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

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!


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.


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