The Talking Farm’s Farm Dinner with Boltwood is on September 10, 2017! Only a Few Seats Left!


Last year, we started an annual tradition by holding the first farm dinner at the Howard Street Farm. This year, we’re  partnering with Chef Brian Huston of Boltwood restaurant in Evanston and Jackson Family Wines to create an experience you won’t soon forget.

Eventbrite - Farm Dinner with Boltwood at the Howard Street Farm

4-course menu prepared by Boltwood Restaurant
featuring vegetables grown in Skokie by The Talking Farm

Appetizers and Champagne

Cherry tomatoes and fresh goat’s milk ricotta

Lettuce wraps

Pickles and Olives


Baby red Russian kale with peppers and carrots
Almond vinaigrette


Grilled whole wild ivory king salmon
Black beans, tomatoes, cucumber, radish


Grilled pork belly
Phoenix Bean tofu
Escalivada (eggplant, tomatoes, peppers & onions cooked in the fire)

All courses above served with wine provided by Jackson Family Wines


Sponge cake and summer fruit

Post-Dinner spirits, cordials and s’mores by the fire

Take-home gift

Music during the event provided by Paul Tyler


The evening will begin when we gather in our garden for sparkling wine, champagne and hors d’oeuvres, then we’ll sit down for a family-style, four-course meal, and wrap up by a bonfire with spirits, cordials and s’mores. Farmers Matt and Susanna will show you around the farm as Chef Huston prepares a meal right on the farm that features the produce grown steps from your table. A real farm-to-table experience.

Ticket includes four-course family-style dinner, wine, champagne, beverages, dessert and special take-home gift. Proceeds from the dinner benefit The Talking Farm, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation and The Talking Farm’s ambitious Expansion Project with the University of Illinois. The University of Illinois is assisting TTF in grading additional land on the Howard Street Farm for grow fields and establishing a water conservation system that collects excess rain runoff to feed the farm. Your ticket price funds this project and helps us continue our mission to sustainably grow produce and provide more hands-on educational opportunities. Ticket prices are tax-deductible to the extent allowed under the law.


Eventbrite - Farm Dinner with Boltwood at the Howard Street Farm$150/person. Seating is limited. TTF Members receive a 10% discount on tickets. If you are a member, check your email for a promo code to enter at checkout or email for the code prior to purchase.
If you would like to become a member, click here.

About Boltwood: Chef Brian Huston is a 2015 James Beard Award semifinalist for Best Chef: Great Lakes. His first break came after Paul Kahan hired Brian to cook at Blackbird soon after it opened but before it became the symbol of modern American cuisine in Chicago and the start of the West Loop dining scene. A stop at Avec preceded trips to other places, Colorado, San Francisco, Europe – where Brian continued to keep the best of the old and fold in the best of the new, establishing his own creative style of cuisine the was a melting pot of ingredients, flavors, and techniques. After 6 years away, Kahan brought him back to serve as Chef de Cuisine of The Publican, and Huston helped define Farm-to-Table cooking in the Midwest. But as important, it brought him back towards his long term goal – opening a restaurant in Evanston that allows him to serve family and friends (both old and new) with creative fresh sourced food and warm hospitality. Click for more information on Boltwood.

About Jackson Family Wines: Since 1982, Jackson Family Wines is a multi-generational family wine company that has grown into a premium collection of wineries and estate vineyards. Jackson Famly Wines is committed to sustainability and environmental stewardship, leaving most of their land unplanted to preserve biodiversity. All of their vineyards are CCSW, SIP and LIVE certified sustainable. Click for more information on Jackson Family Wines. 


WHEN: Sunday, September 10, 2017, 5-9ish pm

WHERE: Howard Street Farm, 3669 Howard St. Skokie (behind the Tot Learning Center).

For pictures from last year’s farm dinner, click here.

TTF Expansion Project land — with your help, these could be beautiful grow fields!




Seedling Sale Dates Announced; Accepting Online Pre-Sale Orders Now!

It’s planting time again! Get your seedlings from The Talking Farm! This year, Farmers Matt and Susanna have selected 36 varieties of herbs, tomatoes, eggplant, cucumber, lettuce, summer squash, peppers, and greens for your garden. Seedlings will be sold on May 13, May 20, May 21, and May 27th from 9 am to 12 pm at the Howard Street Farm. On May 20 and 21, Friend of The Talking Farm, Emily Oaks Nature Center, will offer native seedlings for sale. Go early for the best selection!

Now accepting Online Pre-Sale Orders!

Click here to order your seedlings in advance and choose the seedling sale date on which you’d like to pick up your order. We’ll have your order ready for you! Pickups are at the Howard Street Farm. As quantities of seedlings are limited, pre-ordering is a great way to reserve your favorite seedlings in advance.

Available seedlings for 2017:

Herbs (Genovese Basil, Thai Basil, Mint, Italian parsley, Common parsley, Thyme)

Tomatoes  (Sakura (red cherry), New girl (early girl), Sungold (yellow cherry), Big beef (slicing), San Marzano (plum), Brandywine (red heirloom), and Cherokee (green heirloom).

Greens (Toscano and Red Russian kale, Swiss chard and Collard greens)

Peppers (Lunchbox red (mini), Ace (green/red bell), Flavorburst (yellow), Carmen (Italian red), Hotrod (serrano), Early jalapeño, and Lightning (banana).

Squash (Goldmine (yellow), Safari (green/white), One ball (yellow round)

Lettuce (Butter crunch (butter), Red cross (red leaf), Coastal star (romaine)

Eggplant (Orient express (Asian), Galine (western), Rosa Bianca (Sicilian), Clara (white)

Cucumber (Salt and pepper (small), Diva (standard)

Seedlings are $3 each. All proceeds support The Talking Farm.

Seedling sales 

36 varieties/$3 each
Howard Street Farm
3669 Howard St., Skokie

(behind the Tot Learning Center)
May 13, 20*, 21* and 27
9 am to 12 pm
*Emily Oaks will sell native seedlings on these dates