The Local Calendar 5/7/14 Wednesdays at Green City, Beats at Iron Street, Mother’s Day at Mint Creek

May 7, 2014 at 2:00 pm


Found a few new vendors at the opening of the Green City Market last Saturday. One of the new ones is The Nomad Food Company, which has a portable, wood-fired, pizza oven. They are cooking up handmade pizzas made with market ingredients. Another newcomer is Amazing Shrimp out of Indiana. Shrimp are omnivores and ingest a lot of nasty stuff in the ocean, particularly if they are penned up in a small space, Amazing Shrimp are farm-raised using a recirculator in salted water, so they are as fresh as fresh can be. Asparagus is in seasonal abundance right now. The GCM is open Wednesday as well, which is the best day of the week to shop the market and get a free cooking lesson from top Chicago chefs. Sign up for the GCM cookbook coming out this summer, and tickets for the annual GCM BBQ, July 17,  have gone on sale. 

Mint Creek Farm is putting on a brunch for Mother’s Day. Here is Slagel Family Farm’s schedule  (5/3-10/4),  Prairie Fruit Farms has announced their schedule(5/25-12/4, a last minute addition are 2 family style brunches last Saturday May 3 and this Sunday May 10.  A recent announcement is a summer solstice dinner to be held nearby at Frillman Farms on 6/21 by our friends at White Oak Gourmet.

Organizations in Chicagoland providing resources, classes and advocacy on local food: Illinois Stewardship AllianceAdvocates for Urban Agriculture, The Plant Chicago and WeFarmAmerica. PGP(Peterson Garden Project)  provides resources to teach you how to grow your own food, including a book “Fearless Food Gardening in Chicagoland” and soon it will be opening the Fearless Food Kitchen in Edgewater.

Do you live in the Evanston/Skokie area? The Talking Farm has lot of volunteer work days available for students, families and corporate team building time at their Howard Street Farm, located at 3701 Howard St on the Evanston/Skokie boarder. They even have a “Talking Farm Hand Certification Program” for those interested in urban agriculture.

If you just do not have time to make it to one of the farmers markets every week but you still want to eat local produce, a produce share from the Green Grocer is an easy way to go. They source from the same farmers who sell at the markets but they handpick and curate the items that go into your weekly share so everything will be ripe to use and they offer flexibility for people who may travel because of work, live alone, or don’t necessarily want a weekly box.

The local calendar is picking up, take advantage of the incredible markets and farmstead/craft/artisanal food and beverage scene that Chicago has to offer! Believe it or not, ramp season is almost over, asparagus are on the tables in full force. The 61st Market and the Daley Plaza outdoor markets open next week! Now onto the busy week ahead!

The Week’s Local Calendar

May 7

Lincoln Park – Green City Market – 7am – 1pm Chef demonstration Chef Paul Virant Perennial Virant For anyone who has the time, visiting the market on a Wednesday is a luxury!!!!!!  You have a chance to have a front row seat and one one one interaction at the chef demo, you have time to talk to the farmers and vendors about their products, and many of the Chicago farm to table chefs shop at the market on Wednesdays.

May 8

Chicago - Beats and BBQ Growing Power Iron Street Farm - 5:30pm You’ll have delicious BBQ and veggies from the farm, as well as local beer to quench your thirst. Duane Powell of Maximum Audio Visual will be providing the “beets” for our BBQ. Come see what’s growing, taste honey from our six bee hives, pet our adorable goats, and see the newest commercial compost facility in Chicago. Your ticket and donation help fund their work in Chicago.

May 10

Champaign - Family Style Brunch at Prairie Fruit 9:30am and 11:30am seatings

Chicago - Growing Power Iron Street Farm Stand - 10am – 3pm 3333 South Iron St. Pick up your salad greens and they are selling at select Walgreens on the south and west sides!!

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

Evanston - Downtown Evanston Market Opens - (5/10-11/8) 7:30am – 1pm Located Intersection of University Place and Oak Ave. (behind Hilton Garden Inn, east of East Railroad Ave.)

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

Lincoln Park –  Green City Market 7am – 1pm Right across from the Hotel Lincoln Chef demo is Rick Bayless 

May 11

Happy Mother’s Day!

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

Logan Square - 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. Last day of the Logan winter market, spring/summer starts May 19th.

Stelle(90 min from Chicago) - Mint Creek Mother’s Day Brunch - 11am

May 12

Chicago - Ada St. and County Barbecue Join The Hideout for “On The Table” -As of 4/28 this event was sold out, check the Hideout website or call to see f they have openings.

Chicago - Michigan Wineries Walk Around Tasting - City Winery 6-9pm 1200 W. Randolph

Chicago - SWANK-A-LICIOUS - Les Dames Escoffier Bi-Annual Fundraiser 5:30pm – 9:30pm Gallery 1028 1028 North Hooker St.


May 15

Chicago – Daley Plaza Farmers Market Opens – Country Financial announces winner of their market bag contest and it is a chance to pick one up to use for the season!

Chicago - Second Annual Chefs Playground - A benefit for The Academy of Global Citizenship Terzo Piano at the Modern Wing of the Art Institute

May 16

Join in and CELEBRATE Food Revolution Day!

May 17-18

Roger’s Park – Moah’s Ark Spring Plant Sale 12-5pm 1839 W. Touhy Ave.

May 17

Chicago –  The Plant Chicago Workshop Series - Container Gardening - 10am 1400 W. 46th St.

Hyde Park – 61st Farmers Market Opens – (5/17-12/13) 9am – 2pm 61st and Dorchester

Roger’s Park – The Red Cherry Supper Club presents Cultured – 6-10pm Join them for #CulturedGSM,  glorious evening of beautiful food, free flowing Revolution Brewery beers, signature cocktails, wine, cider, soft drinks and live entertainment.  Cultured: A Red Cherry Supper Club Event benefits Glenwood Sunday Market – your farmers market in Rogers Park, a program of Rogers Park Business Alliance. Sourced from the finest local farmers, food artisans, brewers, distilleries and performers, Cultured will occur in a fabulous surprise location to be announced to event attendees only. Ticket prices are all inclusive.

May 18

Chicago – Chicago Monthly Food Swap at Green Home Experts

May 19

Chicago - Trash Fish Chicago 2014Big Jones 6pm 5347 N. Clark This year, besides an impressive selection of hometown heroes, chef Susan Spicer will be joining us from New Orleans and chef Colby Garrelts is headed up from Kansas City. It’s bound to be a fun and delicious time, all to help support the work of Chefs Collaborative and promote ocean and fishing sustainability. Get your tickets today!

May 20

Chicago – 12th Annual Growing Home Spring Dinner and Auction – Salvage One 1840 W. Hubbard 5:30pm – 9:30pm Tickets

May 24

Chicago - The Plant Chicago Workshop Series Aquaponics 101 - 2:30pm – 4:30pm The ReBuilding Exchange 1740 W. Webster

May 25

*FD Champaign – Prairie Fruit Farms Dinner Honey Butter Fried Chicken Memorial Day Celebration Chicago sensation chefs Christine Cikowski and Josh Kulp of Honey Butter Fried Chicken and Sunday Dinner Club fame will return to the farm for our first dinner of the season. This event will be held from 1-5pm. It is a simpler menu and is priced at $85 per seat. (Sold out, availability will be determined by any cancellations)

May 31

*FD Champaign – Prairie Fruit Farms Dinner -1-5pm “Bring on the spring!”  Sit down with guest farmers John and Connie Caveny to savor some of their spring, grass-fed lamb.  Rhubarb, asparagus, greens, and other early season delicacies will complement the featured meat. (Sold out, availability will be determined by any cancellations) $125 text/tip BYOB liquor will be for sale at the event as well.

June 11

Andersonville – “Piggy Benefit for Southern Foodways AllianceBig Jones (southern heirloom cooking) – 6pm 5347 North Clark To quote Chef Paul Fehribach, “this will be a good one!” They are pleased to offer some deeply rooted Kentucky cooking for their second Piggy Bank Dinner, a benefit for the Southern Foodways Alliance. Julian Van Winkle will be there to discuss his storied bourbon (12, 15, and 23 year will be served) plus a couple of selections from Buffalo Trace Distillery, and they are cooking up a 5-course menu with receipts and inspiration from Lettice Bryan’s The Kentucky Housewife (Louisville, 1839) and The Foxfire Book of Appalachian Cookery. SFA documentary films will be shown, The Poker Night String Band will play some righteous tunes, and good times will be had by all.

Lake Zurich - Opening Day of the Lake Zurich Farmers Market The Market will run every Friday, rain or shine, from June 13th through September 29th, 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Paulus Park 200 S Rand Rd

June 14

*FD Champaign - Prairie Fruit Farms Dinner -1-5pm Wild Game Dinner  Prairie Fruits Farm on the Range: Longhorn cattle, bison, and elk; they conjure up an image of open range on the western plains, don’t they? Yet, here we are in east-central Illinois, 20 minutes from K & D Ranch. They raise all three of these large and graceful herbivores on their farm near Kickapoo State Park, and they’ll be our guest farmers for this meat centric meal.  Expect late spring and early summer vegetables and fruits to adorn the menu as well. $125 text/tip BYOB liquor will be for sale at the event as well.


June 21

FD Fairbury, Il/Chicago - Slagel Family Farm Dinner - Farm tour and dinner 2:30pm Chefs Cosmo Goss and Chris Kuziemko The Publican/Publican Quality Meats $125 Bus option Noon 1800 N. Lincoln BYOB

Prairie View, Il – White Oak Summer Solstice Dinner on Frillman Farms

June 28

*FD Champaign - Prairie Fruit Farms Dinner -1-5pm The Urbana Butcher comes to the Farm Chef Josh Boyd earned his culinary stripes cooking at Bacaro and Carmon’s Restaurant in downtown Champaign. He’s recently opened “The Urbana Butcher” shop in downtown Urbana, to rave reviews.  He specializes in house-made sausages, pickles and country pates.  This dinner will transport you to the French countryside, where pork is king and fresh, impromptu menus are the norm (Sold out, availability will be determined by any cancellations) $125 text/tip BYOB liquor will be for sale at the event as well.

July 17

Lincoln Park - Green City Market Annual BBQ - This is hyper local food and beverage fest, not to be missed, rain, wind or shine.

August 2-15

Chicago – 14 Day Intensive Urban Permaculture Design Workshop - Hosted by the Chicago Permaculture Guild and taught by Albert Bates Albert Bates was a civil sector representative at the Copenhagen climate conference, trying to point the world back towards a stable atmosphere using soils and trees – Garden Earth. His books include Climate in Crisis (1990), The Post-Petroleum Survival Guide and Cookbook (2006) and The Biochar Solution (2010). He has taught appropriate technology, natural building and ecovillage design to students from more than sixty nations. A co-founder and past president of the Global Ecovillage Network, he is presently retired and living in an ecovillage in rural Tennessee.

August 13

Chicago – Taste of the Nation Chicago – No child should go hungry and 1 out of 5 in Illinois are. Attend this incredible event to provide fight hunger in Illinois.