The Local Calendar 7/18/12 Tomatoes, Tomatoes, Tomatoes

July 18, 2012 at 8:58 am


                                                              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!


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

July 18

Chicago – The Green City Market – 7-1pm Southern end of Lincoln Park Guest Chef will be Mark Steuer of The Bedford 10:30am

Chicago – The Hideout Veggie Bingo – 5:30pm Free Hot Dogs by Hot Doug’s! $2 bingo cards, supports Chicago community gardens!

July 19

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..

July 20

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

July 21

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.

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

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.

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 22

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.

July 24

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

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


July 26

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 BoardMeet 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.

July 28

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

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

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

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!!

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 9

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.

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

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.

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

Chicago – Edible Gardens Workshop 9:30am – 10:15am “Keeping a Garden Tidy:Staking, Pruning, Harvesting and Composting”

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.

August 26

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!!!!!!!!!

September 1

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

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

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

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?