The Local Calendar 10/15/14 Huckleberry, Graze Golden Delicious, Food Swap, The Northman Pop-Up, Fund A Farmer, Green Pumpkins, A Mostly Veggie Affair

Posted: October 15, 2014 at 10:06 am


The corn pictured above is pretty a-maizing and can be found on the tables of Nichols Farms at the Green City, Division Street, MCA and Daley Plaza market to name a few. The colors are real and the variety is called glass gem, some call it stained glass or Indian corn. “Glass Gem corn is a stunning variety selected by Carl Barnes, a part-Cherokee farmer and breeder, from several traditional corn varieties. This variety was entrusted to Native Seeds/SEARCH by one of his students, Greg Schoen.  A non-profit organization, Native Seeds/SEARCH conserves, distributes and documents the adapted and diverse varieties of agricultural seeds, their wild relatives and the role these seeds play in cultures of the American Southwest and northwest Mexico.  Glass Gem corn produces a diversity of gorgeous translucent, jewel-colored ears, each one unique. A type of flint corn, the kernels may be ground into cornmeal or popped.”(From the Glass Gem Corn facebook page) Chicago may be named after the ramp, or wild onion, but we are the land of beets aka beetroot. There are plenty of beautiful beets on the farmers market tables! From a reliable source, I heard that many of the Black Hawks are crazy about beet juice, it is one of their nutritional weapons to enhance their endurance on the ice.

Alas, winter is coming and Green City Market moves indoors to the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum on Saturday November 1.We have moved into the produce of fall: apples, squash, sweet potatoes, beets, pumpkins, onions, turnips, and the “prehistoric” looking vegetables, celery root, rutabagas, sun chokes and the “squash on steroids” gourds.

Now on to this week and the weeks ahead: tonight the WBEZ 7th Annual Chef’s Battle at Kendall College, Thursday Huckleberry at Floriolethe Graze Magazine Issue 6 Golden Delicious Release Party on Saturday, The Northman Pop-Up 10/20, Fund A Farmer at Uncommon Ground Devon 10/22, Green Pumpkin Gala 10/23 and 11/13, the always super creative A Mostly Veggie Affair supporting the Green City Market.

                                                                      The Week’s Local Calendar and Beyond

October 15

Chicago - Chicago Ideas Week Food The Path To Your Plate - 12pm – 1:30pm Presented by Edelman

ChicagoWBEZ 7th Annual Chicago Chef Battle - 6pm Kendall College You have a chance to check out Chef Chrissy Camba’s dumplings that will be featured at her up and coming Maddy’s Dumpling House.

ChicagoEataly Wine Around: A Walkaround Tasting With 40 Select Italian Producers 6-10pm

FM – Chicago (Lincoln Park) - Green City Market - 7am – 1pm  For anyone who has the time, visiting the market on a Wednesday is a luxury!!!!!! Chef demonstration 10:30am-11:30am Christine Cikowski and Joshua Kulp Honey Buttered Fried Chicken 

October 16

Chicago(Lincoln Park)- Huckleberry Cookbook Dinner with Zoe Nathan 7-10pm Floriole Cafe and Bakery 7-10pm

FMEli’s & Wright College’s Farmers Market 7-1pm

FM – Chicago - Daley Plaza Farmers Market (Through Oct. 30) 7am-3pm Katherine Ann ConfectionsNichols FarmsRiver Valley Kitchens and more.

FM – Chicago (Uptown) - Uptown Farmers Market at Weiss Memorial Hospital - 7am – 1pm (Through Oct) 4646 N. Marine Drive

October 18

Chicago (Lakeview) - Graze Issue 6 Golden Delicious Release Party – 8pm – 11pm Lincoln & Southport

FM – Chicago (Lincoln Park) -  Green City Market 7am – 1pm Right across from the Hotel Lincoln  Chef demonstration 10:30am – 11:30am Chef Ina Pinkney

Chicago(Lincoln Park)Edible Gardens - Workshop at the Edible Gardens Time to Hit the Hay: Putting the Garden to Bed – 9:30am – 10:30am Bundle up and join us as we put the Edible Gardens to rest for the winter.  We’ll pull the remainder of our plants, lay hay, compost, and tidy our rows.  We will also save seed for next year’s garden, focusing on dried beans and flower seeds.  Please bring pruners if you have them. WORKSHOPS ARE BY RSVP ONLY.  To RSVP please email and specify which workshops you will attend.  Space is limited.

FMChicago (West Loop) Green City Market Fulton St. Market is located at 222 N. Halsted, on the southwest corner of Halsted and Fulton.  Parking is available along Halsted and in the lot on the southeast corner of Fulton and Halsted

FM – Chicago(Hyde Park/Woodlawn) - 61st Farmers Market ( Through 12/13, goes indoors as of Nov.) 9am – 2pm

Chicago - Growing Power Iron Street Farm Stand - 10am – 3pm 3333 South Iron St. Pick up your salad greens and they are selling at select Walgreens on the south and west sides!!

FM – Elgin - Market Elgin - 9am -1pm 800 North State St.

FM - Evanston - Downtown Evanston Market - (Through 11/8) 7:30am – 1pm Located Intersection of University Place and Oak Ave. (behind Hilton Garden Inn, east of East Railroad Ave.)

FM – La Fox – Heritage Prairie Saturday Farmer’s Market  9am – 1pm 2N308 Brundige Road

FM - Oak Park – Oak Park Farmers Market (through 11/1) - 7am – 1pm 460 Lake St.

October 19

Chicago(Edgewater) - Chicago Food Swap2pm Fearless Food Kitchen Broadway Armory Fieldhouse 2nd floor 5917 N. Broadway

Chicago(Lincoln Park) - Sunday Supper at Floriole Cafe and Bakery  Onion Soup, Coq Au Vin, Tarte Tartin, alas SOLD OUT

FM – Chicago (Pilsen) - The Pilsen Community Market  9-3pm 18th and Halsted

FM – Chicago (Logan Square) - Logan Square Outdoor  Market  (Through 10/26) 10am–3pm

October 20

Chicago(Avondale)The Northman Pop-Up Dinner Series - 7pm Influences of England & Spain Join The Northman as they journey through cider and dishes influenced by England and Spain.  Chef Cleetus Friedman will be joined by The Northman’s Cider Director Brian Rutzen and the rest of the crew for two days of menu testing and overall spreading the gospel of the first cider pub in Chicago. The focus for these dinners will be on ciders of English and Spanish origin.

October 21

FM – Chicago - MCA Farmers Market - 7am – 3pm Downtown at the MCA (Every Tuesday through Oct. 28)


October 22

Chicago(Edgewater)FACT’s 4th Annual Fund A Farmer Uncommon Ground Devon - At the party, you can enter their raffle, bid on unique online auction items, nosh on locally sourced bites, listen to live bluegrass by The Lantern Kickers, and meet Carole Morison, a Fund-a-Farmer grantee and farmer featured in the acclaimed documentary Food, Inc.  Tickets are $25 and include two drinks and light appetizers. They hope to see you there!

October 23

Chicago(Lakeview) - Green Chicago Restaurant Coalitions Green Pumpkin Gala – 6-9:30pm Greenhouse Loft 2545 W. Diversey

October 25

Champaign – Prairie Fruit Farms O”Best of the Harvest:” Chef Paul Virant, Perennial Virant and Vie Restaurant—Chicago and Western Springs, Illinois  Paul Virant has been at the forefront of the farm to table movement in the Midwest, and we’re honored to welcome him back to our farm for his fifth farm dinner season.

October 29

Chicago(Andersonville) - Cantina de la Granja Fundraiser for the Green City Market 6:30pm at The Wooden Spoon – 5047 N. Clark St.

November 1

Chicago(Lincoln Park)-  The Green City Market starts their indoor season at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

November 8

Champaign - Prairie Fruit Farms “Autumnal Bliss:” Chef Bruce Sherman from North Pond Restaurant, Chicago, IL Chef Bruce Sherman has been a long-time supporter of Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery.  He’s bringing former chef and current farmer, Tracey Vowell (former chef at Frontera Grill and current owner of Three Sisters Garden in Kankakee) to craft a delicious, autumnal meal.  His farmer-inspired food is pleasing to the eye AND the palate, and we’re excited to have him here.  

November 7-9

Milwaukee, WI - A Conversation with Will Allen and Michael Pollan

Milwaukee, WIGrowing Home’s National-International Urban & Small Farms Conference - Growing Power is proud to announce another inspiring conference with workshops that will focus on the 2014 theme “Building a Fair Food Economy to Grow Healthy People”. This conference will showcase the best practices and principles in sustainable agriculture and the innovations underway that will grow a healthier tomorrow. Conference workshops will be innovative and multidisciplinary facilitated by growers who are currently operating urban and small farms, as well as those who are working in areas that support this emerging area of agriculture and local economic development. These workshops are intended to enhance the skills and broaden the perspective of participants.

November 8

Chicago(Riverwest)RAMENFEST - 12pm BellyQ Owner and Executive Chef Bill Kim is gathering chefs from around the city  both ramen experts and novices  to prepare their culinary interpretations of the classic dish. Twenty chefs will try their hand at ramen for the event.   A portion of all proceeds from the event and silent auction will benefit Common Threads, a non-profit charity founded by Chicago Chef Art Smith that focuses on educating children about different cultures through food and art.

November 9

Chicago(Lincoln Park) - Middlewest Talks:Dorie Greenspan Cookies and Conversation with a Baking Legend 7-9pm Floriole Cafe and Bakery 1220 West Webster

November 13

Chicago – A Mostly Vegetarian Affair Cheat On Meat or Go Whole Beast – 7-10pm Chop Shop & First Ward Events 2033 W. North Ave.  the Green City Market Junior Board will present its ever-so-local and seasonal fall fundraiser.Throughout the evening, guests will enjoy a walk-around stationed tasting, featuring local chefs’ all-vegetable dishes made with Green City Market vendor produce. Complimenting the array of delicious vegetarian fare, Junior Board member chefs Jared Batson, Scott Manley and Eric Mansavage will also prepare three whole pigs “Three Little Pigs-style,” incorporating straw, wood and bricks both in their cooking methods and for creative inspiration. With all the great local food on offer, attendees will be able to Cheat on Meat or Go Whole Beast!

November 18-20

Chicago – The Chicago Food Film Festival - This event sells out, is always crazy, inventive and tons of fun!!

Need more info on urban ag, gardens, plants, farmers markets, local food, these organizations are good resources for you to bookmark and utilize:  Illinois Stewardship AllianceAdvocates for Urban AgricultureThe Plant ChicagoAngelics Organics Learning CenterWeFarmAmericaThe Peterson Garden Project and The Talking Farm.

November 22

ChampaignPrairie Fruits FarmThe Un-thanksgiving Meal: Our Grandmothers’ Kitchens The colder weather has us pining for our grandmothers’ cooking.  For this menu, we’re travelling back across the Atlantic Ocean to the “Old Country” for some eastern European and German food traditions.  Expect peiroges, pickles, borscht, spaetzle, goulash and more.  We most definitely WON’T be serving turkey!  

December 5

Chicago – Feed Your Mind 2nd Annual Gala Benefit For Pilot Light - Pilot Light welcomes our friends and supporters to gather and enjoy our Feed Your Mind event at the Chicago Cultural Center!  The special evening will feature chef tastings, silent and live auctions, and great music!  Join us at Feed Your Mind to support Pilot Light’s work in Chicago schools to empower children with a healthy relationship with food.

December 6

Champaign – Prairie Fruits FarmWinter Holiday & Solstice Dinner It’s cold outside, but enter the Prairie Fruits Farm Dining Room inside our barn and you’re enveloped in wood stove warmth.  We like to create a festive atmosphere to get everyone in the winter holiday spirit: lots of small plates loaded with comforting holiday foods, warming beverages and great conversations around the communal table.  This dinner brings an end to our farm dinner season and eases us into winter slumber.  We will also have some great farm products available for holiday gift giving.

North Side/North Shore 2011-2012 Winter Farmers Markets

Posted: November 20, 2011 at 1:35 pm

Think that the farmers market season is over? Think again – several markets on the far north side of Chicago and its northern suburbs will be at your service.  While some are a limited-time-only opportunity, there are a few that will be available all winter, and right through spring, something for which we can be truly thankful this coming holiday weekend.

The contenders:

-  Andersonville Winter Farmers Market
Ebenezer Lutheran Church, 1650 W Foster Ave., Chicago; Sunday, 11:30am – 3:30 PM, starting 11/20

This market will be held monthly, on the third Sunday of every month.  Vendors will include Brunkow cheese and River Valley Ranch mushrooms from Wisconsin, Bennison’s Breads from Evanston, and many others.  Bonus convenience factor: the AWFM takes credit and debit cards, as well as LINK cards.

-  Evanston Winter Market
Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd, Evanston; Saturday, 9:00AM – 1:00PM, starting 12/3 (no market on 12/24 and 12/31)

The North Shore’s new contribution to the farmers market scene should quickly become a weekly staple, as it will have an easily accessible location and a number of well-known vendors.   Participants will include vendors from Wisconsin, Illinois, and Michigan, including Henry’s Farm, Tiny Greens, Sunnydale Farm, Tomato Mountain, River Valley Ranch, Brunkow Cheese, Michigan Blueberries, C & D Family Farms, Patz Honey, Defloured, Pasta Puttana, Passion House Coffee, Ruth & Phil’s Ice Cream, De La Rue Patisserie and Foodie Bites – and the bread made by Dennis Carlson, who is not only the proprietor/bread maker of Crust&Crumb,  but also the driving force behind the formation of this ambitious new venture.

-  Morton Grove Winter Market
American Legion Memorial Civic Center, 6140 Dempster St., Morton Grove; Saturday 12/3 ONLY, 9:00AM – 2:00PM

This market is a single event, and will feature holiday gifts and decorations, as well as fresh fruits and veggies, baked goods, cheeses, meat and eggs, and freshly-made crepes.  Live entertainment and children’s crafts should make this a festive day.

-  Glenwood Sunday Winter Market (Rogers Park)
6956 N. Glenwood, Chicago; Sunday 11/20 and 12/11 ONLY, 9:00AM – 2:00PM

The Glenwood market is targeted toward holiday feasting and shopping, with its specific pre-Thanksgiving and pre-Christmas/Chanukah dates. The market is featuring two vendors who raise and sell free-range organically fed turkeys, Mint Creek Farm and Midnight Sun, and both will be taking holiday orders.  In tune with the culture of Rogers Park, the market emphasizes organically-grown local products, and caters to vegetarians – even locally-made tofu will be available.  With the offerings including rainbow chard, kale, cabbage, carrots, turnips, apples, pears, cider, and cheese, as well as lamb, chicken, and beef for non-turkey enthusiasts,  locavores will be able to set a festive and bountiful holiday table.

Also keep in mind the troupers of the Lincoln Square outdoor market, which will hold its final outdoor market for 2011 on Tuesday, 11/22, from 7:00 AM  – 1:00 PM.  While not all of the summer vendors will be available, due to the limited  seasonality of their wares,  the bounty of the harvest will be on sale – late-season fruits, root vegetables and hardy squash, baked goods, mushrooms, and meat.   Pay them a visit if you can, and wish the farmers and vendors happy holidays!

Panel on Ecojustice Awareness, Sunday 5/15

Posted: May 13, 2011 at 1:11 pm

If you haven’t noticed, I haven’t posted in quite a while. Everyday life, work, having my first child…all of those took priority over the last few months.

During the last year I was also Chair of the Care of Creation Committee at Fourth Presbyterian Church. We are dedicated to environmental issues and have been involved with the Chicago Lights Urban Farm (who works in collaboration with Growing Power).

This Sunday, May 15 at 12:30 pm, our committee is hosting a special panel on ecojustice awareness. The event will be held on the 19th Floor of the Olympia Centre at 737 N Michigan Avenue (enter on Chicago Avenue). During this event a panel of speakers will speak about issues on ecojustice and then we will open up the floor for questions. Our panel of speakers are:

  • Dr. Rebecca Martusewicz – Founder, The Center for Ecojustice Education/Eastern Michigan University
  • Keith Harley – Director of Environmental Law Program, Chicago Legal Clinic/Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • Rev. Dr. Claire Butterfield – Director, Faith in Place

Local food production definitely has ecojustice implications. For example, the City Farm Chicago and Chicago Lights Urban Farm both provide opportunities for under-developed neighborhoods in the form of employment and access to cheap, nutritious food.

We hope that you can join us for this event!

Locavore Dinner + Ingredients film screening at Kitchen Chicago (Sunday, 22 May)

Posted: May 10, 2011 at 11:25 am

On Sunday evening May 22nd, I’ll host my next Local Food Wisdom Locavore Dinner which includes a screening of the new documentary, Ingredients.  The Chicago debut of the film in February drew a standing room only crowd of 75 people (on mayoral election night, no less) so it’s obvious that many Windy City residents are eager to learn more about our local food system and actively participate in the emerging Good Food Revolution.  I’m pleased that the owners of Kitchen Chicago have enthusiastically offered to host the event, which includes: a 4-course dinner menu designed by Chef Derrick Wcislak of Pure Kitchen Catering, the film (presented during the meal) and an informal Q&A session with guest farmers and a chef or two (to be announced).  Here is the menu, featuring many ingredients (pending availability) sourced from local farms:

One: Chicken ballotine, fried chicken skin, marinated favas and carrots, dill (plated)

Two: Baby lettuce, sweet peas, shaved radish, goat cheddar, buttermilk dressing, wood-grilled pizza crust (family-style)

: Roasted leg of lamb, tarragon rub, jus with butter-poached new potatoes, arugula, pickled red onion, black pepper crème fraîche, wood-grilled asparagus, crispy spring onion, Parmesan (family-style)

Four: Chocolate churros, macerated strawberries, bourbon-mint sabayon (plated)

Ingredients: The Local Food Movement Takes Root

During the past year, I’ve been privileged to work with several chefs while planning and presenting Locavore Dinners at the Hopleaf, StarGrazer Café (Grayslake, IL), mk, Sunday Dinner, In Fine Spirits and Logan Square Kitchen. During those events, we’ve enjoyed guest appearances by some of the farm families who faithfully produce our food, including: Matt and Peg Sheaffer & Jeff and Jen Miller of Sandhill Organics (Grayslake, IL), Mike Klug and family of Mick Klug Farms (St. Joseph, MI), Harry and Gwen Car of Mint Creek Farm (Stelle, IL), Joel and Cheri Espe of Hawks Hill Elk Ranch (Monticello, WI) and Beth and Brent Eccles of Green Acres Farm (North Judson, IN). The enduring goal of the Locavore Dinners is to gather farmers, chefs and consumers, enhance our appreciation for sustainable food production and cultivate our “local food wisdom”, one meal at a time.

If you are unable to join us for the dinner and film, please share this post with a friend, colleague or neighbor and invite them to purchase a ticket ($65/$75) before midnight on Tuesday, May 17th. More details about the event are available on the Local Food Wisdom blog. Thanks for your help in sharin’ the word about this celebration of local food and the good people who produce and prepare it. =)

City Provisions June Supper Club Farm Dinner

Posted: May 15, 2009 at 8:37 am

From City Provisions:

This Month’s Farm Dinner Supper Club Theme is Summer Beers and BBQ. The $125 ticket includes transportation to and From Faith’s Farm in Bonfield IL in a Biodiesel bus, a 5-course meal featuring farm-fresh foods paired with beers from Two Brothers Brewing Company, a tour of the farm, hay ride and bonfire with more tasty beers from Two Brothers. This is truly a farm-to-table experience not to be missed.

Call 773.293.2489 or email to make your reservation today. our website:

Go Green Day – Oak Park Farmer’s Market

Posted: May 14, 2009 at 11:00 am

In addition to our Local Beet “Beet-up”, there is an array of events at the Oak Park Farmer’s Market on May 30. From one of the Market Commissioners:

Go Green Day…the 1st of its kind offered thru the special event committee of the OPFM will be May 30 from 9-11:30. The emphasis will be on “friendly and hands on” as the market attracts a huge array of interests including little ones who won’t have to keep their hands to themselves!

We will host the Accesstrans’ Bike Ambassador, Let it Rain will show case their Rainbarrles and compost bins alongside Cheney mansions own Charlie the gardener, who will give us the keys to successful composting. The wave of your motoring future- Electric cars-can be viewed- sponsored by the Fox Valley Electric Car Association-a local non-for prof org. The Friends and Commisioners of the OPFM will demonstrate best uses for some commonly found containers at our Innovation Station. Seven Generations Ahead along with their elementary school partners will tell one and all about the villages partnership in the 0 waste initiative. And no event- especially our market would be complete wiothout Food Demos- Chef Ron Martin of the Cheney Mansion will be whipping up fresh salsa featuring locally grown, and Melissa Graham from Purple Asparagus will be busy with hands on demos for the kids.

Lastly as part of our support for Op’s Urban Gardening Initiative, Master Gardeners will kick off this season with a Q and A booth, which might continue at the market through-out the summer!

Beet-Up with Us, May 30; Oak Park Farmer’s Market

Posted: May 13, 2009 at 10:00 pm

I have come to realize that perhaps Evanston’s is a better market, but Oak Park remains my home and my home market and my favorite market.  It is not just donuts but its a buyers market.  The farmers come prepared.  We have come prepared.  May 30 (a Saturday), we are holding our first ever Beet-Up; i.e., a meet up for fans of local foods.  May 30 is also Go Green Day at the Oak Park Farmer’s Market, and we are especially proud that the Sustainable Cook, Melissa Graham, will be leading child friendly activities from 9 until 11:30.

What else goes on at a Beet-up you ask?  Well, honestly, we are not quite sure as we have never gone to one either.  Our basic idea is that we will shop together, listen to the farmers talk together, compare notes on rhubarb and asparagus together, maybe have some coffee and donuts together.  When we tire of our company, we can always check out the blue grass musicians.  And play with the kids with Melissa.  At around 11:30, we will leave the market and go to lunch at Marion Street Cheese Market in Oak Park.  If you cannot meet-up at the market, you can still meet for lunch.  You are free to come to the market as early as 7 AM, but expect to meet me and others (aside from Melissa) starting at around 10:30).

Feel free to ask questions and otherwise discuss.

The Oak Park Market is on Lake Street between Elmwood and Scoville.  Details here.

Marion St. Cheese Market is at 100 S. Marion, Oak Park, IL

*Note, while it is possible to walk from the market to Marion St. Cheese, it is not a short walk.  Also, the Oak Park market is very accessible to the Green Line El.  Ample parking available for the market.



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Swan Creek Benefit Dinner

Posted: May 12, 2009 at 8:10 am

George Rasmussen of Michigan’s Swan Creek Farm supplies pigs, chickens and other animals to the best connected chefs in the Chicago area.  He can get his hands on some awesome wild boar.  His goose is pretty special as well.  A few weeks ago, he was on his way to make a meat run when his truck suffered a bad fire.  That night, chefs scrambled to have food to serve.  They managed, and then soon scrambled to do something special for George.  With the help of publisist extraordinaire Ellen Malloy, they organized a dinner to benefit George and Swan Creek Farm.  Please join us in supporting this event on May 20 at Goose Island, 7 PM.  $100/per person.  Call for reservations. 312.951.0071.

For details, go to Mado to pick up a flier or see what it looks like here.

Volunteer for Green Fest w/Purple Asparagus

Posted: May 11, 2009 at 1:50 pm

Purple Asparagus is participating in this year’s Green Festival at Navy Pier, May 16 and 17. In the Organic Valley Green Kids’ Zone, we’ll be making “salad in a jar.” With an anticipated 35,000 participants at the festival, we’ll need lots of extra hands.

In exchange for volunteering, admission to this wonderful festival is free. At the event, you’ll enjoy 125 visionary authors, leaders and educators, how-to workshops, organic beer and wine, delicious vegetarian cuisine and live music. There will be over 300 eco-friendly exhibits, everything from all-natural body care to green building supplies. It promises to be a great time for all.

If you would like to volunteer, please contact us at or at 773-991-1920 (ask for Melissa). We’re looking for volunteers from 9:30-5 on Saturday and from 10:30-5 on Sunday.

If you can’t join us next weekend, please consider volunteering with us June 29-July 2 when we’ll be at Taste of Chicago in the Family Fun Festival.

Volunteer for Green Fest w/Purple Asparagus

Posted: May 11, 2009 at 1:47 pm

Purple Asparagus is participating in this year’s Green Festival at Navy Pier, May 16 and 17. In the Organic Valley Green Kids’ Zone, we’ll be making “salad in a jar.” With an anticipated 35,000 participants at the festival, we’ll need lots of extra hands.

In exchange for volunteering, admission to this wonderful festival is free. At the event, you’ll enjoy 125 visionary authors, leaders and educators, how-to workshops, organic beer and wine, delicious vegetarian cuisine and live music. There will be over 300 eco-friendly exhibits, everything from all-natural body care to green building supplies. It promises to be a great time for all.

If you would like to volunteer, please contact us at or at 773-991-1920 (ask for Melissa). We’re looking for volunteers from 9:30-5 on Saturday and from 10:30-5 on Sunday.

If you can’t join us next weekend, please consider volunteering with us June 29-July 2 when we’ll be at Taste of Chicago in the Family Fun Festival.

GGM Local Cooking Class

Posted: April 13, 2009 at 9:03 am

If you’ve been challenged by how to use fresh, seasonal, locally grown foods in your menu throughout the year, the Geneva Green Market has the solution in their new class, “Look at What’s Local for Dinner!” Taught by expert Jennifer Downing of “Nourish,” this class draws its inspiration from the seasonal produce cookbook by Jeanne Kelly, “Blue Eggs and Yellow Tomatoes,” which is available locally at Townhouse Books in St. Charles. During the class, a drawing will be held for a $10 gift certificate courtesy of Townhouse Books in St. Charles, so foodies can use recipes from this cookbook throughout the year.

Event Details:
• When: April 28, 2009 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
• Where: Inglenook Pantry, 11 N. Fifth Street, Geneva, IL 60134
• Cost: GGM NFP members – $45 per person / Non-GGM NFP members, $55 per person
• RSVP: Karen Stark at or call (630) 208.9321.

To learn more about The Geneva Green Market and membership to the GGM NFP, please visit

A Parent/Child Sustainable Sushi Class

Posted: April 10, 2009 at 2:51 pm

Fishy Fun

In partnership with the Shedd Aquarium and Plitt Seafood, Purple Asparagus presents a sustainable sushi making class for parents and children in the Shedd’s Lobster Lab. On Sunday May 31, 2009, from 4-6pm, join us at the Shedd to roll our own sushi using sustainably caught and raised seafood. Seafood that is as good for the earth as it tastes. On hand will be a Shedd employee who will talk about the importance of sustainability in the aquatic world. $20.00 per adult, $5.00 per child. Adult and child beverages are included in the price. Families who arrive an hour early will receive free admission to the Aquarium.

Shedd Aquarium
1200 S Lake Shore Dr
Chicago, IL

Kids Composting Class

Posted: April 10, 2009 at 2:48 pm

Garbage to Garden

Urban Worm Girl, Stephanie Davies, will show
parents and kids how to transform their garbage into nutrient-rich compost for a garden or
houseplants. We’ll read Tim Magner’s Earl the Earthworm Digs for His Life to learn about the
important role that worms perform for the soil. Finally, with Purple Asparagus‘ head spear, Melissa Graham, we’ll use some of this black gold to grow an herb seedling.

$10.00 for a parent-child team. Space is extremely limited. Please RSVP to A Cooler Planet at 773-248-

A Cooler Planet
2211 West Roscoe
Chicago, IL

Geneva Green Market Seeding Class

Posted: March 19, 2009 at 7:16 pm

The kick off workshop series brought to you by the GGM, NFP membership.

Start a Seedy Relationship with your yard! Thinking about planting a garden, we are here to help you. The GGM, NFP membership is launching a series of courses to help you in gardening, health and living a little greener. All ages’ welcome!

The first workshop:
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Inglenook Pantry, 11 North Fifth Street, Geneva Il 60134
Cost with materials $35 non-members, $25 members

Expert; Craig MacLean from The Pure Gardener

Get a jump-start on the gardening season! Save money by starting your own vegetables or flowers. The GGM, NFP is offering a workshop on how to start seeds indoors, how to buy supplies to transplanting out into your garden. You will have seeds planted and knowledge on how to be transplanted in the ground. Working with vegetable and flower seed.
You will receive seed starting supplies and will take home starts and seeds planted in the workshop. If you have seeds bring them, but seeds will be provided also. Craig MacLean , The Pure Gardener 502 W State St, Geneva IL. is also talking about sprout, onions, and garlic.

Please register at info [at] genevagreenmarket [dot] org, by sending your name and contact info or call 630.208.9321.

Winter Market, Sunday at the Farm, Palos Park

Posted: March 19, 2009 at 6:59 am

Sun., Mar. 22 ~ 12noon to 4pm
The Center

12700 Southwest Hwy.
Palos Park, IL  60464
The Children’s Farm at The Center (on the East side of Southwest Hwy) provides the perfect venue for an afternoon market.  Shop the market, enjoy a lunch or early supper of soup, salad, and sandwich, and mosy over to the farm to visit the lambs, kids, bunnies, and other new residents of the barn on this 65-acre suburban farm.

What You’ll Find at the Martket:
  • New!  Green tomatoes
  • Grass-fed & grain-fed beef
  • Pastured pork
  • Free-range poultry
  • Free-range eggs
  • Fresh mushrooms
  • Organic lettuce, kale & chard
  • Milled flours & wheatberries
  • Popcorn & corn meal
  • Goats’ milk soap for people & pets
  • Onions & shallots
  • Dips & spreads
  • Shoots & micro-greens
  • Infused vinegars & dried herb blends
  • Sweet basil vinaigrette
  • Hand-dyed yarns
  • Yogurt 
  • Spa & beauty products made with home-grown herbs
  • Honey & beeswax candles
  • Farm kitchen goodies, both savory & sweet
  • Apple cider
  • Organic blue corn tortilla chips
  • Salsas, sauces & soups
  • Preserves
  • Pickled vegetables
  • Cheese & cheese curds
  • Fruit tarts, croissants, baguettes & pastries
  • Fair trade olive oil
  • Fair trade coffee
  • Cookbooks
  • CSA subscriptions 
  • Info about on-farm classes & summer camps 
  • Reusable shopping bags
      . . . and much more!  

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Saturday Winter Market, Beverly Thursday, March 19th, 2009
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Winter Market – Saturday – Chicago/Andersonville Wednesday, March 11th, 2009
Friday Afternoon Winter Market – Oak Park Wednesday, March 11th, 2009
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Growing Power’s Erika Allen Speaks in Oak Park Sunday, March 1st, 2009
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Winter Farmer’s Market – Sunday – DeKalb Thursday, February 26th, 2009
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Soup and Bread Monday, February 23rd, 2009
Meeting of Advocates for Urban Agriculture Friday, February 20th, 2009
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Mac n’ Cheese SMACKDOWN Featuring Local Beet Contributor KennyZ Wednesday, February 11th, 2009
Purple Aspraragus Family Dinner – Tampopo Wednesday, February 11th, 2009
Winter Market – Sunday – Downer’s Grove Wednesday, February 11th, 2009
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Winter Market – Glen Ellyn Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009
Winter Market – St. Bens Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009
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Hull House Kitchen’s Rethinking Soup Monday, January 12th, 2009
Green Community Center – Winter Lecture Series – Locally Grown Foods in the Winter Monday, January 12th, 2009
Winter Farmers Market & Cafe ~ Deerfield Tuesday, January 6th, 2009
Winter Market – Chicago/Northcenter Tuesday, January 6th, 2009
Sunday Winter Market – Elgin Wednesday, December 10th, 2008
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Slow Food Chicago – A Book Reading with Chef/Author Kurt Friese Tuesday, December 9th, 2008
Winter Market – Sunday – Andersonville Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008
Winter Market – Saturday – St. Bens Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008
Slow Food Holiday Pot Luck Monday, December 1st, 2008
Farmers Market this Saturday ~ Oak Park Tuesday, November 25th, 2008
Winter Market – Chicago / West Loop Gate Tuesday, November 11th, 2008
Seven Generations Ahead – A Taste of the Seasons Tuesday, November 11th, 2008
Geneva Green Market – Thanksgiving Festival Wednesday, November 5th, 2008
2 Area Winter Markets – Nov 8 & 9 Tuesday, November 4th, 2008
FamilyFarmed Expo Monday, November 3rd, 2008
Green Grocer: Chef Demonstration Monday, November 3rd, 2008
Film Screening: “Garbage: The Revolution Starts At Home” Monday, August 18th, 2008
Goose Island Beer Dinner at Vie Thursday, August 7th, 2008
Seven Generations Ahead Event: Local Craft Beers Thursday, August 7th, 2008
Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurship Lecture: John Caveny Wednesday, July 30th, 2008