Temperance Beer in the city of temperance

Posted: November 25, 2014 at 7:16 am

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Okay, I’ll admit, I’ve been MIA on The Local Beet for a while (and I don’t mean I’ve been in Miami, although that would’ve been nice). Personal stuff. Get over it.

Helping me get over it was a trip (or several) down the street from my house to Temperance Brewing.

The Temperance Tap Room is not easy to find. It has a rather insignificant light blue sign on the south side of Dempster Street in Evanston, about a block west of Dodge, or a few blocks east of McCormick. (Or about three miles west of the Dempster East exit on the Edens Expressway, exit 37b). Make the turn at 2000 West Dempster Street in Evanston, and you’ll find yourself in a large, wide parking lot shared by many businesses. But the sharp-eyed among us might recognize the wooden deck and stairway, and the large garage doors with Temperance logos on them. Slightly to the south is Temperance’s Tap Room entrance, and an outdoor deck, which overlooks the awkwardly – designed parking lot, and beyond that, a beautiful view of the backside of a somewhat empty strip mall that virtually no one would describe as successful.

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A rather small sign


The entrance

Temperance is worth searching out.

Why? Well … quick quiz … what do an architect and a marine biologist have in common?

Answer … they make beer … excellent beer … in a part of a large, semi-industrial, cream-colored brick building in West Evanston.

Owner Josh Gilbert was an architect (http://www.gkad.com), and also a home brewer.

Claudia Jendron, the former marine biologist, was one of the first women to be a brewmaster in the Chicago area. (My research says she was the second, with her friend Hayley Shine at Rock Bottom Chicago as the first, but if anyone has additional perspective on this, well, that’s what the comments section is for.) But Claudia doesn’t go by the title brewmaster … her biz card says she’s the Brewster. After getting tired of seas and animals, she got a job at Goose Island, and she’s now the person who runs the beer operations at Temperance.

It’s only fair. After all, centuries ago, virtually all beer brewing was done by women.

Temperance, of course, is a wry reference to Evanston’s long history of being a dry town (the name of their rye beer, Restless Years, may also be a tenuous reference to Evanston’s dry history).

Evanston is still home to the Women’s Christian Temperance Union http://www.wctu.org/, which was one of the key forces in getting laws supporting prohibition passed in 1920. And flouting the principles of the WCTU isn’t a first for Temperance; Paul Hletko’s FEW distillery is named after the initials of the WCTU’s long-time president, Francis Elizabeth Willard. (Paul might dispute that, but we know better.)

Temperance beers are starting to show up in cans on retail shelves, as well as at on tap some of the better beer bars in the area. But the best place to enjoy their stuff is at the source. The interior of the taproom features walls made from strips of wood, along with multicolored cinder block walls, and a single shuffleboard table. But, obviously, the reason to visit the taproom is for the beers (I was wondering if I’d ever get around to their beers).

It’s almost a law these days that any brewery must put out an IPA. Temperance does it right. Their Gatecrashrer English IPA features Falconer’s flight blend of hops, both traditionally hopped and dry hopped. The dry hopping is what contributes such impressive citrus aromas, according to Claudia. And it’s also what led Gatecrasher to a silver medal at the Great American Beer Festival in the English-style IPA category. It’s now available at select retail establishments in cans.


But Temperance also occasionally has another IPA, Threeway, only available in three places – the taproom, and at Evanston’s Union Pizza and SPACE music venue (both in the same building). Very citrus-y aroma, well worth seeking out.

Temperance also goes beyond the usual assortment of beer styles. For example, their Might Meets Right Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout won a bronze medal in last week’s FoBab (Festival of Barrel Aged Beer) in the experimental beer category.

Perhaps my favorite Temperance beer, though, is the Root Down Robust Porter. It’s not as popular a style as an IPA, and may be better suited for cooler temperatures, but dang it’s tasty, with roasted malt notes, a touch of smoke, and a slight bit of licorice flavor.

Temperance is also an important part of its Evanston neighborhood. Its beer is going into locally-produced brats from Homestead Meats (1305 Chicago, Evanston) and its spent grains are going into breads made down the street from Temperance at Hewn Bakery (810 Dempster, Evanston). (I’ll be having those brats for dinner tonight.)

Temperance Brats

Over a year ago, I tried to write an article highlighting all the new breweries in the Chicago area.  There are even more now. I couldn’t keep up. (I do have a real job.) But I will do my best to keep up with the breweries in my hometown, Evanston. Look for coming notes on Evanston brewpubs Smylie Bros. and Peckish Pig, and Evanston’s newest brewery, Sketchbook.

More junk about local beer can be found here.

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The Local Calendar 11/19/14 Indoor Markets Open This Weekend Then A Short Break, Food Film Fest, Holiday Rock N Roll, Pilot Light, Cider Summit 15

Posted: November 19, 2014 at 11:34 am

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2015 events have started to fill the Local Calendar, tickets have gone on sale for the 3rd Annual Cider Summit Feb 7 and of course, circle March 19-21 for The Good Food Expo.

Brussel sprouts were the trending vegetable last weekend at the Green City Market, stalks were flying out the door of the Nature Museum by the wagon full. One secret to sweetness, cut the sprouts off the stalks right before cooking.

If you have any last minute Thanksgiving day needs or just don’t have time to cook,  there are local purveyors who have the stuffing, vegetables, turkey done for you using local, sustainable produce as much as possible.  Check out The Green Grocer, Floriole Cafe and Bakery(orders need to be in by November 21), Publican Quality Meats,  Honey Butter Fried ChickenButcher and LarderProvenance Food and Wine, Tete Charcuterie, Local Foods, Sauce and Bread Kitchen and River Valley Farmer’s Table, are some of our favorites. Whether it is a heritage breed turkey like a bourbon red from Caveny Farm or heirloom vegetables like fingerling potatoes from Nichols Farm, these folks have you covered.

Chef Greg Biggers of the Sofitel Chicago has overseen the creation of Chestnut Provisions, an artisanally-driven kitchen to table concept featuring an assortment of cave aged cheeses and charcuterie, jams and preserves. They are curing meats and aging cheese with their own cheese cellar. The philosophy behind Chestnut Provisions is simple. Biggers, already a proponent for seasonal and local ingredients, took this notion one step further by producing the best and freshest product in house, just steps from the dinner table. The result is a conscious approach to ingredient-sourcing, creating an authentic dining experience for guests.

Put Cafe Des Architectes Holiday & Roll which benefits Share Our Strength, Monday December 15 from 6pm to 8pm on your calendar. Hosted by Chef Greg Biggers & Pastry Chef Leigh Omilinsky  Featuring Chicago’s top pastry chefs in a Buche de Noele contest, a very entertaining, live band, Rod Tuffcurls and the Bench Press, to get you in the holiday spirit.  Enjoy tasting each pastry chef’s creation as well as savory dishes and cast your vote for the best Yuletide dessert!

The crazy people of the Chicago Food Film Fest are in town, as usual, their agenda is packed full of films and food and beverages. All events take place at Kendall College, Thursday through Saturday and tickets are still available. Feed Your Mind Gala, the 2nd Annual Benefit for Pilot Light which empower children with the knowledge, attitudes, and skills they need to have a healthy relationship with food, looms on the horizon December 5.

Last chance to shop at the Saturday farmers markets before Thanksgiving!! Most of the markets will be closed the following Saturday,

The cold weather months are the time to seek out resources because people are more available. 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 Chicago, Edible AlchemyAngelics Organics Learning CenterWeFarmAmericaThe Peterson Garden Project  and The Talking Farm. Now on to the weeks ahead!

 The Week’s Local Calendar and Beyond

Wednesday – Saturday November 19-22

Chicago - The Chicago Food Film Festival - This event sells out, is always crazy, inventive and tons of fun! This year includes chicken wing madness, sriacha, the night aquatic, food porn and a night of beer. All events take place at Kendall College - 900 N North Branch Street

Thursday November 20

Chicago - Good Greens Meeting sponsored by the USDA Food and Nutrition Office. Open meeting in the Loop at FNS offices devoted to sustainable food issues and farmers markets. 10-noon  Agenda: Urban agriculture. They’ve invited urban ag leaders from across the Region to share their stories. Aside from growing food, understanding the economics of farming is critical in building a financially sustainable business. Todd Jones, Every Last Morsel, will discuss three free tools that farmers can utilize to improve their businesses. Urban Agriculture Discussion: Rodger Cooley, International Network for Urban AgricultureTyson Gersh, The Michigan Urban Farming Initiative, Jessica Surma, Advocates for Urban Agriculture, Megan Baumann, Chicago Botanic Garden, Barry Andersen, Holland Community Garden, Jeff Roessing, Eighth Day Farm Contact Alan Shannon if you are interested in attending. alan.shannon@fns.usda.gov

Chicago - Adler After Dark – 6-10pm Adler Planetarium Galatic Gastronomy Enjoy the musical stylings of Fifth House Ensemble, Chicago’s dynamic narrative chamber music group, and learn more about Chicago’s culinary (and sustainability) renaissance with special partners SHE Cocktail Consulting,  Violet HourGreen City MarketChicago Market CoopJeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, and Foodseum. Each of these organizations will be showcasing their unique products and services for guests.

Saturday November 22

Champaign - Prairie Fruits Farm - The 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!

FS - Chicago (Bridgeport)Growing Power Iron Street Farm Store -  9am-3pm, located at 3333 S. Iron Street

FM - Chicago(Hyde Park/Woodlawn) - 61st Farmers Market (Indoor) 6100 S. Blackstone 9am – 2pm Market runs (12/6, 12/13, 1/10/15, 2/14, 3/14, 4/11) The Chicago Southside’s premier farmers market, straddling the Hyde Park and Woodlawn neighborhoods, offering the freshest produce, meat, eggs, cheeses and prepared foods from local and regional farms. This year’s lineup includes Mick Klug Farms, Mint Creek Farm, Peerless Bread and Jam, Growing Power, The Urban Canopy  and many more. Directions and CTA info The 61st Street Farmers Market accepts LINK and Senior Farmers Market Coupons. They also match LINK purchases up to $25 per cardholder, per market day, as long as funding lasts. This means that LINK cardholders can double the value of their LINK purchases each week at the Market.

FM – Chicago (Lincoln Park) -  Green City Market (Indoor)  8am – 1pm Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum Fullerton and Cannon Drive The Indoor market will take place (12/6, 12/20, 1/24/15, 1/24, 2/7, 2/21, 3/7, 3/21, 4/4, 4/18) Green City Market is a marketplace for local, sustainable food that educates, promotes and connects farmers and local producers directly to chefs, restaurateurs and the greater Chicago community. All of their purveyors undergo a rigorous application process that details their farming and/or production practices. Green City Market, a 501(c)(3) organization, is the only Chicago farmers’ market to provide free resources and educational opportunities about local sustainable issues to shoppers, sprouts, and farmers. It’s the only way to achieve a sustainable future. Their mission is to make quality, healthy, delicious food available for home cooks, restaurants, schools, and healthcare facilities.

Chicago - DIY Trunkshow Broadway Armory - Broadway and Thorndale  10am – 5pm The Peterson Garden Project will be there

FS - Elburn - Heritage Prairie Farm Farm Store9am – 3pm 2N308 Brundige Road Open seasonally, their Farm Store is home to a variety of products including raw and infused honey, their seasonal, organically grown produce, and a number of great items created by their Farm Kitchen. You will also find fresh products such as milk, eggs, meats, and cheese. They ,also, offer a great selection of specialty beverages. You can also find unique gift ideas, anywhere from locally made pottery to heirloom seed sets, or stop by to try one of our in house cafe drinks, like their signature honey latte! They are located just west of Randall Road on Highway 38.

FM - Grayslake – Grayslake Farmers Market10am – 2pm Saturdays through 12/20. Located in historic downtown Grayslake on Center Street.

Sunday November 23

FMChicago (Logan Square) - Logan Square Winter Market (Indoor) 10am -3pm  2755 N. Milwaukee Ave. This is one of the few winter markets that takes place every Sunday (except next week 11/30) through March 29. Over the years this is the one place where I know I can pick up microgreens and wheat grass, and sometimes find intriguing canned goods like a special version of kimchi or sauerkraut and the collaboration with the NOSH means that I can always find a filling snack or something for a late breakfast, brunch, lunch. Food stamps (Illinois Link/Snap cards) and credit cards are now accepted at the market.

FM - Chicago (Pilsen) - Pilsen Community Market11-3:30 Honky Tonk BBQ on 18th/Racine Pilsen Community Market strives to provide fresh, quality farm products, arts and crafts, music and information to a diverse community while embracing and connecting with surrounding neighborhoods.  Products Local and organic produce, meat, eggs, cheese, honey, freshly baked breads and other pastries, tamales, handmade jewelry, and more! Email info@pilsencommunitymarket.org

FM - Chicago (Roger’s Park) - Glenwood Sunday Market Indoor  (Indoor) -  The Glenwood Bar, 6962 N. Glenwood Avenue (12/14, 1/11/15, 2/8, 3/8, 4/12, 5/3) Glenwood Sunday Market’s mission is to make sustainable, regionally produced foods available to our whole community.  They believe that through an integrated relationship of food, education and community we will achieve our vision of an environmentally engaged neighborhood. This market continues to grow and get stronger every year. Vendors  The market proudly accepts Discover, MasterCard, Visa and Link/SNAP cards.

FM –  Deerfield - Faith in Place Winter Market –  North Shore Unitarian Church 9am to 1pm  2100 Half Day Rd

November 27


November 29

CLOSED – Green City Market, 61st Street Market

OPEN – Heritage Prairie Farm Store, Grayslake Market

November 30

CLOSED – Logan Square Market                                                                                                                              

December 5

ChicagoFeed 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

ChampaignPrairie 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.

FM - Chicago (Ravenswood) - Faith In Place Winter Market10am – 4pm Berry United Methodist Church 4754 N. Leavitt Street

FM - Evanston - Evanston Market - Ecology Center Winter Market Saturdays, December 6, 2014 through April 25, 2015, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Ecology Center at the Ladd Arboretum, 2024 N McCormick Blvd. ContactDiane Khouri Joseph, info@sheekardelights.com

FMMorton Grove - Morton Grove Farmers  Market Wintermarket – 9am – 2pm  Village of Morton Grove American Legion Memorial Civic Center, 6140 Dempster Street

December 13

Chicago - Good Beer Hunting Holiday Pop-Up Shop -12-4pm 2557 W. North Ave.

December 15

Chicago - Maddys Dumpling House Pop-Up - 7-9:30pm Ampersand in Kinmont Restaurant 419 Superior St. $65 includes beverage pairings

ChicagoCafe Des Architectes Holiday & Roll - 6-8pm Sofitel Chicago Benefits Share Our Strength. Hosted by Chef Greg Biggers & Pastry Chef Leigh Omilinsky  Featuring Chicago’s Top Pastry Chefs in a Buche de Noele, live band Rod Tuffcurls and the Bench Press to get you in the holiday spirit.  Enjoy tasting each pastry chef’s creation and cast your vote for the best Yuletide dessert!

December 17

Chicago – Stuff Stuffed with Stuff – Stew Supper Club at Sauce and Bread Kitchen 7-10pm $50 6338 N. Clark Just to name a few these are delicious things stuffed with delicious things Bao, Paczki, Pierogi, Soup Dumplings, Mini Brie en Croute, the Chimmichonga, Oh my.  Eat the things Stuffed with Stuff with the Stew Supper Club because you can and should.

December 21

Registration opens for the January 18, 2015 Chicago Food Swap, this fills up fast!

ChicagoAll Chili Considered - 12-4pm The Empty Bottle 1035 N Western Need a way to warm up on a chili day in December? The people from Graze Magazine has just the thing! Sixteen home and professional chefs will compete for the Most Outstanding Chili award, as judged by their panel of esteemed culinary experts, and YOU, the people.  Get your tickets ahead of time to ensure that you have a place among all the chili and bread, music, and coziness we can offer. PLUS it’s a dollar off the ticket price at the door! ($9 advance tickets/$10 day-of)

January 11

FM – SkokieFaith In Place Winter Market 10am – 2pm Temple Judea Mizpah 8610 Niles Center Road

January 18

Chicago (Edgewater) – Chicago Food SwapFearless Food Kitchen Peterson Garden Project Broadway Armory 5917 N. Broadway

February 7

Chicago – The 3rd Annual Cider Summit - Artisanal ciders from around the world. Navy Pier This event sells out!!

March 19-21

Chicago - The Good Food Festival and Conference sponsored by Family Farmed


Doctor, Your Tomato is Ready in Surgery

Posted: November 13, 2014 at 10:55 am

Languishing Over Languishing Produce

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This has been an odd year for tomatoes in the Local Bungalow. Our normal supplier (and employer of the Condiment Queen side of the Local Family), Tomato Mountain, had one rough year, fraught with hail and blights. The so-sweet sun golds came late and the bumper crop of pink ladies and estivas barely materialized. We loved the organic fruits we got, but it ended early. To my rescue I found one of the farmers at Oak Park, one I tend to go to more for peas and giant cauliflower than tomatoes. Yet there, well into late fall, I found them selling giant hillbilly and brandywine heirloom tomatoes at low prices. I bought five a week for the last few weeks of the market season. Now that supplied has dwindled to three tomatoes. Worse, because I cannot bare to part with them, because I know once they are gone, the flavor of local tomatoes, the flavor of real tomatoes, will be gone for a long period. So I do not gorge on these tomatoes. Rather, I treasure them and eat them only when feeling especially generous to myself. The problem, the more I let these tomatoes sit around, considering they sat before I got them, they spoil. Not all the way, just the tops, the sides, the bottoms and sometimes well into the middle. I must surgically remove the cancerous cells before enjoying these tomatoes. I realized it was surgery, however, not by the cutting, but from the delicate nature of these tomatoes. Late-late season tomatoes taste of ripening on the counter, not of sunshine. They lack the intensity, the substance of peak season tomatoes. What these tomatoes have is texture. Can a tomato be called ethereal? Just get rid of the bad parts.

last peppers

We had controversy in our choice of local fare last night. I put up half a package of Breslin Farms black beans. When the beans were ready, I drained them and made salad. I am accused by my wife of making too many salads. This accusation hurt. Why not a black bean stew. It was the peppers my dear, the peppers. Lingering peppers. Too few peppers to roast. I should say, too few red peppers left to roast. I got a huge last minute reprieve on peppers. My first plans for stocking failed. At the last Oak Park Market of 2014, all that was left were reddish peppers. The farmer selling the reddish peppers (his words not mine) felt they would stay mostly green. He turned out to be wrong about this, they ripened, but the warning kept  me from stocking. Likewise, I found no jalapenos at the last market. I found a week later, a couple selling Michigan produce from the same spot I normally buy my raspado–their apples and tomatoes looked very Michigan, so I trust the peppers were too. At $1/lb, it as a lot of peppers for $6 as you can see. What you cannot see are any red sweet peppers. I did well in hot banana, hot jalapenos and kind of hot, ripe poblanos. I needed something else to parse out those last reddish, now red peppers. A bean salad, chock full o’ chopped peppers seemed to recipe. With surgically sliced tomatoes, there was dissonance in our meal and in our family harmony.

The last lingering item in our larder, this year’s fennel crop. We get one good shot of fennel each year from Tomato Mountain. I appreciate CSA fennel because market fennel is so expensive; more pricey because you only use about a third of the fennel you purchase. I am filled with fennel recipe ideas. I do this fennel marmalade where I slowly cook it down; I like it grilled, roasted, also raw. I make too many salads she says, but here that’s what she wanted. Thin ribbons of fennel mixed with the season’s first oranges. If she liked olive cured oranges, I would include those too. As the embargo on eating the oranges in the bowl eases–”don’t they’re for salad”–the fennel window may be closing. I fear I did the same thing as last year. Giddy with CSA fennel, overwrought it fennel plans, I let them languish. At least old fennels make good additions to vegetable stock.

Languishing over the last seasonal produce leaves me making dishes others do not want. Languishing over lingering produce leaves me paralyzed in process. I know what will come next. Next is the time when you don’t find the raspado man and you don’t find some Michigan produce in place of the raspado man. I must move along to rutabagas, in the box this week, and much frost kissed spinach in boxes to come. In the meantime, I will get every last bit of usable tomato left from what languishes on the table.

Let’s Start with Some Links – Weekly Harvest

Posted: November 10, 2014 at 10:38 am

We’re getting back into this whole posting thing, but it’s been a while since we harvested some eat local links.  See what we reaped from around the locavore-verse.

Urban gardening beats back autisim.

I think a problem with the department of agriculture in Wisconsin is that it’s so much power focused in just a few people.”  Exhibit one of shoe dropping on local food movement in Wisconsin.   Exhibit two next week.

Breaking the chain, why you may want local pork instead.

What kind of national food policy should there be?

10 steps to becoming a locavore.

And some good reasons to be a locavore.


The 2014-2015 Local Beet Guide to Chicagoland Winter Markets

Posted: November 5, 2014 at 12:33 pm

Eat Local Year-round

Photo: IFMA

Photo: IFMA

You want to continue to eat local. You appreciate the quality of home-grown food. You take pleasure in more than five kinds of potatoes or eight kinds of apples. You seek to lessen your impact on the enviroment. You want to support area artisans and producers. You do not need to hold yourself to strict locavorism, but you want to do what you can, as long as you can. For you, Chicagoland has a range of winter farmer’s markets within the city and around the area. Some of the markets listed below will run all winter, others will run through December. In addition to the Chicago area winter markets, there are winter markets in Milwaukee, South Bend, Madison and other places within a short drive. We will cover these roadtrips in another post. Check back often as we will add additional market information as we learn of it.

Green City Market
Solidly esconsed in its winter home, Green City Market brings nearly all their coeterie of farmers and food crafters to several spaces winthin and around the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Green City Market remains active year-round, with markets scheduled from now until April indoors. Market fixtures like Tomato Mountaina and Nichol’s should have produce all winter. We hear that Nichol’s is looking for a big hoop-house harvest of cold-weather spinach, and Tomato Mountain should be especially long in carrots, including purple ones. Other vendors will have bread, mushrooms, meats, sprouts, etc.  Green City does not meet every week, and not always on Saturdays, so check their calendar for dates. 2430 N. Cannon Dr. Chicago.

Logan Square Farmer’s Market
Our friends at the Logan Square Chamber of Commerce have built quite a competitor to Green City, adding to, not overlapping in, sources for quality eat local fare.  This market meets weekly on Sundays in a building on Milwaukee that used to house a Mexican bakery, a fitting statement for the changing area, no.  Over the course of the season, the selection of produce will ebb and flow.  Excpect much now.  All the time, however, there will be outstanding breads, interesting cannded goods and a lot of fun things to eat organized by Nosh.  2755 N. Milwaukee Av., Chicago.

Glenwood Sunday Market
This committed market will hold eight indoor sessions between November 9, 2014 and May 3, 2015. See here for details. We know our good friend, Jimmy Hardin, will have his Michigan apples there until he runs out. 6962 N. Glenwood Av., Chicago.

61st Farmer’s Market
Calling itself “Chicago’s Southside premier farmer’s market,” and run by the folks at Experimental Station, this will run indoors until December 13. Find meats from Friend of Beet Kim Synder’s Faith’s Farm, Peerless breads and jams, local grains from Hazzard Free and more. 6100 S. Blackstone, Chicago.

Grayslake Farmer’s Market
The Saturday Fall market will have18 vendors with produce, beef, bison, pork, chicken, fresh eggs, baked goods and specialty gourmet products. Located in historic downtown Grayslake on Center Street.

Evanston Farmer’s Market
One of the largest Chicago area markets, it will meet outdoors on November 8 then go on hiatus for a bit, returning, indoors, at the Evanston Ecology Center on Saturdays from December 6, 2014 until April 25, 2015. Wisconsin based Geneva Lakes should have a steady supply of storage crops and indoor produce to meet your eat local needs, amongst other vendors. 2024 N McCormick Blvd, Evanston.

Morton Grove Farmers’ Market
This area market run by friends of The Beet will have two winter Saturday events – December 6, 2014 and February 7, 2015. 6210 Dempster, Morton Grove.

Faith in Place Winter Markets
A driver in developing and creating off-season locations for local food, Faith in Place has organized winter markets around the Chicago area for several years. The markets are held at various churches (anad synagougues) on Saturdays and Sundays from November 9 through March 28. See their calendar for exact locations and times. Various.

Geneva Community Winter Market
We have a special place in our heart for this little market that’s been going cold well before the rest. Produce, meat, honey, and more, all promised from within 200 miles of Geneva, Saturdays from November 1, 2014 through May 2015. 327 Hamilton, Geneva.

Woodstock Farmer’s Market
This is another far-away suburban venture that has existed for many years off the foodie radar. A producer only market, it will meet indoor at the McHenry County Farm Bureau on the first 3 Saturdays in November and the first 4 Saturdays in December. Then, there will be markets on the first Saturdays in January, February, March, and April. 1102 McConnell Rd., Woodstock.

Portage Park Farmer’s Market
Worth coming to peek inside the vintage Portage Theater, this Northwest-side market is scheduled to take place on various Sundays from November 2014 to April 2015. 4050 N. Milwaukee, Chicago.

Pilsen Community Market
We know this market will be indoors, on Sundays, at Honky Tonk BBQ starting November 23, but it is unclear to us how many markets will remain through the winter. 1800 S. Racine, Chicago.

It Got Cold, Stock Up

Posted: November 3, 2014 at 8:51 am

Eat Local Later


As noted, our fall planning posts have been lacking both from personal reasons that delayed blogging and weather reasons that delayed stocking.  Our hail drenched Halloween changed the weather patterns.  Our archives give us the material to match the season.  This is a slight modification on post on stocking up.  You have many options to get your local food for later.  Sources still for local produce include Green City Market, Logan Square and Evanston, which remains outdoors for one more week (plus there is the special November market at Immanuel Luthern Church, a great source for cold weather stuff).  You should be able to find the produce listed below.


You will find the following items at area markets but consume these within a week or two.

  • Bell peppers
  • Tomatoes
  • Lettuces
  • Kale
  • Chard
  • Collard greens
  • Bok choi and related
  • Cauliflower
  • Broccoli
  • Smaller radishes


The following items will last with good handling for about a month:

  • Pears, especially Asian style pears
  • Larger radishes such as black radishes
  • Cabbages
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Grapes


The following items will last through winter with good handling:

  • Kohlrabi (use the greens within a week)
  • Turnips (use the greens within a week)
  • Carrots
  • Parsnips
  • Beets
  • Rutabaga
  • Celery root
  • Parsley root
  • Onions
  • Winter squash
  • Sunchokes


The following items will last you through early spring or beyond with good handling:

  • Apples (Note: McIntosh apples are poor keepers)
  • Potatoes

See what you may find.