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Eat your veggies: buy a Growing Power market basket.

We love the idea of having bushels of locally grown fruits and veggies on hand all summer, but we balked at spending hundreds on a full CSA share this year. Too many last-minute dinners out have equaled lots of wilted kale and cabbage in the past.

??If a low-commitment produce plan is more your style, sign up for a market basket from Growing Power, the brilliant sustainable-farming organization that develops community food centers like the seven-acre Iron Street Urban Farm on the South Side.

??Growing Power?s basket program is operated on a use-it-at-your-own-pace weekly basis--order by Wednesday at 8 a.m. for Friday pickup at one of 14 sites in neighborhoods from Bridgeport to Lakeview and everywhere in between. (E-mail chicagomarketbasket@growingpower.org with your requested basket type to order.)??

And the prices are almost too good to be true. The largest basket costs $17 and contains 10 to 12 varieties of fruits and vegetables that will feed two to four people for the week. A junior basket for $9 contains half the amount of food, and you can try an all-fruit basket for $17. An extra fee will get you salad mix, microgreens, fresh eggs or spinach. ??

The goods we?ll be cooking up this week: sweet corn, bell peppers and, best of all, juicy, real-tasting tomatoes.

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