The Local Calendar 12/4/15 Piggy Bank, Holiday Gift Ideas, Indoor Markets, One of a Kind Show, Green Grocer, Local Foods, SBK Kitchen

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December 4, 2015 at 10:07 am

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Cochon 555, the event celebrating heritage breed pigs, in a food, wine, swine competition will be back next year and they have expanded their mission. The tour is now benefitting, Piggy Bank, a genetic sanctuary, for heritage breed pigs, that will provide free genetics and business plans to emerging family farms. The Cochon 555 2016 tour is dedicated to helping Piggy Bank create the first open-source agriculture platform for heritage species while raising global awareness for socially responsible farming. The Chicago event takes place on Sunday, April 24 at the Loews Hotel and tickets are on sale now.

The calendar is updated continuously. (Last updated 12/19) New events will be highlighted in red and in this paragraph!!!! 12/20 Pilsen Winter Holiday Market 12/20 Chicago Reader Made In Chicago Holiday Market See all that squash at the market, wondering what kind it is and what to do with it? Here are some answers.

Some holiday gift ideas in the book category. Nichols Farm was featured in a recently released book, Growing Tomorrow by organic farmer and New York Times best-selling author Forrest Pritchard.  The book is a farm-to-table journey in photos (photos by Molly M. Peterson) and recipes and a behind-the-scenes look at 18 sustainable farmers including Lloyd Nichols and his story. Having worked with Lloyd directly at the Green City Fulton Street market, I gained an appreciation for the time, dedication and really hard work that it takes to bring their diversity of produce to the market. They currently have a holiday sale for signups to their summer 2016 CSA.

Another holiday gift idea is cookbooks. My favorite “local” cookbook is The Chicago Homegrown Cookbook by Heather Lalley. It was published in 2009, so some of the chefs have moved on from the restaurants covered in the book. But the book is still relevant and the recipes are very accessible for any cook, they are seasonal and include a bunch of my “go to” items like Chef Bruce Sherman’s carrot soup. I have the hard cover and it is a nice size to read recipes from and the pictures are very helpful. Of course, the Green City Market cookbook is another “must have” for a book shelf and makes for a great holiday gift!!

Finally, during this holiday season when there are fewer farmers markets, support those stores who have supported the farmers, like one of the original ground breakers in local food in Chicago, the Green Grocer!! They are still the shiny penny on the block and this is the time of year where they are a welcome addition to the Chicago foodscape, get to Local Foods, signup for their newsletter, they have Chef Abra Behren’s food coming out of their kitchen, Rob Levitt and his team of butchers and are a source to things, like locally grown tomatoes in the winter, from Mighty Vine. Finally, get up to see our friends at Sauce and Bread Kitchen, I can guarantee your stomach will not be disappointed!!!!!!! You can buy Anne’s breads at the Green City Market  and Logan Square Market. Sign-up for their mailing list and get to one of the Stew Supper Club’s dinners or popups. Lots of creativity and deliciousness at SBK. Soup and Bread at the Hideout is on tap for 2016, signup to participate!

Here is something to get you in the Chanukah spirit. Finally, it is that time of year to give a little extra to organizations in the Local Food space, here is one, The Talking Farm. The Talking Farm in Skokie has continued to expand their programs, here is their year by the numbers. Lots going on this weekend, here is the month ahead!

The Local Month At A Glance

December 3-6

Chicago (River North) – Its the One-Of-A-Kind Show at the Merchandise Mart which will include vendors like Tim Burton’s and his maple syrup from Maplewood Farm. Jo Snow Syrups is booth #9071 , Katherine Anne Confections booth #9084

December 5-6

Chicago (Bridgeport)Renegade Craft Fair Bridgeport Art Center Pleasant House will be there 

December 5

FMChicago (Back of the Yards)The Plant Indoor Market (every 1st Saturday) 11am – 2pm 1400 W. 46th St. Pleasant House will be there

Chicago (Garfield Park )Annual Tropical and Succulent Plant Sale Garfield Park Conservatory

FM - Chicago (Hyde Park/Woodlawn) - Experimental Station Indoor Farmers Market (Through Dec 19)- 9am – 2pm The market is open year round inside Experimental Station (6100 S. Blackstone).

FM - Chicago (Lincoln Park) -  Green City Market (12/19, 1/9/16, 1/23, 2/6, 2/20, 3/5, 3/19, 4/2, 4/16, 4/30)The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum 8am – 1pm

FM - Chicago (Lincoln Square) -  Faith In Place Winter Markets Berry United Methodist Church 4754 N Leavitt St, Chicago, 60625 (Lincoln Square neighborhood) 10am-2pm

Chicago (West Loop) - Tasting Table Open Market at Revel Believe tickets are sold out but Harvest Juicery will be there! Pleasant House will be there Honey Butter Fried Chicken is there serving chicken strips with honey butter

FM - Evanston Evanston Ecology Center Winter Farmers Market (Through 4/30/16, no mkt 12/26 or 1/2/16) -  2024 McCormick Blvd 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

FMEvanstonImmanuel Church Winter Market ( 12/19, 1/16/16, 1/30, 2/13, 2/27, 3/12, 3/19, 4/9, 4/23) 9am – 1pm 616 Lake Street

FM - Morton Grove - Morton Grove Winter Farmers Market - Morton Grove Civic Center 9am -2pm

December 6

Chicago (Lakeview/Ravenswood) - Sauce and Bread Kitchen Pop-Up at the Long Room 11am – 3pm 1612 W. Irving Park Road

FM - Chicago (Logan Square) - Logan Square Winter Farmers Market (Through 3/20/16) – 10am -3pm 2755 N. Milwaukee

December 7

Chicago (Lincoln Park)Blue Plate Special Night at Local Foods Chef Abra Behrens food is delicious to begin with and the special Monday night changes every week and many of the staff throw in their ideas.

Chicago (Wicker Park)$20 Family Meal at The Trenchermen – This is not only one of the best deals in town (3 courses $20) but the food is delicious and they source from many of the local farmers.

December 8

Chicago (Lincoln Park) - The Hideout’s 17th Annual Last Chance Holiday Sale 2015  1354 W. Wabansia This is your first chance at the Last Chance sale. Here’s an idea, get some nourishment at Local Food’s Stock Cafe around the corner so you are fortified to shop and imbibe at the Hideout!

December 10

Chicago (Bridgeport)Mash Tun x Insiders Roundtable: Issue 008 Release + Live Radio Show: Mash Tun Journal 7-11pm Co-Prosperity Sphere 3219 S. Morgan St.

December 11-13

Chicago (North Center)Irish Christmas Market Northcenter Town Square

December 11

Chicago (Lincoln Park)“Winter Lumberland” Rebuilding Exchange Holiday Market 7-9:30pm 1740 W. Elston The Stew Supper Club will be there!

December 12

FM - Chicago (Back of the Yards) - The Plant Indoor Market (every 1st Saturday) 11am – 2pm 1400 W. 46th St.

FM - Chicago (Hyde Park/Woodlawn) - Experimental Station Indoor Farmers Market (Through Dec 19)- 9am – 2pm The market is open year round inside Experimental Station (6100 S. Blackstone).

FM - Evanston Evanston Ecology Center Winter Farmers Market (Through 4/30/16, no mkt 12/26 or 1/2/16) -  2024 McCormick Blvd 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

SchaumburgPunchbowl Social Grand Opening Old school games, shuffleboard, arcade, marbles, darts, local food and craft beverages. 

December 13

FM - Chicago (Logan Square) - Logan Square Winter Farmers Market (Through 3/20/16) – 10am -3pm 2755 N. Milwaukee 

Chicago (West Loop)Holidose Market at Morgan Manufacturing

FM – Chicago (Rogers Park) - Glenwood Sunday Market - (1/10/16, 2/14, 3/13, 4/10, 5/15) 9am – 2pm The Glenwood Bar 6962 N. Glenwood

December 14

Chicago (Lincoln Park) - Blue Plate Special Night at Local Foods Chef Abra Behrens food is delicious to begin with and the special Monday night changes every week and many of the staff throw in their ideas.

Chicago (Wicker Park) - $20 Family Meal at The Trenchermen - This is not only one of the best deals in town (3 courses $20) but the food is delicious and they source from many of the local farmers.

December 15

Chicago (Logan Square) - SAUCED market “The Night Before Christmas” 6pm – 11pm Emporium Logan Square 2363 North Milwaukee

December 17

New!!! ChampaignDIY Cheesemaking Class Directly at the Source Prairie Fruit Farm

December 18

Chicago (Lakeview)Virtue Cider and La Quercia tasting Whole Foods Depaul 4-7pm 959 W. Fullerton

December 19

FM - Chicago (Back of the Yards) - The Plant Indoor Market (every 1st Saturday) 11am – 2pm 1400 W. 46th St.

FM - Chicago (Hyde Park/Woodlawn) - Experimental Station Indoor Farmers Market (Through Dec 19)- 9am – 2pm The market is open year round inside Experimental Station (6100 S. Blackstone).

FM - Chicago (Lincoln Park) -  Green City Market (1/9/16, 1/23, 2/6, 2/20, 3/5, 3/19, 4/2, 4/16, 4/30)The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum 8am – 1pm

FM - Evanston Evanston Ecology Center Winter Farmers Market (Through 4/30/16, no mkt 12/26 or 1/2/16)  2024 McCormick Blvd 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

FM - Evanston - Immanuel Church Winter Market (1/16/16, 1/30, 2/13, 2/27, 3/12, 3/19, 4/9, 4/23) 9am – 1pm 616 Lake Street

December 20

FM - Chicago (Logan Square) - Logan Square Winter Farmers Market (Through 3/20/16) – 10am -3pm 2755 N. Milwaukee

***New!!! FMChicago (Pilsen)Pilsen Winter Holiday Market – 11am – 3pm Honky Tonk BBQ

***New!!! Chicago (River West)Chicago Reader Made In Chicago Market 11am – 3pm Plumbers Hall 1340 W. Washington

December 22

Chicago (Lincoln Park) - The Hideout’s 17th Annual Last Chance Holiday Sale 2015  1354 W. Wabansia This is truly your last chance at the Last Chance sale. Here’s an idea, get some nourishment at Local Food’s Stock Cafe around the corner so you are fortified to shop and imbibe at the Hideout!

December 25

Merry Xmas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

December 27

FM - Chicago (Logan Square) - Logan Square Winter Farmers Market (Through 3/20/16) – 10am -3pm 2755 N. Milwaukee

2016!!!!!!!! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!

Another winter of community, goodwill and good soup, Soup and Bread at the Hideout

Saturday February 26 Cider Summit Chicago

March 24-26 The Good Food Festival at UIC Forum

Sunday April 24 Cochon 555

Chicago Gourmet Sept. 23- 25 Holiday ticket sale

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