The Local Calendar 8/7/13, GE Labeling Hearings Carbondale, Farm Dinners, Tomato Season

August 7, 2013 at 6:36 am

chadnicholsAngelicTheFarmLetMeDecide_SQ-Main-300x250           Each farmers market has its own unique characteristics, the Green City Market besides it high standards for how the products are treated and raised, has farmers like Green Acres that only are found at that market. However, no matter how much I may like Green City or the Daley Center market, there is nothing like my “home” market, the market closest to me, that I can bike to, that is small but the same vendors are always there, like Chad from Nichols, the cucumber guy, slinging his cucumbers (okay, they are sour apples today) or Danny from the cheese booth. Do you have a “home” market? Let us know and why you like the market so much in the comments below.

There is nothing like gettting to a farm dinner during the summer season. Angelic Organics, a biodynamic community supported agriculture farm, that has been growing vegetables and herbs for households since 1991 had their annual farm dinner Saturday for their Learning Center that since their humble beginnings, they’ve become a regional leader helping urban and rural people build local food systems. Each year through their three main initiatives they engage more than 4,000 individuals.

The next public hearing to discuss labeling GE foods in Illinois is today 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! Food and Water Watch Illinois is keeping you abreast of the situation and supplying you action items, so you can do something to support the bill.

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. 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! Want some more cooking ideas for all this fresh produce that is available at the markets, go to the Land Connection and subscribe to Secrets of a Seasonal Cook Every week, Secrets of the Seasonal Cook profiles a vegetable in season right now, and available at your local farmers’ market.

The Local Calendar never stops, with the appearance of tomatoes, eggplant, apples and peaches we are a little past 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.  Now on to the week:

August 7 – 10

National Farmers Market Week continues - Did we really need a week for Farmers markets? Every week is farmers market week on the Local Beet!

August 7

Andersonville- Andersonville Farmers Market opens 3-8pm (6/5-9/4) On Berwyn between Clark and Ashland

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

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 Dirk and Terry Fucik Dirk’s Fish 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 8

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 10-11

Naperville- Veggie Fest -11am – 8pm  4S175 Naperville Wheaton Rd One of the largest vegetarian festivals in the country! It’s  weekend of veggie family fun and free!

August 10

Chicago - Street Food Artistry - 1pm to 7pm  Zhou B Art Center, 1029 W. 35th Street A celebration of Chicago’s hottest street food + art scene Established in 2011, StreetFood Artistry Fest was Chicago’s very first food truck fest. They will continue to showcase the city’s next level, on trend trucks + pop ups at our annual fest.

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 10:30am Christine Subido Pecking Order 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 !!

Fairbury - Slagel Family Farm Tour and Dinner with Jason Hammel of Lula Cafe 2:30pm

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.

Stelle - Mint Creek Farm Tour and Dinner with the Ritz-Carlton’s Mark Payne

Woodstock - Woodstock Farmers Market Outdoors 9am -12pm

August 11

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 12

Chicago – Penisula Chef Series Chef Andrew Zimmerman of Sepia joins Chef Lee Wolen of The Lobby for our ‪#‎PenChefSeries‬ dinner inspired by fresh, seasonal vegetables.  Limited tickets available—call today to reserve your seat! (312) 573-6695. ‪#‎Chicago‬ ‪#‎Foodie‬ ‪#‎HealthyEating‬


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 - Movie and Mingle Night – Sponsored by Advocates for Urban Agriculture Weiss Memorial Hospital Rooftop Farm 4646 N. Marine Drive 7:30pm – 11:30pm Set on top of the hospital’s parking garage, the farm will provide a beautiful and appropriate backdrop for people interested in urban agriculture to find opportunities to get involved, make new connections, and enjoy local eats, drinks, and entertainment as the sun goes down and the (3 or 4 visible) stars come out.  Highlights will include a screening of the widely acclaimed documentary film Urban Roots, tours of the rooftop farm provided by Loud Grade Produce Squad (LGPS), savory morsels from Big Delicious Planet (with veggies from its onsite organic garden), and libations from local breweries (TBA).

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

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.

Oak Park - 6th Annual Seven Generations Ahead Micro Bew Fest – 3-7pm

August 23

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

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.

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

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 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 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


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