Grant Available for Teachers to promote Local Food

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Posted: August 30, 2013 at 3:08 pm

In order to promote a well-balanced diet among students as well as promote the usage of high quality agricultural products that are locally produced, the Cook County Farm Bureau has developed The Dairy, Meat, and Fresh Vegetable Education Grant.  The purpose of this grant is to offer up to $300 grants for teachers to purchase dairy, meat and vegetable products for their classroom.

Photo: www.redwoodrootsfarm.com

Photo: www.redwoodrootsfarm.com

These foods will then be used to educate students about the importance of a well-balanced diet and promotion of locally grown foods. Grants are offered to Cook County Jr. High and High Schools that have a food science, culinary, life skills, or other closely related class.

The grant application can be found on the Cook County Farm Bureau website:

http://www.cookcfb.org/Portals/0/Users/007/07/7/DMV%20Grant%20Application%2013-14.pdf

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There’s Other Places to Find Local Food for Your Labor Day BBQ

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Posted: August 30, 2013 at 1:31 pm

What’s Local at the Neighborhood Grocery

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We want you to shop at farmer’s markets, subscribe to CSA’s and frequently use Irv and Shelly’s Fresh Picks.  Stop often at Plum Market, Dill Pickle Co-Op and other stores that focus on local food.  Still, there’s no reason why you cannot also find your local food at the nearest supermarket.  As long as they have some.  What are our sources reporting this week.

Dominick’s

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As you know we always look to you, Dominick’s first all the time because you have gone out of your way to display signs advertising local food.  How do you come through this week?  As in past weeks, their ad highlights two items: local sweet corn, and locally grown greens.

Meijer

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We’re confident in Meijer’s commitment to local food to think they’re more than the Paula Red applestomatoes and watermelon advertised in this week’s flyer.

Jewel

Last week, when we did not have time to post, Jewel advertised a whole bunch of local produce.  This week they advertise nothing.

Treasure Island

This store has been surprising me all summer with their advertisements for local food.  Their ad this week lists local heirloom tomatoes, locally grown, “Flame Farm” peaches [ed. Paul Friday flaming fury?], and parsley root (seen that anywhere else??

Angelo Caputo’s

If we had gone to Caputo’s this week, we bet this list would be bigger, but right now all we can tell you is they advertise locally grown sweet corn, Wisconsin fresh red potatoes, and locally grown Romaine lettuce.

Sunset Foods

This North Shore grocery (mini) chain has long advertised its relationship with Didier Farms, one of the last farm stands in operation in Lake County, although this week they only advertise one thing from them, corn.  You’ll have to see at the store if they have some of the other items they’ve touted this summer like summer squash, and eggplant.  On the other hand, they do advertise Michigan grown peaches.

Tony’s Finer Foods

Not only do they not advertise any local foods, they have the special extra demerit this week for advertising imported braeburn or pink lady apples.

Ultra Foods

The pic at the top of this post, that’s Ultra Foods.  Besides advertising their relationship with Windy Ridge Farm of Valparaiso, Indiana, they specifically advertise Wisconsin red potatoes and home-grown bi-color sweet corn.

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Nothing

Super Low Foods

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Aldi

See Super Low Foods

A&G

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At least there’s green peppers.

Butera

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One item, but one that slightly surprised us as we rarely see commercially grown Wisconsin apples in the grocery stores.

 

 

What local foods are you seeing at your neighborhood grocery stores?




The Local Calendar 8/28/13 Check Please! Farm to Table, Int’l Net For UrbanAg Launches Tues., Chipotle Cultivate 9/7

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Posted: August 28, 2013 at 1:59 pm

MelonNicholsCornnicholsPeppersNichs             Melons, corn, peppers, pears, peaches, apples and lots of heirloom tomatoes are on the tables at the markets to name some of the local produce available NOW!  The summer harvest is at its peak if not a little past. Enjoy this incredible bounty while it is here.

Food Day Chicago (Oct. 24) is about 2 months away. Earth Day was first created in 1970, and is now recognized and celebrated in more than 192 countries each year. Food Day is in its infancy, so help it grow, “like” the Food Day CHI facebook page, and encourage your friends and family to Eat Real!

Lots of fresh produce 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.  Here is a shoutout to Rae at Ellis Farms, thanks so much for being a LOCAL reader and we love all of Ellis’ produce. Say hello to Rae the next time you are at Green City, or the MCA Downtown Market. Sadly, some of the markets will be closing soon, Andersonville, the Logan Square Night Market close 9/4, Argyle 9/5. Now on to yet another action packed Local Beet week ahead! Happy Labor Day!

August 28

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.

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 Brandon Wolff Tre Soldi 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 29

Chicago - Argyle Night Market Closes 9/5 – 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!

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 31

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! 

Chicago - Green City Market Lincoln Park 7am – 1pm Chef demonstration 10:30am David Dworshak Takito Kitchen

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

September 1

Baroda, MI  - Check Please Farm to Table Festival - Round Barn Winery – 12:30pm – 4pm Mid West Hype will be playing live at Round Barn Winery during the  on September 1st. Get your tickets & jam with us! Enjoy delicious bites & wines, hayrides and even a chance to meet our new host, Catherine De Orio!http://www.wttw.com/farmtotable

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  (Ends 10/7) 1800 S Halsted St Chicago Community Bank parking lot

September 3

Chicago – Launch Event The International Network for Urban Agriculture,6pm- 8pm Christy Webber Landscape, a LEED Platinum building with chickens, bees, greenhouse garden and more in Chicago’s west side. Come hear special invited speakers and enjoy light bites, drinks, and great like-minded company coming together to welcome INUAg.org and plan for urban ag growth. INUAg through its website, INUAg.org, is sharing best practices in education, advocacy, and thought leadership to enable the international urban agriculture movement to achieve its full transformative potential.

SAVE THE DATE

September 5

Evergreen Park - From The Ground Up with Jeanne Nolan Evergreen Park Library 6:30pm – 8:30pm 9400 S. Troy Ave.

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 7

Assumption – Transitioning to Organic Corn and Soy Bean a First Hand Look – Sponsored by the Illinois Organic Growers Association 1:30pm – 4:30pm Two Roads Farm

Chicago – Common Threads Harvest Open House – 10am – 1pm South Kenwood Ave.

Chicago – Chipotle Cultivate Festival – 11am – 7pm Lincoln Park A Festival that brings together farmers, chefs, thought leaders, artists, musicians, and participants like you, on a journey towards a world of more sustainable, wholesome and delicious food.

Chicago – Urban Food Symposium - 9am -4pm Loyola’s Mundelein Center 1032 W. Sheridan Rd. Thought leaders from Chicago, the Midwest region and across the nation will explore social justice, environmental and nutritional issues of food systems and offer innovative ways to approach local, alternative solutions.

September 8

Chicago - Kegs For Kids – 12pm – 5pm The Hopleaf 5148 N. Clark Our 4th annual Craft Beer Tasting Party—for adults, of course— will again be held here at Hopleaf the first Sunday afternoon in September. More details to follow,  but tickets are available in advance for $40 at kegsforkidschicago.com .  ALL proceeds go to benefit quality public school education at Helen C. Peirce Elementary School on Bryn Mawr in our Edgewater!

Evanston - Raw Summer Fest - 9am – 7pm Dawes Park at Greenwood St.

September 9

Chicago – Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food 8:30am – 5pm  Union League Club of Chicago A local, regional, food system convening.

September 11 – 14

Chicago - The 28th Annual Oktoberfest in Chicago – 11am – 9pm John C. Kluczynski Federal Plaza  Sponsored by the Berghoff There is local and then there is local, 28 years running is pretty darn local!

September 13

Chicago – Two Sparrows and Northshore Distillery Farm Dinner – 6:30pm 553 West Diversey Pkwy 2 Sparrows is savoring the end of the summer with a local farm collaboration dinner with Nichols Farm (Marengo, IL), Catalpa Grove (Dwight, IL) and Seedling Farm (South Haven, MI). In addition to these celebrated local purveyors, 2 Sparrows welcomes Illinois-based North Shore Distillery as the beverage partner for the occasion.

September 15

Chicago – 1st Annual Growing Home Backyard Dinner 5-8pm Bang Bang Pie Shop 2051 N California Ave

Springfield – Illinois Stewardship Alliance Annual Harvest Celebration - The celebration includes food from local producers, prepared by some of the state’s premier chefs, a welcome address from Lt. Governor Sheila Simon, live music, and a silent auction. 5pm  Inn at 835 in Springfield. Buy tickets online (using Paypal below) or mail a check to: Illinois Stewardship Alliance, 230 Broadway St. Suite 200, Springfield, IL 62701 Ticket Prices: ISA Member – $75 Non-member – $85

September 17

Chicago – FINAL Public Hearings to Label GE Foods - Join us on Illinois Food and Water Watch  10am – 160 N LaSalle in Chicago, room 600 The Illinois Senate is hosting 3 hearings where defenders of our right to know will take the stage against GMO labeling opponents. This is our chance to show Illinois law-makers we urgently demand transparent food labeling!.

Chicago – An Afternoon With Michael Ruhlman at Balena Chicago 12pm – 2pm join Michael Ruhlman and Balena for a celebration of his newest book: Charcuterie The Craft of Salting, Smoking and Curing $25 6:30pm   The Bristol will be hosting a very special dinner with Michael where guests can enjoy a cocktail reception followed by a delectable five-course seated dinner prepared by Chef Chris Pandel. Reservations will be taken by telephone (773.862.5555), and a limited number of tables are available for the evening.

September 18-20th

Chicago – Wurst Festival - Beer, Sausage, Music, Kraut what more can you ask for, really!  Daley Plaza 10am – 8pm Sponsored by The great folks at The Red Meat Market and Family Farmed

September 19

Chicago – Dinner and a Movie at Global Garden –  2954 West Lawrence Ave. 6-8:30pm Featuring a special preview screening of the documentary and food from our friends at Chipotle. Touched by their teenage son’s battle with a foodborne superbug, filmmakers Jeff & Jennifer Spitz document their family’s struggle to raise backyard chickens, grow food, and transform into Food Patriots. Food Patriots (72 minutes/preview version) features people from all walks of life who are trying to change the way Americans eat and buy food, and educate the next generation of consumers Visit http://www.foodpatriots.com/ for a sneak peek.

September 20-21

Chicago – Chicagoland Chicken Enthusisasts presents Windy City Coop Tour 10am – 2pm each day

September 21

Chicago – Food Truck Social – Kendall College 11am – 10pm

Chicago - VeganMania – Broadway Armory

Skokie – Third Annual Hullabaloo to Support The Talking Farm Howard Street Farm

September 25

Chicago – Indie Spirits Expo Chicago – 5-9pm VIP 6:30-9pm general Carmichaels Warehouse 1052 West Monroe Meet the distillers, brand owners, importers and others who make it possible for you to enjoy a great a variety of small batch, unique, artisanal spirits from around the world. Journeyman Distillery will be there!

Chicago – FIVE CHEFS FOR WOMEN Vermilion 6pm – 9pm 10 W. Hubbard St. Bon Appetit presents Chicago Gourmet and Vermilion restaurant are pleased to announce the official kick off to this year’s event with an once-in-a-lifetime dinner honoring women in the hospitality industry. Five Chefs for Women showcases a five-course dinner prepared by renowned women chefs also appearing at Chicago Gourmet, including culinary queens Rohini Dey of Vermilion, Carrie Nahabedian of NAHA/Brindille, Mindy Segal of Hot Chocolate, Ina Pinkney of Ina’s, and special international guest chef Svetlana Riscova of Elements in Latvia. Proceeds benefit  James Beard Foundation Vermilion Women In Culinary Leadership Scholarship

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.

October 4-14

Reedsburg, WI – Fermentation Fest

October 5

Chicago - Chicago - Seasonal Soul Food: A Celebration of Chef Edna Lewis Inspiration Kitchen 3504 West Lake St. 6pm -10pm The proceeds of this unique event will benefit The Sugar Beet Co-op, a volunteer organization that provides educational experiences that celebrate local food. From canning classes to The Edible Garden Tour, The Sugar Beet Co-op has reached over 3000 people in 18 months with positive and practical information about sustainable food choices that support local farmers, strengthens our community and feeds our bodies and souls.

November 21-23

Chicago - Chicago Food Film Festival – Kendall College – It was great last year what can I say? This is a pretty fun event for anyone interested in Chicago, in food and in a great time.

November 21

Chicago – Bioneers Chicago

-WHERE TO FIND LOCAL FOODS

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.

LUSH Wine & Spirits - 2232 W. Roscoe, 1257 S. Halsted, 1412 W. Chicago - Throwing it down, Lush style, and getting all down and dirty with your wine. Understanding the terroir, that is. Taking a look down under, the dirt, the land and the root of the vine. But, more importantly, learning what exactly we like and how to ask for it by name. Which flavors, which grapes. With food or without. And also recognizing consistently what we do not care for. Life is just too short to drink undesirable beverages.

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 Land ConnectionThe Peterson Garden Project , The Talking FarmWeFarmAmerica




Back to School with this Weekly Harvest of Eat Local Links

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Posted: August 27, 2013 at 11:15 am

 

We did not like the demise of City Provisions Deli in this space, but we certainly look forward to River Valley Ranch taking over.

Help Pilsen eat local.

Drink mid-priced wine.

The locapour conundrum.

We actually think that dried herbs play a vital role in good eating, but otherwise find these tips to make meals better very apt.

And using a knife better is maybe the surest way to better cooking.

Keep an eye out for more girls and goats coming from up north.

Have you seen a Paul Robeson tomato and wondered?

Did you catch us on WBEZ?  Here’s the podcast.


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Recycled – 44 Ways to Use Local Peaches

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Posted: August 27, 2013 at 3:19 am

Local peaches, mostly from Southwestern Michigan have been around for several weeks now, but right about now, we are in the peak of the season, when the freestone, Red Haven peaches dominate the market.  There’s nothing wrong with eating a peach out of hand, doing it like I’ve needed to do, over the sink, but what else.  Last year we brainstormed 44 ways to eat your peaches.  Let us know what we’ve missed.

Grilled, alongside whatever else is on the barbie; chopped with jalepeno and red onion as a salsa; roasted with duck; baked with thick pork chops; dried overnight in your oven or using a food dehydrator, so you have a local fruit to give to the kids later on; not quite dried but ready for the trail when made into fruit leather; peach princess pudding; peach pie; peach cobbler, peach kuchen;  canned so that you make a melba to remember or a local diet plate; canned with spices for a winter relish (spiced peaches); mixed with even more spices for a chutney; peach pancakes; with bacon, an heirloom tomato, and rocket (arugula) for a PBTA; roasted, stuffed with fresh ricotta and drizzled with honey; pureed for Bellini’s; cold peach soup; peach ice cream, peach sorbet, peach granita (or peach ice); peach glazed BBQ ribs; peach butter if you cook it down a lot or peach jam which is cooked down but not quite; a salad with roasted pecans and goat cheese; mixed with summer berries for a fruit salad; fresh mozzarella and a drizzle of good balsamic; Italian peach wedding cookies; champagne poached peaches; stewed; stuffed into french toast; peach kugel; dried for fried pies; peach fried rice; with prosciutto or raw country ham; threaded with pork tenderloin and grilled as kebobs; brandied peaches; peach dumplings; peach donuts; peach muffins; upside down cake or do we call it (peach tarte tartin?); mixed into cottage cheese (not Breakstone); peaches and cream




Downstate community gardens bring people together

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Posted: August 26, 2013 at 11:26 am

Here is a good story from the Illinois Times about community gardening efforts in Springfield:

http://www.illinoistimes.com/Springfield/article-12725-more-than-vegetables.html




Governor signs “Eat Local, Buy Illinois Products Day” bill

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Posted: August 23, 2013 at 9:34 am

In honor of last week’s Agriculture Day at the Illinois State Fair, Governor Quinn  signed House Bill 1272, which designates the first Saturday of every month as “Eat Local, Buy Illinois Products Day” to promote local food initiatives, agribusiness and encourage local communities to reinvest in the local economy. Sponsored by State Representative Sam Yingling (D-Round Lake Beach) and State Senator David Koehler (D-Peoria), the bill takes effect immediately.

Photo: Illinois Stewardship Alliance

Photo: Illinois Stewardship Alliance

Wes King, Illinois Stewardship Alliance’s executive director and president of the Governor appointed Local Food, Farms, and Jobs Council, said the legislation is great way to encourage consumers to support local agriculture and economies.

“Eat Local, Buy Illinois Products – what a simple but powerful message. It’s exciting that elected officials here in Illinois are supporting efforts like this to keep more money in Illinois communities and in the pockets of local farms,” King said.

The legislation is part of the Illinois Department of Agriculture’s larger push to get more people to buy local. If each household in the state spent just $10 on Illinois products each week, it would keep $2.4 billion in the state’s economy each year, according to the department.

Photo: Illinois Local Food, Farms, and Jobs Council

Photo: Illinois Local Food, Farms, and Jobs Council

“When you buy Illinois products, you put money right back into your friends and neighbors’ pockets,” state Sen. Dave Koehler, D-Peoria, the Senate sponsor of the legislation, said. “People talk a lot about outsourcing — think of this as insourcing.”

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Illinois Stewardship Alliance: http://www.ilstewards.org/gov-quinn-signs-local-food-legislation/

Illinois Local Food, Farms, and Jobs Council: http://foodfarmsjobs.org/




The Local Calendar 8/21/13 Corks and Crayons, Meet The Market, Fermentation at Green City

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Posted: August 21, 2013 at 6:49 pm

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Tick, tick, tick, it is apple time already. Buy, buy, buy all the produce that you can now, it won’t be on the tables forever! I bought some Red Haralson apples from Nichols at the MCA Market. The apples are tart, crisp and a varietal that I hadn’t bought before. I have to say, they taste as advertised by Chad at Nichols. Do you have a favorite apple varietal? Let us know in the comments below and why! It is that tomato time of year, we are at the height of the tomato harvest, live and love this fruit that we all use like a vegetable. Purple Asparagus is not in season, in fact, asparagus season is over but Purple Asparagus’ annual benefit, Corks and Crayons is this Sunday at the Greenhouse Loft.

Food Day Chicago (Oct. 24) is about 2 months away. Earth Day was first created in 1970, and is now recognized and celebrated in more than 192 countries each year. Food Day is in its infancy, so help it grow, “like” the Food Day CHI facebook page, and encourage your friends and family to Eat Real! If you are reading the LO-CALendar you are on the forefront of the Food Day movement.The biggest help you as an individual can do right now is to “like” the Food Day CHI facebook friends and get all your family, friends and colleagues to as well!

Support your local farmers markets and buy while the produce is available. The Local Calendar never stops, with the appearance of tomatoes, eggplant, apples and peaches we are slightly past the peak of the harvest season. Lots of fresh produce 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.  Now on to yet another action packed Local Beet week ahead!

August 21

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.

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 Rosalia Barron The Signature Room 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 22

Chicago - Meet The Market at RM Champagne Salon with the Green City Market Junior Board – 116 N. Green St. 6-8pm They are teaming up with the fabulous Jessica Murnane of One Part Plant  for a special twist on this MTM… we’re going ALL PLANT!! Using seasonal produce from Nichols Farm and Iron Creek Farms, Jared VanCamp has designed us a mouth-watering, plantastic, complimentary menu.

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!

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 23

Chicago - 2 Sparrows Tomato dinner with Leaning Shedd Farm - 553 West Diversey Parkway 7pm $45

August 24

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! 

Chicago - Green City Market Lincoln Park 7am – 1pm Chef demonstration 10:30am Paula Haney Hoosier Mama Pie David Klingenberger from The Brinery will be give a demonstration on fermentation at 11:30am.

Chicago - Edible Gardens - Green City Market 9:30am – 10:15am Keeping a Tidy Garden: Staking, Pruning, Harvesting, and Composting August is often the month when gardens are at their peak.  Avoid the “jungle garden” by learning how to properly stake and prune.  Learn to distinguish when produce is ready for harvest and learn the principles of home composting.  Please bring pruners if you have them.

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 25

Chicago –  Seven Seas Charity Feast (before the oyster competition 1-4pm $55  1072 N. Milwaukee 3rd Annual Supreme Mother Shucker - Oyster Shucking Competition – All at 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.

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

August 26

Schaumburg - Lure and Lore of Spices at The Schaumburg Public Library Schaumburg Central Library 7pm 130 South Roselle Rd Spice House owners Patty and Tom Erd have spent their lives as spice merchants in pursuit of the highest quality spices from locations all over the globe. They will share interesting historical facts, anecdotes and entertaining tales of derring-do.

August 27

Chicago - Not So Deadly Nightshade - The Stew Supper Club 7-10pm 6338 N. Clark

Chicago - The Trenchermen presents a Dinner Up River with Perennial Artisan Ales 6:30pm 2039 North Ave. Only 75 seats available $100

SAVE THE DATE

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 8

Chicago - Kegs For Kids – 12pm – 5pm The Hopleaf 5148 N. Clark Our 4th annual Craft Beer Tasting Party—for adults, of course— will again be held here at Hopleaf the first Sunday afternoon in September. More details to follow,  but tickets are available in advance for $40 at kegsforkidschicago.com .  ALL proceeds go to benefit quality public school education at Helen C. Peirce Elementary School on Bryn Mawr in our Edgewater!

September 9

Chicago – Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food 8:30am – 5pm  Union League Club of Chicago A local, regional, food system convening.

September 11 – 14

Chicago - The 28th Annual Oktoberfest in Chicago – 11am – 9pm John C. Kluczynski Federal Plaza  Sponsored by the Berghoff There is local and then there is local, 28 years running is pretty darn local!

September 15

Springfield – Illinois Stewardship Alliance Annual Harvest Celebration - The celebration includes food from local producers, prepared by some of the state’s premier chefs, a welcome address from Lt. Governor Sheila Simon, live music, and a silent auction. 5pm  Inn at 835 in Springfield. Buy tickets online (using Paypal below) or mail a check to: Illinois Stewardship Alliance, 230 Broadway St. Suite 200, Springfield, IL 62701 Ticket Prices: ISA Member – $75 Non-member – $85

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.

October 4-14

Reedsburg, WI – Fermentation Fest

October 5

Chicago - Chicago - Seasonal Soul Food: A Celebration of Chef Edna Lewis Inspiration Kitchen 3504 West Lake St. 6pm -10pm The proceeds of this unique event will benefit The Sugar Beet Co-op, a volunteer organization that provides educational experiences that celebrate local food. From canning classes to The Edible Garden Tour, The Sugar Beet Co-op has reached over 3000 people in 18 months with positive and practical information about sustainable food choices that support local farmers, strengthens our community and feeds our bodies and souls.

WHERE TO FIND LOCAL FOODS

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 Land ConnectionThe Peterson Garden Project , The Talking FarmWeFarmAmerica




Support Purple Asparagus by Attending Corks & Crayons This Sunday – Aug 25

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Posted: August 21, 2013 at 3:05 pm

Delicious Eats from Top Chefs, Family Activities, Silent Auction and More

This is the week that our friend and contributor, Melissa Graham, throws her annual party. Melissa leads Purple Asparagus, a Chicago based organization leading efforts to improve food options for our children. Purple Asparagus understands that 25% of Chicago’s children are overweight or obese, and the obesity rates for children in Chicago’s low-income communities may be as high as 70%. Purple Asparagus knows that it takes a lot of effort to move those horrific numbers. They teach the importance of cooking, shopping smartly and eating with relish. Cork & Crayons is Purple Asparagus’s major fundraiser. Please consider coming this Sunday if you have a chance. You can also participate in their silent auction without attending by following this link.

In their own words, they best describe the 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) and Richie Farina (Moto). We’ll also be featuring Ale Syndicate brews, cocktails with Templeton Rye whiskey, Candid Wines, and delicious non-alcoholic beverages for the kids.

During the event there will be multiple activities to keep the entire family entertained including a mini farmer’s market, tours of the LEED Certified Green Exchange, a photo booth, an art experience from A Muse, a silent auction, raffle prize drawings, and of course, Chicago Fire’s own Logan Pause!

Corks & Crayons takes place this Sunday, August 25, from 4 to 7 PM. You can get your tickets here.

http://purpleasparagus.com/

Some pics from previous Corks & Crayons events can be seen below.




A Great Source for Info on Preserving Your Harvest

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Posted: August 20, 2013 at 12:04 pm

Anybody who gardens this time of year may ask themselves what to do with all of the bounty that has arrived. Give it away to friends and neighbors? Hold a huge feast? You may want to consider storing or preserving it for the lean months of winter and into the spring. With its current research-based recommendations for most methods of home food preservation, The National Center for Home Food Preservation is an excellent source for all types of food storage and preservation.

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The Center was established with funding from the Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture (CSREES-USDA) to address food safety concerns for those who practice and teach home food preservation and processing methods.

The Center’s website has publications, seasonal tips, USDA Bulletins, and a “How do I?” section that has instructions on canning, smoking, freezing, drying, and storing what you have grown all summer.

 

The National Center for Home Food Preservation can be found at:

http://nchfp.uga.edu/

They also have a great blog:

http://preservingfoodathome.com/

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Fall is Garlic Planting Season!

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Posted: August 20, 2013 at 8:31 am

Used to add flavor to dishes worldwide, and known for its medicinal properties, garlic is also one of the easiest garden crops to grow.  Allium sativum, commonly known as garlic, is a species in the onion genus, Allium. Its close relatives include the onion, shallot, leek, and chive. Garlic in unusual as a garden crop in that, as you would a flower bulb, you normally plant it in the fall. Fall is right around the corner as they say and if you want to grow some garlic next year right now would be a great time to start planning.

Russian Red Garlic - a Rocambole Photo: Maine Potato Lady

Russian Red Garlic – a Rocambole Hardneck
Photo: Maine Potato Lady

There are two main varieties of garlic, hardneck and softneck. These two groups are also broken down into hardnecks: Porcelain Garlics, Rocambole Garlics, and Purple Stripe Garlics and softnecks: Artichoke Garlics and Silverskin Garlics and a few others. There are many varieties in each of these categories as well. In Illinois the hardneck varieties generally do better than softneck. Though there are several softneck varieties, such as Inchellium Red that will do well in Illinois.

Inchelium Red garlic - an Artichoke Softneck Photo: Maine Potato Lady

Inchelium Red garlic – an Artichoke Softneck
Photo: Maine Potato Lady

Garlic should be planted in well drained soil with a good amount of organic matter. Compost will help give the garlic the proper amount of organic matter. If the soil is too moist the garlic can rot in the ground. A raised bed will help garlic it is grown in areas that remain damp all year. The bulbs should be planted 8 to 12 inches apart in rows about 18 inches apart. The cloves should be planted with the tip, or narrow end, facing up and about an inch or so deep. Mulch, such as straw, should be placed on the garlic to help protect it during the winter and protect it from the effects of the freeze-thaw cycle.

Garlic must experience a chilling period before it will set a bulb. Planting it in the fall gives it this chilling period and allows for some growth before spring. It must be planted early enough to allow for this early growth but not too early that there is excessive growth. Excessive growth will be burned off by a hard freeze and will hurt the plant. Early October is when I generally plant garlic. This seems to be the ideal time to plant it throughout the northern half of Illinois.

In the spring, after the green shoots start poking through, remove the straw mulch. Keeps weeds controlled as they will quickly take over limiting the garlic’s ability to grow. Garlic needs to be kept well watered as well. Pests and diseases that affect garlic are similar to what affects other members of the allium family such as onions. Be on the look out for onion thrips, onion maggots and bulb rot. If given a well drained site to grow with good air circulation and a good crop rotation plan, garlic is relatively care free.

Freshly Harvested Garlic

Freshly Harvested Garlic

Hardneck varieties develop “scapes” or flower shoots that should be removed. If left on the plant the scapes can reduce the size of the bulb. The scapes are edible themselves and if harvested early enough, can be used in many dishes.

Freshly Harvested Garlic

Freshly Harvested Garlic

Harvest garlic before the tops completely die down. The best is when there are still several green leaves. If left too long in the soil the outer skin can rot leaving only loose bulbs. After harvesting, remove excess soil but do not wash. Lay the plants or hang them in a well ventilated room. Do not leave them in the sunlight. After 4 to 6 weeks, roots and tops can be trimmed off. For appearance the outer dirty skins can be removed. Store cured garlic in a cool dry place.  Save some of the cloves to replant again in the fall.

Garlic Growing in the Field Photo: VegetableGardener.com

Garlic Growing in the Field
Photo: VegetableGardener.com

As it is pretty easy and carefree to grow garlic is a great crop for novice gardeners, try growing some this fall! There are many good books and websites devoted to growing garlic. Some garlic info can be found at:

The Boundary Garlic Farm: https://www.garlicfarm.ca/growing-garlic.htm

Mother Earth News: http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/growing-garlic-zmaz09onzraw.aspx#axzz2cQmIMtbR

Some good sources for garlic to plant are:

Filaree Farm: http://www.filareefarm.com/seed-garlic-for-sale/Seed-Garlic/

Maine Potato Lady: https://www.mainepotatolady.com/productcart/pc/viewCategories.asp?idCategory=9

Great Northern Garlic: http://www.greatnortherngarlic.com/

 




Wendy and More in This Week’s Harvest of Eat Local Links

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Posted: August 19, 2013 at 3:18 pm

 

Bookmark this now.

We’d like to believe this is true, but call us skeptical (via).

We just don’t buy this idea that ”processing and packaging of food far outweighs travel when it comes to how much our food sources strain the environment,” as a reason not to favor eating local.

No, it does not surprise me that Detroit’s on this list of top six cities for eating local.

I once made (I think a really good) list of 50 quintessential foods of the region.  USA Today recently did their own list, coming up with a mere 10 Midwestern foods you must try–and their version of the Midwest draws a lot different than mine.

Get to Madison to try some award winning cheeses.

Some really serious reasons why to care about climate change.




Edamame: Young Green Soybeans

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Posted: August 19, 2013 at 9:59 am

Edamame (eh-dah-mah-may) are sweet young things — sweet, young soybeans, to be exact. And they are perhaps the world’s easiest and most nutritious snack food. Popped from the pod directly into your mouth, the slick orbs have a pleasing toothiness, followed by a sweet, buttery taste that makes it impossible to eat just one. In fact, in Japan, where I first enjoyed them, edamame take the place of peanuts, and come to the table as a salty snack in bars.

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Soy Fresh from the Farm

Although soy has become an ever-greater presence in the grocery store aisles, the fresh green soybean, whole and unadulterated, is still relatively rare on our plates. Yet nothing could be simpler to prepare, or more fun to eat, so now is the time to seek them out at your local farmers market.

Simplicity and Nutrition – Two Peas in a Pod

In addition to healthy amounts of vitamins A and B, edamame have lots of protein, calcium, and fiber. More importantly, they have many phytochemicals that have only recently begun to be appreciated. If you read health or nutrition columns, you know that soybeans are full of a class of phytochemicals called isoflavones. The research is not definitive, but suggests that these isoflavones may reduce the risk of cancer, lower cholesterol, and help prevent heart disease and osteoporosis. They may also significantly alleviate the symptoms of menopause.

Yet when you subject soybeans to intense processing (soy milk and so on), you lose a lot of isoflavones. When you get edamame straight from your local farmer, you can be sure that they are bursting with all the right stuff. But you don’t need to eat them for any reason other than that they taste wonderful.
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Salted Edamame

Edamame (Boiled Green Soybeans)

Right now, while edamame are in season, buy a large amount, cook them up in a big pot, eat some, and put the rest into ziplock bags. Then you can take a bag out anytime, and put the edamame in the microwave or into boiling water for an instant taste of summer.

Ingredients

1 pound fresh soybeans

2 Tb salt

2 quarts water

Instructions

  1. Put a big pot of salted water on the stove on high heat.
  2. If your soybeans are still on the stem, sit down while the water is coming to a boil, and strip the pods off the stems. (The beans grow from the woody branches of the tall soybean bush, and its name in Japanese combines the characters for twig and bean: 枝豆.) When the water is boiling, throw the soybeans in, pods and all. Boil for about 5-7 minutes.
  3. Drain and place in a bowl. Add another tablespoon of salt and toss the still steaming beans.
  4. Let the beans cool to room temperature. Pick up a pod, hold it close to your lips, and gently squeeze the beans into your mouth. It’s easy, it’s fun, and it’s incredibly good for you.

Creative Commons License© The Land Connection Foundation The best way to enjoy healthy, seasonal produce is to buy it from your local community farmer. Farm Fresh Now! is a project of The Land Connection, an educational nonprofit that preserves farmland, trains new farmers, and connects people with great locally-grown foods. This series is made possible with generous support from the Illinois Department of Agriculture.




Clafoutis, The French Dessert for Grown Ups, Mais Oui!

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Posted: August 18, 2013 at 8:58 pm

Cherry Clafoutis

Grab the cherries and throw them into a hot buttered pie pan. Tell the children that they can’t have this one until they are older. Yes! You can make it easily after work with no fuss or muss. In fact, you will have to do like the old commercial and throw some flour on your face to make it look like the work was hard.

Cherry Clafoutis (Inspired by this thread over at LTH Forum with “Best Practices”/Inspiration taken from there, Julia Child, Dorie Greenspan, Craig Claiborne, and Christopher Kimball)

Ingredients
1 lb of fresh cherries, washed, stemmed, but pits left intact
3 eggs
1/3 c. sugar
3/4 c. cream
1/2 c. whole milk
1 t. vanilla extract
Pinch salt
1/2 c. all purpose flour

Heat the oven to 350 degrees and make sure there is a rack in the middle of the oven.
Butter a pie pan. Arrange cherries in a single layer of the buttered pie pan.
Whisk the eggs until they are bubbly. Then whisk in the sugar until there are no granules present and the mix is a smidge thick. This should take about 2 minutes total whisking time. Keep whisking and add in the pinch of salt and the vanilla. Keep whisking and add the flour. Keep whisking until smooth. Now whisk in your milk and cream to combine. Knock bowl on counter to dissipate any visible bubbles in your batter.
This batter moves quickly, so be aware as you pour it over the cherries. Bake until it’s airy, puffy, and browned. This will be about 45 minutes. But before you remove it from the oven, treat it like a cake and insert a skewer in the center and make sure it comes out clean.

Et voilà! Serve warm or at room temperature. Yes, you can add powdered sugar, but I loathe that stuff.

*** If cherries aren’t in season, and you didn’t put up any that you can use for this dish, you are in luck. Just replace the cherries with another fruit and proceed with the rest of the recipe. Oh, but it is no longer called a clafoutis if you aren’t using cherries, it is called a flaugnarde. Bon Appetit!




You Can Find Local Food This Weekend at Caputo’s, Sunset Foods – Where Else?

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Posted: August 16, 2013 at 4:07 pm

Each week Jeannie Boutelle does an amazing job collecting a range of eat local events in the Local Calendar.  She also highlights certain farmer’s markets and links you to our master table of markets. She also includes a list of “Where to Find Local Foods.” This time of year, however, we know that where to find local foods also includes a few more places. Some recent trips to Caputo’s in Elmwood Park have found rashes of locavorism breaking out, and our source in Northbrook tells us that Sunset Foods also has a hanker for eat local right about now.

Dominick’s

As you know we look to you, Dominick’s first all the time because you have gone out of your way to display signs advertising local food.  How do you come through this week?  According to their current ad, they have local sweet corn, and locally grown greens.

Meijer

We did not get a paper with a Meijer ad in it this week, but we would expect they still have much local food.  In previous weeks they advertised local: red leaf and romaine lettuce; radishes, chili peppers, zucchini and summer squash, green beans, roma tomatoes, white potatoes, watermelon, and cucumbers.  Granted we have no advertising proof, but we have confidence in Meijer.

Jewel

It has not been a summer of much local at Jewel, based on our ad research, but week they make a huge leap.  Their current ad shows Illinois cilantro, sweet corn, and beets and Michigan yellow or green zucchini,  green beans, eggplant, and tomatoes.

Treasure Island

This store has been surprising me all summer with their advertisements for local food.  This week’s ad shows Michigan red haven peaches, and local grown heirloom tomatoes and green bell peppers.

Angelo Caputo’s

caputo - local display - august 2013

This is just inside the door at Caputo’s.  Of course it’s already after you’ve gone past the bins of local, Michigan apples.

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Then you get to these.  My wife has canned these Michigan tomatoes in prior years, so I can vouch for their usefulness and deliciousness.

Sunset Foods

This North Shore grocery (mini) chain has long advertised its relationship with Didier Farms, one of the last farm stands in operation in Lake County.  From Didier this week, they have sweet corn, summer squash, and eggplant.  In addition, they have Illinois peaches and Michigan tomatoes.

What local foods are you seeing at your neighborhood grocery stores?




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The Local Calendar 8/14/13 No KID Hungry TOTN, Sound Opinions, Movie and Mingle at Weiss, Kilbourn Park Organic Wednesday, August 14th, 2013
weeknight local organic summery salad + simple tomatillo salsa recipe Wednesday, August 14th, 2013
Field day in Kankakee County: Preparing for Extended Season Production Tuesday, August 13th, 2013
The Weekly Harvest of Where the Condiment Queen May Eat and Other Eat Local Links Tuesday, August 13th, 2013
August is Prime Time for the Fall and Winter Garden Tuesday, August 13th, 2013
Beauty and the Beets Monday, August 12th, 2013
UPDATED! – See What I’m Eating and Not Eating on VB6 Thursday, August 8th, 2013
The Local Calendar 8/7/13, GE Labeling Hearings Carbondale, Farm Dinners, Tomato Season Wednesday, August 7th, 2013
Weekly Harvest Finds Jeannie and Other Eat Local Links Tuesday, August 6th, 2013
Yup, Start Counting, Today Marks Day 1 of 28 Days of VB6 Monday, August 5th, 2013
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The Incredible Edible Eggplant Monday, August 5th, 2013
Drink Local Kombucha = Happy Belly Monday, August 5th, 2013
Local Food EveryWhere – Keeping on Top of Dominick’s and the Rest of the Grocery Stores Thursday, August 1st, 2013
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