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CREATIVE IDEAS ON HOW TO TAKE HOME ALL THE PRODUCE WITHOUT ALL THE PLASTIC

From Amelia Spilger, Marketing Director, the Marin Agricultural Institute

Alternative Container

Perfect for

Storage at home

Cloth Tote Bag

Just about anything:  apples, onions, potatoes, oranges, avocados, lemons, winter squash, carrots, rutabaga, corn, pomegranates, celery

Depends on the product, but many of these items can go loose into your fruit basket or your refrigerator’s produce bin.

Cloth Produce Bag

Small and sturdy fruits and vegetables:  kumquats, sugar snap peas, cherries, brussel sprouts, tangerines,  tomatoes, peaches

Depends on the product, but many of these items can go loose into your fruit basket or your refrigerator’s produce bin.

If the bag gets a little bit of juice on it from your “bend over peaches” no worries – they’re washable.

Cloth Produce Bag

Leafy greens

It is advisable to transfer your greens to an air tight container before placing in the refrigerator.  Or you can rinse them and fold into a paper cloth. Some folks moisten the bag and store in their refrigerator’s produce bin.

Yogurt Container

A basket of strawberries, blueberries, raspberries

In the refrigerator

Mason Jars or reused glass spaghetti sauce jars

Nuts, beans, dried fruit

In your pantry at room temperature

A large hand-held basket

Stacking all your produce without any bags at all.  The basket approach allows for more control of where your head of lettuce sits, or your precious heirloom tomatoes.

Depends on the product, but many of these items can go loose into your fruit basket or your refrigerator’s produce bin.

Large Pyrex Glass Container or plastic Tupperware, carried in a tote bag

Loose greens, arugula, mixed greens, stinging nettles and more

Take home and drop it straight in the fridge. Greens stay good for 5-6 days.

Egg Cartons

Your next dozen eggs.  Or bring them back to replenish your egg farmers’ supply

 

Your handful of used and reused plastic bags

Leafy greens (if you’re opposed to cloth or containers), tomatoes, peaches, meat (advisable to identify your meat bag and limit it to carrying home those products)