If you missed your chance to sign up for a CSA share this spring, yet find shopping at farmers' markets prohibitive, the Growing Power Market Basket program is another option. A basket of fresh produce costs $16, with foods sourced from local farms and small-scale wholesalers, including Badger Rock Middle School South Madison gardens and Robert Pierce's southside farm.
Want a basket for one week, but not the next? No prob! Sign up by Wednesday, get the basket on Friday. Delivery is at The Crossing, 1127 University Ave., from 3-5 p.m.
A recent week's basket included a watermelon, apples, garlic, eggplant, a bunch of collards, a bunch of kale, bell peppers, hot peppers, tomatoes, basil, a bag of green beans.
While the Growing Power basket program is not new, the distribution of the baskets on campus is. It's being spearheaded by Brian Schneider, an intern with Slow Food UW. "The whole point is the food justice issue," says Schneider, objecting to circumstances that make processed fast food cheaper than fresh fare.
For more info about campus pick-up, call Schneider at 608-712-4310 or sign up online.