The Local Calendar 7/10/13 Windy City Smokeout, Glenview Market, Local Beets

July 10, 2013 at 1:31 pm


The colors of the different vegetables and fruits at the market are pretty amazing this time of the summer and there are plenty of beautiful local beets!!! Lots on the Local Calendar. Stop by the Glenview Market on Saturday and visit me at the Glenview Green table where I will have issues of Edible Chicago Magazine, information on Food Day 2013.The GE Labeling hearings to discuss SB 1666 continue through the summer.  You can join the Right To Know Chicago Meet Up  group and Food and Water Watch has information on their Facebook page about the Public Hearings set for Carbondale on August 7th. You can be an armchair advocate and tell Illinois lawmakers to GE Labeling the Law here.

The Green City Market BBQ is a week away, have you bought your tickets? 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, 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, Veggie Bingo, the Justin Hines Vehicle of Change Tour at Experimental Station, The Windy City Smokeout, of course, the Taste of Chicago and no excuses now to get to the  markets!

July 10-14

Chicago - 33rd Annual Taste of Chicago Grant Park Dirk and Terry Fucik of Dirks Fish Demo at The Dominicks Tent Wednesday

July 10

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 Rodolpho Cuadros, Carnivale 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 11

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

Chicago - Eli’s Cheesecake & Wright College’s Farmer Markets  7am!  Fresh fruits and vegetables from Nichol’s Farm and the Chicago High School of Agricultural Sciences, as well as hand crafts, flowers, and more will be available for purchase. FREE Continental Breakfast from 7am – 9am with $5 market purchase. Lunch on the Grill will be served from 11am – 1pm.  Free Sustainable Agriculture Lecture, given by Lee Greene, Founder of Scrumptious pantry. 1:00pm. All agriculture lectures open to the public, no reservations required

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

Chicago – Uptown Market Uptown Farmers’ Market is year round. Every Thursday from 7-1 inside Weiss Memorial Hospital or in the parking lot during the warmer months. 4646 N Marine Drive This is an appropriate day to stock up on Spark of the Heart Soups

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 12

Chicago – Justin Hines at Experimental Station Vehicle of Change Tour 7:30pm 6100 S. Blackstone

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.

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 Klein Seedling

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.

Glenview - Glenview Market - Green Table Sheri Latash “Current Issues in Strengthening Our Food System” 1510 Wagner Road 8-12pm

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 14

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 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 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 - 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

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 And this sounds like a lot of fun! Spend the day learning about back yard agriculture! At the peak of growing season you will get an insider’s peek into the edible gardens in Oak Park. 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 28

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

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