The Local Calendar 7/12/12 TOC, GCM BBQ, Corn, Campers, Beets!

July 12, 2012 at 8:56 am

Local corn was at a few of the farmer’s stands Wednesday at the Green City Market including Nichols Farms. Nichols had some beautiful local beets as well. For those readers who are interested in exactly what is in season and what is available at the markets, the Brockman Family farm blog is a great one to read, Chief Beet @LocalFamily Rob Gardner has continued to post about what is in his CSA box here, Tomato Mountain, where the other half of @localfamily @Shes_Cooking works, has a great blog on what is in season and what is going on at the farm here. If you still have not found what farmer’s market works for you, be sure to check our market locator here and if we are missing your favorite market, let us know in the comments below, we would love that! Have you finally decided to sign up for a CSA, it is not too late, here is our CSA guide to help you make the decision.

  Today is “The Day” for the locavore’s “Taste of Chicago” the Green City Market BBQ. Tickets are still available and you can purchase one at the door. The BBQ is a fundraiser and helps to support programs and personnel so that people like Erin Riley-Strong can give eager campers a tour of the markets and programs like Club Sprouts which introduces young people to greens and vegetables can exist.

It is summertime so there is a lot on the Local calendar, let’s get going to the weeks ahead. If we have missed your favorite farm dinner, lecture or class, let us know in the comments below, we really appreciate it!


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

Farmers Farm Stand 66 East Randolph in the Loop, Chicago 9-3pm M-F

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. Checkout their July newsletter here.

Publican Quality Meats – 835 W. Fulton, Chicago Has Tuesday night Burgers N Whiskey 6-9pm and Sunday Grilling Series starts this Sunday 3-8pm with guest chefs!

Southport Grocery and Cafe 3552 N. Southport, Chicago


The Spence Farm Foundation has ongoing farmer training programs going. Here is their 2012-2013 calendar.

July 12

The Taste of Chicago started yesterday in Grant Park, it ends July 15th. here is a list of the pop-up restaurants, the Celebrity Chef du Jour dinners, the Tony Mantuano dinner for today is sold out, and the Dominicks Cooking Corner Daily demonstrations schedule. Lots to do and eat!!

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

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 summer at the market. Have you purchased your tickets yet?

Chicago - Eli’s and Wright College Farmers Market – 7am – 1pm 6701 W. Forest Preserve Drive (Near Wilbur Wright College) Every Thursday  until October 25. Eli’s Cheesecake World . A variety of fresh fruits and vegetables from Nichol’s Farm, Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences’ Farm Stand, Cooper Farm, and more will be here! The Farmers Market also includes vibrant flowers, hand crafts, artisan breads, exciting spices, books, informational lectures and Eli’s famous grilled lunches. Chief Beet Rob Gardner posted about them here.

Chicago – Green Week Homebrew Contest hosted by the Neo-Futurists – $15 includes tastes of brews and foods, sponsored by the Mightbytes and Brewcamp. All in Andersonville 5153 North Ashland at the Neo-Futurist theater.

July 13

Taste of Chicago continues!

July 14

Taste of Chicago Grant Park

Chicago – Green City Market – The chef demonstration will be Michael Taus of Zealous. The hours are  7am to 1pm and the market is in Lincoln Park, right across from the Farm in the Zoo. Nordic Creamery will now be carrying milk from Sassy Cow Creamery.

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

FD!! Caledonia – Wind Ridge Herb Farm “Dinner 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

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.

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.

St. Charles – The Saturday Farm Fresh Food Stuffs market is now at Trellis Family Farm 8-4pm 2N492 Kirk Rd.

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

July 15

Last chance to check out the Taste of Chicago!

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 – 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.

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

July 17

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 – Haute Couture Coffee Crafts and Coffee with Author Janet Lee – Counter Culture Coffee 177 N. Ada 7-9m

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

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 19

Chicago – The Publican Dark Lord Dinner – 837 West Fulton Market  Grubstreet reported on it here I won’t go on and on about the chefs involved although I could and I am not really even a beer drinker…Bidding for a seat is here..

July 20

Chicago – The Square Roots Festival opens today – 5pm – 10pm Lincoln Avenue between Montrose and Wilson The Old Town School of Folk Music and the Lincoln Square Chamber of Commercepresent “Square Roots,” the first ever craft beer and music experience in Chicago’s Lincoln Square.

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.

Chicago – Square Roots Festival continues 12pm – 10pm Lincoln Ave between Montrose and Wilson

July 22

Chicago – Square Roots Festival ends today 12pm – 8pm Lincoln Avenue between Montrose and Wilson

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 24

Chicago – Organic Vegetable Gardening Workshop – The Plant 140 W. 46th St. 6:30pm – 8pm

July 28

FD!! Stelle – Mint Creek Farm Dinner and Tour – 2:30pm 1693 E. 3800 N. Road – Chefs David Lorenz and Victor Morenz of Home Bistro will prepare the meal. $70 BYOB

Chicago - Edible Alchemy Festival and Fundraiser

July 29

Campton Hills - Slow Food Chicago and Slow Food City’s Edge present “A Potluck Picnic at Garfield Farm” 2:30 -6pm 3N016 Garfield Road Bring a dish and a blanket Beverage will be provided.$15 general admission $12 members

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

Chicago – Edible Alchemy Summer Festival – 10:00am – 4:30am 2042 W. 21st

July 30

Chicago – Floriole Monthly Dinner – This month features Pasta Puttana – Jessica Volpe cooks with Sandra to create a meal straight from the Green City Market. $75 7pm

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 7

Chicago – Women In Green Monthly Gathering – Uncommon Ground Devon 6-8pm 1401 West Devon A social group for sharing information, support and collaboration of ideas in the green universe.

August 8

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 10

Chicago – Hungry for Change: Growing Faith, Growing Food – Presented by the Chicago Lights Urban Farm in collaboration with Growing Power-Chicago and the Academy for Faith and Life of Fourth Presbyterian Church Keynote Presentation 7pm in the Fourth Church Sanctuary Roger Thurow Senior Fellow for Global Agriculture and Food Policy at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs Appetizers by Eric Mansavage of Farmhouse will be served.

August 10

Northwest Michigan – 4th Annual Northwest Michigan Hop Tour and Field Day 8am – 5pm Read about it here in the Beet by Associate Beet Editor Wendy Aeschlimann @aschie30

Chicago – Hungry for Change workshops all day – Chicago Lights Urban Farm

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

New!! Chicago – Edible Chicago and Brooklyn Brewery present The Quarterly Carousal at Hopleaf – 5148 N. Clark St. 6-9pm Beer tasting and food samplings. Free RSVP to

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 Farm “Dinner 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 Cerveceria & Few SpiritsFor tickets, please call (773) 293.2489.  $275 This is a mini-vacation, all day affair typically running from 11am to midnight.

New!! Chicago – Slow Food Chicago Vegetarian Harvest Dinner – Uncommon Ground Devon

August 19

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

August 25

FD!! Stelle - Mint Creek Farm Dinner and Tour 2:30pm 1693 E. 3800 N. Road – Guest chef will be Viktorija Todorovska, author of The Puglian Cookbook $65 BYOB.

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

Joliet – Mid-America Homesteading Conference

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 15

FD!! Fairbury – Slagel Family Farm Dinner – 2:30pm $75 BYOB 23601 E. 600 Noth Rd. Go to link for details

September 22

FD!! Stelle – Mint Creek Farm Dinner and Tour – 2:30pm 1693 E. 3800 N. Road. The guest chef will be Chuy Valencia of Top Chef and Chilam Bilam.

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 . Do you have your tickets yet?