The Local Calendar 9/5/12 The Peak of the Summer Harvest Is Now!

September 6, 2012 at 11:33 am

 As one of the farmers that I work with, at the  Kinnikinnick tables, said yesterday at the Green City Market, harvest time is now. The tomatoes, peppers, eggplants are ready to be picked now.  This is the time of the year to stock away produce. There are canning classes offered by Slow Food Chicago and The Glass Rooster  to name a few. One customer bought 10lbs of tomatoes to use for making sauce which she then was going to can. The drought has cut back the fruit harvest but tomatoes have thrived and there are lots of them and it is that pepper time of year as well. Vicky, who I dubbed “the pepper lady” at Genesis Growers has in incredible number of pepper varietals on her tables. It is amazing what you find at the markets,  these speckled little quail eggs that look like Easter candy. I never knew quail could be farm-raised. Finally, I have to give a shout out to all those people shopping at the market yeserday while it was raining!!!!  I  have been one of those people, and they made my day!!!

Chief Beet Rob Gardner has been tamaring away here with lots of great ideas to use those tomatoes and peppers. He lets us know whats in the papers here.

The Green City Market Locavore Challenge 2012 runs Saturday 9/8/12 through Sunday 9/15/12, are you ready for it??  The market will be offering all sorts of programs and events to be supportive of your efforts, sign the pledge and get more information here.

Lots to do this weekend, including the Les Dames Escoffiers Culinary Insiders Weekend which is full of one of a kind foodie events all raising money for culinary scholarships, fighting hunger and better food and nutrition for kids. Its Honey Bee Weekend at the Morton Arboretum, all sorts of activities, food and beverage focused on bees. You can sign up for a Fall CSA, here is our CSA guide compiled by Beet Associate Editor Wendy Aeschlimann. Green Grocer’s Fall Produce Shares run 9/11 through 12/22. What to buy and where to buy local, Chief Beet Rob Gardner is on top of it all here. Now onto this busy weekend!!!!!!!!

 September 6

Chicago – Daley Center Farmers Market

Chicago – 2nd Annual Local Tap Takeover The Village Tap – 5pm 2055 W. Roscoe All 26 of their draft beers will be from breweries inside Chicago or the suburbs.

Lisle- Get The Buzz On, The Start of Bee Weekend at the Morton Arboretum – Honey Mead Dinner 6pm $50 with Wild Blossom Meadery 4100 Illinois Rte 53

September 7

Chicago – The Start of Chicago Culinary Insiders Weekend – Go the link for all of the “one-of-a-kind” opportunities supported by Les Dames Escoffiers. All proceeds will go towards culinary scholarships.

September 8

Green City Market Locavore Challenge starts today and ends next Sunday. Sign the pledge here.

Chicago – Locally Grown Book Signing – 9:30am – 12pm 11am-11:45am Farmer Feature Panel Discussion All at Green City Market

Chicago – Green City Market -Southern end of Lincoln Park, 7am to 1pm. Martin Cabrera, Barrio Urban Taqueria will be the guest chef.

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

Chicago – VIP Green City market tour and lunch – 9:30am Part of the Chicago Culinary Insiders Weekend sponsored by Les Dames Escoffier.

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.

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.

Lansing, MI - 5th Annual Great Lakes Cider Festival

Lisle- Honey Expo Morton Arboretum 10:00 am – 4pm 4100 Illinois Rte 53

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

September 9

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(St. Joseph, MI)- Feast in the Field Farm Dinner  Chef David Dworshak Carnivale Mick Klug Farms – Transportation To/From Chicago included -Noon – 8pm $95 Reservations required

Lisle- Honey Expo Morton Arboretum 10:00 am – 4pm 4100 Illinois Rte 53

Marseilles, IL – Harvest Festival Growing Home – Les Brown Memorial Farm 2539 N 30th Rd 11am – 3pm Named after Growing Home’s founder, the Les Brown Memorial Farm is comprised of 10 acres of USDA Certified Organic farm land, including a residence for the farmers, a native habitat for bees, two large hoophouses, and even organically fed, free-range chickens. Located in Marseilles, Illinois, the farm is about a 90 minute drive from Chicago. Please call 773.549.1336 with any questions, the Facebook information is here.

September 12

Chicago – Can That! Canning Demo with Eric Mansavage of Farmhouse 9:30am -10:15am Green City Market

Chicago – The Hideout Veggie Bingo- 1354 West Wabansia 5:30pm – 8 Free hot dogs provided by Hot Doug’s Win fresh produce provided by Irv and Shelleys Fresh Picks. $2 a card, 3 for $5 Callers: Helen Tsatsos and Cleetus Friedman
Garden: Xochiquetzal Peace Garden at Whittier School


September 13

Chicago – Canning (part of the Scrumptious Pantry Heirloom 2.0 event series ) – 6-8pm 3270 West Fullerton This class is going to be taught by Laura McLaughlin of The Glass Rooster. Laura is going to discuss how to identify good canning produce, the best seasons to can, recommended equipment types and brands, and as previously implied, tips on how to make canning less stressful and more fun!$25

September 14

Chicago - The Hideout Block Party – 5pm For all that the Hideout does to support local(their veggie bingo on Wednesdays all summer) nothing much more needs to be said about this. Go to the link for the schedule of who is playing.

September 15

Chicago - 9:30 AM- 12 PM Farmers’ Markets of the Heartland Book Signing, 9:30 AM- 10:30 AM The 2nd annual “Pickle Jam!” tasting and final judging Green City Market

Chicago – Chipotle CULTIVATE Festival – Lincoln Park Chefs, Farmers, Food! 11am-7pm The all day festival, that is FREE and supports all things farm, chefs and fun!! There is so much jam packed you really need to go to the link to find out what it is all about!!

Chicago – Edible Gardens Workshop 9:30am – 10:15am “Growing Locally:Tips for Gardening in Chicago”

Chicago – The Hideout Block Party – 5pm How will it not be incredible. Go to the link here for details.

FD!! Fairbury – Slagel Family Farm Dinner – 2:30pm $75 BYOB 23601 E. 600 Noth Rd. Lots of Chicago chefs involved in this one, Heather Terhune, Sable, John Asbaty Panozzo’s, Matt Troost Three Aces , Zak Dolezal of Dukes Ale House in Crystal Lake and more!

September 16

Chicago – Chicago Gourmet’s Supreme Oyster Shucker Semi-Final at BOKA – 12-3pm 1729 N. Halsted The semi-finalists go head to head for a chance to compete in the final four at the Chicago Gourmet Festival Supreme Shucker event.

September 17

Chicago - 7 PM- Locavore Seasonal Potluck Celebration featuring Terra Brockman Hull House Museum, 800 S. Halsted
Join Green City Market and your fellow Locavores for a potluck and talk with author and activist Terra Brockman. Bring your favorite market-inspired dish and a few friends! RSVP required

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?

 September 28

Chicago - “I am Your Neighbor” It’s THE Neighborhood Party A Benefit For Common Pantry 7-11pm Architectural Artifacts 4325 N. Ravenswood Ave. All coming together to help their neighbors in need as they launch the new book, “I am Your Neighbor“. $100 Tickets can be purchased online here.

Chicago - The Hamburger Hop – Harris Theater Rooftop Millenium Park – 6-9pm It is a hamburger showdown and the startoff event for the Chicago Gourmet Festival. Top chefs compete to create the city’s best burger. Go to the link for further information and tickets.

 September 29

Eureka, Il - Annual Henrys Farm Potluck and Farm Tour

October 12

Chicago - NOURISH Meals on Wheels Annual Celebrity Chef Ball – Dozens of chefs, lots of entertainment Venue One 1044 West Randolph St 6:00pm -12:30pm Purchase tickets here