The Local Calendar 5/6/16 Ta Da!! – Opening of the Outdoor Markets, Green City and Evanston 5/7! Country Financial Market Bag Contest at Daley Plaza Market 5/12

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Posted: May 6, 2016 at 8:28 am

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Happy Spring! Finally we are at that green time of year which started with ramps and now we will see asparagus at the markets. For me, there is nothing better than grilled asparagus with the perfume of tarragon butter. The Green City Outdoor Market and the 41st Evanston Outdoor Farmers Market opens tomorrow. A couple of great newsletters to stay on top of what’s in season, recipes and just are a delight to read, are Prairie Fruit Farms, Brockman Family Farms and the 61st Market.

New!!! Just added: Weekend at White Pines Floristic Survey 5/20-5/22 QuadrUnicornucopia 5/20  Chicago Market BBQ Pop-Up 5/21   Heal The Planet Farm Festival at Locavore Farm Grant Park, IL 6/4

Go and pick up a Country Financial market bag at the opening of the Daley Plaza farmers market on May 12th.  The bag is really sturdy, Country Financial holds a design contest and gives scholarships to the winning students and finally it is always a unique, beautiful design.

Master Butcher Rob Levitt was busy at Cochon 555 this year. The event had a carnival-like atmosphere with mini-events happening within the larger event like pop-up ramen and pop-up Bang Bang pie. Chef Sarah Grueneberg and her merry crew from Monteverde won with a really creative display of pork dishes based on Chicago neighborhoods. The main focus of the event was stronger than ever on supporting and helping farmers raise heritage breed pigs. Piggy-Bank.org was the recipient of all this good-will and the farmers who provided the pigs were in attendance.

I highlight some of the larger farmers markets in the local calendar but I am happy to see that more mainstream media outlets are now publishing calendars of the farmers markets, like this comprehensive one from the Redeye. For a quick weekend getaway, farm dinners can be really fun for the whole family. They are a chance to visit with baby goats, see chickens and pigs, and eat uber local right at the farm. Some of the farm dinners in the area, Prairie Fruit Farms (Champaign), Slagel Family Farm, and Mint Creek Farm. You can have a farm dinner right in Chicago at Local Foods, their first dinner up is Bare Knuckle Farms on 5/19

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

Check it all out on the Local Monthly Calendar, farmers markets, farm dinners, good food and good times including the opening of the Green City and Evanston markets tomorrow, the AUA Spring Gathering, Seedling Sales at the Talking Farm in Skokie and more!

The MONTHLY Calendar

May 7

FD - ChampaignSpring Italian Dinner at Prairie Farms with Sunday Dinner Club

FMChicago (Back of the Yards)Last Indoor Market at the Plant Chicago 11am – 3pm 1400 W. 46th St.

Chicago (Edgewater)Chicago Market Spring Co-op Pop-Up The Belle Shore Apartments 1052 W. Bryn Mawr 2:30pm – 5:30pm

Chicago (Garfield Park)Garfield Park Conservatory Seedling Sale

FM - Chicago (Lincoln Park ) - First Saturday Outdoor Market Green City Market!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 8am -1 pm The Chef demo at 10:30am is Chef Paul Virant of Perennial/Virant and Vie Restaurant. The Chicago Green City Market’s Lincoln Park outdoor market is located at the south end of Lincoln Park between Clark and Stockton Drive (approximately 1817 N. Clark).

FMEvanstonDowntown Evanston Farmers Market Opens for its 41st Season! (Every Saturday through 11/5) 7:30am – 1pm Intersection of University Place and Oak Ave (behind Hilton Garden Inn, east of East Railroad Ave) The Farmers’ Market is accessible via CTA Bus #93 and runs every 25-30 minutes on Saturdays.

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

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

May 8

Happy Mother’s Day!!!!

May 9

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

May 10

GFChicago (West Loop)Publican Quality Meat’s Burger Night is back, Burgers, Bourbon, Beer and competition (weekly) 

May 11

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

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

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

May 12

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

May 14

Chicago (Lincoln Park)Meat-Curing with Rob Levitt of the Butcher and Larder and Evan Brady of The Craft Butcher Pantry  1pm – 2:30pm Local Foods 1427 West Willow

FM - Chicago (Lincoln Park ) - Green City Market 8am -1 pm The Chicago Green City Market’s Lincoln Park outdoor market is located at the south end of Lincoln Park between Clark and Stockton Drive (approximately 1817 N. Clark).

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

Skokie - Seedling Sales at The Talking Farm - 8am – 2pm 3669 Howard St. 1/2 mile west of McCormick Blvd

May 15

Chicago (Albany Park)AUA Spring Gathering at Global Gardens Refugee Center

Chicago (Edgewater)Chicago Food Swap and Book Signing of Emily Paster’s new book, Food Swap – 2-4pm Broadway Armory Fieldhouse 5917 N. Broadway 2nd floor

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

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

Skokie - Seedling Sales at The Talking Farm - 8am – 2pm 3669 Howard St. 1/2 mile west of McCormick Blvd

May 16

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

May 17

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

GF - Chicago (West Loop) - Publican Quality Meat’s Burger Night is back, Burgers, Bourbon, Beer and competition (weekly) 

May 18

FMAndersonville Farmers Market (Through 10/19) - 3-8pm Berwyn btwn Clark and Ashland Head over to Appellation Restaurant for a free glass of cava and market bites 7- 9pm

FM - Chicago (Lincoln Park ) - Green City Market (weekly) 8am -1 pm

GF - Chicago (Wicker Park) - $10 Beer and Burger Night at The Trenchermen - (weekly)

May 19 – 29

Chicago Craft Beer Week enough said!!!  With all the local and hyper-local brewers (nod to Marz Brewing & co) isn’t it craft beer week all year long in Chicago?

May 19

FDChicago (Lincoln Park) Dinner with Bare Knuckle FarmLocal Foods Join them at 6:00 pm for a cocktail and charcuterie reception. Dinner will follow immediately at 7:00 pm.  1427 West Willow

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

May 20 – 22

Mount MorrisWeekend at White Pines Floristic Survey in Bog Habitat with Duane Ambroz

May 20

New!!! GFChicago (West Town/East Humboldt Park)QuadrUnicornucopia – Star Lounge 2521 West Chicago Ave. To celebrate Craft Beer Week in Chicago and the 4th edition of this legendary collaboration between ( Star Lounge, Co-op Sauce, & Pipeworks Brewing Co.) Chefs Mike Bancroft and Anne Kostroski (Sauce and Bread, Stew Supper Club), will be creating 5 incredible courses with 5 of Pipeworks Brewing Co. signature brews and Coffee oh the Coffee from none other than the hosts with the mostest Dark Matter.  Co-op Sauce will also be debuting this years Unicorn Tears aged in a Pipeworks Beer barrel.

May 21

New!!! GF - Chicago (Andersonville) - Chicago Market BBQ Pop-Up 

FM - Chicago (Lincoln Park ) - Green City Market 8am -1 pm

FM Chicago (Hyde Park/Woodlawn)61st Outdoor Farmers Market (weekly) – 61st and Dorchester Hours  9-2pm If you are interested in this market, get on their mailing list, it is a good one, full of relevant information, recipes and food tips. Follow their facebook page.

Chicago (Woodlawn)Blacks In Green Annual South Side Homesteaders Fair Blacks in Green Orchard – 6044 S. Saint Lawrence Avenue

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

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

Skokie - Seedling Sales at The Talking Farm - 8am – 2pm 3669 Howard St. 1/2 mile west of McCormick Blvd

May 22

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

Skokie - Seedling Sales at The Talking Farm - 8am – 2pm 3669 Howard St. 1/2 mile west of McCormick Blvd

May 23

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

May 24

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

GF - Chicago (West Loop) - Publican Quality Meat’s Burger Night is back, Burgers, Bourbon, Beer and competition (weekly) 

May 25

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

Chicago (West Town)Forbidden Root Beer Dinner

FM - Chicago (Lincoln Park ) - Green City Market (weekly) 8am -1 pm

GF - Chicago (Wicker Park) - $10 Beer and Burger Night at The Trenchermen - (weekly

May 26

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

May 28

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

FM - Chicago (Lincoln Park ) - Green City Market 8am -1 pm

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

FMHomewood – Opening Day! Homewood Farmers Market - Homewood Farmers Market is every Saturday, May 28 through October 8. It is free and open to the public. There is ample free parking. Opening day festivities on May 28 include live entertainment by Jeff Maharry with members from Work In Progress. There will be face painting and balloon art for kids as well as complementary Homewood Farmers Market reusable shopping bags for patrons.

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

May 29

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

May 30

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

May 31

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

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

GF - Chicago (West Loop) - Publican Quality Meat’s Burger Night is back, Burgers, Bourbon, Beer and competition (weekly) 

June 1

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

FM - Chicago (Lincoln Park ) - Green City Market (weekly) 8am -1 pm

GF - Chicago (Wicker Park) - $10 Beer and Burger Night at The Trenchermen - (weekly

 

June 2

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

June 4

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

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

FM - Chicago (Lincoln Park ) - Green City Market 8am -1 pm

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

New!!! Grant Park ILHeal The Planet Farm FestivalLocavore Farm’s official season kick-off from 11 AM to 8 PM. It is an event to honor and support the work of those improving farming practices and fixing a broken food system in the Chicago and Northwest Indiana region. Small, sustainable farms within a 50 mile radius of Locavore Farm will join an exclusive organic and artisanal market. Event attendees will connect with farms close to their communities and learn about their growing practices, CSA programs, which markets they attend, and how to source food directly.’Barn doors’ open at 11:00 AM sharp. All ticket holders who ‘check-in’ between 11:00-11:15 AM will be entered into a raffle, featuring goods from participating artisans, farms, GET REAL NUTRITION, and Sunrise Health Foods. At 11:30 AM, Jordan Rubin will share about the regenerative farm practices at Heal the Planet Farm in Missouri and his work to influence a broken food and health system. At 12:30 PM, guests will gather around Locavore’s 100′ft. hand-crafted table or their stocked-pond for a gourmet boxed lunch prepared by Chef Sara Gallagher and her culinary team at Stella Bear Foods. At 1:30 PM, Freddie Franken and the Jazz Collective will perform live on the pond pier.

FM - Homewood - Homewood Farmers Market - Homewood Farmers Market is every Saturday through October 8. It is free and open to the public. There is ample free parking.

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

June 5

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

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

June 7

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

June 11

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

June 18

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

June 25

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

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


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

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Posted: April 8, 2016 at 8:42 am

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

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

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

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

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

The MONTHLY Calendar

April 9

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

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

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

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

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

April 10

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

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

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

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

April 12

GFWestern SpringsSpring Wine Dinner with Illahe Vineyards at Vie

April 14

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

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

April 16-17

Chicago (West Loop)The Chicagoland Artisan Chocolate Festival

April 16

ChicagoPinot Days at Navy Pier returns!!

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

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

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

Lake BluffNorth Shore Distillery Garage Sale

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

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

April 17

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

April 19

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

April 22

Earth Day

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

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

April 23

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 24

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

April 25

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

April 27

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

April 28

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

April 29- May 1

ChicagoSpring One-Of-A-Kind Show Merchandise Mart

April 30- May 1

GF – ChicagoBACONFEST RETURNS AGAIN UIC FORUM!!!!

April 30

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

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

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

May 7

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

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

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

May 8

Happy Mother’s Day!!!!

May 11

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

May 12

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

May 14

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

May 15

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

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

May 17

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

May 31

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

June 25

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

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




Happy Anniversary Irv and Shelly – Now Go Party This Sunday

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Posted: April 5, 2016 at 2:22 pm

Open House at Fresh Picks

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There’s almost ten years of operation, like thelocalbeet.com, and then there’s ten years of operation like Irv and Shelly’s Freshpicks, who keeps on chugging away, no extended hiatuses.  Birthed when barely anyone used the term locavore and now jammed up in a market with retail specialists, competing delivery services, and hell even that who will come on Sunday, i.e., Amazon.  Our friends Irv and Shelly  battle in a field they helped create.  For ten years, they have been working hard to keep you stocked in local and organic foods.  In celebration of their ten years, they’re having an open house this Sunday, April 10 from 3 to 6 PM.

For a while, people have been realizing that the food we get sucks. It’s produced in ways that harm the environment, disregards the welfare of animals, and exploits workers. And it would be nice if all that degradation produced something that tasted good. Realizing we needed better, renegades started advocating for “local” food, that is food from farmers they could know and trust. They wanted meaning with their food besides wanting it to taste like it was supposed to taste. Taking an idea like local food and putting local food on a table, are, well not always the same things. Irv and Shelly have been taking the proposition that people need to know their food and then (literally) delivering that food to them. All year. No one has been able to say for the last ten years around here, I cannot get the food I want to get. Just go to the web site, even this week, in the barest of seasons for local food, there’s area produce and there’s always meats, eggs, cheeses, and other local products to keep you living the locavore life. It’s been as much an ideal as it’s been a business model, but they are still trucking along <wince!>. We wish them the best of luck.

The open house this Sunday is a great way to thank Irv and Shelly and their whole team for all that they’ve done over the years, finding farmers, mapping routes, etc. Tour their operations. You will also be able to meet some of the farmers who sell to Irv and Shelly. See how its done. Peek behind the curtain. Then, partake celebrate the way that showcases their ideas best, with their inventory cooked up by some of their chef friends; plus there’s local beer and kombucha. Sounds like a great time.

Fresh Picks Open House
April 10th 3 pm to 6 pm
5625 W Howard St
Niles, IL 60714

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The Local Calendar 3/11/16 Baby Goat Time of Year at Prairie Fruit, Good Food Festival, 7th Annual Bee Forum, 17th Annual WhiskyFest, Local Food Lobby Day 4/7

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Posted: March 11, 2016 at 10:10 am

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Signs of Spring are in the air, woo hoo! One of them, my least favorite day of the year, spring ahead is this Sunday. However, a positive sign of Spring is that Prairie Fruit Farms in Champagne has already put up a schedule of the start of their farm dinners that include Sunday Dinner Club aka Honey Butter Fried Chicken folks and Chef Paul Virant and his merry band of chefs. Right now Prairie Fruits has an explosion of baby goats on the farm that you can visit with during their open house on March 19.

New!!! Slagel Family Farm Tour & Dinner Schedule out Band of Farmers, the Chicagoland CSA Coalition has a very active event calendar themselves. Spring Blooms Dinner with Chicago Women’s Brigade Stock Cafe  4/14 Dinner with Local Foods at Read It & Eat It:”The Chicago Homegrown Cookbook” 4/24 Rooftop Growing Guide Midwest Launch Local Foods 

It’s March so that means its time for the Good Food Festival and next month the Illinois Stewardship Alliance’s Local Food Lobby is April 7. The Peterson Garden Project is brimming with classes, gardening ideas and resources, so is a great site to check out! The Garfield Park Conservatory has a whole host of programming on bee-keeping and composting. The Morton Arboretum has an Edible Gardening Series starting Saturday, March 19  and running for 5 weeks. Mint Creek Farm is trying to get the most out of their sheep and are considering offering natural tanning and leather-workshops. Take their survey here and give them your feedback. Learn how to forage with Chef Iliana Regan and her crew from Elizabeth restaurant. 

A local cheese blog that points out the local cheesemakers to know, The Cheeseundergound, is sponsoring Cheesetopia at the Bridgeport Arts Center on Sunday April 10. The Talking Farm, which continues to expand their programming,  has their annual Spring Thaw celebration at Farmhouse in Evanston on April 17th. A happy thought to look forward to, the first of the outdoor markets open the week of May 8th, Mother’s Day.  Now onto the month ahead:

        The MONTHLY Calendar

March 11

GF – Chicago (Bridgeport) - LUMPEN Magazine #127 Release Party 7- 10pm Join them for some art and activism as we release issue # 127 of Lumpen Magazine. The ho down is from 7-10pm. They will have some refreshing media and beverages for you to enjoy. This event will also be the last time you can check out the beautiful Typeforce 7 exhibition. If you haven’t seen it you should.

March 12

FM - Bolingbrook - Faith 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

FM- Chicago (Rogers Park) - Glenwood Sunday Market (4/10, 5/15) The Glenwood Bar 6962 N Glenwood 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

FMPalatineFaith In Place Winter Farmers Markets – Countryside Church Unitarian Universalist

Wilmette - Going Green Matters - 12-5pm “Sustainable Suburbs – Michigan Shores Country Club 911 Michigan Ave.

March 14

Chicago – Between Bites –  Green River Chicago 6:30pm Between Bites connects communities and supports charitable causes through food-inspired storytelling. We created an ongoing philanthropic event series that celebrates meaningful and memorable food stories. Each event features six local personalities whose lives intersect with food, from writers to chefs to mixologists to restaurateurs.

GF – Chicago (Lincoln Park) - Monday Supper at Floriole by Floriole’s baker Alexander Roman, tickets available at the store and online.

March 16

GF – Chicago (Lakeview) – Good food alert!!! Bunny The Micro Bakery has a Nashville Hot Chicken Pop-up tonight. 6:30-9pm first come first serve. From previous experience, suggest you get their a little early I bet they will sell out in an hour.

March 17

Happy Saint Patricks Day!!!!

GF – Chicago (Edgewater) – Nica Nights Stew Supper Club at Sauce and Bread Kitchen 7pm

March 18

GD – Chicago17th Annual Whisky Fest - WhiskyFest™, the longest-running and best-attended whisky festival in the U.S., offers you the opportunity to taste from a selection of more than 300 whiskies from around the world.

March 19

FV - ChampaignSpring Open House Prairie Fruit Farms

Chicago (Garfield Park)Garfield Park Conservancy 7th Annual Bee Forum

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

LisleEdible Gardening Series Morton Arboretum  – 9:30pm – 12:30pm Grow A Vegetable Garden

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

March 20

GF – Chicago(Lakeview)Mac & Cheese Smackdown – Lincoln Hall

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

FMChicago (Pilsen)First Day of Spring Winter Market Honky Tonk BBQ 11am – 3:30pm

March 22

Chicago (Edgewater)Whole Hog Butchering Class at Sauce and Bread Kitchen

Geneva - Meet The Buyers as Beet contributor posted their is a Meet The Buyers event tonight.

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 31

GF – Chicago (Lincoln Park) - Chicago Women’s Brigade Spring Blooms Dinner at Stock Cafe (Local Foods) Join Chicago Women’s Brigade for a multi-course dinner and reception at Local Foods. The dinner will showcase the talents of nine Chicago-area women that are making impactful contributions to the city’s culinary scene.

April 2

FM - Chicago (Lincoln Park) -  Green City Market  ( 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.

Lisle - Edible Gardening Series Morton Arboretum  – 9:30pm – 12:30pm Growing Vegetables From Seeds

FMWoodstockWoodstock Winter Farmers Market 8am – 1pm (4/16 next market)

April 3

GF – Chicago (Lincoln Park) – The start of the Chef-In-Residence Series at White Oak Tavern featuring Chef Andrew Little of Josephine, a contemporary restaurant featuring American farmhouse cuisine located in Nashville, Tennessee. The CIR is a quarterly program inviting incredible forces within the national culinary community to share their talents with the city of Chicago. White Oak Tavern & Inn will open its doors to a series of chefs selected in partnership with Plate Magazine editor Chandra Ram, for a weekend of shared cooking and conversation.

April 7

Evanston – Bread Class by the Experts at Hewn Bread

Springfield - Illinois Stewardship Alliance Local Food Lobby Day

April 9

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

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

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

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

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

April 10

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

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

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

April 12

GFWestern SpringsSpring Wine Dinner with Illahe Vineyards at Vie

April 14

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

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

April 16-17

Chicago (West Loop)The Chicagoland Artisan Chocolate Festival

April 16

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

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

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

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

April 17

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

April 22

Earth Day

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

April 23

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

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

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

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

April 24

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

April 25

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

April 27

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

April 28

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

 

April 29- May 1

ChicagoSpring One-Of-A-Kind Show Merchandise Mart

April 30

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

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

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

May 7

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

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

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

May 8

Happy Mother’s Day!!!!

May 11

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

May 12

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

May 14

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

May 15

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

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

May 17

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

May 31

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

June 25

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

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Meet the Farmers – Meet the Buyers

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Posted: March 1, 2016 at 12:57 pm

Farmers throughout Illinois are invited to attend a Meet the Buyers event to meet local and regional food buyers March 22, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Northern Illinois Food Bank, 273 Dearborn Court, Geneva.  

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Meet the Buyers events are an opportunity for farmers to hear directly from buyers about what it takes to do business with their organizations. Buyers representing retail grocery stores and chains, foodservice distributors, wholesalers and others are invited to participate.

“Farmers will hear from several buyers and meet with them one-on-one so they can begin building working relationships,” said Cynthia Haskins, manager of business development and compliance, Illinois Farm Bureau. “It’s an excellent opportunity for both farmers and retailers.”

The following organizations are partnering to support the one-day event: Illinois Farm Bureau, Kane County Farm Bureau, Illinois Department of Agriculture, Northern Illinois Food Bank, Illinois Specialty Growers Association, and several surrounding county Farm Bureaus and University of Illinois Extension offices.

 According to Haskins, a partial line up of participating buying organizations includes: Jewel Osco, Fresh Thyme, Blue Goose Market, Goodness Greeness, Niemann Foods (County Market), Artisan Specialty Foods, Northern Illinois Food Bank, Testa Produce, Midwest Foods, Get Fresh, WI Food Hub Co-op among others.

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“This event is popular among farmers and buyers,” Haskins said. “More than 600 farmers have been able to link up with more than 100 decision makers among the grocery and foodservice industries.”

Farmers are encouraged to bring business cards and any handouts they have about their farming operation to share with buyers.

The event is $15 for Farm Bureau members and $20 for nonmembers. For online registration and more information, please visit http://www.ilfb.org and select the News and Events tab, Conferences and Events, then the March 22, 2016 Meet the Buyers Event.

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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. 

New!!! 3/5 Chicago Community Gardeners Association 4th Annual Conference South Shore Cultural Center 71st & South Shore Drive  3/6 Battle of the (meat) Balls Formentos 3/8 Hands-On Whole Hog Butchering Class at Sauce and Bread Kitchen 3/14 Between Bites 3/17 Nica Nights Stew Supper Club  4/10 Cheesetopia

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

New!!! FM – Chicago (Jefferson Park) – Farmers Market at the Congregational Church 10am – 2pm 5320 W. Giddings St.

New!!! Chicago (Lincoln Park) – Chicken Breakdown Class Local Foods 2-3:30pm

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

New!!! Chicago (Lincoln Park) – Pickling Class at Local Foods 

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

New!!! Chicago - Chicago Community Gardeners Association 4th Annual Conference South Shore Cultural Center 71st & South Shore Drive

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

New!!! Chicago (West Loop) - Battle of the (Meat) Balls - Formentos 

March 8

New!!! Chicago (Edgewater) - Whole Hog Butchering Class at Sauce and Bread Kitchen

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 14

New!!! Chicago – Between Bites –  Green River Chicago 6:30pm Between Bites connects communities and supports charitable causes through food-inspired storytelling. We created an ongoing philanthropic event series that celebrates meaningful and memorable food stories. Each event features six local personalities whose lives intersect with food, from writers to chefs to mixologists to restaurateurs.

March 17

Happy Saint Patricks Day!!!!

New!!! Chicago (Edgewater) – Nica Nights Stew Supper Club at Sauce and Bread Kitchen 7pm

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 22

New!!! Chicago (Edgewater)Whole Hog Butchering Class at Sauce and Bread Kitchen

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.

April 10

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

April 22

Earth Day

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

April 24

ChicagoCOCHON 555

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




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




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.

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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

 

beets

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 Monday, December 7th, 2015
The Local Calendar 12/4/15 Piggy Bank, Holiday Gift Ideas, Indoor Markets, One of a Kind Show, Green Grocer, Local Foods, SBK Kitchen Friday, December 4th, 2015
2015 Golden Beet Award Winners Announced Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015
Weekly Harvest of Eat Local Links Tuesday, December 1st, 2015
All Bad Tomatoes Are Alike Each Good Tomato is Good in Its Own Way on Menu Monday Monday, November 30th, 2015
RECYCLED AND UPDATED – The 3 Tastes of Winter Monday, November 30th, 2015
Reflections on 2015′s Garden Saturday, November 28th, 2015
Using fall and winter vegetables: Broccoli Tuesday, November 24th, 2015
On Monday We Find Tomatoes in Menu Plans for the Week Monday, November 23rd, 2015
What’s In Season is a Local Thanksgiving and Where to Shop for It Friday, November 20th, 2015
A list of Downstate winter markets Wednesday, November 18th, 2015
The Challenges of the Season this Menu Monday Monday, November 16th, 2015
What’s in Season and Where You Find It Are All a Matter of Perspective Friday, November 13th, 2015
Weekly Harvest of Eat Local Links Thursday, November 12th, 2015
Really Big List of Chicago Area Winter Markets Monday, November 9th, 2015
On Menu Monday I Wonder How I Once Resolved to Eat More Carrots Monday, November 9th, 2015
Weekly Harvest of Food Fights, Get-aways and Other Eat Local Links Friday, November 6th, 2015
The Local Calendar 11/6/15 Meat Matters, Ramenfest, Green Grocer and Local Foods Turkey Tastings, Chicago Market Co-op Pop-Up Friday, November 6th, 2015
Help Us Grow Young Farmers! Wednesday, November 4th, 2015
Illinois Stewardship Alliance bids farewell to Wes King Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015
Composting: Why it’s easy and why it matters Monday, November 2nd, 2015
The Return of Inventory on the Menu this Monday Monday, November 2nd, 2015
What’s In Season is Time to Say Goodbye and Where to Do It – Sponsored by Vera Friday, October 30th, 2015
How the West was Local Thursday, October 29th, 2015
The About Every Week’s Harvest of Eat Local Links Tuesday, October 27th, 2015
On the Menu This Monday, the Tastes of Summer Monday, October 26th, 2015
What’s Still in Season and Where You Can Still Find It – Sponsored by Vera Friday, October 23rd, 2015
What’s In Season Now: Your Root Cellar Tuesday, October 20th, 2015
A Crop of Midwestern Cuisine in The Weekly Harvest of Eat Local Links Friday, October 16th, 2015
What’s In Season and Where to Find It Are Changing – Sponsored by Vera Friday, October 16th, 2015
Screw Fall Flavors – Eggplant, Peppers on the Menu this Monday Monday, October 12th, 2015
The Inside Scoop: A Webinar For Working with the Media to Tell Your Farming Story Friday, October 9th, 2015
The Local Calendar 10/9/15 Time to Think Turkey, Feed Your Mind, TOTN, Pumpkin Season Friday, October 9th, 2015
Local Cheese in the Guardian and Other Things to See – Weekly Harvest of Eat Local Links Wednesday, October 7th, 2015
You Can Make the Lunches a Lot More Local Than I Did Tuesday, October 6th, 2015
UPDATED! – Think About What’s In Season Now and Where to Find It – Sponsored by Vera Friday, September 25th, 2015
This Week There’s a Harvest of Eat Local Links Thursday, September 24th, 2015
Growing the Ground: My Weekend on an Organic Farm Retreat, Part 2 Monday, September 21st, 2015
What’s In Season Can Be Had Later & Where to Find It – Sponsored by Vera Friday, September 18th, 2015
Chicagoland Brewery Updates Wednesday, September 16th, 2015
Downstate fundraiser benefits local food awareness Tuesday, September 15th, 2015
Growing the Ground: My Weekend on an Organic Farm Retreat – Part One Tuesday, September 15th, 2015
Weekly Harvest of Eat Local Links Friday, September 11th, 2015
The Local Calendar 9/10/15 Know Your Funding, Farm Aid 30, Spence Harvest Feast, Chicago Gourmet, Heritage BBQ, TOTN Thursday, September 10th, 2015
Lagunitas – Craft Beer’s Next Phase? Wednesday, September 9th, 2015
Making the Most of the Seasonal Bounty Wednesday, September 9th, 2015
Let’s Give Every Child Healthy Food Every Day! Get to the Taste of the Nation 10/11 Tuesday, September 8th, 2015
Weekly Harvest of Eat Local Links Friday, September 4th, 2015
Local Food Still in Season and Where to Find It – Sponsored by Vera Thursday, September 3rd, 2015
The Beet Goes on a Retreat Thursday, September 3rd, 2015
RECYCLED – The Many Ways to Put Away Tomatoes Tuesday, September 1st, 2015
Cochon 555 Heritage Breed BBQ is Back! Sunday 9/27 Morgan Manufacturing Monday, August 31st, 2015
Pining for Peppers on Menu Monday Monday, August 31st, 2015
Weekly Harvest of Eat Local Links Sunday, August 30th, 2015
It’s Busy Season – What’s in Season and Where to Find it Sponsored by Vera Friday, August 28th, 2015
What’s In Season Now – Local Food – (Hey John B) Thursday, August 27th, 2015
What’s in Season Now – Preserving the Seasonal Bounty – Learn How Aug 29 with Angelic Organics Learning Center Wednesday, August 26th, 2015
RECYCLED – Damien Casten’s Thoughts on Canning Garden Tomatoes Wednesday, August 26th, 2015
On the Menu This Monday, Peppers That Taste More Serbian? Monday, August 24th, 2015
We’re up to 148 top breweries in Chicagoland! Monday, August 24th, 2015
The Harvest is in Season and Where You Can Find it – Sponsored by Vera Friday, August 21st, 2015
The Little Over a Weekly Harvest of Eat Local Links Wednesday, August 19th, 2015
What’s In Season Now – Corks & Crayons – Sunday August 23 Wednesday, August 19th, 2015
Chicago Food Trucks: Who’s Locally sourcing? Tuesday, August 18th, 2015
Menu Monday has Pepper Possiblitities Monday, August 17th, 2015
Prepping the CSA Box Friday, August 14th, 2015
Many Local Tomatoes in Season and Where to Find Them – Sponsored by Vera Chicago Thursday, August 13th, 2015
It’s Grand! – Official Opening of Sugar Beet Coop Thursday, August 13th, 2015
RECYCLED: Eat Local Heirloom Tomatoes Wednesday, August 12th, 2015
Eat Local Cheese and Call It Turkish Breakfast Tuesday, August 11th, 2015
All is Not Gorgeous on Menu Monday Monday, August 10th, 2015
From Mercado to Market Saturday, August 8th, 2015
The Local Calendar 8/7/15 Runoff The Movie, Veggie Fest 8/15-16, Purple Asparagus 8/23, Food & Wine Festival 8/28-29 Friday, August 7th, 2015
We Harvest Jeannie and More in this Week’s Summer Bounty of Links Friday, August 7th, 2015
The 2015 Garden Wednesday, August 5th, 2015
Accelerate the Good Food Movement – Are You a Good Food Business Who Wants to Launch or Expand Wednesday, August 5th, 2015
We’re Number 2 – Eat Local Cheese Tuesday, August 4th, 2015
Smilin’ with the Bros at Smylie Bros. Tuesday, August 4th, 2015
The Best Place to Start Monday, August 3rd, 2015
Celebrate 16th Annual National Farmers Market Week! Monday, August 3rd, 2015
Neat Things in Boston; David Hammond, Visionary; Good Work Stewarts, and More – Weekly Harvest of Eat Local Links Friday, July 31st, 2015
HB2486 Cottage Food Expansion Bill – Signed into Law by Governor Rauner Friday, July 31st, 2015
Rain of Ruin Downstate Thursday, July 30th, 2015
Sugar Beet’s In Season, What Else and Where to Find It – Sponsored by Vera Thursday, July 30th, 2015
The Best Way to Eat Your Vegetables Wednesday, July 29th, 2015