The Local Calendar 9/13/12 Cultivate Fest, Farmers Markets of the Heartland

September 13, 2012 at 9:02 am

 Chipotle Cultivate Festival, which takes place in Lincoln Park across from the Green City Market on Saturday is going to be huge. My name for it is “Farmapalooza”. They were already setting up for it yesterday. It will happen  rain or shine. There will be a lot of chefs, farmers, food, and beverages all celebrating food and the farmer. It is free, which is a beautiful thing!  Two weeks until Chicago Gourmet Fest, have you bought your tickets?

The Green City Market Locavore Challenge 2012  (Saturday 9/8/12 through Sunday 9/15/12), wraps up Monday with a Locavore Seasonal Potluck with Terra Brockman, author of The Seasons on Henrys Farm as the guest speaker.

You can sign up for a Fall CSA, 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. Have you entered our Farmers Market of the Heartland Giveaway? Associate Beet Editor Wendy Aeschlimann wrote a review of the book in case you missed it.  Janine Maclachlan will be speaking at the Green City Market on Saturday as well. The Hideout Block Party is Friday, more farm dinners like the Slagel Farms Chefapalooza this Saturday and the semi finals of the Supreme Oyster Shucker Semi Final on Sunday!!

One thing that I do each week is try to buy a varietal that I have never tried before. Seedling Fruit gives you plenty of options when it comes to their melons, melon mania continues at their stand. My melon for this week was a “lambkin”. Have you tried a new varietal of a melon, fruit, tomato, or any other fruit/vegetable at the markets that you really love? Let us know in the comments below!!! Now onto the busy week ahead!!!

September 13

Chicago – Daley Center Farmers Market

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), SoupandBread in the winter and that this is just an awesome party with fantastic music!! Go to the link for the schedule of who is playing.

September 15

Green City Market Locavore Challenge continues. Sign the pledge here.

Chicago – Green City Market -Southern end of Lincoln Park, 7am to 1pm. 9:30am – 10:30am The 2nd Annual “Pickle Jam!” tasting and final judging. Guest chef, Nathan Spears of Vie in Western Springs. 10:30am

Chicago – Edible Gardens Workshop 9:30am – 10:15am “Growing Locally:Tips for Gardening in Chicago”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 – The Hideout Block Party – 5pm How will it not be incredible. Go to the link here for details.

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

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.

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!

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 16

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 – 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.

Springfield – Harvest Celebration – Illinois Stewardship Alliance -5-9pm  Inn at 835 Springfield $65 members, $75 non

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 19

Chicago –  Green City Market Chef demonstration Andrew Zimmerman of Sepia

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: Sarah Dandelles and Sarah Bortt
Garden: Riverbank Neighbors


September 21-23

Chicago – Beaver Dam Pepper Centennial Celebration – Restaurant meals and tastings all over Chicago(go to the link to find out what is going on closest to you) Why give a “hoot” about the Beaver Dam Pepper? It has been included in the Slow Food Ark of Taste, “The Beaver Dam Pepper is a Hungarian heirloom pepper that was brought to Beaver Dam, Wisconsin in 1912 by the Joe Hussli family.  The pepper’s first fruits mature 80 days after transplanting, at which point they ripen from lime-green to red.  The crunchy fruits are mildly hot and when seeded, they hold an excellent flavor.  Rated as 3 on a heat scale of 1-5, the Beaver Dam is great for making fresh batches of cool and tangy salsas.”

September 22

Chicago – Chicken Enthusiastists UniteWindy City Coop Tours  City folks WILL flock to see backyard birds on September 22 and 23! Windy City Coop Tour Tour Organizers have been working hard to get coop list and maps together for the 2012 Tour of backyard chicken coops.We have ~20 Chicago area coops on the map — some hosting Visitors on Sat 9/22, some on Sun 9/23, and some on both days.

Morton Grove – Morton Grove Farmers Market2nd Annual Fruit Pie Contest -6210 Dempster St. 8am-12pm Chief Beet Rob Gardner will be one of the judges. It will be held under the drive-thru between Harrer park and the Morton Grove Civic Center on Dempster. All I can say is this sounds like it will be really good local eats, who does not like fruit pie?

Niles – Fresh Picks Fall Farm Dinner – $65

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 3

New!! Chicago – The Second Annual Independent Spirits ExpoCarmichael’s Warehouse 1052 West Monroe 7-9:30pm Ittt’s baaackk!!! We like independence! For the second year, the Independent Spirits Festival returns to Chicago and will be held at Carmichaels Warehouse. Meet the distillers, brand owners, importers and others who make it possible for you to enjoy a great a variety of small batch, unique and artisinal spirits from around the world, including many Beet favorites, like FEW Spirits.  Purchase tickets here.

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

October 23

Springfield – Healthy Farms, Healthy People: Supporting Local Food Systems and Improving Public Health 9am to 4pm The Statehouse Inn 101 East Adamst St. - Healthy Farms Healthy People Illinois is a symposium that will bring together health and agricultural stakeholders from across the state of Illinois to explore the intersection of food policy, agriculture, and health. Keynote speakers and plenary sessions will be followed by working roundtables that discuss and generate possible solutions to the challenges of the Illinois food system. Register here.