The Local Calendar 2/12/16 Urban Livestock Expo, Cider Summit 2/27, 61st Market and Logan Square

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Posted: February 12, 2016 at 3:33 pm

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Tis the season to make kimchi, the winter markets have an abundance of radishes. It may be February but there it is plenty to keep you busy like the Advocates for Urban Agriculture 4th Annual Urban Livestock Expo at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences Saturday Feb. 27th or you can learn about and taste artisanal ciders at the Cider Summit Chicago at Navy Pier the same day. The Peterson Garden Project continues to offer a wide range of classes to give you the tools and tips for a backyard garden and then cooking classes on how to get the most out of your produce. Their 7th Annual Seed Swap is March 6th.  Family Farmed is back with the Good Food Festival and Conference March 24-26. 

Newsflash, Vicky Westerhoff of Genesis Growers is trying to raise funds to buy more land, help her here!! Bunny The Micro Bakery and Wunder-Pop the place for all things hyper-local, foraged and preserved, have all sorts of classes, bread making, pasta and dinner pop-ups on their calendar, check it all out here.

The 61st Street Winter Market has a big lineup of farmers and food vendors, Faith In Place has a market in Arlington Heights and the Evanston Ecology Center as well as Immanuel Lutheran Church have winter markets tomorrow. Stay warm and look it only 2 months until ramp season and 3 months until the outdoor markets open. Here is the month ahead:

The Local Month Ahead

February 13

FMArlington Heights - Faith In Place Winter Farmers Market – Our Savior’s Lutheran Church

FM - Chicago (Hyde Park/Woodlawn) - Experimental Station Indoor Farmers Market (3/12, 4/9)- 9am – 2pm 6100 S. Blackstone

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

February 14

Happy Valentines!!!

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

February 15

President’s Day

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.

February 17

Chicago (Lincoln Park) - Soup and Bread at The Hideout- 5:30pm  Soup & Bread is a community meal project that raises money for Chicago food pantries and other hunger relief organizations. Soup & Bread 2015 starts January 7 and runs Wednesdays through April 1, 5:30 to 8 pm; kids are welcome with parent or guardian.

February 19

ChicagoTickled Pink for Bright Pink Chicago – Morgan Manufacturing Proceeds benefit Bright Pink

February 20

Chicago (Bridgeport) - Uppers & Downers Festival of Coffee Beers brought to you by Good Beer Hunting at Thalia Hall

FM - Chicago (Lincoln Park) -  Green City Market  ( 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) -  2024 McCormick Blvd 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

February 21

ChicagoWingfest at Bailey Auditorium 1340 West Washington

Chicago(Bucktown/Wicker Park) - Poutine Fest IV 1st Ward events at Chop Shop

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

FMJefferson Park - Faith In Place Winter Farmers Market – Congregational Church of Jefferson Park

February 22

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.

February 24

Chicago (Lincoln Park) - Soup and Bread at The Hideout- 5:30pm  Soup & Bread is a community meal project that raises money for Chicago food pantries and other hunger relief organizations. Soup & Bread 2015 starts January 7 and runs Wednesdays through April 1, 5:30 to 8 pm; kids are welcome with parent or guardian.

February 25

Chicago (Lincoln Park)Read It & Eat It Dinner Series: New Prairie Kitchen at Stock Cafe Local Foods

February 27

Chicago - Cider Summit Chicago at Navy Pier Fourth Annual Cider Summit Chicago Region’s Largest Cider Tasting Returns to Navy Pier Grand Ballroom SBS Imports and the Seattle Beer Collective are pleased to announce the return of their successful Cider Summit festival to Chicago, IL.  This year’s event will take place in two sessions - 11am-3pm and 4pm-8pm in the Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier. Cider Summit Chicago is presented by Binny’s Beverage Depotand will once again benefit Heartland Alliance and The Great Lakes Cider & Perry Association. The owners and cidermakers will be on hand to inform and guide guests through the samplings which will be available in 4-ounce portions.  Cider Summit will feature over 140 ciders including regional favorites and international classics from countries such as England, Scotland, France, and Spain.  The event will also feature specially selected food pairings, a new Cider Cocktail Lounge hosted by The Northman and  Woodford Reserve, and an event store featuring Cider Summit t-shirts and other merchandise.

Chicago - Advocates for Urban Agriculture Winter Gathering The Livestock Expo Workshops on bees, ducks, goats, chickens and quail. Takes place at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences 3857 West 111th St.

FM - Evanston - Immanuel Church Winter Market ( 3/12, 3/19, 4/9, 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

February 28

FMChicago (Lakeview)Faith In Place Winter Markets – Temple Sholom of Chicago

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

February 29

Leap Day!!!!

Chicago (Lincoln Park) - Blue Plate Special Night at Local Foods Homestyle Cooking Chinese 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.

March 2

Chicago (Lincoln Park) - Soup and Bread at The Hideout- 5:30pm  Soup & Bread is a community meal project that raises money for Chicago food pantries and other hunger relief organizations. Soup & Bread 2015 starts January 7 and runs Wednesdays through April 1, 5:30 to 8 pm; kids are welcome with parent or guardian.

March 4-6

Chicagoland (Check schedule for location) The 5th Annual One Earth Film Festival

March 5-6

Brown County, Indiana - National Maple Syrup Festival - Maple Syrup Season is one of the first signs of spring, as the cold winter months slowly slip away and the forest floor comes to life. Celebrate the coming of spring, in Indiana’s beautiful Brown County, at the only National Maple Syrup Festival in America.

March 5

FMBeverlyFaith In Place Winter Farmers Market – Beverly Unitarian Church

FM - Chicago (Back of the Yards) - The Plant Indoor Market (every 1st Saturday) 11am – 2pm 1400 W. 46th St. Pleasant House will be there (Winter Seed Sowing Workshop) (Aquaponics Workshop) 

FM - Chicago (Lincoln Park) -  Green City Market  (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) -  2024 McCormick Blvd 9 a.m. to 1 p.m

March 6

Chicago(Edgewater) - Peterson Garden Project 7th Annual Seed Swap

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

March 9

Madison – The fabulous cheese blog The Cheese Underground was the one who brought this to our attention – Cheese Champion an evening of world cheese tasting, the world’s largest technical cheese tasting with over 50 international cheeses included.

Chicago (Lincoln Park) - Soup and Bread at The Hideout- 5:30pm  Soup & Bread is a community meal project that raises money for Chicago food pantries and other hunger relief organizations. Soup & Bread 2015 starts January 7 and runs Wednesdays through April 1, 5:30 to 8 pm; kids are welcome with parent or guardian.

March 12

FMBolingbrookFaith In Place Winter Farmers Markets – Church of St Benedict

FM - Chicago (Hyde Park/Woodlawn) - Experimental Station Indoor Farmers Market (4/9)- 9am – 2pm 6100 S. Blackstone

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 ( 3/19, 4/9, 4/23) 9am – 1pm 616 Lake Street

March 13

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

FMPalatineFaith In Place Winter Farmers Markets – Countryside Church Unitarian Universalist

March 19

FM - Chicago (Lincoln Park) -  Green City Market  ( 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) -  2024 McCormick Blvd 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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

FMOak ParkFaith In Place Winter Markets – Euclid Avenue United Methodist Church

March 20

FM - Chicago (Logan Square) - Logan Square Winter Farmers Market (Last day week Winter market)- 10am -3pm 2755 N. Milwaukee

March 24-26

Chicago - The GOOD FOOD FESTIVAL and CONFERENCE at UIC  3/24 Good Food Festival Financing and Innovation Conference 3/25 Good Food Industry Conference 3/26 Good Food Festival

March 26

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

March 27

April 22

Earth Day

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

April 24

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Using Winter Vegetables: Parsnips

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Posted: January 25, 2016 at 5:24 pm

Parsnips. Photo by Rosie Powers

Parsnips. Photo by Rosie Powers

This is another post in my “Using winter vegetables” series. Each post profiles a fall/winter vegetable and features a recipe. Stay tuned for more!

We’re now into the cold, gray days of January. Like me, you may be wishing you were spending more time hibernating in a cave of blankets with large amounts of mulled wine – but there are plenty of reasons to curb your laziness and get creative in the kitchen this time of year.

Parsnips are a readily available winter vegetable – and similar to its friend broccoli, which I previous wrote about – it’s also very underrated. Parsnips have similar health and antioxidant properties and are also rich in fiber. Although they may seem bland as-is, this quality lends itself well to being adventurous with seasonings while using them.

Last week I roasted a chicken and made some baked parsnip fries in an effort to watch my carb intake while still enjoying some good winter comfort food. This recipe, courtesy of Bon Appétit Magazine, has a spice blend of cumin, garlic and rosemary that is perfect for parsnips.

Looking for more winter vegetables? My go-to list is in Williams-Sonoma’s “New Flavors for Vegetables: Classic Recipes Redefined.” Enjoy and stay warm!

Baked parsnip fries with rosemary. Photo by Rosie Powers

Baked parsnip fries with rosemary. Photo by Rosie Powers


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Winter Harvest of Eat Local Links

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Posted: January 19, 2016 at 4:34 pm

Must read of a must visit sausage stand.

I submit to you that kale salads are not healthy.

Eat local cheese.

Eat local New England.

Are there limits to who can eat local?

Your winter soul food.

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The Local Calendar 1/11/16 7th Annual MLK Food Justice and Sustainability Weekend, Wisconsin Supper Club Debut Siskel 1/23, Cider Summit 2/27, Maple Syrup Fest 3/5

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Posted: January 11, 2016 at 10:23 am

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New Additions-  1/25 Lula Cafe All Female Chef Dinner to Benefit Genesis Growers 1/27 Butcher Knot Tying Demo Local Foods 1/28 The Future of Food:Innovation, Technology, and Agriculture Chicago Council on Global Affairs 1/30 Faith In Place Market Chicago(Chatham/West Avalon)  2/2 AUA Movie and Mingle Night Lagunitas 2/6 Faith In Place Hyde Park 2/17 IFMA 2016 Statewide Farmers Market Conference 2/20 Uppers & Downers Festival of Coffee Beers

Welcome 2016! There are many more local options than there used to be that is for sure. The Sugar Beet Coop opened in Oak Park, Local Foods opened in Lincoln Park, there is now the Band of Farmers, Chicagoland CSA Coalition and Chicago Market is close to having a bricks and mortar location (you can sign up and be an owner here) Then there are the ones that lead the way, like the Green Grocer and the Dill Pickle Coop , which if you are in the neighborhood stop in and check them out. The important thing is be particular about how your fruit and vegetables are sourced, stop by the winter farmers markets as well as any of our local artisan friends like Floriole Cafe and Bakery, Sauce and Bread Kitchen, Smack Dab Chicago, Baker Miller, Bang Bang Pie and others like them! 

It may be cold outside but there is lots to do inside. A new award-winning documentary, Old Fashioned, on Wisconsin supper clubs created by Chicago resident and Wisconsin native Holly L. De Ruyter will have its Chicago premiere at the Gene Siskel Film Center on January 23 (at 7:45 pm) and 28 (at 6:00 pm), 2016. Director Holly L. De Ruyter will be in attendance for a Question and Answer with the audience after both screenings. Tickets are now on sale at the Gene Siskel Film Center box office.

The Cider Summit is coming to Chicago on Saturday February 27. The owners and cidermakers will be on hand to inform and guide guests through the samplings which will be available in 4-ounce portions.  Cider Summit will feature over 140 ciders including regional favorites and international classics from countries such as England, Scotland, France, and Spain.  The event will also feature specially selected food pairings, a new Cider Cocktail Lounge hosted by The Northman and Woodford Reserve, and an event store featuring Cider Summit t-shirts and other merchandise. Another new feature at the 2016 event will be the Fruit Cider Challenge sponsored by Oregon Fruit Products.  Several of our participating cideries will produce pilot batches specifically for the event.  Consumers will vote for their favorite during the festival with the winner of the first annual Fruit Cider Challenge announced at the conclusion of the event.

If you are interested in gaining some knowledge in gardening, cooking, urban farming and more there are organizations like the Peterson Garden Project, the Garfield Park Conservatory, Angelic Organics Learning Center and the Land Connection that offers small, long classes, seminars and courses to beef up your sustainable repetoir.

Lots events coming up during the winter months, of course, the huge Good Food Festival in March, but there will be some chili contests that pop-up and some fests of one kind or another that pop-up this month and next. Get to an artisanal mezcal mexican dinner at the Chicago Literacy Center January 22. Lots of all things maple syrup going on in Brown County Indiana the first 2 weeks of March. The calendar will be updated during the month and the new events highlighted in red. For game nostalgia of any kind, Punch Bowl Social has opened in Schaumburg and offers local gastro pub food as well. The 7th Annual MLK Food Justice and Sustainability Weekend takes place at the end of this week. On to the winter markets, on to the Local Calendar for the month ahead:

The Local Calendar At A Glance

January 13

Chicago (Lincoln Park) - Soup and Bread at The Hideout- 5:30pm  Soup & Bread is a community meal project that raises money for Chicago food pantries and other hunger relief organizations. Soup & Bread 2015 starts January 7 and runs Wednesdays through April 1, 5:30 to 8 pm; kids are welcome with parent or guardian.

WoodstockTransitioning to Organic Grains Seminar – The Land Connection 8am – 5pm

January 15 – 17

Chicago (Hyde Park)7th Annual MLK Food Justice and Sustainability Weekend - KAM Isaiah Israel’s Social Justice Committee presents the 7th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Food Justice and Sustainability Weekend. The focus this year is Climate Change and Native Food. The weekend long education and advocacy program includes a keynote address on climate change and resilient communities, workshops on topics ranging from native plants and pollinators, to the new Chicago compost ordinance, to food as medicine; and a workshop at which a one acre urban food forest will be designed. The goal of the weekend is to provide participants with powerful tools for change and a heightened motivation to work toward a greener, more equitable and sustainable world.

January 16

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

January 17

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

New!!! FM Lombard - Faith In Place Winter Market – 10am – 2pm Calvary Episcopal Church, 105 W Maple St

January 18

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.

January 20

Chicago (Lincoln Park) - Soup and Bread at The Hideout- 5:30pm  Soup & Bread is a community meal project that raises money for Chicago food pantries and other hunger relief organizations. Soup & Bread 2015 starts January 7 and runs Wednesdays through April 1, 5:30 to 8 pm; kids are welcome with parent or guardian.

January 21

New!!! Chicago(Lincoln Park) – Savor Lincoln Park Food Fest

January 22

ChicagoMezcal Mexican Feast - Chicago Literacy Alliance/Literacenter – 641 West Lake Street. #200. Chicago, IL 60661 Chefs Charles Welch (Sepia, MK Restaurant, Thyme) and Jonathan C. Zaragoza (Birrieria Zaragoza, Masa Azul) have developed this six-course Mexican feast to help defrost in the thick of the Chicago winter. Agave specialist Lou Bank will be on hand to pair rare mezcals, raicillas, and destilados de agave with each course for anyone making at least a $1 donation to the greenhouse or library programs in rural Oaxaca, in addition to the $65 ticket price for the meal.

New!!! Chicago (Logan Square) -Katherine Anne Confections Truffle Making Party

January 23

Chicago - A new award-winning documentary, Old Fashioned, on Wisconsin supper clubs created by Chicago resident and Wisconsin native Holly L. De Ruyter will have its Chicago premiere at the Gene Siskel Film Center at 6:00 pm), 2016. Director Holly L. De Ruyter will be in attendance for a Question and Answer with the audience. Tickets are now on sale at the Gene Siskel Film Center box office.

FM - Chicago (Lincoln Park) -  Green City Market  ( 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) -  2024 McCormick Blvd 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

New!!! FM - Park Ridge Faith In Place Winter Market - 9am – 1pm St. Luke’s Lutheran Church 205 N Prospect Ave

January 24

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

January 25

Chicago (Lincoln Park) - Blue Plate Special Night at Local Foods Renaissance Feast 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.

New!!! Chicago (Logan Square) - “Lula Cafe (2537 North Kedzie Boulevard) will host an all women chef dinner at 6pm. Led itself by an all women team including chef de cuisine Sarah Rinkavage, pastry chef Kelly Helgesen, beverage director Diana Hawkins and general manager Jade Tulak Lula was inspired to host this night by the female chefs throughout Chicago who are changing the culinary landscape. The first all women collaborative dinner of its kind, the event will replace Lula’s Monday Night Farm dinner for the evening and will feature a course from hosts Rinkavage and Helgesen, in addition to one from each of the following chefs: Iliana Regan, Elizabeth
Beverly Kim, Parachute Abra Berens, Stock Cafe Dana Cree, 1871 Dairy A portion of proceeds will benefit Vicki Westerhoff of Genesis Growers,” a partner of Lula’s and a great representation of a strong female farmer.

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.

January 27

New!!! Chicago (Lincoln Park) - Butcher Knot Tying Demo Local Foods 6pm 

Chicago (Lincoln Park) - Soup and Bread at The Hideout- 5:30pm  Soup & Bread is a community meal project that raises money for Chicago food pantries and other hunger relief organizations. Soup & Bread 2015 starts January 7 and runs Wednesdays through April 1, 5:30 to 8 pm; kids are welcome with parent or guardian.

January 28

New!!! Chicago - The Future of Food: Innovation, Technology, and Agriculture Chicago Council On Foreign Relations

Chicago - A new award-winning documentary, Old Fashioned, on Wisconsin supper clubs created by Chicago resident and Wisconsin native Holly L. De Ruyter will have its Chicago premiere at the Gene Siskel Film Center on January 23 (at 7:45 pm) and 28 (at 6:00 pm), 2016. Director Holly L. De Ruyter will be in attendance for a Question and Answer with the audience after both screenings. Tickets are now on sale at the Gene Siskel Film Center box office.

January 30

New!!! FM - Chicago (Chatham/West Avalon) Faith In Place Winter Market - 9am – 1pm St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church 8500 S Maryland Ave

FM - Evanston - Immanuel Church Winter Market ( 2/13, 2/27, 3/12, 3/19, 4/9, 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

January 31 

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

February 1

Chicago (Lincoln Park) - Blue Plate Special Night at Local Foods Homestyle Cooking Chinese 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.

February 2

New!!! Chicago (Bridgeport) – AUA(Advocates for Urban Agriculture) Movie and Mingle Night at Lagunitas Brewery

February 3

Chicago (Lincoln Park) - Soup and Bread at The Hideout- 5:30pm  Soup & Bread is a community meal project that raises money for Chicago food pantries and other hunger relief organizations. Soup & Bread 2015 starts January 7 and runs Wednesdays through April 1, 5:30 to 8 pm; kids are welcome with parent or guardian.

February 6

FM - Chicago (Back of the Yards) - The Plant Indoor Market (every 1st Saturday) 11am – 2pm 1400 W. 46th St. Pleasant House will be there (Winter Seed Sowing Workshop) (Aquaponics Workshop) 

New!!! FM - Hyde Park Faith In Place Winter Market - 10am – 2pm  Augustana Lutheran Church of Hyde Park 5500 S Woodlawn Ave

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

FM - Morton Grove - Morton Grove Winter Market Market Hours are 9:00 am – 2:00 pm They’ll be at the Morton Grove Civic Center, 6140 Dempster St. -

February 14

Happy Valentines!!!!!!!!!!!!  

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

February 16

FM - Chicago (Hyde Park/Woodlawn) - Experimental Station Indoor Farmers Market (3/12, 4/9)- 9am – 2pm 6100 S. Blackstone

February 20

New!!! Chicago (Bridgeport) - Uppers & Downers Festival of Coffee Beers brought to you by Good Beer Hunting at Thalia Hall

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

February 21

Chicago - Poutine Fest IV

February 27

ChicagoCider Summit Chicago at Navy Pier Fourth Annual Cider Summit Chicago Region’s Largest Cider Tasting Returns to Navy Pier Grand Ballroom SBS Imports and the Seattle Beer Collective are pleased to announce the return of their successful Cider Summit festival to Chicago, IL.  This year’s event will take place in two sessions - 11am-3pm and 4pm-8pm in the Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier. Cider Summit Chicago is presented by Binny’s Beverage Depotand will once again benefit Heartland Alliance and The Great Lakes Cider & Perry Association. The owners and cidermakers will be on hand to inform and guide guests through the samplings which will be available in 4-ounce portions.  Cider Summit will feature over 140 ciders including regional favorites and international classics from countries such as England, Scotland, France, and Spain.  The event will also feature specially selected food pairings, a new Cider Cocktail Lounge hosted by The Northman and  Woodford Reserve, and an event store featuring Cider Summit t-shirts and other merchandise.

March 5-6

Brown County, IndianaNational Maple Syrup Festival - Maple Syrup Season is one of the first signs of spring, as the cold winter months slowly slip away and the forest floor comes to life. Celebrate the coming of spring, in Indiana’s beautiful Brown County, at the only National Maple Syrup Festival in America.

March 6

ChicagoPeterson Garden Project 7th Annual Seed Swap

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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What’s In Season is Back in Season and Where to Find It

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Posted: January 8, 2016 at 11:22 am

Eat Local Again

 

Inchelium Red garlic - an Artichoke Softneck Photo: Maine Potato Lady

Inchelium Red garlic – an Artichoke Softneck
Photo: Maine Potato Lady

We trust that you filled up your holiday tables with local winter squashes, beets and other good seasonal foods. Now, you’re ready to re-stock the larders. Sure, we enter the time of year when it’s less “what’s in season” and “what do ya got,” but there’s always something. And we got some places to find it.  Like, make sure  you got a good supply of local garlic,

 

In addition to the resources listed below, you can always reference our master list of winter markets or our catalog of stores focused on local foods.

From the Hoops and other Indoor Means

      • Lettuces
      • Spinach
      • Kales, chards and other cooking greens
      • Tomatoes–yes, more to come on this!
      • Herbs

From the Ground (Storage Crops)

      • Winter squash and pumpkins
      • Beets
      • Carrots
      • Cabbage
      • Rutabaga
      • Celery root
      • Sweet potatoes
      • Onions, shallots and garlic in various varieties–grab what you find!
      • Leeks
      • Cabbage and brussels sprouts here and there
      • Potatoes
      • Radishes, including varieties like daikon and black–these are great storage items
      • Parsnips
      • The roots you did not think about before — parsley, burdock, sunchoke, salsify, etc.

From the Trees and Bushes

      • Apples

Year Round

      • Meats, poultry, lake fish
      • Eggs
      • Milk, cheese and other dairy
      • Mushrooms
      • Grains and breads
      • Select herbs
      • Sprouts
      • Preserved and jarred products

Where to Find Local Food

Chicago

Just because you won’t see the Condiment Queen does not mean you should skip the market at the Experimental Station Indoor Farmers Market on Saturday from  9am – 2pm. – 6100 S. Blackstone

Lots of seasonal produce as well as other great stuff to eat Sunday at the Logan Square Farmer’s Market, 10 AM to 3 PM - 2755 N Milwaukee Ave,

Green City Market is on Saturday from  8 AM to 1 PM - The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum,  2610 N. Cannon Dr.

Glenwood Sunday Market meets this week from 9 AM to 2 PM (Sunday) – 6962 N. Glenwood

Oak Park

Friends of the Beet, the Wettsteins will have local meat, eggs for sale Saturday at the Buzz Cafe from 9 AM to 1 PM (earlier than their usual winter forays) – 905 S. Lombard

Faith in Place Winter Market at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church on Saturday from 9 AM to 1 PM –  611 Randolph St

Evanston

Just this one his week, the Ecology Center – Saturday – 9AM – 1 PM - Ecology Center at the Ladd Arboretum, 2024 N McCormick Blvd

Huntley

Winter market at the American Legion Hall Saturday from 9 – 12 -  11712 Coral St

Woodstock

Another stalwart of the winter markets, find plenty of farmers on Saturday from 9 AM to 1 PM – Building D, McHenry County Fairgrounds (11900 Country Club Rd)




Seminar on Transitioning to Organic Grains

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Posted: December 24, 2015 at 10:21 am

The Land Connection will be presenting Transitioning to Organic Grains:  A Seminar on Organic Field Crop Production & Marketing. This seminar will be held at Dorr Township Hall in Woodstock, Illinois on January 13, 2016 from 8am – 4pm.

 

Photo: agrodaily.com

Photo: agrodaily.com

 

Farmers who have transitioned to organic and non-GMO crops will share their experience at this all-day seminar. The selection of ideal alternative grain crop choices for your farm and markets, planning for soil fertility and pest management with fewer synthetic inputs, navigating through organic transition and certification, and finding out how to get the best price for your premium product will be discussed by a panel of experts. Farm service providers, farm managers, and farmland owners will also benefit.

 

The price for attending is $40 for individuals, $20 for additional family or crew members. 

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What’s In Season Can Be Found at Green City Market Plus Other Places Too

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Posted: December 18, 2015 at 4:52 pm

Eat Local Holiday

 

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Get all the fixin’s for your eat local holiday at Green City Market all these stores  or the other places listed below.  In addition look to Jeannie’s Local Calendar for all there to know to lead the locavore life.  Finally, always check up on our big list of winter markets.

What’s In Season Now

Note, this time of year, our idea of what’s in season is not so much what’s growing, but what we’re still seeing around based on our market goers, local eaters, CSA growers and other sources.

Photo: IFMA

Photo: IFMA

 

From the Hoops and other Indoor Means

      • Lettuces
      • Spinach
      • Kale, chard and other greens
      • Tomatoes–yes, more to come on this!
      • Herbs

From the Ground (Storage Crops)

      • Winter squash and pumpkins
      • Beets
      • Carrots
      • Cabbage
      • Rutabaga
      • Celery root
      • Sweet potatoes
      • Onions
      • Leeks
      • Potatoes
      • Radishes, including varieties like daikon and black–these are great storage items
      • Parsnips
      • The roots you did not think about before — parsley, burdock, sunchoke, salsify, etc.

From the Trees and Bushes

      • Apples
      • Asian pears a/k/a papples

Year Round

      • Meats, poultry, lake fish
      • Eggs
      • Milk, cheese and other dairy
      • Mushrooms
      • Grains and breads
      • Select herbs
      • Sprouts
      • Preserved and jarred products

Where to Find Local Food

Chicago

Just because you won’t see the Condiment Queen does not mean you should skip the market at the Experimental Station Indoor Farmers Market on Saturday from  9am – 2pm. – 6100 S. Blackstone

Lots of seasonal produce as well as other great stuff to eat Sunday at the Logan Square Farmer’s Market, 10 AM to 3 PM - 2755 N Milwaukee Ave,

Green City Market is on Saturday from  8 AM to 1 PM - The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum,  2610 N. Cannon Dr.

Pilsen Community Market featuring local food plus all that artsy things that make Pilsen Pilsen – Sunday starting at 11 AM – At Honky Tonk BBQ – 1800 S. Racine

Evanston

There’s going to be a few options this  winter in Evanston for winter markets.  This week though, the market at the Ecology Center – Saturday – 9AM – 1 PM - Ecology Center at the Ladd Arboretum, 2024 N McCormick Blvd

And there’s a market at the Immanuel Lutheran Church also on Saturday from 9 AM to 1 pm.  As a special treat, Sarah Stegner and George Bumbaris from Prairie Grass Cafe will serve breakfast and lunch at the market cafe. - 616 Lake St

Grayslake

More than a few area farmers call Grayslake their home, so it’s no surprise that this market holds strong until December 19.  Saturdays – 10 am – 2 pm  - Centennial Plaza at the corner of Whitney and Center Streets

Woodstock

Another stalwart of the winter markets, find plenty of farmers on Saturday from 9 AM to 1 PM – Building D, McHenry County Fairgrounds (11900 Country Club Rd)




Seeds Grow at The Plant

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Posted: December 12, 2015 at 10:51 am

 

Emily Rhea is a Roosevelt University senior who is enrolled in Roosevelt’s  Sustainability Studies program. Emily worked as an intern during the Fall 2015 semester at The Plant in Chicago. Emily reflects on her experience working at The Plant in this story, reposted from the Sustainability Studies @ Roosevelt University blog.

I have spent many exciting and interesting days at The Plant this semester. Waking early every Tuesday and Saturday morning was not always easy, but once I won the battle with my sleepy eyes I was always eager to arrive and get to work. There are many wonderful things about days at The Plant, but the sheer unpredictability of the events on any given day and the opportunity presented just by being in the company of dreamers and doers all make for a magical place.

Volunteers sorting through the BiobiN output (photo: E. Rhea)

Volunteers sorting through the BiobiN output (photo: E. Rhea)

As with many non-profits, much of the work that gets done at the Plant is by volunteers. The people who really love the atmosphere stick around and when they become busy they may leave for a while, but they nearly always come back. This makes for a very homey and family dynamic as the people who are there are there because they want to be. This also means that on any given day it is uncertain who will be around, which gave me the opportunity to meet and work with many different individuals. Every person I had the chance to talk to and get to know has his or her own reasons for being drawn to The Plant and particular interests in sustainability.

I got to know people like Alex, who focuses on reusing original materials from the meat-packing days of the facility as well as reconstructing spaces for new tenants. He made a beautiful desk, chest, and shelves out of the wood from the rail system that once carried pork throughout the facility. Susana rides her bike for the sake of her sanity; a lawyer during the week and a temporary tattoo-covered Plant volunteer by weekend. Or Jonathon, who has his own company picking up compost from residents via bicycle. And Bell, who quit the “good” job he had and started his own mushroom farming business, The Fruiting Mushrooms LLC, in the basement of The Plant.

Brian Taylor (left), owner of Whiner Brewing, showing the brewery to a tour group. This space has been changing the most recently and is now producing beer. Notice the reused florescent lights. (Photo: E. Rhea)

Brian Taylor (left), owner of Whiner Brewing, showing the brewery to a tour group. This space has been changing the most recently and is now producing beer. Notice the reused florescent lights. (Photo: E. Rhea)

The general feel at the Plant embodied by founder John Edel, who dreamed up the whole concept of The Plant and through intelligent design and lots of hard work has been able to make the dream a reality. His ambition has attracted others who love to play and experiment and dream up ideas and make them come to happen — never exactly as planned, of course.

Plans are merely general guidelines, as there is no direct framework for progress and lessons must be learned and plans modified as information is gathered from every experiment. There is nothing more inspiring, though, than talking to everyone about their ideas of how they want to modify a room or make new door or create a wall installation; and then have the chance to see the progress as it turns from an intangible concept into a physical reality. While the finished product is a success and worth celebrating, it is possibly most rewarding to see and participate in the process as problems arise and must be solved. All the hiccups are little ribbons of accomplishment garnishing the finished product.

My time at The Plant has been nothing but rewarding. Just having the ability to pick the brains of so many intelligent and friendly people has been a wonderful opportunity. Every time I found interest in a project I was welcomed into the process. I have already learned so much and I have no intention to stop now. Though my internship is over, my heart will never be far from The Plant and like all the others, I will always come back.

Photo: E. Rhea

Photo: E. Rhea




What’s In Season Is Not at Green City Market This Weekend So Where Else Can You Find It

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Posted: December 11, 2015 at 11:37 am

Eat Local Options

 

winter market table

The mission of our friends at Green City Market have never been just  putting out a great market.  They’ve done a lot of things over the years to prop up a local food system for Chicagoland, and one of the key things has been a commitment to year-round operations.  We remember buying food with the lions once upon a time, but for several years now, we’ve been with the butterflies at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.  The Green City winter markets have been notable for keeping up a supply of things and not being all lamb’s wool and jams.  We think about the great things they do because this is a rare week off for them and their farmers.    They’ll be back next week and again in January.

Don’t fret you locavore.  Whether bar, cafe or ecology center, there are several options for local food.  See below or get in your car and visit these markets downstate.   For additional reference use our very big list of Chicagoland Winter Farmer’s Markets.  Don’t forget the Sugar Beet Coop and all these other stores for local food.  Don’t ignore you neighborhood grocery store; we’ve seen lotsa Michigan apples for sale and great prices on Wisconsin russet potatoes.  Finally, always check up on Jeannie’s Local Calendar for things to do. 

What’s In Season Now

 

 

From the Hoops and other Indoor Means

      • Lettuces
      • Spinach
      • Kale, chard and other greens
      • Tomatoes–yes, more to come on this!
      • Herbs

From the Ground (Storage Crops)

      • Brussel sprouts
      • Winter squash and pumpkins
      • Beets
      • Carrots
      • Cabbage
      • Rutabaga
      • Celery root
      • Sweet potatoes
      • Onions
      • Leeks
      • Potatoes
      • Radishes, including varieties like daikon and black–these are great storage items
      • Kohlrabi – another item that stores to near infinity
      • Parsnips
      • The roots you did not think about before — parsley, burdock, sunchoke, salsify, etc.

From the Trees and Bushes

      • Black walnuts
      • Grapes
      • Apples
      • Asian pears a/k/a papples

Year Round

      • Meats, poultry, lake fish
      • Eggs
      • Milk, cheese and other dairy
      • Mushrooms
      • Grains and breads
      • Select herbs
      • Sprouts
      • Preserved and jarred products

Where to Find Local Food

Chicago

Probably your last chance to find the Condiment Queen.  She’ll probably have carrots and shallots. Much other good stuff  at the Experimental Station Indoor Farmers Market on Saturday from  9am – 2pm. – 6100 S. Blackstone

And if you did not get your fill of the Cook Book Addict on Saturday, she’ll be hawking the Tomato Mountain jars and produce Sunday at the Logan Square Farmer’s Market, 10 AM to 3 PM - 2755 N Milwaukee Ave,

The folks at the Glenwood Market at back this Sunday – 9AM – 2PM – The Glenwood Bar - 6962 N Glenwood Avenue

Oak Park

Eat local meat!  Our friends the Wettstein’s will have chicken, eggs, a bit of turkey and a few other things Saturday at the Buzz Cafe from 12 PM – 3 PM – 905 S. Lombard

Evanston

There’s going to be a few options this  winter in Evanston for winter markets.  This week though, it’s just the market at the Ecology Center – Saturday – 9AM – 1 PM - Ecology Center at the Ladd Arboretum, 2024 N McCormick Blvd, 

Grayslake

More than a few area farmers call Grayslake their home, so it’s no surprise that this market holds strong until December 19.  Saturdays – 10 am – 2 pm  - Centennial Plaza at the corner of Whitney and Center Streets

Woodstock

Another stalwart of the winter markets, find plenty of farmers on Saturday from 9 AM to 1 PM – Building D, McHenry County Fairgrounds (11900 Country Club Rd)




Weekly Harvest of Eat Local Links

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Posted: December 9, 2015 at 5:52 pm

 

Give the gift of local cheese.

Nothing beats a live flame no matter how local the bird.

Local boy makes good on national list.

Someone’s idea of the best food and farm books of 2015.

Keep abreast of the New Food Economy.

There’s money in your garbage, I’m tellin’ ya.

Don’t stop eating local tomatoes.

Who cares if we don’t have the world’s tallest building anymore.  We have the world’s largest rooftop farm,




Look What’s On the Menu This Monday

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Posted: December 7, 2015 at 2:55 pm

Eat Local Later Thanks to Our Four Season Tomato Mountain CSA

 

I thought it made sense to drain the frozen peppers that came in the Tomato Mountain* CSA box last week. Then my wife was saying how she was telling her customers to use the melting juice.  Man did I feel like an idiot putting these on a strainer. On the other hand, I’m smart enough to be part of a CSA (community supported agriculture) that provides me with frozen, fire roasted peppers in Ecember. Even without juice, they made a nearly exact replica of summer’s finest marinated peppers. I’ve froze pepper strips before. Thawed, they’re flaccid, only good for dishes where you would cook the peppers anyways like a frittata or pasta sauce. Now, fire roast them and then freeze them, well now we’re talking. Chris, the Chief Farmer at Tomato Mountain was talking up his new fire roaster in last week’s newsletter, how it enabled him to put up extra peppers during their peak season. I’m hoping there’s enough they come in every box this winter.

The other dish I want to talk about on Menu Monday is one more my daughter’s handiwork, although I will say it was overall, my idea. We’ve gotten tons of small, white, Japanese “hakuri” turnips in the boxes this fall. A mild turnip, they are great for salads and pickles as well as roasting. Still, with all the turnips we’ve had, more ideas are necessary. Enter my great friend Tamar. Remember, Chapter One, “How to Boil Water,” and as she says, “it’s hard to improve on the technology of the pot or the boil.” Oddly, in this chapter she does not instruct on how to boil and egg. So, let me quickly telly you as I make excellent boiled eggs. You put your eggs in a pot, cover with cold water–some would say only add enough water to cover–I think it makes not difference the amount of water, it’ll just take longer if you have more water–you let the water come to a boil. Stop. Turn off the heat. Watch the clock. Ten minutes later you eggs are done. FYI, I used to do the prick thing, but I’ve found out they come out just as good without punching a hole. It’s all a matter of not over-cooking. There were two things that made this egg boiling very Tamar, well three if you count the fact that anytime you boil anything you’re adding money to her karma account, but the other things were salsa verde and those turnips. Chapter One does conclude with a salsa verde recipe, Tamar noting that half the fun of boiling things is to have an excuse to eat salsa verde. Having already made salsa verde, the hard boiled eggs were done as that excuse. Also, the other thing, those turnips. I had decided to make a mash and I could not stand the idea of boiling water to cook the turnips for the mash and getting just one mere use out of said boil. Granted I had to get the temperature back up, after letting the eggs idle but the gist of the everlasting pot stood.

Once the turnips were soft, my daughter ran them through a ricer. The boiled turnips threw off a lot of water. We could have tossed that water, but I had the brilliant idea that the water contained a lot of turnip flavor, turnip juice if you may. We put the riced turnips and the turnip water in a pan on high heat, stirring a lot to prevent burning. I figured we were saving flavor this way, no? Once dry and fluffy, she incorporated a mustard butter she had made ages ago. I highly recommend this dish, regardless of how many turnips you’ve been getting.

*Wife works for Tomato Mountain




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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Posted: 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




2015 Golden Beet Award Winners Announced

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Posted: December 2, 2015 at 6:46 pm

 

From the Illinois Stewardship Alliance:

Illinois Stewardship Alliance is pleased to announce the 2015 Golden Beet Award winners. The Golden Beets, now in their 5th year, are a series of awards created by Illinois Stewardship Alliance in order to highlight progressive local food practices and recognize the people who are pushing the local food movement forward in Illinois. The winners represent some of the most innovative practitioners and pioneers of local food throughout the state.

“Through our work across the state we come across so many amazing people and local food projects, yet they often never receive the recognition they deserve. When people think of agriculture in Illinois they think of corn and soybeans and often don’t realize that there is so much more going on. We think of the Golden Beet Awards as a way to draw attention to the people and projects that are proving local food systems can work in Illinois and are leading by example,” says Molly Gleason, Illinois Stewardship Alliance Outreach Coordinator.

Illinois Stewardship Alliance solicits nominations from the general public in six categories: farm to school; community food projects; restaurants and institutions; innovative farmer; scaling up; and other varieties.

In order to insure an impartial selection, the Alliance organizes an outside committee of persons involved in local food systems throughout the state which review the nominees and decide on the winners in the specific categories. The 2015 winners will be awarded at the Illinois Stewardship Alliance Annual Meeting on Thursday, Dec. 3rd. The winners are:

Farm to School Real Food at Northwestern University Website: https://www.facebook.com/NURealFood/

Real Food at NU was founded in Spring 2014 by a group of NU students, lead by Colleen Fitzgerrell and Miranda Cawley, in the hope of bringing healthier and tastier food on campus and contributing to a systematical change in our current food system toward a more environmentally sustainable and socially just one. The mission of Real Food at NU is to create a student-led movement that engages administrators, faculty, staff, workers, producers and community members to enact a shift to a community-based food system built on fair labor practices and food that is humane and ecologically-sound. After more than a year of gathering community support and meeting with administrators, in June of 2015 members from NURF obtained official institutional commitment from President Morton Shapiro, stating that NU will source at least 20% real food by 2020.

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Community Food Project Name: Cheryl Muñoz of Sugar Beet Food Co-op Website: http://sugarbeetcoop.squarespace.com/

Cheryl is the Executive Director of Sugar Beet Schoolhouse, which is a non-for-profit organization that provides food literacy programming to the surrounding community, as well as the founder of and marketing and outreach lead for Sugar Beet Food Co-op, a community owned grocery store that opened in July 2015 in Oak Park, IL. Cheryl, seeking a locally-owned source for local and sustainably-grown food, began raising awareness and support for Sugar Beet Food Co-op in 2012 with her neighbors. After three years of building owner support, they were able to open the Co-op this summer. Along the way, Cheryl began the Sugar Beet Schoolhouse (501c3), which is the education and community development arm of her work. The Schoolhouse works in collaboration with other community partners to provide food literacy programming such as cooking classes, gardening workshops, summer camps and after school programming.  Cheryl says, “I am the mother of 2 young kids and through our adventures together we have connected with beautiful land, food and people. I want land to be nourishing for future generations and our food system will only be sustainable if it is localized. I am not a farmer but my work is to inspire people to consider that the food from our region, grown by the good people that act as stewards of our land is valuable and unparalleled.”

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Scaling Up (Awarded to projects or individuals that help scale up local food production and availability throughout the state) Name: Marnie Record, developer of Lincoln Land Community College’s Value Added Local Food Program Website:  http://www.llcc.edu/career-training/workforce/value-added-local-food-program/

Responding to the growth of the local food industry, Lincoln Land Community College’s Workforce Development division launched a Value-Added Local Food certificate program in the fall of 2014. A value-added product is any product grown by a farmer and processed in some way to add value. Jams, pickles, sauces, and salsas all fall into this category. This certificate program, the first of its kind in the nation, blends culinary arts, local food systems, and business skill development to prepare students for a successful career as a local food entrepreneur or in the broad-based local food culinary industry. Courses expose students to classical and contemporary culinary techniques, and sustainable foodservice operations. Graduates will be well-positioned to advance their careers in a field that has experienced a farmers’ market growth rate of 150 percent in the last decade. The program expects to result in the development of new food businesses in Sangamon County and around the state to grow our economy by capturing a portion of the $48 billion Illinois consumers spend annually on food.

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Innovative Farmer Name: Dustin Kelly of Autumn Berry Inspired Website: www.autumnberryinspired.com

Dustin Kelly is not your traditional farmer. He wild harvests berries from the exotic autumn olive shrub. Once widely planted in the U.S. to prevent soil erosion, the shrub has now become an invasive species that outcompetes with native species, alters landscapes, and can endanger delicate ecosystems. After learning that the fruit of the autumn olive was edible and nutritious, Dustin saw a great opportunity to feed people while also helping to heal farmland from this invasive affliction. Over the past four years, with help from friends, family, and employees, his budding company, Autumn Berry Inspired, LLC, has developed techniques to efficiently harvest and store large quantities of autumn berries as well as create value-added food products, such as jam and fruit leathers, to let people experience this under-recognized super-fruit. Through the harvesting process they remove large fruiting branches on the shrub and collect every berry they can, removing tens of thousands of seeds from the seed bank and keeping birds from eating the fruit and continuing to disperse the seeds. The products are sold at farmers markets, stores, and conferences to promote widespread consumption of autumn berries, for the purposes of sustainability and food security, land restoration, and eating this aggressive species into submission. Dustin says, “I feel there are important social, spiritual, and political decisions we make with food: how it is produced, how we purchase it, and how we share it.  Yet there is something simple and timeless about farming, how we work with these basic resources.  I find farming is a way to have a voice for long-term sustainability, and a stake in the future.”

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Restaurant and Institutions Name: Big Grove Tavern Website: http://www.biggrovetavern.com/

Big Grove Tavern is the first true Farm-to-Table restaurant in the Champaign-Urbana area. Chef Jessica Gorin and Sous Chefs Terrah King and Tomasz Nilges draw inspiration from the local farmer’s market and utilize exceptional ingredients at the height of their season. Each menu reflects their solid commitment to using naturally-raised and organic ingredients sourced directly from local farms and farmers’ markets. The name comes from a large stand of trees called, “The Big Grove,” which offered shelter from the wide open prairie skies during the earliest days of the Champaign-Urbana community. Now known as Busey Woods, you can still see the remnant of Big Grove in Urbana today.

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Other Varieties: Eden’s Place Nature Center Website: http://www.edenplacenaturecenter.org/

In 1997, community member, founder, and Executive Director of Fuller Park Community Development Michael Howard was concerned about the serious lead poisoning problems affecting the neighborhood children. Through research he discovered that Fuller Park contained the highest lead levels in the city of Chicago. As a community leader he wanted to make some serious changes for the sake of his family and his entire neighborhood, and he decided that this work would start with the illegal dumpsite located across the street from his home. Mounds of waste over two stories tall encompassed the entire three acres of land. Mr. Howard acquired the deed for the land and involved the community in a large scale, three year clean-up of the dumpsite. Alongside his wife and fellow activist Amelia, and in partnership with hundreds of volunteers and community members, Mr. Howard led a clean-up project in which more than 200 tons of waste including concrete, wood, tires and other toxin-laced materials were removed from the site. Upon clean-up of the site, the next step was development.  Tons of fresh soil was brought in to establish the Great Lawn and create a place of beauty and peace amidst the busy Chicagoland neighborhood. Today Eden’s Place boasts a farm and CSA, as well as hosts a farmers market and a variety of programs to introduce and involve the community in nature and sustainability.

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Weekly Harvest of Eat Local Links

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Posted: December 1, 2015 at 12:23 pm

 

GMO’s and your local cheese.

Speaking of cheese, don’t you still wanna get it raw?

You cannot eat climate change.

Urban Farming Hits the Big Leagues.

Eat local fried eggs.

Have you checked out Lee’s blog yet?

Meat matters.




All Bad Tomatoes Are Alike Each Good Tomato is Good in Its Own Way on Menu Monday

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Posted: November 30, 2015 at 2:18 pm

Eat Local Thanksgiving Follow-up

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That’s not this year’s bad tomatoes, but I think any shot of bad tomatoes gets the idea across. We had a wonderfully local Thanksgiving centered around an amazing chunk of meat from our friends Dennis and Emily Wettstein, with all sorts of sides, relishes and locavore delicacies. And to show off, I give you a shot of rotten tomatoes, not even this year’s rotten tomatoes. These old rotten tomatoes, as you can see, had some dedicated bad spots near the top; the rotten tomatoes I faced last week were more like balloons of rotten tomato goo wrapped inside extant tomato skin. They were, I suppose, the perfect tomatoes for bringing to a political speech or such–did people really bring rotten tomatoes to events?–being just ready to burst but solid enough to be carefully carried to your target.

I showed you last week, in anticipation of our Local Thanksgiving, a platter of tomatoes. I felt fully covered for my intended salsa crudo meant to accompany the roast beef. Then, maybe even the afternoon after I made my post, I noticed at least four of the tomatoes were bad, rotten tomatoes. Those went straight to compost. I then quarantined a few others with bad parts, to keep that gunk from spreading or at least keep the rump guard of fruit flies left in the house occupied with the worst of tomatoes. I can happily report that I had enough tomatoes on Thursday to make my salsa, which, also included, obviously, enough decent jalapenos.  Were these the best tomatoes of the year?  Not even the twelve best I bet, but any local tomato still eatable at the end of November is a very good tomato for sure.  Just asked noted tomato fan Leo Tolstoy.

Here’s the full repast that came to be, with slight adjustments to what was planned:

Nibbles n’ Noshes

  • Butternut squash hummus – nice little catch her by the Condiment Queen, who spotted this recipe in our massive Lebanese Kitchen cookbook.  She used the pureed squash that came in our Tomato Mountain CSA box.  I’ll say that it did not so much as flavor the hummus but give it a lighter, fluffier texture.
  • Mix of watermelon and shunkyo radishes, both local
  • Bubbie’s pickles — garlic scapes, dill cucumbers and green peppers — all made from veggies she picked up at the Northbrook Farmer’s Market in years past
  • Roasted local beets dressed with sour cream (local), horseradish (local) and fried capers  (non-local)
  • The almost last of my local roasted peppers
  • Lentil salad with local carrots, shallots, hot peppers and goat cheese
  • Assorted Red Hen breads (younger daughter works for Red Hen)

Soup

  • Butternut squash (puree again) seasoned with Thai red curry, coconut milk, local apples, and store bought vegetable stock; garnished with spiced pumpkin seeds (unknown origin)

Main Course

  • Local brussels sprouts glazed with local maple syrup
  • Roasted local carrots, local hakuri turnips, local jalapenos, and local onions, seasoned with local thyme and local rosemary
  • Local delicata squash done agrodolce with non-local mint garnish
  • Cranberries (probably not local as Ocean Spray)
  • Mashed local potatoes done parve, so with garlic flavored oil and vegetable stock
  • Salsa verde using both local and indeterminate herbs, non-local capers
  • Salsa crudo with local tomatoes, local jalapenos, local parsley, and local tropea onions
  • Local sirloin roasted with non-local capers and dried oregano, but local rosemary and local garlic.  I made slits in the meat to shove in the herbs, capers and garlic.  Great technique.
  • Aunt Andie’s kugel – it’s parve but I have no idea the exact recipe
  • Salad with local spinach, local apples, local dried cranberries, and local shallots

Desserts – Made by Justjoan, so cannot speak to their localness

  • Pumpkin cheesecake
  • Parve chocolate jam cake
  • Nordic Creamery (local) pumpkin ice cream

In addition to ingredients mentioned above, there was non-local salt and peppers, olive oil, and vinegars used.  I mention all this to show how possible a local Thanksgiving can be, and to also show that no one has to be ashamed of their street cred in reaching out for other ingredients.  For instance, I only had so much local parsley, so I purchased non-local parsley, cilantro, and mint.  It still tasted good.


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