Local Calendar 6/26/13 Greens in The City, Night Markets Oh My, Come Grow With The Plant

June 25, 2013 at 9:16 pm

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It is fun to see the progress of the greens growing at the Chicago Lights Growing Power Urban Farm on Chicago Avenue where I have a market share. To think that the farm is less than a half mile away from the John Hancock Building and the Mag Mile is pretty amazing and it’s down the street from Farmhouse Restaurant.

The bounty of the summer markets continues to get better, carrots, cherries, beets, raspberries, and lots of different greens. However, all this great produce won’t stay around forever. A way to extend eating local into the winter months is to preserve and can what you see at the market now. Come to the Green City Market this Saturday to learn how! The GCM Junior Board will host three canning demonstrations this summer featuring some of your favorite chefs. Thanks to a generous sponsorship from Ball Jar, you may also walk away with many of the materials you need to get started! Who better to lead the first one this Saturday at 11am? Chef Paul Virant Canning demos are free of charge and open to the public. Subsequent demonstrations will be on July 27 and August 24.

The Green City Market BBQ is Thursday July 18. 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. This video gives you a glimpse as to what it is about but sorry no smellavision available. 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 really better buy your tickets now!

Our full list of area markets can be found here. There 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 tidbitsFood Day Chicago (Oct. 24) has now moved on to asparagus for their Eat Real Chicago vegetable of the month.  Check out their Facebook page.

The Local Calendar never stops, check out the opening of Plum Market in Old Town today and the new night market in Logan Square today and Argyle St. tomorrow, stop by The Plant on Thursday for their Come Grow With Us event, learn how to can at Chef Paul Virant’s class at the Green City Market on Saturday, and get to the markets!

June 26

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

Chicago – Plum Market Grand Opening 1233 North Wells Old Town’s newest neighborhood grocery destination- 9am The grand opening ceremony includes a celebratory toast, free coffee at the new Intelligentsia until 11am, and free tote bags to the first 500 guests who sign up for a myRewards card.

Chicago - Uncommon Ground Death’s Door Tasting Dinner - 6:30pm 1401 West Devon You will start the night with a lovely reception cocktail then head upstairs to get a unique viewing and tour of America’s First Urban Rooftop Organic Farm. The evening will proceed downstairs 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. When I think of Night Markets I think of Taipei and snakes, monkey brains and eels. Well, now Chicago has its own night markets, tonight in Logan Square and tomorrow on Argyle St. What will be there? There is only one answer, go yourself and check it out!

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 Bruce Sherman North Pond Restaurant 10:30am – 11:30am

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

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

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.  Free Sustainable Agriculture Lecture, given by Lee Greene, Founder of Scrumptious pantry. 1:00pm. All agriculture lectures open to the public, no reservations required

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

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.  Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance 10am  Kendall College 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.

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 Swing by for the canning demo at 10am with Chef Paul Virant. Chef demonstration Bryan Moscatello of Storefront Company.

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.  Intersection of University Place and Oak Ave. (behind Hilton Garden Inn, east of East Railroad Ave.) In 2013, the market 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.

Woodstock - Woodstock Farmers Market Outdoors 9am -12pm

June 30

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

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 5

Chicago - Susan Werner’s HAYSEED Debut at City Winery Chicago 8pm Doors open at 6pm Edible Chicago magazine is giving away TWO FREE TICKETS courtesy of City Winery! Become an Edible Chicago Facebook fan today,  June 28 through July 3 and you could WIN! Drawing will be held July 3 and winner will be announced on Edible Chicago’s Facebook page. If you’re already a Facebook fan, emails them your name for entry at: events@ediblechicago.com. Free copies of the latest Edible Chicago will be available at the concert

July 7

Chicago – Print to The Future – 2-5pm Revolution Brewing 2323 North Milwaukee Is print dead—or just transforming into something new? Join Graze magazine and a panel of media experts to explore the fate of print publishing. Moderator Alison Cuddy, Arts and Culture Reporter, WBEZ Panelists Joe Erbentraut, Editor, Huffington Post  Ed Marszewski, Publisher, Proximity, Lumpen, and Mash Tun, Mara Shalhoup, Editor-in-chief, Chicago Reader Charles Whitaker, Professor, Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University Your ticket includes the two-part discussion, your fill of five of Revolution Brewery’s locally crafted beers, and appetizers.

July 13

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

Chicago – Goose and Fox Sustainable Sushi Dinner - They’ve decided to throw a series of monthly dinners, each one focusing on Locally sourced ingredients and a playful theme. As well as our some great stuff from chef’s garden, produce will be provided by: Nichols Farm, Marengo, Illinois, River Valley Ranch, Burlington Wisconsin, Growing Power, Chicago, Illinois, Jake’s Country Meats, Cassopolis, Illinois, Klug Farms, St. Joseph, Michigan, Prairie Fruits Farm, Champaign, Illinois, Urban Canopy, Chicago, Illinois

 July 18

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

Chicago – Urban Chicken Healthcare Workshop - Sponsored by Angelic Organics 6:30pm – 8:30pm

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 3

Caledonia – Angelic Organics Peak Harvest Dinner – (with transportation from Balena Restaurant in Chicago) – 5-8pm Chef Paul Virant of Vie and Perennial Virant Chris Pandel of The Bristol and Balena Paul Fehribach of Big Jones Jason Hammel of Lula Cafe   Scott Manley of Table, Donkey and Stick Johnny Anderes of Reno and Telegraph Featuring beer & cocktails by New Holland Brewery and cocktails by Koval  -

August 7

Carbondale – Let Me Decide! Public Hearings to Label GE Foods in Illinois 12pm Southern Illinois University

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

Angelic Organics

Edible Evanston

Illinois Stewardship Alliance

The Peterson Garden Project


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