The Local Calendar 4/8/16 Ramps, Morels, Spring Onions, Outdoor Markets on the Horizon, Cochon 555 weekend, Cheesetopia, TTF Spring Thaw

April 8, 2016 at 8:42 am

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Ramps and spring onions will soon start appearing on restaurant menus and farmers market tables. Morel hunters will be out foraging. The City of Chicago announced their market schedule yesterday. Thursday, May 12th is the opening of the Daley Plaza market and Country Financial announces the winner of their reusable bag contest. I cannot stress how this is the best market bag to shop with and a high school student wins scholarship money as well. The award is handed out at 11:30am opening day. Green City Market opens outdoors Saturday May 7. Their BBQ tickets, slated Thursday July 21 are already on sale.

Now is the time to book farm dinners, some are already sold out. Checkout Slagel Family Farms, Prairie Fruit and Outstanding In The Field’s midwest schedule. And newsflash!! Faith’s Farm is offering a Kids Camp this summer. Old-Fashioned Overnight Summer Camp at a Real Farm! It seems there is limited space, so now’s the time to sign-up, just saying.

Local food resources for classes, workshops and lots of fun! Garfield Park Conservatory, Morton Arboretum, Peterson Garden Project, Advocates for Urban Agriculture, the Illinois Stewardship Alliance and the Talking Farm, of course there are many more.

Local food shops we love: just a few stalwart shops that we love and if you are in the neighborhood stop-in!!! The Green Grocer (they have improved parking spaces), Katherine Anne Confections, Big Delicious Planet, Sugar Beet Coop and Local Foods and its delicious Stock Cafe

Events to bookmark this month are: Cheesetopia its first time in Chicago 4/10, Floriole’s 6th Birthday dinner 4/10, a Spring Wine dinner at Vie 4/12 and Chef Abra Behrens Stock Cafe dinner at Read It & Eat It  4/14 using recipes from one of my favorite cookbooks, The Chicago Homegrown Cookbook, Pinot Days at Navy Pier 4/16 and the event(with a really all-star lineup this year if you have never gone, this is the year to go) that is an ode to heritage breed pigs and the beverages that go with them, Cochon 555 4/24 along with the ancillary events accompanying it, Friday a Late Night Asian Speak Easy at Das Radler and the Chefs Course Dinner with Butcher & Larder at Stock Cafe Local Foods.  Lots more going on, like Fresh Picks 10th Year Anniversary Party on Sunday. Check it all out on the Local Calendar!

The MONTHLY Calendar

April 9

FM - Chicago (Hyde Park/Woodlawn) - Experimental Station Indoor Farmers Market 9am – 2pm 6100 S. Blackstone

Chicago (Lincoln Park)4th Annual Farmer Talent Show at The Hideout - Sponsored by Band of Farmers, The Chicagoland CSA Coalition

FM - Evanston - Immanuel Church Winter Market ( 4/23) 9am – 1pm 616 Lake Street

FM - Evanston Evanston Ecology Center Winter Farmers Market (Through 4/30/16) -  2024 McCormick Blvd 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Lisle - Edible Gardening Series Morton Arboretum  – 9:30pm – 12:30pm Growing Berries and Fruit Trees

April 10

GF – Chicago (Bridgeport) - Cheesetopia at the The Bridgeport Arts Center brought to you by Wisconsin Cheese Originals

GFChicago (Lincoln Park)Happy 6th Birthday Floriole Floriole Birthday Dinner

FMChicago (Rogers Park) - Glenwood Sunday Market  (5/15) The Glenwood Bar 6962 N Glenwood 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

GF – NilesIrv and Shelly’s Fresh Picks 10th year Anniversary PartyRob wrote about it here.

April 12

GFWestern SpringsSpring Wine Dinner with Illahe Vineyards at Vie

April 14

GF - Chicago (Lincoln Park )Dinner with Local Foods at Read It & Eat It: “The Chicago Homegrown Cookbook”

Chicago (The Loop)Learn about the Talking Farm, an urban farm success story at The Chicago Cultural Center 1:30pm

April 16-17

Chicago (West Loop)The Chicagoland Artisan Chocolate Festival

April 16

ChicagoPinot Days at Navy Pier returns!!

GF – Chicago (Edgewater) – Pinot Days Winemaker Dinner at Uncommon Ground

FM - Chicago (Lincoln Park) -  Green City Market  (4/30)The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum 8am – 1pm

FM - Evanston Evanston Ecology Center Winter Farmers Market (Through 4/30/16) -  2024 McCormick Blvd 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Lake BluffNorth Shore Distillery Garage Sale

Lisle - Edible Gardening Series Morton Arboretum  – 9:30pm – 12:30pm Healthy Plants, Healthy Harvest

FM - Woodstock - Woodstock Winter Farmers Market 8am – 1pm

April 17

GF – EvanstonThe Talking Farm Spring Thaw Come find out about the Talking Farm and enjoy great food and beverages at Farmhouse Evanston

April 19

Chicago (Lincoln Park)Our House Pizza Takeover at Stock Cafe Local Foods

April 22

Earth Day

Chicago (Garfield Park ) – Earth Day event with Wild Belle at Garfield Park Conservatory organized by Land and Sea.

GF – Chicago (Logan Square)Late Nite Asian Speakeasy Pop-Up Das Radler -Part of the weekend of Cochon 555 events to support the non-profit Piggy-Bank.

April 23

GF – Chicago (Lincoln Park)Chefs Course Dinner Series with Butcher & Larder at Stock Cafe Local Foods Part of the Cochon 555 weekend supporting Piggy-Bank.

Darien - Ale Syndicate pouring at the 1st Annual Bew & Chew Fundraiser

FM - Evanston Evanston Ecology Center Winter Farmers Market (Through 4/30/16) -  2024 McCormick Blvd 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

FM - Evanston - Immanuel Church Winter Market 9am – 1pm 616 Lake Street

*** New !!! Highland ParkRavines Flora Tour with Rachel Goad of Plants of Concern

Lisle - Edible Gardening Series Morton Arboretum  – 9:30pm – 12:30pm Month By Month Vegetables

April 24

********* GF – ChicagoCOCHON 555 - EXPERIENCE THIS MUST-SEE CULINARY COMPETITION, FIVE CHEFS COOKING OVER 36 DISHES PREPARED FROM WHOLE LOCALLY-RAISED HERITAGE BREED PIGS COCHON 555 is a casual event. Come VERY hungry, and on time like movie night. TICKETS ARE ALL-INCLUSIVE, as a guest you will enjoy a generous culinary experience.*********

April 25

GF – Chicago - Come to the Table Dinner Series Angelic Organics Learning Center at The Kitchen

April 27

Chicago ( North Center)The World Premier of Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown/Chicago  brought to you by the folks of the Food Film Festival

April 28

Chicago (Lincoln Park ) - Rooftop Growing Guide Midwest Launch Party Local Foods - Celebrate the urban farmer! Local Foods welcomes author and urban farmer Annie Novak. Join Local Foods to visit the hidden world of rooftop farming with The Rooftop Growing Guide: How To Transform Your Roof into a Garden or Farm at its Midwest Book Launch.  Featuring the rooftop gardens of Chef Rick Bayless, the Windy City Growers, Uncommon Ground and many more, this book is the guide for re-imagining the possibilities of your skyline. Beverages provided by Virtue Cider and snacks provided by Stock – the cafe at Local Foods. Purchase a copy of The Rooftop Growing Guide and get it signed by the author.

April 29- May 1

ChicagoSpring One-Of-A-Kind Show Merchandise Mart

April 30- May 1


April 30

GFChicago 6th Annual Pastoral Artisan Producer Festival at the French Market 11am -3pm Cheese, wine, beer, charcuterie tastings and more!!!

FM - Chicago (Lincoln Park) -  Green City Market  The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum 8am – 1pm

FM - Evanston Evanston Ecology Center Winter Farmers Market  -  2024 McCormick Blvd 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

May 7

FD – Champaign – Spring Italian Dinner at Prairie Farms with Sunday Dinner Club

FMMorton GroveMorton Grove Farmers Market (Next market 6/4 and every Sat through 10/15) 6210 Dempster St. 8am – 12pm

OttowaMidwest Morel Fest - A 1 1/2 hour drive from Chicago and near Starved Rock State Park. This unique festival in Ottowa offers ‘everything mushrooms’ from the morel enthusiast to the curious observer!  All events take place at Jordon Block Park (Main & Rt 23/71N).  Saturday enjoy a large variety of handcrafted Vendors, Home Brewers Tasting Tent and Competition, Food, Music and kid activities. And don’t forget Saturdays MOREL UNIVERSITY where you can learn to identify morels then take off for a guided hunt.

May 8

Happy Mother’s Day!!!!

May 11

FM – Chicago (Lincoln Park )First outdoor market Green City Market!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 8am -1 pm

May 12

FM – Chicago (The Loop) - Opening Daley Plaza Farmers Market (Through 10/25) 7am – 3pm Washington & Dearborn

May 14

FM - Chicago (Lincoln Park ) - First Saturday Outdoor Market Green City Market!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 8am -1 pm

May 15

FMChicago (Logan Square)- Opening Logan  Square Outdoor Farmers Market (Through 10/30) 10am – 3pm

FMChicago (Rogers Park) - Glenwood Sunday Market  The Glenwood Bar 6962 N Glenwood 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

May 17

FMChicago (The Loop) - Opening Federal Plaza Farmers Market (Through October 25) – 7am – 3pm Adams & Dearborn

May 31

GF – Chicago (Logan Square)Come to the Table Dinner Series with Angelic Organics at Lula Cafe

June 25

FDFairbury - Slagel Family Farm Tour & Dinner with Publican and Publican Quality Meats (Transportation included)

FM = Farmers Market GF= Good Food GF = Good Fun FD = Farm Dinner GD = Good Drinks