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Friday, May 13, 2011

Grow Your Own: Tomatoes

Posted By on 05.13.11 at 01:31 PM

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There's nothing like biting into a homegrown tomato and tasting the sun. We're mostly likely out of frost season by now, and you can pick up tomato plants at any number of markets and sales this weekend.

Kilbourn Park's organic plant sale featuring more than 150 varieties of vegetable, herbs, and flowers is Saturday and Sunday from 10 AM- 2 PM, 3501 N. Kilbourn. Cash only.

Green Grocer Chicago's fourth annual organic plant sale features Tomato Mountain Farm seedlings. Farm representative Maggie Plog will be on hand Sunday, 10 AM-3 PM (1401 W. Grand), to help shoppers with plant selections, and the shop will carry the plants for the rest of the week. Tomato Mountain farmer Chris Covelli will be at his booth at Green City Market on Saturdays and Wednesdays through the end of May to help customers with plant selections and growing tips. Seedlings and bedding plants can be found at numerous market booths.

Slow Food Chicago/PreSERV is raising funds for their North Lawndale community garden by selling heirloom tomato seedlings at the Empty Bottle Farmers Market on Sunday, 11 AM-3 PM, 1035 N. Western. Tomato Mountain Farm will be selling their sauces and preserves and the bar will feature their Bloody Mary mix. [Disclosure: yours truly is also a vendor]

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Not enough sunlight in your city plot for tomatoes? One Seed Chicago is running a summer-long grow-along featuring Swiss chard. It's sort of a One Book, One Chicago for gardeners. You can request a free seed packet and info on their website or visit them in the kids' area at Saturday's Butler Field mayoral inauguration.

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