Friday, September 21, 2012

Harvesting Ideas, Tasting Tomatoes

Thanks to everyone who brought tomatoes and other edibles to our annual Harvest Fest. We were able to sample many tomato varieties as well as other snacks made from our garden harvests. Special thanks to Vicki Nowicki for sharing her extensive expertise in saving food. 

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

October 20 Event

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Cantigny Green Fair on Sept. 22

Cantigny Park, in partnership with SCARCE, will present the fourth annual Cantigny Green Fair on Saturday, September 22, from 10 am to 4 pm.

As part of the Green Fair, Cantigny and SCARCE will host a mass recycling event. Allowable items and materials for drop off include electronics, non-household batteries, scrap metal, pet needs, flags, bicycles, eyeglasses, keys, ink jet cartridges and much more. The complete list of approved items is posted on the Cantigny Park website. Drop-off hours are 9 am to 12 pm.

Green Fair entertainment and education choices include:

FashionEcoNista Show (11 am) – A unique green carpet eco-chic fashion show highlighting the latest trends in organic, sustainable clothing and repurposed vintage looks. Clothing, accessories and more!

Live music by “In the Green” (sets at 10 am and 12 pm) – Back by popular demand, this band is a Green Fair favorite!

“Mother Nature’s Child: Growing Outdoors in the Media Age” (11 am and 1 pm) – Free movie in the Cantigny Theater.

The Frog Lady (1 pm) – Naturalist Deb Krohn’s presentation will show the differences between reptiles and amphibians plus other fascinating facts!

Radio Disney (2 pm) – A high-energy, interactive musical performance with a “green” theme, especially for kids and families,

Cooking demos by Whole Foods (all day) – Learn a healthy new recipe, get answers to your food questions and try some delicious samples!

Eco-friendly vendors – more than 100 confirmed so far!

Local and organic Farmers Market

Vermicomposting and composting displays

Solar Electric Vehicle Fueling Station display

Cantigny beekeeping

Admission to the fair and all event activities are free. Parking at Cantigny Park is $5 per car. Recyclables may be dropped off without charge from 9 am to 12 pm.

Further details about the Green Fair are available at and  

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Harvest Fest!

How did your garden grow? Celebrate the end of growing season at the Downers Grove Organic Gardeners' Annual Harvest fest at 7 PM Wednesday, Sept. 19. Join other gardeners to talk about the summer and share tips, triumphs and heartaches.

Everyone is invited to bring a dish to share along with copies of your recipe. Vickie Nowicki will be our speaker. She will talk about food preservation. We will have our second annual tomato tasting contest. So bring your favorite tomatoes (leave one whole and cut up one for sampling). Remember to contribute photos of your gardens for a poster we'll be creating next year. Hope to see you all there.