The Local Calendar 12/19/12 Get Your Winter On!

December 19, 2012 at 11:42 am

Winter is just about here! This weekend is the last farmers markets of 2012 so stock up because most of the farmers will be taking a break for a week or 2. As Chief Beet Robert Gardner wrote, he used the last of his peppers. So get out and scoop up what you can of fresh and local produce!

If you haven’t seen it, you can win up to $50 in gift cards to City Fresh Market which is located in West Rogers Park at 3201 West Devon as well as at The French Market in the West Loop. All you have to do to win, is comment and then guess what some of the tasty items from the market  are. If I do say myself, this is a darn good deal and you have until Friday!

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.

The LB calendar will take a break next week along with the farmers and will be back in 2013(assuming the Mayans were wrong and there is a 12/22)!!!  Thanks for supporting local food, the farmers markets and The Local Beet! Have a very happy holiday and continue to spread the local goodness and buy, cook, eat local!!!

Now on to the week ahead, tonight, last chance tonight to buy MsMint’s hard to find items at Uncommon Ground Clark and the farmers’ markets this weekend!!


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. Be thankful for Green Grocer this time of year where local produce seems to be a bit hard to find!!!

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. Here is a link to their blog of “the best things our staff ate and drank in 2012“.

Publican Quality Meats – 835 W. Fulton, Chicago

Standard Market – 333 East Ogden Ave., Westmont

Ongoing – Jane Addams Hull House “Unfinished Business 21st Century Home Economics” Exhibit

December 19

Chicago - Wine Wednesdays at Province Restaurant - Seasonal farm to table tasting menu 161 N. Jefferson

Chicago - Ms. Mint returns for a mini-Bazaar at Uncommon Ground Clark 3800 North Clark St. – 5-9:30pm An opportunity to buy last minute gifts for your friends and family, all impeccably sourced by Kate Gross, Ms. Mint.

December 20

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.

December 22

Chicago – Green City Market - It’s back at The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum at Fullerton and Cannon Drive. Last  market of 2012, the next market will be Saturday January 13 so you had better stock up while you can!!!!

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!

Chicago –  C & D Family Farm 30% off Three Pepper Burgers and Ground Pork

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.

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 23

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

December 25

Merry Christmas!!!!!!!!!!! Ho! Ho! Ho!


Happy New Year 2013!!!

January 12

Oak Park - The Sugar Beet Co-op Membership Kick-off Party & Winter’s Eve Market  7- 10 pm Unity Temple, 875 Lake Street in Oak Park They’re planning a magical, candle lit evening at historic Unity Temple and hope you’ll join them to learn more about the co-op, shop from local vendors, and celebrate the accomplishments of our growing organization. Enjoy wine & beer, snacks, and live jazz while we watch Sugar Beet Home Movies together. You might be in the film reel! They will be offering memberships, outlining plans for the next year, and are eager to learn more about YOUR vision for The Sugar Beet Co-op. $20 per person will cover 3 drink tickets (21 and over), seasonal snacks, and a cozy evening in a beautiful place, surrounded by your new friends at The Sugar Beet Co-op.

March 14-16 Good Food Festival 2013!!!! The festival bringing good food and farmers to Chicago!

Pinot Days - Saturday April 20th Navy Pier 2-5pm

Whiskyfest Friday April 26 - It sold out pretty darn quickly last year!! Better get your tickets now!


One Comment

  1. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the Morton Grove Farmers’ Market Winter Market on Feb. 2nd! 9 am – 2 pm at the American Legion Civic Center: 6140 Dempster St, Morton Grove.

    The indoor market will feature over two dozen vendors selling foods, gifts, and decorations for the winter holidays. New this year, we will also provide an upstairs café area for kids’ crafts, live music and entertainment, and prepared food. The downstairs area will offer vendors with baked goods, food and non-food gift items, and much more!

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