National Food Day (Oct. 24) in Elgin

1397503_10151660232177124_1167075345_o-1Don’t miss celebrating local food on “National Food Day” which is Thursday, October 24!  Food Day is a nationwide celebration and a movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food. Celebrate good food here in Elgin at Advocate Sherman Hospital from 11am – 2pm during you lunch break. There will be a mini market with some of your favorite market vendors (Troggs Hollow Farm (Produce), Gramp’s Gourmet (Pickles), Early Bird Farm (Pork), and Breadsmith), plus lunch specials at their cafe, Master gardeners and dietitians on hand to answer your questions, information about Sherman’s community gardens, Shared Harvest Cooperative and Food for Greater Elgin, plus a fun raffle if you stop at all booths!


Shopping Locally in Winter

fall_foods_2Just because the Downtown Elgin Harvest Market is closed for the winter does not mean that you should give up on connecting with your local food vendor!  Scroll down below for your favorites and see how you can get in contact with them to fulfill your winter and holiday local food needs and beyond. (This will be updated more in upcoming weeks as we hear get the latest news and products from the various vendors)

Auntie Vee’s – Roselle, IL – “Like” them on Facebook
Cupcakes (banana rum caramel crunch, red velvet, snickers, key lime pie, apple or peach cobbler, etc) and sweet potato cream cheese pie. Contact them via their website or Facebook.

Breadsmith – St. Charles, IL – “Like” them on Facebook
Bread products (white,wheat,whole wheat,sourdough,french,peasant), Dessert Bread, Muffins, Scones, Brownies, Seasonal, Specialty Bread, Pie Bread, Foccacia, Pretzel
Along with their St. Charles store you can find their tasty bread in Caputo’s in South Elgin, Woodman’s, Jewel, and at the Sherman Hospital gift store.

CC Angus Beef, LLC – Mineral Point, WI
100% grassfed/grassfinished Angus Beef
Call or email them as if they have enough interest they might come do a drop off.

The Cheese People – Quincy, IL – “Like” them on Facebook
Local, unique, and aged cheeses.
Call or email them as if they have enough interest they might come do a drop off.

Early Bird Farm – Garden Prairie, IL – “Like” them on Facebook
Pork products: sausage, bacon, ribs, hocks, tenderloin, steak, and pork chops.
Contact them over the winter through their website or giving them a call.

FreshGround Roasting – West Chicago, IL – “Like” them on Facebook
Coffee – all beans purchased through missions or foundations that support the farmer – direct trade and then roasted locally. All sustainably/responsibly grown. To get their coffee go to their website and order online.

Golden Eagle Hotdog – Bartlett, IL – “Like” them on Facebook
Vienna Beef Hot Dogs, Vienna Polish Sausage, homemade chili, snow cones.
Give them a call to cater your next party or to be a vendor at your holiday event!

Grace Farm Studios – Woodstock, IL
Crushed/sifted red raspberry leaf tea. Raspberry jam made with the above assorted sweeteners. A few Icelandic woolen goods from our flock. And more…

ASPARAGUS CROWN DIGGING:  If you are willing to dig your own crowns at Grace Farm and transplant them to a suitable area (full sun; deep trench in good soil), swing by Saturday November 2 and Saturday November 9 (9-5pm) with your shovel and some means to transport your freshly dug crowns back to their new DIGS (ha ha).  While you’re here check out their new raspberry donuts with raspberry jam glaze!

WINTER HOURS: October 26-December 20: Fri-Sat – 9-5pm. Also January – April they will be open the first Saturday of the month from 9am – 5pm

Thanks to Shared Dream Kitchen in Elgin for access to a well-managed, clean and certified commercial kitchen that they used!

Gramp’s Gourmet Foods – Scales Mound, IL –“Like” them on Facebook
They offer 6 varieties of sweet pickles – Original, jalapeno, garlic, horseradish, habanero and kickers 6 varieties of sour dill pickles – sour dill, garlic, horseradish, jalapeno, jalapeno/garlic and habanero 6 varieties of pickled beets – original, cinnamon, horseradish, onion, heet and red hot (both made with jalapeno Apple Pie in a Jar – a drink that tastes like apple pie) and Martha’s sweet spicy mustard.
Order online to have their products delivered to you or grab them off the shelf in Woodman’s.

Grandma & Pa’s Concessions – Des Plaines, IL
Hire them for your next party whether it be tempura vegetables, tamales, their walking tacos, or homemade lemonade or smoothies.  Call Call 847.759.1129.

Katic Breads – Aurora, IL – “Like” them on Facebook
Organic Heirloom Breads: Pain de Campagne, Pain de Sophia, Harvest Bread, Herb Focaccia, Kalamata Olive loaf, Raisin Roasted Walnut, Baguette De Tradition, Boule de Tradition, Ciabatta, Spelt, Buckwheat Organic Croissants: Butter Croissant, Pain au Chocolat. Their bread will be available every Saturday from 9AM until 1PM at the Geneva Winter Market – 27 North Bennett Street (Bennett Place Ground Level)  Geneva, IL. They will also be at the Palatine Winter Market(Train Station) once a month on Saturday’s 8am – noon (Nov 16, Dec. 14, Jan. 18, Feb, 8, March 8, April 12)

Let’s Spice It Up – Gilberts, IL – “Like” them on Facebook
Spices, Herbs, Rubs, Blended Seasonings, Pure Vanilla Extract, Specialty Extracts, Hot Sauces, Soup Base Gravy
Order online their website and if your order is $25 or more they will deliver locally to Elgin, Dundee, Gilberts, and Carpentersville.  Just give them a week’s notice.

Maggie’s Munchies – Park Ridge, IL – “Like” them on Facebook
An all natural dog treat company that hand makes all our own treats. We do not bake with preservatives or artificial colors/ingredients. Their treats are made with Bison liver, fruit or vegetables. They cater to their customers dogs changing dietary needs. They have treats for diabetic, gluten free or dairy free dog diets.

Martha’s Gourmet Popcorn – Elgin, IL
Fresh popped popcorn of various flavors for all events.
Contact them by emailing or calling (847)-888-2166. Leave your name, number and what you need on their answering machine.

Naturally Naked – Sugar Grove, IL – “Like” them on Facebook
Eggs, Chicken, Turkey, and depending on availability goat.
Call, email, Facebook, or order online!

Olives 4 You – Wheaton, IL
Marinated olives – 18 varieties stuffed olives – 4 types humus – 10 flavors pita pita chips tapenades – 3 types muffaletta

Reader’s Apiaries – Streamwood, IL – “Like” them on Facebook
Honey, Creamed Honey, Flavored Creamed Honey, Comb honey, Beeswax Candles, Beeswax, Honey Stix
E-mail to order honey throughout the winter.

Stojan’s Vegetables – Maple Park, IL – “Like” them on Facebook
Local produce still available such a great supply of potatoes, winter squash, some onions, decorations for Thanksgiving and their popcorn!
To get in touch with them and their produce email or call (815)827-3265.

Tony’s Knife Sharpening Service – Schaumburg, IL
Sharpening services for all knifes, garden tools, kitchen utensils, swords and more.

Troggs Hollow – Elgin, IL –  “Like” them on Facebook
Local and sustainable produce.
Go online to sign up for a CSA for 2014!  Some veggies still available throughout October and possibly November.

Windy Acres Crafts – Elgin, IL – “Like” them on Facebook
Soap bars & liquids lotions, creams, scrubs, lip balm, healing balm, pedicure products, aroma therapy, votives, and decorative votive holders.
Order online and have your soaps and lotions delivered.

Windy Acres Farm – Geneva, IL“Like” them on Facebook
Local produce, brought in fruits, donuts, jam/jellies, honey, caramel apples, and flowers.
Currently they are open during the fall for families to come visit, eat, shop, and enjoy various activities.  See more details on their website.

This is Not Goodbye

med_resI find this to be an interesting time for our weekday market, as we wrap up our final market for 2013 this Thursday, October 3, 9am – 2pm.  It feels like we end at the tail end of the first wave of markets that close up during the fall.  Most weekend markets go until Halloween and soon several winter markets will be cropping up for the holidays. So even though we close I still see evidence of harvest and bounty all around us. I also get a bit saddened that I will not have the weekly frequency of seeing the people, businesses, and organizations I have come to enjoy.  But most of me is excited as most of our vendors you can still get items from all winter long(stay tuned next week as we make our website easier to get a hold of those vendors.).  Plus several of them you will see at Sherman Hospital’s National Food Day market that will be on Thursday, October 24, 11am – 2pm.(More info to follow as well).  Plus there is the fun and joy of planning, recruiting, and getting ready for the 2014 season.  So this is not a goodbye but a temporary shift to other local venues to continue the local foods and local business movement.  See you around Downtown Elgin!

Last update of 2013 of what expect to see, hear, and do at our last market this Thursday:

  • Store up on items for the winter to eat and can from produce, meat, honey, soap, spices, or pick up art, get a bite to eat, or get your knives sharpened by Tony!
  • Get signed up with your vendor to be on their mailing list and get updates or grab a business card (Check out our market website next week with updates on how to contact your favorite market vendors during the winter if applicable)
  • Live Music: James Clipper & Band 11am – 1pm
  • Various health screenings will be available with Alexian Brothers Health Systems and Judge Family Chiropractic, Arborist Bob from Davey Tree will be on hand, and new this week will be The Ecker Center toting their “Festival of Trees” event.