The Local Calendar 10/9/15 Time to Think Turkey, Feed Your Mind, TOTN, Pumpkin Season

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October 9, 2015 at 8:05 am

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From a weather standpoint it has felt like mid-December yet we are only at the beginning of October. At least there has been a little warm up to go with some of the summer produce still available at the farmers markets. Vegetables like eggplant as well as tomatoes and herbs are still on the tables and in the bins.  For some reason this year, I have especially appreciated fresh herbs like basil, parsley, tarragon and mint. Basil, tomatoes and mozzarella with a dash of olive and sherry vinegar are one of my lazy cook staples. Parsley and tarragon are a perky addition to my egg salads as well as other concoctions. I find there is such a difference in smell and in flavor between the herbs on Smits Farm’s table versus those very expensive herbs in the plastic packaging at grocery stores. The two are universes apart! I take the farmer’s market universe.

This calendar is updated during the month so keep checking back (last updated 10/31) New items will be noted *** such as  these: Peterson Garden Project Classes (Including Farm To Table Thanksgiving Class 11/1) 11/2 Pickle Party at River Valley Farmer’s Table 11/4 The Future History of Local Foods at Local Foods11/7 Graze Magazine Release Party for Final Issue at Fizz11/7 The Plant Indoor Market 11/10 Meat Matters, 11/ 12 Local and Regional Food Summit, 11/12 Outside The Bun:How to Cook with Sausage Local Foods, 11/15 Marinarathon, 11/17 Illinois Farmers Market Association Fundraiser at Lagunitas

Mint Creek has their last farm tour and dinner tomorrow with Sunday Dinner Club/Honey Butter Fried Chicken folk and the weather looks to be warming up for it! It is that time to think about your Thanksgiving turkey. Mint Creek is offering White, Bronze, and Aztec Black turkeys this Thanksgiving season in a variety of sizes like the turkey in their picture above. All of their birds are raised on Certified-Organic Illinois prairie pasture. No hormones or antibiotics are involved whatsoever. In addition to their pasture foraging, their turkeys’ diets are supplemented with soyfree, Certified-Organic feed, which they mix in small batches on the farm.  AZTEC BLACK turkeys are an ancient breed of turkey closely related to the domestic turkeys raised by the Aztecs. With the rise of interest in heritage breeds of all animals which means for one that the animals are fed organic feed and are pasture raised, demand has increased dramatically, so don’t dawdle in ordering. Other local farmers who have offered turkeys in the past include Gunthorp Farms, Meadowhaven Farm, Slagel Family Farms and TJ’s Free Range Poultry among others. Don’t forget our friends at the Green Grocer (Gunthorp Farms), Fresh Picks and Local Foods for turkey options as well.

Have you bought tickets for Pilot Light Feed Your Mind? It’s tonight.

Get to the Taste of the Nation on Sunday night at Navy Pier for Know Kid Hungry.

Sadly, last weekend for the Andersonville, GCM Soho House,  Glenview and markets. Looking for classes, resources, the Peterson Garden Project is brimming with help on how to grow and cook your own food. They have so much programming it would overwhelm the local calendar so you just have to go to the link to check it all out. Now onto the weeks ahead!!!

The Local Calendar

October 9-11

Reedsburg, WIFERMENTATION FEST

October 9

Chicago (River West) - Feed Your Mind 3rd Annual Benefit for Pilot Light - 7pm Morgan Manufacturing 401 N. Morgan St. Join them at Feed Your Mind to make a difference for the Chicago school children served by the Pilot Light program.

October 10

CaledoniaAnimal Day for Families  Angelic Organics Learning Center 1547 Rockton Road 10:30 am – 3:30pm  $20 Bring your kids for a day of hands-on experiences on a truly magical organic farm. Milk the goats, feed the horses, gather eggs from the chickens, and produce soil using worm boxes.

ChampaignLast Apple-U-Pick at Prairie Fruit 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.

Chicago (Lincoln Park) - Basic Skills Hands-On Class: Cooking with Cast Iron Read It and Eat It 7pm-9pm  2142 North Halsted

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 Ken Carter Gather

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. LINK cards are accepted, and the Friends of Evanston Farmers Markets offers matching funds.

FM - Glenview Glenview Farmers Market - 8am – 12pm (Last one of the year) Wagner Farm

FM - Morton Grove - Morton Grove Farmers Market - 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

FDStelleMint Creek Farm – Farm Dinner with Sunday Dinner Club/Honey-Butter Fried Chicken

October 11

Chicago Marathon!!!!!!!

Chicago - Taste 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 (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

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

October 12

Chicago (Lincoln Park) - Monday Night Dinner Series Local Foods – Triple Dog Dare You 5-8pm Stock Cafe Three Sausages. All from Butcher and Larder. Three Sides. Three Cookies. All from Stock. But they’re not telling you what any of it is. Eat in or take away. $22 per order. BYOB

October 13

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.

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

October 14

FM Chicago (Andersonville) Andersonville’s Farmers Market - Located on Berwyn between Clark and Ashland (last one) 3-7pm

***New! Chicago (Lincoln Park)Beer and Cheese 101 - Local Foods 6:30pm – 7:30pm

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

***New! Chicago (Lincoln Square)Big Fork Pop-Up Shop 4-8pm Join them for samples of Bacon Sausage, Breakroom Brewery beer, and brü coffeeworks coffee. Special pricing ($12) on 2LB smoked food service packs of Cracked Black Pepper, Maple & Brown Sugar, and Aged Cheddar Bacon Sausage flavors

October 15

***New! Chicago (Lakeview) – Fall Harvest Farm Dinner with Genesis Growers at SIP Irving Park and Southport

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.

October 16

Chicago (Lincoln Park)Teen Kitchen Takeover (Ages 10-14): Mexican Fiesta Read It and Eat It 7pm-9pm  2142 North Halsted

October 17

CaledoniaFruit Trees 101 Angelic Organics Learning Center 1547 Rockton Road 2-6pm $45 Interested in growing your own backyard fruit without chemicals? Learn about variety selection, siting, planting methods, sustainable care, accommodating “pests” and disease, and proper pruning techniques to maximize longevity and yields.

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 Nicole Pederson Found 

***New! Chicago (North Center)Trout Kitchen Presents: Leaning Shed Farm Dinner 6pm 4111 North Avenue

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

FM - Morton GroveMorton Grove Farmers Market (Last fall market, next one 12/5 indoor)- 8am – Noon -6210 Dempster St.

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

October 18

***New! Chicago (Lakeview)Meadowood Farms Cheesemaker Dinner at Bar Pastoral

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

October 20

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.

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

October 21

FM Chicago (Lincoln Park) - Green City Market (last market) 7am – 1pm 10:30am – 11:30am Chef demo Andrew Shedden Mon Ami Gabi  The market is located at the south end of Lincoln Park between Clark and Stockton Drive (approximately 1817 N. Clark)

October 22

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. Food Day celebration today.

October 23

ChicagoJames Beard Foundation Taste America Tour Chicago

SkokieThe Talking Farm Campfire Night

October 24

FOOD DAY!

CaledoniaCornbread from the Ground Up Angelic Organics Learning Center 1547 Rockton Road 2-4:30pm $12 Cook up some cornbread using ears of organic dried corn and eggs from free-roaming chickens! Family members are welcome to take turns to shuck, shell, winnow and grind the corn.

FDChampaignPrairie Fruit Farm dinner with Chef Nathan Sears of The Radler

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.

***New! Chicago (Lincoln Park)1st Annual King Harvest Festival Local Foods 12pm

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 Justin Ferguson Blue Door Farm Stand 

***New! Chicago (Logan Square) - Corner Farm Chicago Help Put Their Garden To Bed!

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

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

October 25

Andersonville - Dessert Crawl benefitting Care For Real 2-5pm

CaledoniaFermentation Basics Angelic Organics Learning Center

FM - Chicago (Logan Square) - Logan Square Outside Market (last weekend for outdoor) 10am – 3pm 3107 West Logan Blvd. The Winter Market will be taking place every Sunday from November 1, 2015 through March 20, 2016 (with the exception of November 29th) 10:00 am – 3:00 pm at 2755 N. Milwaukee Av.

FM - Chicago (Rogers Park) Glenwood Outdoor Market (last weekend for outdoor) 9am – 2pm On Glenwood Ave. between Morse and Lunt  Monthly indoor markets are held every second Sunday of the month from November to May.  Hours are 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

October 26

Chicago (Lincoln Park) - Paw Paw with Andrew More Read It and Eat It 6:30pm- 8:30pm 2142 North Halsted

October 28

Chicago(Edgewater)  - Dinner of the Dead – Sauce and Bread Kitchen

*** New! Chicago (Edgewater)A Celebration of Local Spirits Dinner – Northshore Distillery Dinner at Uncommon Ground

October 29

Chicago (Lincoln Park)Chef Tasting and Demo with Honey Butter Fried Chicken and Sunday Dinner Club Read It and Eat It 7-9pm 2142 North Halsted

FM - Chicago (Loop) - Daley Plaza Farmers Market  (last market) 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.

October 31

HALLOWEEN!!!!!!!!!

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 (last outdoor market, moves indoor to the museum next week) 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 Joe Beato Community Tavern

***New! Chicago (Logan Square)Fat Rice Kill Bill Inspired Halloween Dinner

FM - Chicago (West Loop)  Green City Market -Fulton  (last market) 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

FM - Oak Park - Oak Park Farmers Market (last market) 7am – 1pm - Pilgrim Church Parking Lot 460 Lake St

November 1

*** New! Chicago (Edgewater) - Peterson Garden Project – Farm To Table Thanksgiving Class

November 2

***New! Chicago (Ravenswood)Pickle Party at River Valley Farmer’s Table

November 4

***New! Chicago (Lincoln Park)The Future History of Local Foods in 10 Products at Local Foods

November 6-8

***New! Chicago (Streeterville)Artisan Market Streeterville

November 7

***New! Chicago (Back of the Yards )The Plant Market 11am-2pm

***New! Chicago (Lakeview)Graze Magazine Final Issue Release Party – 8pm Fizz Bar 3220 North Lincoln

FMChicago (Lincoln Park)Green City Market Indoor – The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum 8am – 1pm

Chicago (River West)RAMENFEST – It’s back!!!!!!!!! 12pm Urbanbelly

FM - Evanston Downtown Evanston Farmers Market -(last outdoor market)  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

November 10

***New! Chicago (Lincoln Park) - Chef’s Collaborative presents Meat Matters at Local Foods - Chefs Paul Fehribach (Big Jones, Chefs Collaborative Board Member), Rick Bayless (Frontera, Topolobampo, Xoco, Founding Member of Chefs Collaborative), and 12 other nationally-known chefsand food professionals are coming together for an intimate taste experience at Local Foods in Chicago. Meat Matters is a rare opportunity to explore The Butcher & Larder and Local Foods, learn about and celebrate responsibly-raised meat, and connect with leading change makers in the culinary world.

November 12

***New! Chicago (Lincoln Park)Outside The Bun:How to Cook with Sausage at Local Foods

***New! NormalLocal and Regional Food Summit at Heartland College sponsored by the Illinois Farm Bureau and the Illinois Department of Agriculture

November 14

Chicago - Green City Market Culinary Garage Sale 8am – 12pm Naha 500 North Clark St. ust in time for the Holidays, Green City Market’s Culinary Garage Sale! Come shop the treasures of top Chicago Chefs. All proceeds benefit GCM’s Educational Programming.

November 15

***New! Chicago (Riverwest)Marinarathon

November 17

*** New! Chicago (Pilsen) - Illinois Farmers Market Association Fundraiser at Lagunitas Brewery

November 20-23

Chicago (River West) - Cassoulet Dinners at Publican Quality Meats Chef Paul Kahan and Chef David Campigotto of Chez David in Castelnaudary France collaboration Speaking from experience these dinners are as close as you can get for eating and drinking like you are in France without having to fly there!

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