Gapers Block has ceased publication.

Gapers Block published from April 22, 2003 to Jan. 1, 2016. The site will remain up in archive form. Please visit Third Coast Review, a new site by several GB alumni.
 Thank you for your readership and contributions. 


Tuesday, October 19

Gapers Block

Gapers Block on Facebook Gapers Block on Flickr Gapers Block on Twitter The Gapers Block Tumblr

« Orchard Roundup Come One, Come All to the Locavore Supper »

Event Tue Sep 20 2011

Farming Field Trips at Angelic Organics

angelic-organics-learning-center-logo.jpgWere you at the Cheesemaking workshop at Family Farmed expo last March and felt like you still didn't have the tools to make your own? Were you planning on going apple picking this fall, but the thought of a bushel of apples sitting in your fridge seems slightly overwhelming? Have you felt lackluster about the whole homebrewing movement because you've really wanted to give home winemaking a try?

Angelic Organics is a farm, a classroom, an advocacy group, a community center and an overall proponent of good living for Chicagoans located in Caledonia, IL just 2 hours north of Chicago. Angelic provides 1200 families in the Chicago area with a weekly box of vegetables (CSA style), partners with local community gardens and hosts field trips for school children to teach them about a healthy food system. So where do you fit in?

Angelic Organics Aeriel Photos 2003 53belv6-89-filtered.jpgThis fall, the Learning Center (otherwise known as AOLC) is hosting a smattering of field days and workshops for Chicagoans who are looking to learn a bit more about farm life. Upcoming classes include:

  • Apples from Cider to Sauce-9/24/11

  • Cheesemaking -9/25/11

  • Cheesemaking -10/8/11 (AM and PM)

  • Soap Making Workshop -11/5/11 (AM and PM)

Plus, they have hands-on kid-friendly opportunities:

  • Cornbread from the Ground Up: A Family Workshop-10/22/11

  • Food Day Celebration for Homeschoolers-10/24/11

  • Preschoolers! Fun with Farm Animals-11/4/11

  • Thanksgiving Food from the Farm: A Program for Kids!-11/23/11

row crops.jpgAnd events for adults who are looking to learn more in detail about sustainable agriculture and livestock:

  • Walking Tour of Angelic Organics-9/24/11

  • Biodynamics for the Backyard-10/1/11

  • Farm Dreams: Assessing Risks & Resources to Start a Small Farm or Market Garden-10/16/11

  • Build a Top-Bar Hive-11/12/11

You can check out their full calendar and their summer/fall PDF schedulefor more information.

GB store
GB store

Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
Read this feature »

GB store



Drive-Thru on Flickr

Join the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

About Drive-Thru

Drive-Thru is the food and drink section of Gapers Block, covering the city's vibrant dining, drinking and cooking scene. More...
Please see our submission guidelines.

Editor: Robyn Nisi,
Drive-Thru staff inbox:



 Subscribe in a reader.

GB store

GB Store

GB Buttons $1.50

GB T-Shirt $12

I ✶ Chi T-Shirts $15