The Local Calendar 10/11/13 Food Truck Rally at Daley Plaza, Wild Plants Gathering, Only a Few Weeks Left for Outdoor Markets

October 11, 2013 at 11:30 am


We are surrounded at the markets by the colors of fall, oranges, reds, browns with a few pockets of green as vegetables like brussel sprouts are harvested. The outdoor markets will be ending soon so take advantage and shop while you still can. Food Trucks are rallying at Daley Plaza today, you can forage with an expert tomorrow, Michael Swiertz as part of the Rooting Chicago weekend.  Food Day Chicago is 2 weeks away.Oct. 24) 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 put the Food Day Eat Real event at Daley Plaza on your calendar for Oct. 24th! There will be lots going on like raw food and indian cooking demonstrations. Learn how to cast a fly rod and shop at the Daley Plaza market while you are there!

                                                                                  The Week Ahead

October 11

Chicago – Food Trucks Rally at Daley Plaza – 11am – 8pm The City of Chicago Food Truck Rally will present both lunchtime and after work dining options as well as a designated area for beer and wine to be purchased. Presented by the City of Chicago, Goose Island Beer Company and Illinois Lottery.  plus live music and DJs providing entertainment – including Mike & Lisa, 11:30am–1:30pm and DJ Lisa René, 5–7:30pm.

October 11-13

Chicago - Rooting Chicago - Rooting: Regional Networks, Global Concerns Rooting is a symposium and exhibition centered on issues of sustainable farming and urban agricultural practices in America and India. Sponsored by the Rhizome Alliance.

October 11-14

Reedsburg, WI - Fermentation Fest

October 12

Chicago – Wild Plant Gathering Workshop – 2:30pm Jackson Park Lead by Michael Swiertz who is a very knowledgable, passionate expert on foraging.

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(market moves indoors Nov. 2) Lincoln Park 7am – 1pm Chef demonstration 10:30am Megan Neubeck Terzo Piano 9-11:30  Stop by the Chicago Indoor Garden’s booth, say hi to Paula and taste her handcrafted hummus.

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 !!

La Fox – Heritage Prairie Saturday Farmer’s Market  9am – 1pm 2N308 Brundige Road

Morton Grove - Morton Grove Farmers Market (6/8-10/19) 8am – 12pm  - 6210 Dempster St

Oak Park - Oak Park Farmers Market - The market will run every Saturday through 10/26 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

October 13

Chicago - Glenwood Sunday Outdoor Market 9am-2pmIt 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.

Chicago - Logan Square Outdoor Market 10am–3pm Logan Blvd between Whipple and Milwaukee Ave; May 19–Oct 27

October 14

Chicago - Green Zebra The menu focuses specifically on a locally grown ingredient today.

October 15

Woodstock - Local Food Systems Conference -Engaging institutions in developing regional food systems:Setting the table for collaboration Hosted by Northeastern Illinois University 9:30am -6pm


October 16

Chicago - Green City Market(last market Oct. 23)  Lincoln Park 7am – 1pm 10:30m Chef demo will be a pleasure for anyone who can attend, Eric Freeberg Bar Toma. 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. Stop by the Phoenix Bean booth and taste some of their organic, gluten free tofu and they always have tastings of the different recipes using tofu.

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.

October 17

Chicago - Eli’s Cheesecake & Wright College’s Farmer Markets  Open through October 31 7am – 1pm 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

Evanston - Vander Mill Cider Dinner at Quince  - 6:30pm

October 23

Chicago – FACT’s Fund-A-Farmer Party - Uncommon Ground on Devon 7-9:30pm  All the funds raised at our party will go directly to farmers and their animals. Thanks in part to last year’s party, we recently awarded grants to 18 farmers for projects to improve animal welfare on their farms. You are invited to join the fun and help us make this project a success! Bid on unique silent auction items, enter our raffle, nosh on locally sourced bites, listen to live music, and meet one of our funded farmers.  Tickets are $25 and include two drinks and light appetizers. We hope to see you there!

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. Lots going on at Daley Plaza from 8am -2pm, raw food, indian cooking, butchering demonstrations, learn how to cast a rod, taste lots of great local produce.

October 26

Chicago – Halloween Hog Butcher Breakdown ClassCentered Chef  The course welcomes a wide range of culinary and carnivorous backgrounds who have a passion or simply a curiosity for the art of butchery. Their special Cut, Cook & Carry Butcher classes offers foodies, grillers, chefs and meat lovers the opportunity to learn the art of butchery from Master Butchers beginning with how to break down a carcass, to the art of cooking local fresh meats with Chef Ryan Hutmacher of The Centered Chef. Participants will also have the opportunity to take home the meat they cut!

Chicago - NOURISH – 2013 Meals On Wheels Celebrity Ball

October 29

Chicago – Dinner of the Dead - The Stew Supper Club  7-10pm “This will be a doozy” , “Effigy, Homage, and Tribute will be the inspiration for this fall kick off supper. Our own version of pumpkin spice OWW”

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 Spence Farm FoundationThe Talking FarmWeFarmAmerica