Archive for June, 2009

Taste of Chicago 2009

I LOVE the Taste of Chicago!  I have so many awesome memories of going down to Grant Park every year with my mom, sister, and friends.

Mom would stock our fanny packs with wipes, load us up on sunscreen, and lace up our Keds before loading into the minivan and going to “The Taste.”  I always had to have a Rainbow Cone!  A few other favorites were elephant ears, tempura, and corn on the cob.  You know, just a few light dishes to nosh on.  While it’s been some time since going to The Taste, my parents have gotten me an ice cream cake from Rainbow Cone a few times.  That is NOT an easy feat to accomplish in the dead of winter and right after Christmas!

Now I have even more reasons to love The Taste.  The Family Village portion of The Taste will include exhibits and activities from the Alliance for the Great Lakes, Working Bikes, UIC Extension, Museum of Science and Industry, and others.

There are also a few food vendors that offer solely veggie options, which is nice for our veggie heads who are looking for an actual entree and not just side dishes.

This article in The Chicago Tribune reports that there will be recycling bins at The Taste this year.  Does that imply that there hasn’t been recycling in the past?  If that’s true, it’s scary.

Clearly there is a lot more that The Taste could do to go green.  But regardless, this festival will always have a special place in my heart–and in my stomach.

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Brown Paper Bags Needed

Tony from Scotchill Farm, who delivers CSA boxes to us every Wednesday, is in need of more paper bags.  Full-size, like the ones from Whole Foods or Trader Joes.  So please bring them into GHE if you have any to spare!  Thank you!

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There’s Still Time for a CSA share!

Hi Everyone,

Many customers have been asking if they can sign up for the CSA delivery that comes to GHE.  Yes you can!  Sign up before July 2nd for delivery beginning July 8th.

16 weeks of fresh vegetables

A southern Wisconsin family farm 2.5 hours from Chicago
Tony and Dela Ends family, Brodhead, Wis.

v   Certified Organic farming practices

v   Weekly newsletters from the farm with recipes

v   Flowers, organic eggs, milk soap & other small farm options available

Delivered each week, starts 2nd week in July to:

Green Home Experts
823 Oak Park Ave., in Oak Park

Berry Memorial United Methodist Church
4754 N. Leavitt St (near Lawrence Avenue)
Ravenswood neighborhood

St. Benedict Catholic Church
2215 W. Irving Park (on Leavitt, side street)

The Green Grocer
Grand Avenue (near Northwest Loop)

Provenance Food and Wine Store
2528 N. California (Between Fullerton & Logan Blvd.) Logan Square

Find an order form at

Mail with payment to 910 Scotch Hill Road, Brodhead, WI 53520. Or call in a Visa or Mastercard payment to 608 897-4288. Questions, email

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Eco Vay-Cay

Much has been written about green travel, and I love how many more choices are available these days.

Since people seem to be vacationing closer to home these days, I thought readers would appreciate this link to Travel Green Wisconsin.  It’s full of listings of eco-friendly accomodations.  Each location is rated with a detailed scorecard, and almost all of the listings that I saw had external links to a website.

My husband and I are looking for a nearby eco-escape that is also pet friendly.  We’ll definitely be using Travel Green Wisconsin to get us there.

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GHE Tested, Oprah Approved

Recently, Oprah featured the Smart Strip on one of her shows.  Recent customer demand proves the unbelievable power of the Oprah Effect!

Smart Strip reduces your energy consumption and cuts electricity bills by cutting off phantom power loss–the use of energy by appliances that are turned off and remain plugged into the wall.

Next time you need a unique housewarming, wedding or birthday present, I highly recommend the Smart Strip.  Give the gift of savings!

P.S. Honor those years of Dad telling you to turn off the lights with a Smart Strip!

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