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Lollapalooza Green Street: Farmers Market

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Part of the Official Guide to Lollapalooza’s Green Street

Lolla Farmers Market, located in Green Street North, features small-batch food businesses from the Chicago area.

fayettecreamerylogo[1]Brunkow Cheese

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Completed by Joe Burns, cheesemaker

Is this your first Lolla? If not, how many years have you been here?
This is our fifth year at Lollapalooza. We are one of the original members of the Lolla Farmers Market and are thrilled to be returning.

What will we find at your Lollapalooza booth?
At our booth, you will find Queijo de Coalho, a Brazilian-style Grilled Cheese on a Stick. We make the cheese at our creamery in Wisconsin, but get the recipe from Brazil. You will also find a great staff, happy cows, a cool breeze and some nice shade. Come on by…

Where are you from, what do you do, and how long have you been doing it?
We are fourth-generation Wisconsin artisanal cheesemakers since 1899. We are located in the rolling hills of rural Fayette, Wisconsin, of the renown Driftless Region. We make cheese by hand in small batches and have done so for 115 years. Same methods, same recipes, same families…

photo 1How green are you? Why?
We are a small, sustainable family-owned creamery. We purchase milk from neighboring dairy farms, and make small-batch cheese with it. There is no waste: the milk is crafted into cheese, the whey is sold for protein, and the cream is churned to butter. We practice environmentally friendly methods to run our creamery, and that is one of the reasons Lolla invited us to be in the Market.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done and how did it turn out?
Craziest thing I’ve done recently was ride a Swiss Brown Cow from Mineral Point to Eagle River for the Northwoods Fourth of July Parade. Turned out great, and I made it just in time to catch the 118th Miss Firecracker Contest.

What band(s) are you hoping to sneak away from your booth to see?
Hoping to sneak away to see Iggy Azalea. Don’t know much about her, but I hear she’s a towering Aussie that raps with an American Southern accent, so hoping she will wrestle some live gators on Perry’s stage.

La Boulangerie

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Is this your first Lolla? If not, how many years have you been here?
This is our second Lolla.

What will we find at your Lollapalooza booth?
French baked goods and crepes! Crognets (croissant/donuts), crepes, specialty baguettes with pepperonis or ham and cheese croissants.

Where are you from, what do you do, and how long have you been doing it?
We are a French bakery based in Chicago. We make French bread wholesale but we also have a retail shop of French bread and French pastries.

How green are you? Why?
We try to be as green as possible for preserving our environment. Being green is also about saving on cost. We recycle everything we can in the commissary kitchen, we reuse flour bags to deliver to clients and try not to use packaging at all as much as possible.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done and how did it turn out?
At our retail store we made a seven-foot-long sandwich and we sold out everything on the day of the Super Bowl.

What band(s) are you hoping to sneak away from your booth to see?
Probably the main headliners—Eminem and Outkast… We won’t have time to do a lot!

Puffs of Doom

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Is this your first Lolla? If not, how many years have you been here?
This is our third year participating in the Farmers Market at Lollapalooza as Puffs of Doom.

What will we find at your Lollapalooza booth?
We will have a variety of sweet, savory, vegan and gluten-free puffs. We are finalizing the menu as we speak but two items we are super pumped about are: Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate Puff—a light pastry shell filled with chocolate pastry cream and topped with marshmallow fluff and salted caramel; and Bourbon BBQ Pulled Pork Puff—a light pastry shell filled with bourbon bbq pulled pork and topped with a fresh cabbage slaw and pimento cheese. You will also find an amazing group of Puffkateers (seriously, our staff is the best) having a blast together.

10.26.11 Owners of Doom 2Where are you from, what do you do, and how long have you been doing it?
Mr and Ms Doom have lived all over but keep finding their way back home to Chicago. We actually met because we were neighbors. We try to fill your bellies with the most delicious Puffs we possibly can make.  The two things that drive us the most are our love of food and our love of making people happy with food. Our favorite moments at Puffs of Doom are when people take their first bite and either smile or make an amazing noise of enjoyment. We have been rocking Puffs of Doom for almost three years. Lollapalooza is Mr and Ms Doom’s anniversary and it is near the anniversary of the official launch of Puffs of Doom. It is incredible to us to be able to enjoy both while being at Lollapalooza.

ButterfingerHow green are you? Why?
Puffs of Doom is a socially responsible, woman-owned Chicago small business. We believe that sustainability is a journey and not a destination and therefore, as we continue to grow and learn as a business, we will continue to update and revise our sustainability practices to better benefit our local and global communities. Puffs of Doom strives to operate in a manner that gives back to the environment and our community. We believe that a huge part of sustainability is social responsibility. Fifteen percent of all Puffs of Doom profits are being designated toward starting Sift—A Culinary Therapy non-for-profit. With each year, we are working to source more of our ingredients from local sustainable farmers. We also use as much recycled packaging as possible.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done and how did it turn out?
One of Ms Doom’s favorite Puffs to date is our Girl’s Nite In Puff: It is a Puff filled with chocolate bacon pastry cream, topped with a red wine glaze and crushed Doritos. (FYI if you haven’t ever had red wine and Doritos together yet, get thee to a store NOW.) We haven’t launched it to the public yet … but be on the lookout because it is coming soon and it is absolutely perfect for a girl’s night in. Ms Doom most enjoys it with “Goonies,” “Back to the Future” or while having a dance marathon to Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder.

What band(s) are you hoping to sneak away from your booth to see?
Lucius, Glen Hansard and Outkast. We were lucky to see Outkast earlier this year while Puffs of Doom was at Coachella. It will be even better seeing them at home with a crowd we know will also fully appreciate them.

River Valley Ranch & Kitchens

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Is this your first Lolla? If not, how many years have you been here?
Our fourth year at Lolla.

What will we find at your Lollapalooza booth?
We have vegan gluten-free tamales made with organic corn masa, organic portabella mushrooms and guajillo chiles. Vegan veggie burger served on a fresh baked bun. Vegetarian nachos (non-GMO corn chips, topped with vegan portabella chili, our cheesy garlic spread, and house-pickled jalapeño. Garlicky mushroom stew.

Where are you from, what do you do, and how long have you been doing it?
We are River Valley Ranch—mushroom growers, market farmers for thirty eight years. We operate River Valley Kitchens (processing what we grow) and River Valley Farmers Table retail and deli cafe at 1820 West Wilson in Lincoln Square.

How green are you? Why?
Certified organic. We eat what we grow.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done and how did it turn out?
Get into the mushroom-growing biz. Still evaluating.

Rock ‘n Roll Noodle

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Is this your first Lolla? If not, how many years have you been here?
This is our fifth year!

What will we find at your Lollapalooza booth?
Pad Thai Tacos, Sticky Rice with Farmers Market Berries & Coconut Cream (Veg, GF), Sesame Ginger Noodles with Sweet Shitake and Cucumber (Veg), Thai Veggie Red Curry (Veg, GF)

Where are you from, what do you do, and how long have you been doing it?
We are third-generation street-food vendors. My grandma vended delicious food on the streets of Bangkok Thailand. We sell all-natural, locally sourced Asian street food at the Chicago-area farmers markets and at retail locations around the city. We have done so for the past six years. Rock ‘n Roll Noodle Company offers several gluten-free and vegetarian options as well.

stickyriceHow green are you? Why?
We source as many ingredients as possible from our local farmers and small producers and are socially conscious supporting great arts organizations along the way like Girls Rock! Chicago and CircEsteem.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done and how did it turn out?
Picked up and moved across country after one week’s thought and two days of planning with one bag, no job prospect, no family, very little cash, but with a huge free spirit and hope. Worked out pretty well! But depends on perspective, I guess, lol. I love adventure and love what I do. I’m very happy where I’m at!

What band(s) are you hoping to sneak away from your booth to see?
Would love to see Lykke Li, Courtney Barnett, and Trombone Shorty.

Seasons Soda

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Is this your first Lolla?  
Yes, this is our first Lolla.

michellepolkWhat will we find at your Lollapalooza booth?  
You will find our demi-sec sodas which include: Watermelon, Strawberry, Raspberry, Blueberry and Golden Delicious Apple. Our sodas are free of added sugars and preservatives and are made from cold-pressed juice.

Where are you from, what do you do, and how long have you been doing it? 
We are based out of Chicago and have been making our demi-sec sodas since 2012. We got our start at the Green City Market as a vendor in 2012 and are now carried as a draught soda at restaurants around the city including: Parson’s Chicken and Fish, Nellcote, The Winchester, Intelligentsia (Wicker Park), Found Kitchen, Leghorn Chicken, Farmhouse Chicago, Farmhouse Evanston.

How green are you? Why?  
We source most of our fruits from local, family farms that grow their fruits responsibly and steward the land so that it remains diverse and productive over time. We attempt to use one-hundred-percent plant-based compostable materials and packaging while at off-site events. Our sodas are distributed to restaurants via stainless steel kegs which is the most environmentally friendly way to deliver our product. Our food by-products are delivered to and reused as compost by urban farms in Chicago. This rich organic matter is then up-cycled to the land as fertilizer and soil amendment. Basically, we do our best to operate a closed loop system in which we are sustainable on the front end as well as the back end. We do this because it’s important to us and it’s the right thing to do. We’d like to be a company that is playing a role in creating a better agricultural and environmental food system.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done and how did it turn out?
I’ll plead the fifth on this one.

What band(s) are you hoping to sneak away from your booth to see?
Outkast, Lykke Li, NAS, Cut Copy

Seedling

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Is this your first Lolla? If not, how many years have you been here?
Not our first…maybe fifth?

What will we find at your Lollapalooza booth?
Farmers market section!  Fresh fruit and fruit smoothies.

Where are you from, what do you do, and how long have you been doing it?
We own a farm in South Haven and grow all the fruit and make the cider you will have—nine years now.

How green are you? Why?
We own the farm!  We grow the food. We have over 4,000 trees. Can’t get much more green than that.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done and how did it turn out?
I’m doing it right now: quit my real job and bought an orchard.

What band(s) are you hoping to sneak away from your booth to see?
My daughter LOVES the Kooks, so hoping to join her for that show.

Yoberri Gourmet

Yoberri Gourmet LogoIs this your first Lolla? If not, how many years have you been here?
This is our first year at Lolla and we couldn’t be more thrilled!

What will we find at your Lollapalooza booth?
At our booth, you will find artisan ice cream, frozen yogurt and fresh fruit bars.

Where are you from, what do you do, and how long have you been doing it?
We are from Chicago and our job is to make the freshest and tastiest ice cream and frozen yogurt in the city! We have been crafting frozen desserts for the past eight years.

How green are you? Why?
As a business we use compostable or recyclable cups, utensils and packaging material. Since we LOVE Mother Nature (and all her goodies), we are striving to diminish our overall waste which is why we are in the process of joining “We Compost.”

image (3)What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done and how did it turn out?
The craziest thing that our owner (Kim) has done:  Took out a “student loan” while in college to fund the opening of Yoberri Gourmet. That may have been a bold move but when we see all the smiles on our customer’s faces day after day that is all the confirmation we need to know that she made the right move!

What band(s) are you hoping to sneak away from your booth to see?
We are hoping to sneak away from our booth to a few of the bands that help us pass time in our kitchen: Outkast, Grouplove, Iggy Azalea and Bear Hands.

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