Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Northern & Central Midwest

October, 2012
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Winter Farmers Market
Don't stop going to the farmers' market just because the weather chills. Chicago Botanic Garden is holding a winter farmers market, Sundays beginning in mid-October at 10:00 a.m. The Winter Farmers' Market will be held in the Garden View Room and features seasonal produce, herbs, wreaths, handmade pottery, honey, and more. Visit for more information.


Growing Sprouts
If you are not already a fan of the benefits of sprouts, Sprouts: The Miracle Food: The Complete Guide to Sprouting by Steve Meyerowitz (Sproutman Publications, 1998) will win you over. His conversational style and extensive information about all types of sprouts will give you everything you need to begin an indoor garden for health. And his silly puns make it even more fun. This is truly the best book out there to get you started on growing your own healthful sprouts. (Do be aware, however, that raw and lightly cooked sprouts have been associated with outbreaks of food-borne illnesses. The U.S. Department of Health recommends that children, the elderly, pregnant women, and persons with weakened immune systems should avoid eating raw sprouts of any kind (including alfalfa, clover, radish, and mung bean sprouts).


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