The Local Calendar 9/10/15 Know Your Funding, Farm Aid 30, Spence Harvest Feast, Chicago Gourmet, Heritage BBQ, TOTN

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September 10, 2015 at 10:11 am

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The harvest has begun its decline. There may still be harvest dinners but in my opinion the peak of the harvest is really August in the midwest. Goodby tomatoes, like these red zebras, hello apples! Savor every market. Soon squash, gourds, pumpkins and all the rest of the curcubits will be lined up on the tables. There is still the last of the remnants of summer, tomatoes, eggplants, melons and the stonefruits. September is the swan song of the markets. Most of the markets will be open the month of September so take advantage of it. Once we hit October, as you know, they start closing down for the colder months except for a few like Green City, Logan Square and 61st.

Lots on the September calendar, the USDA and the Illinois Farm Bureau has their annual Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food and they added Know Your Funding event tomorrow. Farm-Aid in Chicago is going to be huge. Not only is the Farm-Aid 30 concert coming to Chicago 9/19 but there is a 2 day conference titled “Strength From Our Roots” held at Fourth Presbyterian Church 9/17-18 and a slew of other dinners and tours.  The Spence Farm Harvest Feast 9/20The Talking Farm is holding its 5th Annual Hullabaloo at their Howard St Farm 9/26. For the first time the Chicago Gourmet Festival is holding a kid friendly event, Rise and Shine on 9/27 where families can exercise together, yoga, walk or jog and then enjoy a healthy local breakfast provided by chefs like Jason Hammel of Lula Cafe. The Cochon 555 Heritage BBQ takes place the afternoon of 9/27 at Morgan Manufacturing. Finally, keep October 11 on your plate for the Taste of the Nation which this year includes families of all kinds. Sorry, 4-legged family members are not included this year but maybe next time.

Have you bought your tickets for?

Spence Farm Harvest Feast Tickets on Sale! 9/20
Chicagogourmet tickets, The main event is sold out but there are still tickets available for 9/25 lunch with Emeril, a 9/26 Tiki-inspired throwdown and a family friendly event helping to support Pilot Light

Chicago Taste of the Nation 2015 10/11 tickets here a family friendly event where you can support childhood hunger and make a difference.

Great resources for advocating, cooking, urban gardening, farming and gaining new skills and knowledge are: Advocates for Urban Agriculture, Angelics Organics Learning CenterGrowing Home ChicagoGrowing Power Chicago Iron Street Farm, Illinois Stewardship Alliance (their Harvest Feast is 9/13), The Land ConnectionThe Peterson Garden Project( PGP has so many classes and events going on, there are too many to list on the calendar but go to their link) and our friends at The Talking Farm in Skokie. Local Foods is another business that now has a whole program going on of demos and classes about learning and utilizing food grown within the midwest foodshed. So be sure to check their calendar. Dukes Alehouse in Crystal Lake has a calendar chockablock full of sustainable food and beverage events for all ages!!

Lots on the calendar, so far the weather has started off great. Onto the weeks ahead:

 The Week Ahead

September 10

Chicago (Logan Square) – Meet the Market at Bang Bang Pie Shop  6-8pm Summer is nearly over but the Green City Market Junior Board is partnering with Bang Bang Pie Shop to savor the last of patio weather season. Join them for a BYOB Meet the Market in the Pie Garden.

Chicago (River North)Cooking Up A Cure – Galleria Marchetti A fundraising event combining Chicago’s greatest chefs, breweries, wineries and distilleries to raise money for the Scleroderma Foundation, Greater Chicago Chapter.

September 11

Chicago - Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food, Know Your Funding Union League Club Chicago 8am – 3:30pm Hosted by USDA’s Illinois Rural Development and Food & Nutrition Service Midwest, Illinois Farm Bureau & Fresh Taste, this unique conference offers farmers, businesses, organizations, state and federal agencies, institutions and others involved with agriculture an opportunity to learn about USDA agencies, programs, grants and other possibilities.

ChicagoShaw’s Oyster Fest – Oysters may not be local but Shaw’s is an institution.

September 12-13

Chicago (Andersonville)Andersonville City Made Fest - Celebrate local businesses, brewers, performers, and makers from across Chicago in Andersonville’s 3rd annual City Made Fest, exclusively featuring Chicago craft beers, Chicago music, Chicago food, and a Chicago-made artisan marketplace to showcase all things local. Located on Clark Street between Argyle and Carmen (5000-5100N).

September 12

Chicago - Windy City BBQ Classic  is back!

Chicago - Mod Mix and Mod Mex – The New Face of Mexican Food 9am – 4pm Kendall College Four chefs. Four styles. One cuisine. At this friendly face-off, each chef defends his vision of Mexican cooking while emcee  Ana Belaval, of WGN referees. Includes food, beverages, cooking demonstrations, tastings of tequila, wines and more!

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 Michael Taus Taus Authentic 

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 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.

FM - Glenview Glenview Farmers Market - 8am – 12pm (Through October 10) Wagner Farm

Libertyville - Supper in a Barn on the Rad Root Farm with Middlebrow Beer

FM - Morton Grove - Morton Grove Farmers Market (Through 10/10)- 8am – Noon -6210 Dempster St.

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

September 13

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

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

Springfield - Illinois Stewardship Alliance Annual Harvest Dinner

FM - Chicago (West Loop) GCM Soho House (2nd Sunday of the month next one 10/11) in the lot behind Soho House on Halsted (south of Randolph) 9am – 2pm

September 15

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

September 16

FM Chicago (Andersonville) Andersonville’s Farmers Market - Located on Berwyn between Clark and Ashland (Through 10/14) 3-7pm

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

September 17-18

Chicago - Farm Aid 30: Strength from Our Roots Fourth Presbyterian Church 126 E. Chestnut Farm Aid’s 30th anniversary is a milestone that celebrates more than America’s longest running concert for a cause; it marks an evolution in our shared work to advance family farm agriculture and to ground our food system in the values of justice, democracy, diversity and sustainability.

September 17

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 at a market near you.

FM Chicago (South Loop) - South Loop Farmers Market (Through Oct. 8)- 4-8pm 1936 S. Michigan Ave. Michigan and Cullerton

September 19

Chicago - Farm Aid 30 The Concert Northerly Island

FM - Chicago (Hyde Park/Woodlawn) - 61st Farmers Market Outdoor (Through Dec. 19) 9am -2pm 61st and Dorchester  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 Paul Virant Perennial Virant

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.

Chicago (West Town) - Green Grocer’s 8th Annual BBQ

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

FM - Glenview Glenview Farmers Market - 8am – 12pm (Through October 10) Wagner Farm

FM - Morton Grove - Morton Grove Farmers Market (Through 10/10)- 8am – Noon -6210 Dempster St.

FM - Oak Park - Oak Park Farmers Market (Through 10/31) 7am – 1pm - Pilgrim Church Parking Lot 460 Lake St

September 20

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

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

Fairbury - Spence Farm Foundation Harvest Feast

MantenoBand of Farmers – Blue Sky & Bloom at the Farm – Peasant Plot Farm 10:30am – 1:30pm

September 25-27

ChicagoChicago Gourmet Festival sponsored by Bon Appetit There are still tickets available for lunch with Emeril 9/25, Pigs & Tiki 9/26 and the new family friendly event Rise & Shine Gourmet benefiting Pilot Light. 

September 26

ChampaignPrairie Fruit Farms Dinner “For The Love of Cucurbits”

Chicago (Englewood)Ground Breaking Ceremony Eat To Live Incubator Angelics Organics Incubator 5-6:30pm 7029 S. Princeton Ave.

FairburySlagel Family Farm Dinner with Nightwood, Lula and Rootstock

SandwichBand of Farmers Farm Tour at Montalbano Farms 10am – 3pm

Skokie5th Annual Talking Farm Hullabaloo at Howard Street Farm 2-6pm

September 27

Chicago (West Loop) - Cochon 555 Heritage BBQ

Edgewater - Chicago Food Swap at the Fearless Food Kitchen

October 1

Garfield Park – Wines Under Glass – A Celebration of Food and Wine at the Garfield Park Conservatory Purchase tickets here

October 2

Chicago (West Loop) – A Mostly Veggie Affair – Green City Market Junior Board Annual Fund Raiser

October 11

 ChicagoTaste of the Nation – Support Childhood Hunger and dine with Chicago’s Top Chefs!!! Let’s let Every Kid Have Healthy Food Every Day! At the beautiful Navy Pier Ballroom

FM - Chicago (West Loop) GCM Soho House in the lot behind Soho House on Halsted (south of Randolph) 9am – 2pm

October 23

ChicagoJames Beard Foundation Taste America Tour Chicago

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