The Local Calendar 9/17/14 Chicken Coop Tours, Talking Farm Hullabaloo,The Beaver Dam Pepper Celebration and Lots More!

September 17, 2014 at 9:54 am

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It may feel like winter is near with this bout of cold weather but you would never know it from the farmers tables at the markets or the schedule on the local calendar. This weekend is action-packed with farm and food events.

Calling all chicken enthusiasts for the 5th Annual Windy City Coop tours. The amazing folks at The Talking Farm celebrate all their accomplishments this year and their first harvest at the Hullabaloo at their Howard Street Farm and the Beaver Dam Pepper is celebrated at the Green City Market on Saturday. Sunday, The Spence Farm Foundation has their annual Harvest Feast at the farm in Fairbury or you can have a radical supper in a barn  in Libertyville.

Take advantage of all that there is on the tables of the markets. If you stop by the Green City Fulton Street market, say hello, I am helping out at the Nichols stand. You heard it hear first on the Beet, it will get warm again so don’t despair. It is just that time of year where we have these bouts of cold weather to remind us that winter is not that far away. But the tables at the markets say otherwise, buy all the corn, beans, tomatoes, berries if you see them, they won’t be on the tables that much longer!!

Here is a list of the city of Chicago farmers markets! Sign up to become an owner of Chicago’s newest Co-op here, the Chicago Market.  Now on to this very busy weekend and beyond:

                                                                   The Week’s Local Calendar and Beyond!!

September 17

FM – Chicago (Lincoln Park) - Green City Market - 7am – 1pm  For anyone who has the time, visiting the market on a Wednesday is a luxury!!!!!! Chef Justin Hall, FIG Catering demo today 10:30am !!

September 18

FMEli’s & Wright College’s Farmers Market 7-1pm

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

September 20-21

**** ChicagoWindy City Coop Tour Chicago Chicken Enthusiasts - 10am -2pm each day 29 hosts in and around Chicago invite you to learn from their personal experiences with backyard chickens, ducks — and more! Visit Hosts’ yards and coops, ask questions, and take photos. More info 

September 20

Chicago - Fork and the Road Bike Tours Poultry Slam

Chicago(Lincoln Park) - Beaver Dam Pepper Celebration The Green City Market - Green City Market and Scrumptious Pantry will celebrate rare heirloom fruits and vegetables with deep roots in the Midwest. At the center of this celebration will be the Beaver Dam Pepper, named after Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.  Menu specials from the prepared food vendors, a scavenger hunt for the kids and a fundraiser for Green City Market’s Edible Garden in Lincoln Park will raise awareness for our regional heirlooms in delicious and fun ways!

Skokie - The Talking Farm Hullabaloo The Howard Street Farm 2-6pm They’ve hosted the Hullabaloo annually since 2011, the year they attained the land that would become the Howard Street Farm. The Hullabaloo is an open house for the community to see their progress in creating the Farm out of vacant land filled with invasive species. Though they’re continuing to build the Farm and its adjacent woodlands, this is the first year they’re celebrating their harvest so the Hullabaloo will be more festive than ever!! Join them as they celebrate the fruits of community innovation and cooperation — as well as the fruits of the Farm — at this family-friendly, leisurely event.

FM – Chicago (Lincoln Park) -  Green City Market 7am – 1pm Right across from the Hotel Lincoln  Chef Demonstrations Toni Roberts, ROOF on theWit 10:30 AM–11:30 AM Chef Demonstrations Canning Demonstration with Jane Paik

FMChicago (West Loop) Green City Market Fulton St. Market is located at 222 N. Halsted, on the southwest corner of Halsted and Fulton.  Parking is available along Halsted and in the lot on the southeast corner of Fulton and Halsted

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!!

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 - Oak Park – Oak Park Farmers Market (through 11/1) - 7am – 1pm 460 Lake St.

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

September 21

Chicago - Red Meat Market Bison Butchering Class - Their 3 hour, hands-on class will guide you through the process from the moment the bison carcass is delivered to when it reaches the kitchen! Participates will have the opportunity to breakdown a half carcass. You’ll then start to break it into standard and some special cut! Learn knife skills, butchering techniques and how to breakdown a carcass into tasty steaks, tenderloins, roasts and ground!  You’ll feel the meat between your fingers, experience the smooth cut of the knife, smell the fresh aromas and be part of the renaissance of the local butcher.

Chicago - Dose Bomb -  at Morgan Manufacturing in the West Loop, get a big Dose of the freshest and the best at the Dose Bomb, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 401 N. Morgan. An ever-dynamic marketplace devoted to showcasing the finest designers, chefs, makers, bakers, entrepreneurs and artists, Dose is the place to discover those in Chicago doing it right. There’s no better way to spend a Sunday.

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

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

Fairbury(Chicago-there will be transportation) - Harvest Feast Spence Farm Foundation -4-7pm  Join them at Harvest Feast to enjoy a beautiful evening of local ingredients turned into extraordinary edibles followed by a charity auction supporting Spence Farm Foundation’s programming like Chef Camp. (The bus will leave at 12:00 pm from Chicago | Evanston area and will arrive there at about 10:00 pm after the Harvest Feast)

Libertyville - Radical Supper in a Barn on a Farm - 31330 N. Milwaukee 5-8pm Radical Root and The Stew are teaming up to bring you a radical supper, in a barn, on a farm. You’ve heard of ‘farm to table’, but this time the table isn’t even leaving the farm. They’re hosting it right there, in a 100 year old barn. You’ll get the pristine produce from Radical Root, transformed into the deliciousness you love from Sauce and Bread Kitchen. Come along and let them treat you to a magical night!

September 22

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

September 23

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


September 24

****** Chicago (Ravenswood) - Dinner In The Beer Garden6:30pm River Valley Farmer’s Table 1820 W. Wilson Calling all Chicago area locavores! They invite you to join us at River Valley Farmer’s Table for a feast-ive celebration of harvest season inspired by Lucy Saunders’ new book, ‘Dinner in the Beer Garden‘. This relaxing, come-as-you-are dinner features local, seasonal ingredients from the organic garden of River Valley Ranch & Kitchens (Burlington, WI), presented in five, family-style courses prepared by chef Jordan Rose. The meal will include selected local craft brews that are expertly paired by Lucy (@lucybeercook) and Jim Javenkoski (@localfoodwisdom), the co-hosts of this informative event. Additionally, River Valley Ranch & Kitchens owner Eric Rose will be present to share his story about the farm, which is renown for its cultivation of mushrooms. Each guest who purchases a ticket will receive a copy of Lucy’s new book, ‘Dinner in the Beer Garden’, a $28.95 retail value! Doors open at 6:30 PM and the first course will be served at approximately 7 PM. Menu details are forthcoming… $50 per person

September 26-28

Chicago - Chicago Gourmet Weekend – Millenium Park – Ground Zero for these 3 days in the world for all things culinary. Checkout the link for tickets, information, schedule, events for this action-packed, food and beverage celebration!!

September 27

New!! Chicago(Englewood) – Growing Home Wood Street Fall Open House - 11am-3pm

September 28

ChicagoChicago Market’s Farm-To-Market Bash: A Co-Op Celebration, noon to 4 pm.

October 4

ChicagoFork and the Road Bike Tours Vedging Out

October 12

New!! Chicago(Logan Square)  - 2nd Annual Backyard Dinner -6-9pm Bang Bang Pie Shop  Join them in celebrating the fall harvest and successful completion of their 2014 program at their 2nd Annual Backyard Dinner at Bang Bang Pie Shop in Logan Square! The evening will feature…Dishes hand prepared by some of Chicago’s leading chefs: Nathan Sears of The Radler, Scott Manley of Table, Donkey, and Stick, Patrick Cloud of Bang Bang Pie and Biscuits, and Chris Davies of Homestead On The Roof. Live bluegrass-inspired folk music by Chicago band Odd Folk. A raffle featuring local businesses and restaurants. Local beer, wine, and liquor.

October 14

Chicago(Old Town)World Premier of the Vegetarian Flavor Bible – Book Signing with Karen Page and Andrew Dornenberg 6-7:30pm The Spice House 1512 North Wells

October 15

Chicago - Chicago Ideas Week Food The Path To Your Plate – 12pm – 1:30pm Presented by Edelman

Chicago – WBEZ 7th Annual Chicago Chef Battle – 6pm Kendall College

October 16

Chicago(Lincoln Park)- Huckleberry Cookbook Dinner with Zoe Nathan 7-10pm Floriole Cafe and Bakery 7-10pm

October 19

Chicago(Lincoln Park)Sunday Supper at Floriole Cafe and Bakery  Onion Soup, Coq Au Vin, Tarte Tartin, alas SOLD OUT

October 22

Chicago(Edgewater)FACT’s 4th Annual Fund A Farmer Uncommon Ground Devon - At the party, you can enter their raffle, bid on unique online auction items, nosh on locally sourced bites, listen to live bluegrass by The Lantern Kickers, and meet Carole Morison, a Fund-a-Farmer grantee and farmer featured in the acclaimed documentary Food, Inc.  Tickets are $25 and include two drinks and light appetizers. They hope to see you there!

October 23

Chicago(Lakeview) - Green Chicago Restaurant Coalitions Green Pumpkin Gala – 6-9:30pm Greenhouse Loft 2545 W. Diversey

November 7-9

Milwaukee, WIGrowing Home’s National-International Urban & Small Farms Conference - Growing Power is proud to announce another inspiring conference with workshops that will focus on the 2014 theme “Building a Fair Food Economy to Grow Healthy People”. This conference will showcase the best practices and principles in sustainable agriculture and the innovations underway that will grow a healthier tomorrow. Conference workshops will be innovative and multidisciplinary facilitated by growers who are currently operating urban and small farms, as well as those who are working in areas that support this emerging area of agriculture and local economic development. These workshops are intended to enhance the skills and broaden the perspective of participants.

November 8

Chicago(Riverwest)RAMENFEST - 12pm BellyQ Owner and Executive Chef Bill Kim is gathering chefs from around the city  both ramen experts and novices  to prepare their culinary interpretations of the classic dish. Twenty chefs will try their hand at ramen for the event.   A portion of all proceeds from the event and silent auction will benefit Common Threads, a non-profit charity founded by Chicago Chef Art Smith that focuses on educating children about different cultures through food and art.

November 9

Chicago(Lincoln Park) - Middlewest Talks:Dorie Greenspan Cookies and Conversation with a Baking Legend 7-9pm Floriole Cafe and Bakery 1220 West Webster

November 13

Chicago – A Mostly Vegetarian Affair Cheat On Meat or Go Whole Beast – 7-10pm Chop Shop & First Ward Events 2033 W. North Ave.  the Green City Market Junior Board will present its ever-so-local and seasonal fall fundraiser.Throughout the evening, guests will enjoy a walk-around stationed tasting, featuring local chefs’ all-vegetable dishes made with Green City Market vendor produce. Complimenting the array of delicious vegetarian fare, Junior Board member chefs Jared Batson, Scott Manley and Eric Mansavage will also prepare three whole pigs “Three Little Pigs-style,” incorporating straw, wood and bricks both in their cooking methods and for creative inspiration. With all the great local food on offer, attendees will be able to Cheat on Meat or Go Whole Beast!

November 18-20

Chicago – The Chicago Food Film Festival - This event sells out, is always crazy, inventive and tons of fun!!

Need more info on urban ag, gardens, plants, farmers markets, local food, these organizations are good resources for you to bookmark and utilize:  Illinois Stewardship AllianceAdvocates for Urban AgricultureThe Plant ChicagoAngelics Organics Learning CenterWeFarmAmericaThe Peterson Garden Project and The Talking Farm.