Chicago TomatoFest Potluck Supper

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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
are $10.00 for Honey Co-op and Slow Food Chicago members and $15.00 for
non-members. Children under 10 years of age get in free and proceeds
benefit Slow Food Chicago.

I asked Sydney Barton, Social Media
Ambassador of the Chicago Honey Co-op for some tips for those who have
never been to the apiary on the West Side Of Chicago before.

Q: Anything people who have never been to an apiary should now? Certain things people should avoid?

Wear light colored clothing and a hat, avoid sandals,(NO FLIP FLOPS)
and don’t walk right in front of beehives. If they bring children,
don’t let them go unsupervised.

Q: What’s with the light colored clothing?

It’s a bee thing. They are more likely to become defensive (big black
bears stealing honey) and they don’t seen to notice light colors.

Q: Parking and the best way to get to the apiary?

Parking is easy on the street because we are the only thing on the
block. I recommend Ride the City: safe bike routes made easy to find
the best route by bike. Here are other directions:

Take I 290 to
Independence Blvd. Exit and go South about 3 blocks just past the old
Rail Road viaduct. Turn left on Fillmore St. We are located in the
middle of the block. Or 3740 W. Fillmore is 2 blocks North of Roosevelt
Rd. between Independence Blvd. and Central Park. The apiary is easily
visible from the street. We take up the whole block on the north side
of Fillmore. There is plenty of parking available on the street.

train: There is a Blue line stop at Homan/Kedzie. Walk the ramp toward Homan Ave., walk South on Homan
approx. 5 blocks just past the 12 story 1905 original Sears Tower.
Fillmore is the first street beyond the tower. Walk 2 blocks West to
the Apiary.

By bus: Homan/Kimball bus to Fillmore St. and walk west 2 blocks.

can follow the Chicago Honey Coop on Twitter where Sydney has mentioned she hopes someone brings tomato paella. You can purchase tickets for
the potluck supper here. If you can’t make the potluck supper but would like to eat some heirloom tomatoes this season check out the Old School BLT Bonanza by Chicago TomatoFest going on around Chicago until September 20, 2009 or stop by one of Chicago’s Farmers’ Markets.

Update: 9/10/09

If you haven’t purchased tickets through the Slow Food Chicago website you can “pay at the door,” so don’t let that stop you from attending tonight if you just heard about it.


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  • Follow up question: If I wear light colors, like yellow, will the bees think I'm a sunflower and try to "pollinate me"?

  • In reply to ginthom:

    I just asked Sydney to check in on this post. Maybe we'll get an answer. I sorta had the same question. You know how bulls don't like red? Is there a color that will get you stung by bees.

  • In reply to ginthom:

    Bees don't see color the way we do. Bright red might get you in trouble but the way to really avoid getting stung is not to stand too close to a hive. On a good forage day they won't even notice you no matter what you are wearing. If it's cloudy or there is dearth of nectar, there are a lot more bees around to defend the hive so the chances are higher that you will get stung if you are too close to a hive. Gina could wear a light yellow but a bright yellow might have a different effect. I've never tempted fate by trying out different colors.

  • In reply to Sydney:

    Thanks for the reply Sydney. I didn't know that chances of getting stung increased on cloudy days.

  • In reply to Sydney:

    Thanks for the reply, Sydney. As I have been known to abandon a car on the highway because a bee was in it, I'm now petrified to attend the Tomato Fest Potluck. Crap!!

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