Local Farm Box

Patrick’s Picks: Local Farm Vegetable Box

July 21st, 2021 / 0 comments

Everything Local!! Born and raised in the Midwest, there is only one time in the year that we get both fruit and vegetables locally. That time is now! For a limited time only we have put together an All Local Produce Box. We have approx 20 items, ranging from Celery, Peppers, Cucumbers, Corn, Kale, Swiss […]

Grilling ingredients

Grilling Tips

July 16th, 2021 / 0 comments

With grilling season in full swing, our Food Guru, Tony, recently shared some of his best barbecue tips with WGN News. If you want to make the best burger, check this out! Tip #1 Roll meat into 8 oz or 10 oz balls, do not press hard. Form the balls into patties with a fork. […]

Santa Claus Melon

Patrick’s Picks: Christmas in July

July 14th, 2021 / 0 comments

California Variety Melons are in Season. One stand out is the Santa Claus Melon (also known as a Toad Melon, because of its skin). Santa Claus Melons are one of the few melons that can be stored for 4-5 months or until Christmas (hence its name). This melon is super sweet and only harvested until […]

Aquaponic Lettuce

Patrick’s Picks: Aquaponic Lettuce

July 7th, 2021 / 0 comments

Chicago Botanic Garden’s Farm on Ogden grows lettuce in their incredible aquaponic growing system, right in Chicago. These lettuces are grown with the assistance of fish (Tilapia in this case), in a sustainable water system. Check it out here.


Patrick’s Picks: Blueberries

June 30th, 2021 / 0 comments

Michigan Blueberries from Mick Klug Farms are in today!! Third generation family farm out of Saint Joseph, has been farming for 91 years. Coming in a 1 pint these will be here for about 3 months. Store in the refrigerator, good for 4-5 days, wash right before eating. Perfect time to make that Pie, oh […]


Patrick’s Picks: Watermelon

June 23rd, 2021 / 0 comments

Indiana watermelons are in and just in time for the 4th of July weekend! Ripe, Fresh and DEEElicious. I promise you you’re going to eat these up!!!


Patrick’s Picks: Pluots

June 16th, 2021 / 0 comments

If you like plums, you’re in for a real treat, Pluots are now available! Pluots are a hybrid between an apricot and a plum, that was developed in the 80’s. Store them in a refrigerator, but not for too long (watch my video to find out why). To ripen, let them sit out for a […]


Patrick’s Picks: Red Seedless Grapes

June 9th, 2021 / 0 comments

California Grapes are in full swing. My favorite is the Red Seedless. Did you know that Red Seedless Grapes weren’t even a thing until 1950’s? Most of the varieties grown for consumers today are seedless. Green, Red & Black being the most popular. Store in the refrigerator, freeze for a great refreshing snack!

Portabella Mushrooms

Patrick’s Picks: Portabella Mushrooms

June 2nd, 2021 / 0 comments

For me there is nothing better than a grilled portabella mushroom. I grill them all summer long, making a perfect plant-based cheese burger! They are delicious!! Our mushrooms come from River Valley Ranch in Burlington, Wisconsin. A great, local, third generation family farm.


Patrick’s Picks: Peaches & Nectarines

May 26th, 2021 / 0 comments

Stone fruit is in full swing now! Last week it was Cherries, this week is Peaches and Nectarines!! Have you ever tried grilled peaches? First, I get the grill hot. I cut a peach in wedges and brush a little canola oil on it and put it on the grill for 1 minute on each […]