The Local Calendar 9/4/13 Chipotle Cultivate, ReVIVE, Raise The Roof and Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food

September 4, 2013 at 9:32 am

BeetsNicholsPeachesSantaclauspears                                                          I just can’t resist taking a picture of local beets when they are this colorful. The row of beets on the Nichols Farm table at the Green City Market seemed endless. It is pretty amazing what fresh water, like rain, does for vegetables, it is like giving vegetables a blood transfusion, they suddenly perk up. One more reason to get to the markets on a rainy day as well as making your local farmer happy! Peaches are now in full force at the markets, as well as other fruits like some of Oriana’s heirloom Santa Claus pears.

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.

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.  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 including the chockablock full of food, music, local beverages, Chipotle Cultivate Festival in Lincoln Park on Saturday, WeFarmAmerica’s ReVive weekend at Pembroke and the USDA’s “Know Your Farmer Know Your Food”  convening on Monday.

September 4

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 Naoki Nakashima Shaw’s Crab House 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.

September 5

Chicago - Raise The Roof Hoophouse workBBQ – 10am – 4pm 2630 S. Calumet Black Oaks Center for Sustainable Renewable Living will be hosting a roof raising for the 90ft hoophouse at the new community garden on 26th & Calumet. THEY NEED YOUR HELP! Join them as they fill beds with soil, plant seeds and cover the hoophouse. The workday will close out with a BBQ to christen the new growing space and Healthy Food Hub!  Email if you’re interested in volunteering!…

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.

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

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

September 6-8

Pembroke - REVIVE! Following-up on ~RESET~ back in July, we will head out to Black Oaks Center For Sustainable Renewable Living once again for for REVIVE. We’ve got another great list of possible of activities all focused around food, people, and most importantly, the need to heal – the land & ourselves. This is a FAMILY EVENT – KIDS MOST WELCOMED!

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.

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 Ben Browning 11:45 French Pastry School Pie Demonstration and Pie Contest 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 (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 8

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

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 .  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.

Marseilles – Les Brown Memorial Harvest FestivalGrowing Home 11am-3pm 1139 N. 30th Rd.

September 9

Chicago - Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food 8:30am – 5pm  Union League Club of Chicago A local, regional, food system convening. The convening is hosted by USDA’s Illinois Rural Development and the Food & Nutrition Service (FNS) Midwest Region, Illinois Farm Bureau & Fresh Taste.  Through a series of breakout sessions and presentations, participants will learn how USDA programs and grants have been used by businesses, farms, agencies and organizations. You will learn about USDA technical and financial resources available to help cultivate and grow a local or regional food system in your area.

September 10

Chicago - Green Zebra Summer Menu focused on a locally grown ingredient


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 for a sneak peek.

September 20-21

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

September 21-22

Andersonville - City Made Fest - Clark Street between Argyle & Carmen.  Featuring an array of Chicago-based musicians, brewers and artisans, this new festival is a celebration of all of the great stuff being made right here in our city. 12pm – 9pm No cover

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 22

Chicago – Green Grocer Chicago – 5th Annual BBQ - 12pm – 4pm

Chicago – Uncommon Ground and Vandermill Cider present Cider Toast and Pig Roast 2-6pm $40 1401 West Devon

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 - 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.

October 24

!!!!!!Chicago – FOOD DAY CHICAGO and nationwide What are you going to do to celebrate Food Day? Or join the event at Daley Plaza! Checkout the Facebook page for Food Day CHI for further details.

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 -


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

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