chicago – The Glenwood Sunday Outdoor Market 9am – 2pm Glenwood Avenue on the west side of the CTA Red Line between Morse and Lunt Avenues in Rogers Park from June 3 – October 28, 2012

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

June 18

Evanston – The Talking Farm ’s Howard Street Farm Birthday Bash and Work Day 3701 Howard Street Skokie 3pm to dusk RSVP here.

June 19

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” . This is a very unique market that really is a “must shop”.

Chicago – CROP (Chicago Rarities Orchard Project) Lecture Series featuring Dan Bussey, Apple Historian, Seed Savers Exchange, Decorah, Iowa 6pm All lectures are free and open to the public and take place at Haas Park Fieldhouse, 2404 North Washtenaw Avenue (entrance on Fullerton), Chicago. More information available 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.

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


June 20

Chicago – Slow Food Pickling Workshop – 6-9pm Logan Square Kitchen – You will be pickling fennel and will take some home after the class is over. $35 for Slow Food members, $45 for non-members Only 15 spots available sign up here. 6-9pm

New!! Chicago – Uncommon Ground Devon Farm Dinner Roof Top Series – 1401 W. Devon 6pm $50 includes beverages Very limited seating to enjoy a farm dinner by the roof garden. Rumor has it that guests will pick part of their dinner from the garden with the chef, then they will enjoy cocktails while he cooks it up. This brings “Urban Farm to Table” to a whole new level!!!!!!

June 23

FD!! Champaign - Prairie Fruit Farms Dinner “Smoked” – 4410 N. Lincoln Ave. (Champaign, not Chicago) Chef Nathan Sears of Vie will be the guest chef.$100 BYOB Go to link for more information SOLD OUT

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 to reserve a spot.

Chicago – Slow Food Chicago Sweet Summer Solstice Potluck – 2900 West Ferdinand St. 6pm  Join Slow Food Chicago, the Chicago Honey Co-op, and Christy Webber Landscapes for our annual potluck dinner! Bring a dish to share and enjoy donated food and drinks from some of Chicago’s best local purveyors. 10$ members, 15$ non.

June 24

New!! Chicago - Rebuilding Education - A Benefit for The Academy of Global Citizenship Rebuilding Exchange -2160 N. Ashland 5pm With music by legendary DJ Derrick Carter, food by Ruxbin, Smoking Goose, and Pleasant House Bakery, drinks by Two Brothers Craft Beer, Death’s Door Gin and Virtue Hard Cider as well as treats from Honeypie Cafe–not to mention an incredible location at the ReBuilding Exchange and an incredibly cool silent auction– this is sure to be an epic celebration. Purchase tickets here.

Chicago - Fernet Bike Cruise for KEITH RELIEF -  1pm Starts at The Anthem and finishes at Bar Deville. I love these bicycles for a $25 ticket, you get a raffle ticket for a new Fernet bike and drinks and food at both locals. This whole event just sounds like tons of fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!

New!! Chicago - DOSE Market – 10-4pm 435 East Illinois River East Arts Center Happy Anniversary dosettes!!! The incomparable DOSE Market turns 1 years old, a mixutre of Chelsea meets SOHO meets the Midwest. DOSE brings a mixture of all things artisanal, food, furnishings, clothes, objects all together in one place. You just have to go to experience it. For more information and reservations go here.

McHenry – A Day at Petersen Farm – 10am – 4pm 4112 McCollum Lake Road Across from Petersen Park

June 27

New!! Chicago – Kick-Off Party for Share Our Strengths Taste of the Nation at Paris Studio - 6-8pm 59 West Hubbard $25 and all proceeds will go to Share Our Strength.

June 28

New!! Chicago – “The Good Food Revolution: Celebrating the Heroes and Sheroes of the Movement” 6-8pm Celebrate Growing Power’s First Anniversary at Iron Street Farm Chef Randy Zweiban of Province and his team will prepare a series of farm to table courses showcasing Growing Power’s produce and meat and poultry. Will Allen will speak about his new book, The Good Food Revolution and will sign copies. Go here to purchase tickets.

Chicago – Meet The Market Green City Market Junior BoardFarmhouse with King’s Hill 228 West Chicago

June 30

Caledonia – Wind Ridge Herb Farm’s Fourth Annual Herb, Garden and Wellness Fair 9am – 6pm Quail Trap Road

Westmont – Standard Market – Americafest - Food, fun, an event for the whole family from 11am – 4pm.

July 7

FD!! Champaign – Prairie Fruits Farms Dinner “Texas in Illinois BBQ” 4410 N. Lincoln Ave. (Champaign, not Chicago) BYOB $85 per person, go to link for more information. SOLD OUT

July 12

New!! Chicago - The Green City Market Chef’s BBQ Fundraiser 5:30 – 8pm Lincoln Park This annual fundraiser for the Green City Market brings out all the chefs in this incredible celebration of the abundance of summertime at the market. Pre-sale tickets for Green City Market members are on sale here.

July 14

FD!! Caledonia – Wind Ridge Herb FarmDinner in the Garden” 466 Quail Trap Road Local produce dinner with instruction of how to use herbs in cooking. Go to the link and contact the farm for more information.

FD!! Chicago – “A Day in the Country” A Celebration of locally grown cuisine, a bus tour to Indiana to visit the Vandermolen Blueberry Farm, stop at Sweet Corn Patch and tour the Belstra Milling Pork Farm. Sponsored by Chicagourmet

New!! Chicago -Kateri Tekakwitha Feast Day Join Iroquois Valley Farms to celebrate their 5th Anniversary at Uncommon Ground Devon 1401 West Devon 2:30pm – 5:30pm for cocktails and appetizers on the roof and a 3 course farm dinner, $40 not including taxes and gratuities. Register here and more information.

July 18

FD!! Glencoe - Chicago Botanic Garden Farm Dinner Series – 5-8pm Cocktail hour by Death’s Door Spirits Dinner by City ProvisionsFinch’s Beer Companyand Vinejoy $200 For reservations call the Chicago Botanic Garden (847) 835- 5540.

July 21

FD!! Chicago – City Provisions Farm Dinner – La Pryor Farms in Ottowa, Illinois with Greenbush Brewing Company & Koval Distillery For tickets, please call (773) 293.2489.  $275 This is a mini-vacation, all day affair typically running from 11am to midnight.

FD!! Champaign – Prairie Fruits Farm Dinner – “An Ode to Frances Mallman” 4410 N. Lincoln Ave. (Champaign, not Chicago) Chris Pandel of The Bristol and the recently opened Balena will be the guest chef. $100 BYOB Go to link for more information. SOLD OUT

July 29

Chicago – DOSE Market – 435 E. Illinois River East Arts Center 10-4pm

August 2

Chicago – Country Financial Chef Challenge Daley Plaza – Chris Pandel of The Bristol and Balena won last year, who will win in 2012. Come to the Daley Center to see the finals!

August 4

FD!! Champaign – Prairie Fruits Farm Dinner - “French Country Cooking” 4410 N. Lincoln Ave. (Champaign, not Chicago) Thad Morrow of Bacaro Restaurant in Champaign will be the guest chef and the guest farmers will Trent and Jackie Sparrow of Catalpa Farm in Dwight, IL. 5 course meal $100 BYOB SOLD OUT

FD!! Fairbury – Slagel Family Farm Dinner – 2-9:30pm 23601 E. 600 North Rd. Chef Chris Pandel of The Bristol and Balena Chef Jason Vincent of Nightwood – A tour of the farm and animals, butchering demo and dinner, transportation included, BYOB Lemonade and water will be provided $125 To purchase tickets go here.

August 8

New!! Chicago – Taste of the Nation – Navy Pier Ballroom 6pm – 10pm An incredible gathering of chefs and mixologists to raise money for the incredible organiztion to fight childhood hunger, Share Our Strength. Buy tickets here.

August 12

FD!! Elkhorn, WI - Outstanding in the Field Farm Dinner - Dietzler Farm, Chef Dan Van Rite, Hinterland Erie Street GastroPub Milwaukee $200

August 13

FD!! Elkhorn, WI - Outstanding in the Field Farm Dinner - 4pm Dietzler Farm, Chef Jared Wentworth Longman & EagleChicago $200 This is going to be really good!!!!!!!!!!!!!

August 15

FD!! Caledonia, Il - Outstanding in the Field Farm Dinner - 4pm Kinnikinnick Farm – Chef Brian Huston, The Publican$200

FD!! Glencoe - Chicago Botanic Garden Farm Dinner Series – 5-8pm Cocktail hour by Death’s Door Spirits Dinner by City Provisions, Two Brothers Brewing & Illinois Sparkling Co/August Hill Winery $200 For reservations call Chicago Botanic Gardens (847) 835-5540.

August 16

FD!! Chicago - Outstanding in the Field Farm Dinner – 4pm City Farm Chicago Chef Jason Vincent Nightwood $220[SOLD OUT]

August 17

FD!! Caledonia - Wind Ridge Herb FarmDinner in the Garden” 466 Quail Trap Road Local produce dinner with instruction of how to use herbs in cooking. Go to the link and contact the farm for more information.

August 18

FD!! Champaign - Prairie Fruit Farms Dinner “Al Fresco Cucina Italiana” – 5pm 4410 N. Lincoln Ave. (Champaign, not Chicago) 3 course meal BYOB $60 SOLD OUT

FD!! Chicago - City Provisions Farm Dinner - Dietzler Farms in Elkhorn, Wisconsin with 5 Rabbit CerveceriaFew SpiritsFor tickets, please call (773) 293.2489.  $275 This is a mini-vacation, all day affair typically running from 11am to midnight.

August 19

FD!! South Haven, MI – Outstanding in the Field Farm Dinner – 4pm Seedling Farm – Chefs Michael and Patrick Sheerin ofThe Trencherman $200

September 1

FD!! Champaign – Champaign - Prairie Fruits Farm Dinner -”Fish Fry”  4410 N. Lincoln Ave. (Champaign, not Chicago) Meal prepared by Sunday Dinner Chefs Joshua Kulp and Christine Cikowski out of Chicago, 4 course meal BYOB $65. SOLD OUT

September 2

Baroda, MI – Check Please!Farm to Table Fest at Round Barn Winery A short drive from Chicago, a great list of chefs is already on the docket. Tickets start at $75 and VIP tickets are $150.

September 5

FD!! Glencoe - Chicago Botanic Garden Farm Dinner Series 5-8pm Cocktail Hour by Death’s Door, Dinner by City Provisions, Bell’s BreweryLynfred Winery

September 8

FD!! Chicago - City Provisions Farm Dinner - Heritage Prairie Farm & Apiary with Metropolitan Brewing & Templeton Rye$275 This is a mini-vacation, all day affair typically running from 11am to midnight.

September 28-30

Chicago – Chicago Gourmet Festival presented by Bon Appetit. The “Ground Zero” this weekend of all things culinary in Chicago and the country. Pre-sale tickets already sold-out so you had better keep a watch so you don’t miss out on this action packed weekend of chefs, sommeliers, incredible beverages, food and lots more. You can buy regular tickets here but I bet not for long!!!!