Favorite Farm Stands

If you live in the Chicagoland area, here is a list of farmstands you should definitely check out!

The Farm – 31st east of Wolf Road, Westchester

Didier Farms – 16678 W Aptakisic Rd., Prairie View  847-634-3291

Garden Patch Farms and Orchards – 14154 W 159th St., Homer Glen 708-301-7720

Glasscock Farms – 198 W Laraway Rd, Joliet 815-723-3792

Ida and Sal’s Produce – 36089 N US Hwy 45, Lake Villa 847-245-3705

Keller’s Farm Stand – 516 Knoch Knolls Rd., Naperville 630-369-5319

Krueger Farm and Vegetables – 28572 W IL Rte 120, Lakemoor 815-385-4981

Klein’s Farm and Garden Market, 1175 Lillian St., Elgin 847-683-9647

McCarthy Farms – 10301 W 159th St., (3 blocks west of La Grange Rd), Orland Park 708-349-2158

Natural Farm Stand – 3016 Rte 173, Richmond 815-678-7072

Norton Produce – 39 W369 Rte 64, St. Charles 630-377-8118

Red Barn Farm Market – 3500 S Rte 47, Woodstock 815-338-4343

Stade’s Farm and Market – 3709 Miller Rd., McHenry 815-675-6396

Von Bergen’s Country Market – 9805 IL Rte 173, Hebron 815-648-2332

Foodie Events

Now, all these events are going to be in Chicago since that’s where I live.  However, if you have anything you’d like me to add in your local area, just let me know!

Veggie Fest 2008 – Its a 2 day festival featuring cooking demonstrations, 40 vegetarian food venders and exhibitors, and discusssions on heathful living.  11 am – 6 pm Saturday at the Science of Spirituality Center, 4S175 Naperville Rd., Napterville.  For more information, call 800-222-2207

Windy City Chili Cookoff – Cooks compete for the best chili in salsa, chili verde, and traditional categories as part of the Retro on Roscoe Street Festival.  The $5 entry fee includes samples of the chili with they last.  The fee also benefits St. Teresa of Avila food pantry.  1 pm Saturday and Sunday at Roscoe St and Hoyne Ave.  For more information, call 773-871-5623

Morel Tales – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is presenting  “Exploring the Wild Mushroom . . . Myths, Flavors, and Facts” at Kendall College in a Chicago Foodways Roundtable discussion.  $3 unless you are a Kendall College student (then free).  10 am Saturday at Kendal College, 900 N North Branch St.  Reservations can be made by calling 847-432-8255 or emailing chicago.foodways.roundtable@gmail.com

Party With Style –  Justin Hall from FIG Catering shows how to host an elegant and delicious dinner party.  Free. 2 pm Saturday at Bloomingdale’s Home & Furniture Store, 600 N Wabash Ave.  For more information, call 312-324-7678

Fish Tips – Sam Dean grills halibut basted with maple chipotle marinade in a demonstration class for free.  Noon Saturday at Burhops Seafood, Plaza Del Lago, 1515 N Sheridan Road, Wilmette.  For more information, please call 847-256-6400

Brunch Demystified – Keven Hickey and Jonathan Lane of the Four Seasons present classes that explore the hotel’s famous Sunday brunch.  $100 includes brunch.  11 am August 10 and August 24.  120 W Delaware Pl.  For reservations, please call 312-649-2325

Sweet and Savory Grilling – Chefs Pamela Fitzpatrick and Mark Gyure show how to make three seasonal pizzas and desserts on the grill.  August 12 at Fox & Obel, 401 E Illinois St.  For reservations, call 312-379-0133

Swedish specialty – Chef Donna Scheppe teaches how to create a Swedish tea ring in a hands on class for $25.  1 pm August 4 at Two Kitchens, 2035 W Washington St, Suite 155, Naperville.  Register by calling 630-717-9630.