The Local Calendar 7/3/13 The Reds, Whites and Blues Of The Markets

July 3, 2013 at 9:15 am

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                                                                                                THE LOCAL CALENDAR


It is that red, white and blue time of the year. The colors of the markets change with the seasons. Spring into summer has greens, summer the reds, blues, purples of berries, August the reds, oranges, yellows of tomatoes, autumn the hues of amber, ochre and browns, then the whites of winter and of course in the midst of the summer harvest, a rainbow of colors abound which shows what a time of abundance summer is.

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 smell-a-vision available. 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!

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 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, Veggie Bingo, Susan Werner’s Hayseed debut at City Winery (Edible Chicago is giving away 2 free tickets to the concert check their facebook page or the calendar July 5 below) and no excuses now to get to the  markets!

July 3

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

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 will be there? There is only one answer, go yourself 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 Chef demonstration Michael McDonald Luxbar Chicago 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.

July 4

Happy Fourth!!!!!!!!!

Need to shop?

Butcher and Larder - 10am – 2pm

Dill Pickle Food Coop – 8am – 6pm

Green Grocer – 10am – 6pm

Hoosier Your Mama - Patriotic Pies 10-4pm

Provenance Food and Wine will be open Lincoln Square and Logan Square 11am – 4PM

Publican Quality Meats – Open until 3pm

The Publican – They open at 3:30pm

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,  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 us your name for entry at: Free copies of the latest Edible Chicago will be available at the concert.

July 7

Chicago 61st Farmers Market -  9am – 2pm Located on 61st Street between Dorchester and Blackstone Avenues. The Market accepts LINK and Senior Farmers Market Coupons.

Chicago Green City Market Lincoln Park 7am – 1pm Chef demonstration Peter Coenen The Gage.

Chicago – Luna Burger Tasting Provenance Food and Wine 1-3pm 2312 W. Leland These veggie burgers walk the walk! Not only have Megan & Barbie Luna partnered with local Ohio farmers to source the best ingredients possible, but they also compost, recycle and conscientiously use only seasonally-preserved ingredients.

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

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.

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 8

Chicago - Growing Power Farm Tours and Downtown Sound 5pm Buckingham Fountain – Have a walking tour of Growing Power’s gardens in Grant Park and then stay for a picnic to listen to Downtown Sound.


July 12-14

Chicago – Windy City Smokeout - This inaugural summer festival will bring together the best of live country music, beer and BBQ to the city’s popular River North neighborhood at Rush St. and Illinois St.

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

Chicago -  Luna Burger Tasting Provenance Food and Wine 1-3pm Logan Square location 2528 N. California Avenue These veggie burgers walk the walk! Not only have Megan & Barbie Luna partnered with local Ohio farmers to source the best ingredients possible, but they also compost, recycle and conscientiously use only seasonally-preserved ingredients.

July 15

Chicago – 2nd Annual WXRT and Supreme Lobster’s Rockin Lobster Bash – Three Aces Chicago 1321 West Taylor St. 6:30pm SOLD OUT

July 16

Winnetka – Noon “Women’s Wroters Luncheon” series at Avli Restaurant Lunch, Q & A, Signing Ticket price of $46 includes the book and lunch  For reservations please email or call Sarah at 847-446-8880

Winnetka - 7pm Jeanne Nolan reads from her new book, From The Ground Up 7pm The Book Stall 811 Elm St. Talk, Q & A, Book SIgning

 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 25

Chicago – Green City Market Junior Board - Meet The Market Allium

July 26

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

July 27

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

July 28

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.

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 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:

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