Category: Eat Local

Chicago French Market

The Chicago French Market is a year-round, indor marketplace where you can shop from local artisans. Chicago French Market is located in the West Loop in the new MetraMarke development at 131 N. Clinton. Plant lovers who like to eat plants should check out the market for some unsual fruits and veggies. There’s also a... Read more »

TomatoFest Potluck Supper 2009

Yesterday’s potluck supper at the Chicago Honey Co-op for Chicago TomatoFest 2009 acted as the closing ceremony for tomato festival. I got an early start on the festivities when I visited the vegetable garden at the Cook County Jail. While photographing the vegetable garden I couldn’t keep myself from eating the cherry tomatoes. My cherry... Read more »

Chicago TomatoFest Potluck Supper

If you purchased heirloom tomatoes during the Chicago TomatoFest plant sales you’re invited to the Second Annual Chicago TomatoFest Potluck Supper at the Chicago Honey Coop. The event celebrates the end of tomato growing season in Chicago and you’re asked to bring a dish that showcases the heirloom tomatoes you grew all season. The tickets... Read more »

Chicago TomatoFest 2009: Old School BLT's & Free Wine

Today is the first day of the BLT Bonanza brought to you by the people from Chicago TomatoFest and they’re having a Twitter contest where you could win a free bottle of wine from Candid Wines and Green Grocer Chicago. For a list of restaurants where you can eat an Old School BLT and for... Read more »

Urban Foraging

Recently while grocery shopping I came across a homeless man who was foraging, for lack of a better term, in the produce section of the grocery store. Soon I was following the man as he walked around and ate, heartily, from the displays of fruits and vegetables. Other people in the store didn’t register him... Read more »

Prickly Pear Cactus and Nopales

Opuntia humifusa is a cactus native to the U.S. It has a clump-forming growth pattern. The flowers are a beautiful yellow with slightly reddish center and flat, green pads that have clusters of barbed bristles. I’ve been thinking of growing it ever since I spotted it at the Rick Bayless urban/edible garden. I don’t really... Read more »

Mayor Daley Didn't Answer My Question

L-R: Helen Cameron, Mayor Daley, Natalie Pfister Mike Cameron Back in June I visited the organic rooftop farm at Uncommon Ground on Devon and after visiting it I asked Natalie Pfister, the farm’s Director, if a couple of local garden bloggers could visit it on July 11th. After scheduling the private tour I received word... Read more »

Chicago Farmers Markets

A list of Chicago’s farmers markets that get the MrBrownThumb Seal of Approval* and you should visit them now that the weather is cooperating. If you have a favorite I didn’t include make a case for it in the comments and I’ll add it.  Chicago Downtown Farmstand66 E. Randolph StreetM-F 11AM-7PM Saturday 11AM-4PMSee my post... Read more »

Hull-House Heirloom Urban Farm on UIC campus

Steps away from the Hull-House Museum and the Hull-House Soup Kitchen, where Re-Thinking Soup is held every Tuesday, an urban farm dedicated to growing heirloom crops for the soup kitchen grows. The day I visited the farm I was walking to the location with Michael Thompson, of the Chicago Honey Co-Op, and if not for... Read more »

Urban Agriculture Projects in Chicago

The video, Urban Agriculture Projects in the Chicago Area, was released as part of the World Environment Day symposium, Urban Agriculture: Feeding the Movement, held by the Chicago Botanic Garden. It starts with a brief introduction to the history of agriculture in Chicago and continues to the present day and shows several projects in the... Read more »