Local Calendar 5/29/13 Grilling Season Has Begun and GMO Labeling Campaign Heats Up!

May 29, 2013 at 8:58 am


Chef Heather Terhune of Sable Kitchen & Bar gave the demo last Wednesday at the Green City Market. She made ricotta and rhubard chutney, chamomile flowers crostini. Yet again, a chef showed how easy it is to cook with ingredients that you buy from the market and how really tasty the end product is. The Wednesday chef demos are such a great opportunity to pick up cooking tidbits that can up your game in the kitchen and a way to get to know the chefs at some of the top restaurants in the city and a really easy forum to ask any kind of  ”stupid question”you may have. Chef Rick Bayless is giving the demo today! Green City BBQ, July 18, tickets are on sale now.

It is never too late to take a produce share at the Green Grocer Chicago. If you just don’t have the time to scour the markets or just want a steady supply of local produce, the Green Grocer makes it easy for you by gathering a wide variety of organic produce sourced from different farmers and all you do is take 5 minutes to pick it up!

Last Saturday, there was a worldwide March Against Monsanto, including here in Chicago.  Here is a video showing events that took place all over the world. The Huffington Post covered it here.  The momentum for clean, GMO free food is building!!You can support Illinois The Right To Know campaign and The Just Label It Campaign. Concerned about how to tell whether what you are buying at the store is GMO free or not? Well, there now is an app for that! Wenonah Hauter, the Executive Director of Food and Water Watch, will be at The Book Cellar, June 9th, signing copies of her book, Foodopoly.

Finally, the Rhizome Alliance needs your help in funding a project, Rooting: Regional Networks, Global Concerns, a symposium highlighting emerging programs and projects around food by artists, cultural workers, radical chefs, rural and urban farmers, and small businesses they want to hold here in October. The program spotlights creative responses to the extreme environmental, social and economic changes facing local and global communities with a focus on the Chicago region and New Delhi, India. They need to raise $12,000 by June 14 to cover airfare, speaker fees, documentation and administrative costs for the symposium. If you can support this project with a donation, in any capacity, they can make this idea a reality!  To donate and learn more, click here

Our full list of area markets can be found here (and remember this list will only get bigger) Food Day Chicago (Oct. 24) is celebrating the onion and the many benefits of the allium family for the month of May as part of their Eat Real Chicago campaign. If you check out their Facebook page and “like” a post or their page you stand a chance to win a “grillion” this week, supplied by the National Onion Association, the contest ends Friday at noon, right in time for grilling season.

Now on to the busy week ahead including, of course, the many markets that have opened, a canning class on Saturday at The Experimental Station  and the last day to buy seedlings from The Talking Farm at their Howard Street Farm is this weekend.


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.

Publican Quality Meats – 835 W. Fulton, Chicago

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

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


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

Skokie- Last weekend- Seedling Sales The Talkng Farms’s Howard Street Farm - 10am – 2pm 3701 Howard St.  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 29

Andersonville- C & D Family Farms delivers 4-7pm

Chicago – Edible Alchemy Foods All Co-op Meeting – 5:30 pm ECO 2042 W. 21st Potluck

Chicago - Wednesdays at Wood Street - Growing Home Wood Street Farm Stand 11am – 4pm 5814 S. Wood St.

Chicago - Green City Market Lincoln Park Location 7am – 1pm Chef demonstration 10:30am – 11:30am Rick Bayless, Frontera Grill, XOCO, Topolobampo.

Chicago - Advocates for Urban Agriculture Steering Committee Meeting – 4:00-6:00PM Openlands  25 East Washington Street, Suite 1650  Open to all

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 30

Chicago - Daley Center Farmers Market - Market will run May 16th through October 31. There are now microgreens and wheat grass sold by Alex Poltorak of The Urban Canopy and Seasons Soda is there as well!

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

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

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

Chicago 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. They also match LINK purchases up to $25 per cardholder, per market day, as long as funding lasts.

Chicago Green City Market Lincoln Park 7am – 1pm 10:30am Chef demonstration Sean Sanders Browntrout

Chicago - Iron Street Farm Stand - 9am – 3pm 3333 S. Iron St.

Evanston - Downtown Evanston Farmers Market - This market will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. every Saturday 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.

Glencoe – World Environment Day at The Chicago Botanic Garden Support your planet, a day to take action,

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

Oak Park - 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.

Oak Park – Uncork Illinois Wine Fest - 1-9pm

Woodstock - Woodstock Farmers Market Outdoors 9am -12pm

June 2

Chicago - ”Putting Up with Emily: An Intro to Canning” 4:30-6:30pm Experimental Station 6100 S. Blackstone Avenue This is a hands-on class. You’ll get a jar of jam and one of pickles, made in the class. Cost is $25 per person, but you can bring a child for $15.  Children, under 14 years old, must also be accompanied by a paying adult. Please pay in advance to reserve your spot, as space is limited. Email Emily to reserve at ingramsjb@gmail.com

Chicago – Glenwood Sunday Outdoor Market opens! – It is the 4th anniversary for the Glenwood Sunday Outdoor market and they have a very loyal customer base! June 2, 2013 and run until October 27, 2013.  The Outdoor Market is located Glenwood Avenue on the west side of the CTA Red Line between Morse and Lunt Avenues in Rogers Park. Hours are 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Sundays

Chicago - Logan Square Outdoor Market 10am–3pm Logan Blvd between Whipple and Milwaukee Ave; May 19–Oct 27

Chicago – Pilsen Community Market -9am–3pm  1800 S Halsted St Chicago Community Bank parking lot

Chicago  - Portage Park Farmers’ Market 10am – 2pm Portage Park, Berteau and Central Aves; June 2, 16, 30; July 21; Aug 4, 18; Sept 15, 29; Oct 6


June 7-8

Makanda, IL – Giant City Urban Wild Mushroom Foray - The 2013 Wild Mushroom Foray will be hosted at Southern Illinois University’s Touch of Nature Environmental Center adjacent to Giant City State Park in Makanda, Illinois.This free event is open to beginners and anyone out there who wants to enjoy a day in the woods exploring for summer mushrooms. Early registration is encouraged. There’ll be programs for all ages with hands-on opportunities to forage from experts while learning how to identify

June 8

Chicago - Midnight Sun Farm Tour and Picnic hosted by The Sugar Beet Coop 10am – 2pm Midnight Sun Farm is just an hour away from Oak Park and is excited to host The Sugar Beet Co-op for a farm tour and catered picnic lunch. We will start the day by exploring the 5-acre organic vegetable farm that is also home to chickens, turkeys, pigs and goats. After a guided hayride tour by farmer Nick Choate-Batchelder, we will feast on a delicious farm picnic catered by Crème Crafted Parties & Events.

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 9

Chicago - No Kid Hungry No Dessert Left Behind - Little Goat 820 West Randolph 2nd floor Come support Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign . There will be patio seating and full bar along with baked goods from Chicago’s finest pastry talent. A portion of all drink sales will go directly to the charity as well.

June 11

Chicago - Food Day Chicago – All hands meeting – Everyone welcome who is interested in learning more about planning an event for day, events to participate in and find out more about the Eat Real Chicago campaign. 10:00-11:30am 233 N. Michigan Ave. 13th Floor Conference Room RSVP Required! Please RSVP to FoodDayChicago@gmail.com

June 12

Chicago - Meet Wenonah Hauter Executive Director Food And Water Watch -7pm  The Book Cellar 4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave (Near the Western- Brown Line stop) Come to the Book Cellar in Chicago to meet Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter as she reads from her new book, “Foodopoly” and discusses current campaigns in Illinois!

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 21

Chicago – CigarBQue –  6:30 – 9:30 pm Beyond Design 4515 North Ravenswood Avenue Join chefs, Rick Gresh, Cleetus Friedman and Giuseppe Tentori for an intimate evening of fine cigars, food prepared by some of the country’s best chefs, beer, wine and cocktails by master mixologists. This is an outdoor smoking event; there is no designated non-smoking area. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Cigar Family Charity Foundation$150 per person

June 26

Chicago - Logan Square Night Market kicks off today – Palmer and Kedzie in Palmer Park 5pm – 9pm weekly through September 4th.

June 27

Chicago - Argyle Night Market kicks off today – Argyle and Broadway 5pm – 9pm weekly through September 5th

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

Chicago – 2013 Hunger Walk  7am Care for Real at Soldier Field as we fight hunger by participating in the Greater Chicago Food Depository’s (GCFD) 28th Annual Hunger Walk. The walk steps off at 8:30 on the 29th and is a 5K (3.1 Mile) from Soldier Field to 31st street and back. The event is important to Care for Real as the funds are a vital part of our efforts to provide food to the thousands who turn to us in a time of need.

July 13

Champaign -  Prairie Fruit Farms - – Big Grove Tavern “Local Comfort Farm” SOLD OUT

July 18

Chicago – The Locavore’s Real Taste of Chicago - The Green City Market BBQ Tickets on sale now!

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 who is having their spring gath  WeFarmAmerica has tons of weekly events and The Peterson Garden Project  has lots of information for the urban gardener.

July 27

Champaign - Prairie Fruit Farms - “Greek Feast” SOLD OUT

August 10

Champaign - Prairie Fruit Farms - Jared Van Camp “Downstate Reunion” SOLD OUT

August 14

Chicago - Taste of the Nation – Returning for the third time to the historic Grand Ballroom and east lakeside plaza on Chicago’s Navy Pier! Join event chair R.J. Melman (Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises) and nearly 100 of Chicago’s most innovative and renowned chefs and mixologists as we gather together to end childhood hunger in Illinois and America.

August 24

Champaign - Prairie Fruit Farms – “Fiesta Mexicana” SOLD OUT





  1. Emily Ingram says:

    I’m the one teaching the canning class on June 2nd. Here’s a link to the facebook event, since the one you have doesn’t go anywhere: https://www.facebook.com/events/574887085878620/


  2. Jeannie Boutelle says:

    Thanks for the catch! Thought I had linked it correctly, it should work now. Happy that you are reading the Beet! Appreciate the info!!! JB

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