The Local Calendar 11/27/13 Happy Thanksgiving Most Markets Closed Shop Local This Weekend

November 27, 2013 at 6:59 am


Turkey day is tomorrow and a time to enjoy great food and give thanks for all it takes to produce it! Farmers and the people that run the markets need a break every now and then too! So in Chicago, at least, all of the farmers markets are closed this weekend. If you happen to know of one that is open, leave a comment below.

As we move into winter and the amount of green produce dwindles, microgreens which are grown indoors offer a vibrant, healthy alternative. Chicago Indoor Garden, The Urban Canopy and the Plant offer their greens at some of the local markets and you can have free tastes to see what you think! I look at them as green vitamins, they have an aboslutely incredible, nutrional punch and they add a burst of flavor to salads, sandwiches, omelets and more, which is why so many of the Chicago chefs utilize them in their dishes.

Our Where To Source Local Guide below and restaurants like The Local Root, who have a map showing you where some of their ingredients are sourced from,  are still sourcing local during the winter time. So this week is relatively quiet but the December calendar is chock full of events, so check it out below. The event calendar has already started for 2014. Whiskyfest Chicago early bird tickets have sold out and Chicago Gourmet 2014 tickets go on sale at 12am Friday!! Most of the establishments in our WTSLG are open Saturday!


These stores specialize in local foods:

Bang Bang Pie Shop – Open Sat 9-5 Sund 9-4 Closed Thur/Frid 2051 N. California Ave.

Butcher and Larder Open Sat 10am 1026 Closed Thur/Frid North Milwaukee in Noble Square

Dill Pickle Food Co-op – Open Frid 9am – 9pm Closed Thurs 3039 West Fullerton, Chicago

Edible Alchemy Foods Co-op - Taking a week off for Thanksgiving 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

Katherine Anne Confections – 2745 W. Armitage

LUSH Wine & Spirits - 2232 W. Roscoe, 1257 S. Halsted, 1412 W. Chicago – 11/10 Gamay tasting at their Roscoe locale, 2-5pm ahead the upcoming release day for Beaujolais Nouveau 11/21.

Marion Street Cheese Market 100 South Marion St. Oak Park

Plum Market - 1233 N. Wells St.

Provenance Food & Wine - 2 locations Logan Square 2528 N. California Lincoln Square 2312 W. Leland Ave . Remember to checkout Holidays On The Square on Dec. 7   Lincoln Square locale wine tasting every Thur 6-8pm, Logan Square wine tasting Saturdays 3-6pm

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

                                                                                                                 The Week Ahead

November 27- Jan 27, 2014Art and Appetite: American Painting Culture, and Cuisine The Art Institute of Chicago

November 28

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!! gobble, gobble, gobble

November 29

Chicago – Happy Hour at Koval Distillery – 5-7pm 5121 N. Ravenswood Learn how to make and taste a cocktail made from Koval spirits.

November 30

Champaign – Open House at Prairie Fruits Farm and Creamery – 2-5pm 4410 N. Lincoln Ave.

Chicago – Cowgirl Creamery Tasting & Book Signing at Bar Pastoral  - 2-4pm 2947 North Broadway

Chicago – Growing Power Iron Street Farm Stand – 10am – 3pm 3333 South Iron St. With their hoop houses they have fresh produce all winter

Chicago 61st Farmers Market -  9am – 2pm No market this weekend. 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  No market this weekend. Markets will take place 12/7, 12/21, in December and then for the winter, 1/18/14, 2/1, 2/15, 3/1, 3/15, 3/29, 4/5, 4/19. Preorders for the new Green City Market Cookbook can be placed here.

Elgin – Winter Market ElginOPEN 9am -1pm 800 North State St.

Geneva – Geneva Green Market Winter SessionOPEN 9am – 1pm 27 N. Bennet Place

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

Woodstock - Woodstock Indoor Market - No market this weekend.  December  markets will take place 12/7, 12/14, 12/21 9am – Noon McHenry County Farm Bureau Building

December 1

Chicago - Logan Square Indoor Market No market this weekend. 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.

Glencoe – Chicago Botanic Garden Winter Farmers Market – 9am – 1pm OPEN 1000 Lake Cook Rd

December 3

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


December 5-8

Chicago - One-of-a-Kind-Show – Merchandise Mart The 13th annual One of a Kind Show is the ideal place to find truly unique items for yourself, your home and everyone on your holiday gift list.  More than 600 talented artists will set up shop at this year’s show.

December 6-7

Chicago – Tasting Table Open Market – Block 37 108 N. State St. A two-day artisan food fair featuring an unprecedented number of chefs and purveyors– the best of Chicago’s best–together under one roof.

December 6

Chicago – C0-0p Image Holiday Bazaar – 6pm -10pm Ignite Glass Studios 401 N. Armour St.Youth made holiday gifts Live Glass Blowing Beer by Half Acre and Revolution Brewery Food By Sauce and Bread Kitchen $15 suggested Donation goes to benefit Co-op Image Group’s innovative youth arts programs.

December 7-8

Chicago - 8th Annual Renegade Craft Fair for Winter Market Pulaski Field House 11am – 6pm 1419 W. Blackhawk

December 7

Bolingbrook - Faith In Place Winter Market 9-1pm The Church of St. Benedict 909 Lily Cache Ln.

Logan Square – Holidays On The Square Food and wine tastings, and other special holiday events and promotions.

Morton Grove – Winter Farmers Market – Morton Grove Civic Center – 9am -2pm 6140 W. Dempster

December 8

Chicago - Pastry Chicago’s 8th Annual Amateur/Student Gingerbread House Competition – Drake Hotel 140 E. Walton Place 2-4pm Nothing says the holidays more than gingerbread. In this judged competition competitors recreate Chicago iconic buildings in gingerbread.

December 9

Chicago – Garfield Park Chefs Night  - 7pm 3504 W. Lake St.  Inspiration Corporation invites Chicagoans to support the fight against homelessness and poverty at their Chef Night Dinner featuring Chef Michael Kornick of mk The Restaurant. A four-course plus appetizer dinner includes a seasonal menu from Chef Kornick prepared with support from students from Inspiration Corporation’s Foodservice Training program.

December 10

Chicago – Piranha In The Stew The Stew Supper Club – Sauce and Bread Kitchen 6338 North Clark 7-10pm Normally it’s the time of year at The Stew Supper Club that we throw down for the feast of the 7 fishes but this year we decided to throw a piranha in the pot.  The Stew cook Anne (Crumb Chicago, SBK) and Mike (Co-op Sauce, SBK) will thicken the roux with or friend and cook Eric May (Piranha Club).  It will be an eclectic collaboration with a rugged pescetarian feast with a South American bite (veggies still always welcome).

December 11

Chicago – That’s All She Wrote: A Benefit For Karen Gerod – 5:30pm The Hideout 1354 W. Wabansia They’ll have soups from an array of local cooks including Milk & Honey, Hoosier Mama’s Allison Scott, and artist and “Mortified! Chicago” host Shay DeGrandis, followed by readings on the theme of health care and caretaking from Benander, Palmer, Sheri Reda, Martha Bayne, Tom Wolferman, and Dmitry Samarov. Music provided by DJ Lawrence Peters. Suggested donation $10; all proceeds will be donated to Karen.

Springfield – Illinois Stewardship Alliance 2nd Annual Meeting

December 12 – December 14

Chicago – Dismantling Racism Training in Chicago – Hosted by Growing Food & Justice For All Initiative

December 13

Chicago – The Four Beers of Christmas Dinner  2 Sparrows celebrates their favorite local Christmas brews with a 4-course dinner by Chef and Owner Gregory Ellis. $55/Person. Seating is limited. Call 773.234.2320 for reservations.

December 14

Chicago – Faith In Place Winter Market – 9am – 1pm Coppin Memorial AME 5627 S Michigan Ave.

December 17

Chicago – Holiday Rock N Roll benefitting Share Our Strength – 6-8pm Sofitel Chicago Water Tower 20 E. Chestnut

December 21

Chicago - The Hideout Holiday Sale