The Local Calendar 1/23/13 The Greens Are Back!!!

January 23, 2013 at 10:39 am

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!


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 Check out their produce share January 9th through May 4th. You can still subscribe even though the share has started already.

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

January 23

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.

January 24

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 - The Publican – Hundred Horse Release Dinner  5:30pm – 10:30pm $65 reservations are by telephone only at 312-733-9555

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.

January 26

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

Chicago - The Red Meat Market presents “The Whole Hog – Butcher Breakdown Class” Centered Chef Studios 177 North Ada St. 2 sessions 10am – 1pm 3pm – 6pm $150/class

 Elgin - Winter Market at Habitat for Humanity ReStore Elgin - 800 North State St. 9am – 3pm (thru May) Their mantra is “Keepin It Local1″ As such, their intention has always been to supply the local community with local products and crafts.

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.

January 27

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

January 28

Chicago - Choucroute Garnie at Floriole with Butcher and Larder - Monthy dinner $45 does not include tax/gratuity 1220 West Webster 7pm

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

New!! Chicago - CSA Night in NorthCenter hosted by Beguyle BrewingTomato Mountain, and Northcenter Neighborhood Association. 7-9pm 1800 West Cuyler More than 15 CSAs will be participating!!


February 1-2

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

February 3

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.

February 5

Chicago - Publican Quality Meats - 7pm Sean O’Keefe Chateau Grand Traverse Midwestern Wine Dinner $75 plus tax and gratuity

February 8

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

February 9

Chicago – A Cider Summit – At Navy Pier 11am – 7pm Over 60 Artisanal Hard Ciders Buy tickets here $20

Common Threads World Festival March 4

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!