The sun is high, the sky is blue, the grass is green—summer's here. And for a lot of us, that means it's farmer's market season. But we all know the feeling when your eyes are bigger than your refrigerator, and all that beautiful produce (which isn't cheap!) ends up wilted, rotten, and sad. Good news: your artichoke heartbreak can be avoided. It's just a matter of making a space where fruits and veggies can thrive, and knowing which ones get along together and which ones don't.
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