The Local Calendar 4/16/14 One Last Soup and Bread, Mint Creek Brunch, Green City Market

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Posted: April 16, 2014 at 10:55 am

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Spring ramps have made it to some of your favorite restaurants, Chef Stephanie Izard tweeted Wednesday, “Ramps being delivered today! Hitting goat menus tomorrow! Yay spring might actually be here!!”, Lula Cafe tweeted today, ” Working on the first course for farm dinner tonight! Skatewing, clams, first of the season ramps.”

Farm dinners(should be called farm meal, some are brunches, lunches or dinners) with some of the most well known farmers get booked really quickly. Mint Creek is offering the first event of the season Easter brunch this Sunday. Here is Slagel Family Farm’s schedule for the season (5/3-10/4) . Their first dinner is Saturday May 3rd with Chef Paul Virant. Prairie Fruit Farms has announced their schedule(5/25-12/4) but they stagger their offerings, so their first 5 dinners went on sale and they just announced 2 family style brunches on May 3 and May 10. The offerings for the rest of the summer will be available for sale at the end of May. The best way to stay informed about ticket availability for these dinners is to sign up for the farm newsletters on their websites.

PGP(Peterson Garden Project) is one of the leading organizations in Chicago providing classes, programs and resources to teach you how to grow your own food, including a book “Fearless Food Gardening in Chicagoland” and soon it will be opening the Fearless Food Kitchen in Edgewater to teach you how to cook the food that you grow.

Do you live in the Evanston/Skokie area? The Talking Farm has lot of volunteer work days available for students, families and corporate team building time at their Howard Street Farm, located at 3701 Howard St on the Evanston/Skokie boarder. They even have a “Talking Farm Hand Certification Program” for those interested in urban agriculture.

It is that time of year for the Country Financial Farmers market bag contest! They’re giving away scholarship money to three Chicago high school students! If you know a student with a gift for art, encourage them to enter their Chicago Farmers MarketsReusable Bag Design Contest. The student with the winning design will win a $1,000 scholarship and see their art on thousands of farmers market canvas bags. Two runners-up will get $500 scholarships. Get more info on how to enter! We love their bags, we love that they are reusable and we love that Chicago high school students get scholarship money from this!

The 2014 CSA Guide is out! If you are a small to mid-size farmer reading this or know one let them know about the USDA’s resources for them, there is a webpage with all sorts of info here! There are so many organizations in Chicagoland providing resources, classes and advocacy on local food. Some of our favorites are Illinois Stewardship Alliance, Advocates for Urban Agriculture, and WeFarmAmerica.

Lots going on, 2 weeks until the Green City Market goes outdoors! The local calendar is picking up, now onto the week ahead, take advantage of the incredible markets and farmstead/craft/artisanal food and beverage scene that Chicago has to offer! We are very lucky!!!

The Week’s Local Calendar

April 16

Chicago - Soup and Bread at The Hideout - 6pm Last week! –  The Hideout 1354 West Wabansia Bread is donated as ever by their pals at Publican Quality Meats. Pay what you can donations benefit a local food pantry.

April 19

Chicago - Edible Gardens Workshop Green City Market - 9a;30am – 10:15am Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum  Planting the Garden of your Dreams Jeanne Nolan, founder of the edible-garden business The Organic Gardenerand author of the new book From the Ground Up, explains how to shatter the winter blues with a spring garden.

Chicago - Green City Market Indoor Market at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum  8am -1pm Opening Day for Outdoor is May 3!  Preorders for the new Green City Market Cookbook can be placed here.

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

ElginMarket Elgin - 9am -1pm 800 North State St.

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

April 20

Chicago - Dark Matter, Brooklyn Brewery and Half Acre Present Devil’s Lettuce Release Party (FREE) 6pm The Double Door 1572 North Milwaukee

Chicago - Logan Square Indoor Market  10am–3pm Logan Blvd 2755 North Milwaukee. The NOSH will share space with the Indoor Logan Square market at the old Pierre Bakery Building. Last day of the Logan winter market, spring/summer starts May 19th.

GlencoeChicago Botanic Garden Winter Farmers Market - 9am – 1pm  1000 Lake Cook Rd

Kempton(90 min from Chicago) - Mint Creek Easter Brunch - 11am Ticket price ($75) includes a fabulous brunch prepared by Chef Guia Hoffman at the beautiful and inviting Greenhouse Bed and Breakfast, of which she is part-owner. According to Harry, no one does brunch better than Guia — and all who know her are inclined to agree. Mint Creek meats will be featured, as will local produce (from the Greenhouse Bed and Breakfastand Three Plaid Farmers) when seasonally available. You’ll also enjoy a first-hand, interactive tour of the farm, where you’ll get out amongst the animals and learn all the ins and outs of the place from head farmer/owner Harry Carr.

Oak Park - Winter Market Faith In Place -8:30am – 1pm St. Giles Catholic Parish 1045 Columbian Ave.

April 21

Evanston – Free Screening Growing Cities at Farmhouse 703 Church St. 6:30pm Sponsored by Whole Foods Evanston

April 21- 25

Chicago – Checkout all the Whisky Week events!

April 22

Champaign - Ramp Fest The Land Connection Dinner and Silent Auction - 6:00 p.m. $150.00 Prairie Fruits Farm 4410 North Lincoln Avenue Please help them celebrate the coming of spring with a farm-to-table meal prepared by Chef Alisa DeMarco of Prairie Fruits Farm featuring ramps, the first wild green of the season

SAVE THE DATE

April 25

Chicago – 15th Annual Whiskyfest Chicago – This has SOLDOUT already but keep checking the calendar for all the other ancillary events that happen during this week!

Chicago - A Charitable Confection - A dessert cocktail party. Presented by Grandbaby Cakes. To support Project Orange Tree an active Chicago-based youth movement to stop the violence by both educating teens about its systemic causes and empowering youth to change the cycle. Project Oasis allows for the purchase land in Chicago’s most urban areas to transform them into much needed community gardens in food deserts and safe, peaceful areas for the surrounding youth.

April 26

Chicago – TND Presents 2nd Annual Safari Supper – 6pm   TND (Tuesday Night Dinner) Presents: invites you to join them for the 2nd annual Safari Supper, a progressive dinner showcasing Chicago’s underground dining community. Guests will travel to several distinct Chicago venues, each hosted by a different supper club. Included in the event are paired drinks, curated art and live music – all by way of bus. This sounds like A LOT OF FUN!!!!!!!!!! Tickets and more information here VIP

April 27

Crystal Lake – Eco-Friendly Food and Beer FestDuke’s Alehouse & Kitchen 2-6pm 110 Main St.

Lincoln Square - Salute to Women in Wine & Cheese - 7-8:30pm Provenance Lincoln Square  2312 W. Leland Avenue With Mother’s Day on the horizon, they are  inspired to create a different take on their wine & cheese pairing class. Taste a lineup of offerings made by great women cheese & wine makers. Join senior staff members Richard & Nicole for a fabulously tasty lineup! Cost is $35 per person. Participants receive 15% off any purchases made that night.

May 2

Chicago - Spring Off The Avenue – 5:30pm -8:30pm 444 W. Chicago Ave. The Chicago Lights Urban Farm and Free Write Jail Arts and Literacy are joining together for an event showcasing what’s growing in these two Chicago Lights programs.  The evening will feature art, poetry, and performances by Free Write Jail Arts, along with food, drinks, and networking in a beautiful greenhouse setting.

May 2 – 3

Ottawa - Midwest Morel Fest

May 3

Champaign – Family Style Brunch at Prairie Fruit 9:30am and 11:30am seatings

ChicagoOpening Day of the Green City Market Outdoor Location!

Chicago – Graze Issue 5 Release Party 8-11pm The Charnel House 3421 W. Fullerton

*FD Fairbury, Il/Chicago - Slagel Family Farm Dinner – Farm tour and dinner 2:30pm Chef Paul Virant Vie/Perennial Virant $125 Bus option Noon 1800 N. Lincoln BYOB

May 8

Chicago – Beats and BBQ Growing Power Iron Street Farm - 5:30pm We’ll have delicious BBQ and veggies from the farm, as well as local beer to quench your thirst. Duane Powell of Maximum Audio Visual will be providing the “beets” for our BBQ. They’ll have tours of the farm at 6pm and 7pm.  Come see what’s growing, taste honey from our six bee hives, pet our adorable goats, and see the newest commercial compost facility in Chicago. Your ticket and donation help fund their work in Chicago.  Thanks to our Advisory Board for coordinating this exciting dinner.

May 10

Champaign - Family Style Brunch at Prairie Fruit 9:30am and 11:30am seatings

May 11

Stelle(90 min from Chicago) - Mint Creek Mother’s Day Brunch – 11am

May 12

Chicago – SWANK-A-LICIOUS – Les Dames Escoffier Bi-Annual Fundraiser 5:30pm – 9:30pm Gallery 1028 1028 North Hooker St.

May 15

Chicago - Second Annual Chefs Playground - A benefit for The Academy of Global Citizenship Terzo Piano at the Modern Wing of the Art Institute

May 20

Chicago – 12th Annual Growing Home Spring Dinner and Auction – Salvage One 1840 W. Hubbard 5:30pm – 9:30pm Tickets

May 25

*FD Champaign – Prairie Fruit Farms Dinner Honey Butter Fried Chicken Memorial Day Celebration Chicago sensation chefs Christine Cikowski and Josh Kulp of Honey Butter Fried Chicken and Sunday Dinner Club fame will return to the farm for our first dinner of the season. This event will be held from 1-5pm. It is a simpler menu and is priced at $85 per seat. (Sold out, availability will be determined by any cancellations)

May 31

*FD Champaign – Prairie Fruit Farms Dinner -1-5pm “Bring on the spring!”  Sit down with guest farmers John and Connie Caveny to savor some of their spring, grass-fed lamb.  Rhubarb, asparagus, greens, and other early season delicacies will complement the featured meat. (Sold out, availability will be determined by any cancellations) $125 text/tip BYOB liquor will be for sale at the event as well.

June 11

Chicago/Andersonville – “Piggy Benefit for Southern Foodways AllianceBig Jones (southern heirloom cooking) – 6pm 5347 North Clark To quote Chef Paul Fehribach, “this will be a good one!” They are pleased to offer some deeply rooted Kentucky cooking for their second Piggy Bank Dinner, a benefit for the Southern Foodways Alliance. Julian Van Winkle will be there to discuss his storied bourbon (12, 15, and 23 year will be served) plus a couple of selections from Buffalo Trace Distillery, and they are cooking up a 5-course menu with receipts and inspiration from Lettice Bryan’s The Kentucky Housewife (Louisville, 1839) and The Foxfire Book of Appalachian Cookery. SFA documentary films will be shown, The Poker Night String Band will play some righteous tunes, and good times will be had by all.

June 14

*FD Champaign - Prairie Fruit Farms Dinner -1-5pm Wild Game Dinner  Prairie Fruits Farm on the Range: Longhorn cattle, bison, and elk; they conjure up an image of open range on the western plains, don’t they? Yet, here we are in east-central Illinois, 20 minutes from K & D Ranch. They raise all three of these large and graceful herbivores on their farm near Kickapoo State Park, and they’ll be our guest farmers for this meat centric meal.  Expect late spring and early summer vegetables and fruits to adorn the menu as well. $125 text/tip BYOB liquor will be for sale at the event as well.

June 21

*FD Fairbury, Il/Chicago - Slagel Family Farm Dinner - Farm tour and dinner 2:30pm Chefs Cosmo Goss and Chris Kuziemko The Publican/Publican Quality Meats $125 Bus option Noon 1800 N. Lincoln BYOB

June 28

*FD Champaign - Prairie Fruit Farms Dinner -1-5pm The Urbana Butcher comes to the Farm Chef Josh Boyd earned his culinary stripes cooking at Bacaro and Carmon’s Restaurant in downtown Champaign. He’s recently opened “The Urbana Butcher” shop in downtown Urbana, to rave reviews.  He specializes in house-made sausages, pickles and country pates.  This dinner will transport you to the French countryside, where pork is king and fresh, impromptu menus are the norm (Sold out, availability will be determined by any cancellations) $125 text/tip BYOB liquor will be for sale at the event as well.


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The Local Calendar 3/26/14 Farm Dinner Season, Local Foods Awareness Day, Come See Us At Soup And Bread Tonight!

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Posted: March 26, 2014 at 9:09 am

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It is that time of year to start scheduling your farm dinner. Farm dinners with some of the most well known farmers get booked really quickly. Here is Slagel Family Farm’s schedule for the season (5/3-10/4) and all are available for sale now. Prairie Fruit Farms has announced their schedule(5/25-12/4) but they stagger their offerings, so their first 5 dinners went on sale and only the wild game dinner on June 14 still has tickets available, the others are sold out. The offerings for the rest of the summer will be available for sale at the end of May. The best way to stay informed about ticket availability for these dinners is to sign up for the farm newsletters on their websites.

Congratulatons Peterson Garden Project on your 5th Anniversary!!! PGP is the leading organization in Chicago providing classes, programs and resources to teach you how to grow your own food, including a book “Fearless Food Gardening in Chicagoland” and soon it will be opening the Fearless Food Kitchen(support their KICKSTARTER to make it happen) in Edgewater to teach you how to cook the food that you grow.

It is that time of year for the Country Financial Farmers market bag contest! They’re giving away scholarship money to three Chicago high school students! If you know a student with a gift for art, encourage them to enter their Chicago Farmers MarketsReusable Bag Design Contest. The student with the winning design will win a $1,000 scholarship and see their art on thousands of farmers market canvas bags. Two runners-up will get $500 scholarships. Get more info on how to enter! We love their bags, we love that they are reusable and we love that Chicago high school students get scholarship money from this!

The 2014 CSA Guide is out! If you are a small to mid-size farmer reading this or know one let them know about the USDA’s resources for them, there is a webpage with all sorts of info here! There are so many organizations in Chicagoland providing resources, classes and advocacy on local food. Some of our favorites are Illinois Stewardship Alliance, Advocates for Urban Agriculture, WeFarmAmerica and The Talking Farm in Skokie.

Thanks to Wes King and all the folks that went to the Springfield today to advocate on behalf of local foods! Woo hoo! Come out tonight to Soup and Bread at The Hideout, some of the Beets, Rob and @Shes_Cooking, Jeannie, will be there slinging soup and raising funds for Benton House, the theme is herbalism. Lots going on, the local calendar is picking up, now onto the week ahead:

The Week’s Local Calendar

March 26

Chicago - Soup and Bread at The Hideout - 6pm   Herbalism –  The Hideout 1354 West Wabansia Rob and @Shes_Cooking and Jeannie will all be slinging soup tonight. So come by, we would love to see you!! Bread is donated as ever by their pals at Publican Quality Meats. Pay what you can donations benefit Benton House.

Chicago - Cider and a Movie- Tierralismo at Uncommon Ground - 6-8pm Uncommon Ground 1401 West Devon Join Growing Home in this unique opportunity to enjoy Virtue cider and appetizers while exploring the intriguging, relevant, and inspiring world of Cuban agriculture! Harry Rhodes, Growing Home’s Executive Director and leader in Chicago’s urban agriculture movement, will speak about his recent trip to Cuba and discuss how Cuban agricultural practices relate to urban farming and development in Chicago. Following the discussion, you’ll screen Tierralismo by Alejandro Ramirez Anderson, an inspiring documentary about a 26-acre farming co-op in the outskirts of Havana.

Chicago – Beyond Gourmet “A Spirited Cocktail Dinner” at The Bristol – Friend of the farmer Chef Chris Pandel has designed  a creative, seasonal four-course menu.  The dinner will be paired with cocktails handcrafted by Mixologist David Willhite and guest Mixologists Debbi Peek and Bridget Albert from Southern Wine & Spirits.  Willhite will teach attendees how to prepare the perfect cocktail at home while Chef Pandel will reveal his favorite spirits and pairing tips.

Springfield - 2014 Local Foods Awareness Day at the Capitol 10am to 4pm The State Library & Capitol Complex Join local food consumers, farmers and advocates from around Illinois working to promote and raise awareness about local food systems and sustainable agriculture in Illinois. Sponsored by the Illinois Stewardship Alliance.

March 27

Chicago – Good Greens Meeting – Monthly meeting held by the USDA FNS (Food & Nutrition Service) in Chicago. There’s a great line-up of presenters(  and Good Greens meetings are always wildly eclectic networking.    You never know who’s going to show up. Some of the presenters will be Andrew Lutsey, co-founder Local Foods, Dan Susman producer film Growing Cities, Funding for Snap machines at farmers markets.

March 28

Chicago – Counter Culture Sustainable Spring Initiative  11am (Public cupping session at 10am every Friday) 117 N. Ada St. Community Sponsored Agriculture (CSA), : Green Grocer Chicago will be talking about what a CSA is and the benefits. They are a curated CSA from multiple farms around the city and Illinois.

March 29-30

Chicago –  2-DAY WORKSHOP: “HIGH BIONUTRIENT CROP PRODUCTION - 9:30am – 4:30pm Garfield Park Conservatory  Learn from a life long Farmer of his understanding and first hand experiences utilizing a Biological Approach to crop production. Dan Kittredge, Executive Director of the Bionutrient Food Association (BFA) & the Real Food Campaign, will lead the workshop.  Cost: $150.00, with Scholarship funds available for Farmers. *For Event Information*: please contact the North Lawndale GreeningCommittee – Dr. Shemuel Israel, President NLGC – cell: 773-332-7887; or Annamaria Leon, Director, Education & Community Outreach cell: 414-339-55537, or email at  nlgreeningcommittee@gmail.co

March 29

Chicago – Thriving Cultures Kimchi Workshop -1pm  Sacred Keepers Sustainability Lab -4445 S. King 2nd floor

Chicago - Cheese 101 – Bar Pastoral 12pm – 1:30pm 2947 North Broadway Join the crew at Bar Pastoral for a delectable cheese primer that answers all of your questions about cheese. Washed rind, soft ripened, farmstead; what does it all mean? Join the master cheese mongers of Pastoral in a guided tasting of carefully selected cheeses that cover a wide variety of cheese making styles and techniques. Giving you the tools necessary to walk up to any cheese counter and select your cheeses like a pro. $45 These folks know their cheese!

Chicago - Green City Market Indoor Market at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum  8am -1pm Chef demonstration Heather Terhune Sable 10:30-11:30am Next markets will take place:, 4/5, 4/19. Preorders for the new Green City Market Cookbook can be placed here.

ChicagoGrowing Power Iron Street Farm Stand - 10am – 3pm 3333 South Iron St. With their hoop houses they have fresh produce all winter

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

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

March 30

Chicago - Logan Square Indoor Market  10am–3pm Logan Blvd 2755 North Milwaukee. The NOSH will share space with the Indoor Logan Square market at the old Pierre Bakery Building. Last day of the Logan winter market, spring/summer starts May 19th.

GlencoeChicago Botanic Garden Winter Farmers Market - 9am – 1pm  1000 Lake Cook Rd

Oak Park - Winter Market Faith In Place -8:30am – 1pm St. Giles Catholic Parish 1045 Columbian Ave.

March 31

Chicago - (I AM) FUNdraiser for Chef Dean Zanella(story here thanks to DNAInfo)  Hot Chocolate1747 N. Damen Ave. Eleven chefs (and counting) will cook dinner that evening alongside Hot Chocolate’sMindy Segal. They include John Hogan of Keefer’s; Roger Herring of Grand Tour; Bill Kim of bellyQ, Urbanbelly and Belly Shack; Rob Levitt of the Butcher and LarderLa Sirena Clandestina‘s John Manion; Elissa Narow of Perennial Virant and Vie; Piccolo Sogno‘s Tony Priolo; Giuseppe Tentori of GT Fish and Oyster; Heather Terhune ofSable Kitchen and Bar, and Takashi Yagihashi of Takashi and Slurping Turtle. The cost of the dinner is $200. Only 100 will be sold. Call 773-489-1747 to reserve

Chicago - Chowdah Fest is back at Columbia Yacht Club

April 1

Chicago – Bacon Month Kickoff Party – 7-10pm The Berkshire Room 110 East Ohio

SAVE THE DATE

April 3

New!!! Evanston – Seeds To Success – Urban Farming As Economic Development  6pm Rotary International 1560 Sherman Ave.  Visit the indoors Farmers Marketplace to mingle with local vendors and purveyors of Chicago’s native goods. At 7 p.m. attend a free panel discussion and hear experts discuss the future of Chicagoland urban farms in alleviating poverty. The panel will be moderated by WBEZ‘s Monica Eng host of the podcast Chewing the Fat and includes the following panelists: *Kathy Dickhut– Deputy Commissioner at City of Chicago Department of Housing and Economic Development *Erika Allen– Project leader for Growing Power’s Grant Park community garden project  *Rebekah Silverman– Associate Director of Growing Home *Blake Davis– Board Member of the Plant Chicago and professor at IIT

Along with Green City Market, Rotary is hosting a Farmers Marketplace prior to the panel event. Here are a just few: Green City Market, Farmhouse, Rotary First Harvest, Yellow Tractor, Growing Home, and Growing Power.

April 4-5

Beloit, WI – The Right to Food Conference with Vandana Shiva Beloit College Co-sponsored by Angelic Organics and the Weissberg Program in Human Rights

April 4

Chicago – Celebrate Spring With AUA’s Movie and Mingle Night! 7-10:30pm Benton House 3034 S. Gratten Ave. Special documentary screening of A Community of Gardeners” Local food and beer donated by Lagunitas You have to watch the trailer of this film, it takes 2 minutes and you will be inspired.

April 5

Chicago – Spring Lamb Butcher Class – From the folks at The Red Meat Market

Chicago – First Annual South Siders Homesteaders Fair – Sponsored by Blacks In Green 10am – 2pm Logan Center for the Arts Univ. of Chicago 915 E. 60th St.

April 6

Chicago - Chicago Food Swap 3pm The Chopping Block Sign up for their newsletter to get all the information on signup and how it works

Evanston – The Talking Farm presents “Celebrate The Growing Season at Farmhouse” 5-8pm Farmhouse 703 Church St. In celebration of their first full growing season at The Howard Street Farm, The Talking Farm presents, Celebrate the Growing Season, an event featuring appetizers, a buffet dinner, and local brews provided by Farmhouse Evanston, live music by The Greenleaf Band*, and raffle prizes. The evening will begin with passed hors d’oeuvres, and proceed with a buffet dinner in Farmhouse Evanston’s special event space. $75 inclusive

Niles – Irv and Shelly’s Open House and Pig Roast – 3-6pm 5625 West Howard Rob writes about it here.

April 10

Chicago – Presale tickets go on sale for the Chicago Gourmet Festival including tickets for the Grand Cru tasting as well!

Chicago - The Art of Simple Food Alice Waters in Conversation With Ruth Reichl The Chicago Humanties Festival 6pm The Art Institute Reception following benefitting the Edible Schoolyard Project and Green City Market. Tickets

April 11

Chicago – 2 Sparrows Home Brew Dinner – 7pm 553 West Diversey The Lincoln Park brunch outpost’s focus on hyper-local expands for this dinner to feature four Chicago home brewers – including 2 Sparrows’ own bartender Ryne Schofstal – pouring five one-of-a-kind beers along with a five-course meal by Chef Gregory Ellis.  Local beer aficionados in the area are invited in for what is sure to be an unforgettable meal, and the opportunity to taste home brews crafted right here in the city. Tom Keith this is right up your alley!

Wheaton - Soup and Bread Fundraiser 6:30pm – 8pm Tom’s Price Home Furnishings 303 Front St. In support of The People’s Resource Center

April 12

Chicago – CoffeeCon Chicago – 1029 W. 35th St. Held at the Zhou B Art Center (Zhou is pronounced: Joe)  from 9 am to 5 pm. In keeping with CoffeeCon’s mission to be the world’s largest coffee house atmosphere, they found a compelling venue: an art gallery. Purchase tickets here

Chicago – 4th Annual Pastoral Artisan Producer Festival – French Market 11am – 3pm Every year this free event gets ever more crowded. So this year I suggest being strategic, get there early to meet the actual producers of many of the cheeses and products that Pastoral sells.

April 13

Chicago - It’s Back For Its 6th Year Cochon 555 - Blackstone Hotel – 636 S. Michigan 4-8pm I’m passionate about promoting food sources that support a more natural, sustainable food system,” explains Brady Lowe, founder of Cochon 555. Includes over 30 dishes prepared from the entirety of heritage breed pigs from nose to tail, paired with premium wines, brews and spirits and so MUCH MORE!

April 15

Chicago – Re-Thinking Soup What A Waste – Food Loss and Recovery6-7pm Jane Addams Hull House Museum 800 S. Halsted Free Guest Presenters: Ken Dunn, Resource Center, Rajesh Karmani, Zero Precent, Greater Chicago Food Depository Tossing last week’s leftovers or the wilted lettuce, still wrapped in the store packaging (yikes!) is indeed wasteful. But consumer behavior is only one dimension of the global food loss issue affecting agriculture today. In fact, food waste affects every step of the supply chain between farm and fork – from transport to processor to retail, to yes, your home kitchen. According to USDA estimates, between 30 and 50 percent of all food produced is discarded, much of it edible.

April 17

Happy April Food Day!

April Food Day is an event to promote awareness of food pantries by bringing your local community together to participate in a local food drive. We are excited to honor food pantry employees and celebrate the volunteers that support them. Through social media we are infusing fun into the food received from our local pantries by posting recipes and videos cooking our favorite meals.We are growing into the single largest day of food drives across communities. This event is sponsored by the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago.

April 22

Champaign – Ramp Fest The Land Connection Dinner and Silent Auction - 6:00 p.m. $150.00 Prairie Fruits Farm 4410 North Lincoln Avenue Please help them celebrate the coming of spring with a farm-to-table meal prepared by Chef Alisa DeMarco of Prairie Fruits Farm featuring ramps, the first wild green of the season

April 25

Chicago – 15th Annual Whiskyfest Chicago – This has SOLDOUT already but keep checking the calendar for all the other ancillary events that happen during this week!

Chicago - A Charitable Confection - A dessert cocktail party. Presented by Grandbaby Cakes. To support Project Orange Tree an active Chicago-based youth movement to stop the violence by both educating teens about its systemic causes and empowering youth to change the cycle. Project Oasis allows for the purchase land in Chicago’s most urban areas to transform them into much needed community gardens in food deserts and safe, peaceful areas for the surrounding youth.

April 27

Crystal Lake – Eco-Friendly Food and Beer FestDuke’s Alehouse & Kitchen 2-6pm 110 Main St.

Lincoln Square - Salute to Women in Wine & Cheese - 7-8:30pm Provenance Lincoln Square  2312 W. Leland Avenue With Mother’s Day on the horizon, they are  inspired to create a different take on their wine & cheese pairing class. Taste a lineup of offerings made by great women cheese & wine makers. Join senior staff members Richard & Nicole for a fabulously tasty lineup! Cost is $35 per person. Participants receive 15% off any purchases made that night.

May 3

*FD Fairbury, Il/Chicago - Slagel Family Farm Dinner – Farm tour and dinner 2:30pm Chef Paul Virant Vie/Perennial Virant $125 Bus option Noon 1800 N. Lincoln BYOB

May 15

Chicago - Second Annual Chefs Playground - A benefit for The Academy of Global Citizenship Terzo Piano at the Modern Wing of the Art Institute

May 25

*FD Champaign – Prairie Fruit Farms Dinner Honey Butter Fried Chicken Memorial Day Celebration Chicago sensation chefs Christine Cikowski and Josh Kulp of Honey Butter Fried Chicken and Sunday Dinner Club fame will return to the farm for our first dinner of the season. This event will be held from 1-5pm. It is a simpler menu and is priced at $85 per seat. (Sold out, availability will be determined by any cancellations)

May 31

*FD Champaign – Prairie Fruit Farms Dinner -1-5pm “Bring on the spring!”  Sit down with guest farmers John and Connie Caveny to savor some of their spring, grass-fed lamb.  Rhubarb, asparagus, greens, and other early season delicacies will complement the featured meat. (Sold out, availability will be determined by any cancellations) $125 text/tip BYOB liquor will be for sale at the event as well.

June 11

Chicago/Andersonville – “Piggy Benefit for Southern Foodways AllianceBig Jones (southern heirloom cooking) – 6pm 5347 North Clark To quote Chef Paul Fehribach, “this will be a good one!” They are pleased to offer some deeply rooted Kentucky cooking for their second Piggy Bank Dinner, a benefit for the Southern Foodways Alliance. Julian Van Winkle will be there to discuss his storied bourbon (12, 15, and 23 year will be served) plus a couple of selections from Buffalo Trace Distillery, and they are cooking up a 5-course menu with receipts and inspiration from Lettice Bryan’s The Kentucky Housewife (Louisville, 1839) and The Foxfire Book of Appalachian Cookery. SFA documentary films will be shown, The Poker Night String Band will play some righteous tunes, and good times will be had by all.

June 14

*FD Champaign - Prairie Fruit Farms Dinner -1-5pm Wild Game Dinner  Prairie Fruits Farm on the Range: Longhorn cattle, bison, and elk; they conjure up an image of open range on the western plains, don’t they? Yet, here we are in east-central Illinois, 20 minutes from K & D Ranch. They raise all three of these large and graceful herbivores on their farm near Kickapoo State Park, and they’ll be our guest farmers for this meat centric meal.  Expect late spring and early summer vegetables and fruits to adorn the menu as well. $125 text/tip BYOB liquor will be for sale at the event as well.

June 21

*FD Fairbury, Il/Chicago - Slagel Family Farm Dinner - Farm tour and dinner 2:30pm Chefs Cosmo Goss and Chris Kuziemko The Publican/Publican Quality Meats $125 Bus option Noon 1800 N. Lincoln BYOB

June 28

*FD Champaign - Prairie Fruit Farms Dinner -1-5pm The Urbana Butcher comes to the Farm Chef Josh Boyd earned his culinary stripes cooking at Bacaro and Carmon’s Restaurant in downtown Champaign. He’s recently opened “The Urbana Butcher” shop in downtown Urbana, to rave reviews.  He specializes in house-made sausages, pickles and country pates.  This dinner will transport you to the French countryside, where pork is king and fresh, impromptu menus are the norm (Sold out, availability will be determined by any cancellations) $125 text/tip BYOB liquor will be for sale at the event as well.


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The Local Calendar 3/12/14 The Good Food Fest Is Here, Soup And Bread Tonight, Green City Market And More!

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Posted: March 12, 2014 at 10:29 am

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As we go into the incredible 3 days of the Good Food Festival at UIC that brings farmers, advocates, activists, policy makers, entrepreneurs, educators, chefs, from all over the state and country to celebrate, showcase, connect, debate and focus on all things sustainable in the food world, there are a few groups, in particular, that work year round in advocating for and nurturing local food systems in Chicago and Illinois. The Illinois Stewardship Alliance is one of them and you can join them March 26 at the state capitol in Springfield in lobbying our legislators for Local Foods Awareness Day.  A few other groups that standout in offering resources for the beginning to well seasoned food advocate, urban farmer and gardener, Advocates for Urban Agriculture, The Peterson Garden Project (you can buy their book Fearless Food Gardening), WeFarmAmerica, and The Talking Farm in Skokie. As more grocers open in Chicago selling “local” food, there are a”few farm in a store” businesses that have been leaders in advocating, nurturing and encouraging their customers in cooking, eating and supporting the local food community in Chicago, The Green Grocer (West Loop, Noble Square), Sauce and Bread Kitchen (Edgewater), and River Valley Farmer’s Table(Lincoln Square).

It is that time of year for the Country Financial Farmers market bag contest! They’re giving away scholarship money to three Chicago high school students! If you know a student with a gift for art, encourage them to enter their Chicago Farmers MarketsReusable Bag Design Contest. The student with the winning design will win a $1,000 scholarship and see their art on thousands of farmers market canvas bags. Two runners-up will get $500 scholarships. Get more info on how to enter!http://cfin.us/1fZsbE4 We love their bags, we love that they are reusable and we love that Chicago high school students get scholarship money from this!

The 2014 CSA Guide is out! If you are small to mid-size farmer or know one let them know about the USDA’s resources for them, there is a webpage with all sorts of info here!

Now onto the week ahead, it is the Good Food Festival but there are farmers markets, dinners, and other events going on as well:

The Week’s Local Calendar

March 12

Chicago - Soup and Bread at The Hideout - 6pm   Daylight Savings Soup (aka “Lighten Up”) -  5:30pm The Hideout 1354 West Wabansia This week their soup cooks spring forward with a slate of soups simmered with an extra hour of light. On the docket are Michael Slaboch and Penny Duff, the Kovler Center’s Mary Black, Lisa Haufschild, The Fountainhead’s Cleetus Friedman, and more. Their guest DJ is Numero Group’s Michael Slaboch. Bread is donated as ever by their pals at Publican Quality Meats. Pay what you can donations benefit Hands to Help Ministries

March 13

Chicago - Good Food Financing and Innovation Conference 8:30am – 5:30pm UIC Forum The opening symposium at 9:20am includes Walter Robb, co-CEO, Whole Foods Market, Howard Tullman, 1871, Kimbal Musk, The Kitchen Community, Tesla, SpaceX, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Erika Allen, Growing Power, Jim Slama, President, FamilyFarmed.org The conference helps to address one of the biggest challenges facing the Good Food Movement: helping food and farm businesses scale up to meet the burgeoning demand for local, sustainable, and artisanal food.

March 14

Chicago – Counter Culture Sustainable Spring Initiative  11am (Public cupping session at 10am every Friday) 117 N. Ada St. Community Sponsored Agriculture (CSA), : Green Grocer Chicago will be talking about what a CSA is and the benefits. They are a curated CSA from multiple farms around the city and Illinois.

Chicago – Trade Show, School Food and Policy Conference  8:30am – 7pm  Local and Sustainable Products Tradeshow, 10:00am – 5:30pm The Good Food Trade Show supports farmers, trade buyers, and other stakeholders to grow their businesses and the Good Food community. Three tracks of panel discussions, Trade, Food Policy and Farm To School. From 5:30pm – 7pm there is a Legislative Panel & Discussion which includes Illinois Department of Agriculture Director Robert F. Flider; State Senator David Koehler; State Representative Robyn Gabel (invited); State Representative Mike Tryon. Senator Koehler introduced SB 1666 last February 2013 and has currently has 18 co-sponsors. According to the text of the bill, its purpose is to “facilitate the exercise of the fundamental right of the people of Illinois to be fully informed about whether the food they purchase and eat is produced with genetic engineering so that they can choose for themselves whether to purchase and eat such foods.” For anyone interested in the a GE Labeling bill in Illinois this a panel to attend!!

Chicago - Localicious – UIC Forum 7-9:30pm Join them to celebrate the farmers who grow your food and the chefs who transform it. Check out 2014′s participants- with more being added daily! Begyle Brewing • Big Bowl • Big Jones • Browntrout • Cello Via • Chicago DinerCrop to Cup Coffee • DasRadler • Death’s Door Spirits • Duke’s Ale House • Eataly  Farmhouse • Fenn Valley Winery • FEW Spirits • Floriole Cafe • Foodlife • Fresh Coast Distributors  •  J.K. Williams Distillery • Journeyman Distillery • Katherine Anne Confections • Koval Distillery • Lehman’s Orchard • Lyfe Kitchen •  Midwest Wine Selections • Mon Ami Gabi • NessAlla Kombucha • New Holland Brewing • North Shore Distillery Osteria Via Stato •   Paris Club Bistro and Bar • Pure Kitchen Catering • Quincy Street Distillery • River Valley Farmer’s Table  • Round Barn Winery • SenTEAmental Moods  Uncommon Ground • Virtue Cider  • Untitled • White Oak Gourmet Wollersheim Winery • Yoberri Gourmet Purchase tickets here.

March 15 – 23

Chicago - Chicago Flower and Garden Show Navy Pier Includes places like Dirk’s Fish on the slate for a cooking demo and Growing Power always participates.

March 15

Chicago - Good Food Festival and Workshops 9am – 5pm UIC Forum Admission includes access to the exhibit hall, the CSA Farmers Pavillion, micro sessions in the Good Food Commons area and the Chefs at Play demos with Master of Ceremonies Catherine De Orio, Check, Please! : 10:30 – 11:30  Rick Bayless Xoco, Frontera Grill, Topolobampo, Frontera Fresco, 11:45 – 12:30 Paul Virant  Perennial Virant, Vie 1:00 – 1:45 Erling Wu-Bower , Nico Osteria,  2:15 – 3:00 Jason Vincent  Nightwood A whole host of workshops for additional fees including Home Butchery and Curing with Michael Ruhlman & Brian Polcyn!

Chicago - Band of Farmers Talent Show The Hideout 7pm – 10pm 1354 West Wabansia They  had so much fun last year, there was no question of making this an annual event! FOURTEEN farms are involved so far with acts from punk to puppets. Come for one or come for all. Door price is $10 or $5 with proof of attendance at the Good Food Fest. Money goes towards the effort and their budding coalition. All farms will be participating the same day in Good Food Festival & Conference – Chicago, so you will have ample opportunity to find out if Community Supported Agriculture is right for you.

Chicago - Winter Farmers Market Faith In Place - 9am – 1pm Lutheran School of Theology 1100 East 55th St.

Chicago - Green City Market Indoor Market at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum  8am -1pm Chef demonstration 10:30-11:30am For the winter months, markets will take place:  3/29, 4/5, 4/19. Preorders for the new Green City Market Cookbook can be placed here.

ChicagoGrowing Power Iron Street Farm Stand - 10am – 3pm 3333 South Iron St. With their hoop houses they have fresh produce all winter

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

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

Woodstock - Woodstock Indoor Market - 9am – Noon McHenry County Farm Bureau Building ( 3/1, 4/5)

March 16

Chicago - Logan Square Indoor Market  10am–3pm Logan Blvd 2755 North Milwaukee. The NOSH will share space with the Indoor Logan Square market at the old Pierre Bakery Building. The market runs  through 3/30/14 except for 12/1/13.

Evanston – Farm To Table Brunch at Farmhouse – 11:30 am 703 West Church St. Sponsored by Chicagourmets featuring Megan Gordon author of Whole Grain Mornings. $47 inclusive

GlencoeChicago Botanic Garden Winter Farmers Market - 9am – 1pm OPEN 1000 Lake Cook Rd

Palatine - Winter Farmers Market Faith In Place - Countryside Church UU 10am – 2pm

March 18

Chicago – Re-Thinking Soup Jane Addams Hull House Noon – 1pm  “Cultivating Student Power: Home Grown Activism“ The UIC Heritage Garden is a project envisioned by students for students. Through the cultivation of garden satellites on the east campus of UIC student leaders and student gardeners are reconstructing narratives of sustainability that unite environmental and human diversity. In its first year the student leaders of the Heritage Garden have enacted horticulture programs, art projects, and story sharing activities while growing cilantro, horseradish, egg plant, peppers, mint, onion and tomatoes.

Chicago – Lincoln Park - Master Bread Class Floriole Cafe and Bakery 1220 West Webster 6-8pm

Chicago – West Loop “Search For The Next Weight Watcher’s Chef Cooking Class” – 6-8pm 177 N. Ada St. The Centered Chef Studios Lead by Chef Ryan Hutmacher who won ABC’s The Chew Search For The Next Weight Watcher’s Chef

SAVE THE DATE

March 20

Chicago – An Evening With An Old Bag – 6pm The Party Room between The Bullhead Bar and The Glenwood Cantina 6960 N. Glenwood Join the Roger’s Park Business Alliance for a lively evening as they welcome Spring 2014 to Rogers Park!  There will be a fantastic handbag exchange,enjoy delicious appetizers and desserts with a cash bar.  Benefit Rogers Park Business Alliance, get out and enjoy the company of neighbors and friends and be thankful that winter is officially over!

March 21

Chicago – Revolution Beer Dinner at Two Sparrows 7pm 553 West Diversey Pkwy Logan Square meets Lincoln Park at this four-course dinner, which will feature a collaboration from two of Chicago’s most creative minds and neighborhoods $55 exclusive tax/gratuity

March 22

Chicago - Hyde Park 61st Farmers Indoor Market - 9am – 2pm Experimental Station 6100 S. Blackstone

Morton Grove - Spring Farmers Market – 9am -2pm Morton Grove Civic Center

March 23

Logan Square - Cheese & Wine Pairing 101 7-8:30pm Provenance Food & Wine 2528 N California Richard & Nicole Benjamin showcase a carefully-curated selection of wines & cheeses while talking about general pairing guidelines, and stories behind their products & the people who make them. Join them for a fun evening in the fashion of an informal dinner party. Cost is $35 per person. Participants receive 15% off any purchases made that night.

March 25

Chicago – Brews With BenefitsA benefit for Common Threads 5:30pm – 7:30pm Farmhouse Chicago 228 West Chicago Ave. $40

Chicago – Two Brothers Beer Bar Dinner Uncommon Ground Devon – 6-8pm 1401 West Devon $35 plus tax/tip

March 26

Chicago – Cider and a Movie- Tierralismo at Uncommon Ground – 6-8pm Uncommon Ground 1401 West Devon Join Growing Home in this unique opportunity to enjoy Virtue cider and appetizers while exploring the intriguging, relevant, and inspiring world of Cuban agriculture! Harry Rhodes, Growing Home’s Executive Director and leader in Chicago’s urban agriculture movement, will speak about his recent trip to Cuba and discuss how Cuban agricultural practices relate to urban farming and development in Chicago. Following the discussion, you’ll screen Tierralismo by Alejandro Ramirez Anderson, an inspiring documentary about a 26-acre farming co-op in the outskirts of Havana.

Springfield - 2014 Local Foods Awareness Day at the Capitol 10am to 4pm The State Library & Capitol Complex Join local food consumers, farmers and advocates from around Illinois working to promote and raise awareness about local food systems and sustainable agriculture in Illinois. Sponsored by the Illinois Stewardship Alliance.

March 29-30

Chicago –  2-DAY WORKSHOP: “HIGH BIONUTRIENT CROP PRODUCTION - 9:30am – 4:30pm Garfield Park Conservatory  Learn from a life long Farmer of his understanding and first hand experiences utilizing a Biological Approach to crop production. Dan Kittredge, Executive Director of the Bionutrient Food Association (BFA) & the Real Food Campaign, will lead the workshop.  Cost: $150.00, with Scholarship funds available for Farmers. *For Event Information*: please contact the North Lawndale GreeningCommittee – Dr. Shemuel Israel, President NLGC – cell: 773-332-7887; or Annamaria Leon, Director, Education & Community Outreach cell: 414-339-55537, or email at  nlgreeningcommittee@gmail.co

March 29

Chicago - Cheese 101 – Bar Pastoral 12pm – 1:30pm 2947 North Broadway Join the crew at Bar Pastoral for a delectable cheese primer that answers all of your questions about cheese. Washed rind, soft ripened, farmstead; what does it all mean? Join the master cheese mongers of Pastoral in a guided tasting of carefully selected cheeses that cover a wide variety of cheese making styles and techniques. Giving you the tools necessary to walk up to any cheese counter and select your cheeses like a pro. $45 These folks know their cheese!

March 30

Oak Park - Winter Market Faith In Place -8:30am – 1pm St. Giles Catholic Parish 1045 Columbian Ave.

March 31

Chicago - (I AM) FUNdraiser for Chef Dean Zanella(story here thanks to DNAInfo)  Hot Chocolate1747 N. Damen Ave. Eleven chefs (and counting) will cook dinner that evening alongside Hot Chocolate’sMindy Segal. They include John Hogan of Keefer’s; Roger Herring of Grand Tour; Bill Kim of bellyQ, Urbanbelly and Belly Shack; Rob Levitt of the Butcher and LarderLa Sirena Clandestina‘s John Manion; Elissa Narow of Perennial Virant and Vie; Piccolo Sogno‘s Tony Priolo; Giuseppe Tentori of GT Fish and Oyster; Heather Terhune ofSable Kitchen and Bar, and Takashi Yagihashi of Takashi and Slurping Turtle. The cost of the dinner is $200. Only 100 will be sold. Call 773-489-1747 to reserve

Chicago - Chowdah Fest is back at Columbia Yacht Club

April 4-5

Beloit, WI – The Right to Food Conference with Vandana Shiva Beloit College Co-sponsored by Angelic Organics and the Weissberg Program in Human Rights

April 5

Chicago – Spring Lamb Butcher Class – From the folks at The Red Meat Market 

April 6

Chicago - Chicago Food Swap 3pm The Chopping Block Sign up for their newsletter to get all the information on signup and how it works

Evanston – The Talking Farm presents “Celebrate The Growing Season at Farmhouse” 5-8pm Farmhouse 703 Church St. In celebration of their first full growing season at The Howard Street Farm, The Talking Farm presents, Celebrate the Growing Season, an event featuring appetizers, a buffet dinner, and local brews provided by Farmhouse Evanston, live music by The Greenleaf Band*, and raffle prizes. The evening will begin with passed hors d’oeuvres, and proceed with a buffet dinner in Farmhouse Evanston’s special event space. $75 inclusive

April 10

Chicago - The Art of Simple Food Alice Waters in Conversation With Ruth Reichl The Chicago Humanties Festival 6pm The Art Institute Reception following benefitting the Edible Schoolyard Project and Green City Market. Tickets

April 12

Chicago – 4th Annual Pastoral Artisan Producer Festival – French Market 11am – 3pm Every year this free event gets ever more crowded. So this year I suggest being strategic, get there early to meet the actual producers of many of the cheeses and products that Pastoral sells.

April 25

Chicago – 15th Annual Whiskyfest Chicago – This has SOLDOUT already but keep checking the calendar for all the other ancillary events that happen during this week!

April 27

Lincoln Square - Salute to Women in Wine & Cheese - 7-8:30pm Provenance Lincoln Square  2312 W. Leland Avenue With Mother’s Day on the horizon, they are  inspired to create a different take on their wine & cheese pairing class. Taste a lineup of offerings made by great women cheese & wine makers. Join senior staff members Richard & Nicole for a fabulously tasty lineup! Cost is $35 per person. Participants receive 15% off any purchases made that night.

 May 15

Chicago - Second Annual Chefs Playground - A benefit for The Academy of Global Citizenship Terzo Piano at the Modern Wing of the Art Institute




Roy’s Calais Flint Corn – Planting History in the Garden

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Posted: May 22, 2013 at 9:43 am

Dahinda, IL: It seems like everybody out here in Western Illinois who has a garden grows sweet corn. Of course, there is much city grown sweet corn, but since gardens in the country are larger than their city counterparts and there is more room to grow corn, it is a more common crop in country gardens. Also, regular field corn (or dent corn) is so common out here that it is not given much thought. It is just part of the landscape. But besides sweet corn and field corn there are other kinds of corn. Popcorn comes to mind but what about pod corn or waxy corn? Have you heard of flour corn or shoepeg corn or amylomaize, developed for its starch content?

High Amylose                                      Shoepeg

Electron micrographs of native high amylose starch, ×3000                                   Shoepeg Corn

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Most of the corn grown in the United States is dent corn, 85% of which is genetically modified. There are old heirloom varieties and varieties still grown in remote valleys of countries like Mexico and Bolivia that may hold the key in their genes that will revive the world corn crop in the event of a calamity, such as disease or pest that the current corn varieties have no defense against.  These varieties are usually very hardy and can be, through saving the seeds of the best specimens, be acclimated to most growing areas.  I myself have always wanted to grow an heirloom corn variety that I can grind myself for cornbread such as a flint corn. After some research I have found one heirloom variety of corn that do all of the above so this year I will try,  Roy’s Calais Flint Corn.

According to the website of Slow Food USA’s Ark of Taste:

Roy’s Calais flint corn is an open-pollinated flint corn originally cultivated by the western Abenaki (Sokoki) people in     Vermont, and subsequently grown and maintained by pioneer farmers, including Roy and Ruth Fair of North Calais, VT. In 1996 Tom Stearns obtained the seed from local farmers like Mike and Doug Guy, who had received the corn and seed-saving information from Roy Fair.

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Roy’s Calais Flint Corn

Slow Food USA, Ark of Taste

Roy’s Calais Flint Corn is also a variety that has come to the rescue once during a past calamity. According to legend, it was one of the few varieties of corn planted in Vermont in 1816 that produced a reliable crop during what was known as the “Year without a Summer”. There were food shortages that year due to the eruption of Mount Tambora in what is today Indonesia. This eruption sent a huge cloud of ash into the atmosphere and crops worldwide were lost that year. Having come from a colder region where most corn varieties do not do well, Roy’s Calais Flint Corn has the genetics for a shorter and colder growing season.  Since I am busy in the spring I am not able to get all of my crops planted in time for the length of their growing season. With its shorter growing season (90-95 days) Roy’s Calais Flint Corn is a variety that I can put off planting until later. It is also said that it makes excellent cornbread and polenta. I will try this variety this year and if it turns out to be one that I like I will save the seeds for the future.

Polenta

Polenta with Wilted Escarole and Olive Oil Fried Eggs

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Brigitte Derel of the High Mowing Organic Seed Company wrote a terrific narrative about  Roy’s Calais Flint Corn http://www.highmowingseeds.com/blog/a-narrative-on-roys-calais-flint-corn-by-brigitte-derel/ This is where I first became interested in this variety and where I first became informed about its interesting history.

Roy’s Calais Flint Corn is available from:

High Mowing Organic Seeds http://www.highmowingseeds.com/organic-seeds-roys-calais-flint-corn.html

Fedco Seeds http://www.fedcoseeds.com/seeds/search.php?item=682&




The Local Calendar 4/3/13 Awaiting The Spring Harvest And A Full Weekend of Fete

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Posted: April 3, 2013 at 8:59 am


Last Saturday at the Green City Market, it was warm enough for little Helena to sit outside and eat her grilled cheese. Inside on the tables, the hoop house greens all went early, there still are lots of root cellar vegetables available, potatoes, beets, sunchokes, radishes. Chief Beet Rob Gardner gives his run down of what is currently in season here. Our friend Dave Nells of Sharpening By Dave is at the Green City Market and other locations throughout Chicagoland. His schedule is here. If you want to eat local, you need to have sharp knives to prepare all the produce!!  Let Dave know that you read about him in the Local Beet and you will get one dollar off your next knife sharpening!!! He will be at Provenance Logan Square this Thursday from 4-6pm, Provenance Lincoln Square Friday 4-6pm, the Green City Market Saturday and The Dill Pickle Coop on Sunday from 3-4pm.

Farm dinners are starting earlier this year.  We have listed dinners we are aware of so far, with some of the leading sustainable farmers in the area, Mint Creek FarmPrairie Fruit Farms and Slagel Family Farms. The dinners book up pretty quickly so time to get a-scheduling! There are other “road trip” (RT) opportunities ahead, morel season is soon, ramps will start appearing at the markets, spring is here!!!

Farm Dinners 2013

Mint Creek Farm - Stelle, IL 4/21, 5/11 All meet-up at The Greenouse Bed & Breakfast just down the road from Mint Creek. Dinners are BYOB and include a farm tour. Mint Creek is known for their sheep but ask Farmer & Poet Harry Carr to recite one of his poems or bring a poem of your own to share!!

Outstanding In The Field - National farm dinner tour, has set the bar for farm dinners with their connected tables of white table cloths and stemware. Here are their Midwest dates, go to the links for reservations. 8/4 (Shooting Star Farms, Chef Tory Miller, Mineral Point, WI), 8/5(Pinehold Gardens, Chef Dan Van Rite, Oakcreek, WI), 8/7(City Farm Chicago, Chef Jared Wentworth), 8/8(Mick Klug,Chef Brian Huston, St. Josephs, MI), 8/10(Seedling Farm,  Chef Stephanie Izard, South Haven, MI)

Prairie Fruit Farms -Champaign, IL  5/18, 5/25, 6/1, 6/15, 6/29, 7/13, 7/27, 8/10, 8/24, 9/7, 9/21, 10/26 The Prairie Fruit site describes the chef, theme and menu. Here is brief description of what to expect. Reservations can be made on the Showclix site, only 40 seats available per dinner and only 4 tickets can be purchased per person, the price incudes tax, tip not included BYOB. Prairie Fruit is known for their goats and cheeses but they ,also, make some killer gelato!

Slagel Family Farms - 5/186/87/208/109/14 The Slagel Family has teamed up with some well known Chicago chefs who have supported farm to table food for a long time. For each of these dinners, transportation is included in the price from Chicago to the farm, and its BYOB. Slagel pork among their other meats has been a sought after menu item at some of the top restaurants in Chicago and Farmer Louis John Slagel has been a leader in sustainable farming.

We try to keep up on events but miss some, some sites to check out for further detail on sustainable food/urban ag are the Illinois Stewardship Alliance out of Springfield and the Advocates for Urban Agriculture here in Chicago as well as WeFarmAmerica which has tons of weekly events. The Peterson Garden Project has lots of information and workshops for the urban gardner, Matt Kirouac described their Victory Garden they showcased at The Chicago Flower and Garden Show. Now on to the very busy week ahead.

WHERE TO FIND LOCAL FOODS

These stores specialize in local foods:

Artisanal Wilmette – 414 Linden Ave. Wilmette

Butcher and Larder 1026 North Milwaukee in Noble Square, Chicago

Dill Pickle Food Co-op – 3039 West Fullerton, Chicago

Edible Alchemy Foods Co-op - Located in the near-SW Pilsen neighborhood, the co-op has grown to five locations in, including Hyde Park, River North, Lakeview, and Logan Square

Green Grocer 1402 West Grand Ave in West Town Check out their produce share January 9th through May 4th. You can still subscribe even though the share has started already.

Marion Street Cheese Market 100 South Marion St. Oak Park

Provenance Food & Wine - 2 locations Logan Square 2528 N. California Lincoln Square 2312 W. Leland Ave.

Publican Quality Meats – 835 W. Fulton, Chicago

Sauce and Bread Kitchen - 6338-40 N. Clark, Chicago

Standard Market – 333 East Ogden Ave., Westmont Be sure to say hi to Rockstar Butcher Joe Parajecki!!!

This Week’s Calendar And Beyond In Local Food:

April 3

Andersonville - C & D Family Farms delivers 4-7pm Ashland at Berywn

Chicago - Soup and Bread at The Hideout - 1354 W. Wabansia  5:30pm -8pm We are counting down the remaining weeks of Soup & Bread, as spring is finally upon us. This week’s theme is “Chicago vs. Chicago” — and it is going to be GOOD. Bring on the Cubs vs. Sox soup, the Pilsen vs. Albany Park stew, and the Midway vs.O’Hare bisque. Our soup cooks include Chicago Reader food writer Mike Sula, baker Allison Stout, Ravenswood Events Andy Kalish, and a crew from the Gapers Block “Drive Thru” site, along with Perry Kim and Nikki Way. Our DJ is Carrie Weston, and pay what you can donations benefit Ravenswood Community Services. Bread donated, as ever, by Publican Quality Meats.

Chicago – “Lecture “A Future With Fruit Trees” Dave Snyder CROP(Chicago Rarities Orchard Project) sponsored by the ILASLA (Illinois Chapter of  American Society of Landscape Architects) Bartlett Seminars 5:30pm – 8pm Uncommon Ground 1401 West Devon

Chicago –  Book signing by Kirstin Jackson “It’s Not You, It’s Brie Provenance Wine and Spirits – Lincoln Square

Chicago - “The Weight of the Nation” Market Movies The Experimental Station - 6:30pm 6100 South Blackstone Complimentary popcorn will generously be provided by Mother Butter’s Popcorn and Confectionary

Chicago – Wine Wednesdays at Province – Seasonal farm to table 5 course tasting menu with pairings $49 159 North Jefferson A Gold level LEED certified restaurant with 3 stars from the Green Restaurant Association.

April 4

Chicago – Uptown Market Uptown Farmers’ Market is year round. Every Thursday from 7-1 inside Weiss Memorial Hospital or in the parking lot during the warmer months. 4646 N Marine Drive This is an appropriate day to stock up on Spark of the Heart Soups

Chicago - Fete Night Market 5:30pm – 10:00pm Room 15201520 W. Fulton St. (at Justine St.) Ring in the weekend with a lively nighttime market featuring two floors of food and design. Come hungry: Grab dinner at pop-up restaurants. (the vendor list). A portion of the night market’s proceeds benefits Fresh MovesTickets here…

Evanston –  ”Preserving the Family Table: The Founding of Evanston’s Community Kitchen“ Evanston History Center lecture & discussion.  Learn about the woman-run cooperative housekeeping venture, the Evanston Community Kitchen, founded as a canning kitchen during World War I.  $10 for non-members, reservations recommended.

Hyde Park - C & D Family Farm delivers 7-11am Harold Washington Park

Lincoln Square – C & D Family Farm delivers 4-7pm Lincoln & Leland

April 5

Chicago - Fete Chicago  - Adopting Cuisine: A Conversation with Matthias Merges (Yusho) and John Manion (La Sirena ClandestinaLed by Chandra Ram of Plate Magazine 4:30pm – 6pm La Sirena Clandestina, 954 W. Fulton Market (at Morgan St.) Admission: $20 (Ticket includes a variety of Brazilian, Argentine, and Japanese snacks from Yusho and La Sirena.)

Chicago - Fete Chicago - Process and Raw Materials: Gillion Carrara, Kristin Mariani and INDO’s Linsey Burritt and Crystal Grover Friday 5:30 – 7 p.m. INDO, 1008 W. Randolph St. (at Morgan St.) Come join a discussion led byPitchfork/Nothing Major Creative Director and Show ‘N Tell Show host  Michael Renaud about the artists’ processes of transforming organic materials into works of art. Admission: $12 (Ticket includes beer and bites.)

Chicago - Fete Chicago - 2nd Story Presents: Tales from the Table, featuring Ina Pinkney, Mike Gebert, Molly Each, and Jessica Young 5:30pm – 7:30pm na’s, 1235 W. Randolph St. (at Racine Ave.)
Admission: $20 (Ticket includes appetizers prepared by The Breakfsat Queen herself; cash bar.)

April 6

Chicago – Green City Market at The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum 8:30- 1pm 2430 North Cannon Drive The market runs indoors through April 27th Bring your children to Club Sprouts at 9:30 – 10:15am. Chef Janet Kirker of Foodease in Nature’s Lunchbox.

Chicago – 61st Market sponsored by Experimental Station –  6100 North Blackstone 9am – 2pm Connie Spreen of the market sends out a great weekly letter with some inspirational thoughts and excellent info as to what will be available. Go here to sign up for it.

Chicago - Fete Chicago continues - Discovering the Plant: An Inside Look with Founder John Edel 10:30 a.m. – noon The Plant1400 W. 46th St. (at Bishop St.) Admission: $12 (Ticket includes samples and snacks from The Plant’s tenants.) BUY TICKETS HERE Bridgeport Rising: A Conversation with Arthur Jackson (Pleasant House Bakery) and Ed Marszewski (Maria’sCo-Prosperity SphereProximity MagazineMash Tun JournalLumpenLed by Chuck Sudo of Chicagoist, 2 – 4 p.m. Co-Prosperity Sphere3219-21 S. Morgan St. (at 32nd St.)Admission: $10 (Ticket includes pastries from Pleasant House Bakery and Maria’s ginger beer.) BUY TICKETS HEREStudio Tour: A Rare Glimpse into the World of Crucial Detail aturday  3:30 – 5 p.m. Crucial Detail, 2000 W. Carroll Ave. (at Damen Ave.) Admission: $10 BUY TICKETS HERE SOLD OUT.

Chicago - Think Global, Drink Local: A Cocktail Party at Kendall College for the Kendall Charitable Trust 5pm – 7pm Take a tour of Chicago through unique and delicious cocktails! Created by some of Chicago’s best mixologists from local hotels and restaurants, each signature drink will feature a local, sustainable ingredient. $35

Elgin - Winter Market at Habitat for Humanity ReStore Elgin - 800 North State St. 9am – 3pm (thru May) Their mantra is “Keepin It Local1″ As such, their intention has always been to supply the local community with local products and crafts.

Chicago – Chicago Fair Trade – Global Activist Expo – 12pm – 6pm 725 West Roosevelt Rd.

Evanston – Winter Evanston Farmer and Artisan Market at the Ecology Center  9-1pm 2024 McCormick Blvd.  The market will be at this location for the next 5 months, today and every Saturday through April 27, 2013. Spark of the Heart Soups and C & D Family Farms will be there

Evanston – TreeKeepers Work Day

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

Woodstock – Woodstock Winter Market – 9am – 12pm McHenry County Farm Bureau Building 1102 McConnell Road

April 7

World Heatlh Day marks the anniversary of the founding of WHO in 1948. Each year a theme is selected that highlights a priority area of public health concern in the world.  The theme for 2013 is high blood pressure

Chicago - Chicago Food Swap - Local Goods Chicago - 5354 West Devon  To register go here. Curious as to what the Food Swap is about? Read Emily Paster’s account here on The Local Beet of the February swap at Katherine Anne Confections.

Chicago - Fete Chicago continues with more events here…

Portage Park – Portage Park Indoor Winter Farmers Market – 10am – 2pm Portage Theater 4050 N. Milwaukee

April 9

Chicago - Re-Thinking Soup Jane Addams Hull House UIC 12pm – 1pm Chef Keizo Shimamoto will be joining us via video conference. Ramen will be served Tsukemen style Screening the documentary “Ramen Dreams” starring Chef Keizo Shimamoto

SAVE THE DATE

 April 10

Chicago - Pig Butchering Demo Butcher and Larder 5pm 1026 North Milwaukee

April 14

Chicago - Bread Class at Floriole - 3pm 1220 West Webster Complimentary glass of wine and pizza dinner, $75

April 17

Chicago - ”We Can Change The Food System” Hosted by Food Tank 5:30pm – 7:30pm  Piazza Bella restaurant 2116 W Roscoe St.(About a 10 minute walk from the Brown Line Paulina Station) A very special evening bringing together the Chicago food movement hosted by Food Tank: The Food Think Tank

April 20

Chicago - BACONFEST - UIC Forum It is Sold Out but there are creative ways to win tickets here...

Chicago - Pinot Days  Navy Pier 2-5pm

Chicago - Red Meat Market Spring Lamb Butcher Class - With Ben Harrison Master Butcher Whole Foods Lincoln Park and a cooking class with Ryan Hutmacher of Centered Chef Studios. 10am – 1pm 177 North Ada Learn, eat and take some some good meat! $150

Chicago - SEE FOOD: // graze issue three release party  8pm Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art 756 N. Milwaukee Hop on board with Graze as we celebrate the release of issue 3 Your ten dollar ticket gets you: // one free copy of issue three // the music and tapping of Sidewalk Chalk (!)

April 21

Chicago - Calling all kids!!! Earth Day at Sandwich Me In - 11am – 7pm 3037 North Clark(near Halsted) All day event with snacks and guests, sustainable farmers, learn how to make bread, music, arts and crafts.

Stelle - Mint Creek Farm Sunday Brunch & Farm Tour 11am Meet-up at The Greenhouse Bed & Breakfast  3606 N 1700 E Rd. $50 For more information contact Julie at Jlarsen@mintcreekfarm.com There will be plenty of time to visit all the animals living on the 200+ acre farm including cows, chickens, pigs, sheep and goats.  Be sure to dress appropriately for the weather. See the 3 minute short film on Farmer Harry Carr by Storybuzzmedia here.

April 22

EARTH DAY! Food Day is only 5 months away! Like the Food Day Chicago 2013 Facebook page here. Every day can be Good Food Day!!

Chicago – Monthly Dinner at Floriole Bakery and Cafe - 7pm 1220 West Webster 3 Course Farm to Table menu this month includes rabbit. $49

April 23

Chicago - Great Lakes Sustainable and Invasive Species Dinner Dirk’s Fish & Gourmet Shop 2070 N. Clybourn 7:30pm – 9pm $65 Celebrate the Great Lakes distinctive seafood bounty including the controversial Asian Carp. Sponsored by Lake Michigan League of Women Voters For further information and reservations email LWVFood@gmail.com

April 25

Evanston - ”Can Meat be Truly Sustainable?“ NU Sustainable Food Talks 6:00PM – 8:00PM Technological Institute, Room LR4 Northwestern University

April 26

Chicago - Whiskyfest It sold out pretty darn quickly last year!! Better get your tickets now!

April 27

Chicago - Third Annual Pastoral Artisan Producer Festival Chicago French Market Go to the link for tickets, although it is free, there still is a maximum capacity and I think this year they will reach it!!! Meet+eat+shop w/ 90+ culinary producers. GO here for the full press release. It is bigger, butchering demonstrations with Rob Levitt of the Butcher and Larder and Brady Lowe of Cochon 555, artisanal beverages and more!!

Evanston – TreeKeepers Earth Day events

April 28

Chicago - Michael Pollan lecture at Elmhurst College  “Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation”

Chicago - Cochon 555 Four Seasons Hotel

April 30

Chicago – The Stew Supper Club presents a Foraged Feast with Pete Kelly.  7pm - Sauce and Bread Kitchen 6338 N. Clark Pete is a Midwest charcuterie pioneer and foraging expert who works with the Underground Food Collective and Promega. $45

May 4

Chicago - Bull Breakdown Class & Tasting 10am – 1pm Red Meat Market 10am – 1pm Cut, Cook & Carry Toro, Toro, Toro hosted by Centered Chef Studios.

May 7

Chicago - 11th Annual Growing Home Benefit 6pm Salvage One 1840 West Hubbard Chef Tony Priolo of Piccolo Sogno and Food For Thought Order tickets online here...

May 11

FD!! Stelle- Mother’s Day Eve and Farm Tour - Mint Creek Farm BYOB $60 3pm Meet-up at The Greenhouse Bed & Breakfast 3606 N. 1700 E. Rd. For more information contact Julie at Jlarsen@mintcreekfarm.com

May 16-26

Chicago – 1o day celebration Chicago Craft Beer Week

May 16

Chicago – A Chef’s Playground - Terzo Piano – At the Art Institute A fundraiser for the Academy for Global Citizenship 6-9pm Purchase tickets here $225

May 17

Chicago - Half Acre Brewery Anniversary Party - Hee hee!! Stay tuned!

May 18

Champaign - Celebrate Spring! The start of Farm Dinner season at Prairie Fruit Farms in Champaign. 4pm 4410 North Lincoln Ave. This is our first dinner of the 2013 season.  As has become our tradition, expect an explosion of spring flavors such as Caveny Farm Katadin lamb, ramps (wild leeks), spring greens, sweet turnips, asparagus, rhubarb and strawberries. Purchase tickets here. (FYI, they make some killer gelato!!)

Fairbury - Slagel Family Farm First Farm Dinner of the Season! Transportation included from Chicago to the farm and back. $125 BYOB The dinner will be prepared and served by Guest Chef Nicole Pederson of Found Kitchen and Guest Chef John Asbaty of Panozzo’s. Please BYOB, lemonade and water will be provided and of course includes a tour of the farm, butchering class on sustainable meat practices and lots of food!!

 




The Local Calendar 1/23/13 The Greens Are Back!!!

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Posted: January 23, 2013 at 10:39 am

Very definitely, the early buyer gets the greens! By the time I got to the Green City Market  on Saturday morning, some of the producers, like Randy Roberts of Majestic Nursery, had sold out of his greens already. Nichols Farm which has upgraded their storage facilities to maximize the moisture in their vegetables had plenty of root vegetables on their tables, brussel sprouts, beets, radishes to name a few. Wheat grass is back as well, grown by Chicago Indoor Garden. I had to include the picture of smoked whitefish salad in the case at Dirk’s Fish, as I much as the local calendar tends to focus on farmers markets, you can’t forget the other local options available for foods like fish.

We try to keep up on events but miss some, some sites to check out for further detail on sustainable food/urban ag are the Illinois Stewardship Alliance out of Springfield and the Advocates for Urban Agriculture here in Chicago. Now on to the week ahead including The Chicagoist’s Benton House “Ramova Room” Soup Kitchen event on Thursday, Alex Poltorak of the AUA, has been posting each day more of the music, demos and workshops going on at the Young Aggies Gathering Saturday at Benton House,  and 60 days until “ramp season” starts!

WHERE TO FIND LOCAL FOODS

These stores specialize in local foods:

Artisanal Wilmette – 414 Linden Ave. Wilmette

Butcher and Larder 1026 North Milwaukee in Noble Square, Chicago

City Provisions Deli 1818 West Wilson in Ravenswood, Chicago

Dill Pickle Food Co-op – 3039 West Fullerton, Chicago

Edible Alchemy Foods Co-op - Located in the near-SW Pilsen neighborhood, the co-op has grown to five locations in, including Hyde Park, River North, Lakeview, and Logan Square

Green Grocer 1402 West Grand Ave in West Town Check out their produce share January 9th through May 4th. You can still subscribe even though the share has started already.

Marion Street Cheese Market 100 South Marion St. Oak Park

Provenance Food & Wine - 2 locations Logan Square 2528 N. California Lincoln Square 2312 W. Leland Ave. Here is a link to their blog of “the best things our staff ate and drank in 2012“.

Publican Quality Meats – 835 W. Fulton, Chicago

Standard Market – 333 East Ogden Ave., Westmont

January 23

Chicago - Wine Wednesdays at Province Restaurant - Seasonal farm to table tasting menu 161 N. Jefferson

Chicago - Soup and Bread at The Hideout - 1354 W. Wabansia  5:30pm -8pm  Theme “The ocean” Bread from PQM and La Farine.Pay-what-you-can donations benefit a range of Chicago-area food pantries and hunger relief agencies; to date we have raised more than $30,000.

January 24

Chicago - C & D Family Farms Hyde Park 7am – 10am  Harold Washington Park at 53rd & Hyde Park Blvd.

Chicago – Uptown Market Uptown Farmers’ Market is year round. Every Thursday from 7-1 inside Weiss Memorial Hospital or in the parking lot during the warmer months. 4646 N Marine Drive Spark of the Heart Soups will be there.

New!! Chicago - The Chicagoist presents Benton House Ramova Room” Soup Kitchen” 6-9pm 3052 S. Gratten St. They managed to put together an amazing lineup of chefs who grew up, live or work in the neighborhood. Mark Mendez (Vera) grew up in Bridgeport. Kevin Hickey (Allium) actually attended pre-school at Benton House and still lives in the neighborhood. Pleasant House Bakery’s Art Jackson readily said yes, as did Jay Sebastien and Carrie Clark of Bridgeport Pasty Co. Maureen Sullivan got Zaytune Mediterranean Grill’s Daniel Sarkis to participate. Even though Nightwood is in Pilsen, it’s close enough to Bridgeport that they got Jason Vincent to come aboard. All proceeds benefit the Benton House food pantry. Suggested donation is $10

Chicago - The Publican – Hundred Horse Release Dinner  5:30pm – 10:30pm $65 reservations are by telephone only at 312-733-9555

Chicago - First Bites Bash 2013: Official Kickoff to Chicago Restaurants Week 6-9pm Union Station First Bites Bash is the official kick-off event for Chicago Restaurant Week, produced by Choose Chicago. Dirk Flanigan, Executive Chef of Henri and The Gage will host this year’s event, from which a portion of the proceeds will benefit Bear NecessitiesPediatric Cancer Foundation.

January 26

Chicago – Green City Market at The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum 8:30- 1pm 2430 North Cannon Drive The market runs indoors through April 27th

Chicago - C & D Family Farms 8:30am – 10:30am Northcenter On Belle Plaine off Lincoln across from the CVS 11:30am – 1:30pm Division St. at Clark

Chicago - Young Aggies Gathering 12pm – 10pm Benton House - 3054 S. Gratten Ave What do you think about these Workshops? Raw Vegan “Cooking” Make your own Kombucha, Yogurt, & Kefir How to can your own fruits/veggies, Make a Mushroom kit, Start your own garden (kid friendly) Want to share in one of these Skillshares? Pick up pointers on basic winter bike maintenance Composting basics Thai Massage Share in some Yoga

Chicago - The Red Meat Market presents “The Whole Hog – Butcher Breakdown Class” Centered Chef Studios 177 North Ada St. 2 sessions 10am – 1pm 3pm – 6pm $150/class

 Elgin - Winter Market at Habitat for Humanity ReStore Elgin - 800 North State St. 9am – 3pm (thru May) Their mantra is “Keepin It Local1″ As such, their intention has always been to supply the local community with local products and crafts.

Evanston – Winter Evanston Farmer and Artisan Market at the Ecology Center  9-1pm 2024 McCormick Blvd.  The market will be at this location for the next 5 months, today and every Saturday through April 27, 2013. Spark of the Heart Soups and C & D Family Farms will be there.

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

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

January 27

Beverly - C & D Family Farm  8:30am – 10:30am In the parking lot at 95th and Longwood

Chicago – Andersonville C & D Family Farm 9am – 12pm St. Gregory parking lot on Ashland across from Jewel

Chicago - Winter Farm and Wine Dinner West Town Tavern 1329 West Chicago Ave. 6pm  Join them for a warming mid-winter celebration of food and wine featuring meats, cheeses and produce from our local, Heartland bounty. Tickets are $79.00 per person including tax and gratuity. Purchase tickets by calling 312-666-6175.

 Chicago – Logan Square Winter Market – 10-2pm Congress Theater Lobby 2135 North Milwaukee

January 28

Chicago - Choucroute Garnie at Floriole with Butcher and Larder - Monthy dinner $45 does not include tax/gratuity 1220 West Webster 7pm

Chicago – 2013 Chicago Farmers Market Forum - Co-hosted by the Green City Market – Kendall College 10am – 4pm Market managers, volunteers, and vendors are encouraged to attend this information-packed forum.Expert panel discussion topics will include: Facilitating EBT, WIC and SFMNP acceptance and improving redemption at your market, Demystifying Health Department Regulations and the Cottage Food Law, Producer- Only Standards and Market Rule Enforcement $20

New!! Chicago - CSA Night in NorthCenter hosted by Beguyle BrewingTomato Mountain, and Northcenter Neighborhood Association. 7-9pm 1800 West Cuyler More than 15 CSAs will be participating!!

SAVE THE DATE

February 1-2

Chicago - Growing and Marketing Asian Medicinal Herbs - Pioneers in Ecological Medicine(PEM) Co-sponsored by The Land Connection A 2-day workshop open to farmers interested in diversifying their business with specialty crops. The workshop will introduce growers to the basic strategies of producing domestic East Asian medicinal herbs. 9am-6pm Jane Addams Hull House

February 3

Chicago - Farmacopeia - Purchase your tickets online today at the early bird rate. Invite your loved ones to be there too to celebrate and support the farmers who will be the pioneers in Midwestern cultivation of Chinese medicinal plants! 3-6pm Jane Addams Hull House Museum

Morton Grove - Winter Farmers Market - 9 am – 2 pm right next door to our regular season site, at the Morton Grove American Legion Civic Center (6140 Dempster St.) These indoor markets will feature over two dozen vendors selling foods, gifts, and decorations for the winter holidays.

February 5

Chicago - Publican Quality Meats - 7pm Sean O’Keefe Chateau Grand Traverse Midwestern Wine Dinner $75 plus tax and gratuity

February 8

New!! Chicago - Tickled Pink for Bright Pink - The dynamic group at Tickled Pink are behind this event where proceeds support Bright Pink’s breast and ovarian cancer prevention and early detection programs for young women. 7-12pm River East Arts Center 435 East Illinois

February 9

Chicago – A Cider Summit – At Navy Pier 11am – 7pm Over 60 Artisanal Hard Ciders Buy tickets here $20

Common Threads World Festival March 4

March 14-16 Good Food Festival 2013!!!! The festival bringing good food and farmers to Chicago!

Pinot Days - Saturday April 20th Navy Pier 2-5pm

Whiskyfest Friday April 26 - It sold out pretty darn quickly last year!! Better get your tickets now!





Local Calendar 11/28/12 The Fall Markets Are Back! Get To The Markets This Weekend!

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Posted: November 28, 2012 at 11:55 am

They’re back!!!!!!!!!! After a holiday weekend break, the stalwart “fall/winter” markets are back. I use the term “fall/winter” because as we all know, the weather in Chicago can be fall-like one day and wintery the next, it doesn’t matter what the date is on the calendar! From a look at the farmers’ tables at the Green City Market last Wednesday, there is still plenty of local produce available, so get to the markets this weekend and stock up!!

Edible Chicago’s Quarterly Carousal with Brooklyn Brewery is tonight at High Dive Bar in Ukranian Village. It is the start of holiday market season, Ms. Mint’s 3rd Annual Holiday Bazaar is this Tuesday, December 4th at Goose Island Clybourn from 4pm to 8pm. Kate Gross, aka Ms. Mint, specializes in unique agricultural products from all over the midwest, so come by, have a tasty Goose beer and meet the farmer’s and purveyors of some hard to find products like elderberry juice from Missouri and Wild Blossom Mead, made from fermented honey.

We try to be inclusive of events but miss some, some sites to check out for further detail on sustainable food, urban ag, workshops/events are the Illinois Stewardship Alliance out of Springfield, their facebook page is here, we “like” them, and the other group is here in Chicago, Advocates for Urban Agriculture, we “like” them as well.

Now on to the week ahead at the markets!!

WHERE TO FIND LOCAL FOODS

These stores specialize in local foods:

Artisanal Wilmette – 414 Linden Ave. Wilmette

Butcher and Larder 1026 North Milwaukee in Noble Square, Chicago

City Provisions Deli 1818 West Wilson in Ravenswood, Chicago

Dill Pickle Food Co-op – 3039 West Fullerton, Chicago

Edible Alchemy Foods Co-op – Located in the near-SW Pilsen neighborhood, the co-op has grown to five locations in, including Hyde Park, River North, Lakeview, and Logan Square

Green Grocer 1402 West Grand Ave in West Town, Chicago GG has weekly wine and beer tastings check their website or twitter for details. 12/7 Wine tasting 5-7pm with Erica from Fine Vines

Marion Street Cheese Market 100 South Marion St. Oak Park

Provenance Food & Wine - 2 locations Logan Square 2528 N. California Lincoln Square 2312 W. Leland Ave. The Slowbots will play in the Logan Square store Sat. 12:30pm followed by a wine tasting and Suckerpunch Gourmet Pickle and Ketchup Tasting 3-6pm.

Publican Quality Meats – 835 W. Fulton, Chicago

Standard Market – 333 East Ogden Ave., Westmont

Sugar Beet Co-op - a new kind of co-op that works to provide access to and programming on local, sustainable food for the Oak Park and Austin Communities.

November 28

Chicago – Edible Chicago partners with Brooklyn Brewery for the Quarterly Carousal at High Dive Bar 1938 West Chicago Avenue near Damen.6-9pm

Chicago – Wine Wednesdays at Province Restaurant – Seasonal tasting menu $49 161 N. Jefferson

November 29

Chicago – C & D Family Farms Hyde Park 7am – 10am Three Pepper Burgers and Ground Pork 30% off  Harold Washington Park at 53rd & Hyde Park Blvd.

Chicago – Uptown Market Uptown Farmers’ Market is year round. Every Thursday from 7-1 inside Weiss Memorial Hospital or in the parking lot during the warmer months. 4646 N Marine Drive

Crystal Lake – Screening of Doctored -Featuring Crystal Lake’s Dr. Tony presented by Premier Wellness Chiropractic 6pm Raue Center for the Arts 26 N. Williams St. 6-8pm After the movie enjoy appetizers and 2 drink tickets at Duke’s Ale House. $20

December 1

Chicago – 7th Annual Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Market 11am – 6pm Pulaski Park Fieldhouse 1419 W. Blackhawk 11am – 6pm They’ll have hundreds of today’s greatest indie makers along with tasty local food + booze, workshops, a photobooth, DJs + more. Soup & Bread will be one of the participants!

Chicago – Green City Market - Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum 8am – 1pm 2430 N. Cannon Drive The chef demonstration is going to be Matthias Merges, Yusho !!! There will be markets 12/8, 12/22. No market 12/15

Chicago – 61st Market sponsored by Experimental Station –  6100 North Blackstone 9am – 2pm Connie Spreen of the market sends out a great weekly letter with some inspirational thoughts and excellent info as to what will be available. Go here to sign up for it. From 10:30am until supply runs out, Chef Nick Daloia from the Washburne Culinary Institute will be offering a tasting of his butternut squash ravioli with a fresh cranberry sauce, reduced to perfection…. Recipes will be available. Don’t forget to ask Nick how he makes his ravioli.

Chicago – Faith in Place Winter Markets - 12 pm – 4pm Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church 9147 S. Jeffery Blvd.

Chicago – Logan Square Holidays On the Square – Participating businesses will be celebrating the season with sweets, treats, tastings, delicious pop up shops, trunk shows, cupcake food truck, Santa, a tree lighting and more! Provenance Food and Wine will be participating, check it out!

Chicago – Scrumptious Pantry Holiday Open House 3230 West Fullerton  -10am – 4pm  As part of the Logan Square festivities, Lee Greene of Scrumptious Pantry is hosting a holiday Open House. Come to Heirloom HQ and make ornaments out of beans, lentils, apples, cloves. Plus, this event is kid friendly!!

Chicago - Co-op Image Holiday Bazaar Ignite Glass Studios 4-11pm 401 North Armour Live glass blowing demonstration music and food!

Chicago –  C & D Family Farm 30% off Three Pepper Burgers and Ground Pork will be at 3 locations today: 1) 8:30am – 10:30am On Belle Plaine off Lincoln across from CVS  2) Division St. 11:30am – 1:30pm  Just east of Clark 3) Evanston The Evanston Winter Market 9am – 1pm

Elgin - Elgin Farmers’ Market @ Habitat for Humanity ReStore 800 North State Street, 9Am-3PM-Every Saturday Open All Year Long

Evanston – Opening Day of the Winter Evanston Farmer and Artisan Market at the Ecology Center  9-1pm 2024 McCormick Blvd.  The market will be at this location for the next 5 months, today and every Saturday through April 27, 2013.

Geneva – Geneva Winter Market 9am – 1pm 27 N. Bennett (Geneva Place)

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

Morton Grove – Morton Grove Winter Farmer’s Market Event  - 9am -2pm Featuring over 2 dozen vendors at The American Legion Civic Center 6140 Dempster St. This is the only market for December the next market event will be February 2nd.

Woodstock – Woodstock Winter Farmers Market 9am – 12pm McHenry County Farm Bureau Building 1102 McConnell Road

December 2

Beverly - C & D Family Farm 30% off Three Pepper Burgers and Ground Pork 8:30am – 10:30am In the parking lot at 95th and Longwood

Chicago - Glenwood Winter Market 9am -2pm The Glenwood Bar 6962 N. Glenwood

Chicago - 7th Annual Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Market Continues for another day! 11am – 6pm Pulaski Park Fieldhouse 1419 W. Blackhawk 11am – 6pm They’ll have hundreds of today’s greatest indie makers along with tasty local food + booze, workshops, a photobooth, DJs + more. Soup & Bread will be one of the participants!

Chicago – Logan Square Winter Market – 10-2pm Congress Theater Lobby 2135 North Milwaukee

Glencoe – Chicago Botanic Gardens Winter Farmers Market – 10am – 1pm 1000 Lake Cook Road 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month.

December 3

Chicago –  Chicago Women in Green – Monthly gathering 5:30pm Uncommon Ground 3800 N. Clark St.  A social event group where women working to make the world a greener place come together and come together to see old friends, meet new friends, relax and enjoy great company.

December 4

Chicago – Re-Thinking Soup Jane Addams Hull House 12pm – 1pm 800 S. Halsted

Chicago – Ms. Mint’s Local and Fair  Trade Holiday Bazaar – She is back and this time it is at Goose Island Clybourn. Kate Gross, who carefully curates the artisans that are part of this unique event, is bringing. Ms. Mint’s Trading Post provides gift baskets of small batch local and fair trade products of the midwest all on one site.

Northbrook – Prairie Grass Cafe Hosts the Prairie State Winery Dinner presented by Evanston Cellars and the Midwest Wine Press. 601 Skokie Blvd. 6:30pm $85

SAVE THE DATE

December 6

Chicago – Fete Chicago - Room 1520 1520 W. Fulton St. (Enter at Justine St.) 312-952-1520 She is at it again, organized by Heather Sperling of Tasting Table, formerly of Dose Market, this holiday shopping event includes amazing food, fashion, music, a mix of everything and entry is only $5. The best thing ever though is that all gate proceeds and a percentage of sales goes to Fresh Moves, the bus that brings fresh fruits and vegetables to food desert areas in the city.

December 7

Glenview – Screening of “FRESH The Movie”, Glenview New Church 74 Park Drive 7:30pm Sponsored by Faith In Place and The Glenview League of Women Voters.

December 8

Glenview – Faith in Place Indoor Market- 9 am – 1 pm Glenview New Church 74 Park Dr.

December 10

Chicago – The Stew Supper Club  - “Breakfast for Supper” 6338-40 North Clark 7:30pm $45 and you can purchase tickets here.

Springfield – Illinois Stewardship Alliance – Annual Meeting 10:00am – 4pm Southwind Park ISA is the group that is trying to support, promote, facilitate, create all things local in the food system in Illinois.

December 11 and December 18(Tuesdays)

Chicago – The Hideout Annual Holiday Sale – 6pm-9pm  1354 West Wabansia Each year The Hideout invites a number of talented Chicago artists to display their wares for the holiday season. The quality of work shown is fantastic. The sale will be held in the backroom of The Hideout. Crowds are expected as they have had at least 100 patrons come through on each night in past years.

December 15

Logan Square – Holiday Bizarre: A Story Slam Featuring Festive Food Fiascoes 8pm – 11pm 2385 N. Milwaukee Gaslight Coffee Roasters Join Graze magazine for a free, BYOB story slam! Five-minute tales of kitchen woes will be shared; Letherbee, Gaslight, and Paper Moon Pastry will provide food and drinks.

December 17

Chicago – Cafe des Architectes Holiday Rock & Roll 6-8pm 20 E. Chestnut - Indulge in modern interpretations of the classic French holiday dessert, the Bûche de Noël. Enjoy tasting each pastry chef’s creation and cast your vote for the best Yuletide dessert. Benefits Share Our Strength Tickets $35

 

 


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The Weekly Harvest 8/10/12 Sustainable Food Blogs Here and Yonder

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Posted: August 10, 2012 at 6:38 pm


  I was fortunate to attend an “uber-local” Michigan event at Hickory Creek winery this week. Who knew, when I saw a northern Michigan gelato truck, Palazzolos in the field and they were serving a gelato made out of verjus, that the juice was made from the discarded green grapes from prunng the vines. It seems Palazzolo’s is made in Fenville, Michigan but distributed all over the country. Their gelato, that they make in many, many flavors,  was mighty tasty!

Lots as usual going on in the blogsphere this week, with the Midwest drought taking front and center in the headlines. Grist.org tackled “Farming without water“. Nourishing the Planet talked about “12 innovations to Combat Drought, Improve Food Security and Stabilize Food Prices” ABCnews reported “Obama authorized $30mm more in Drought Aid” Motherjones has a pictorial of how the drought will affect food prices on certain items. In case you missed it, Draughts for Drought is happening at Farmhouse Chicago to help out Harvest Moon Farms. The New York Times just published “US sees Corn Yields Hitting 17 Year Low Raising Prices”

Motherjones reported that “Biotech Giants are Bankrolling a GMO Free for All” Grant Kessler at The 100 Meal Project commented on “GMO Labeling is More than the Label” Grist.org ran a piece, “Food Inc. Chicken Farmer is Free as a Bird” within this link they point out a new site started by the director of Food Inc. Robert Kenner, Fixfood.org.

Grubstreet Chicago did a review of Janine Maclachlan’s book, “Farmers Markets of the Heartland“, “Eat Food You Can Visit“.

There are so many incredible Chicago food blogs, but here are just a few… Sky Full of Bacon, Beauty and Her Feast, Stockyard Palate, MargesNextMeal for just a very few…..

 




Meat Goes Social in Chicago, Red Meat Market Launches Thur. 6/14

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Posted: June 10, 2012 at 9:14 pm

photo-bag @Redmeatmarket flashed by on Twitter a few weeks ago or was it Facebook? The social media highway runs at warp speed that I can’t remember which one I saw first. I did read, “Great meat from good people. Local, Natural, Sustainable” Their twitter description says “Red Meat Market is a social community and ecommerce marketplace for Meat Buyers to easily source and purchase Local Organic/Grass-Fed Beef, Pork and Lamb.” One of their recent facebook posts ” What if there was a Social Network for #foodies who want #GrassFed Meat? There’s one coming! Red Meat Market” Okay, now my curiousity was piqued, what exactly is Red Meat Market? “We’re forming a community of #Meatlovers who like fun & only want to purchase #Meat that’s raised #Local“ Then of course the post that signed the deal, a Red Meat Market “Meat Up” Launch Party at Goose Island Clybourn, Thursday June 14 from 6-10pm(sorry folks I think it is already sold out but they have a Meat-Up coming soon) Party, beer, food, good meat, they had me!! But like always there is a back story to why I am so excited about the launch of Red Meat Market and their social distribution of good meat!

At a conference during this past winter sponsored by the Chicago arm of the USDA, which I wrote about on The Local Beet, I heard Bartlett Durand of Black Earth Meats (the meat behind Red Meat market) speak and the best description of him is a “meat evangelist”. Bartlett has been working over the last few years to increase his production and distribution network. My best take-away from what he said is that basically our current systems of production are not working and that good food will change the world and he is working to do that.  As with most things, the more I learn the more I realize there is more of the onion to peal. Michael Gebert of SkyfullofBacon, and referenced in the Weekly Harvest here on The Local Beet from time to time, did a fantastic video on Bartlett called “The Zen Butcher“. On the Black Earth Meats website you will see that Bartlett takes raising, feeding and slaughtering his animals seriously and consciously. I cannot do justice in how 360 Bartlett is in keeping the circle closed in nurturing his farmers, animals, his workers and his customers so that the system is sustainable in a way that takes care of the earth, and the animals and that the meat produced is good and healthful for all.

Although I am not a big meater, I have somehow gotten involved in meat issues. In the recently released Graze Magazine, I have an essay, “My Mutton Given For You:Thoughts on Merciful Meat Consumption”. The general theme of my meandering essay is conscious meat eating. Red Meat Market is in some ways doing a head fake, they are making meat buying and eating fun but at the same time they are bringing consciously raised food to the table.

Fun, I did say fun and that is what the key element of Red Meat Market and I think more will be revealed at the Launch Party but the person bringing fun to the table is Mark Wilhelm who is the glue holding the social angles together and the “Meat-Ups” to Chicago, Milwaukee and Madison.

Red Meat Market Man w headline and MW

Follow Red Meat Market on Twitter, on Facebook and go to their website.

They will be hosting multiple events that involve Meat! We’re taking Meat social! Local, sustainable and All-Natural that is! We are going to be hosting events in Madison, Milwaukee and of course Chicago. We’ll be having an event a week and some will involve Meat-Ups! We create events around Meat! Like “Meat ups” in bars where people pick up orders, trade cuts and have fun, We hold farm dinners, and butcher parties. We’re taking the meat industry to a new level and reinventing the Butcher shop! We make Meat buying an Experience! We’ll also be selling Meat from multiple local providers all in one place online. Its like a Farmers Market Online for Meat, delivered via truck or picked up in various fun locations. Its almost like a CSA with drinks and apps included!

More will be revealed as Red Meat Market rolls out their Meat Ups. The best thing to do is “to get” social with them and “Like” them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter. Some good meat is coming to Chi-town soon!!!!!!!!!!




The Weekly Harvest 5/18/12 Blogs Here and Yonder

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Posted: May 18, 2012 at 11:53 am

A lot going on today on the Global Food Front, Slow Food Chicago’s Cortney Ahearn has been tweeting from the Chicago Council on Global Affairs annual symposium, Advancing Food and Nutrition Security at the 2012 G8 Summit. Nourishing The Planet has a live feed and commentary on it here.

The Huffington Post produced a piece on 16 Great Under The Radar Food Magazines.Congrats Edible Chicago of the Edible Communities group of magazines and the recently published Graze Magazine.

Chicago Craft Beer Week is starting here is the schedule.

A sad event happened this week, Zina Murray announced the closing of Logan Square Kitchen here. I am sure I am not alone hoping that her announcement was premature and something will happen to cause her to keep it open, wishful thinking I admit. Grubstreet Chicago weighed in here. (After I hit the Publish button) More from Zina Murray here.

Ecomyths continues to publish great ideas about greening your home and your life.

A week can’t go by without checking in with Ben Hewitt farmer, writer, philosopher.

Some of the other usual and always insightful suspects , Grist.org, Monica Eng at The Stew Chicago Tribune, The Salt at NPR.

Locally, The Backyarditarian, Lottie and Doof, and Food on the Dole who is taking a hiatus and will be posting on his adventures (hopefully!) in Montana. The Chicagoist has a slide show of the produce they found at the  Green City Market.

The Green City Market Junior Board had their reading club last night and they focused on the speech by HRM Prince Charles of Britian on the Future of Food. Watch and listen to his speech here.

Another “after I hit the Publish button” post. Shout out to Wendy Aeschlimann, Associate Editor of The Local Beet for being quoted in this Chicagoist piece, and she is in quite fine company I will say, “Should Chefs Care About Sustainability?




The Weekly Harvest 4/5/12 Blogs Here and Yonder

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Posted: April 5, 2012 at 9:38 am

Well, if you didn’t read it last week, Ellen Malloy at The Backyarditarian wrote about large farmers rebranding themselves as small, “Just Because the Canary is Alive“.  This week, she and Grant Kessler, a friend of the Beet, announced their intention of “One Hundred Meals – Building Community at America’s Table” which sounds like quite an eating adventure!!!

Another blogger from last week, who had renewed his Food on the Dole manifesto has a new post out, “Grumpy Cats and Pleasant Houses“. I still need to adventure out myself and I have decided to do it by bike and train, but he got out to Three Floyds brew pub and then swung by through Bridgeport and did the classic Pleasant House/Maria’s Packaged Goods stop and his adventures did not end there….

Our friends at The Chicagoist and at Grubstreet Chi have never ending content and always worth a daily check if you haven’t already! Chief Beet Rob Gardner is featured in the Grubstreet post.

The Salt’s latest post at NPR is always salient, interesting and provocative!

If you have been reading the weekly harvest, you know that one of my weekly favorites is Nourishing The Planet, they produce content daily on positive changes going on around the world relative to food, farmers and agriculture.

One of my other favorites that has lots of great ideas and thoughts is Nourishing Words by Eleanor Baron.

Finally my other personal favorite is Ben Hewitt, the Vermont farmer, author, philosopher.

Since I just came back from a planning meeting for Food Day, October 24th, The Center for Science in the Public Interest is the sponsor and their blog is here.

The Illinois Stewardship Alliance is a great “go to” site for anything related to news, information on this “infamous” Farm Bill.

If you need information on something to do with food policy, grants, organizations working on good food, the Goodgreens.org website has SO MUCH information, you just have to dig through it.

Can’t finish this post without a recipe for asparagus since it is that asparagus time of year. This recipe comes from Chowbella and was recommended by the Spice House on their Facebook page. Have any asparagus recipes that you love? Add them to the comments section below.

In the “blogs I came across after I hit the PUBLISH button”,  Cedar Valley Sustainable Farm put up a post how their Facebook page and blog are connecting with farmers and people from all over the world. I guess it truly is a “Buy Local, Think Global” world.

And I noticed that my favorite local, kosher, distillery, Koval, now has a blog going with video posts, and those truffles with chrysanthemum liqueur sound fantastic!

That’s it for me for this week! There is so much content out there on the web, what did you find insightful, provocative, empowering, reinforcing, informational, timely this week???? Let us know in the comments below!!!!!!!!




Weekly Harvest 3/8 Blogs Here and Yonder

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Posted: March 8, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Gosh, where have I been? I discovered some local blogs this week that I am assuming many of you at The Local Beet are aware. The roundup is truly a roundup and a mixture of all things here and yonder!

Greensug.blogspot.com “Deathly Hallows, Part Deux” about her meal celebrating all things British. “Trading pork bellies and coffee by day, then roasting them all up at night, Joanna is a commodities broker by trade, urban farmer/food adventurer at heart. She writes about her steep learning curve in Kendall College’s culinary certificate program, the tails of Old Town hens and her eco-loving, sweet-living at Green Sugar.” Joanna links to a lot of other great food blogs!

Okay, here is another local blog, They call it, Fed Up but the blog address is Filleduporfedup.com Food is supposed to nourish us, to keep us alive and thriving – and yet lately the way we feed ourselves is having the opposite effect. This blog asks are you getting filled up or fed up with what you eat. They happen to be sponsoring a fundraiser on March 28th for the NPO Fresh Moves at the Greenhouse based at the Chicago Green Exchange. . Go to the blog link for further details.

Here is another, the blogs just keep floating out of the Twitter/Facebooksphere…Lilgirlbigcam did a great piece on The Bedford, the pictures are beautiful and chef Mark Steuer is a true friend to the farmer.

The City of Chicago now has a section on their site for the Environment and Sustainability here...

The USDA just came out with a site, Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass which shows regional food projects and programs across the country!

Leah Douglas on the site Serious Eats does a great job keeping track of food issues and recapping them in a very easy to read, easy to process way. Here is her recap for the week.

Here is a great brussel sprout recipe from Terry Walters and a great site to know about The Institute for Integrative Nutrition…

The Salt post on NPR always has interested items about the food world, here is one on what’s going on in the world of cheese in Wisconsin.

And for me, a week can’t go by without reading a post from Ben Hewitt.. Who seems to be involved with a new publication Taproot.

Of course, after I hit the “Publish” button, an email comes in my box of a great blog post, here is Eleanor Barron of Nourishing Words just published this post titled, “Caring About Food” which has a lot of great thoughts, information on a course she is involved with “Hungry for Change, Food, Ethics and Sustainability” (sorry it is on the east coast) but you can go to the site to at least see the topics for discussion.

And another weekly stalwart, Nourishing the Planet....

And can’t forget local blogger Hugh Amano and his salons, Hugh just posted a new piece on Food on the Dole here, “I’d Love For You To Come, But You’ve Gotta Stay Here and Cure”

Finally, speaking of the local in local chefs, Nellcote the new restaurant with chef Jared Van Camp at the helm has gotten a ton of press but it is really well deserved, Jared is putting the big L in LOCAL. Here is a video by Grub Street/Sky Full of Bacon on the The Smell of Flour and how Nellcote is grinding their own flour... and if you want another view of Element Collective at play go here to see how the restaurant was put together . What I like to people taking care over what they are doing and enjoying it!

I am sorry if I missed your favorite weekly read, let me know in the comments section below and I will add insert it above!



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