The Local Calendar 6/20/12 Rainbow Carrots, Walls Of Lettuce & Heat

June 20, 2012 at 8:50 am

Readers of this column know that on a Saturday I can usually be found at the Tiny Greens stand at the Green City Market in Lincoln Park. This past Saturday and the next, I have been helping out at the stand of the Evanston Farmers Market. As much as I miss my “home turf”, one of the benefits of being in Evanston, is that I finally got to check out the stand of Henry’s Farm.

My introduction to Henry’s Farm came from my reading of Terra Brockman’s loving and informative account of life on the farm in “The Seasons on Henry’s Farm- A Year of Food and Life on a Sustainable Farm.” For anyone who is trying to eat more sustainably and take advantage of your local farmers market, this book is a great “how to” cook and eat seasonally and gives terrific insights to the other half of eating locally, what it takes to grow all this product. All I can say from seeing the booth is “wow”. They really do have an “amazing wall of lettuce”, it is any salad lovers dream. Everything was displayed in a visually stunning way. So if in Evanston, you have got to check out Henry’s Farm, fortunately I will be there this Saturday so I get to shop again!

The market I really want to checkout is the incubator market sponsored by GroundUpChicago at the BrownTrout on Tuesdays 5-8pm in North Center. Most farmers markets costs hundreds of dollars to participate in, the Brown Trout market fee is extremely low to encourage micro-farmers to participate. The restaurant is located near the Brown Line stop at Irving Park. Join me next Tuesday June 26th, I am determined to get there.

There is a lot going on and if you are trying to figure out what market is closest to you and where to shop, here is our market locator to make things easier. Now on to the busy 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


June 20

Chicago – The Green City Market – Lincoln Park – 7am – 1pm The chef demonstration at 10:30 will be Randy Zweiban of Province and it is Strawberry Fest at the market!

Chicago – St. Fuillien Beer Dinner to Benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository – Publican Quality Meats 7pm $95

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

 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 21

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

New!! Chicago – CigarBQue – Beyond Design 4515 N. Ravenswood 6-9pm $195 Hosted by Rick Gresh (David Burke’s Primehouse), Cleetus Friedman (City Provisions), Giuseppe Tentori (GT Fish & Oyster). For this exclusive night of food, cigars, cocktails, beer, and bubbly, they’ve invited some of their friends from Chicago and beyond, and there are a lot of them!

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 – Green City Market – The chef demonstration will be Paul Fehribach of Big Jones. 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 – 61st Market sponsored by Experimental Station –  Go to their website for further details. New vendors include Penny Pastries, look for Axel.

Chicago – “Unity Cookout” Chicago Lights Urban Farm 444 W. Chicago Ave. (Chicago and Hudson) 12pm – 2pm All our welcome

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.

New!! Chicago – The Great Garage Sale – Buy a piece of Logan Square Kitchen – 11am – 5pm 2333 North Milwaukee Yes, it is very sad but you can keep the spirit going and by some quality pieces.

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 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.

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

Chicago – The Great Garage Sale continues Logan Square Kitchen  2333 North Milwaukee 11am – 5pm

Frankfort – Frankfort Country Market Downtown Frankfort – 10-2.

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

June 26

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 – 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 – Women in Green YR & G office 328 S. Jefferson St. 250 5:30pm A social event group where women working to make the world a greener place meet to network and socialize, all our welcome.

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


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 1

New!! Chicago – Alphabet Soup – A Conversation With Chicago Food Writers sponsored by Graze Magazine at Revolution Brewing 1-4pm 2323 N. Milwaukee A moderated panel of some of Chicago’s top food writers, enjoy a beer and conversation.

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 15

New!! Chicago – Perennial Virant Dinner With April Bloomfield – 1800 North Lincoln – The dinner is to celebrate Bloomfields book, “A Girl and Her Pig:Recipes and Stories” . This dinner will not only include Bloomfield and Virant but Bruce Sherman of Northpond and Paul Kahan of Blackbird, Nathan Sears of Vie and Elise Narrow the pastry chef at Vie and Perennial Virant. The dinner including beverage pairings and a signed book is $200. Will someone please go for me, this is a dinner not to be missed!!!!!!!!!!!!!! For reservations and information call 312-981-7070.

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!!!!