Elgin’s Second Annual Food Day (actually a week now!)

Food Day, which is actually Wednesday, October 24 is all about celebrating our transition back to sustainable, organic, healthy, affordable food, grown, harvested & lovingly prepared locally.  Its priorities are to:

Presented by Elgin Green Drinks & Food Transition Group, it is also sponsored by Simple Balance Holistic Center and Downtown Neighborhood Association.

So check out the below calendar for next week and make it a goal to go to at least one of the events if not all!!

All Week Long….

-We will be collecting donations for “Food for Greater Elgin” all week long.
–Various local restaurants are committed to Food Day initiatives and make more sustainable choices.

In honor of Food Week Simple Balance is giving a complimentary B.E.S.T session (by appointment only) in exchange for a donation of 10 food items for our local Food Bank “Feeding Greater Elgin”. Go to SB’s website for more information and to arrange appointment.    


Sunday, October 21 –   ” 30th Annual Elgin Crop Hunger Walk” –  Starts behind City Hall   http://elgincropwalk.wordpress.com/

Wednesday, October 24,  10:00pm-2:00pm “Food Day Farmers Market”  – Dupage Court next to Al’s Cafe! Please join us in welcoming Mayor David Kaptain at 1:00pm as he reads the Food Day Proclamation. Please register to have a table here

Wednesday, October 24 – Sherman Hospital’s cafeteria will be featuring Healthy Sustainable Food choices as well as showcasing their organic garden. Located on Randall Rd. in Elgin just South of I90

Thursday, October 25,   3:00pm- 5:00pm –   We will be hosting a Food Day Booth in the Gail Borden Public Library lobby : Spin the Food Wheel to learn and win prizes!

Friday, October 26,   6:00pm-9:00pm    At Simple Balance Holistic Center (221 E. Chicago Street), Dr. Jaena will give a presentation on Simple Sustainable Food Choices & Nutrition for Wellness then we will watch the film “Ingredients” FREE Admission –  Space limited please register  here .

Saturday, October 27,  6:00-9:00pm “Nightmare on Chicago Street”  Please visit our booth outside of Simple Balance Holistic Center at  the “Nightmare on Chicago Street” event. Stop by and sign up for a raffle and contribute to a piece of ART depicting the toxin food that may have created some of these zombies. We will also have information on the new “Elgin Food Store Coop”  If you would like to be a part of it  please take the coop survey here .


Elgin Food Day, Fall Markets, and Food Coop

Scratching your head on where to shop – now that the Elgin Harvest Market is closed for the season?
Thankfully there are plenty of exciting upcoming events, current and future markets, and works in progress for a new food store coop, as we strive for more local and sustainable food for all Elgin area residents and businesses:) Read below!

2012 Elgin’s 2nd Annual Food Day
Be involved, learn, eat, shop and/or enjoy Food Day, which this year will be stretched over a week’s span!

Sunday, October 21 –   ” 30th Annual Elgin Crop Hunger Walk”    http://elgincropwalk.wordpress.com/

Wednesday, October 24,  10:00pm-2:00pm “Food Day Farmers Market”  Please register to have a table here

Thursday, October 25,   3:00pm- 5:00pm  “Fun Fact & Prize Food Day Booth” at Library

Friday, October 26,   6:00pm-9:00pm     “Presentation & Movie”  Space limited please register here .

Saturday, October 27,  6:00-9:00pm “Nightmare on Chicago Street”

Week-long Events

  •  Sherman Hospital’s Cafeteria will be featuring Healthy Sustainable Food Day choices. Details coming.
  • Various local restaurants are committed to Food Day initiatives and have  sustainable choices. List coming soon.
  • We will be collecting donations for “Food for Greater Elgin” all week long.  Locations coming soon.

For more details go to http://foodday.weebly.com!

Want to be added? Sign up to participate with us here!

Where can I get my local and/or sustainable goods this Fall?

1) Contact the Elgin Harvest Market Vendors Directly!

2) Local Harvest.org – Find local farmers markets that go through October!

3) Elgin Farmers Market / Elgin Winter Market – Check this out as it goes through the winter on Saturday’s at Restore!

4) Klein’s Farm & Garden Market – this family and farm in Burlington, IL have had farm-stands in Elgin for decades!  Make sure to stop by this month to get your pumpkins, mums, apples, cider, and eatable and decorative gourds!

5) Holiday Bazaars and Markets are Beginning!  Will post as we find them – Gingerbread Bazaar

For the future!! – Elgin Food Coop
The Elgin Co-op Steering Committee has 461 responses to their survey – can you help them get to 1,000 in the next month?! If you haven’t done so already please take their brief survey and help them make that vision real by passing it on to one friend.  Also feel free to join their Facebook group and please attend their Informational Meeting at The Centre of Elgin Ballroom on Tuesday, Nov 13, 7pm!

Harvesting at the Market

Well it is time.  The eighteen weeks of summertime  good eatin’s, at the Downtown Elgin Harvest Market, is wrapping to a close this Thursday, October 4, 4-8pm. No need for tears as this is a temporary end.  So stand tall, pull out your trusty tote bags, bring your Link/Credit cards, unused tokens, or cash, and bring that “pantry stock up” or” fall must have” shopping list, and prepare to descend on what awaits you at the market for its final day in 2012!

  • Vendors Present: Breadsmith (Yummy breads to nibble on while snuggled up in your chair), Cupcake Daddy (Halloween treats), Dropseed Design (great priced kale, tomatoes, and melons), Hill Bunker Farms with their wool products and honey, KAP Farms with fall produce, Let’s Spice It Up (stock up for winter), Soap-a cabana (goes without saying), The Cheese People (delicious cheeses all around), Tony’s Sharpening Service (bring those dull knifes to be ready for those pumpkins, holiday fowl, or garden shears to be put away for next year), Trogg’s Hollow (taste the bounty from Elgin), Windy Acres Farm (delicious produce and goods). Concessions: Golden Eagle Hotdog and Grandma and Pa’s, Chef Quincy – a man with a grill.
  • Our wonderful sponsors – Alexian Brothers, Davey Tree, and Chiro One will be present to give any last bit of advice, free screenings, and fun giveaways!
  • The Literacy Connection will be selling pumpkins, which are from Windy Acres Farm as a small fundraiser. They will have large pumpkins for $8 and small pumpkins for $5.  So make sure to stop by their booth and  “Carve out a new future for an adult who needs your help – Become an Adult Literacy Tutor for The Literacy Connection.” (200 adults are waiting to be matched with tutors)
  • Ecker Center will be present promoting their “Festival of Trees”. Check out their booth for more information and possible items to purchase for the holidays!
  • Art for All will have paintings and jewelry for sale, by local artists, for something to revamp your home, or birthday or Christmas presents.
  • Sustainability information whether related to Energy Impact Illinois or buying a t-shirt and getting info from the City of Elgin’s Bicycle and Pedestrian booth – the market has it.
  • Kids will enjoy getting free gourds courtesy of Troggs Hollow at the Kids Row booth where Well Child Center will be present with some free dental supplies and information.
  • Stop by the Information Booth to buy the Downtown Neighborhood Association’s Gala 50/50 tickets for $10 or buy them online by clicking HERE.
  • Prepare to be entertained with a variety of performances and music with Fun Time Music DJ spinning throughout. There will be Peter Pan actors from the Children’s Theatre of Elgin giving a sneak preview of what’s to come in a couple weeks at the Hemmens between 5-6pm, then Eric McMann performing 6-7pm, and then also some surprise guests!

Stay tuned as next week we will give you the scoop on our top picks of places to go look for local produce and goods in the Elgin area, or beyond if needed.