The Local Calendar 6/3/16 Strawberries are here!! Heal The Planet Farm Festival, Opening The Plant Outdoor Market and GCM West Loop Peoria St. tomorrow, Checkout Metropolitan Farm’s BBQ 6/12

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June 3, 2016 at 9:18 am

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It is that strawberry time of year. The first variety to arrive is aptly named “early glow”. Asparagus will be around for a few more weeks so get your fresh asparagus fix while you can. Peonies are in bloom, it is just a bountiful time of year at the farmers markets.

New!!! Just added: 5 Summer Salads Workshop with Chef Abra Behrens at Local Foods 6/26Cook with Butcher Rob Levitt 3 classes to master the grill (save $5 w/promo code FORDAD until 6/20) Cook a Whole Meal on the Grill 7/23, Beef Shank on the Grill 8/31, Sausage Making 101 9/14

Metropolitan Farms, an aquaponics farm in West Humboldt Park is up and running, they are even giving farm tours if you contact them. What is aquaponics and how does it work? Aquaponic farming combines fish farming and a hydroponic growing system into one extremely efficient and clean facility. Fish waste in the form of ammonia is converted by naturally occurring bacteria into nitrates which are used by plants as nutrients, cleansing the water for recirculation back to the fish. They are selling tilapia and greens. On Sunday June 12th, they are having a BBQ with Carnivore from Oak Park.

It is that time of year where there are a lot of markets to choose from and a variety of produce. Here are links to some of the best market newsletters IMHO to get intel on what’s growing, what to do with it and what is going on at the farms: Brockman Family Sustainable Farming (and Writing),  Prairie Fruit Farms & Creamery, the 61st Farmers Market- Experimental Station and Endless Greens. You can volunteer and get your dose of gardening and pick up some tips at the same time at these gardens and farms:  Talking Farm – Skokie, Garfield Park Conservatory, Peterson Garden Project. 

Farm dinners are a terrific way to get out of the city or dine in the city at an urban farm. Outstanding In the Field has openings for their dinners at City Farm in August, the dinners are pricey but how many times are you going to sit outside with the Chicago skyline, a top chef like Sarah Grueneberg of Monteverde or Abe Conlon of Fat Rice and dine on a farm in the city under the stars? Slagel Family Farms provides transportation and Mint Creek Farms offers suggestions for where to stay overnight and they have musical entertainment. The Green City Market BBQ in July seems to have just about every restaurant in Chicago lined-up and tickets are still available.

The Plant Outdoor market and Green City Market West Loop-Peoria St market open this weekend. Locavore Farm is holding their Heal The Planet Farm Festival in Grant Park, Il on Saturday and Cased Meats for a Cause at Local Foods/The Hideout as well. As usual, a lot on the calendar and a lot of markets to choose from on the Monthly Calendar. Do you have a favorite farmers market, a favorite newsletter, a favorite farmer? Let us know in the comments below, we love hearing from you!

The MONTHLY Calendar

June 4

FDChampaignFarm Dinner at Prairie Fruits Farm Country French with Paul Virant Sold Out but Chef Dan Compton Chef de Cuisine at Vie returns Aug 27 for Southern Soul

FM - Chicago (Back of the Yards) - Opening The Plant Chicago Outdoor Market (Through 9/10, weekly)  - 10am -2pm 1400 W. 46th St. Credit/Debit, Cash, Link, and Senior Coupons are all accepted at the market. Link is doubled up to $25 per market.

Chicago (Garfield Park)Volunteer at Garfield Park Conservatory - Information Session from 1-2pm today

FM - Chicago (Hyde Park/Woodlawn) - 61st Outdoor Farmers Market (weekly) -  61st and Dorchester Hours 9-2pm This market accepts the LINK card.

FM - Chicago (Lincoln Park ) - Green City Market 8am -1 pm Chef demo Tom Van Lente White Oak Tavern 10:30am – 11:30am This market accepts the LINK card. My favorites: pickled anything from Bushell & Peck’s especially their old school fermented pickles, pickled beets and sweet and sour pickles, Smit’s Farms herbs, just going into their booth is a dose of aromatherapy for you, goat milk gelato from Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery, a shot of wheat grass from Chicago Indoor Garden it is liquid health insurance, popping corn from Nichol’s Farm, you will never ever by store bought popping corn again, asparagus Mick Klug, any kind of fruit from Ellis Farms, greens from Green Acres

FMChicago (West Loop) - Opening Green City Market Peoria St (Thru 10/29) – 8am – 1pm 211 S. Peoria St. (S. Peoria & W. Adams, across from Mary Bartelme Park) This market accepts the LINK card.

FM - Evanston - Downtown Evanston Farmers Market (Every Saturday through 11/5) 7:30am – 1pm Intersection of University Place and Oak Ave (behind Hilton Garden Inn, east of East Railroad Ave) The Farmers’ Market is accessible via CTA Bus #93 and runs every 25-30 minutes on Saturdays. LINK cards are accepted.

FMGrant Park IL - Heal The Planet Farm Festival - Locavore Farm’s official season kick-off from 11 AM to 8 PM. It is an event to honor and support the work of those improving farming practices and fixing a broken food system in the Chicago and Northwest Indiana region. Small, sustainable farms within a 50 mile radius of Locavore Farm will join an exclusive organic and artisanal market. Event attendees will connect with farms close to their communities and learn about their growing practices, CSA programs, which markets they attend, and how to source food directly.’Barn doors’ open at 11:00 AM sharp.

FM - Homewood - Homewood Farmers Market (Weekly thru 10/8)-  It is free and open to the public. There is ample free parking.

FM - Morton Grove - Morton Grove Farmers Market (Weekly through 10/15) 6210 Dempster St. 8am – 12pm

FM - Oak Park - Oak Park Farmers Market -7am – 1pm  Pilgrim Church Parking lot at 460 Lake St., just one block west of Ridgeland Avenue. 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. These coupons can be used as cash to make additional purchases during the market season.Many vendors also accept the WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program $3 coupons.

June 5

GFChicago (Lincoln Park)Cased Meats for a CauseLocal Foods/The Hideout – 3 -7pm Come join Farm.Butcher.Table and Yollocalli in partnership with Local Foods and The Hideout as we celebrate the joys of Cased Meats. Butcher and Larder, Publican Quality Meats, Radler, and Revolution Brewing will create the delectable meats. Revolution Brewing and Virtue Cider will provide the sumptuous refreshments. The Hideout and Local Foods will supply the amazing venue. Sonoroma Discos will come with the funk

FM Chicago (Logan Square) Logan  Square Outdoor Farmers Market (Through 10/30) 10am – 3pm The Market provides an outlet for nutritious, conscientiously grown and produced local foods, and education about these foods, for all members of our community regardless of income level.  This is accomplished by thorough assessment of the vendors and by facilitating SNAP benefit sales and credit or debit card sales.

FM - Chicago (Rogers Park) - Opening Outdoor Glenwood Sunday Market (weekly) - Weekly outdoor markets are held Sundays from June through October on southbound Glenwood Avenue between Lunt and Morse Avenues right next to the CTA’s Red Line Morse Stop. We are pleased to accept Discover, MasterCard and Visa credit cards. We also accept Link/SNAP EBT cards and are proud to offer a matching, dollar-for-dollar grant of up to $25 per Link/SNAP shopper per market.

June 6

FD - Chicago (Logan Square) - Farm Dinner Night Lula Cafe (weekly) 3 new courses $43 6pm

June 7

FM - Chicago (The Loop) - Federal Plaza Farmers Market (Through October 25) – 7am – 3pm Adams & Dearborn This market accepts the LINK card.

FM - Chicago (Streeterville) - Opening Day of the SOAR Farmers Market - MCA Chicago Plaza 7am – 2pm

GF - Chicago (West Loop) - Publican Quality Meat’s Burger Night Burgers, Bourbon, Beer and competition (weekly)  Cindy’s vs. Cherry Circle Room

June 8

FM - Andersonville Farmers Market (Through 10/19) - 3-8pm Berwyn btwn Clark and Ashland The Andersonville Farmers Market accepts Link, credit, and debit cards!

FM - Chicago (Lincoln Park ) - Green City Outdoor Market (weekly) 8am -1 pm The Chicago Green City Market’s Lincoln Park outdoor market is located at the south end of Lincoln Park between Clark and Stockton Drive (approximately 1817 N. Clark). Chef demo Martial Noguier Bistronomic 10:30am – 11:30am  This market accepts the LINK card.

GFChicago (Lincoln Park) - Community Dining Sitka Salmon Dinner/Sustainable Seafood TalkLocal Foods

GF - Chicago (Lincoln Park) Beer Dinner at Wood Chicago with Hopewell Brewing Company

GF - Chicago (Wicker Park) - $10 Beer and Burger Night at The Trenchermen - (weekly) If you are reading this, yes, I am a little fixated on burgers. Number one, I think a burger is incredibly efficient nutritionally when cooked with good meat and composed well, which the Trencherman does, and the follks at PQM do. The burger changes up every week here and they do take requests for ideas for future burgers.

June 9

FM - Chicago (The Loop) - Daley Plaza Farmers Market (weekly through 10/25) 7am – 3pm Washington & Dearborn Stop by and pick up Country Financial’s new market bag of the season! This market accepts the LINK card.

June 11-12

Chicago (Old Town)Wells Street Art Festival

June 11

FM - Chicago (Back of the Yards) - The Plant Chicago Outdoor Market (Through 9/10, weekly)  - 10am -2pm 1400 W. 46th St.

FM - Chicago (Hyde Park/Woodlawn) - 61st Outdoor Farmers Market (weekly) -  61st and Dorchester Hours 9-2pm

FM - Chicago (Lincoln Park ) - Green City Market 8am -1 pm Chef demo Jose Ovalie Tre Soldi 10:30am – 11:30am

FM - Chicago (West Loop) - Green City Market Peoria St (Thru 10/29) - 8am – 1pm 211 S. Peoria St. (S. Peoria & W. Adams, across from Mary Bartelme Park)

FM - Evanston - Downtown Evanston Farmers Market (Every Saturday through 11/5) 7:30am – 1pm Intersection of University Place and Oak Ave (behind Hilton Garden Inn, east of East Railroad Ave) The Farmers’ Market is accessible via CTA Bus #93 and runs every 25-30 minutes on Saturdays.

FM - Homewood - Homewood Farmers Market (Weekly thru 10/8)-  It is free and open to the public. There is ample free parking.

FM - Morton Grove - Morton Grove Farmers Market (Weekly through 10/15) 6210 Dempster St. 8am – 12pm

FM - Oak Park - Oak Park Farmers Market - The market is held in the Pilgrim Church Parking lot at 460 Lake St., just one block west of Ridgeland Avenue. Market hours are 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday from opening day through October.

FDStelleFarm Dinner & Tour at Mint Creek Farm with Chef Victor Morenz Home Bistro

June 12

FM Chicago (Logan Square) Logan  Square Outdoor Farmers Market (Through 10/30) 10am – 3pm

Chicago(Edgewater)Corks and Crayons Benefit to benefit Purple AsparagusUncommon Ground Devon

Chicago (Edgewater)Mad Tea Party at Vedgewater Garden to support the Peterson Garden Project

FM - Chicago (Rogers Park) - Glenwood Sunday Market (weekly) - Weekly outdoor markets are held Sundays from June through October on southbound Glenwood Avenue between Lunt and Morse Avenues right next to the CTA’s Red Line Morse Stop.

FDChicago (West Humboldt Park)BBQ with Carnivore at Metropolitan Farms 5-8pm Visit Metropolitan Farms for a BBQ with our friends from Carnivore Meats and Seafood manning the grill! This special evening will include dinner and tours of the farm by the founder. A great way to start the summer. Come see and hear what it takes to get the best, freshest, local food on the plate! Menu includes grilled fresh harvested Tilapia and produce from the farm. Rain or shine. Open to all ages. Free, secure parking available onsite.

June 13

FD - Chicago (Logan Square) - Farm Dinner Night Lula Cafe (weekly) 3 new courses $43 6pm

June 14

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

FM - Chicago (Streeterville) -  SOAR Farmers Market - MCA Chicago Plaza 7am – 2pm

GF - Chicago (West Loop) - Publican Quality Meat’s Burger Night: Burgers, Bourbon, Beer and competition (weekly)   Eater Chicago vs. The Chicago Reader

June 15

FM - Andersonville Farmers Market (Through 10/19) - 3-8pm Berwyn btwn Clark and Ashland

Chicago (Lincoln Park-Elston corridor)The Hideout Veggie Bingo debuts for the season! Thru 8/31 5:30pm

FM - Chicago (Lincoln Park ) - Green City Outdoor Market (weekly) 8am -1 pm The Chicago Green City Market’s Lincoln Park outdoor market is located at the south end of Lincoln Park between Clark and Stockton Drive (approximately 1817 N. Clark). Chef demo Johnny Anderes The Kitchen 10:30am – 11:30am 

GF - Chicago (Wicker Park) - $10 Beer and Burger Night at The Trenchermen - (weekly) If you are reading this, yes, I am a little fixated on burgers. Number one, I think a burger is incredibly efficient nutritionally when cooked with good meat and composed well, which the Trencherman does and the follks at PQM do. The burger changes up every week here and they do take requests for ideas for future burgers.

June 16

GF - Chicago (Lincoln Park) Local Foods Dinner Benefitting Green City Market 6-9pm 1427 West Willow

FM - Chicago (The Loop) - Daley Plaza Farmers Market (weekly through 10/25) 7am – 3pm Washington & Dearborn Stop by and pick up Country Financial’s new market bag of the season!

FD - Elburn5th Annual Pig Gig Farm Dinner at Heritage Prairie

June 17

GF - Chicago(West Loop)Maddy’s Dumpling House returns

June 18

FDChampaign - Prairie Fruits Farm Mexican Dinner with Sunday Dinner Club

FM - Chicago (Back of the Yards) - The Plant Chicago Outdoor Market (Through 9/10, weekly)  - 10am -2pm 1400 W. 46th St.

FM - Chicago (Hyde Park/Woodlawn) - 61st Outdoor Farmers Market (weekly) -  61st and Dorchester Hours 9-2pm

FM - Chicago (Lincoln Park ) - Green City Market 8am -1 pm Chef demo Kevin Harkin Dine Restaurant 10:30am – 11:30am

FM - Chicago (West Loop) -  Green City Market Peoria St (Thru 10/29) - 8am – 1pm 211 S. Peoria St. (S. Peoria & W. Adams, across from Mary Bartelme Park)

FM - Evanston - Downtown Evanston Farmers Market (Every Saturday through 11/5) 7:30am – 1pm Intersection of University Place and Oak Ave (behind Hilton Garden Inn, east of East Railroad Ave) The Farmers’ Market is accessible via CTA Bus #93 and runs every 25-30 minutes on Saturdays.

FDGrant Park - Locavore Farm Dine on the Land

FM - Homewood - Homewood Farmers Market (Weekly thru 10/8)-  It is free and open to the public. There is ample free parking.

FM - Morton Grove - Morton Grove Farmers Market (Weekly through 10/15) 6210 Dempster St. 8am – 12pm

FM - Oak Park - Oak Park Farmers Market - The market is held in the Pilgrim Church Parking lot at 460 Lake St., just one block west of Ridgeland Avenue. Market hours are 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday from opening day through October.

June 19

Happy Father’s Day!!!! 

FM Chicago (Logan Square) Logan  Square Outdoor Farmers Market (Through 10/30) 10am – 3pm

FM - Chicago (Rogers Park) - Glenwood Sunday Market (weekly) - Weekly outdoor markets are held Sundays from June through October on southbound Glenwood Avenue between Lunt and Morse Avenues right next to the CTA’s Red Line Morse Stop.

June 20

FD - Chicago (Logan Square) - Farm Dinner Night Lula Cafe (weekly) 3 new courses $43 6pm

June 21

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

FM - Chicago (Streeterville) -  SOAR Farmers Market - MCA Chicago Plaza 7am – 2pm

GF - Chicago (West Loop) - Publican Quality Meat’s Burger Night: Burgers, Bourbon, Beer and competition (weekly)   BellyQ vs. Yusho

June 22

FM - Andersonville Farmers Market (Through 10/19) - 3-8pm Berwyn btwn Clark and Ashland

Chicago (Lincoln Park-Elston corridor) - The Hideout Veggie Bingo Thru 8/31 5:30pm

FM - Chicago (Lincoln Park ) - Green City Outdoor Market (weekly) 8am -1 pm The Chicago Green City Market’s Lincoln Park outdoor market is located at the south end of Lincoln Park between Clark and Stockton Drive (approximately 1817 N. Clark). Chef demo Molly Brewe Limelight Catering 10:30am – 11:30am 

GFChicago (West Town) - Big Delicious Planet Urban Farm Dinner

GF - Chicago (Wicker Park) - $10 Beer and Burger Night at The Trenchermen - (weekly) If you are reading this, yes, I am a little fixated on burgers. Number one, I think a burger is incredibly efficient nutritionally when cooked with good meat and composed well, which the Trencherman does and the follks at PQM do. The burger changes up every week here and they do take requests for ideas for future burgers.

June 23

FM - Chicago (The Loop) - Daley Plaza Farmers Market (weekly through 10/25) 7am – 3pm Washington & Dearborn Stop by and pick up Country Financial’s new market bag of the season!

June 24-26

Chicago (Logan Square)Logan Square Arts Festival

June 25

FM - Chicago (Back of the Yards) - The Plant Chicago Outdoor Market (Through 9/10, weekly)  - 10am -2pm 1400 W. 46th St.

FM - Chicago (Hyde Park/Woodlawn) - 61st Outdoor Farmers Market (weekly) -  61st and Dorchester Hours 9-2pm

GF - Chicago (Lincoln Park) - Local Foods One Year Anniversary Party Happy Birthday Local Foods!!!

FM - Chicago (Lincoln Park ) - Green City Market 8am -1 pm Edible Gardens 9:30am Necessary Noursihment: Feeding Plants for Healthy Growth and Production Chef demo Eric Mansavage Farmhouse Restaurant 10:30am – 11:30am

FM - Chicago (West Loop) - Opening Green City Market Peoria St (Thru 10/29) - 8am – 1pm 211 S. Peoria St. (S. Peoria & W. Adams, across from Mary Bartelme Park)

FM - Evanston - Downtown Evanston Farmers Market (Every Saturday through 11/5) 7:30am – 1pm Intersection of University Place and Oak Ave (behind Hilton Garden Inn, east of East Railroad Ave) The Farmers’ Market is accessible via CTA Bus #93 and runs every 25-30 minutes on Saturdays.

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

FM - Homewood - Homewood Farmers Market (Weekly thru 10/8)-  It is free and open to the public. There is ample free parking.

FM - Morton Grove - Morton Grove Farmers Market (Weekly through 10/15) 6210 Dempster St. 8am – 12pm

FM - Oak Park - Oak Park Farmers Market - The market is held in the Pilgrim Church Parking lot at 460 Lake St., just one block west of Ridgeland Avenue. Market hours are 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday from opening day through October.

Pecatonica - Openfields Farm Tour organized by Hazzard Free Farm

June 26

New!!! GFChicago (Lincoln Park)5 Summer Salads Workshop with Chef Abra Behrens at Local Foods on Willow

FM Chicago (Logan Square) Logan  Square Outdoor Farmers Market (Through 10/30) 10am – 3pm

FM - Chicago (Rogers Park) - Glenwood Sunday Market (weekly) - Weekly outdoor markets are held Sundays from June through October on southbound Glenwood Avenue between Lunt and Morse Avenues right next to the CTA’s Red Line Morse Stop.

June 27

FD - Chicago (Logan Square) - Farm Dinner Night Lula Cafe (weekly) 3 new courses $43 6pm

June 28

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

FM - Chicago (Streeterville) -  SOAR Farmers Market - MCA Chicago Plaza 7am – 2pm

GF - Chicago (West Loop) - Publican Quality Meat’s Burger Night: Burgers, Bourbon, Beer and competition (weekly)   Trencherman vs. Perennial Virant

June 29

FM - Andersonville Farmers Market (Through 10/19) - 3-8pm Berwyn btwn Clark and Ashland

Chicago (Lincoln Park-Elston corridor) - The Hideout Veggie Bingo Thru 8/31 5:30pm

FM - Chicago (Lincoln Park ) - Green City Outdoor Market (weekly) 8am -1 pm The Chicago Green City Market’s Lincoln Park outdoor market is located at the south end of Lincoln Park between Clark and Stockton Drive (approximately 1817 N. Clark). Chef demo Timothy Cottini Knife 10:30am – 11:30am 

GF - Chicago (Wicker Park) - $10 Beer and Burger Night at The Trenchermen - (weekly) If you are reading this, yes, I am a little fixated on burgers. Number one, I think a burger is incredibly efficient nutritionally when cooked with good meat and composed well, which the Trencherman does and the follks at PQM do. The burger changes up every week here and they do take requests for ideas for future burgers.

June 30

FM - Chicago (The Loop) - Daley Plaza Farmers Market (weekly through 10/25) 7am – 3pm Washington & Dearborn Stop by and pick up Country Financial’s new market bag of the season!

July 2

FM - Chicago (Back of the Yards) - The Plant Chicago Outdoor Market (Through 9/10, weekly)  - 10am -2pm 1400 W. 46th St.

FM - Chicago (Hyde Park/Woodlawn) - 61st Outdoor Farmers Market (weekly) -  61st and Dorchester Hours 9-2pm

FM - Chicago (Lincoln Park ) - Green City Market 8am -1 pm Chef demo Cameron Grant Osteria Langhe 10:30am – 11:30am

FM - Chicago (West Loop) - Green City Market Peoria St (Thru 10/29) - 8am – 1pm 211 S. Peoria St. (S. Peoria & W. Adams, across from Mary Bartelme Park)

FM - Evanston - Downtown Evanston Farmers Market (Every Saturday through 11/5) 7:30am – 1pm Intersection of University Place and Oak Ave (behind Hilton Garden Inn, east of East Railroad Ave) The Farmers’ Market is accessible via CTA Bus #93 and runs every 25-30 minutes on Saturdays.

FM - Homewood - Homewood Farmers Market (Weekly thru 10/8)-  It is free and open to the public. There is ample free parking.

FM - Morton Grove - Morton Grove Farmers Market (Weekly through 10/15) 6210 Dempster St. 8am – 12pm

FM - Oak Park - Oak Park Farmers Market - The market is held in the Pilgrim Church Parking lot at 460 Lake St., just one block west of Ridgeland Avenue. Market hours are 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday from opening day through October.

July 3

FM Chicago (Logan Square) Logan  Square Outdoor Farmers Market (Through 10/30) 10am – 3pm

FM - Chicago (Rogers Park) - Glenwood Sunday Market (weekly) - Weekly outdoor markets are held Sundays from June through October on southbound Glenwood Avenue between Lunt and Morse Avenues right next to the CTA’s Red Line Morse Stop.

July 4

Happy 4th!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

FD - Chicago (Logan Square) - Farm Dinner Night Lula Cafe (weekly) 3 new courses $43 6pm

July 5

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

FM - Chicago (Streeterville) -  SOAR Farmers Market - MCA Chicago Plaza 7am – 2pm

GF - Chicago (West Loop) - Publican Quality Meat’s Burger Night: Burgers, Bourbon, Beer and competition (weekly)   Alinea vs. Next

July 6

FM - Andersonville Farmers Market (Through 10/19) - 3-8pm Berwyn btwn Clark and Ashland

Chicago (Lincoln Park-Elston corridor) - The Hideout Veggie Bingo Thru 8/31 5:30pm

FM - Chicago (Lincoln Park ) - Green City Outdoor Market (weekly) 8am -1 pm The Chicago Green City Market’s Lincoln Park outdoor market is located at the south end of Lincoln Park between Clark and Stockton Drive (approximately 1817 N. Clark). Chef demo Nick Sutton Food For Thought Catering 10:30am – 11:30am 

GF - Chicago (Wicker Park) - $10 Beer and Burger Night at The Trenchermen - (weekly) If you are reading this, yes, I am a little fixated on burgers. Number one, I think a burger is incredibly efficient nutritionally when cooked with good meat and composed well, which the Trencherman does and the follks at PQM do. The burger changes up every week here and they do take requests for ideas for future burgers.

July 7

FM - Chicago (The Loop) - Daley Plaza Farmers Market (weekly through 10/25) 7am – 3pm Washington & Dearborn Stop by and pick up Country Financial’s new market bag of the season!

July 13

GF - Chicago (West Town) - Big Delicious Planet Urban Farm Dinner

Chicago (Lincoln Park-Elston corridor) - The Hideout Veggie Bingo Thru 8/31 5:30pm

July 14

Chicago (Lincoln Park)Sweet Meets Savory – Dinner at Stock Cafe – Local Foods with Katherine Anne Confections

July 15 – 17

ChicagoWINDY CITY SMOKEOUT

July 16

FDChampaignFarm Dinner at Prairie Fruit Farms with Sunday Dinner Club Big Steak – Texas-Inspired Sold-out but you can put your name on the wait-list or go to SDC’s brunch at Prairie Fruit tomorrow! 

FD – Fairbury – Slagel Family Farm Tour & Dinner with Three Aces, Charlatan, Bedford and Bucks (Transportation to/from Chicago optional) Featuring Guest Chefs Matt Troost & Mike Galen

July 17

FB  - ChampaignBrunch at Prairie Fruit Farm Big Steak Texas Brunch

July 19

New!!! Chicago (Lincoln Park)The Perfect Two Person Roast Chicken Dinner with Chef Abra Behrens at Local Foods Willow

July 21

GFChicago (Lincoln Park) - Green City Market Chef’s BBQ

July 23

New!!! GF -Chicago (Lincoln Park)Cook a Whole Meal on the GrillCook with Butcher Rob Levitt Local Foods on Willow

FD - StelleFarm Dinner & Tour at Mint Creek Farm with Chef Greg Biggers Cafe des Architectes

July 28

GF - ChicagoAngelics Organics Peak Harvest Dinner Honoring Rick Bayless and Deann Groen Bayless of Frontera Farm Foundation - Galleria Marchetti

August 9

FDChicagoOTIF dinner at City Farm with Abe Conlon of Fat Rice

August 10

FDChicago - OTIF dinner at City Farm with Sarah Gruenberg of Monteverde

August 13

 FD - Fairbury - Slagel Family Farm Tour & Dinner with Big Star, Bien Trucha & Antique Taco

August 27

FD - ChampaignPrairie Fruit Farms Dinner with Chef de Cuisine Vie Restaurant Dan Compton Southern Soul

August 31

GFChicago (Lincoln Park)Beef Shank on the GrillCook with Butcher Rob Levitt at Local Foods on Willow

September 14

GF - Chicago (Lincoln Park) - Sausage Making 101 –  Cook with Butcher Rob Levitt at Local Foods on Willow

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

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