The Local Calendar 6/19/13 Meet the Market, Food Swap, Let Me Decide! Public Hearing

June 19, 2013 at 1:14 pm

We are excited to announce that this month The Local Calendar is sponsored by Vie Restaurant in Western Springs. Vie is the place where Preservation Kitchen was born. Preserving, local, seasonal, artisanal, sustainable ingredients, everything that we love here at The Beet. Chief Beet Rob Gardner elaborates on Vie’s sponsorship here. Thank you Owner/Chef Paul Virant for supporting what we do here at The Beet and we love what comes out of the kitchen at Vie!!

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 Early JewelSnap peasKlug asparagus

In with the new and out with the old. Asparagus is dwindling on the tables but strawberries are beginning to show up in droves. Nichols Farms will have up to 25 varieties before the strawberry season is over. Some of the varietals out now are Early Glow (I wonder how it got that name), Seascape, Cabot and Cavendish. Snap and English peas, lots of greens, a few cherries, the summer harvest has started!

The first of three public hearings to engage the public in the Let Me Decide Labeling of GE Foods debate will take place in Normal, IL at ISU tomorrow. The other 2 hearings are scheduled for August 7th in Carbondale and September 17th in Chicago.

The Green City Market BBQ is Thursday July 18. It always sells out and never fails to have a bit of weather drama, be it rain or heat. One thing is definitely for sure, you will have a chance to see your favorite chef because there is such incredible support for the event from the Chicago restaurant community and you will not go home hungry. The Chicago Gourmet Festival, the weekend in September (9/27/-9/29) where Chicago is Ground Zero for the culinary world in the US and abroad has already sold out its early bird tickets. You had better buy your tickets now.

Chief Beet Rob Gardner gives you an updated rundown on what is season. Our full list of area markets can be found here. If you are interested in finding out even more about what is in season, there really are some well written, highly informative market letters and farmers blogs you can access. A few include Terra Brockman’s commentary every week from Brockman Family Farms, Connie Spreen’s weekly market letter for the 61st Market, Farmer Vicky of Genesis Farms is now blogging and Prairie Fruit Farms has a monthly newsletter filled with all sorts of cheesy tidbits! Food Day Chicago (Oct. 24) has now moved on to asparagus for their Eat Real Chicago vegetable of the month.  Check out their Facebook page and “like” it while you are there!

The Local Calendar never stops, a lot going on this week including Green City Markets “Meet The Market” event at Table, Donkey and Stick on Thursday, Growing Power’s Summer Solstice BBQ on Friday and the monthly Chicago Food Swap at Gallery 1028 on Sunday.

June 19

Andersonville- Andersonville Farmers Market opens 3-8pm (6/5-9/4) On Berwyn between Clark and Ashland

Chicago – BioCheers! 6pm  Millennium Park Jay Pritzker Pavilion. Music by Pink Martini as part of the Grant Park Music Festival.Meet at the southeast corner of the lawn. Look for our sign.

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

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.

June 20

Chicago - Meet The Market at Table, Donkey and Stick 6-8pm 2728 West Armitage Free admission. Proceeds from cocktail sales will be donated to Green City Market’s youth education programs: Club Sprouts and The Edible Gardens.

Chicago - Taste of the Great Lakes - 6-9pm Columbia Yacht Club The annual fundraiser for the Alliance For the Great Lakes Tickets

Chicago - Eli’s Cheesecake & Wright College’s Farmer Markets  7am!  Fresh fruits and vegetables from Nichol’s Farm and the Chicago High School of Agricultural Sciences, as well as hand crafts, flowers, and more will be available for purchase. FREE Continental Breakfast from 7am – 9am with $5 market purchase. Lunch on the Grill will be served from 11am – 1pm. For more details, contact Kathy at or call (773) 308- 7000.

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

Normal – Let Me Decide! Public Hearings 10am – 12pm Bone Student Center ISU The Illinois Senate is hosting 3 hearings where defenders of our right to know will take the stage against GMO labeling opponents. The outcome of these hearings will determine whether Genetically Engineered foods are labeled in Illinois.

June 21

Chicago - Growing Power Summer Solstice BBQ - 5-8pm  Growing Power Chicago 3333 S. Iron Street Come celebrate the beginning of Summer! Growing Power Chicago has a lot to celebrate this season — 11 years of growing delicious produce in Chicago, their two year anniversary at Iron Street, and the launch of the City wide Farmers for Chicago Program at their new South Chicago Farm. Join them to eat scrumptious BBQ, drink local brew and lemonade, and come hang out with the GP Chicago Crew. For our vegan and vegetarian friends, don’t fret! We believe in equal opportunity BBQ — they’ve  got you covered. $25 PLEASE RSVP by calling 773.376.8882

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 22

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

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.

Morton Grove - Morton Grove Farmers Market opens!! (6/8-10/19) 8am – 12pm  - 6210 Dempster St

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.

Stelle – Mint Creek Farm Tour and Dinner with guest chef Mark Lake

Woodstock - Woodstock Farmers Market Outdoors 9am -12pm

June 23

Chicago - Chicago Food Swap  2:30 Gallery 1028 1028 North Hooker St. Check out their Facebook page for all the details.

Chicago - Glenwood Sunday Outdoor Market It is the 4th anniversary for the market and runs 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

June 25

Chicago - The Stew Supper Club presents “A Smoked Supper”  7pm $45 Unfortunately this is Sold Out!


June 26

Chicago – Uncommon Ground Death’s Door Tasting Dinner – 6:30pm 1401 West Devon You will start the night with a lovely reception cocktail that embodies the late spring aromas and flavors, heading upstairs to get a unique viewing and tour of America’s First Urban Rooftop Organic Farm. After you quench your mind with knowledge and view the splendor of the day’s harvest, you will head downstairs to their classic 1920′s style bar. The evening will proceed with a 3 course meal designed by Executive Chef Evan Rondeau focusing on spring bounty from local and organic farms. Each course will be complimented by a craft cocktail created by their team of mixologists.

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

June 27

Chicago - Come Grow With Us At The Plant -  6:00pm-9:00pm The Plant 1400 West 46th Street Proceeds from the event will support its mission to promote closed-loop food production and sustainable economic development through education and research. The event will also include: a casual meal by Pleasant House Bakery, with ingredients grown on-site, guided tours of the facilities, discussions with their fantastic growers, shared remarks from founder and Executive Director John Edel. Advance tickets are available for $75 each or $90 at the door.

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 - Let’s Get Canned: A Honey History of Preserving.  Sherry Brooks Vinton
author of Put ‘em Up! Fruit  will discuss the history of home canning and share a number of tips on today’s best practices for putting away seasonal foods.

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.

June 30

Rochester – Illinois Stewardship Alliance - Summer Shindig Veenstra’s Vegetables – 2-5pm 6130 New City Road - The afternoon will be filled with great company, delicious food and drink from local producers and chefs and some awesome music from local Springfield band Square of the Root. We even have our own custom cocktail for the event, comprised of Absolute Hibiscus Vodka, strawberry syrup, lemon juice, cranberry juice and rose water.

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 21

Stelle – Mint Creek Brunch and Farm Tour with Guest Chef Victor Morenz of Home Bistro.

July 27

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

August 10

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

Stelle - Mint Creek Farm Tour and Dinner with the Ritz-Carlton’s Mark Payne

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

September 27-29

Chicago Gourmet - A celebration of food and wine. Chicago becomes Ground Zero for the culinary world during this weekend. This will sell out.


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. 

 Area resources for local food initiatives, workshop, classes:

Advocates for Urban Agriculture

Edible Evanston

Illinois Stewardship Alliance

The Peterson Garden Project


 This Week’s Local Calendar sponsored by Vie Restaurnt

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