The Local Calendar 7/18/12 Tomatoes, Tomatoes, Tomatoes
It is that tomato time of year. These are pictures from Nichols Farm’s table at the MCA Market on Tuesday. Tomato Mountain, which has a great crop calendar on their site for what is in season, will have sun golds, slicers and many more on their tables at the markets. There is nothing like popping a sun gold tomato in your mouth to taste the flavor of what summer is all about.
After a visit to a more traditional farm that uses industrial methods this past weekend, I have such an appreciation for all that these farmers, at the markets, go through to bring pesticide free produce to the markets. If you think it is hot in the city, the farmers have to pick their crops, harvest them, box them, then drive them to the markets. When you are sitting in an air conditioned office think of what these farmers have gone through to bring you this tasty product and throw in a rain dance or a rain chant, the farmers could use all your rain thoughts!!!
So if you are wondering what exactly is in season, Brockman Family Farming has an informative blog about what is in their CSA, to find a farmers market nearest you check our market locator, and to sign up for a CSA check our very comprehensive CSA guide here. Chief Beet Rob Gardner has a new post about What Is In Season here!
WHAT TO DO NOW
The Spence Farm Foundation has ongoing farmer training programs going. Here is their 2012-2013 calendar.
Chicago – The Hideout Veggie Bingo – 5:30pm Free Hot Dogs by Hot Doug’s! $2 bingo cards, supports Chicago community gardens!
Chicago – The Daley Plaza Farmers - 7am – 3pm
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 – Lincoln Square – Kick-Off for the Square Roots Festival! Summer Brew 2012 6:30pm – 10:00pm 4533 N. Lincoln Ave.
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..
Chicago – Lincoln Square -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 Commerce present “Square Roots,” the first ever craft beer and music experience in Chicago’s Lincoln Square.
Chicago – Logan Square – Milwaukee Arts Festival – 4-11pm Art, Food, Music, Performance
Chicago – Green City Market – The chef demonstration will be Christopher Tong of My Private Chef. 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. Club Sprouts at 9:30 am will have a visit from the Urban Worm Girl to learn about worm composting.
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 – Lincoln Square Square Roots Festival continues 12pm – 10pm Lincoln Ave between Montrose and Wilson
Chicago – Logan Square Milwaukee Arts Festival 11am – 10pm
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.
Woodstock – Woodstock Farmers Market 8am – 1pm at historic Woodstock Square
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
Chicago - The Logan Square Farmer’s Market 10-3pm Logan Boulevard
Chicago – Logan Square – Milwaukee Arts Festival – 11am – 10pm
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 – Lincoln Square - Square Roots Festival ends today 12pm – 8pm Lincoln Avenue between Montrose and Wilson
Chicago – Logan Square – Sunday Dinner Pop-Up BBQ at Azimuth Projects Pop-Up Gallery $20 4-8pm 2704 N. Whipple
Frankfort – Frankfort Country Market Downtown Frankfort – 10-2.
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.
Woodstock - Woodstock Farmers Market at historic Woodstock Square 8am – 1pm
SAVE THE DATE
New!! Berwyn – The Inaugural Sugar Beet Coop Benefit Gala – A Square Dance and Farm to Table Dinner Fitzgerald’s Nightclub 6615 Roosevelt Rd. 6pm Music provided by the Golden Horse Ranch Square Dance Band To benefit the newly opening Sugar Beet Cooperative in Oak Park and River Forest. $40 adults $10 children
Chicago – Green City Market Junior Board “Meet The Market” at Nellcote – 6-8pm 833 W. Randolph Featuring Board member Chef Jared Van Camp’s food, farmer Mick Klug rom St. Joseph, MI. and Wisconsin’s Death Door Spirits.
Calling all gardners!!! Chicago – Edible Gardens Monthly Workshop 9:30am – 10:15am WIth Jeannie Pinsof Nolan founder of the Edible Gardner. This month’s topic will be “Expand Your Growing Season:Planting Fall Crops” To make a reservation for this free workshop email RSVP@greencitymarket.org.
Chicago – Crop Mob at Chicago Urban Lights Farm – Sponsored by the Green City Market Junior Board 2-4pm
FD!! Stelle – Mint Creek Farm Dinner and Tour – 2:30pm 1693 E. 3800 N. Road – Ride the trolley to have a tour of the different animal hangouts for the goats, the sheeps and the pigs. Home Bistro‘s Chef de Cuisine David Cooper along with sous chef Victor Morenz of will prepare the meal. After dinner, you head up the hill for a campfire and some star gazing, bring your lawn chairs! $70 BYOB
Chicago - Edible Alchemy Festival and Fundraiser Go to the link for all the events, details and locations.
Chicago – Sipping and Digging at The Plant - A Cocktail Garden Workshop where you will learn to grow your own herbs for cocktails. 6:30pm – 8:00pm with Kate Purvis
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
Kalamazoo, MI - Farm to Fork Dinner featuring Eater’s Guild from Bangor, MI. at Food Dance – 401 E. Michigan Ave. For all you folks taking a summer break in Michigan!!
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!
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.
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.
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.
Chicago – Seedling Farm + Goat Collaboration Dinner – Seedling lost a lot of their apple crop due to the warm weather then frost this Spring. Held at the Underground Goat 6:30pm $195 This dinner is to help the farm and celebrate the fruit that it produces.
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
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.
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 - 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.
Chicago – Edible Gardens Workshop 9:30am – 10:15am “Keeping a Garden Tidy:Staking, Pruning, Harvesting and Composting”
Chicago – This is it, The 8th Annual Corks and Crayons Benefit- An all ages celebration to benefit Purple Asparagus. The Greenhouse Loft in the Green Exchange 2545 West Diversey 4pm – 7pm It is great for all ages. This year’s event will include Top Chef contestant Heather Terhune of Sable Kitchen, Three Floyds Brewing, Candid Wines and delicious non-alcoholic beverages for kids. Adults are $70, kids 5-15 $15, and children under 5 year olds are free.To register now go here. We hope that all Beet-niks will try to attend this terrific event and support Melissa Graham and the Purple Asparagi!!!!!!!!!
FD!! 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
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.
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.
Chicago – Edible Gardens Workshop 9:30am – 10:15am “Growing Locally:Tips for Gardening in Chicago”
FD!! Fairbury – Slagel Family Farm Dinner – 2:30pm $75 BYOB 23601 E. 600 Noth Rd. Go to link for details
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.
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?