Here are the things I use every week when I’m at the market:
- collapsible picnic basket
- linen bags (re-purposed bedding bags and pillow cases)
- 4 compartment tiffin carrier
I buy vegetables weekly from either Salamanca Market (runs every Saturday unless it’s Christmas day come rain, hail, or sandstorm), or Farmgate Market on Sunday, and they usually last me about the full week.
Salamanca is always great fun but the market itself is more touristy as it offers souvenirs, locally manufactured goods and trinkets, along with fresh produce and food. I’ve become such a grump in my maturity that I stomach the crowds less at Salamanca. Farmgate, as a farmer’s market exclusively (only food and produce related stalls), is usually populated by locals exclusively, although you do get a few sightseeing groups coming for the freshly shucked oysters from Bruny Island. More recently there have been a few international TV crews filming footage on Sundays as well, so it would appear our humble Farmgate is getting overseas coverage as well.
Farmgate has grown in size and popularity over the few years its been operating, and used to be based out of an inner city car park. When that space became too small, the local council let a whole block in the centre of the city be closed off for the market to occupy on a weekly basis, which is really testament to the faith the bureaucrats have in the concept and venture.
I keep all the vegetables in linen bags in the vege drawer in the fridge. They stay better that way, and the linen absorbs excess moisture so they don’t rot so quickly. The bags are re-purposed bed linen bags that contained my linen sheet sets. I’m thinking of chopping up a very annoying linen duvet cover and using the material to make more bags in varying sizes.
I use the the tiffin carrier to buy my lunch and contain loose items, like cherry tomatoes or berries once they’re in season.
If needed, I’ll bring glass jars when I shop at City Organics, which sell a lot of bulk goods. It made more sense to bring my own containers than using up a paper bag to contain everything when all I’m going to do is throw it away after decanting the dry goods immediately.
Now this may seem fernickity and too difficult to remembereverything, but like brushing teeth, all it takes is habit and soon you will automatically reach for all the containers and bags before going out the door.