The Local Calendar 6/4/14 What Is Your Favorite Market? Piggy Benefit at Big Jones

June 4, 2014 at 9:18 am


It is that time of year of abundance. Strawberries have appeared on the farmer’s tables. Green Acres Farm had a supply of ferns. The weather gets better for the chef demos at Green City Market and more and more local markets open. Has your favorite local market opened? What is it and why do you like it Let us know which one and where it is and we will make sure to cover it here on the Local Beet. Happy times ahead! Take advantage of the farm dinners available and mingle with the animals.

Farm dinnersSlagel Family Farm’s schedule  (next available dinner 7/12),  Prairie Fruit Farms has announced their schedule(-12/4), 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.

Need info – Organizations in Chicagoland providing resources, classes and advocacy on local food: Illinois Stewardship AllianceAdvocates for Urban Agriculture, The Plant Chicago, Angelics Organics Learning CenterWeFarmAmerica and The Peterson Garden Project.

Want to volunteer- Do you live in the Evanston/Skokie area? The Talking Farm has volunteer work days available for students, families and corporate team building 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. EverThrive Illinois has a food and cooking education program that has a need for  volunteer as well.

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.

Here is a list of the city of Chicago markets, for those near Sugar Grove, their farmers market opens this Saturday! Now onto the busy week ahead including the Growing Home Open House at their Wood St. Farm, the opening of Eli’s Cheesecake and Wright College farmers market and support Wine to Water at Wine Enthusiast’s Red and White Bash at Architectural Artifacts in Ravenswood.

The Week’s Local Calendar

June 4

Chicago – Two Brothers Beer dinner at The Signature Room – (Sold Out, contact them for any last minute openings)

Chicago (Lincoln Park) - Green City Market – 7am – 1pm Chef demonstration Chef Martial Noguier Bistronomic 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-on-one interaction at the chef demo, you have time to talk to the farmers and vendors about their products, and you will probably run into one of the many Chicago farm to table chefs who shop at the market on Wednesdays.

June 5

Chicago - Daley Plaza Farmers Market (Through Oct. 30) 7am – 3pm Katherine Ann Confections, Nichols Farms, River Valley Kitchens and more.

Chicago (Uptown) - Uptown Farmers Market at Weiss Memorial Hospital – 7am – 1pm (Through Oct) 4646 N. Marine Drive

June 6-8

Chicago (Wicker Park) - Ribfest - (lincoln/Irving Park/Damen) Does this need any explanation?If you do go to the link. Ribs, beverages, great music, what else do you need?

June 7

New!! Chicago – Midwestern Writers On FoodPrinter’s Row Lit Fest – Printers Row neighborhood on the blocks surrounding Dearborn and Polk streets 11:45am – 12:30pm Peggy Wolff, author of “Fried Walleye and Cherry Pie: Midwestern Writers on Food;” Molly O’Neill, author of “One Big Cookbook;” and Elizabeth Berg, author of “Tapestry of Fortunes,” in conversation with Chicago Tribune reporter Christopher Borrelli. Cooking Demo Ina Pinkney – 2:30pm – 3:15pm Beloved Chicago restaurateur Ina Pinkney, author of “Taste Memories: Recipes for Life and Breakfast,” conducts a cooking demo and converse with Chicago Tribune reporter Bill Daley.

New!! Chicago(Englewood) – Growing Home Open House – 11am-3pm Wood Street Urban Farm 5814 S. Wood St. enjoy farm tours, cooking demos, a kid’s gardening workshop, a Gardening For Beauty workshop, a farm stand, refreshments, and music! Plus, if you’re interested in getting your hands dirty, they’re looking for a few motivated volunteers to join them for a work project before the festivities get started.  Suggested donation: $10/person or $20/family.  Residents of Greater Englewood get in FREE all day.

Chicago (Lincoln Park) -  Green City Market 7am – 1pm Right across from the Hotel Lincoln Chef demonstration Molly Johnson Limelight 

Chicago(Hyde Park/Woodlawn) – 61st Farmers Market ( Through 12/13, goes indoors as of Nov.) 9am – 2pm

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 - (Through 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

Sugar Grove – Sugar Grove Farmers Market – Opening day (through 9/27) 8:00 a.m. to noon Village of Sugar Grove Municipal Building Parking Lot, 10 Municipal Drive

June 8

New!!! Chicago (Humboldt Park) – Backyard BBQ Series at Sportsman Club – 948 N. Western They will be welcoming Cosmo Goss of The Publican for their first official backyard BBQ featuring “Santa Maria” style tri-tip w/ pickled green tomato pico de gallo, baked beans, & a bolillo roll paired with a brew from Local Option and a shot of whiskey all for $20.00.

Chicago (Pilsen) - The Pilsen Community Market  9-3pm 18th and Halsted

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

Logan Square - Logan Square Outdoor  Market  (Through 10/26) 10am–3pm

June 9

Lyons – Lyons Community Market – 2-7pm Veteran’s Park Ogden Ave & Lawndale Ave. (every Monday through Sept. 29)

June 10

New!!! Chicago - Food Dialogues - 10-11:30 a.m. InterContinental Hotel Chicag0 505 N. Michigan Ave., Join the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance as we resume The Food Dialogues® series in Chicago, to take an in-depth look at how the food industry responds to the demand for information on the story behind their products.

Chicago - MCA Farmers Market – 7am – 3pm Downtown at the MCA (Every Tuesday through Oct. 28)

Chicago - Publican Quality Meats Guest Chef Burger Night – Kim Leali Nico Osteria 6-9pm


June 11

Chicago (Andersonville) – “Piggy Benefit for Southern Foodways AllianceBig Jones  – 6pm 5347 North Clark 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.

Chicago – Community Meeting at The Fearless Food Kitchen – They’ll be holding two community meetings at the Fearless Food Kitchen, co-hosted by 48th Ward Alderman Harry Osterman. At these meetings, they’ll discuss their plans and answer questions, as well as welcome feedback and ideas on how the space can best serve the community. All are welcome, please RSVP via the link above. Broadway Armory Kitchen, 2nd floor 5917 N. Broadway Ave.

New!!! Chicago(Logan Square) – Join them  for a whole veal family-style dinner in collaboration with Table, Donkey and StickBang Bang Pie, and 18th Street Brewery, with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Logan Square Farmers Market!  Two seatings are available, 6 PM and 8 PM. Here are some highlights of the menu: First course: roasted veal leg, veal pate, spiced veal and buckwheat salad, asparagus salad with crispy veal Second course: veal loin schnitzel, smoked veal sausage, sauerkraut, warm carrots with braised veal, pea fritters  And of course, each table will be laden with the artisanal pretzels, biscuits, baguettes, mustards, giardinieras, jams and marmalades that you would expect from these chefs. The cost is only $50 with an optional beverage pairing for $20.Please call the Radler at 773-276-0270 for reservations!

June 12

Chicago(Avondale) – Opening of Eli’s Cheesecake and Wright College Farmers Market - 8-10am Ribbon cutting at 9am 6701 West Forest Park Drive

June 13

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 P

Chicago – Red Meat Market Father’s Day Sausage Class – Centered Chef 175 N. Ada (As of this post SOLD OUT) contact them to find out if there is a cancellation or to get on the wait list)

Chicago – Goose & Fox Underground Dining Club BBQ - 7pm Goose & Fox presents a family style BBQ in a casual outdoor setting featuring the finest seasonal produce from local farms. $40 Lincoln Park

June 15

New!!! Chicago(everywhere) – Chicago Market – A Community Co-Op launches their  first ownership drive, #1000in100. We’re going to recruit 1,000 new Owners in 100 days

Chicago (Portage Park) - Portage Park Farmers Market ( 6/15, 29, 7/20, 8/3, 17, 9/7, 21, 10/5) 10am – 2pm near the corner of Berteau and Central

June 18

Chicago - Meet The Market At Kinmont – Green City Market Junior Board – One thing is guaranteed about these gatherings of the GCMJB, the cocktails are always seasonal and superb!!!!!!!! 6:30pm – 9:30pm 419 W. Superior

Chicago - Community Meeting at The Fearless Food Kitchen - They’ll be holding two community meetings at the Fearless Food Kitchen, co-hosted by 48th Ward Alderman Harry Osterman. At these meetings, they’ll discuss their plans and answer questions, as well as welcome feedback and ideas on how the space can best serve the community. All are welcome, please RSVP via the link above. Broadway Armory Kitchen, 2nd floor 5917 N. Broadway Ave.

June 19

New!!! Chicago (Ravenswood) Wine Enthusiast’s Red and White Bash – 7-10pm Architectural Artifacts 4325 N. Ravenswood Buy tickets now! This is an opportunity to taste and try a variety of wines from around the world and at the same time 100% of net ticketing proceeds will go to benefit Wine to Water, bringing clean water sources to impoverished nations around the globe.

Chicago – Granja Urbana Urban Farm Dinner at City Farm - 7-9pm 1204 N Clybourn Ave $100

Chicago(Downtown) - Chefs On The Grill - Welcome summer with hot grills, cool drinks, live music, and prizes at the ultimate Chicago grilling competition benefitting Common Threads and the Illinois Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (IRAEF)!Enjoy an alfresco evening while interacting with the chefs, tasting their signature grill recipes, and helping to crown a winner!  Proceeds from this year’s event benefit Common Threads and the IRAEF ProStart scholarship program.

June 21

Chicago – Edible Gardens Free Workshop – “Necessary Nourishment: Feeding Your Plants for Healthy Growth and Production” 9:30am – 10:15am Edible gardens at the zoo

New!! Chicago (Pilsen) – Moody Tongue Brewerys First Annual Pair Up - 3-6pm Thalia Hall 1807 S. Allport Ave. Produced in collaboration with Good Beer Hunting. An afternoon featuring food pairings to preview Moody Tongue Brewery’s first line-up of beers. CTA - 5 blocks east from the 18th street Pink Line stop. The 18th street bus #18 stops at the corner of 18th and Racine, a half block east of Thalia Hall.

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 SOLD OUT check with Slagel for cancellations

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

June 22

New!!! Chicago(Edgewater) - CHICAGO MARKET #1000in100 LAUNCH PARTY – 2- 6pm Metropolis Roastery 5545 N Clark Calling all lovers of local food: the grocery store of your dreams is becoming a reality. Chicago Market, a communiyt co-op, is hosting a family-friendly event with food, drinks, activities for kids and adults alike, and more. Bring your friends and family to learn more about the Chicago Market, a new cooperative grocery store – owned by community members like you!  At the party, you will have the opportunity to become one of their Founding Owners onsite!

Chicago (Lincoln Park) - Sunday Supper at Floriole – 6-8pm Join them one Sunday each month(7/13, 8/17) for a relaxing and tasty dinner served family-style. A children’s menu will also be provided, kids under ten pay their age!

New!!! New Berlin – Illinois Stewardship Alliance Summer Shindig – 3-6pm Danenberger Family Vineyards 12341 Irish Rd Join them for an evening of local food and libations, live music, and good company. Free for all members and $10 for non-members.

June 23

Chicago – (North Center) – Bounty of the Midwest Dinner to Support Spence Farm – 7:30pm  10:30pm Browntrout 4111 N. Lincoln Join Chef Sean Sanders of Browntrout and Chef Thomas Leavitt of White Oak Gourmet as they team up to create a four course dinner celebrating the bounty of Midwest corn. You’ll be joined by Chicago’s own Koval distillery with whiskey based cocktail pairings for each course. They’ll be using organic and Non GMO corn in each course as we welcome summer to Chicago.$65 Public Transportation, CTA buses # 50 & 80 or Brown Line stop at Irving Park. Metered Street Parking available on Lincoln Avenue.

June 26

Chicago(Avondale) – Eli’s Cheesecake Agriculture Speaker Series – Jim Slama Founder of Family Farmed

June 28

*FD Champaign - Prairie Fruit Farms Dinner -1-5pm The Urbana Butcher comes to the Farm Chef Josh Boyd. He’s recently opened “The Urbana Butcher” shop in downtown Urbana. He specializes in house-made sausages, pickles and country pates.  (Sold out, availability will be determined by any cancellations)

Chicago – Garden to Gourmet – Join Executive Chef Cardel Reid for a one-of-a-kind cooking experience at The Signature Room at the 95th®. Chef Reid will lead a tour of Chicago’s famous Green City Market followed by a cooking demonstration and plated lunch at The Signature Room®. 9:00am – 2:00pm $75 per person, all inclusive Call 312.280.0472 for reservations.

Chicago(Logan Square) - Fork and the Road Relaunch Party – 3pm Illinois Centennial Monument - Hit the road with Graze on a leisurely literary and snack-filled bike ride! The afternoon begins with a mini-workshop from an Active Transportation Alliance staffer on how to cycle in the city. Then we’ll take a tour of a few eateries and a literary event, and a musical guest before sending you off on your merry way. It’s a preview of Fork and the Road tours, which Graze will be leading all summer long. We suggest a $5 donation for the fun-filled afternoon. Graze is proud to relaunch Fork and the Road, a food and bike adventure company created by Dimitra Tasiouras and Sharon Bautista.

June 29

Chicago – Food Swap at Sur La Table 900 North Michigan 3pm

July 7

Oak Park - FERMENTED FOODS FOR HEALTH 7:00pm – 8:30pm The Sugar Beet Co-op 812 W Madison St Edible Alchemist, Andrea Mattson joins Dr. Paul Schattauer of The Green Medical Practice to present a workshop about fermented foods and the magic of probiotics in our diet. Guests will receive a jar of organic and local kimchi! $10 members $15 general admission preregistration required 

July 11-13

Chicago – 2nd Annual Windy City Smokeout -  Bub City is proud to announce the second annual “Windy City Smokeout,” taking place July 11th-13th. This summer festival will bring together the best of live country music, beer and BBQ to downtown Chicago.To purchase tickets CLICK HERE.

July 12

Fairbury – Slagel Farm Dinner with  with Nana Organic and Owen & Engine 2:30pm Bus option available from Chicago.

July 16

New!!! Chicago(Logan Square) – Fountainhead Rooftop Happy Hour 4:30pm Join Ground Up Chicago – A Chef Farmer Community for a casual get together that is all about summer, fun and celebrating Chef Cleetus Friedman and his sustainable menu in action!  No agenda just Come on over and buy a beer and some food and hang out.  If the weather cooperates we will be soaking in some sun on one of the best rooftop patios in the city.

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.

July 26

Chicago(Caledonia) – 7th Annual Angelic Organics Peak Harvest Dinner – 5pm – 9pm Presented by premier Chicago chefs, including Chef Paul Virant. We’ll enjoy a five-course gourmet meal made with seasonal produce fresh from the farm and other sustainable, local ingredients. All proceeds from the Farm Dinner support our educational programs that build the local food system. -

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 9

Fairbury - Slagel Farm Dinner with Found Kitchen & Rootstock 2:30pm Bus option available from Chicago.

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.

August 16

New!! Oak Park - 7th Annual Oak Park Micro Brew Review - Get to downtown Oak Park  for the largest zero-waste, craft beer event in the Midwest! Enjoy all Oak Park has to offer while sampling unique brews and delicious food on a beautiful mid-summer’s afternoon. Featuring over 150 inventive brews from the Midwest’s finest craft breweries, live music and small plates from popular local restaurants, this is one of Chicagoland’s top craft beer festivals of the summer. And, with nothing from the event going to land-fill, by coming to this event you’re doing a good thing for the planet too! Co-produced with the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild. The Micro Brew Review is a fundraiser benefiting Seven Generations Ahead and the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild. Tickets are non-refundable.

September 13

Fairbury - Slagel Farm Dinner with Three Aces, Bedford & Carriage House 2:30pm Bus option available from Chicago.



  1. Pat Graceffa says:

    I hope people can join us at the Sugar Grove Farmer’s Market (Facebook page under that name)this Saturday, June 7, 2014 from 8 am til noon, rain or shine!

  2. Jeannie Boutelle says:

    Pat, You are added and will make a point to keep up with all that you are doing at the market!! Thanks for the update!!!

  3. Janet says:

    Hi, Beets, could you kindly add the Lake Zurich Area Farmers Market? Our opening day is Friday, June 13, 2014! The LZAFM runs Fridays, June 13 – Sept 27 from 3-7 PM at Paulus Park 200 S. Rand Road, Lake Zurich. Over 25 vendors, food concessions, along with live music and family programing each week. Thanks!

  4. Karen says:

    The Garfield Park Community Council operates a “Neighborhood Market”, going into its second season this summer with market days on the second Saturday of each month, June through October. Located at the southeast intersection of Kedzie and Lake Streets, the market hours are 10am-1pm and our opening market is Saturday, June 14. In addition to fresh locally grown produce from the GPCC Garden Network, vendors will be selling: kale chips, sauces, local honey and maple syrup, pickled items, handmade paper jewelry from Uganda, body oils, jewelry, local authors and their books and much more. There is live entertainment too!
    Thank you!

  5. Jeannie says:

    Karen, Thanks for the info!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for following the Beet!

  6. Jeannie Boutelle says:

    Thanks Karen! We will make sure to highlight your market!

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