The Local Calendar 12/5/12 The Weather Outside Is ??? The Tables Are Still Full of Produce

December 5, 2012 at 11:08 am

It looks like the weather will remain consistent at least for the next week in the low 40′s high 30′s, hard to say sometimes whether it is delightful or frightful. Either way, winter is coming and the market tables are still full of produce. If you can’t get to the markets, places like Foodlife  in Water Tower Place are using local product like Nichols Farms in their salads. Now, more local options continue, if you want to stay in but still dine local, the Green City Market(go to the link then click on boxes) is offering a brunch box, full of eggs, bacon, sausage, butter, onions, mushrooms, cheese all sourced from the market and delivered to your doorstep. They even have an additional “bloody mary” option, that includes Tomato Mountain Bloody Mary mix, pork rinds and elk sticks to make bloodie maries for 12. The boxes are of limited release and need to be ordered by Wednesday December 12. Don’t delay and give a gift of a “local” brunch for the holidays or gift yourself!

We try to keep up on 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!!


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. You can order your holiday ham from Gunthorp Farms cured and smoked!

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. Drop by their Logan Square location on Sat 12/8 to taste d’Avo Extra Virgin Avocado Oil that has a high smoke point and lots of antioxidant qualities from 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.

December 5

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

December 6

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 Spark of the Heart Soups will be there. I tried there vegan/gluten-free cuban style black beans and rice, really good and fool proof! They are a small family-run business that makes naturally vegan and gluten free dried mixes that come complete and are easy to prepare.

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

Chicago – Green City Market - Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum 8am – 1pm 2430 N. Cannon Drive The chef demonstration is going to be Janet Kirker from Foodease Market. !!! 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. Say hello to Axel Erk of Penny Pastries! Chef Katie Jackson will be offering a tasting of Parmesan Cups with Honey/Balsamic Roasted Beets, Cauliflower, Rainbow Carrots and Kale. Sounds like a veggie feast!

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 –  C & D Family Farm 30% off Three Pepper Burgers and Ground Pork 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 – 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. Spark of the Heart Soups and Sides will be there.

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

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

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

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

December 9

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 – 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 10

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

Chicago – Jane Addams Hull House Opening “Unfinished Business 21st Century Home Economics” 4-6:30pm

Chicago – WeFarmAmerica C’mon and get Cultured! Learn how to make great fermented treats like Kombucha, Water Kefir at home. Join us  530p at the Green Exchange (2545 W. Diversey). Get your tickets now!

 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

Chicago – Re-Thinking Soup Jane Addams Hull House 12pm – 1pm 800 S. Halsted  Featured Presenters Abraham Epton and Irina Zadov from Open Feast, a global storytelling series, will lead a conversation about their traveling communal meals project. Soup of the Day Belarusian Soup

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 14

Chicago – Faith In Place Open House – 4pm-6:30pm 70 East Lake St. Ste. 920

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 16

Chicago – Portage Park Indoor Winter Farmers’ Market – 10am – 2pm Portage Park Theater 4050 N. Milwaukee

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

December 18

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.