The Local Calendar 10/30/13 A Bioneer Weekend and the Indoor Markets Are Opening!!

October 30, 2013 at 9:21 am


It is definitely that gourd time of year, brussel sprout stalks have made their appearance on the tables. Time to start thinking of where to source that bird for Thanksgiving.

Alas, the outdoor markets have all closed except for the downtown Evanston market whose last market is this weekend. However, the fall/winter markets have opened! The Green City Market moves to their indoor locale at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum and will be open November through April 8am – 1pm. The 61st Market moves indoors to Experimental Station and will be open every Sat, except for Thanksgiving weekend from 9am to 2pm through December 14. The Faith In Place Winter markets start up again in Glenview on 11/23. If you have any winter markets that you know of and want us to post, let us know in the comments below!

Don’t despair as cold weather arrives, there are still places you can go for sustenance that keep the markets alive, Sauce and Bread Kitchen, and their monthly Stew Supper Club, Floriole Cafe and Bakery, check out their pizza nights, Pasta Puttanana as well as our suggestions below on where to source 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 – Understanding the terroir, taking a look down under, the dirt, the land and the root of the vine, which flavors, which grapes. With food or without. And also recognizing consistently what we do not care for.

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

Area resources for local food initiatives, workshop, classesAdvocates for Urban Agriculture ,Angelic Organics , Edible Evanston,  Illinois Stewardship Alliance , The Land ConnectionThe Peterson Garden Project , The Spence Farm FoundationThe Talking Farm , WeFarmAmerica

Lots going on with the Bioneers this weekend at Roosevelt University, join the letter writing party to save local farms at Sauce and Bread Kitchen tomorrow night and the indoor markets:

                                                                                                        The Week Ahead

October 30

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 31

Chicago - Day of Action to Save Local Farms – Farmers & Consumers Unite! Letter writing party Sauce and Bread Kitchen – 6338 – 40 N. Clark 6-8pm We have the opportunity to make sure the FDA gets it right for both farmers and consumers. And we have only until November 15th to respond! Join us to learn about the new rules & how they could affect farmers, and TAKE ACTION! We’ll be writing and collecting letters together, and we’ll send them in to let the FDA know we support local farms and fair food safety! Invite friends! Spread the word! BYOB!

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

November 1-3

Chicago - Great Lakes Bioneer Weekend - On November 1-3  Great Lakes Bioneers Chicago will host its second annual conference at Roosevelt University.  For three exciting days, participants will have the opportunity to join international, national and local visionaries in a program of presentations and interactive workshops interwoven with music, drama, dance, poetry and celebration.

November 1

Chicago - Lincoln Park Young Professionals present Day of the Dead 7pm International Museum of Surgical Science

November 2

Chicago 61st Farmers Market -  9am – 2pm Moves indoors to the Experimental Station 6100 South Blackstone through December 14, except Thanskgiving weekend.  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 Indoor Market at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum  8am – 1pm Chef demonstration this Saturday by Jared Van Camp of Old Town Social Club and Nellcote. 10:30am  Stop by the Chicago Indoor Garden’s booth, say hi to Paula and taste her handcrafted hummus.

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

November 3

Chicago - Logan Square Indoor Market 10am–3pm Logan Blvd 2755 North Milwaukee. The NOSH will share space with the Indoor Logan Square market at the old Pierre Bakery Building. The market runs 11/3/13 through 3/30/14 except for 12/1/13.


November 12

Normal - Local and Regional Food Summit – 9am – 4:30pm  The third annual Local and Regional Food Summit will be held on November 12, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM (Doors open at 8:30 AM) at Heartland Community College, Astroth Community Education Center, 1500 West Raab Road, Normal, IL. This one-day event is hosted by the Illinois Farm Bureau, Illinois Department of Agriculture, and Heartland Community College.

November 14

Berwyn - Autre Monde –  Natural Wine Dinner with Sicilys Frank Cornenissen 6:30pm Owners Christine Tully Aranza and John Aranza of Autre Monde Cafe & Sprits are honored to welcome special guest and winemaker Frank Cornelissen to their popular Berwyn restaurant. Renowned for his leadership in the natural wine movement, Cornelissen joins the Aranzas and Chefs Dan Pancake and Beth Partridge for an evening exploring and celebrating his wines as they are presented alongside a Mediterranean-inspired menu.

November 16

Chicago – Harvest Feast ChicagoSpence Farm Foundation Harvest Dinner – 900 N. Branch They need your support to keep expanding our local foodshed so get tickets now to their amazing fundraiser dinner at Kendall College.

November 17

Chicago – NOMA Chef Makes One Day Only Appearance at Balena for a book signing and then dinner at The Bristol (Zagat) - The day begins at Balena with afternoon wine, some of Redzepi’s favorite dishes and a Q&A with the chef, moderated by Tasting Table’s Heather Sperling. They’ll discuss his new book, A Work in Progress. The festivities continue with a 10-course dinner at The Bristol, inspired by Noma and prepared by chef Chris Pandel. Tickets for the Q&A at Balena cost $135 (reserve online) and the dinner at The Bristol is $235 with an optional $75 wine pairing (call 773-862-5555 for reservations). Both events include a copy of Redzepi’s highly anticipated book.

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, in film, in fun!!! Taste what you see on the screen.

November 23

Glenview – Faith In Place Winter Market – 9am – 1pm Glenview New Church 74 Park Drive

December 3

Chicago - Faith In Place Luncheon and Fundraiser – 1pm The Conference Center 1 N. Wacker Drive 2nd Floor

December 11

Springfield – Illinois Stewardship Alliance 2nd Annual Meeting