The Local Calendar 12/18/13 Last Green City Market Of The Year, Art And Appetite Show And More

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Posted: December 18, 2013 at 12:56 pm

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This coming weekend will be the last winter markets of the year. Farmers, market hands and managers need a break too. So most will be off the weekend after the Christmas holiday. Take advantage and buy some of those perishable items like goat cheese at Green City on Saturday. The Prairie Fruit Farms goats (picture by Prairie Fruit Farms) are all dressed up for the holidays and are welcoming you to the farm open house today from 3-5pm. If you can’t make it to Champaign then get to the Green City Market on Saturday at the Notebaert museum to see the Prairie Fruit folk and the other farmers who get up mighty early in order to get their wares to the market.

Looking for some ideas for friends, relatives, yourself in exploring Chicago over the holidays? Then get to the Art and Appetite show at the Art Institute. This Rockwell picture of the abundance of Thanksgiving welcomes you at the beginning of the show. For foodies, farmies, foragers and even if you”re not any of those, the show has a lot of nooks and crannies to explore and in pictorial form shows the history of food production in the U.S. From the abundance of oysters at the beginning of the 19th century, to prohibition, the social dynamics of food, old menus, ads for food and more. The show is 4 years in the making so there are more layers to it than meets the eye. Some of your favorite  Chicago chefs have aligned with a particular picture in the show and contributed recipes to an online cookbook, walk through the show and match the chef to the painting. The show closes January 27 so don’t delay.

The city is dressed up for the holidays including buildings like the Merchandise Mart. The cold weather and snow truly add to that holiday feeling. The calendar for 2014 has already started including the 10th anniversary of the Good Food Festival. Need ideas for where to shop for local produce and provisions check out the where to source local guide. Get to the Hideout this weekend for the Last Chance Holiday Sale, LUSH Wine and Spirits Division on Sunday, the Art Institute for the Art and Appetite show and the last Green City Market of 2013.  Check out the weeks ahead!

The Week Ahead

December 18 – Jan 27, 2014Art and Appetite: American Painting Culture, and Cuisine The Art Institute of Chicago

December 18

Champaign – Prairie Fruit Farms Holiday Open House -3-5pm 4410 N. Lincoln Ave.Farmstead and Artisan Goat and Sheep Milk Cheeses, Goat Milk Gelato, Organic Fruits and Local and more.

December 19

Chicago – Faith In Place Open House – 4-7pm 70 East Lake St.

December 20

Chicago – Big Hugs Release Party – 7pm The Owl 2521 N. Milwaukee  Half Acre Brewery annually releases their famous Big Hugs beer. (it’s delicious) Join them and the Dark Matter gang for a special evening with 6 other Half Acre guest drafts and raffle prizes!

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

December 21

Chicago - The Hideout’s Last Chance Holiday Sale 2013 – 11am – 6pm The Hideout 1354 West Wabansia The Hideout has gathered many talented Chicago artists to display their wares for the holiday season. The quality of work shown is fantastic. The sale will be held in the cozy and festive backroom of The Hideout. Crowds are expected so come early and stay late!

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

Chicago - Green City Market Indoor Market at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum  Chef demonstration 9:30am – 10:30am will be Paul Virant of Perennial Virant and Vie. Capriole Farms will be there, Prairie Fruit Farms among others! Since I am currently reading a book on Goat Farming, Goat Song by Brad Kessler, I am growing more appreciative of goat cheeses. Markets will take place 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 Elgin - 9am -1pm 800 North State St.

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

Woodstock - Woodstock Indoor Market - 9am – Noon McHenry County Farm Bureau Building

December 22

Chicago - LUSH Holiday market - 2-5pm West Town 1412 West Chicago Ave. Bringing in some  of the shops favorite wine and food partners. Lagniappe Wine and Spirits, showcasing apple whiskey, Cream Wine Company, showcasing a selection of winter wines, Tenzing Wine & Spirits, bringing great stocking stuffers like specialty bitters and gift packs with gin or scotch If you need some help with your technique of saboring champagne for the holidays, here are some ideas by Adam Seger and Mitch Einhorn of how to do it.

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  through 3/30/14 except for 12/1/13.

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

SAVE THE DATE

January 1, 2014

Happy New Year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

January 8

Chicago – Soup and Bread starts up for winter! It runs every Wed. through April 16th. The Hideout 1354 West Wabansia Each week of Soup & Bread has a theme—something to inspire cooks to new heights of culinary creativity. Want to get on the schedule to cook for Soup & Bread 2104? Check out the list of options on their site and then email them at soupnbread10@gmail.com with your preferred dates, or for more information go to soupandbread.net

January 12

Chicago – Glenwood Sunday Winter Market – 9am – 2pm Glenwood Bar 6962 N. Glenwood Ave.

Chicago – Faith In Place Winter Market Temple Sholom 10am – 2pm 3480 North Lakeshore Drive

January 18

Chicago - Green City Market Indoor Market at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum  For the winter months, markets will take place  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.

Oak Park - Faith In Place Winter Market – 9am – 1pm Unity Temple Unitarian Universalist Congregation 875 lake St.

January 26

Chicago – Donut Fest

January 28-29

Chicago – The Stew Supper Club presents a dinner with Pipeworks Brewing 7-10pm SBK Kitchen 6338 North Clark St.

February 15

Chicago – Hog Break Down Class Red Meat Market – Learn about sustainably meat, how to breakdown a hog, eat a great meal and take home A LOT of meat!

March 13-15

Chicago UIC Forum 10th Anniversary Good Food Festival

March 15

Chicago – Band of Farmers Talent Show

 




Here is your chance to work on a farm!

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Posted: December 16, 2013 at 8:50 am

Are you interested in farming? Have you ever wondered what working on a real farm would be like? If the answer to either of these questions is yes then there is an opportunity for you!

PrairiErth Farm in Atlanta, Illinois is currently seeking apprentices to learn the day-to-day operations of the farm.  Candidates should be available full time and willing work for the length of the entire growing season (Mid March – the week before Thanksgiving).  They are also looking for apprentices who may be interested in a longer term position following the completion of their apprenticeship.  The focus of this apprenticeship will be on vegetable production.

Various duties included with this position are starting plants from seed and transplanting seedlings into the field, preparation and maintenance of fields including tilling, irrigation, weeding, trellising, and mulching.  Harvesting, cleaning, packing, and delivering produce for our CSA, wholesale customers, and farmers markets are also among the various duties that an apprentice will handle.

Photo: PrairiErth Farm

Photo: PrairiErth Farm

PrairiErth Farm is looking for self-motivated candidates with a strong work ethic, a desire to learn and are willing to take initiative. Experience growing vegetables is a plus but not required.

PrairiErth Farm has an 80 member CSA. They also sell at the Downtown Bloomington Farmer’s Market, a grocery cooperative, and restaurants. There are opportunities to gain experience with livestock and row crops as well, but they are not a part of the day to day activities.

 

Photo: PrairiErth Farm

Photo: PrairiErth Farm

More information can be found at: http://www.prairierthfarm.com/PrairiErth_Farm/Apprentice_on_the_Farm.html

Or contact PrairiErth Farm at: hans@prairierthfarm.com or (309) 824-0484

 




Mark Your Calendars for the 2014 Winter Webinar Series

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Posted: December 13, 2013 at 11:20 am

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There are a series of weekly webinars scheduled for the first quarter of the next year. These webinars, The Small Farm Webinar Series, are put on by the University of Illinois Extension. The Small Farm Webinar Series is an educational series for the small farm community and provides practical knowledge on emerging topics which advance local food production in Illinois.

This series of online events is aimed at providing small farm producers with a look at how leading practices in production, management, and marketing enable operations to improve profitability and sustainability. These webinars could also be valuable to gardeners as well as any member of the general public interested in any of the topics covered.

DATE                                       TOPIC

Jan.  9              Managing Layers on Pastures

Jan. 16             An Overview of the Philosophy & History of Organic Agriculture

Jan. 23             Pumpkins and Gourdes

Jan. 30             Approaches to Small-Scale Farm Composting

Feb.  6             Organic Pest Management:  Insects

Feb. 13            Organic Pest Management:  Disease

Feb. 20            Organic Pest Management:  Weeds

Feb. 27            Asparagus Production

Mar.  6            Small Orchard:  Insects

Mar. 13           Small Orchard:  Orchard Management

Mar. 20           Small Orchard:  Disease

Mar. 27           Growing for Ethnic Markets

The webinars will be held from 1:00-2:30 p.m.  There is no charge to attend, but you need to register for the webinar(s) at

https://webs.extension.uiuc.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=8854

The webinars can be accessed on-line from your personal computer.  In case you cannot attend these dates, register anyway!  An archived version of the webinars will be provided via email (the Monday after airing) for viewing at your convenience.

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Weekly Harvest of Eat Local Links of Jamaican Ham and other Good Reads

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Posted: December 9, 2013 at 10:43 am

Eat local salami.

And more local sausage, now legit.

Eat local Jamaica.

Eat local winter.

No. 1 food trend, the “Midwestern Food Movement?”

Michael Mikulak: Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Political Science at Virginia Polytechnic University.

All the important food stories not usually covered on the weekly harvest




Where To Source Local Foods

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Posted: December 6, 2013 at 1:47 pm

During the colder months with fewer farmers markets to choose from, here are some ideas for locally produced products and food. Below that are resources, organizations that provide tons of events and information in regard to urban agriculture and sustainable food in Chicago.

WHERE TO SOURCE LOCAL FOODS

These stores specialize in local foods:

Bang Bang Pie Shop - 2051 N. California Ave.

Butcher and Larder - 1026 North Milwaukee in Noble Square

Dark Matter Coffee Roaster and Star Lounge Coffee Bar - Western and Chicago

Dill Pickle Food Co-op – 3039 West Fullerton, Chicago

Edible Alchemy Foods Co-op - The co-op has grown to five locations in, including Hyde Park, River North, Lakeview, and Logan Square

Floriole Cafe and Bakery - 1220 West Webster

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

Marion Street Cheese Market 100 South Marion St. Oak Park

Plum Market - 1233 N. Wells St.

Plenty Good Food Grocery and Deli - 2036 West Division – You can buy  Joe’s Frozen Organic blueberries grown in Michigan here.

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 Local Calendar 12/4/13 AUA Movie Night, Co-op Image Holiday Bazaar, MK At Inspiration Kitchen

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Posted: December 4, 2013 at 9:58 am

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The Green City Market at the Nature Museum will be back open this weekend and so will the other winter markets.

This plate above, of deer broth, moss, chestnut and berries evokes a barren tree, antlers and the signs of winter. Chef Iliana Regan and her team are bringing the bounty of the forest to the table in a very artful and soulful way at Elizabeth Restaurant. Although not every item was local or necessarily foraged, they try to utilize elements that represent the season. For her winter menu, with the abundant harvest of this past summer, she will be using much of the produce that she has already canned and those jars were lining some of the shelves of the restaurant. Although not a “vegetarian” menu, vegetables, moss, funghi and other plants were the stars of the meal. Meat, seafood, roe, were present but a part of the bigger whole and not the main focus. So if in the middle of January you need a bit of local food inspiration or ideas of what to do in the summer while the harvest is in progress, dine at Elizabeth for some inspiration.

Another new angle to food sustainability in the market world is the opening of Eataly Chicago on Monday. Although this is a huge place and obviously focused on Italy, it was gratifying to see signs of commitment to food sustainability around the store. Their Vino Libero wine area signage and the staff explained their support of fewer chemicals and more sustainable growing and production methods used in the vineyards and in making the wine. Local vendor Scrumptious Pantry products were on the shelves and although it’s focus is Italian, the Eataly staff relayed that they are sourcing product like meat from the surrounding area and part of the Italian culture is fresh product as much as possible.

The holiday markets are in full force, the Co-op Image Holiday Bazaar is this Friday from 6-10pm at Ignite Glass Studios which supports the winter and spring programs for the youth, the AUA is sponsoring a Movie and Mingle night tonight at the Jane Addams Hull House and Chef Michael Kornick is cooking at Inspiration Kitchen on Monday night, lots more in the week ahead:

                                                                                                                 The Week Ahead

December 4 – Jan 27, 2014Art and Appetite: American Painting Culture, and Cuisine The Art Institute of Chicago

December 4

Chicago – Movie and Mingle Night Advocates for Urban Agriculture 7-10:30pm Jane Addams Hull House Museum 800 South Halsted Residents Dining Room A specila screening of the documentary Bitter Seeds Local craft beer from Revolution Brewing

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 6-14

Chicago – Peterson Garden Project Holiday Market - PGP Learning Center 4642 N. Francisco

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.

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

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.

Chicago (Logan Square) - Holidays On The Square Food and wine tastings, and other special holiday events and promotions.

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

Chicago – Growing Power Youth Corps Holiday Open House 1-4pm Iron St Farm 3333 South Iron St.

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  Chef demonstartion Dana Benigno 10:30am 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 Elgin – 9am -1pm 800 North State St.

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

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

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

Woodstock - Woodstock Indoor Market - December  markets will take place 12/7, 12/14, 12/21 9am – Noon McHenry County Farm Bureau Building

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.

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  through 3/30/14 except for 12/1/13.

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

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).

SAVE THE DATE

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 - The Brewers Ball - Join Graze on for a serious look at brewing coffee, kombucha, beer, and stories (okay, this last one is a stretch, but we’re a literary magazine after all!).Your $10 ticket gets you in depth information about the craft of brewing from: –DryHop Brewers
–Intelligentsia Coffee  –Karma Kombucha  –StoryStudio Chicago Hairpin Arts Center 2800 N. Milwaukee Ave 2nd Floor

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

December 15

Chicago – Big Hugs Release Party Half Acre/Dark Matter/Beer Advocate – Half Acre Tap Room 4257 N. Lincoln 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

December 22

Chicago – LUSH Holiday market – 2-5pm West Town 1412 West Chicago Ave. Bringing in some  of the shops favorite wine and food partners. Lagniappe Wine and Spirits, showcasing apple whiskey, Cream Wine Company, showcasing a selection of winter wines, Tenzing Wine & Spirits, bringing great stocking stuffers like specialty bitters and gift packs with gin or scotch If you need some help with your technique of saboring champagne for the holidays, here are some ideas by Adam Seger and Mitch Einhorn of how to do it.

 

 




Weekly Harvest of Eat Local Links

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Posted: December 2, 2013 at 9:26 am

 

Eat local winter.

Would you have ever expected to see eat local Dubai?

Grate, Pair, Share – Glossy Wisconsin cheese promo mag can be found online.

Hey we like Anthony Bourdain as much as the next food nerd, but on a list of Instagramers cultivating a better food system?

As if you need incentive to eat real food.

Or incentive to make sure your kids get a good school lunch.


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