The Local Calendar 7/31/13 Public Hearings to Label GE Foods Carbondale 8/7, Country Chef Challenge at Daley Plaza Thurs., Food Swap Sunday

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Posted: July 31, 2013 at 10:16 am

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Sometimes as much as I want to go to the Green City Market on a Saturday, other errands, tasks, responsibilities take precedent and the 1pm hour arrives and I am still at work and alas, the market has closed. This Saturday I scrambled and got there at 12:50 but was rewarded by seeing Orianna, who herself, has not made it to the market for quite sometime, of Orianna’s Orchard & Nursery. Orianna is known for her asian pears. However, she grows lesser known fruits that are worthy of attention as well. On her table were Doyenne D’Ete, a pear varietal that has been cultivated since the 1700′s. I went home with a paper bag full of these juicy, early ripening pears. Today, sought after, Chef Stephanie Izard is giving the chef demo at the market at 10:30am. You had better get there early if you want to get a seat!

The Talking Farm in Evanston continues to grow it farms and programs. Want to become a certified urban farm hand? The Talking Farm now has a program where you can join to do just that!

The next public hearing to discuss labeling GE foods in Illinois is August 7th in Carbondale. The outcome of these hearings will determine whether Genetically Engineered foods are labeled in Illinois. This is your chance to show Illinois law-makers that you urgently demand transparent food labeling!

There are some well written, highly informative market letters, a few include Terra Brockman’s weekly commentary from Brockman Family Farms, Connie Spreen’s weekly market letter, her recent post is on “Why A Farmers Market Is Better Than A Supermarket”  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(their last 4 farm dinners of the year went on sale today, they sell out quickly!) Food Day Chicago (Oct. 24) has now moved on to tomatoes for their Eat Real Chicago produce of the month. The deadline for applications to participate in the collective Food Day event at Daley Plaza is August 15th.

Jeanne Nolan, the founder of the Edible Gardens which we love, has a fabulous new book out, From The Ground Up, A Food Grower’s Education in Life, Love and The Movement That’s Changing The Nation. Here is her appearance schedule in the Chicago area for the summer so you can meet her in person. Finally, 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!

The Local Calendar never stops, with the abundance of summertime produce we are close to the peak of the harvest season. I’m just saying lots of vegetables leads to lots of prep and cutting for which you need sharp knives. Check out where Dave Nells(Sharpening By Dave) will be so you can make sure your knives stay sharp. Get $1 off per knife by mentioning you read about him in The Local Beet. By the way, this calendar is curated and I try to highlight markets that I find are particularly active. If you have a farmers market that you love to shop at that I have not mentioned, let me knowin the comments below, and let me know why it is a good candidate for mention in the local calendar!!! There is Chief Beet Rob Gardner’s comprehensive farmers market locator to check as well. Now on to the week:

July 31

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

Chicago -  Say Cheese The Stew Supper Club  #2- 7-10pm The same game plan as last night! Delicious, eclectic, and approachable food brought to you by the makers of Crumb Chicago and Co-op Sauce $45

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

Chicago - Veggie Bingo at The Hideout - Wednesdays through to September 11 They’ll be calling games and grilling dogs at the Hideout to support Chicago’s community gardens. Co-sponsored by NeighborSpace, Hideout Veggie Bingo features a grand prize of fresh produce from Irv and Shelly’s Fresh Picks and a cornucopia of other prizes drawn from local artisanal food producers, farmers, and gardeners – plus HOT DOGS donated by Hot Doug’s. Games run 5:30-8 pm

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 10:30m Its a festival of carrots! Chef demonstration Stephanie Izard Girl and the Goat Be sure to check out the 5 Star salads at The Honest Meal Project along with a Seasons Soda from Bobbie Chang and bring home some  stomach satisfying soup and sauces from River Valley Kitchens.

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.

August 1

Chicago – Brave New Art World – 5-8pm River North Gallery District Where the underground and above ground food and beverage movement meets contemporary art. There manifesto is art is for the people well so is food.

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. FREE Continental Breakfast from 7am – 9am with $5 market purchase. Lunch on the Grill will be served from 11am – 1pm.  FREE Sustainable Agriculture Lecture at 1:00p.m. 

Chicago - Expand Your Network - 6-8pm University of Chicago Law School 111 E. 60th st. Are you a food entrepreneur looking to expand your network? Attend this free event and connect with other members of Chicago’s food business community.

Chicago - Country Chef Challenge Daley Plaza market - 11am Chef Thai Deng from Embeya and Jared Van Kamp from Nellcote and Old Town Social Club and Beverly Kim Clark, a previous Top Chef finalist. A panel of judges led by Catherine De Orio, Host of WTTW’s popular Check, Please!, Billy Dec, entertainment correspondent on ABC’s Windy City Live and Daniel Gerzina, Editor of Eater Chicago will taste the dishes and name this year’s “Master of the Market.”  This free event is sponsored by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and COUNTRY Financial and was created to help raise awareness for our local markets and healthy eating.

Chicago - Daley Center Farmers Market - Market will run May 16th through October 31. The Urban Canopy sells their microgreens and wheat grass made with a hand crank!

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

August 2

Lake Forest -  Jeanne Nolan reads from her new book, From The Ground Up 7pm Lake Forest Book Store 680 N. Western Ave.

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

Chicago(Wicker Park) – The Nosh Food Festival 10am- 5pm A.N. Pritzker School just off Damen

Chicago 61st Farmers Market -  9am – 2pm Located on 61st Street between Dorchester and Blackstone Avenues. Say hello to Axel at Penny Pastry and taste some of his very yummy creations! Penny Pastry jams is on my “must buy” list! Pleasant House Bakery will be selling breakfast pies, you can only find them at this market. You can support the market by buying a $20 quart size jar of sweet, pure maple syrup from Wisconsins northwoods, you cannot find this deal at a grocery store.

Chicago - Green City Market Lincoln Park 7am – 1pm 10:30am Chris Tong My Private Chef 10:30am at the info tent. 

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. Make sure to checkout Henrys Farmstand !!

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

August 4 – 10

National Farmers Market Week - Did we really need a week for Farmers markets? Every week is farmers market week on the Local Beet!

August 4

Bonfield - Open Farm Day at Faiths Farm 11:30am  - 5pm 1227 N 8000w Rd. This is going to be a fun filled family day at the farm. Hog Roast, Hayrides, Live Music, Farmers Market, etc. Lots of Kids Activities: Create and Play on the Clay Table, Plant a Seedling at the Planting Station, Face Painting, Bounce House Caricature Artist, etc……and lots of free range animals to see!

Chicago - Chicago Cooks Michigan Pours Wine Dinner at Uncommon Ground 1401 W. Devon 6pm

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

Oak Park - Chicago Food Swap - Green Home Experts It is currently full but spots open up, put your name on the waiting list here.

SAVE THE DATE

August 7

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

Chicago – Chicago Women in Green Monthly Gathering – 5:30pm Uncommon Ground 1401 W. Devon

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

August 10

Fairbury – Slagel Family Farm Tour and Dinner with Jason Hammel of Lula Cafe 2:30pm

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.

Chicago – Sound Opinions End of Summer BBQ - Join Sound Opinions Hosts Jim DeRogatis & Greg Kot for a special BBQ on the WBEZ Terrace at Navy Pier. Starting at 7:00 p.m, mingle with Jim & Greg and other WBEZ staffers as we enjoy delicious food and drink on the beautiful terrace overlooking Lake Michigan. Then, stay for a front row seat for the Navy Pier Fireworks starting at 9:30 p.m.BBQ & Dessert will be provided by the following special partners*:The Butcher and LarderSmoque BBQBang Bang Pie ShopBlack Dog Gelato,Virtue Cider, Goose Island Beer & Tenuta Santomè will be providing adult beverages. (Non-Alcoholic beverages will also be available.)Tickets are $40 per person

August 15

Chicago – Elmwood Park – An Evening At The Garden - Friends of Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse 3501 North Kilbourn 6-8pm It’s their 2nd annual evening of eating, drinking, bidding, chatting and bopping to good tunes in the garden, and all of it in the name of the Organic Greenhouse’s community programming and development. They’ll have appetizers, sweets and sodas made with fresh ingredients harvested straight from their garden. Chicago brews from Half Acre brewery and Virtue Cider,  live music, a silent auction, garden plots to wander through, a roof in case of rain, completed projects to see and upcoming projects to dream about. Tickets are $40.

August 17

Oak Park - 6th Annual Seven Generations Ahead Micro Bew Fest – 3-7pm

August 25

Chicago - 3rd Annual Supreme Mother Shucker – Oyster Shucking Competition – Frontier Chicago

Chicago – 9th Annual Corks and Crayons Benefit – 4-7pm  Greenhouse Loft (located in the Green Exchange) 2545 W. Diversey Avenue, 2nd floor Chicago, IL 60647 Corks & Crayons is Purple Asparagus’ signature, annual, fun-for-all-ages event. Taking place in the gorgeous Greenhouse Loft and hosted by Logan Pause of the Chicago Fire, this year’s event will feature tastings from some of Chicago’s top chefs including Top Chef Contestants Heather Terhune (Sable Kitchen & Bar) and Richie Farina (moto restaurant). They”ll also be featuring Ale Syndicate brews, cocktails with Templeton Rye whiskey, Candid Wines, and delicious non-alcoholic beverages for the kids.

September 1

Baroda, MI  - Check Please Farm To Table Fest - Round Barn Winery – 12:30pm – 4pm

September 6/7

Chicago – The Hideout Block Party and A.V. Fest - We love the Hideout at the Beet and everything that Martha Bayne has done to create a community around food and the organizations that feed the hungry in the city. Can’t really say much about the Block Party,  kind of speaks for itself.

September 21

Skokie – Third Annual Hullabaloo to Support The Talking Farm Howard Street Farm

September 27-29

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

WHERE TO FIND LOCAL FOODS

These stores specialize in local foods:

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

Plum Market - 1233 N. Wells, Chicago

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. 

Standard Market 333 West Ogden Ave. Westmont

Our full list of area markets can be found here.

 Area resources for local food initiatives, workshop, classes: Advocates for Urban Agriculture ,Angelic Organics , Edible EvanstonIllinois Stewardship Alliance , The Peterson Garden Project , The Talking FarmWeFarmAmerica




Weekly Harvest of Eat Local Links

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Posted: July 29, 2013 at 2:04 pm

 

Is the textbook Everlasting Meals?

Green City Market cocktails.

How will local cheeses fare this year?  And plenty to do, see here.

Eat more local meat.

A good start to fighting the backlashers.

 




Unacceptable Levels Premiers in Chicago – Supporting Local Food Is One Of The Answers

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Posted: July 29, 2013 at 1:01 pm

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I went to the Chicago premier of the documentary film Unacceptable Levels last Wednesday at the MCA. The trailer for the film (2min) says it all.

Their website describes much better than I what the film is about and why it was made. “Unacceptable Levels examines the results of the chemical revolution of the 1940s through the eyes of affable filmmaker Ed Brown, a father seeking to understand the world in which he and his wife are raising their children. To create this debut documentary, one man and his camera traveled extensively to find and interview top minds in the fields of science, advocacy, and law.  Weaving their testimonies into a compelling narrative, Brown presents us with the story of how the chemical revolution brought us to where we are, and of where, if we’re not vigilant, it may take us.

Over 80,000 chemicals flow through our system of commerce, and many are going straight into our bodies. Even our unborn children are affected. Due to this constant exposure, we have approximately 200 synthetic industrial chemicals interacting with our cells every single day. Until recently, modern science really didn’t understand what that could mean for all of us in the long run, but that is changing.

Globally, disease rates are on the rise. Theories about the causes abound, yet the issues are complex and often muddied by the maneuvering of political and corporate interests. To explore different facets of common chemical exposure, Unacceptable Levels, was made in consultation with experts in multiple fields and is guided by a father on a personal journey as he attempts to bring these issues to light for everyone.  Its primary goal? To determine whether we can prevent disease before it strikes us.

Unacceptable Levels opens the door to conversations about the chemical burden our bodies carry so that we can make informed decisions now and in the future.  The film poses challenges to our companies, our government, and our society to do something about a nearly-unseen threat with the inspired knowledge that small changes can generate a massive impact.”

Ed communicates how our bodies have become Ground Zero in the battle against pollution and how exposure to chemicals in tiny amounts can have disastrous effects on us. The scary thing that Ed demonstrates in the film is how lack of proof of harm has been used as evidence for safety and how everything we do as a society has consequences.

However, there is hope! I left the film hopeful in that small steps can add up to giant leaps. If you ever question, why eat local? Why is organic food so expensive? What is the point? This film will inspire you to keep on, keeping on in supporting local! Eating local, supporting local farmers is one of those steps. Farmer Vicki at Genesis Farms growing everything organically means that it is one less farmer adding chemicals to their surrounding environments. Eating local is one of the answers!!

If your business or organization is interested in co-sponsoring a screening event, please contact their Tour Manager.
If you are interested in hosting a community screening event, please contact Susan Cann, thier Community Liaison. Spread the word about this inspirational film!




Cool Cucumber for Hot Days

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Posted: July 29, 2013 at 11:12 am

When I go out on hot summer days, I often trade my bottle of water for a cool cucumber—or two, or three. The clean flavor and crunch make cucumbers much more satisfying and thirst quenching, not to mention more nutritious, than plain old water—or even newfangled vitamin water.

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A brave cucumber growing in the yard of The Land Connection Executive Director, Cara.

A Tall, Cold…Cucumber?

Because cucumbers are mostly water, they are refreshing and cooling. Once thought to be largely devoid of nutrients, food scientists have found that cucumbers do in fact have significant amounts of nutrients, especially in their skins. For starters, they contain vitamins C and A, folic acid, iron, potassium, manganese, and silica. Silica works synergistically with calcium and vitamin D to increase collagen production, promoting healthy skin and connective tissue—so go ahead and put those cucumber slices on your eyes like they did in the old movies!

Healthy Inside and Out

In addition, cucumbers are a good source of molybdenum—which is not only fun to say, but is vital for many brain functions, including memory. Finally, cucumbers are one of the very few vegetables that contain the amino acid tryptophan, which can convert into the neurotransmitter serotonin, and may function as a natural mood-lifter and appetite-curb.

Cucumber skin contains large amounts of caffeic acid, an antioxidant that mops up free radicals and prevents cell damage. The skin also contains high amounts of fiber, potassium, magnesium and silica.

Quick and Easy to Prepare

Local farmers often grow heirloom cucumbers, bred for flavor, not for travelling long distances or staying on store shelves for weeks. These varieties have thin skins, and are super-easy to prepare. Try slicing them for sandwiches or salads, or eating them on their own, like an apple or carrot. Here are a few quick serving ideas:

  • Make a cold gazpacho soup by putting cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers (sweet and/or hot) and onions in a food processor. Then add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Add diced cucumber to tuna fish or chicken salad
  • Slice thinly, and make a cucumber salad with a few thin slices of sweet onion, a few splashes of rice vinegar, a few drops of sesame oil, and a little salt and pepper

And, yes, water makes up 90 percent of a cucumber’s weight, which makes them low in calories and good for making sure you’re hydrated. So instead of toting a bottle of water this summer, carry a crunchy cucumber from your local farmer!
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Asian Cucumber Salad

Asian Cucumber Salad

Ingredients

1 tablespoon sesame seeds

1 pound cucumbers

½ teaspoon salt

1/3 cup seasoned rice vinegar

¼ teaspoon instant Dashi granules (optional; available in many grocery stores)

1 teaspoon sesame oil, or to taste

Instructions

1. In a dry heavy skillet, toast sesame seeds over moderate heat, shaking skillet, until golden. Let cool.

2. Cut cucumbers into very thin slices. Sprinkle with salt and drain in a colander 10 minutes.

3. In a bowl stir together vinegar and dashi granules until granules are dissolved. Add cucumber and oil, tossing to coat.

4. Serve at room temperature or chilled, sprinkled with sesame seeds.

 

Seasonal Cook’s Notes: You can use any variety of cucumber for this salad, but the long, thin Japanese or English cucumbers have thin skins, and fewer seeds.

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The best way to enjoy healthy, seasonal produce is to buy it from your local community farmer.

Farm Fresh Now! is a project of The Land Connection, an educational nonprofit that preserves farmland, trains new farmers, and connects people with great locally-grown foods. This series is made possible with generous support from the Illinois Department of Agriculture.




You Can Participate In The Food Day 10/24/13 Collective Event at Daley Plaza: Deadline To Apply Is August 15th

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Posted: July 24, 2013 at 5:05 pm

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The Food Day Chicago Collective Event serves to culminate the Food Day Chicago 2013 campaign with an event on October 24 at Daley Plaza, downtown Chicago, from 8am to 4pm. Food Day is a national movement, started by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) in 2011, and is recognized across the country on October 24. Food Day encourages us to “Eat Real” and celebrate healthy, affordable, safe, and sustainable food.


SEEKING ORGANIZATIONS & ACTIVITY LEADERS! Apply Today!  
We are in search of organizations to educate participants through engaging presentations/interactive activities/etc. 
The Collective Event will showcase your activities and good work around food and eating real to over 300 individuals of all ages from across Chicago.

Download the Food Day Chicago Collective Event document to learn more about the event and the opportunity to participate!

If you are interested in displaying your organization, please submit a quick and easyapplication to FoodDayChicago@gmail.com by August 15!

**Please note that Collective Event participating organizations are required to attend the August, September, and October Food Day Chicago planning meetings and a Collective Event planning meeting in August (date TBA).

Please contact us or Janet, the Collective Event Committee Chair with questions


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The Local Calendar 7/24/13: SaveAntibiotics, RESET with WeFarmAmerica, Edible Alchemy Fundraiser, Canning at the Green City Market

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Posted: July 24, 2013 at 1:37 pm

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Amazing what you learn at the farmers markets. At the Daley Plaza market last Thursday, The Chicago Sustainable Backyards program had a booth. You can get up to a $250 rebate by 1) buying and using a rain barrel, 2)buying a worm compost bin and composting, 3) buying native plants and 4) buying a tree or shrub.

Country Financial had the first of 2 NEXT GEN chefs challenges with culinary students from Le Cordon Bleu and City Colleges of Chicago at Daley Plaza market as well. Country will have one more NEXT GEN chef challenge this week and then August 1st 11am will be their annual chefs challenge including Chef Thai Deng from Embeya and Jared Van Kamp from Nellcote and Old Town Social Club and Beverly Kim Clark, a previous Top Chef finalist. A panel of judges led by Catherine De Orio, Host of WTTW’s popular Check, Please!, Billy Dec, entertainment correspondent on ABC’s Windy City Live and Daniel Gerzina, Editor of Eater Chicago will taste the dishes and name this year’s “Master of the Market.”  This free event is sponsored by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and COUNTRY Financial and was created to help raise awareness for our local markets and healthy eating.

Terra Brockman’s post on carrots was too enticing and I had to buy some bunches!! The colors of the produce at the markets is incredible. Watch Beth Eckles of Green Acres Farm, a farmer at the Green City Market and Jason Hammel of Lula talk and demonstrate making a summer salad of the vegetables that are currently in season on ABC7Chicago. Jeanne Nolan, the founder of the Edible Gardens which we love, has a new book out, From The Ground Up, A Food Grower’s Education in Life, Love and The Movement That’s Changing The Nation. She will be signing her books at Uncommon Ground Devon on Sunday as part of a rooftop tour and dinner from 4-7pm.

Finally, the Pew Trusts Save Antibiotics has a huge day today, with a lunchtime panel at the Gleacher Center, a discussion at Kendall College in the afternoon and a Food summit in the evening at Rustic Road Farm owned and operated by Lettuce Entertain You Partner and Chef Marc Bernard, all focused on the issue of antbiotic overuse on industrialized farms.

Our full list of area markets can be found here. There are some well written, highly informative market letters, a few include Terra Brockman’s weekly commentary from Brockman Family Farms, Connie Spreen’s weekly market letter, her recent post is on “Why A Farmers Market Is Better Than A Supermarket”  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 berries for their Eat Real Chicago vegetable of the month. The deadline for particpants in the collective event at Daley Plaza is August 15th.

The Local Calendar never stops, with the abundance of summertime produce we are close to the peak of the summer season, there is a canning demo at the Green City Market Sat to learn how to put up produce, and really, there is no excuse, not to get to the markets, there is no rest for the active Local Beeter!!!

July 24

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

Chicago - Unacceptable Levels - A film about chemicals in our bodies and how they got there. Premiere MCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) 220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL *Post-film Q&A with filmmaker Ed Brown **6:30 pm VIP pre-event cocktail & hors d’oeuvres reception with filmmaker Ed Brown & actress eco/activist Mariel Hemingway and preferred theater seating. Purchase tickets here.

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

Chicago - Veggie Bingo at The Hideout - Wednesdays through to September 11 They’ll be calling games and grilling dogs at the Hideout to support Chicago’s community gardens. Co-sponsored by NeighborSpace, Hideout Veggie Bingo features a grand prize of fresh produce from Irv and Shelly’s Fresh Picks and a cornucopia of other prizes drawn from local artisanal food producers, farmers, and gardeners – plus HOT DOGS donated by Hot Doug’s. Games run 5:30-8 pm

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 10:30m Its a festival of carrots! Chef demonstration De’Ann Wellwerts Markethouse Be sure to check out the 5 Star salads at The Honest Meal Project along with a Seasons Soda from Bobbie Chang and bring home some  stomach satisfying soup and sauces from River Valley Kitchens.

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.

Northbrook - Northbrook Farmers Market Recycling Day -  7am – 1pm Advanced Disposal will offer tours of their state-of-the-art natural gas-powered recycling truck and hand out information and tips on recycling to help reduce the village’s waste stream. Six specially chosen “recycle artists” who offer unique and one-of-a-kind upcycled and repurposed treasures will set up booths. All of their items must be made with at least 50% materials that would have gone into landfills, but now are usable, wearable and/or aesthetically pleasing objects available for purchase.

July 25

Chicago – Good Greens Meeting – USDA offices FNS’ offices on the 20th floor at 77 West Jackson Boulevard.

Chicago - Green City Market Junior Board - Meet The Market Allium 6pm

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. FREE Continental Breakfast from 7am – 9am with $5 market purchase. Lunch on the Grill will be served from 11am – 1pm.  FREE Sustainable Agriculture Lecture at 1:00p.m. 

Chicago - Daley Center Farmers Market - Market will run May 16th through October 31. The Urban Canopy sells their microgreens and wheat grass made with a hand crank! Country Financial will have their second Next GEN chefs competition at noon.

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

July 26

Chicago - Jeanne Nolan reads from her new book, From The Ground Up 7pm The Book Cellar 4736 N. Lincoln

July 27/28

RESET: Heal & Grow Retreat at Black Oaks This will be a collaborative and cooperative event where all guests will be encouraged to find their skill or contribution throughout the weekend. We will rely on gift and skill circles will help facilitate the process. Circles may include: Healthy food prep, Farm work, Foraging, Mushroom Logs, Yoga,  Thai Massage, Meditation, Natural Body Care, Campfire, Community Building, Restorative Justice and more..That weekend will also be Blueberry Fest, so strap on your blueberry shoes and get ready to go into work on Mon with tinted fingers. To join, we ask that guests contribute $25-50 to cover expenses and accommodation. They are happy to work out a payment plan or exchange for those who can’t afford the cost **GUESTS MUST RSVP BY 7/25**

July 27

Chicago(Back of the Yards) - Second Annual Food Truck Rally - The Plant Chicago - 11am – 5pm 1400 W 46th St. Buy tickets $5

Chicago(Wicker Park) – The Nosh Food Festival 10am- 5pm A.N. Pritzker School just off Damen

Chicago – Edible Alchemys Feastival Fundraiser – 3pm – dawn ECO Located off the Pink Line “Damen” stop, between Damen and Hoyne, on 21st St., in Pilsenplayshops & talks 3-8pm. live music 8pm-10:30pm, electronic music 11pm-dawn, $20 donation All funds raised go directly back into the co-op to support our growth and development for their locally sourced, sustainable food projects.

Chicago 61st Farmers Market -  9am – 2pm Located on 61st Street between Dorchester and Blackstone Avenues. Say hello to Axel at Penny Pastry and taste some of his very yummy creations! Penny Pastry jams is on my “must buy” list! Pleasant House Bakery will be selling breakfast pies, you can only find them at this market. You can support the market by buying a $20 quart size jar of sweet, pure maple syrup from Wisconsins northwoods, you cannot find this deal at a grocery store.

Chicago - Green City Market Lincoln Park 7am – 1pm 10:30am John Vermiglia Billy Sunday 10:30am at the info tent. Its a canning demonstration by Eric Mansavage of Farmhouse sponsored by Ball Jar!! 

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. Henrys Farmstand will have onion braids and garlic bulbils.

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 - Edible Garden Tour sponsored by the Sugar Beet Coop - If you live anywhere close to Oak Park this is something not to be missed if you care an iota about local food. 10am – 3pm  Spend the day learning about backyard agriculture! You are invited into beautiful private gardens to learn more about urban agriculture and get inspired to grow your own food! Master gardeners will be on-hand to answer questions and teach visitors about organic gardening, raised beds, successive planting and more. Cycling from garden to garden is encouraged. Refreshments will be available at each stop to help make this a day of learning, fun and enjoyment Incredibly reasonable price to participate as well!

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

July 28

Chicago – Bands, Beasts & Brews - Three Aces Chicago -3-9pm 1321 W. Taylor St. Proceeds to Benefit “Rock for Kids” Charity $35 – All you can eat animal roasts and one featured beer or cocktail.

Chicago(Rogers Park) – From The Ground UpUncommon Ground Devon – 4-7pm 1401 West Devon Rooftop Tour, Dinner, Talk with Jeanne Nolan about her new book From The Ground Up

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

July 30

Chicago - Say Cheese The Stew Supper Club - 7-10pm Delicious, eclectic, and approachable food brought to you by the makers of Crumb Chicago and Co-op Sauce.(Sold Out- But wait-they added another dinner tomorrow night!)

SAVE THE DATE

July 31

Chicago -  Say Cheese The Stew Supper Club  #2- 7-10pm The same game plan as last night! Delicious, eclectic, and approachable food brought to you by the makers of Crumb Chicago and Co-op Sauce $45

August 1

Chicago - Expand Your Network - 6-8pm University of Chicago Law School 111 E. 60th st. Are you a food entrepreneur looking to expand your network? Attend this free event and connect with other members of Chicago’s food business community.

Chicago – Country Chef Challenge Daley Plaza market – 11am Chef Thai Deng from Embeya and Jared Van Kamp from Nellcote and Old Town Social Club and Beverly Kim Clark, a previous Top Chef finalist. A panel of judges led by Catherine De Orio, Host of WTTW’s popular Check, Please!, Billy Dec, entertainment correspondent on ABC’s Windy City Live and Daniel Gerzina, Editor of Eater Chicago will taste the dishes and name this year’s “Master of the Market.”  This free event is sponsored by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and COUNTRY Financial and was created to help raise awareness for our local markets and healthy eating.

August 2

Lake Forest -  Jeanne Nolan reads from her new book, From The Ground Up 7pm Lake Forest Book Store 680 N. Western Ave.

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 4

Chicago – Chicago Cooks Michigan Pours Wine Dinner at Uncommon Ground

Oak Park – Chicago Food SwapGreen Home Experts It is currently full but spots open up, put your name on the waiting list here.

August 7

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

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

August 10

Fairbury – Slagel Family Farm Tour and Dinner with Jason Hammel of Lula Cafe 2:30pm

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.

Chicago – Sound Opinions End of Summer BBQ - Join Sound Opinions Hosts Jim DeRogatis & Greg Kot for a special BBQ on the WBEZ Terrace at Navy Pier. Starting at 7:00 p.m, mingle with Jim & Greg and other WBEZ staffers as we enjoy delicious food and drink on the beautiful terrace overlooking Lake Michigan. Then, stay for a front row seat for the Navy Pier Fireworks starting at 9:30 p.m.BBQ & Dessert will be provided by the following special partners*:The Butcher and LarderSmoque BBQBang Bang Pie ShopBlack Dog Gelato,Virtue Cider, Goose Island Beer & Tenuta Santomè will be providing adult beverages. (Non-Alcoholic beverages will also be available.)Tickets are $40 per person

August 15

Chicago – Elmwood Park – An Evening At The Garden - Friends of Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse 3501 North Kilbourn 6-8pm It’s their 2nd annual evening of eating, drinking, bidding, chatting and bopping to good tunes in the garden, and all of it in the name of the Organic Greenhouse’s community programming and development. They’ll have appetizers, sweets and sodas made with fresh ingredients harvested straight from their garden. Chicago brews from Half Acre brewery and Virtue Cider,  live music, a silent auction, garden plots to wander through, a roof in case of rain, completed projects to see and upcoming projects to dream about. Tickets are $40.

August 17

Oak Park - 6th Annual Seven Generations Ahead Micro Bew Fest – 3-7pm

August 25

Chicago – 9th Annual Corks and Crayons Benefit – 4-7pm  Greenhouse Loft (located in the Green Exchange) 2545 W. Diversey Avenue, 2nd floor Chicago, IL 60647 Corks & Crayons is Purple Asparagus’ signature, annual, fun-for-all-ages event. Taking place in the gorgeous Greenhouse Loft and hosted by Logan Pause of the Chicago Fire, this year’s event will feature tastings from some of Chicago’s top chefs including Top Chef Contestants Heather Terhune (Sable Kitchen & Bar) and Richie Farina (moto restaurant). They”ll also be featuring Ale Syndicate brews, cocktails with Templeton Rye whiskey, Candid Wines, and delicious non-alcoholic beverages for the kids.

September 1

Baroda, MI  - Check Please Farm To Table Fest - Round Barn Winery – 12:30pm – 4pm

September 6/7

Chicago – The Hideout Block Party and A.V. Fest - We love the Hideout at the Beet and everything that Martha Bayne has done to create a community around food and the organizations that feed the hungry in the city. Can’t really say much about the Block Party,  kind of speaks for itself.

September 27-29

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

WHERE TO FIND LOCAL FOODS

These stores specialize in local foods:

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

Plum Market - 1233 N. Wells, Chicago

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. 

Standard Market 333 West Ogden Ave. Westmont

 Area resources for local food initiatives, workshop, classes: Advocates for Urban Agriculture Angelic Organics Edible Evanston Illinois Stewardship Alliance The Peterson Garden Project WeFarmAmerica




A meal of local produce and sustainable salmon!

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Posted: July 23, 2013 at 5:17 pm

 My wife and I were privileged to sample some of what the Galesburg Farmers Market and a local salmon CSA had to offer this weekend. An excellent dinner was prepared by our friends, Paul Steenis and Kevin Brodt at their home at Oak Run, a resort community several miles east of Galesburg.

 

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Galesburg Farmers Market
Galesburg Register Mail

    

Galesburg Farmers Market Photo by Knox College

Galesburg Farmers Market
Photo by Knox College

Galesburg Farmers Market Photo by Growing Galesburg

Galesburg Farmers Market
Photo by Growing Galesburg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The produce that we had represented what is in season at this moment in Western Illinois. This included a salad with bibb lettuce, carrots, and red bell pepper. The fare also included fresh sweet corn, first of the season, as well as green and yellow wax beans. All of these were procured at the Galesburg Farmers Market the day before. The freshness of the produce was helped make the meal a much more enjoyable experience than it would have been with store bought produce.

The main course of the meal was the excellent king salmon. It was prepared on a cedar plank on a grill. This was wild caught salmon that came to us by way of a salmon CSA. Yes, a salmon CSA! Sitka Shares, a local Galesburg CSA offers shares of salmon in the same way a farmer would offer shares of produce through a CSA.

 

 

Fresh local produce along with king salmon from Sitka Shares

Fresh local produce along with king salmon from Sitka Shares

Fresh local produce and king salmon

Fresh local produce and king salmon

 

 

 

 

 

 

Of course, since Knox County Illinois waterways such as the Spoon River, Spoon Lake and Court Creek are not known for their salmon runs, this is not a “local” product. The salmon that Sitka Shares offers is a sustainable product though as the salmon are sustainably harvested fish, harvested by low-impact, low-volume fishermen who are committed to reducing bycatch and putting quality ahead of quantity. Part of the membership fee in the CSA goes back to wild salmon, as one percent of all revenue goes to salmon habitat restoration and conservation.

 

What can be said about the meal that Paul and Kevin fixed for us was that it was both local and sustainable!

 

Sitka Salmon Shares:

http://www.sitkasalmonshares.com/ 

The Growing Galesburg Galesburg Farmers Market site:

http://www.growinggalesburg.com/farmers-market-initiatives.html




Carrots: Nutritional Powerhouse!

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Posted: July 22, 2013 at 10:35 am

Red, black yellow, white, purple, green—these were the colors that wild carrots (also known as Queen Anne’s Lace) started out being – pretty much every color but orange! First cultivated in Afghanistan in the 7th century, the original domesticated carrot was purple outside and yellow inside, similar to the Purple Dragon carrots you see at local farmers markets.

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Colorful and Diverse

In the 1600′s, the Dutch developed the orange carrot, but it was the French horticulturist Vilmorin-Andrieux who took the stubby Dutch carrot, and through crosses with wild carrots, finally produced the elongated, bright orange root we know today.

Now, when you buy from local farmers, you can get delicious carrots in all the colors of the rainbow. Along with different colors, you’ll find carrots of all shapes and sizes. Along with old favorites like Nantes, Imperator, and Danvers, there are tiny, almost round Thumbelinas, squatty Chantenays, and the long, elegant, light yellow Kimbi.

Healthy and Powerful

It nearly goes without saying that carrots are good for you. How many times were you implored, “Eat your carrots! They’re good for your eyes!”

With a whopping dose of vitamin A (about 8,000 units per carrot) and lots of beta-carotene and other anti-oxidants, carrots are a nutritional powerhouse. They are also packed with high levels of potassium, calcium, and phosphorus, which help keep bones, nerves, and muscles functioning well. But the ocular claim is dubious.

According to Jane Grigson, the great English cookbook writer, during World War II, in order to encourage the consumption of carrots, one of the few foodstuffs not in short supply, the British authorities spread the rumor that fighter pilots consumed vast quantities of carrots to enable them to see in the dark. And from that propaganda, countless mothers on both sides of the Atlantic have implored countless children to eat their carrots.

Farm Fresh Fighters

Today it is more often nutritionists and physicians who implore us to eat our carrots—not to enhance our vision but to enhance our general health. The carotenes in carrots and many other vegetables work their wonders by destroying oxygen free radicals. This anti-oxidant effect helps fight cancers, enhance immune response, and protect cells against UV radiation.

But when it comes to carotenes, not all carrots are created equal. One of the most widely overlooked factors behind variation in nutrient levels of vegetables is the variety, or cultivar, of the vegetable. Robert Shewfelt, a food scientist at the University of Georgia, reported that carotene levels in any given vegetable often vary by a factor of 20, depending on the cultivar. And it’s usually your local farmers who grow the most nutritious cultivars. So get some great carrots, munch them whole, or try them in a soup, salad, or this light and lively slaw.
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Colorful Carrot Salad

Colorful Carrot Slaw

You can make this light meal in minutes. Just grate the carrots, toss with oil and lemon juice, then put a heaping spoonful on a cracker, biscuit, or crusty, hot bread.  Add another drizzle of olive oil, and another pinch of herbs for a mouthwatering treat of contrasting textures and flavors.  Who says food can’t be simple, beautiful, healthy, and delicious all at the same time?

Ingredients

1 pound carrots (any color), peeled and cut into matchsticks
1 Tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons chopped Italian parsley (or tarragon or herb(s) of your choice)
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Buttery crackers, small biscuits or hot, crusty baguettes, for serving.

Instructions

1. Cut carrots into matchstick pieces and transfer to a bowl.

2. Whisk the lemon juice and oil together, pour over carrots, and toss. Add parsley and toss again. Then add salt and pepper to taste.

 

Seasonal Cook’s Notes:  Serves 4 as a side dish, or 2 as a main course. The more different varieties of carrots you use, the more delicious, nutritious, and beautiful this slaw will be.  You can eat it as a salad, or serve on crackers, biscuits or bread.
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The best way to enjoy healthy, seasonal produce is to buy it from your local community farmer.

Farm Fresh Now! is a project of The Land Connection, an educational nonprofit that preserves farmland, trains new farmers, and connects people with great locally-grown foods. This series is made possible with generous support from the Illinois Department of Agriculture.




The Weekly Harvest Finds Opportunities to Eat Local in DC, Alabama, Texas?

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Posted: July 22, 2013 at 9:12 am

Enjoy your Week’s Worth of Links

American’s best regional food from Wisconsin?

Another co-op for the Chicago area?

A worthy eat local vacation.

Eat local Alabama; eat local DC.

Wanting to eat more local in Texas, right?  Maybe start here.

Is this a good or bad thing for local food?

How much should you pay for your food?




pesto-rice stuffed portobellos with marinara

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Posted: July 22, 2013 at 7:00 am

 

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With an abundance of basil arriving in my weekly produce box I’ve been making a ton of pesto and topping every dish with a little basil and even working some into my morning green smoothies.

I use the pesto on things like gluten-free pasta, in dairy-free cheese sandwiches, and now stuffed into rice. Since I also received some gorgeous portobello mushrooms this week, I decided instead of using them to make burgers, to use them as a base for something bigger and much prettier.

Since I’m a big fan of weekly batch cooking, I had many of the ingredients prepared in advance. Grilled portobellos seasoned with steak spice, basmati rice cooked in DIY veggie stock.

Ingredients

  • 2-4 whole portobello mushooms, 1 per person, seasoned with steak spice and grilled
  • 1/2 cup cooked basmati rice per person
  • pistachio and garlic scape pesto
  • your favorite marinara sauce (I used portobello mushrooms, fresh basil, fresh parsley, fresh and sundried tomatoes in this batch)

Directions

  1. pre-heat oven to 350 F, assemble portobello mushrooms on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper
  2. mix rice with about 2 tbsp. pesto per serving of rice and stuff into portobello mushrooms
  3. top with your favorite tomato marinara sauce and bake until warmed through. If you want it a little crispy, broil on hi for about 5 minutes
  4. top with more fresh basil and additional marinara sauce if it dried out at all while baking

 

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Dominick’s Keeping Their Promise and Other Local Food in the Grocery Stores

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Posted: July 19, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Finding Local Food Now

A few weeks ago, we told you that Dominick’s was making big promises in their store, at least their Oak Park store, to have local produce this summer.  Let’s check in with them as well as some other grocery stores around town.

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Dominick’s
It did not take much detective work to get an answer here. That was facing me as I walked in the store. In addition to the 99 cent pints, they also had 2 lb boxes of Michigan blueberries for $4.99.

As I’ve found in previous forays, Dominick’s is big on signs FOR local food but not big on signs actually labeling local food. The only other thing local I could espy this week was beets with an Illinois grown twist tie. Later, when I looked at their insert, I saw they were touting locally grown greens (collards, mustard, kale or turnips) and cilantro as well as the beets and berries.

Jewel
Nothing advertised.

Ultra Foods
Flyer advertised Michigan green beans.

Caputo’s
Advertised “locally grown” celery and sweet corn.

Treasure Island
As in previous week, not sure how local there local is. On one hand, their ad features “locally grown” collard or mustard greens and salad cucumbers; on the other hand, the ad specifically notes that the locally grown tomatoes come from Arkansas. Nothing against Arkansas produce, but we don’t call it local in Beetville.




Farm Fresh Now! Basil Rules

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Posted: July 19, 2013 at 1:58 am

Ahhh, basil! Even the word carries a whiff of its invigorating scent.

But it’s the aromatic leaves themselves that contain dozens of volatile essential oils. Their relative concentration is the difference between “regular” Genovese basil, Thai basil, Lemon basil, Holy Basil, Cinnamon Basil, African Basil and all the other basils you’ll find your local farmer growing.

There are a few rules to remember when buying and using basil.

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Rule #1: Use only the freshest basil. The fresher it is, the better it is. The fragrance of basil is never as seductive as when it is first plucked from a live plant and eaten raw, as quickly as possible after plucking. This is why you should think about having a pot of basil of your own – on the kitchen window sill or in your back yard. The next best thing is to get basil from a local farmer at a Farmer’s Market or through a CSA.

Rule #2: Don’t cook basil – don’t even heat it up if you can help it. When adding basil to a pasta sauce or a pizza, do so only at the last minute, while tossing with the pasta or after the pizza has emerged from the oven. Basil pesto too, should always be used raw, never warmed up or cooked.

Rule #3: Stay away from knives. The cut edges of basil will blacken and the overall flavor will be diminished. Instead, simply use whole leaves or tear large leaves into small pieces with your hands before scattering them over a tomato salad, mashing them into a basil butter for corn on the cob, sprinkling on green bean salads, or roasted eggplant, zucchini, or peppers. For more summer fun, experiment with the many scented and colored basils that farmers are now bringing to market, including lemon, anise, Thai, cinnamon, and purple basils.

Rule #4: Use basil only in the summer. This relates back to Rule #1, bringing us full circle. Basil is the ultimate summer herb. Its rich perfume evokes warm sunny days and mouthwatering combinations with other summer vegetables—tomatoes, zucchini, peppers. Sure, you can get it year-round in the grocery store, but like tomatoes, basil tends to be insipid when grown in a greenhouse or flown in from California. Some things in life are definitely worth the wait. Basil is one of them.
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Basil Tomato Mozzarella Salad

Basil Caprese Salad

 

Ingredients

Several sprigs of basil (use a variety of types!)
4-6 tomatoes (use a variety of colors)
1 pound of fresh mozzarella, sliced
1 Tbsp balsamic glaze
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Slice the tomatoes and mozzarella into ¼ in. slices
  2. Tear leaves off of the basil sprigs
  3. Alternate tomato, mozzarella, and basil leaves
  4. Top with olive oil, more basil leaves (and flowers if you have them), balsamic glaze, and sprinkle with salt

Seasonal Cook’s Notes:

Makes about 4 individual salads
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The best way to enjoy healthy, seasonal produce is to buy it from your local community farmer.

Farm Fresh Now! is a project of The Land Connection, an educational nonprofit that preserves farmland, trains new farmers, and connects people with great locally-grown foods. This series is made possible with generous support from the Illinois Department of Agriculture.




Local Calendar 7/17/13 Tonight Food Patriots at Uncommon Ground, The Locavore’s Taste of Chicago The GCM BBQ!

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Posted: July 17, 2013 at 10:35 am

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The local beets on Nichol’s table at the MCA market looked too vibrant not to take a picture. On another table were yellow, purple and the traditional white cauliflower. You can celebrate the abundance of the markets by going to the Green City Market BBQ tomorrow night, as of this post there were still a few tickets available. By attending you will be supporting all the farmers, chefs and people that make local produce available in the city! The Green City Market BBQ is really the locavore’s Taste of Chicago.

Jeanne Nolan, the founder of the Edible Gardens which we love, has a new book out, From The Ground Up, A Food Grower’s Education in Life, Love and The Movement That’s Changing The Nation. Here is her appearance schedule in the Chicago area for the summer so you can meet her in person this Saturday at The Green City Market.

I stopped by the Glenview Market last Saturday and found a few gems. My favorite microgreens distributor, Chicago Indoor Gardens was there, and I was able to get in a few shots of wheat grass(liquid health insurance). Glenview ,also, has Kings Hill Organic Farms who had a beautiful array of vegetables including gigantic swiss chard. Some local Glenview vendors had booths including Foodstuffs, whose motto is “you taste it and you’ll love it”. I did love the BBQ sauce I tasted by BarBQphoria(Chicago style sauce) and brought some home! The market has some great ideas like providing little red wagons that shoppers can use to haul their produce to their cars. Thank you Emily and Matthew Aizenberg for letting me take your picture! Glenview,also, has a huge pile of market bags people can borrow to save the accumulation of plastic bags that can happen when you shop at the markets. These are things that other markets around the area could implement as well.

Our full list of area markets can be found here. There are some well written, highly informative market letters, a few include Terra Brockman’s weekly commentary from Brockman Family Farms, Connie Spreen’s weekly market letter, her recent post is on “Why A Farmers Market Is Better Than A Supermarket”  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 berries for their Eat Real Chicago vegetable of the month.  Check out their Facebook page

The Local Calendar never stops, with the abundance of summertime produce there is no excuse not to get to the markets!

July 17

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

Chicago – Food PatriotsDinner and a Movie at Uncommon Ground - 6:30pm $40 1401 West Devon

Chicago - Logan Square Night Market 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’s there? There is only one answer, go and check it out!

Chicago - Veggie Bingo at The Hideout - Wednesdays through to September 11 They’ll be calling games and grilling dogs at the Hideout to support Chicago’s community gardens. Co-sponsored by NeighborSpace, Hideout Veggie Bingo features a grand prize of fresh produce from Irv and Shelly’s Fresh Picks and a cornucopia of other prizes drawn from local artisanal food producers, farmers, and gardeners – plus HOT DOGS donated by Hot Doug’s. Games run 5:30-8 pm

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 10:30m Chef demonstration Lee Omilisky Cafe Des Architectes Be sure to check out the 5 Star salads at The Honest Meal Project along with a Seasons Soda from Bobbie Chang and bring home some  stomach satisfying soup and sauces from River Valley Kitchens.

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.

July 18

Chicago – The Locavore’s Real Taste of Chicago - The Green City Market BBQ Tickets on sale now!It may be hot or it may rain but this brings out all the best of local, the food and beverages and the farmers and chefs that make it happen! You will not go home hungry! Don’t miss and come out and support local!

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

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. FREE Continental Breakfast from 7am – 9am with $5 market purchase. Lunch on the Grill will be served from 11am – 1pm.  FREE Sustainable Agriculture Lecture at 1:00p.m. 

Chicago - Daley Center Farmers Market - Market will run May 16th through October 31.

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

July 20

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

New (7/19) Chicago 61st Farmers Market -  9am – 2pm Located on 61st Street between Dorchester and Blackstone Avenues. Say hello to Axel at Penny Pastry and taste some of his very yummy creations! Penny Pastry jams is on my “must buy” list! Pleasant House Bakery will be selling breakfast pies, you can only find them at this market. You can support the market by buying a $20 quart size jar of sweet, pure maple syrup from Wisconsins northwoods, you cannot find this deal at a grocery store. At 10:30am, at the Chef Demo tent, Chef Joanna will be teaching us how to make peach and black bean salsa. This sounds like a wonderful summer recipe!

Chicago Edible Gardens WorkshopExpand Your Growing Season: Planting Fall Crops 9:30am – 10:15 Edible Garden in the Zoo Planting succession crops ensures a continuous harvest throughout the growing season.  We will direct seed for plants that will mature in fall such as carrots, turnips, and beets.

New!! (7/19)Chicago - Green City Market Lincoln Park 7am – 1pm 10:30am Chef demonstration Sarah Grueneberg Spiaggia 10:30am at the info tent, Jeanne Nolan, Director of the Edible Gardens, will be signing copies of her book, From The Ground Up.

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

New!! (7/19) 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. Henrys Farmstand will have onion braids and garlic bulbils.

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

July 21

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

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

July 23

Chicago - Food Day Meeting for Food Day October 24, 2013 - We’ll discuss the progress of our collective, collaborative, and individual Food Day efforts! The Collective Event is taking off and the Eat Real Chicago! campaign is going strong; we’ll share more information and seek your guidance to move these projects forward!

SAVE THE DATE

July 24

Chicago - Unacceptable Levels – A film about chemicals in our bodies and how they got there. Premiere MCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) 220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL *Post-film Q&A with filmmaker Ed Brown **6:30 pm VIP pre-event cocktail & hors d’oeuvres reception with filmmaker Ed Brown & actress eco/activist Mariel Hemingway and preferred theater seating. Purchase tickets here.

Northbrook – Northbrook Farmers Market Recycling Day -  7am – 1pm Advanced Disposal will offer tours of their state-of-the-art natural gas-powered recycling truck and hand out information and tips on recycling to help reduce our village’s waste stream. Six specially chosen “recycle artists” who offer unique and one-of-a-kind upcycled and repurposed treasures will set up booths. All of their items must be made with at least 50% materials that would have gone into landfills, but now are usable, wearable and/or aesthetically pleasing objects available for purchase. In keeping with the recycling theme, Northbrook’s Good Will Industries will collect clothing, shoes and small household items. Donating unwanted items to a resale shop is the ultimate in recycling, said Duda.

July 25

Chicago – Good Greens Meeting – USDA offices FNS’ offices on the 20th floor at 77 West Jackson Boulevard.

Chicago - Green City Market Junior Board - Meet The Market Allium 6pm

July 26

Chicago - Jeanne Nolan reads from her new book, From The Ground Up 7pm The Book Cellar 4736 N. Lincoln

July 27/28

RESET: Heal & Grow Retreat at Black Oaks This will be a collaborative and cooperative event where all guests will be encouraged to find their skill or contribution throughout the weekend. We will rely on gift and skill circles will help facilitate the process. Circles may include: Healthy food prep, Farm work, Foraging, Mushroom Logs, Yoga,  Thai Massage, Meditation, Natural Body Care, Campfire, Community Building, Restorative Justice and more..That weekend will also be Blueberry Fest, so strap on your blueberry shoes and get ready to go into work on Mon with tinted fingers. To join, we ask that guests contribute $25-50 to cover expenses and accommodation. We are happy to work out a payment plan or exchange for those who can’t afford the cost **GUESTS MUST RSVP BY 7/25**

July 27

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

Chicago – Second Annual Food Truck Rally - The Plant Chicago – 11am – 5pm 1400 W 46th St. Buy tickets $5

Oak Park - Edible Garden Tour sponsored by the Sugar Beet Coop – If you live anywhere close to Oak Park this is something not to be missed if you care an iota about local food. 10am – 3pm  Spend the day learning about backyard agriculture! You are invited into beautiful private gardens to learn more about urban agriculture and get inspired to grow your own food! Master gardeners will be on-hand to answer questions and teach visitors about organic gardening, raised beds, successive planting and more. Cycling from garden to garden is encouraged. Refreshments will be available at each stop to help make this a day of learning, fun and enjoyment Incredibly reasonable price to participate as well!

Chicago – Rooftop Tour, Dinner, Talk with Jeanne Nolan about her new book From The Ground Up at Uncommon Ground – 4-7pm 1401 West Devon

July 30

Chicago - Say Cheese The Stew Supper Club - 7-10pm Delicious, eclectic, and approachable food brought to you by the makers of Crumb Chicago and Co-op Sauce.(Sold Out- But wait-they added another dinner tomorrow night!)

July 31

Chicago -  Say Cheese The Stew Supper Club  #2- 7-10pm The same game plan as last night! Delicious, eclectic, and approachable food brought to you by the makers of Crumb Chicago and Co-op Sauce $45

August 1

Chicago - Expand Your Network - 6-8pm University of Chicago Law School 111 E. 60th st. Are you a food entrepreneur looking to expand your network? Attend this free event and connect with other members of Chicago’s food business community.

August 2

Lake Forest -  Jeanne Nolan reads from her new book, From The Ground Up 7pm Lake Forest Book Store 680 N. Western Ave.

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 4

Oak Park – Chicago Food SwapGreen Home Experts It is currently full but spots open up, put your name on the waiting list here.

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 17

Oak Park - 6th Annual Seven Generations Ahead Micro Bew Fest – 3-7pm

August 24

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

August 25

Chicago – 9th Annual Corks and Crayons Benefit – 4-7pm  Greenhouse Loft (located in the Green Exchange) 2545 W. Diversey Avenue, 2nd floor Chicago, IL 60647 Corks & Crayons is Purple Asparagus’ signature, annual, fun-for-all-ages event. Taking place in the gorgeous Greenhouse Loft and hosted by Logan Pause of the Chicago Fire, this year’s event will feature tastings from some of Chicago’s top chefs including Top Chef Contestants Heather Terhune (Sable Kitchen & Bar) and Richie Farina (moto restaurant). They”ll also be featuring Ale Syndicate brews, cocktails with Templeton Rye whiskey, Candid Wines, and delicious non-alcoholic beverages for the kids.

September 1

Baroda, MI  - Check Please Farm To Table Fest - Round Barn Winery – 12:30pm – 4pm

September 6/7

Chicago – The Hideout Block Party and A.V. Fest - We love the Hideout at the Beet and everything that Martha Bayne has done to create a community around food and the organizations that feed the hungry in the city. Can’t really say much about the Block Party,  kind of speaks for itself.

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.

WHERE TO FIND LOCAL FOODS

These stores specialize in local foods:

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

Plum Market - 1233 N. Wells, Chicago

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. 

Standard Market 333 West Ogden Ave. Westmont

 Area resources for local food initiatives, workshop, classes:

Advocates for Urban Agriculture

Angelic Organics

Edible Evanston

Illinois Stewardship Alliance

The Peterson Garden Project

WeFarmAmerica




Kohlrabi and Kale and Fennel…oh my!

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Posted: July 17, 2013 at 6:00 am

 

Oh kohlrabi, you funny looking, alien-like creature, you. I’ve walked by you dozens of times at the grocery store and at farmers markets and didn’t even stop to check you out.

Kohlrabi, like kale, cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower, is bred from the wild cabbage plant, and I was honestly nervous to create a recipe with it. To be completely honest, this is the first time I have even tasted kohlrabi. It has a similar taste to broccoli stems, but milder and sweeter – which is good, because I’m not a huge fan of raw broccoli.

 

my challenge if I chose to accept it

The Local Beet challenged me to come up with a recipe for this obscure ingredient. I happily accepted my challenge, and to kick it up a notch – why not THREE obscure CSA ingredients at once! Kohlrabi, fennel and garlic scapes!

raw kohlrabi, kale, fennel + garlic scape salad with roasted red pepper cream sauce

Ingredients

serves 3-4 as  a side

salad

  • 1 kohlrabi stem, thinly sliced 
  • 1 fennel bulb, thinly siced
  • 1 garlic scape, diced
  • 2-3 kale leaves, I used lacinato, sliced into bite sized ribbons

dressing

  • 1 tbsp. roasted red pepper
  • 1 tbsp. raw cashews (you could also use brazil nuts, macadamia nuts, pistachios or pine nuts)
  • 1 tbsp. dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp. white miso paste (I used a soy-free version made from chickpeas)
  • 1 tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp. capers
  • juice of 1/2- 1 lemon (to thin the dressing)
  • pinch sea salt

Directions

  1. To make the dressing, place all dressing ingredients in a blender or small food processer and blend/process until smooth
  2. Place sliced kohlrabi, fennel and garlic scapes into a large bowl and toss with all the dressing to coat
  3. Let marinate overnight (I forgot about it and let it marinate 2 nights, it still rocked!)
  4. Add the kale just before serving, toss with the rest of the ingredients and serve

 

I’m happy to tell you I no longer fear the kohlrabi and will be hoping for more in my CSA!

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The Woes of a Locavore

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Posted: July 16, 2013 at 9:18 am

Spending, Schlepping, and Other Insights into the Eat Local Life

 

oak park farmers market - 7-13-13

I have a somewhat complicated routine each Saturday morning. I’m the only one up and around to walk Molly, the Eat Local dog. Then, on the way to market I pick up a bag of ice for @Shes_cooking at her Tomato Mountain stand. After dropping off the ice, my next obligation at the market is to see if she’s had time for coffee. If not, and mostly it’s not, I grab her thermos, pre-filled with vegan milk, and head with it for my weekly donut fix. Here’s where it gets difficult. I start scoping out the market offerings.

My first thoughts the other day, this is the kind of market that made me a locvore. I taste a cherry here, I talk washed rind cheese with Joe Burns there. I see so many fruits and vegetables. Who would not want to eat local. Until it hits me. It’s not as easy as it seems.

Take kohlrabi. Who needs to take kohlrabi, not the least me who already has tons from the CSA. Yet, the kohlrabi looking like Clincher softballs at Geneva Lakes look oh so tempting. I resist. Where will I not. What should my budget be today? Is $30 reasonable for tomatoes, eggplants, cukes, the first peaches? I have my eyes on all of that. More summer onions, freshly dug potatoes, eff-in tayberries, the first jalepeno peppers, the first shishito peppers (one pint or two?!?) more banana peppers, apples. Yes, it’s worth buying apples in the summer because the tart flavor of transparents is so fleeting. Should I make my budget $40. I need to buy some herbs.

Look above, I won’t tell you how much I spent but you can see how much I bought. Giving in to all my eat local desires only left me with additional problems. The biggest, getting the stuff to the car, out of the car, and on to the dining room table without smashing the precious berries or crushing the first tomatoes. That hurdle lept, I need to arrange it all into one photo just so you can appreciate.

As gorgeous as our local fruits and vegetables are, we must part with them at some point. They must be cooked and eaten. Last week, I actually did my Tamarday on Thursday, but I still needed to put a few things together. I got the grill going. I did not rest from the market. Fueled by a sugary donut, I make another batch of Tunisian vegetable salad, although, woe is me, it’s for a party later. I need to feed myself and the rest of the Local Family Turkish breakfast. I grill more eggplants for baba ghanoush. I take the zukes in the fridge onto the grill. My only relief, a daughter slices and washes the organic Tomato Mountain lettuce for a green salad.

turkish breakfast

My respite, my locavore reward. Besides the salad, the baba, it’s Vicki’s shishito peppers fried, Joe’s cheese fried, a few olives, tarmasalata from Fresh Farms in Niles, Red Hen bread. And because life is good.

fatty yogurt

Greek yogurt is all the rage, and it should be because it tastes better than the equally rage-y kefir (at least it’s more palatable), and it has an ungodly amount of protein per serving. Still, most people eating Greek yogurt don’t know what they’re getting. Zero fat Greek yogurt probably sells the most, and most places, I’m looking at you Whole Foods, don’t go past 2 percent. Stop. Get the real thing, the Fage “Total”, coming in at about 4 percent fat. It’s what you need after all that hard eat local work. Just make sure to have it with Illinois honey.




Eat Local Mulberries, Locavores Are Killing Manhattan’s Food Scene, and the Rest of the Weekly Harvest of Eat Local Links Monday, July 15th, 2013
A Lusher Garden in 2013 Sunday, July 14th, 2013
On Beer Competitions and such Saturday, July 13th, 2013
What’s Local at Your Neighborhood Grocery Store. Friday, July 12th, 2013
Step 1, Get a Pot of Water Boiling; Step 2, Um Use Your Imagination Thursday, July 11th, 2013
New Local Foods Infographic with Seasonal Calendar! Wednesday, July 10th, 2013
The Local Calendar 7/10/13 Windy City Smokeout, Glenview Market, Local Beets Wednesday, July 10th, 2013
berry-basil kale salad Wednesday, July 10th, 2013
How to Tell if Your Potato is New Tuesday, July 9th, 2013
Big Promises From Dominick’s Tuesday, July 9th, 2013
Weekly Harvest of Eat Local Links Monday, July 8th, 2013
Check out Peoria Heights Farmers Market Monday, July 8th, 2013
What’s In Season? Summer Friday, July 5th, 2013
The Local Calendar 7/3/13 The Reds, Whites and Blues Of The Markets Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013
garlic scape recipe roundup Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013
Henry the Rooster – A Chicken Story Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013
Weekly Harvest of Eat Local Links Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013
Four Fresh Ideas for the Fourth From Terra Brockman Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013
Market Report: Palatine Farmers’ Market Monday, July 1st, 2013
Recap of the June Chicago Food Swap Monday, July 1st, 2013
Thursday, Friday, Tamarday Monday, July 1st, 2013
Artichokes in Illinois – Yes! Monday, July 1st, 2013
What’s Local – Plum Market Chicago – A Tease Monday, July 1st, 2013