The Local Calendar 5/14/15 Daley Plaza Market Opens Today, 61st Street Saturday, Craft Beer Week, Seedling Sales at Kilbourn Park Greenhouse, PGP Learning Center Edgewater and at the Howard Street Farm in Skokie

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May 14, 2015 at 8:33 am

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(* Indicates new addition to calendar as of 5/19) Yes, the farmers market outdoor season has started. Still to open, 61st Street Farmers Market Saturday, May 16, Logan Square May 17, Federal Plaza Tuesday May 19. Today at Opening Day at Daley Plaza, Country Financial will announce the winner of their market bag contest. Make a point today to stop by the market today and find the bag! Edible Chicago Spring issue is out and about. If you see it, pick it up or you can subscribe.

It is that time of year, thankfully, where there is an abundance of markets relative to the wintertime and admittingly, an abundance in some neighborhoods and a shortfall in others. People like Will Allen, the founder of Growing Power is trying to address that issue, you can buy his book at the Growing Power booth at Green City Market.  If you are curious if there is a market in your area, check the City of Chicago’s website, for markets outside of Chicago, the Illinois Department of Agriculture keeps a market database as well as LocalHarvest

 Chicagogourmet tickets, 9/26-9/27 are available now! Green City Market BBQ, July 16 are on sale!

If you want a fun field trip for a weekend day in the summer, farm dinners are one way to go and the more popular ones are well on their way to being sold out. Heritage Prairie in Brundige, Mint Creek Farm in Stelle, Outstanding In The Field (nationwide farm tour that has stops in the Chicagoland area), Prairie Fruit Farm in Champaign and Slagel Family Farms in Fairbury.

The Green Grocer is making their CSA interactive. On May 25th, they are offering a farm visit to Genesis Growers to see and experience the farm. “We are very excited that the amazing and talented Vicki Westerhoff of Genesis Growers has invited a limited number of share members down to see the farm.

The Peterson Garden Project has all sort of classes for you to grow and then cook your own food! Need help with bees? Interested in local chickens?  Garfield Park Conservatory has a class for you. Have questions about urban farming, ask someone at the Advocates for Urban Agriculture or farming outside of Chicago, ask the Land Connection or the Illinois Stewardship Alliance.

It is that time of year for seedling sales, live in the northshore suburbs, checkout the Talking Farm’s Howard Street Farm in Skokie, Edgewater, the PGP Learning Center or Kilbourn Park, lots of activity going on at the organic green house.

Craft beer week in all its sudsy glory, Food Revolution Day is Friday May 15, Trash Fish Chicago and the list goes on, all on the Local Calendar.

The Week Ahead

May 14 -24

Craft Beer Week in all its awesomeness There are so many events go to the link, follow @Chibeerweek on twitter

May 14

FM - Chicago (Loop) - Opening Day Daley Plaza Farmers Market  (Through 10/29) 7am – 3pm COUNTRY Financial will announce the winner of the 8th Annual Reusable Bag Design Contest. The winning design from a Chicago Public Schools student was based on the theme “Live, Love, Be Green” and will be featured on thousands of reusable bags distributed throughout the season. This year’s finalists, each of whom will receive a scholarship award, are: Christopher Duran, a senior at Mather High School; David Paredes, a junior at Mather High School; and Zhi Wei Tan, a junior at Lincoln Park High School

May 15-16

Caledonia - 2015 Herb, Garden & Wellness  Fair - Wind Ridge Herb Farm 10 am – 4pm 466 Quail Trap Rd.

SkokieSeedling Sales at The Howard Street Farm 10am – 1pm 3669 Howard St (behind the Tot Learning Center) Saturday and Sunday’s (through May 31) It’s planting time again! This year choose local and organically grown seedlings for your garden from The Talking Farm. We will offer many different varieties of home-grown seedlings for sale at the Howard Street Farm, starting with cold weather hardy varieties then moving on to warm weather varieties as spring progresses.

May 15, 16, 17

Chicago (Edgewater) 4th Annual Plant Sale and Bake Sale Peterson Garden Project 12:00 pm –  4:00 pm PGP Learning Center  4642 North Francisco Avenue Their vegetable and herb seedlings are locally-grown in certified organic soil and are hand-selected for growing well in Chicago. Heirloom favorites will be available, as well as a few disease- resistant tomato and basil varieties! They’ll also be selling our book, Fearless Food Gardening in Chicagoland, seeds from Seed Savers Exchange, worm castings, Purple Cow Activated compostCascade Minerals soil boosterCorona tools, Grewbie kits, Neptune’s Harvest liquid fertilizer, PGP t-shirts, seed potatoes, Seed Keeper Company 5-  and 10- gallon Burlap Girdles (great for growing potatoes!), and of course- delicious,  locally-  baked goods.

May 15

FOOD REVOLUTION DAY!!!

May 16-17

Chicago (Kilbourn Park) Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse Plant Sale 10am – 2pm 3501 N. Kilbourn Ave. They will offer more than 150 varieties of organically-grown vegetable, herb, and flower seedlings. Customers can expect a wide variety of open-pollinated and heirloom tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants. Other highlights include an assortment of herbs, greens and onions. This year will feature many new plants selected for city gardening in small spaces and containers. These seedlings are grown with the support of a team of dedicated volunteers who mak… .. See More

May 16

FM - Chicago (Hyde Park/Woodlawn) - Opening Day 61st Farmers Market Outdoor (Through Dec. 19) 9am -2pm 61st and Dorchester Accepting Senior Coupons and doubling LINK up to $25 The Chicago Southside’s premier farmers market, straddling the Hyde Park and Woodlawn neighborhoods. This year’s lineup includes Ellis Family Farms, Organic Bread of Heaven, Growing Power, Faith’s Farm, Mint Creek Farm, Lucky Duck Farm, Stamper Cheese, A10 Homemade Pastas, Sauce & Bread Kitchen, Growing Power, The Urban Canopy, SenTEAmental Moods Teas, Bot Gluten Free Vegan Bakery, and many more.

FM - Chicago (Lincoln Park) Green City Market (Through 10/31) The market is located at the south end of Lincoln Park between Clark and Stockton Drive (approximately 1817 N. Clark) Doubling LINK up to $15 7am – 1pm Chef demo 10:30am – 11:30am Michael Kornick MK Chicago

FM - Evanston Downtown Evanston Farmers Market -(Through Nov. 7)  7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Intersection of University Place and Oak Ave. (just east of East Railroad Ave.) Free parking is available in the adjacent 1800 Maple Avenue Self Park Fifty-seven vendors : fruits, vegetables, meat, flowers, cheese, milk, eggs and bakery items. Reusable and biodegradable bags are sold on site. LINK cards are accepted, and the Friends of Evanston Farmers Markets offers matching funds.

May 17

FM - Chicago (Logan Square) - Opening Day Logan Square Outside Market (Through Oct. 25) 10am – 3pm 3107 West Logan Blvd.

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Make a resolution May,  volunteer on an urban farm. Are you getting an itch to get your hands dirty and work with the soil? There are many alternatives in Chicagoland to volunteer on an urban farm, a few of the options:  Altgeld Sawyer Corner Farm (Logan Square)Chicago Lights Urban FarmCity Farm , Growing HomeGrowing Power ChicagoPeterson Garden Project and the Talking Farm in Skokie. 


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May 18

Chicago (The Loop) - Trash Fish Chicago6:30pm – 9:30pm   The Kitchen Chicago 316 North Clark Avenue Trash Fish Chicago is a delicious opportunity to taste underutilized seafood species, learn about the future of sustainable seafood, and connect with leading change makers in the culinary world. Chef Johnny Anderes, The Kitchen, Chicago, Chef Paul Fehribach, Big Jones, Chicago, Chef Brian Huston, Boltwood, Evanston, Chef Nicole Pederson, Found, Evanston, Chef Nico Romo, Fish, Charleston, Chef Clair Smyth, The Kitchen, Chicago, Chef Stephen Stryjewski, Cochon/Butcher/Peche, New Orleans, Chef Paul VirantVie/Perennial Virant/Vistro, Chicago,  Signature cocktails by Bill Anderson, Vie, Chicago Proceeds benefit Chefs Collaborative scholarship and education programs.

May 19

FM – Chicago (Loop)Federal Plaza Market Opens  (Through 10/27) 7am – 3pm Sponsored by the City of Chicago and COUNTRY Financial This year, all of the City of Chicago managed markets will accept LINK and will distribute double value coupons with every LINK purchase. Don’t forget to pick up your reusable bag from COUNTRY Financial at Daley Plaza or a market near you.

Chicago (West Loop) – Publican Quality Meat Burger Night 6pm-9pm 825 West Fulton

May 20

Champaign - Prairie Fruit Farms Farm Open House 4-6pm

FM Chicago (Andersonville) Opening Day Andersonville’s Farmers Market - Located on Berwyn between Clark and Ashland Every Wed through 9/2 3-8pm, 9/9-10/14 3-7pm @Shes_Cooking will be there at the Tomato Mountain Stand

FM Chicago (Lincoln Park) – Green City Market (Through 10/28) 7am – 1pm 10:30am – 11:30am Chef demo Devon Quinn Paramount Events Catering The market is located at the south end of Lincoln Park between Clark and Stockton Drive (approximately 1817 N. Clark) Doubling LINK up to $15

Chicago (Lincoln Square)  - Free Sausage and Beer sponsored by Big Fork Brands at the Space 4pm – 6pm 2707 W. Lawrence

May 21

Chicago (West Loop) Botanical Beer Dinner at BellyQ with Forbidden Root Botanic Brewing - Portion of sales goes to Inspiration Kitchen.

FM - Chicago (Loop) - Daley Plaza Farmers Market  (Through 10/29) 7am – 3pm Sponsored by the City of Chicago and COUNTRY Financial This year, all of the City of Chicago managed markets will accept LINK and will distribute double value coupons with every LINK purchase. Don’t forget to pick up your reusable bag from COUNTRY Financial at Daley Plaza or a market near you.

May 22

Chicago (Lakeview) - Bunny The Micro Bakery and Wunder POP Launch - As reported by Michael Gebbert Chicago Reader

Chicago (Loop)Beyond Gourmet Paella Cook-off – Mercat A La Planxa 6-8:30pm Abe Colon, Fat Rice Ashlee Aubin, Salero and Wood John Manion, La Sirena Clandestina and El Che bar Perry Hendrix, avec Rob Hafer, Slurping Turtle Tim Graham, Travelle all compete for MVP (Most Valuable Paella)

May 23-24

Skokie - Seedling Sales at The Howard Street Farm 10am – 1pm 3669 Howard St (behind the Tot Learning Center) Saturday and Sunday’s (through May 31) It’s planting time again! This year choose local and organically grown seedlings for your garden from The Talking Farm. We will offer many different varieties of home-grown seedlings for sale at the Howard Street Farm, starting with cold weather hardy varieties then moving on to warm weather varieties as spring progresses.

May 23

FM - Chicago (Hyde Park/Woodlawn) - 61st Farmers Market Outdoor (Through Dec. 19) 9am -2pm 61st and Dorchester Accepting Senior Coupons and doubling LINK up to $25 The Chicago Southside’s premier farmers market, straddling the Hyde Park and Woodlawn neighborhoods.

FM - Chicago (Lincoln Park)Green City Market (Through 10/31) The market is located at the south end of Lincoln Park between Clark and Stockton Drive (approximately 1817 N. Clark)Doubling LINK up to $15 7am – 1pm Chef demo 10:30am – 11:30am Sean Sanders Browntrout

FM - Evanston Downtown Evanston Farmers Market -(Through Nov. 7)  7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Intersection of University Place and Oak Ave. (just east of East Railroad Ave.) Free parking is available in the adjacent 1800 Maple Avenue

FD FairburySlagel Family Farm Dinner with Nico Osteria & Boltwood Chef Erling Wu-Bower and Chef Brian Huston

FM - Oak Park - Opening Day Oak Park Farmers Market (Through 10/31) 7am – 1pm - Pilgrim Church Parking Lot 460 Lake St For a limited time, the Market offers a Link Double Coupon matching program, which gives Link card users $1 in coupons for each $1 in Market purchases, up to $20. Many vendors also accept the WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program $3 coupons

May 24

Chicago (Lincoln Park) – Sunday Supper at Floriole with Abra Berens of Local Foods 6-8pm 

FM - Chicago (Logan Square) - Logan Square Farmers Market (Through Oct. 25) 10am – 3pm 3107 West Logan Blvd.

May 25

Happy Memorial Day!

May 26

FM - Chicago (Loop) - Federal Plaza Market  (Through 10/27) 7am – 3pm Sponsored by the City of Chicago and COUNTRY Financial This year, all of the City of Chicago managed markets will accept LINK and will distribute double value coupons with every LINK purchase.

Chicago (West Loop) - Publican Quality Meat Burger Night 6pm-9pm 825 West Fulton

*new  Chicago (Old Town) – Booking Signing The Broad Fork by Hugh Acheson at the Spice House - 6-7:30pm 1512 N. Wells 

May 27

Champaign - Prairie Fruit Farms Farm Open House 4-6pm

FM Chicago (Andersonville) Andersonville’s Farmers Market - Located on Berwyn between Clark and Ashland Every Wed through 9/2 3-8pm, 9/9-10/14 3-7pm @Shes_Cooking will be there at the Tomato Mountain Stand

FM Chicago (Lincoln Park) - Green City Market (Through 10/28) 7am – 1pm 10:30am – 11:30am Chef demo Pat Sheerin The TrenchermenThe market is located at the south end of Lincoln Park between Clark and Stockton Drive (approximately 1817 N. Clark)

Chicago (West Loop)Beyond Gourmet – Gourmet In The GardenPiccolo Sogno 1-4pm The leisurely afternoon event takes place on Piccolo Sogno’s lush garden patio and features several food stations featuring Executive Chef Tony Priolo’s award-winning Italian, complemented by 30 different wines by Partner and Wine Director Ciro Longobardo.

May 28

FM - Chicago (Loop) - Daley Plaza Farmers Market  (Through 10/29) 7am – 3pm Sponsored by the City of Chicago and COUNTRY Financial This year, all of the City of Chicago managed markets will accept LINK and will distribute double value coupons with every LINK purchase. Don’t forget to pick up your reusable bag from COUNTRY Financial at Daley Plaza or a market near you.

Chicago (Roscoe Village) - LUSH Roscoe Village Wine Stroll

May 30-31

Skokie - Seedling Sales at The Howard Street Farm 10am – 1pm 3669 Howard St (behind the Tot Learning Center) Saturday and Sunday’s (through May 31) It’s planting time again! This year choose local and organically grown seedlings for your garden from The Talking Farm. We will offer many different varieties of home-grown seedlings for sale at the Howard Street Farm, starting with cold weather hardy varieties then moving on to warm weather varieties as spring progresses.

May 30

FD ChampaignRites of Spring Farm Dinner Prairie Fruits Farm 

FM - Chicago (Hyde Park/Woodlawn) - 61st Farmers Market Outdoor (Through Dec. 19) 9am -2pm 61st and Dorchester Accepting Senior Coupons and doubling LINK up to $25 The Chicago Southside’s premier farmers market, straddling the Hyde Park and Woodlawn neighborhoods.

FM - Chicago (Lincoln Park) - Green City Market (Through 10/31) The market is located at the south end of Lincoln Park between Clark and Stockton Drive (approximately 1817 N. Clark) 7am – 1pm Chef demo 10:30am – 11:30am Joe Heppe Oak & Char

Chicago (West Loop) - Counter Culture Coffee Open House Celebrating Sustainability 10am-2pm Chicago Training Center 177 North Ada, unit 106Goose Island Brewery‘s Assistant Brewery Manager Ian Hughes will serve as the day’s presenter. The free and open-to-the-public event will be an awareness-raising day about sustainability and green living, showcasing the work of individuals and organizations doing inspiring work in the communities around Counter Culture’s training centers.

FM - Evanston Downtown Evanston Farmers Market -(Through Nov. 7)  7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Intersection of University Place and Oak Ave. (just east of East Railroad Ave.) Free parking is available in the adjacent 1800 Maple Avenue

FM - Oak Park - Oak Park Farmers Market (Through 10/31) 7am – 1pm - Pilgrim Church Parking Lot 460 Lake St For a limited time, the Market offers a Link Double Coupon matching program, which gives Link card users $1 in coupons for each $1 in Market purchases, up to $20. Many vendors also accept the WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program $3 coupons

May 31

Chicago (Lincoln Park) - Book Event Floriole Cafe and Bakery Maria Speck – Simply Ancient Grains  6-8pm Enjoy a glass of cava, taste small bites inspired by recipes in Maria’s latest book, listen to Maria tell us more about her book and answer questions posed by blogger Tim Mazurek of Lottie & Doof, and have your book signed by the author. Bring your copy of the book or purchase one at the cafe. Get tickets here.

FM - Chicago (Logan Square) - Logan Square Farmers Market (Through Oct. 25) 10am – 3pm 3107 West Logan Blvd.

June 1

Chicago (North Center) - Enchilada Night at Half Acre Tap Room with Sunday Dinner 4255 N. Lincoln

Chicago (West Loop) - Michigan Wines Showcase at City Winery 6pm

June 2

FM - Chicago (Loop) - Federal Plaza Market  (Through 10/27) 7am – 3pm Sponsored by the City of Chicago and COUNTRY Financial This year, all of the City of Chicago managed markets will accept LINK and will distribute double value coupons with every LINK purchase. Don’t forget to pick up your reusable bag from COUNTRY Financial at Daley Plaza or a market near you.

FM – Chicago (Streeterville) MCA Chicago Farmers Market (Through 10/27) 7am -3pm Managed by S.O.A.R.(Streeterville Organization of Active Residents)

Chicago (West Loop) - Publican Quality Meat Burger Night 6pm-9pm 825 West Fulton

June 3

Champaign - Prairie Fruit Farms Farm Open House 4-6pm

FM Chicago (Andersonville) Andersonville’s Farmers Market - Located on Berwyn between Clark and Ashland Every Wed through 9/2 3-8pm, 9/9-10/14 3-7pm @Shes_Cooking will be there at the Tomato Mountain Stand

FM Chicago (Lincoln Park) - Green City Market (Through 10/28) 7am – 1pm 10:30am – 11:30am Chef demo David Dworshak Takito KitchenThe market is located at the south end of Lincoln Park between Clark and Stockton Drive (approximately 1817 N. Clark)

June 4

Chicago - Chef’s Playground 2015 to Benefit the Academy for Global Citizenship

FM - Chicago (Loop) - Daley Plaza Farmers Market  (Through 10/29) 7am – 3pm Sponsored by the City of Chicago and COUNTRY Financial This year, all of the City of Chicago managed markets will accept LINK and will distribute double value coupons with every LINK purchase. Don’t forget to pick up your reusable bag from COUNTRY Financial at Daley Plaza or a market near you.

June 6

FM - Chicago (Hyde Park/Woodlawn) - 61st Farmers Market Outdoor (Through Dec. 19) 9am -2pm 61st and Dorchester Accepting Senior Coupons and doubling LINK up to $25 The Chicago Southside’s premier farmers market, straddling the Hyde Park and Woodlawn neighborhoods.

FM - Chicago (Lincoln Park) - Green City Market (Through 10/31) The market is located at the south end of Lincoln Park between Clark and Stockton Drive (approximately 1817 N. Clark) 7am – 1pm Chef demo 10:30am – 11:30am Rick Bayless Frontera Grill

FM – Chicago (West Loop)  Green City Market -Fulton  (Through 10/31) 9am – 2pm Located in a lot at the SE corner of N. Halsted and W Fulton Streets, 799 W. Fulton Market.

FM - Evanston Downtown Evanston Farmers Market -(Through Nov. 7)  7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Intersection of University Place and Oak Ave. (just east of East Railroad Ave.) Free parking is available in the adjacent 1800 Maple Avenue

FM - Oak Park - Oak Park Farmers Market (Through 10/31) 7am – 1pm - Pilgrim Church Parking Lot 460 Lake St For a limited time, the Market offers a Link Double Coupon matching program, which gives Link card users $1 in coupons for each $1 in Market purchases, up to $20. Many vendors also accept the WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program $3 coupons

June 7

FM - Chicago (Logan Square) - Logan Square Farmers Market (Through Oct. 25) 10am – 3pm 3107 West Logan Blvd.

FM – Chicago (Rogers Park) Opening Day Glenwood Outdoor Market (Through 10/25) 9am – 2pm On Glenwood Ave. between Morse and Lunt

June 9

FM - Chicago (Loop) - Federal Plaza Market  (Through 10/27) 7am – 3pm Sponsored by the City of Chicago and COUNTRY Financial This year, all of the City of Chicago managed markets will accept LINK and will distribute double value coupons with every LINK purchase. Don’t forget to pick up your reusable bag from COUNTRY Financial at Daley Plaza or a market near you.

FM - Chicago (Streeterville) MCA Chicago Farmers Market (Through 10/27) 7am -3pm Managed by S.O.A.R.(Streeterville Organization of Active Residents)

Chicago (West Loop) - Publican Quality Meat Burger Night 6pm-9pm 825 West Fulton

June 10

FM Chicago (Andersonville) Andersonville’s Farmers Market - Located on Berwyn between Clark and Ashland Every Wed through 9/2 3-8pm, 9/9-10/14 3-7pm @Shes_Cooking will be there at the Tomato Mountain Stand

FM Chicago (Lincoln Park) - Green City Market (Through 10/28) 7am – 1pm 10:30am – 11:30am Chef demo Bruce Sherman North Pond The market is located at the south end of Lincoln Park between Clark and Stockton Drive (approximately 1817 N. Clark)

June 13

Crystal Lake – Dukes Eco-Friendly Food and Beer Fest

June 18

Chicago (Bucktown)Rick Bayless’ Garden Tour By His Master Gardener Bill Hogan and Mexican Dinner at Goddess and Grocer

June 27

New!!  FM – Chicago (Back of the Yards) – Back of the Yards Community Market at The Plant (Through 9/9) 11am – 3:30pm

July 16

Chicago (Lincoln Park)Green City Market BBQ

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