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

July 31, 2013 at 10:16 am


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.


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.


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