The Local Calendar 10/15/14 Huckleberry, Graze Golden Delicious, Food Swap, The Northman Pop-Up, Fund A Farmer, Green Pumpkins, A Mostly Veggie Affair

October 15, 2014 at 10:06 am


The corn pictured above is pretty a-maizing and can be found on the tables of Nichols Farms at the Green City, Division Street, MCA and Daley Plaza market to name a few. The colors are real and the variety is called glass gem, some call it stained glass or Indian corn. “Glass Gem corn is a stunning variety selected by Carl Barnes, a part-Cherokee farmer and breeder, from several traditional corn varieties. This variety was entrusted to Native Seeds/SEARCH by one of his students, Greg Schoen.  A non-profit organization, Native Seeds/SEARCH conserves, distributes and documents the adapted and diverse varieties of agricultural seeds, their wild relatives and the role these seeds play in cultures of the American Southwest and northwest Mexico.  Glass Gem corn produces a diversity of gorgeous translucent, jewel-colored ears, each one unique. A type of flint corn, the kernels may be ground into cornmeal or popped.”(From the Glass Gem Corn facebook page) Chicago may be named after the ramp, or wild onion, but we are the land of beets aka beetroot. There are plenty of beautiful beets on the farmers market tables! From a reliable source, I heard that many of the Black Hawks are crazy about beet juice, it is one of their nutritional weapons to enhance their endurance on the ice.

Alas, winter is coming and Green City Market moves indoors to the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum on Saturday November 1.We have moved into the produce of fall: apples, squash, sweet potatoes, beets, pumpkins, onions, turnips, and the “prehistoric” looking vegetables, celery root, rutabagas, sun chokes and the “squash on steroids” gourds.

Now on to this week and the weeks ahead: tonight the WBEZ 7th Annual Chef’s Battle at Kendall College, Thursday Huckleberry at Floriolethe Graze Magazine Issue 6 Golden Delicious Release Party on Saturday, The Northman Pop-Up 10/20, Fund A Farmer at Uncommon Ground Devon 10/22, Green Pumpkin Gala 10/23 and 11/13, the always super creative A Mostly Veggie Affair supporting the Green City Market.

                                                                      The Week’s Local Calendar and Beyond

October 15

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

ChicagoWBEZ 7th Annual Chicago Chef Battle - 6pm Kendall College You have a chance to check out Chef Chrissy Camba’s dumplings that will be featured at her up and coming Maddy’s Dumpling House.

ChicagoEataly Wine Around: A Walkaround Tasting With 40 Select Italian Producers 6-10pm

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 demonstration 10:30am-11:30am Christine Cikowski and Joshua Kulp Honey Buttered Fried Chicken 

October 16

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

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

October 18

Chicago (Lakeview) - Graze Issue 6 Golden Delicious Release Party – 8pm – 11pm Lincoln & Southport

FM – Chicago (Lincoln Park) -  Green City Market 7am – 1pm Right across from the Hotel Lincoln  Chef demonstration 10:30am – 11:30am Chef Ina Pinkney

Chicago(Lincoln Park)Edible Gardens - Workshop at the Edible Gardens Time to Hit the Hay: Putting the Garden to Bed – 9:30am – 10:30am Bundle up and join us as we put the Edible Gardens to rest for the winter.  We’ll pull the remainder of our plants, lay hay, compost, and tidy our rows.  We will also save seed for next year’s garden, focusing on dried beans and flower seeds.  Please bring pruners if you have them. WORKSHOPS ARE BY RSVP ONLY.  To RSVP please email and specify which workshops you will attend.  Space is limited.

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 – 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.

October 19

Chicago(Edgewater) - Chicago Food Swap2pm Fearless Food Kitchen Broadway Armory Fieldhouse 2nd floor 5917 N. Broadway

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

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

October 20

Chicago(Avondale)The Northman Pop-Up Dinner Series - 7pm Influences of England & Spain Join The Northman as they journey through cider and dishes influenced by England and Spain.  Chef Cleetus Friedman will be joined by The Northman’s Cider Director Brian Rutzen and the rest of the crew for two days of menu testing and overall spreading the gospel of the first cider pub in Chicago. The focus for these dinners will be on ciders of English and Spanish origin.

October 21

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


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

October 25

Champaign – Prairie Fruit Farms O”Best of the Harvest:” Chef Paul Virant, Perennial Virant and Vie Restaurant—Chicago and Western Springs, Illinois  Paul Virant has been at the forefront of the farm to table movement in the Midwest, and we’re honored to welcome him back to our farm for his fifth farm dinner season.

October 29

Chicago(Andersonville) - Cantina de la Granja Fundraiser for the Green City Market 6:30pm at The Wooden Spoon – 5047 N. Clark St.

November 1

Chicago(Lincoln Park)-  The Green City Market starts their indoor season at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

November 8

Champaign - Prairie Fruit Farms “Autumnal Bliss:” Chef Bruce Sherman from North Pond Restaurant, Chicago, IL Chef Bruce Sherman has been a long-time supporter of Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery.  He’s bringing former chef and current farmer, Tracey Vowell (former chef at Frontera Grill and current owner of Three Sisters Garden in Kankakee) to craft a delicious, autumnal meal.  His farmer-inspired food is pleasing to the eye AND the palate, and we’re excited to have him here.  

November 7-9

Milwaukee, WI - A Conversation with Will Allen and Michael Pollan

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.

November 22

ChampaignPrairie Fruits FarmThe Un-thanksgiving Meal: Our Grandmothers’ Kitchens The colder weather has us pining for our grandmothers’ cooking.  For this menu, we’re travelling back across the Atlantic Ocean to the “Old Country” for some eastern European and German food traditions.  Expect peiroges, pickles, borscht, spaetzle, goulash and more.  We most definitely WON’T be serving turkey!  

December 5

Chicago – Feed Your Mind 2nd Annual Gala Benefit For Pilot Light - Pilot Light welcomes our friends and supporters to gather and enjoy our Feed Your Mind event at the Chicago Cultural Center!  The special evening will feature chef tastings, silent and live auctions, and great music!  Join us at Feed Your Mind to support Pilot Light’s work in Chicago schools to empower children with a healthy relationship with food.

December 6

Champaign – Prairie Fruits FarmWinter Holiday & Solstice Dinner It’s cold outside, but enter the Prairie Fruits Farm Dining Room inside our barn and you’re enveloped in wood stove warmth.  We like to create a festive atmosphere to get everyone in the winter holiday spirit: lots of small plates loaded with comforting holiday foods, warming beverages and great conversations around the communal table.  This dinner brings an end to our farm dinner season and eases us into winter slumber.  We will also have some great farm products available for holiday gift giving.