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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

I Got My Share...

... of vegetables, that is. I've been a farmers market shopper as long as they've been in the neighborhood. I've committed myself to healthier cooking and eating and recently learned about Community Supported Agriculture "shares."

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) directly links consumers and farmers. Members make an up-front payment at the beginning of the growing season that contributes to the farm's operating budget. In return, members receive a weekly share of the farm's produce. Sounded like a great way to get me to eat more vegetables and try some new things.

I got my share from Growing Home which is a farm with a unique mission: providing job training for homeless and low-income people in Chicago through organic agriculture. Plus, its office is in the 43rd Ward, right on Clark Street.

Growing Home operates three farm sites, a ten acre farm in Marseilles (Illinois), plots at 58th and Ashland and 51st and Laflin on the South Side. All are certified organic.

I signed on in late May for a full summer CSA "share," and you can see from the photo what beautiful produce I've been getting. I simply pick it up each week from the Green City Market.

Most of the farmers at the Green City Market offer CSAs. Click here to find a list the farmers who offer CSAs in the Chicago Area, just look for "GC" for farms that deliver at the Green City Market.

Cool Fun for a Hot Summer Weekend!

Lincoln Park Arts & Music Festival

Saturday, July 31st and Sunday, August 1st
Saturday - Noon to 10 pm
Sunday - Noon to 9 pm
On Racine between Fullerton and Webster
A gate donation of $7 goes to benefit the
Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce

Food, Music and Fun in the sun!

Second Annual Chicago Luxury Ice Cream Festival

Friday & Saturday, July 30 & 31
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
2430 N. Cannon Drive

25 Micro-Creameries, Chefs, Contests and More!

$25 - to purchase tickets go to:

"We're not referring to your garden-variety, frozen dessert concoctions. We're talking about decadent masterpieces bursting with flavor, dreamed up by some of Chicago's most exciting pastry chefs."

Movies In the Park

City Slickers
Saturday, July 31st
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

The Oz Park Advisory Council presents City Slickers for a fun night at the movies in the park at sunset.

A perfect summer evening!

Join in to Help Haiti!

Lincoln Park Market has partnered with Park West Community Association to provide survival kits to St. Damien Hospital in Haiti.

St. Damien is a 120-bed free pediatric hospital in Tabarre that cares for more than 200 patients each day. When patients are released from the hospital, they are sent home with a special one-month survival kit that contains basic items to sustain a discharged patient for a month.

With your help, Park West and Lincoln Park Market can pack and ship at least 250 kits to Haiti this summer.

It's easy for you to donate or contribute your time:

Make a Direct Donation. Each kit costs $50, so you can sponsor a kit or give whatever amount you feel you can. Checks should be made out to Friends of the Orphans and can be dropped off or mailed to Lincoln Park Market at 2500 N. Clark Street.

Join me at the Packing Party. Join in this Saturday, July 17th at 10:00 am at Lincoln Park Market (2500 N. Clark) to help pack Survivial Kits. To join in, sign up at the store or email bruce@lincolnparkmarket.com. Please indicate the number of adults and children in your group.

If you have any questions please contact info@parkwestcommunity.com or bruce@lincolnparkmarket.com.