Local Calendar 5/1/13 Green City Outdoor Downtown Evanston Markets Open Saturday

May 1, 2013 at 8:47 am

Get ready for plenty of green on the tables at the outdoor markets! Green City Market opens this Saturday at their spring/summer location, on the southern end of Lincoln Park across from the Hotel Lincoln. The Downtown Evanston Market opens as well. Due to the cold weather, the spring produce will arrive later than last year on the farmers’ tables. Soon though, spring onions, green garlic and asparagus will be plentiful. Wondering what is in season? Chief Beet Rob Gardner elaborates on it and gives his advice on how to shop at a farmers market. Food Day Chicago (Oct. 24) is celebrating the onion and its many benefits for the month of May on their facebook page (“like” it while you are there), check it for some health tidbits, recipes and onion trivia.

Cosmo Goss of The Publican was the winner of Cochon 555 on Sunday and had a bountiful display of their charcuterie. Fellow Beet Matt Kirouac details all the porky fun! Goss used a Hampshire Hog from Faith’s Farm in Bonview, IL and thank you Faith for the REAL bacon lip balm that I found in my bag the next day!! Cochon was a celebration of heritage animals and the chefs went out all in displaying their enthusiasm for the event including Ryan Poli of Tavernita and Little Market Brasserie who dressed like the Pork Avenger!

This past weekend was truly a trifecta of artisanal events, Whisky Fest, the Pastoral Farmstead Cheese Artisan Fest and then Cochon 555. Now it is time to get ready for the outdoors!!!

Our friend Dave Nells of Sharpening By Dave is at the Green City Market and other locations throughout Chicagoland. His schedule is here. If you want to eat local, you need to have sharp knives to prepare all the produce!!  Let Dave know that you read about him in the Local Beet and you will get one dollar off each knife sharpened!!!

Farm dinners are starting earlier this year.  We have listed dinners with some of the leading sustainable farmers in the area, Mint Creek FarmPrairie Fruit Farms and Slagel Family Farms. The dinners book up pretty quickly so time to get a-scheduling! We have all the details and dates. If you would like to add a farm dinner to our calendar, leave the info in the comments below!

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 (get their policy updates here) out of Springfield and the Advocates for Urban Agriculture here in Chicago as well as WeFarmAmerica which has tons of weekly events.  The Peterson Garden Project (Annual Plant Sale & Bake Sale 5/10-5/12) has lots of information for the urban gardener.  Now on to the busy week ahead!!!


These stores specialize in local foods:

Artisanal Wilmette – 414 Linden Ave. Wilmette

Butcher and Larder 1026 North Milwaukee in Noble Square, 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 Watch this fantastic video about GMOs, sourcing local and see what you are missing if you don’t shop at the GG.

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. 4/24 Cheese and Wine Pairing Class in the Barrel Room at City Winery, details here.

Publican Quality Meats – 835 W. Fulton, Chicago

Sauce and Bread Kitchen - 6338-40 N. Clark, Chicago

Standard Market – 333 East Ogden Ave., Westmont Be sure to say hi to Rockstar Butcher Joe Parajecki!!!



Food The Nature of Eating Exhibit continues at The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

The Food Revolution Summit Broadcasting 4/27 – 5/5 Go to link to hear broadcasts

Skokie- Seedling Sales Start – Howard Street Farm – 10am – 2pm 3701 Howard St. (April 20th – June 1st)  Cool Weather seedlings: spinach, swiss chard, peas, bok choy, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, cabbage, collards, seed potatoes Warm Weather seedlings: (beginning May 11th)tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, cucumber, zucchini, melon, basil, and cilantro Associate Beet Editor Wendy Aeschlimann elaborates on it.

May 1

Andersonville - C & D Family Farms delivers 4-7pm Ashland at Berywn

Chicago - Inaugural “Friends of the Illinois Local Food Farms Jobs Council” planning meeting Wed. May 1 3:00-4:30pm  Bilandic Building; Room N505, 5th floor; 160 N. LaSalle St. will initiate a metro Chicago dialogue about creating a comprehensive legislative initiative to accelerate the growth of local food economies statewide.

Chicago – Wine Wednesdays at Province – Seasonal farm to table 5 course tasting menu with pairings $49 159 North Jefferson A Gold level LEED certified restaurant with 3 stars from the Green Restaurant Association.

May 2

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 This is an appropriate day to stock up on Spark of the Heart Soups

Chicago – The Fourth Annual Little City Food Frenzy Kendall College 6-9pm All proceeds benefit Little City’s ChildBridge Center for Children & Families, providing specialized adoption and home-based services for individuals with disabilities.

Hyde Park - C & D Family Farm delivers 7-11am Harold Washington Park

Lincoln Square – C & D Family Farm delivers 4-7pm Lincoln & Leland

May 3

Chicago - The Chicago Reader’s Key Ingredient Cook-Off  - Join Chicago’s most celebrated chefs for an evening of exemplary and unusual culinary concoctions at their first annual Key Ingredient Cook-Off. Inspired by the Reader‘s James Beard Award-winning series, the Key Ingredient Cook-Off will see 26 chefs (from the likes of BalenaBlackbirdEl IdeasSproutNellcoteTrenchermen, and more) go head-to-head using one of five ingredients—all originally chosen by chefs participating in their Key Ingredient series.  7-10 PM | Bridgeport Art Center | $65-$100

May 4

**** Chicago - Opening Day of the Green City Market in it’s outdoor location – Lincoln Park 7am – 1pm 9:30am Jeanne Pinsoff Nolan of The Edible Gardens gives Container Gardening Tips!! 10:30am Chef demonstration Shelley Young of The Chopping Block and 11:30am Andrew Hroza Goose Island Clybourn

Chicago - Bull Breakdown Class & Tasting 10am – 1pm Red Meat Market 10am – 1pm Cut, Cook & Carry Toro, Toro, Toro hosted by Centered Chef Studios.

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 - Opening Day of the Downtown Evanston Farmers Market - This market will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. every Saturday from May 4 through November 2. Location: Intersection of University Place and Oak Ave. (behind Hilton Garden Inn, east of East Railroad Ave.) In 2013, the market will celebrate its 38th year.

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

**** Woodstock - Opening Day of the Woodstock Farmers Market Outdoors 9am -12pm

May 5

Chicago – Woo hoo! The Sunday BBQ  series starts at Publican Quality Meats Carriage House starts it off!!

Oak Park - Austin Gardes Urban Foraging - 4-6PM 167 Forest Ave., Oak Park professional urban forager Nance Klehm will lead an edible plant foraging expedition. David Hammond elaborates on it here on The Beet.

May 7

Chicago - 11th Annual Growing Home Benefit 6pm Salvage One 1840 West Hubbard Chef Tony Priolo of Piccolo Sogno and Food For Thought Order tickets online here...


May 10,11,12

Chicago - Peterson Garden Project Plant Sale & Bake Sale Fundraiser - 10am – 4pm  Peterson Garden Project Learning Center 4642 N. Francisco Items for sale will include herb and vegetable seedlings, basic gardening supplies, seeds and tasty baked goods from renowned Chicago pastry chefs. There is no cost for admission, and all proceeds benefit Peterson Garden Project learning programs. Peterson Garden Project is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization.

May 11

Chicago Opening Day of the 61st Farmers Market -  9am – 2pm During the outdoor season, which lasts through the end of October, the Market is located on 61st Street between Dorchester and Blackstone Avenues. The 61st Street Farmers Market accepts LINK and Senior Farmers Market Coupons. We also match LINK purchases up to $25 per cardholder, per market day, as long as funding lasts. This means that LINK cardholders can double the value of their LINK purchases each week at the Market. The Market goes Indoors on: November 2

Chicago- Empty Bottle Farmers Market - The Empty Bottle 12-5pm 1035 N. Western Ave. Just in time for Mother’s Day! Buy mom a locally-sourced food gifts from our vendors, including coffee, tea, chocolates, pastries, sauces, soup, and more!

Chicago – Bee Keeping Class Chicago Honey Coop Christy Webber Landscapes 10am – 3pm

Morton Grove - Morton Grove Spring Market  Saturdays, 8 am – 12 noon 6210 Dempster St  The summer markets will run every Saturday from 6/8/2013  – 10/19/2013

FD!! Stelle- Mother’s Day Eve and Farm Tour - Mint Creek Farm BYOB $60 3pm Meet-up at The Greenhouse Bed & Breakfast 3606 N. 1700 E. Rd. For more information contact Julie at Jlarsen@mintcreekfarm.com

May 12

Chicago – Chicago Food Swap – 3pm Host: The Scrumptious Pantry 3230 W. Fullerton Ave. in ChicagoRegistration: http://maychifoodswap.eventbrite.com/ Please email chicagofoodswap at gmail.com if you’d like more information or become a fan on Facebook.

Chicago – DOSE Market River East Arts Center

May 16-26

Chicago – 10 day celebration Chicago Craft Beer Week

May 16

Chicago - Opening Day of the Daley Center Farmers Market - Market will run May 16th through October 31.

Chicago – A Chef’s Playground - Terzo Piano – At the Art Institute A fundraiser for the Academy for Global Citizenship 6-9pm Purchase tickets here $225

May 17

Food Revolution Day 

Chicago - Half Acre Brewery Anniversary Party - Hee hee!! Stay tuned!

May 18

FD!! Champaign - Celebrate Spring! Prairie Fruit Farms 4pm 4410 North Lincoln Ave. This is their first dinner of the 2013 season.  Expect an explosion of spring flavors such as Caveny Farm Katadin lamb, ramps (wild leeks), spring greens, sweet turnips, asparagus, rhubarb and strawberries. Purchase tickets here.  $92

Fairbury - Slagel Family Farm First Farm Dinner of the Season! Transportation included from Chicago to the farm and back. $125 BYOB The dinner will be prepared and served by Guest Chef Nicole Pederson of Found Kitchen and Guest Chef John Asbaty of Panozzo’s. Please BYOB, lemonade and water will be provided and of course includes a tour of the farm, butchering class on sustainable meat practices and lots of food!!

***** Oak Park - Opening Day of the Oak Park Farmers Market - The market will run every Saturday through 10/26/13 7am – 1pm Pilgrim Church, right next door to where the market is held, offers fresh warm donuts, juice and coffee, with live bluegrass music nearby. The Oak Park Farmers’ Market is located at 460 Lake St., just one block west of Ridgeland Avenue.

May 19

Chicago - Opening Day of the Logan Square Outdoor Market

May 20

Chicago - Big Jones Trash Fish Dinner(Grubstreet Chicago) –  Paul Fehribach of Big Jones is joining with Chefs CollaborativeFortune Fish and Gourmet and nine other chefs to put on a dinner showing how these trash fish— from smelt to dogfish to speckled trout— can be used in a sustainable, tasty meal. Tickets $125

May 25

FD!! Champaign, Il - Prairie Fruit Farms  – Sunday Dinner Club “For their Love of Chicken“ The Sunday Dinner Club Crew is back, and they will be frying up lots of local fried chicken at the farm!  Josh and Christine are joining us early this season, because they are getting ready to open a new restaurant in Chicago, come get a sneak peak of foods from their new venture, “Honey Butter Fried Chicken” $70

June 1

Champaign, Il -  Prairie Fruit Farms - Virant’s Can Can - 4pm What better way to celebrate the beginning of summer than with some fantastic preserves and incredible food! All of this will be brought to you by Paul Virant! A seasoned veteran in the wide world of preserving, pickling, and canning, Paul follows his Perennial Virant philosophy to a tee – “eat what you can – can what you can’t.” $107

June 8

Chicago/Fairbury - Slagel Family Farm Tour & Dinner Event with The Publican! 2:30pm  The dinner will be prepared and served by Guest Chef Brian Huston of The Publican. Please BYOB, lemonade and water will be provided. Bus transportation from Chicago will be provided, when purchasing your ticket please select if you would like that option. The Bus will pick everyone up at 837 W Fulton Market Chicago, IL 60607 at 12:00 noon on June 8th. Children are welcome as long as they have parent supervision. $125June 13

Chicago –   Eli’s Cheesecake & Wright College Farmer’s Market Grand Opening Fresh fruits and vegetables from Nichol’s Farm and the Chicago High School of Agricultural Sciences, hand crafts,flowers & more Continental Breakfast Lunch on the grill will be offered each Thursdaybased on what’s in season!

June 15

Chicago – Mash Tun Festival - The festival is a celebration of the release of Mash Tun: A Craft Beer Journal issue #3. The Mash Tun is a publication put out by your buddies at Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar and The Public Media Institute, a non profit arts and culture organization based in Bridgeport.

FD!! Champaign, IL -  Prairie Fruit Farms  City Pub in the Country 4pm Bar Pastoral is a new cheese and wine bistro adjacent to the original Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread, and Wine Shop in Chicago. Chef Chrissy will be showcasing her love of cheese, charcuterie, pickles, and other local ingredients. $107

June 29

Champaign, Il – -  Prairie Fruit Farms Summer Vegetarian 4pm Thad Morrow, chef/owner of Bacaro, Champaign is back for another season. He will be making the trek from Bacaro, in downtown Champaign, across town and out into the country! His SUV will be packed with lots of early summer vegetables. $107