Local Calendar 11/28/12 The Fall Markets Are Back! Get To The Markets This Weekend!

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Posted: November 28, 2012 at 11:55 am

They’re back!!!!!!!!!! After a holiday weekend break, the stalwart “fall/winter” markets are back. I use the term “fall/winter” because as we all know, the weather in Chicago can be fall-like one day and wintery the next, it doesn’t matter what the date is on the calendar! From a look at the farmers’ tables at the Green City Market last Wednesday, there is still plenty of local produce available, so get to the markets this weekend and stock up!!

Edible Chicago’s Quarterly Carousal with Brooklyn Brewery is tonight at High Dive Bar in Ukranian Village. It is the start of holiday market season, Ms. Mint’s 3rd Annual Holiday Bazaar is this Tuesday, December 4th at Goose Island Clybourn from 4pm to 8pm. Kate Gross, aka Ms. Mint, specializes in unique agricultural products from all over the midwest, so come by, have a tasty Goose beer and meet the farmer’s and purveyors of some hard to find products like elderberry juice from Missouri and Wild Blossom Mead, made from fermented honey.

We try to be inclusive of events but miss some, some sites to check out for further detail on sustainable food, urban ag, workshops/events are the Illinois Stewardship Alliance out of Springfield, their facebook page is here, we “like” them, and the other group is here in Chicago, Advocates for Urban Agriculture, we “like” them as well.

Now on to the week ahead at the markets!!

WHERE TO FIND LOCAL FOODS

These stores specialize in local foods:

Artisanal Wilmette – 414 Linden Ave. Wilmette

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

Edible Alchemy Foods Co-op – Located in the near-SW Pilsen neighborhood, the co-op has grown to five locations in, including Hyde Park, River North, Lakeview, and Logan Square

Green Grocer 1402 West Grand Ave in West Town, Chicago GG has weekly wine and beer tastings check their website or twitter for details. 12/7 Wine tasting 5-7pm with Erica from Fine Vines

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. The Slowbots will play in the Logan Square store Sat. 12:30pm followed by a wine tasting and Suckerpunch Gourmet Pickle and Ketchup Tasting 3-6pm.

Publican Quality Meats – 835 W. Fulton, Chicago

Standard Market – 333 East Ogden Ave., Westmont

Sugar Beet Co-op - a new kind of co-op that works to provide access to and programming on local, sustainable food for the Oak Park and Austin Communities.

November 28

Chicago – Edible Chicago partners with Brooklyn Brewery for the Quarterly Carousal at High Dive Bar 1938 West Chicago Avenue near Damen.6-9pm

Chicago – Wine Wednesdays at Province Restaurant – Seasonal tasting menu $49 161 N. Jefferson

November 29

Chicago – C & D Family Farms Hyde Park 7am – 10am Three Pepper Burgers and Ground Pork 30% off  Harold Washington Park at 53rd & Hyde Park Blvd.

Chicago – Uptown Market Uptown Farmers’ Market is year round. Every Thursday from 7-1 inside Weiss Memorial Hospital or in the parking lot during the warmer months. 4646 N Marine Drive

Crystal Lake – Screening of Doctored -Featuring Crystal Lake’s Dr. Tony presented by Premier Wellness Chiropractic 6pm Raue Center for the Arts 26 N. Williams St. 6-8pm After the movie enjoy appetizers and 2 drink tickets at Duke’s Ale House. $20

December 1

Chicago – 7th Annual Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Market 11am – 6pm Pulaski Park Fieldhouse 1419 W. Blackhawk 11am – 6pm They’ll have hundreds of today’s greatest indie makers along with tasty local food + booze, workshops, a photobooth, DJs + more. Soup & Bread will be one of the participants!

Chicago – Green City Market - Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum 8am – 1pm 2430 N. Cannon Drive The chef demonstration is going to be Matthias Merges, Yusho !!! There will be markets 12/8, 12/22. No market 12/15

Chicago – 61st Market sponsored by Experimental Station –  6100 North Blackstone 9am – 2pm Connie Spreen of the market sends out a great weekly letter with some inspirational thoughts and excellent info as to what will be available. Go here to sign up for it. From 10:30am until supply runs out, Chef Nick Daloia from the Washburne Culinary Institute will be offering a tasting of his butternut squash ravioli with a fresh cranberry sauce, reduced to perfection…. Recipes will be available. Don’t forget to ask Nick how he makes his ravioli.

Chicago – Faith in Place Winter Markets - 12 pm – 4pm Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church 9147 S. Jeffery Blvd.

Chicago – Logan Square Holidays On the Square – Participating businesses will be celebrating the season with sweets, treats, tastings, delicious pop up shops, trunk shows, cupcake food truck, Santa, a tree lighting and more! Provenance Food and Wine will be participating, check it out!

Chicago – Scrumptious Pantry Holiday Open House 3230 West Fullerton  -10am – 4pm  As part of the Logan Square festivities, Lee Greene of Scrumptious Pantry is hosting a holiday Open House. Come to Heirloom HQ and make ornaments out of beans, lentils, apples, cloves. Plus, this event is kid friendly!!

Chicago - Co-op Image Holiday Bazaar Ignite Glass Studios 4-11pm 401 North Armour Live glass blowing demonstration music and food!

Chicago –  C & D Family Farm 30% off Three Pepper Burgers and Ground Pork will be at 3 locations today: 1) 8:30am – 10:30am On Belle Plaine off Lincoln across from CVS  2) Division St. 11:30am – 1:30pm  Just east of Clark 3) Evanston The Evanston Winter Market 9am – 1pm

Elgin - Elgin Farmers’ Market @ Habitat for Humanity ReStore 800 North State Street, 9Am-3PM-Every Saturday Open All Year Long

Evanston – Opening Day of the Winter Evanston Farmer and Artisan Market at the Ecology Center  9-1pm 2024 McCormick Blvd.  The market will be at this location for the next 5 months, today and every Saturday through April 27, 2013.

Geneva – Geneva Winter Market 9am – 1pm 27 N. Bennett (Geneva Place)

La Fox – Heritage Prairie Saturday Farmer’s Market  9am – 1pm 2N308 Brundige Road

Morton Grove – Morton Grove Winter Farmer’s Market Event  - 9am -2pm Featuring over 2 dozen vendors at The American Legion Civic Center 6140 Dempster St. This is the only market for December the next market event will be February 2nd.

Woodstock – Woodstock Winter Farmers Market 9am – 12pm McHenry County Farm Bureau Building 1102 McConnell Road

December 2

Beverly - C & D Family Farm 30% off Three Pepper Burgers and Ground Pork 8:30am – 10:30am In the parking lot at 95th and Longwood

Chicago - Glenwood Winter Market 9am -2pm The Glenwood Bar 6962 N. Glenwood

Chicago - 7th Annual Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Market Continues for another day! 11am – 6pm Pulaski Park Fieldhouse 1419 W. Blackhawk 11am – 6pm They’ll have hundreds of today’s greatest indie makers along with tasty local food + booze, workshops, a photobooth, DJs + more. Soup & Bread will be one of the participants!

Chicago – Logan Square Winter Market – 10-2pm Congress Theater Lobby 2135 North Milwaukee

Glencoe – Chicago Botanic Gardens Winter Farmers Market – 10am – 1pm 1000 Lake Cook Road 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month.

December 3

Chicago –  Chicago Women in Green – Monthly gathering 5:30pm Uncommon Ground 3800 N. Clark St.  A social event group where women working to make the world a greener place come together and come together to see old friends, meet new friends, relax and enjoy great company.

December 4

Chicago – Re-Thinking Soup Jane Addams Hull House 12pm – 1pm 800 S. Halsted

Chicago – Ms. Mint’s Local and Fair  Trade Holiday Bazaar – She is back and this time it is at Goose Island Clybourn. Kate Gross, who carefully curates the artisans that are part of this unique event, is bringing. Ms. Mint’s Trading Post provides gift baskets of small batch local and fair trade products of the midwest all on one site.

Northbrook – Prairie Grass Cafe Hosts the Prairie State Winery Dinner presented by Evanston Cellars and the Midwest Wine Press. 601 Skokie Blvd. 6:30pm $85

SAVE THE DATE

December 6

Chicago – Fete Chicago - Room 1520 1520 W. Fulton St. (Enter at Justine St.) 312-952-1520 She is at it again, organized by Heather Sperling of Tasting Table, formerly of Dose Market, this holiday shopping event includes amazing food, fashion, music, a mix of everything and entry is only $5. The best thing ever though is that all gate proceeds and a percentage of sales goes to Fresh Moves, the bus that brings fresh fruits and vegetables to food desert areas in the city.

December 7

Glenview – Screening of “FRESH The Movie”, Glenview New Church 74 Park Drive 7:30pm Sponsored by Faith In Place and The Glenview League of Women Voters.

December 8

Glenview – Faith in Place Indoor Market- 9 am – 1 pm Glenview New Church 74 Park Dr.

December 10

Chicago – The Stew Supper Club  - “Breakfast for Supper” 6338-40 North Clark 7:30pm $45 and you can purchase tickets here.

Springfield – Illinois Stewardship Alliance – Annual Meeting 10:00am – 4pm Southwind Park ISA is the group that is trying to support, promote, facilitate, create all things local in the food system in Illinois.

December 11 and December 18(Tuesdays)

Chicago – The Hideout Annual Holiday Sale – 6pm-9pm  1354 West Wabansia Each year The Hideout invites a number of talented Chicago artists to display their wares for the holiday season. The quality of work shown is fantastic. The sale will be held in the backroom of The Hideout. Crowds are expected as they have had at least 100 patrons come through on each night in past years.

December 15

Logan Square – Holiday Bizarre: A Story Slam Featuring Festive Food Fiascoes 8pm – 11pm 2385 N. Milwaukee Gaslight Coffee Roasters Join Graze magazine for a free, BYOB story slam! Five-minute tales of kitchen woes will be shared; Letherbee, Gaslight, and Paper Moon Pastry will provide food and drinks.

December 17

Chicago – Cafe des Architectes Holiday Rock & Roll 6-8pm 20 E. Chestnut - Indulge in modern interpretations of the classic French holiday dessert, the Bûche de Noël. Enjoy tasting each pastry chef’s creation and cast your vote for the best Yuletide dessert. Benefits Share Our Strength Tickets $35

 

 


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F.I.T. City: Fresh, Innovative, Tasty Making Chicago A Healthier Place To Dine

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Posted: November 26, 2012 at 3:46 pm

Building A Healthier Chicago, a collaborative group of more than 150 local and national Stakeholders with their Executive Leadership Committee consistingof the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Region V, the Chicago Department of Public Health, the Institute of Medicine of Chicago, and the Chicago Medical Society rolled out their F.I.T. City Inititative last Monday.

The mission of F.I.T. City is to partner Building a Healthier Chicago with restaurants, chefs, culinary schools, health advocates, and community groups to develop and promote F.I.T. (Fresh, Innovative, Tasty) menu options that will increase the number of highly nutritious choices offered to Chicago diners, serving as a critical component of a healthy living model.

What is the goal? The choices we make are shaped by the choices we have, and in our society, we are bombarded with unhealthy choices. In efforts to combat this issue, the F.I.T. City Initiative seeks to support establishments as local community cornerstones in food, nutrition, and health. F.I.T. City establishments will embrace the health of their customers by consistently providing Fresh, Innovative, and Tasty (F.I.T.) menu items that are balanced and nutritious, yet still affordable, delicious, and craveable. Since “healthy” menu items often imply a lack of flavor F.I.T. City entrees will emphasize fresh, seasonal ingredients and innovative preparation styles that contribute to making dishes tasty.

Any restaurant, or food service establishment is invited to be a member of the program.They will advertise your designation as a F.I.T. City establishment on their website! You’ll be part of something bigger, a chance to provide Chicagoland residents with more opportunities to live healthier lives. It’s free! Here is a list of the current partners and the list continues to grow. If you are interested in becoming a partner, apply here online.

Below are the restaurants and food providers that meet the criteria and have signed on as  F.I.T. City Establishments:
1776
Autre Monde Cafe and Spirits
Barista - Part of Midway Airport Concessions at Midway Airport
Centered Chef, The
Dot Com - Part of Midway Airport Concessions at Midway Airport
Duke’s Ale House and Kitchen
FIG Catering
Freshii
Get Snacked - Part of Midway Airport Concessions at Midway Airport
Green Gourmet Chicago
Hannah’s Bretzel
Indian Cooking Class
Karyn’s Cooked
Karyn’s Fresh Corner
Karyn’s On Green
Landings - Part of Midway Airport Concessions at Midway Airport
Let Them Eat Cake - Part of Midway Airport Concessions at Midway Airport
Millers Pub - Part of Midway Airport Concessions at Midway Airport
Naha
Oak Street Beach Cafe - Part of Midway Airport Concessions at Midway Airport
OMango
Peeled
Piccolo Sogno
Pinstripes
Poag Mahone’s Carvery and Alehouse
Quartino Ristorante
Saigon Sisters Restaurant
Sandwich Me In
Sopraffina Marketcaffe
Sprig
Tallgrass
Taylor Street Market - Part of Midway Airport Concessions at Midway Airport
Trattoria No.10
Tuscany Cafe - Part of Midway Airport Concessions at Midway Airport
Two Mothers Foods
Uncommon Ground
Union League Club of Chicago




Come ‘n Get It: Rush Creek Reserve

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Posted: November 26, 2012 at 1:16 pm

The months of October through December bring loads of reason for excitement: holidays, celebrating with friends and family, lots of eating and drinking, fall and the beginning of winter (more exciting for some than others but I love snow!) and the release of…

Rush Creek Reserve

(the equivalent to a cheese-nerd birthday).

Rush Creek Reserve, growing up in the caves

This much-lauded second cheese from award-winning cheesemaker Andy Hatch at Uplands Cheese Company in Dodgeville, Wisconsin is a nod to the farm’s continued devotion to seasonality and happy cows.  Initially released in 2010, this soft, savory gem is modeled after Vacherin Mont d’Or, a soft autumnal cheese made in the Jura region of France as well as Switzerland.  After spending 2009 tinkering with different ideas and batches the 2010 release exploded, including a nod in the New York Times, and the first batch of 4,000 wheels was snapped up immediately.  Since then production has increased over 400% and even then, Andy says, the wheels are almost completely reserved by retailers and restaurants before they’re finished aging.  In France Vacherin Mont d’Or is made with raw milk and aged for 25 days.  The soft rind is wrapped in a round of spruce bark to lend flavor and structure, and is frequently eaten with chocolate spread as a holiday treat (YUM).  As the cheese has to be aged for an additional 35 days to be sold raw in the States each step of the French process had to be tweaked and tinkered at Uplands.  As demand for the cheese has hastened the release to October (rather than November, as in ’10) the production spans the Jersey cow’s transition from a diet of grass to that of primarily hay, as production kicks off in August.

Andy Hatch with wheels of Pleasant Ridge Reserve and a newly hatched Rush Creek Reserve

As it does in France, production of Rush Creek Reserve comes at the end of the Pleasant Ridge Reserve season, creating a delicious and useful outlet for late summer and autumn milk, which is richer in fat, but needs time (like all grass-fed milk) to develop flavor.  Younger cheeses like Rush Creek are dependent upon the quality of the milk, skill of the cheesemaker and outside influences like aging caves and conditions for their flavor.  As a result the spruce that Andy uses to wrap the cheeses does more than just maintain their shape.  This year’s batch has a distinct woody note but is less bacon-y than previous years, with more abundant notes of fruit and grass.  There are several schools of thought on the best way to eat it and I suggest you try them all.  Pull it out of the fridge and let it temper (warm up) for a few hours and eat it with dark chocolate or a cocoa spread.  Or cut some slits in the top rind and pour some Riesling into the paste, wrap the cheese in aluminum foil and bake it at 250 degrees for 10-15 minutes, allowing the cheese to soften and absorb the wine.   Bake it at 300 degrees for 10-15 minutes and spoon it over roasted potatoes or root vegetables.  Any way you eat it, I guarantee it will be the best part of your day.




A Weekly Harvest of Diversions to Keep You From Getting Back to Work

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Posted: November 26, 2012 at 11:28 am

Now that you’re back at work you need a full range of distractions.

How about watching a movie busting the myths of industrial agriculture.

See what you missed at Terra Madre with this video.

Or get hungry for local cheese with this video.

Really take the time to think about these words, especially during these times of gluttony.

Think about if local food needs a new prescription.

Think about getting better meat.

Time is on the side of urban ag.

 




Our Thanksgiving Turkey Table Has Other Uses

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Posted: November 26, 2012 at 10:00 am

Update: Just because Thanksgiving has passed, does not mean you’re holiday shopping needs have passed. Use our list below to put a turkey on your Christmas table. In addition, many of the places below can supply your other holiday needs including gooose, rib roasts, and rack of lamb.

clancy Photo courtesy of TurkZilla via Flickr If you didn’t send in your deposit or order your turkey several weeks ago, put down the Jennie-O and don’t despair — there’s still time to have a local Thanksgiving. There’s even still time to snag an elusive heritage bird. The Local Beet has compiled a list — a Turkey Table, if you will — of local turkey producers and purveyors just in time for Thanksgiving. There’s even something on this list for those who procrastinate as late as Wednesday (though if you wait that long, your only option may be a fresh, locally-produced Ho-Ka turkey available at Treasure Island or Gepperth’s). It used to be that you had to order a local turkey months in advance from the farm, but now, much less planning is required, and purveyors like Butcher & Larder, Publican Quality Meats, City Provisions or Fresh Picks might have turkeys for you with only a few days (or no) advance notice. Like all Local Beet guides, this one is searchable and sortable. Some notes about local turkeys: Most local, pastured, small farm-raised turkey comes to you frozen. But there are good reasons for that. First and foremost– it’s timing. Meat, like vegetables, is seasonal. So even if it’s not quite Thanksgiving, and the turkey hits a certain weight class, it can be ready for your table (at a manageable size). Freezing ensures a healthy, timely way to harvest the turkey.  Second, if you want a fresh turkey, a bigger one is your best bet, as the larger birds can continue eating in the days leading up to the holiday. Finally, frozen turkeys are easier to store.  I’ve had many frozen heritage birds throughout the years, and I’ve never tasted a difference between a fresh or frozen bird.  Besides, these heritage birds — which tend to have either more or just as much dark meat as white — are more flavorful than a fresh conventional bird bred for its large chests. Most farms will take into account the fact that their birds are frozen, and set their pick up times during the weekend so that you’ll have plenty of time to thaw it in time for the holiday. If you must have a fresh local turkey, there are still plenty of options. Butchers and retailers such as Butcher & Larder, Publican Quality Meats, and City Provisions are all stocking fresh turkeys, as are some farms, such as Mint Creek,  which is offering fresh turkeys (in addition to frozen) for pickup on Monday at the Dill Pickle Coop  (though you must order in advance). If you want to buy directly from a farm, I’d suggest you move quickly and contact them soon, as most are scheduling either delivery or pickups for this weekend. And, per usual, if you notice any errors or omissions in the table, please drop me a line at wendy@thelocalbeet.com. Have a great local Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Turkey Table

Name/Location/WebsiteType of Turkeys (heritage?)Organic or Pasture-raised (or both)Fresh or Frozen?Pick Up Location or DeliveryPrice (if known)Ordering InformationSold Out for 2012?Comments
Butcher & Larder
1026 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL
website
Broad-breasted white from Gunthorp FarmsPastured; on-farm processing plantFreshPick up pre-ordered birds at shop starting Sunday 11/18$5/lb.Call shop to pre-order until 11/2 773-687-8280Pre-orders taken until 11/2, call for more detailsTurkey sizes vary and can be ordered as follows: 12-15 lbs., 15-20lbs., 20-25 lbs. and 25 lbs. and up. Weight requests will be accommodated as closely as possible, but please understand there will be some variance.
C&D Family Farms
Knox, Indiana
web site
Partners with small family farm to source its turkeysPasturedContact farm for detailsPick up in Chicago on 11/15 (Lincoln Square, Andersonville, Hyde Park, North Center, Division Street, Beverly)$4.25/lbEmail crystal(at)cdfamilyfarms(dot)comPre-orders taken for pickup on 11/15, contact Crystal for possible additional pickupsContact farm for additional meat products
City Provisions
1818 W Wilson
Chicago, IL (Ravenswood)
web site
Broad-breasted white from Gunthorp FarmsPastured; on-farm processing planFreshPick up pre-ordered birds at shop starting anytime; open Thanksgiving until noon$4.95/lb.Call shop to pre-order until 11/17NoTurkeys are from 15-20 lbs.; can't guarantee size
Caveny Farm
Montincello, IL
web site
Bourbon red (heritage)Pastured; processed by small processor located 40 miles from farmFrozen (contact farm for details)Pick up at Farm until Thanksgiving ($9 discount) or Evanston on 11/17, 8 am- 12 pm; Geneva on 11/18, 10 am -2 pm; Chicago (Lincoln Park, Green City Market) on 11/17, 8 am -12 pm; Springfield on 11/19, 4 - 8 pm; Chicago (Old Town, House of Glunz) on 11/17 from 3 - 5 pm
approx. $8-9/lb.Go to website for more informationSome sizes are sold out
Dill Pickle Coop
3039 W Fullerton
Chicago, IL
website
Broad-breasted white from Mint Creek Farm and TJ's Poultry Pastured (both); organicFresh (Mint Creek) & Frozen (TJ's)
Pick up for TJ's is on 11/17 from 2 -5 pm

Pick up for Mint Creek on 11/19 from 4 - 8 pm
$7.00/lb (Mint Creek)

$4.95/lb (TJ's) w/$25 deposit (5% discount for coop members)
Contact the coopNo TJ's turkeys range from 12-23 lbs.

Mint Creek's turkeys range from 12-16 and 16-20 lbs.
Empty Bottle Thanksgiving Farmers' Market
1035 N. Western Ave
Chicago, IL
Facebook page
Turkeys from Paulie's Pasture PasturedContact Paulie's Pasture for more detailsPick up at market on 11/18 from 12 - 5 pm Contact Paulie's Pasture for more detailsPick up at marketNo
Green Earth Farm
Richmond, IL
web site
Bourbon Red, Narragansett (heritage)PasturedContact farm for detailsContact farm a few weeks before Thanksgiving for details$15 deposit required; contact farm for pricingEmail kathy(at)greenearthfarm(dot)comContact farm for details
Green Grocer
1402 W Grand
Chicago, IL (West Town)
web site
Broad-breasted white from Gunthorp FarmsPastured; on-farm processing planFrozen below 15 lbs., Fresh above 15 lbs. Pick up at shop on 11/17-11/21$59.99 for 10-15 lbs.
$74.99 for 16-20 lbs.
$92.99 for 21-25 lbs.
$105.99 for 25+ lbs.
Go to website or call shopNo
Howard Kauffman Turkey Farms (HoKa)
Waterman, IL
website
Broad-breasted whitePastured (diet supplemented w/corn & soybean and fishmeal); free-rangeBothPick up at farm, local meat markets, independent grocers, and in some specialty chains. See website for specific retailers in Chicagoland.Contact farm or retailers for pricingPick up at farm or purchase at retailersNo
Irv & Shelly’s Fresh Picks*
Chicago, IL
web site
Broad-breasted white and bronze from Gunthorp Farms and Triple S FarmsPastured; on-farm processing planFrozen (thawing begins at store)Delivery 11/17-11/21 if they already deliver in your zip code in Chicago or suburbs (visit website for delivery zip codes)$4.25/lb for 12-14.99 lbs
$3.99/lb for 15+ lbs
Email answers(at)freshpicks(dot)comNo; contact shop to confirm availability Thanksgiving Fixins box available for delivery
Midnight Sun Farm
Grayslake, IL
web site
Broad-breasted whitePastured; organicContact farm for detailsContact farm for detailsPickup in Chicago (Rogers Park, Glenwood Sunday Market) and GrayslakeContact midnightsunfarm(at)gmail(dot)com to be on their email listYes!
Mint Creek Farm
Stelle, IL
web site
Broad-breasted whiteOrganic; pasture-raisedFrozen (pickup @ Green City Market)

Fresh (Dill Pickle Coop or via UPS for extra charge)
Pick up in Chicago on 11/17 (Lincoln Park, Green City Market, 8 am - 1 pm or 61st St Farmers' Market, 9 am - 2 pm) or on 11/19 (Logan Square, , 4 - 8 pm)

Delivery (extra charge)
$7.00/lbOrder on website or call farm 815-256-2202; pay @ pickup time8-12 lb. turkeys sold outOffers turkeys in the 8-12, 12-16 or 16-20 lb. ranges
Nature's Choice
Grant Park, IL
web site
Broad-breasted whitePasturedFreshPickup at farm, Frankfort, and BolingbrookContact farm for detailsEmail natureschoicefarm(at)yahoo(dot)comYes!
Publican Quality Meats
825 W Fulton Market
Chicago IL
website
Narragansett (heritage) or Broad-breasted white from Slagel Family FarmPastured (both); organic (heritage)Fresh (both)Pickup at shop anytime Monday through Wednesday 11/19-11/21$4.25/lb for Slagel turkeys

$6.75/lb for heritage organic turkeys
Contact shop at 312.445.8977No
Slagel Family Farm
Fairbury, IL
website
Partners with local farm; contact farm for details on breedsContact farm for detailsContact farm for detailsContact farm for details$3.79/lb (under 18 lbs)
$3.39/lb (over 18 lbs)
Contact farm for details No
TJ's Pastured Free Range Poultry
Piper City, IL
website
Broad-breasted whitePasturedFrozenPick up in Chicago (Lincoln Park, Green City Market) on 11/17 from 8 am - 1 pmContact farm for detailsEmail tji4(at)maxwire(dot)net or call 815-686-9200 or 815-848-8961No
Trail's End Organic Farm
Putnam, IL
website
Narragansett, Chocolate, American Bronze (heritage)Pastured; organicFrozenPick up in Evanston on 11/21 from 3 - 6 pm; contact farm for other possible locations/timesContact farm for detailsEmail trailsend56(at)yahoo(dot)com or call 815-437-2606Year-roundTurkeys are 15-20 lbs.
Wettstein Organic Farm
Carlock, IL
website
Broad-breasted whiteOrganic, free-rangeContact FarmOak Park (Buzz Cafe) on Saturday 11/17 from 12-3 pm$4.00 a pound for a whole and $4.50 a pound for a half turkey (one wing, one leg and thigh, one breast) dennis(at)wettsteinorganicfarm(dot)comYes!




Welcome Our First Sponsor, Be Next

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Posted: November 26, 2012 at 1:02 am

Since we started the Local Beet over four years ago, we placed ads on our pages.  We do this web site because we believe in the cause of eating local, and we do this web site, probably most, because we enjoy doing it, sharing our love for eating local.  We also want to do this in a way that supports and enhances itself.  Thus, we’ve placed ads on the site.  Still, for most of the four years of this site, we have outsourced the ad work to our great friends in Mountain View.  Google sold the copy, and Google decided what you would see on our site (with results like an ad for Vermont cheese on my page last week).  For doing that, Google took most of the ad sale revenue.  No offense to Google, but we’d like to try ourselves.

We are working to replace Google ads with like minded folks.  Folks who share our cause of eating local.  Folks who enjoy food like we enjoy food.  Fittingly, Green Grocer Chicago signed on to be our first sponsor.  Green Grocer Chicago and the Local Beet practically share a history–a nice little bit of history can be found here.  Now, I’d like to say, my family and mine local eating pre-dated Cassie and her Green Grocer, but on the other hand, her store did start before the Beet by several months.  Nonetheless, her innovative and special store made it easier for us to actually eat local.  It also made it easier to believe that there was something to this locavore thing.  We’ve always been able to turn to Green Grocer for local food, even in the darkest periods.  Besides those Windy City Harvest greens that kept us going, Cassie also introduced us to a lot of other products for our local needs.  There was Nice Cream ice cream, and artisanal donuts years ahead of the trend.  We could fill our larder with the right eggs, and draw upon a deep supply of local booze.  We’ve always loved Green Grocer Chicago.

Now, we love them even more because they took the plunge.  Cassie and Gary certainly are not afraid to be first.  They were the first to open a store dedicated to local foods, and now they are the first to sponsor us.  You can be next.  We have opportunities for banner ads and promoted posts.  We also have opportunities for you to sponsor our most widely used features such as the 2013 CSA Guide.  You can contact me at Rob@thelocalbeet.com for a rate sheet.

We love our sponsor, Green Grocer Chicago.   We have a lot of other love too, so do not be afraid to be next.




The Local Calendar 11/20/12 Are You Ready For Turkey Day? The Weeks Ahead!

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Posted: November 20, 2012 at 2:10 pm

Are you ready for Thanksgiving or panicking? If you still need to do some shopping the Green City Market is open tomorrow and welcomes you at the Peggy Notebaert Museum. The chef demonstration at 10:30 will be Rick Bayless of Frontera Grill, Topolobampo and XOCO. The pictures above, include “local in a jar”, a rainbow of picked vegetables from Bushell & Pecks, red kuri squash from Genesis Growers, and the beautiful insides of a watermelon radish from Leaning Shed Farms, all of whom will be at the Green City Market tomorrow!

Holiday market season is upon us and some coming up to take note of are: Ms. Mint’s 2012 Holiday Bazaar on Tuesday Dec. 4th from 4-9:30pm at Goose Island Brewpub, 1800 North Clybourn. Kate Gross has an eye and nose for unique agricultural products from all over the midwest and a Tuesday late afternoon/early evening is an easy time to drive or train it into the city and miss the holiday traffic and crowds. Another fun market coming up is FeteChicago, a pop-up food & design night market organized by Heather Sperling, another one who has a sharp eye for cool things. It’s happens Thursday December 6 from 6pm to 10pm at Room 1520, 1520 West Fulton St. Co-op Image is having their holiday bazaar on Saturday December 1 and it benefits all the programs that they provide.

We try to be inclusive of events but miss some, some sites to check out for further detail on sustainable food, urban ag, workshops/events are the Illinois Stewardship Alliance out of Springfield, their facebook page is here, we “like” them, and the other group is here in Chicago, Advocates for Urban Agriculture, we “like” them as well.

Lots to do, the farmers’ markets choices are a little slim this weekend (farmers need a break now and then too) but the fall/winter markets will pick up again Saturday December 1, now on to the weeks ahead!!!

WHERE TO FIND LOCAL FOODS

These stores specialize in local foods:

Artisanal Wilmette – 414 Linden Ave. Wilmette

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

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!

Standard Market – 333 East Ogden Ave., Westmont

November 20

Chicago - Re-Thinking Soup Jane Addams Hull House 12pm – 1pm 800 S. Halsted Topic of the Day Candor and Comedy: The funny and not so funny world of food, diet, exercise, environmental justice and sustainability. Presenters Samantha Irby of the wildly popular blog “Bitches Gotta Eat” and Coya Paz, poet, co-founding member of Teatro Luna and director of the new play “Unnatural Spaces” will delight audiences with their formidably funny writing styles. Soup of the Day  Loaded Baked Potato

Chicago – Province Restaurant Annual Seedling Farms and Three Floyds dinner – 6pm 161 North Jefferson (West Loop) Chef Randy Zweiban had me at “Seedling”,  go to the link to see the menu, including things like “cherry barbeque roasted pork” with Alpha Klaus, American Porter, all for $50, tax and tip not included. It is not too late if you want to go!

November 21

Chicago – Green City Market - Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum 8am – 1pm 2430 N. Cannon Drive The chef demonstration is going to be Rick Bayless of Frontera GrillTopolobampo and XOCO. For some thoughts about farmers and food during holiday time here a link to Green City’s “Knowledge CSA” , a speech by David Cleverdon of Kinnikinnick on “No Farmers, No Food” given in October at a conference on farming.

Chicago – A Special Edition of Soup and Bread at The Hideout – 5pm 1354 West Wabansia Our friends at the Hideout are holding a pre-Thanksgiving edition of Soup and Bread to help their friends at Good Fork in Red Hook, Brooklyn who got hit by Hurricane Sandy. Come join us the day before Thanksgiving and hang with friends, eat soup prepared by all manner of cooks, listen to Bloodshot Rob DJ (he’s making soup too!), and get out of the house before the holiday vise tightens too much.

November 22

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

November 24

(Don’t despair, next week most of the Fall markets will return, it is a holiday break day)

Geneva – Geneva Winter Market 9am – 1pm 27 N. Bennett

Glencoe – Chicago Botanic Gardens Winter Farmers Market – 10am – 1pm 1000 Lake Cook Road 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month.

La Fox – La Fox – Heritage Prairie Indoor Farmers Market – 9am – 1pm 2N308 Brundige Road

November 25

Chicago – Logan Square Winter Market – 10-2pm Congress Theater Lobby 2135 North Milwaukee

November 27

Chicago – “The Culinary Magic of Fermentation” Jane Addams Hull House Re-Thinking Soup University of Illinois at Chicago 800 S. Halstead Video conference with Sandor Katz

SAVE THE DATE

November 28

Chicago – Edible Chicago partners with Brooklyn Brewery for the Quarterly Carousal at High Dive Bar 1938 West Chicago Avenue near Damen.

November 29

Crystal Lake – Screening of Doctored -Featuring Crystal Lake’s Dr. Tony presented by Premier Wellness Chiropractic 6pm Raue Center for the Arts 26 N. Williams St. 6-8pm After the movie enjoy appetizers and 2 drink tickets at Duke’s Ale House. $20

December 1

Chicago – Logan Square Holidays On the Square – Participating businesses will be celebrating the season with sweets, treats, tastings, delicious pop up shops, trunk shows, cupcake food truck, Santa, a tree lighting and more! Provenance Food and Wine will be participating, check it out!

Chicago - Co-op Image Holiday Bazaar Ignite Glass Studios 4-11pm 401 North Armour Live glass blowing demonstration music and food!

December 4th

Chicago – Ms. Mint’s Local and Fair  Trade Holiday Bazaar – She is back and this time it is at Goose Island Clybourn. Kate Gross, who carefully curates the artisans that are part of this unique event, is bringing. Ms. Mint’s Trading Post provides gift baskets of small batch local and fair trade products of the midwest all on one site. Northbrook – Prairie Grass Cafe Hosts the Prairie State Winery Dinner presented by Evanston Cellars and the Midwest Wine Press. 601 Skokie Blvd. 6:30pm $85

December 6

Chicago – Fete Chicago - Room 1520 1520 W. Fulton St. (Enter at Justine St.) 312-952-1520 She is at it again, organized by Heather Sperling of Tasting Table, formerly of Dose Market, this holiday shopping event includes amazing food, fashion, music, a mix of everything and entry is only $5. The best thing ever though is that all gate proceeds and a percentage of sales goes to Fresh Moves, the bus that brings fresh fruits and vegetables to food desert areas in the city.

December 7

Glenview – Screening of “FRESH The Movie”, Glenview New Church 74 Park Drive 7:30pm Sponsored by Faith In Place and The Glenview League of Women Voters.

December 8

Glenview – Faith in Place Indoor Market- 9 am – 1 pm Glenview New Church 74 Park Dr.

December 10

Chicago – The Stew Supper Club  - “Breakfast for Supper” 6338-40 North Clark 7:30pm $45 and you can purchase tickets here.

Springfield – Illinois Stewardship Alliance – Annual Meeting 10:00am – 4pm Southwind Park ISA is the group that is trying to support, promote, facilitate, create all things local in the food system in Illinois.




The Weekly Harvest of Thanksgiving

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Posted: November 19, 2012 at 11:07 am

Yes, we have at least one thanksgiving link below, and yes we have some links to things that make us thankful, but we’re really just calling this the Thanksgiving Weekly Harvest because that’s what week this is.  Still, feel free to tell us of any eat local links that fit the week’s theme.

One of the persons we turn to most for locavore learning is Terra Brockman.  We’re also glad to turn to her for this help in encouraging a local Thanksgiving.

We’re due to put up a list of Midwest area winter markets, but maybe this little item will get your travel plans started.

Wisconsin also involved in expanding our drink local options.

And the cheese is so varied up there, that now there’s even a “New Zealand” style Wisconsin cheese.

Do you think the local food movement has reached its limits?

Not if what’s happening right here in Chicago gets going.

Last week we had links that made us pissed.  This week we have one that makes us happy.




Summer Reflections

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Posted: November 18, 2012 at 9:19 pm

 

Last week I had to dig my garden up, pull the weeds out and throw my dead plants away. It was awful. But at the same time, it was beautiful. I ended up digging a whole bunch of carrots up that I used in soup along with the thyme that I pulled too. And then I started planning what I’m going to do next year.

The truth is, I let my garden die. And I didn’t can as much as I should have. And sometimes, I even bought produce from the grocery store. This summer was a huge learning experience for me – it was the peak of my quarter life crisis… did you know those existed? I didn’t until I was in the middle of it. BUT, the good news is that it happened. I had put so much pressure on myself to only eat a certain way that I sort of exploded and stopped eating food that I even liked.

The passion I have for vegetables may be absurd, but it’s part of who I am and it’s who I’ll continue to be. And even if I don’t cook every single day, the changes that I have made in my life are substantial enough to impact the world in some small way. I still eat local food. I’m still eating the food I canned. And, I’m still learning new canning and cooking techniques. My bizarre preachy word vomit aside, what I’m trying to say is, don’t be so hard on yourself when you’re eating. It can create chaos. Do what you can do and don’t freak out if you don’t make the best choice every time. I promise you’ll appreciate cooking/baking/preserving/canning/eating more if you are able to keep this in mind. At least it worked for me.

And so I leave you with these final thoughts: It’s Thanksgiving time! Make your favorite dish and throw in an extra stick of butter. It’ll be OK :)




Chicago Food Film Festival Night One, Farm To Film to Table

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Posted: November 16, 2012 at 1:02 am

If you are on the fence, with the Chicago Food Film Festival, buy your tickets for the Fish Fry tomorrow night, for the Avocado Takedown at noon on Saturday(Did you not read my avocado piece in the Spring about how good avocados are for you? ), ( I cannot emphasize how happy you will be if you partake in this event, I was introduced to Matt Timms and I can tell  this will be a very unique, incredible event!)

SoI could go on and on about night one, about the films, in particular, Farmer and Poet about Harry Carr and Mint Creek Farm, Artisan Baker and the soul of making bread, Speakeasy Supper Club of Atlanta about Central American Fusion cuisine, the artistry and soul of food and the love of family, and as an audience member the interaction with food.

For me, the night was made in tasting Philip Foss’ food of El Ideas, he still has the crazy passion of the Meaty Balls Mobile, his ex-food truck, with his ingenious bites that he delivers on the plate. Roderick Markus of Rare Tea Sellers had such incredible teas on his table(I could potentially give up alcohol because of the taste of these teas), one focused on lemon and the other around ginger.

The sponsors, including earth friendly, tied to the land, Frei Brothers Reserve, Begyle Brewers in Chicago, Bon Appetit Magazine. The organizers have a great radar about connecting with very relevant Chicago artisanal producers.

The Chicago Food and Film Festival is doing just that, adding dimensions to the good eating experience and going after your other senses while at the same time providing great tasting food. I think as of this post you can still get tickets for the remaining events here, did I mention avocadoes??

Update!! Fortunately the folks at the filmfest were taking pictures so here are some photos(thanks to Troy L. Amber, TLAstudio.com):

 

Andrew Dennison, the butcher of Artisanal Wilmette was sampling his house-cured bacon. Frei Brothers Reserve was plentiful and this was all after we watched the films!

 




Free The Chickens! The Chicken Freedom Project

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Posted: November 14, 2012 at 12:17 pm

   

Our friend at Grub Street Chicago, Michael Gebert, wrote this yesterday, “Slagel Family Farm Wants Help Bringing Light to Chickens“, in case you missed it. The pictures above are from the Stephanie Izard Farm Dinner that took place at Slagel Farms this year.

They’re converting a 100,000 caged chicken facility to cage-free with the help of the community and are asking for donations so they can provide a more humane environment for their chickens.

To participate and help make the CHICKEN FREEDOM PROJECT a reality, you can go to their website and read about their intentions and plans. Working at the Green City Market this past outdoor season, I saw first hand that the demand for naturally, locally produced eggs is increasing. If you care about local eggs, no matter what the donation size, help them out if you can. Let the chickens see the light!

 




Local Calendar 11/14/12 Have You Bought Your Turkey Yet?

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Posted: November 13, 2012 at 11:13 pm


Time is a-ticking, Thanksgiving is almost here and have you bought your turkey yet? You can still order a pasture raised turkey from Gunthorp Farms at the Green Grocer here or you can just click on their logo in the upper right corner of our home page. We would like to welcome the Green Grocer to the Local Beet fold and we truly hope that you click away and buy your turkey from them!!

Restaurants “going local” include the suburbs and Duke’s Alehouse & Kitchen in Crystal Lake is flying the Green Restaurant Association flag with 3 stars already so you can “Dine Green”! Not only does owner and chef Zal Dolezal source as locally as possible, he carries 150 beers, many of which are local names.

Our friends and partners of the Beet continue to thrive and Pastoral Artisan that is our source for all the news about farmstead cheeses and other good things, opened Bar Pastoral this week in Lakeview at Broadway and Wellington with a friend of the farmers market and current participant(fingers crossed for her) on Top Chef Seattle, Chrissy Camba at the helm.

One of my personal favorite food events focused on the farmer and other food matters is the Chicago Food Film Fest taking place at Kendall College 11/15 – 11/17, their tagline is “you eat, what you see” and it truly is an interactive, tasty, informative, and fun event!!!! See the calendar below for more information on it!

Lots to do before the holidays check out the fall farmers’ markets, now on to the weeks ahead!!!

WHERE TO FIND LOCAL FOODS

These stores specialize in local foods:

Artisanal Wilmette – 414 Linden Ave. Wilmette

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

Green Grocer 1402 West Grand Ave in West Town, Chicago GG has weekly wine and beer tastings check their website or twitter for details. You can order pasture raised organic turkeys from Gunthorp Farms for Thanksgiving here!!

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!

Standard Market – 333 East Ogden Ave., Westmont

November 14

Chicago – Soup and Bread at Garfield Park Conservatory – 6-8pm Garfield Park Conservatory just planted a new Breadfruit Tree, so what better way to enjoy sweater weather than to pair up this tree with other ingredient plants in the collection for a special Garfield Park Conservatory Soup & Bread night? Soup stations will be located throughout the Conservatory, with soup sharing and sampling by Chicago restaurants and cooks.

Chicago – Two Sparrows Natural Wine Dinner -7pm 553 West Diversey A seasonal menu highlighting Domaine Martin Schaetzel, an organic and biodynamic wine from Alsace and Domaine Turner Pageot from the Languedoc. $65 No including tax and tip

November 15

Chicago - Goodgreens.org meeting – Sponsored by the USDA/Food and Nutrition Service – A collaborative meeting open to the public of anyone, public, NPO, or private/entrepreneur in the sustainable food space. 10am – 12pm 77 West Jackson Blvd. They do ask, that you contact Alan Shannon of the USDA if you plan to attend, his email is on the Goodgreens website.

Chicago – Uptown Market Uptown Farmers’ Market is year round. Every Thursday from 7-1 inside Weiss Memorial Hospital or in the parking lot during the warmer months. 4646 N Marine Drive

Chicago – 2nd Annual Chicago Food and Film Festival - It is back for the  second year, the food and film festival where you taste what you see on the screen.  Opening Night!! Farm to Film Table - An evening of sustainable dishes and fine wine from Frei Brothers Reserve. Chicago Food and Film Festival Kendall College 900 North Branch 6pm VIP 6:30 pm general Films shown include 10,000 Cases, Artisan Baker, , Speakeasy Supperclub, Sugar Shack, French Fries and Ice Cream, about El Ideas signature dish created by Chef Philip Foss and his inspiration and Farmer Poet, a 3 min film about organic livestock farmer Harry Carr of Mint Creek Farm made by Dan Fisher, Becky Liscum and Gail Grasso. Watch a preview of Farmer Poet here. Food will include an exlcusive tasting of French Fries + Ice Cream by El Ideas. Tickets $65 VIP, $45 general and purchase tickets here.

November 16

Chicago – Fish Fry Friday – Chicago Food and Film Festival Kendall College 900 North Branch 6pm VIP 6:30pm general An authentic Milwaukee fish fry plus perogies, pickles and more. $75 VIP $55 general purchase tickets here.

November 17

Chicago – Green City Market - Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum 8am – 1pm 2430 N. Cannon Drive The chef demonstration is going to be Paul Virant of Vie/ Perennial-Virant !!!

Chicago – 61st Market sponsored by Experimental Station –  6100 North Blackstone 9am – 2pm Connie Spreen of the market sends out a great weekly letter with some inspirational thoughts and excellent info as to what will be available. Go here to sign up for it. Check out Spice! A pop-restaurant that fuses Mediterrean and Latin flavors. Axel Erk Penny Pastries will be there! A lot going on Saturdays at this market!!

Chicago – Faith in Place Winter Markets - 10 am – 2 pm Coppin Memorial AME Church 5627 S Michigan Ave

Chicago – Edible Adventure #006: Chicavo! Featuring Matt Timm’s Avocado Takedown – Food and Film Festival 12pm all ages $45 Kendall College 900 North Branch  A cornucopia of unique eats plus Matt Timm’s Avocado Takedown presented by Avocados from Mexico, featuring 20 amateur chefs competing for cash prizes. You be the judge. Purchase tickets here.

Chicago - Single Malt Whiskey plus the Islay 8 Food + The Festival Awards Ceremony Food and Film Festival 7pm Kendall College 900 North Branch $85 VIP $75 general Purchase tickets here.

Chicago – WeFarmAmerica Shindig 6 – Multikulti 1000 West Diversey 9pm – 2am Alright, you all know how we do! This ShinDIG is about sharing and fun! Though the name of this party sounds political, it is anything but! We’ll be jammin the night away at Multi-Kulti with live music, dance instruction, DJs, demos and SkillShares. Now that we’ve done the hard work of deciding if the POTUS will be a Democrat or Republican, we can start the easy stuff of sharing and learning new skills. Our SkillShare will feature: Fermentation, Knitting, Dance lessons, and AcroYoga and Thai Massage. Multi-Kulti’s always got a few thing up their sleeve as well, rest assured your needs will be quenched!So spread the word, bring some friends and get ready to Celebrate Yourself! $10-20 Donation at the door Bring your Dancing Shoes!

Evanston – Although Evanston will hold an indoor market all winter, this event at Immanuel Lutheran Church has been historically when townies have shop for Thanksgiving and stock up for the colder months.  Expect a lot of your favorite farmers from the outdoor market – 8 – 1 PM – 616 Lake Street For a link to more of a description of the market from Terra Brockman of Henry’s Farm  go here….

Geneva – Geneva Winter Market 9am – 1pm 27 N. Bennett

Glencoe – Chicago Botanic Gardens Winter Farmers Market – 10am – 1pm 1000 Lake Cook Road 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month.

La Fox – 4th Annual Heritage Prairie Artisan Food and Craft Fair   9am – 1pm 2N308 Brundige Road

Oak Park – Wettstein Organic Farm visits the Buzz Cafe 905 South Lombard Ave. from 12pm – 3pm. They will have beef, chicken, lamb and eggs.

Woodstock – Woodstock Winter Farmers Market 9am – 12pm McHenry County Farm Bureau Building 1102 McConnell Road

November 18

Chicago - Glenwood Winter Market 9am -2pm The Glenwood Bar 6962 N. Glenwood

Chicago – Empty Bottle Farmers Market at The Empty Bottle – 12pm – 5pm 1035 North Western Public transportation options include: Bus #49 (Western) to Western/Cortez, #70 (Division) to Western, walk south 3 blocks, #66 (Chicago) to Western, walk north 5 blocks

Chicago – Logan Square Winter Market – 10-2pm Congress Theater Lobby 2135 North Milwaukee

Chicago – Pilsen Winter MarketHonky Tonk Barbeque 1100 South Racine 11am – 4pm Music at noon This is the first ever Winter market in Pilsen and sounds to be a very interactive, creative one with a variety of vendors.

Chicago – Three Story Street Feast:Local foods presented in a cross-cultural, progressive, five-course dinner. 6-9pm Southside Hub of Production 5638 S. Woodlawn Avenue $40 5 courses with drink pairings wow!

November 19

Chicago – A Cassoulet and Beaujoulais Nouveau Event with Your Favorite Wine - Cyrano’s Farm Kitchen – 6pm 546 North Wells Presented by Chicagourmets $79

November 20

Chicago – Province Restaurant Annual Seedling Farms and Three Floyds dinner – 6pm 161 North Jefferson (West Loop) Chef Randy Zweiban had me at “Seedling”,  go to the link to see the menu, including things like “cherry barbeque roasted pork” with Alpha Klaus, American Porter, all for $50, tax and tip not included.

 Chicago – Re-Thinking Soup Jane Addams Hull House 12pm – 1pm 800 S. Halsted

SAVE THE DATE

November 22

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

November 28

Chicago – Edible Chicago partners with Brooklyn Brewery for the Quarterly Carousal at High Dive Bar 1938 West Chicago Avenue near Damen.

November 29

Crystal Lake – Screening of Doctored -Featuring Crystal Lake’s Dr. Tony presented by Premier Wellness Chiropractic 6pm Raue Center for the Arts 26 N. Williams St. 6-8pm After the movie enjoy appetizers and 2 drink tickets at Duke’s Ale House. $20

December 1

Chicago – Logan Square Holidays On the Square – Participating businesses will be celebrating the season with sweets, treats, tastings, delicious pop up shops, trunk shows, cupcake food truck, Santa, a tree lighting and more! Provenance Food and Wine will be participating, check it out!

December 4th

Chicago – Ms. Mint’s Local and Fair  Trade Holiday Bazaar – She is back and this time it is at Goose Island Clybourn. Kate Gross, who carefully curates the artisans that are part of this unique event, has managed again to bring it together. Ms. Mint’s Trading Post provides gift baskets of small batch local and fair trade products of the midwest all on one site. Northbrook – Prairie Grass Cafe Hosts the Prairie State Winery Dinner presented by Evanston Cellars and the Midwest Wine Press. 601 Skokie Blvd. 6:30pm $85

December 6

Chicago – Fete Chicago - Room 1520 1520 W. Fulton St. (Enter at Justine St.) 312-952-1520 She is at it again, organized by Heather Sperling of Tasting Table, formerly of Dose Market, this holiday shopping event includes amazing food, fashion, music, a mix of everything and entry is only $5. The best thing ever though is that all gate proceeds and a percentage of sales goes to Fresh Moves, the bus that brings fresh fruits and vegetables to food desert areas in the city.

December 8

Glenview – Faith in Place Indoor Market- 9 am – 1 pm Glenview New Church 74 Park Dr.

December 10

Springfield – Illinois Stewardship Alliance – Annual Meeting 10:00am – 4pm Southwind Park ISA is the group that is trying to support, promote, facilitate, create all things local in the food system in Illinois.




It’s Back! 3nd Annual Food Film Festival Farmers, Fish, Whiskies and Serious Fun!!

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Posted: November 12, 2012 at 5:58 pm


 

Back for its third year, the 2012 Chicago Food Film Festival looks to be a doozy! The festival this year has a very intriguing lineup that left me trying to figure out, which ones were a priority, because frankly, they all sound great:  A Farm to Film to Table night, Fish Fry Friday, An Afternoon Avocado Takedown and Single Malt Whisky: The Islay 8 & Festival Awards. They are  taking place this Thursday November 15 through Saturday November 17 at Kendall College. The festival includes 20+ films in all, 5 of them world premiers. Tickets for most of the events sold out last year so do not dawdle if you are thinking about attending!

This is no ordinary food event, a combination of award winning short films centered on food, with an interaction with the players and the food in the viewing room and afterwords. The festival has the whimsicality of Baconfest, the intimacy of a farm dinner, and no ordinary food and beverage pairings. Be it oysters from the lowcountry for last year’s oyster roast or Art Jackson’s food from Pleasant House Bakery(Art returns this year at Saturday night’s event to feed the audience). I think the creativity in the films brings out an extra dimension in the food that is served. When it comes down to it, it is all about story telling, and as Seth Unger, the Executive Producer of the festival describes it, amazing moments in time.

For all those Local Beeters, on Thursday night, farmer Harry Carr of Mint Creek Farm will be featured in a short film produced by  StoryBuzzMedia, a group that includes Becky Liscum, the Publisher of Edible Chicago magazine. Fries & Ice Cream, a film highlighting one of the signature dishes of Chef Philip Foss of El Ideas will be shown as well as his inventive food!! Frei Brothers Reserve is the signature beverage of the night and local brewer Begyle Brewing will be serving their latest concoction. Are you getting the hint? There is a lot more to the festival than meets the quick eye!

The festival wraps up Saturday with the Chicago premier of Whisky:The Islay Edition. If you can’t travel to the Isle of Islay, Islay comes to you, the evening will include tasting of whiskies from all 8 distilleries on the Isle. Art Jackson’s Pleasant House food among others, and of course, the awards given among the 20 films included in the 3 days.

If those 2 nights are not enough there is what sounds to be a humongous Milwaukee fish fry and films on Friday night and an avocado adventure, Edible Adventure #006: Chicavo! Featuring Matt Timm’s Avocado Takedown.  It includes 20 different avocado dishes along with films like Mozzarella, Inc. The afternoon includes 20 amateur chefs competing for cash prizes. I think this afternoon, probably sounds the most intriguing of them all.

George Motz, of Burger GPS(yes, you heard it right, a Burger GPS app), Travel Channel Host and documentary filmaker Hamburger America along with Harry Hawk are the founders of the festival. I could go on and on about the unusual details that the producers include to make this such a unique event but if you are curious go to the links and nose around, you will like what you find!!!!

 




Things that Make Us Pissed in the Weekly Harvest for November 12

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Posted: November 12, 2012 at 10:59 am

I think most eat localists found the results of the election last week satisfying, well almost satisfying.  A lot of were rooting for California to pass Prop 37 regarding GMO labeling.   Now, some in California were wondering if they should self-label.  Others are just pissed.  Bittman’s not too pleased either, but gives some perspective.

Speaking of pissed, were you like us, pissed that you could not make this year’s Pie-Palooza in Madison?  One of new favorite blogs, MadTable, gives us some of what we missed (and makes us that much more annoyed).

If they can eat local in Alaska, we should be able to eat local here.

As they say at Butcher and Larder, it matters where your bacon and salami starts.

Share your eat local links, especially things that have you a bit angry.

 




I May Know Why We Fail

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Posted: November 8, 2012 at 12:35 pm

 

I mark quite a few of my posts with an ‘*’.  The star discloses.  Follow the mark to the bottom of that post, and I admit that my wife works for the local organic farm, Tomato Mountain.  I make that mark whenever I make a reference to Tomato Mountain in a post.  Given that we get our weekly CSA from Tomato Mountain, the largest source of our local food, I make that mark often.  The star should also tell you that I know a little more about the way our local food system works.  Through my wife I meet other farmers (her carney friends I sometimes call them).  Through my wife I know pretty well what it’s like to sell at farmer’s markets.  That star gives me insight into certain failures.

Last Saturday I met my Tomato Mountain selling wife at the Evanston Farmer’s Market.  I did it not so much to research the work of market vendors, but to take advantage of one of the last big markets.  And when I walked around this market abundant with produce (see pictures here), it made me angry.  I went home and began formulating a post on how it was such a failure that we had so few fall markets.  I posted on Monday what a failure it was to not take better advantage of the fall bounty.  Then, on Tuesday, I started getting a little of that star.  My wife starred me as we talked about her upcoming markets.  Knowing what she faced, knowing what she had faced, it dawned on me, vividly, why a lot of my pleadings went unanswered.

As I wrote the other day, it seems we cannot blame nature for the nature of our fall markets.  What we can blame is elevators, parking, hallways, (long hallways), hand carts, docks, and really just physical infrastructure.  This is what I know from my wife.  There is no easy fall/winter market.  At least no easy fall/winter market inside.  Look at it this way.  When my wife sold last week at Evanston, she pulled her van right up to her spot.  She unloaded and parked.  At the end of the day, she drove the van back to her spot and re-loaded.  Now, when she goes to an indoor market, she cannot do that.  She must unload and then schlep.  The shlep is almost always down halls and up elevators.  And I’ll tell you this, the schlep my wife has do do is nothing like the schlep bigger vendors need to do with crates and crates of produce.  All winter market vendors need to balance that schlep-it-ness against the worth of the market.  For some, not my wife and her company, it is an equation not balanced.  I’m telling you, logistics account for a lot of our fall failures.

Now, believe me, this is not the star talking, but I’m telling you, to really prosper as winter markets, we may need one of two things.  First, as my picture indicates, we may need to stick it out outside all year.  That’s the way they do it in Ann Arbor, where that picture is taken.  Or New York.  The New York City Union Square Greenmarket remains open year-round, and it remains open year-round at its location in Union Square.  Want to know what the hell a New Yorker could buy, outside, in the middle of winter, look at this document from 2011 I found with some googling.  Sure, it’s not what’s necessarily there this winter, but I think it’s pretty representative–any New Yorkers around to tell me otherwise?  Are Chicago winters that much more brutal?  I also bet a few stars that a lot of farmers would rather an easy access, market on the square, than an upstairs, down 3 halls, indoor winter market.  Or not.

Maybe we should be indoors.  Maybe no no one will come buy in Chicago when the wind chill descends below zero.  That Ann Arbor market I went to, it was so cold the apples had to be kept in a truck with the heat running so they would not freeze.  Only around four vendors were there at that market.  Yet, if we need to be indoors, should not we be indoors in a facility that makes sense.  My wife and I love the year-round South Bend Farmer’s Market.  We have been there in the fall, even into December, where we found plenty of local food.  One of the reasons farmers can go there to sell is that it’s not up the stairs and down the hall.  You pull your truck right up to your stall.  You have the best of both worlds.  We could use a market like that here.

I find it frustrating that we cannot have more opportunities to have local food when the weather gets cold.  I find it frustrating that when we do have opportunities to find local food, at various winter markets, the range of produce is usually terribly thin.  I also understand why we things make me frustrated.  My star of a wife gives me some perspective.


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