The Local Calendar 1/23/13 The Greens Are Back!!!
Very definitely, the early buyer gets the greens! By the time I got to the Green City Market on Saturday morning, some of the producers, like Randy Roberts of Majestic Nursery, had sold out of his greens already. Nichols Farm which has upgraded their storage facilities to maximize the moisture in their vegetables had plenty of root vegetables on their tables, brussel sprouts, beets, radishes to name a few. Wheat grass is back as well, grown by Chicago Indoor Garden. I had to include the picture of smoked whitefish salad in the case at Dirk’s Fish, as I much as the local calendar tends to focus on farmers markets, you can’t forget the other local options available for foods like fish.
We try to keep up on events but miss some, some sites to check out for further detail on sustainable food/urban ag are the Illinois Stewardship Alliance out of Springfield and the Advocates for Urban Agriculture here in Chicago. Now on to the week ahead including The Chicagoist’s Benton House “Ramova Room” Soup Kitchen event on Thursday, Alex Poltorak of the AUA, has been posting each day more of the music, demos and workshops going on at the Young Aggies Gathering Saturday at Benton House, and 60 days until “ramp season” starts!
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
Marion Street Cheese Market 100 South Marion St. Oak Park
Publican Quality Meats – 835 W. Fulton, Chicago
Standard Market – 333 East Ogden Ave., Westmont
Chicago - Wine Wednesdays at Province Restaurant - Seasonal farm to table tasting menu 161 N. Jefferson
Chicago - Soup and Bread at The Hideout - 1354 W. Wabansia 5:30pm -8pm Theme “The ocean” Bread from PQM and La Farine.Pay-what-you-can donations benefit a range of Chicago-area food pantries and hunger relief agencies; to date we have raised more than $30,000.
Chicago - C & D Family Farms Hyde Park 7am – 10am 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.
New!! Chicago - The Chicagoist presents Benton House Ramova Room” Soup Kitchen” 6-9pm 3052 S. Gratten St. They managed to put together an amazing lineup of chefs who grew up, live or work in the neighborhood. Mark Mendez (Vera) grew up in Bridgeport. Kevin Hickey (Allium) actually attended pre-school at Benton House and still lives in the neighborhood. Pleasant House Bakery’s Art Jackson readily said yes, as did Jay Sebastien and Carrie Clark of Bridgeport Pasty Co. Maureen Sullivan got Zaytune Mediterranean Grill’s Daniel Sarkis to participate. Even though Nightwood is in Pilsen, it’s close enough to Bridgeport that they got Jason Vincent to come aboard. All proceeds benefit the Benton House food pantry. Suggested donation is $10
Chicago - First Bites Bash 2013: Official Kickoff to Chicago Restaurants Week 6-9pm Union Station First Bites Bash is the official kick-off event for Chicago Restaurant Week, produced by Choose Chicago. Dirk Flanigan, Executive Chef of Henri and The Gage will host this year’s event, from which a portion of the proceeds will benefit Bear NecessitiesPediatric Cancer Foundation.
Chicago – Green City Market at The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum 8:30- 1pm 2430 North Cannon Drive The market runs indoors through April 27th
Chicago - C & D Family Farms 8:30am – 10:30am Northcenter On Belle Plaine off Lincoln across from the CVS 11:30am – 1:30pm Division St. at Clark
Chicago - Young Aggies Gathering 12pm – 10pm Benton House - 3054 S. Gratten Ave What do you think about these Workshops? Raw Vegan “Cooking” Make your own Kombucha, Yogurt, & Kefir How to can your own fruits/veggies, Make a Mushroom kit, Start your own garden (kid friendly) Want to share in one of these Skillshares? Pick up pointers on basic winter bike maintenance Composting basics Thai Massage Share in some Yoga
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 C & D Family Farms will be there.
La Fox – Heritage Prairie Saturday Farmer’s Market 9am – 1pm 2N308 Brundige Road
Park Ridge – Faith In Place Indoor Winter Farmers Market at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church 9am -1pm 205 N Prospect Ave.
Beverly - C & D Family Farm 8:30am – 10:30am In the parking lot at 95th and Longwood
Chicago – Andersonville C & D Family Farm 9am – 12pm St. Gregory parking lot on Ashland across from Jewel
Chicago - Winter Farm and Wine Dinner West Town Tavern 1329 West Chicago Ave. 6pm Join them for a warming mid-winter celebration of food and wine featuring meats, cheeses and produce from our local, Heartland bounty. Tickets are $79.00 per person including tax and gratuity. Purchase tickets by calling 312-666-6175.
Chicago – 2013 Chicago Farmers Market Forum - Co-hosted by the Green City Market – Kendall College 10am – 4pm Market managers, volunteers, and vendors are encouraged to attend this information-packed forum.Expert panel discussion topics will include: Facilitating EBT, WIC and SFMNP acceptance and improving redemption at your market, Demystifying Health Department Regulations and the Cottage Food Law, Producer- Only Standards and Market Rule Enforcement $20
SAVE THE DATE
Chicago - Growing and Marketing Asian Medicinal Herbs - Pioneers in Ecological Medicine(PEM) Co-sponsored by The Land Connection A 2-day workshop open to farmers interested in diversifying their business with specialty crops. The workshop will introduce growers to the basic strategies of producing domestic East Asian medicinal herbs. 9am-6pm Jane Addams Hull House
Chicago - Farmacopeia - Purchase your tickets online today at the early bird rate. Invite your loved ones to be there too to celebrate and support the farmers who will be the pioneers in Midwestern cultivation of Chinese medicinal plants! 3-6pm Jane Addams Hull House Museum
Morton Grove - Winter Farmers Market - 9 am – 2 pm right next door to our regular season site, at the Morton Grove American Legion Civic Center (6140 Dempster St.) These indoor markets will feature over two dozen vendors selling foods, gifts, and decorations for the winter holidays.
New!! Chicago - Tickled Pink for Bright Pink - The dynamic group at Tickled Pink are behind this event where proceeds support Bright Pink’s breast and ovarian cancer prevention and early detection programs for young women. 7-12pm River East Arts Center 435 East Illinois
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!