The Local Calendar 2/27/14 Support The Plant at Revolution Brewing Tap Room, Urban Roots, Sugar Beet Market

February 27, 2014 at 11:34 am

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It is that time of year where “local” greens are scarce. Local greens exist, but they just are not as plentiful or as easily accessible as in the midst of the summer harvest.  There still are farmers markets to source from and The Urban Canopy microgreens at the Logan Square Farmers market were a shot of summer in winter. Actually, microgreens are a concentrated shot of antioxidants and vitamins, don’t take that little sprig of arugula for granted. The Urban Canopy ,also, has a Composting Club for the individual and a “LUCSA“, Local Unified Community Supported Agriculture(no, this is not the name of a new country that has broken away from Russia). The offering is a cross section of local goods including kombucha, coffee, bread among other items. This LUCSA has peaked my interest, when you say coffee and bread. Go to the link, I did not realize the breadth of product included until I read the fine print, it is an unusual mix for a CSA, I guess that’s why it is called a LUCSA.

Other green options springing up are juice spots. Harvest Juicery,  on Lake and Morgan offers 100% natural, cold pressed juices. She will source local where she can but the juice options include a variety of green and fruit juice combinations like Green Juice #1(spinach, kale, turnip greens, cucumbers, pear and lime). If you have ever tried juicing, particularly greens, it takes an awful lot of vegetables to make an 8 oz glass of juice. HJ has a culinary background and uses their own proprietary recipes so the juices don’t have that “grassy, earthy” taste that only hard core juicers really love. For those people who have great intentions but not necessarily the inclination or time to juice themselves, these are fantastic, really tasty options and an easy way to get greens in winter or summer.

PGP, the Peterson Garden Project has a bustling schedule full of workshops and events to support the budding or experienced home gardener as we move into “planting season”. They came out with a new book, Fearless Food Gardening in Chicago and have a packed calendar of classes and workshops. Christy Webber Landscapes offer a slew of classes for the home gardener. Of course, the center of the sustainable food universe in the midwest and beyond, the Good Food Festival with a very jam-packed calendar already is March 13-15th.  Rob Gardner offers his insight as to what’s planned for this years event. Get to Revolution Brewing tonight to support the Plant, or see the movie Urban Roots, go to the Sugar Beet’s market in Oak Park, , learn how to market your farm from Growing Power. The local calendar is always chock full of events no matter the weather. Now onto the week ahead:

The Week’s Local Calendar

February 27

Logan Square - Seeds For Success:A Benefit for the Plant Chicago - 6-9pm Revolution Brewing Tap Room 3340 N. Kedzie Plant. The Plant Chicago is excited to announce Seeds For Success, a fundraiser at the Revolution Brewery Tap Room to celebrate another great year of promoting closed loop food production and building reuse at The Plant!  The event will include:  light dinner fare and dessert, craft beers from Revolution Brewery, a silent auction with raffle prizes from event sponsors and items from local Chicago businesses.

February 28

Chicago - Journeyman Distillery Dinner at Two Sparrows -  Hailing from Three Oaks, Michigan, Journeyman will bring several of its handcrafted, organically certified spirits to 2 Sparrows to be paired with four courses by Chef/Owner Gregory Ellis. 2 Sparrows’ dedication to staying seasonal continues with this throwback to an era of definitive, classic dishes.

March 1

BeverlyWinter Farmers Market Faith In Place - 9am – 1pm Beverly Unitarian Church 10244 S. Longwood Dr.

Chicago – Pre-fest Screening of Urban Roots – Sponsored by the One Earth Film Festival and hosted by the Sacred Keepers Sustainability Lab 2-4:30pm  4445 South King Drive Get tickets Joining the discussion will be Orrin Williams, Executive Director, Center for Urban Transformation; Johnnie Owens, Centers for New Horizons; and Sherry Williams, Founder, Bronzeville Historical Society.

Chicago – Farmers For Chicago Marketing Series at Growing Power Iron Street

Chicago - Green City Market Indoor Market at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum  8am -1pm Chef demonstration 10:30-11:30am Micky Kearns All Natural Chicago. For the winter months, markets will take place:  3/15, 3/29, 4/5, 4/19. Preorders for the new Green City Market Cookbook can be placed here.

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

ElginWinter Market Elgin - 9am -1pm 800 North State St.

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

Oak Park – Winter Market at Unity Temple3-5pm Sponsored by the Sugar Beet Coop SHOP:  We are lining up great local vendors for this market. Peerless Bread & Jam, Three Queens Organic Maple Syrup, CRUMB bakery, River Valley Organics… just to name a few!SEE: The crew from One Earth Film Festival will preview 2 inspiring food films in UNITY TEMPLE’S sanctuary. ATTEND:  2:30-4 pm Seed Starting with Sharon Storbeck Rob Gardner adds additional information.

Woodstock - Woodstock Indoor Market - 9am – Noon McHenry County Farm Bureau Building ( 3/1, 4/5)

March 2

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.

GlencoeChicago Botanic Garden Winter Farmers Market - 9am – 1pm OPEN 1000 Lake Cook Rd

March 5

Chicago - Soup and Bread at The Hideout - 6pm Roots versus Sprouts-  5:30pm 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 below and then email us at with your preferred dates, or for more information go to courtesy Publican Quality Meats and Crumb Bread. Pay what you can donations benefit a local food pantry.


March 6

Chicago - Green City Market Junior Board Movie Night at Patagonia Chicago - 7pm 1800 North Clybourn Queen of The Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us?” is a profound, alternative look at the global bee crisis from Taggart Siegel, director of THE REAL DIRT ON FARMER JOHN.

March 7-19

Chicago - One Earth Film Festival – Sponsored by Green Community Connections One Earth Film Festival is the Midwest’s premier environmental film festival, creating opportunities for understanding climate change, sustainability and the power of human involvement. We showcase top-issue, thought-provoking environmental films and lead audiences in riveting post-film discussions focused on solutions. Schedule

March 8

New!!! Chicago - Urban Farm Dreams: Assessing Risks & Resources to Start a Market Garden – 1-5pm Arturo Velasquez Institute (Windy City Harvest) 2800 S Western Avenue, south entrance off of 31st Street Read more about this opportunity from Robert Haugland.

March 9

Chicago – Chicago Food Swap – 2pm Free Range Office Wicker Park Fills up very quickly so sign up now!

March 10

Chicago – Sauce and Bread Kitchen comes to the Half Acre Tap Room - If you’ve been to their store, you’ve probably seen that they are very fond of the sauces coming out the space that the CO-OP folks have just up the street from them. If you visited them there, you also then know that they not only make sauce, but pretty delicious meals as well. So Half Acre is pretty excited to announce that they are bringing that food to their taproom for one of their Monday Nights Dinners

March 13-15

*****   Chicago UIC Forum 10th Anniversary Good Food Festival The agendas are set, lots of great seminars, speakers, food, beverages and more. Follow Good FoodFestCHI on twitter It looks to be another incredible inspiring weekend to bring positive change to the food world! Rob Gardner talks about the history and what is going on for this year’s event.

March 15 – 23

Chicago – Chicago Flower and Garden Show Navy Pier Includes places like Dirk’s Fish on the slate for a cooking demo and Growing Power always participates.

March 15

Chicago – Band of Farmers Talent Show The Hideout

Chicago – Winter Farmers Market Faith In Place - 9am – 1pm Lutheran School of Theology 1100 East 55th St.

March 16

Palatine - Winter Farmers Market Faith In Place - Countryside Church UU 10am – 2pm

March 22

Morton Grove - Spring Farmers Market – 9am -2pm Morton Grove Civic Center

March 23

Logan Square - Cheese & Wine Pairing 101 7-8:30pm Provenance Food & Wine 2528 N California Richard & Nicole Benjamin showcase a carefully-curated selection of wines & cheeses while talking about general pairing guidelines, and stories behind their products & the people who make them. Join them for a fun evening in the fashion of an informal dinner party. Cost is $35 per person. Participants receive 15% off any purchases made that night.

March 26

Chicago – Cider and a Movie- Tierralismo at Uncommon Ground – 6-8pm Uncommon Ground 1401 West Devon Join Growing Home in this unique opportunity to enjoy Virtue cider and appetizers while exploring the intriguging, relevant, and inspiring world of Cuban agriculture! Harry Rhodes, Growing Home’s Executive Director and leader in Chicago’s urban agriculture movement, will speak about his recent trip to Cuba and discuss how Cuban agricultural practices relate to urban farming and development in Chicago. Following the discussion, you’ll screen Tierralismo by Alejandro Ramirez Anderson, an inspiring documentary about a 26-acre farming co-op in the outskirts of Havana.

Springfield - 2014 Local Foods Awareness Day at the Capitol 10am to 4pm THe State Library & Capitol Complex Join local food consumers, farmers and advocates from around Illinois working to promote and raise awareness about local food systems and sustainable agriculture in Illinois. Sponsored by the Illinois Stewardship Alliance.

March 29-30

Chicago –  2-DAY WORKSHOP: “HIGH BIONUTRIENT CROP PRODUCTION - 9:30am – 4:30pm Garfield Park Conservatory  Learn from a life long Farmer of his understanding and first hand experiences utilizing a Biological Approach to crop production. Dan Kittredge, Executive Director of the Bionutrient Food Association (BFA) & the Real Food Campaign, will lead the workshop.  Cost: $150.00, with Scholarship funds available for Farmers. *For Event Information*: please contact the North Lawndale GreeningCommittee – Dr. Shemuel Israel, President NLGC – cell: 773-332-7887; or Annamaria Leon, Director, Education & Community Outreach cell: 414-339-55537, or email at

March 30

Oak Park - Winter Market Faith In Place -8:30am – 1pm St. Giles Catholic Parish 1045 Columbian Ave.

March 31

Chicago - Chowdah Fest is back at Columbia Yacht Club

April 4-5

Beloit, WI – The Right to Food Conference with Vandana Shiva Beloit College Co-sponsored by Angelic Organics and the Weissberg Program in Human Rights

April 5

Chicago – Spring Lamb Butcher Class – From the folks at The Red Meat Market 

April 6

Chicago - Chicago Food Swap 3pm The Chopping Block Sign up for their newsletter to get all the information on signup and how it works

April 10

Chicago - The Art of Simple Food Alice Waters in Conversation With Ruth Reichl The Chicago Humanties Festival 6pm The Art Institute Reception following benefitting the Edible Schoolyard Project and Green City Market. Tickets

April 12

Chicago – 4th Annual Pastoral Artisan Producer Festival – French Market 11am – 3pm Every year this free event gets ever more crowded. So this year I suggest being strategic, get there early to meet the actual producers of many of the cheeses and products that Pastoral sells.

April 25

Chicago – 15th Annual Whiskyfest Chicago – This has SOLDOUT already but keep checking the calendar for all the other ancillary events that happen during this week!

April 27

Lincoln Square - Salute to Women in Wine & Cheese - 7-8:30pm Provenance Lincoln Square  2312 W. Leland Avenue With Mother’s Day on the horizon, they are  inspired to create a different take on their wine & cheese pairing class. Taste a lineup of offerings made by great women cheese & wine makers. Join senior staff members Richard & Nicole for a fabulously tasty lineup! Cost is $35 per person. Participants receive 15% off any purchases made that night.



One Comment

  1. Robert Haugland says:

    I have had Alex’s microgreens from the Urban Canopy before and they were great!

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