Photographing my purchases for the last few days, I've been bothered by the clear plastic produce bags. They're ugly; they're non-biodegradable. Yes, they're recyclable, but...
And then it dawned on me--a couple of decades later than it should have--that oh my god, I don't need to use them. I can buy lettuce without the clear plastic bags. This is probably obvious to you. But for me, this was like the earth cracked open and I fell into an alternate reality.
The funny thing is, a few days before I started this blog I'd bought some reusable plastic produce bags which are supposed to keep veggies fresh longer.
About these bags: they work by allowing the produce to breathe, thereby reducing the ethylene gas which causes vegetables to rot. They also prevent the vegetables from staying too wet. Thinking about this, I don't understand why these bags would be better than cloth produce bags. So although I'll give myself a few points for switching to something reusable, I'm going to subtract a few for not making the bags myself (using this tutorial?) or buying them from another Etsy artist.
I walked to the farmers market and came home with as much as I could carry.
Despite my best efforts, I did come home with one clear plastic bag. The Romaine was already packaged that way in the farmers' cooler. What are you going to do?
This was the last day of the season for the New London Farmers Market, held in the parking lot of Fiddleheads Food Co-op. Fortunately the Fiddleheads Winter Farmers Market, held inside Fiddleheads, will begin for me tomorrow.
The farmers' market is dead! Long live the farmers market!
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