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

July 24, 2013 at 1:37 pm


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!)


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.


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