The Local Calendar 7/2/14 Merry Berry Happy Fourth!! Fermented Foods at Sugar Beet Co-op

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July 2, 2014 at 8:21 am

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It is that berry time of year, oh happy days! There really is nothing that tastes better than a just picked berry and there is nothing better for you. Berries are little packages of antioxidants and one of the world’s heathiest foods. But you know, when it boils down to it, the flavor of these berries cannot be beat!

Farmer’s Fridge continues to expand, they offer a wide variety of organic salads in a jar with protein options available too that can be bought out of a very cool vending machine. For those condiment queens out there like me, places such as Southport Grocery take advantage of the local produce available to create unique combinations like rhubarb mustard. The thing about canned and jarred goods is that they do last, are a great gift, spice up a simple meal and are a reminder of what was.

Farm dinnersSlagel Family Farm’s schedule  (next available dinner 7/12),  Prairie Fruit Farms & Creamery schedule(-12/4), Mint Creek,  and Angelic Organics Learning Center Peak Harvest Dinner 7/26.

Need info - Organizations in Chicagoland providing resources, classes and advocacy on local food: Illinois Stewardship AllianceAdvocates for Urban AgricultureThe Plant ChicagoAngelics Organics Learning CenterWeFarmAmericaThe Peterson Garden Project and The Talking Farm.

Here is a list of the city of Chicago markets! Sign up to become an owner of Chicago’s newest Co-op here, the Chicago MarketNow onto the busy week ahead and Happy Fourth!!!!!!!

                                                                 The Week’s Local Calendar

July 2

Champaign - Prairie Fruit Farms & Creamery Open House 3-6:30pm

FM – Chicago (Lincoln Park) - Green City Market - 7am – 1pm Chef demonstration Chef Bruce Sherman, Greg Moskow, North Pond For anyone who has the time, visiting the market on a Wednesday is a luxury!!!!!!

July 3

FM – Chicago - Daley Plaza Farmers Market (Through Oct. 30) 7am-3pm Katherine Ann ConfectionsNichols FarmsRiver Valley Kitchens and more.

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

July 4

HAPPY 4th!!!!

July 5

FM – Chicago (Lincoln Park) -  Green City Market 7am – 1pm Right across from the Hotel Lincoln Chef demonstration Debbie Sharpe Goddess & Grocer

FM – 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!!

Chicago(Roger’s Park)Hip-Hop Youth Programming Kick-Off Event at Hello!Howard! 1:30pm – 3pm 7519 N. Ashland July marks the start of a series of weekly hip-hop based youth workshops called Vital Vernacular (spoken word) and Summer Break (breakdancing).  Free burritos from Chipotle, live music from local DJ’s and MC’s, a graffiti contest to help design their shipping container (the backdrop to the stage)  Please RSVP at the link above.

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

FM - 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.)

FM - Glenview - Glenview Farmers Market(Through 10/11) – Wagner Farm 1510 Wagner Road 8am – Noon Expanded with more vendors!

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

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

July 6-12

ChicagoChicago Craft Gin Week - Go to the link for the schedule.

July 6

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

FM – Glencoe Chicago Botanic Garden Farmers Market(First and third Sundays of the month through 10/19) - 9am – 3pm  Esplanade 1000 Lake Cook Rd

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

July 7

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

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 8

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

Chicago -Publican Quality Meats Guest Chef Burger Night - 6-9pm

SAVE THE DATE

July 9

FM – Chicago(West Roger’s Park) - Devon Night Market(through 9/10) opens 4-8pm 2720 W. Devon

July 10

Chicago - Meet The Market at Celeste - 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 111 W. Hubbard

Chicago(Lakeview)Grand Opening Celebration Greenstar Brewery and Uncommon Ground 23rd Anniversary Party - 6pm 3800 North Clark St.

Chicago(Roger’s Park) - Dinner and A Movie Night at Hello! Howard Garden Presented By Chipotle 7:30pm – 10pm Burrito dinner provided by Chipotle Please bring your own chair, or blanket to sit on. Seating will be on the woodchips in the community area (Howard St. gate entrance). BYOB Dinner is limited to the first 150 ppl who have RSVP’d only.

FM - Chicago(Uptown) - Argyle Night Market(through 9/4) - Opening 5-9pm Argyle and Sheridan Road

FM -  Chicago(Avondale) - Eli’s Cheesecake and Wright College Farmers Market - 7am – 1pm 6701 West Forest Park Drive

July 11-13

New!!! Chicago - Square Roots Festival - The Old Town School of Folk Music and theLincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce’s craft beer and music experience in Chicago’s Lincoln Square is right around the corner.

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 11

Lake Zurich - Lake Zurich Farmers Market (Through  9/26)- 3pm – 7pm Paulus Park, 200 S Rand Road Over 25 vendors, food concessions, along with live music and family programing each week.

July 12

Chicago(Hyde Park) - Common Threads Produce Stand and Open House – 10am – 1pm 4901 South Kenwood All the following workshops and activities are FREE!! 10a and 11a: Coffee Making Demonstration with Sparrow Coffee, Pour Overs, French Presses, and Cold Brewing Ongoing: Cooking with Kids: Grape Caterpillars and Radish Mice – Laura Perez, Common Threads Chef Ongoing Kid’s Activity: Recycled Roll Bird Feeders, Laura Perez, Americorps Volunteer 11:30a: Judging of Sidewalk Chalk Competition Ongoing Bread Making: Chef Marilyn Scott will be sharing her homemade bread and talking technique when it comes to bread making – including making your own yeast

Chicago(Logan Square)Fork and The Road – Emerald Necklace Tour -11am Stop to snack while trying on Chicago’s glorious, connected system of boulevards. $50

Chicago(Garfield Park) - The Garfield Park Community Council “Neighborhood Market” (2nd Saturday of each month through October) 10am – 1pm Southeast intersection of Kedzie and Lake Streets 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!

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

July 13

Chicago(Logan Square)History’s Favorite Foods Fork and The Road - A trip down memory lane through visits to some of Chicago’s oldest and most historic restaurants.

Chicago (Lincoln Park) - Sunday Supper at Floriole - 6-8pm Join them one Sunday each month(next 8/17) Pre-Bastille Day Feast: Country pate, cornichons, grainy mustard, baguette, salad lyonnaise, roasted chicken, pommes anna, ratatouille, blueberry olive oil cake, lemon granita

July 16

Champaign - Prairie Fruit Farms & Creamery Open House 3-6:30pm

FM - Chicago (Lincoln Park) - Green City Market - 7am – 1pm Chef demonstration Chef Elisa Narrow, VIE For anyone who has the time, visiting the market on a Wednesday is a luxury!!!!!!

Chicago (Lincoln Park) – Veggie Bingo The Hideout - (through 8/27) 5:30pm 1354 West Wabansia They’ll be calling games and grilling dogs at the Hideout to support Chicago’s community gardens. Co-sponsored by NeighborSpace, Hideout Veggie Bingo features a grand prize of fresh produce from Irv and Shelly’s Fresh Picks and a cornucopia of other prizes drawn from local artisanal food producers, farmers, and gardeners – plus HOT DOGS donated by Hot Doug’s. Games run 5:30-8 pm; kids welcome as long as they’re with a responsible grownup.

FM - Chicago(West Roger’s Park) - Devon Night Market (through 9/10) opens 4-8pm 2720 W. Devon

July 17

FM -  Chicago(Avondale) - Eli’s Cheesecake and Wright College Farmers Market - 7am – 1pm 6701 West Forest Park Drive

•••••• Chicago (Lincoln Park) - Green City Market Annual BBQ - This hyper-local food and beverage fest, is absolutely not to be missed, rain, wind or shine, some call it the “real Taste of Chicago”. Tickets are still available as of this posting.

FM - Chicago (Loop) - Daley Plaza Farmers Market (Through Oct. 30) 7am-3pm Katherine Ann ConfectionsNichols FarmsRiver Valley Kitchens and more.

FM - Chicago(Uptown) - Argyle Night Market(through 9/4) - Opening 5-9pm Argyle and Sheridan Road

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

July 19-20

Chicago - 46th Annual Sheffield Garden Walk and Music Festival and Chicago Craft Beer Festival

July 19

Chicago (Bridgeport) - 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!!

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

Chicago(Lakeview) - Guided Wine Tasting Vintage Rose 3:30pm – 4:30pm Bar Pastoral 2947 N. Broadway

FM - Chicago (Lincoln Park) -  Green City Market 7am – 1pm Right across from the Hotel Lincoln Chef Demonstration Peter Klein, Seedling 10:30am–11:30am

Chicago (Lincoln Park ) - The Edible Gardens Workshop at the Edible Gardens  Expand Your Growing Season: Planting Fall Crops 9 AM–12 PM

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

FM - 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.)

FM - Glenview - Glenview Farmers Market (Through 10/11) – Wagner Farm 1510 Wagner Road 8am – Noon Expanded with more vendors!

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

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

July 20

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

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

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

Chicago(Uptown) - 2nd Annual Salsa/Dip Contest - $10 donation will go towards Care For Real Sofo Tap 4923 N. Clark St.

FM - Glencoe Chicago Botanic Garden Farmers Market (First and third Sundays of the month through 10/19) - 9am – 3pm  Esplanade 1000 Lake Cook Rd

MantenoBlue Sky and Bloom On The Farm - 10:30am – 1:30pm Peasants Plot Farm Yoga in the Field (10:30-11:30, please arrive by 10:15)  Brunch (11:30-12:30) Farm Tour (12:30-1:30) Join Todd and Julia McDonald for an in-depth tour of their organic farm. Expect some contact with soil, sun, wind and other natural phenomena. Reserve your tickets here.

New!!! OttawaPicnic At The Creek Cedar Valley Sustainable Farm - They’ll welcome guests beginning at 5:00 p.m.  Enjoy a walk around the farm and then you’ll take the hay rack with guests and gear down to their creek side picnic spot.  At the creek we’ll be grilling hamburgers and enjoying pot-luck sides & deserts.  {This is a low stress event – a watermelon or pan of store bought brownies will be fine – no judgement ;-) } There will be water to wade in, a campfire to relax around, and those fireflies won’t catch themselves! Cost is $5/person (8 & younger free). RSVP to cdrvalleyfarm@gmail.com

July 21

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

July 22

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

Chicago -Publican Quality Meats Guest Chef Burger Night - 6-9pm

July 24

Chicago(Uptown)AUA Movie and Mingle Night Weiss Memorial Hospital - 7:30pm – 11:30pm  Join them for July’s Movie & Mingle Night, featuring the film Tierralismo, a stirring defense of the importance of farm work and sustainable agriculture practices in Cuba.

July 26

Chicago(Caledonia) - 7th Annual Angelic Organics Peak Harvest Dinner - 5pm – 9pm Presented by premier Chicago chefs, including Chef Paul Virant. You’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 their educational programs that build the local food system.

Chicago (Oak Park) - 3rd Annual Edible Garden Tour – 10am – 3pm Sponsored and organized by The Sugar Beet Co-op

New!!! Chicago - Bike To Brew Organized and Sponsored by the Active Transportation Alliance 3-10pm

July 30-31

New!!! Chicago(Edgewater) - 70′s Supper The Stew Supper Club – 7-10pm Sauce and Bread Kitchen - Fadist maybe?, delicious maybe?, it’s all a little hazy. They hope to settle these questions once and for all. They will revisit this often forgotten era of tupperware induced cuisine head on (moussaka and hambrosia included).  Don’t miss this fondue time machine for it is only leaving the Sauce and Bread Kitchen station twice. Veggies are always welcome just let them know before hand.

July 30

Chicago(Lincoln Park)Green City Market Tour and Lunch at Perennial Virant - 10:30am Presented by Chicago Gourmets and the Green City Market.

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 7-10

Chicago – The 35th American Community Gardening Assoc. Conference - Join your peers, and meet new friends, for exciting tours, networking and presentations by the leading lights in the community garden movement. Plus there will be other incredible presentations, networking, and tours of Chicago gardens (including our Edible Treasures Garden at The Field Museum – the host venue). To top it off, Garfield Park Conservatory is hosting a big “garden soiree” to celebrate the 35 years of achievement of this incredible organization. Find out more and purchase tickets for this event HERE!

August 9-10

NapervilleVeggiefest – 11am – 8pm Vegetarians, vegans, health conscious and family-fun seekers will enjoy Veggie Fest, an outdoor festival held on the grounds ofthe Science of Spirituality Meditation Center. Free admission, free parking and a wide assortment of vegetarian fun for the whole family. Expected to attract 30,000 visitors.

August 9

Bangor, MI - Camp Blueberry – For two Saturdays this season – August 9 and 16 – Joe’s Blueberry Farm is opening their farm up to tent campers. They have seven spots available on each of those Saturdays. Camping hours will be from 6 p.m. Saturday to 10 a.m. on Sunday.  No charge. It’s primitive camping – but there will be porta potties and fresh water. If you’re already a Joe’s Blues customer, just send them an email. If they have more requests than spots, they’ll draw names. Deadline for letting them know is July 8.

Chicago(Back of the Yards) –  The Monster Food Truck Rally Returns 11:00am–3:00pmThe Plant 
1400 West 46th Street is once again hosting the city’s finest food trucks for a great day of Southside fun at its third annual Food Truck Rally. Tickets are now on sale for $5, and will be available for $7 at the door. Guests of The Plant will enjoy: Local food trucks La Adelita, Bridgeport Pasty, Flirty Cupcakes, and more to be announced. All proceeds directly benefit the mission and programming of Plant Chicago, NFP, a 501c3 non-profit organization with a mission to promote closed-loop food production and sustainable economic development through education and research

Chicago(Hyde Park) - Common Threads Produce Stand and Open House - 10am – 1pm 4901 South Kenwood All the following workshops and activities are FREE!! 11 am & noon: Medicinal Herbs & Weeds – Cheryl Williamson, Herbologist + Master Gardener Ongoing: Cooking in the Garden – Stephanie Folkens, Common Threads Chef Ongoing Kid’s Activity: Oragami Flower Making

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 fight hunger in Illinois. A beautiful venue, Navy Pier and it’s the night for fireworks, incredible chefs and very tasty cocktails. Join the hunger core and make a difference while tasting food from the chefs we love.

August 16

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!  Featuring over 150 inventive brews from the Midwest’s finest craft breweries, live music and small plates from popular local restaurants. 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.

August 17

Chicago (Lincoln Park) - Sunday Supper at Floriole - 6-8pm Join them one Sunday each month. Ode To Sweet Corn: Chilled corn soup, local marinated shrimp, seared flank steak, corn pudding, tomato-corn salad, cornmeal crusted crostata, roasted peaches, peach leaf ice cream

September 7

Chicago(Uptown) - 5th Annual Kegs For Kids The Hopleaf Bar Tasting Party – 12pm – 5pm A benefit for Edgewater’s Helen C. Pierce Elementary

September 13

Chicago(Hyde Park) - Common Threads Produce Stand and Open House - 10am – 1pm 4901 South Kenwood All the following workshops and activities are FREE!! 11 am & Noon: Introduction to Permaculture – Matthew Stephens, Permaculture Expert Ongoing: Cooking in the Garden – Stephanie Folkens, Common Threads ChefOngoing Kid’s Activity: Make Your Own Chia Pet

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

September 21

Fairbury – Harvest Feast Spence Farm Foundation

 

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One Comment

  1. Pat Graceffa says:

    Thanks for including the Sugar Grove, IL Farmer’s Market on your list!!!!

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