April 7, 2010 at 3:33 am #251841
DH and I have started shopping for fruit and veg at the weekend fresh markets every week but can’t seem to get organised. We keep finding things awkward with heavy carry bags stuffed full whilst cradling a watermelon or pineapple and digging through pockets looking for change… Then we come home and have about 20 of those clear plastic bags that we have no use for.
Surely there’s an easier way. Do any seasoned market goers here have tips?
We’re thinking of getting some carry baskets (like they have at supermarkets) to facilitate easier stacking of things so squishy things don’t get squished. I’m also thinking of a bumbag for change as its so hard to fish change out of tight jeans pockets.
Then, the thing that really bugs me – throwing away all those plastic bags. I use them when I first start shopping to make things easier for the checkout people who have to plonk everything on the scales. But as we get towards the end of the shop we need things bagged anyway or we’d be dropping everything whilst standing in line. But… I’m wondering about trying to get some netting bags and reusing them – I’m thinking of those red plastic ones that bulk oranges or onions sometimes come in. Has anyone tried that? I am wondering if the checkout people would find it icky to handle re-used bags….
We seem to fumble around so much and I wonder what others do. I see a lot of little carts/trolleys and strollers but I also see other market-goers tripping over them so not so keen on those. I hope to make the whole experience a little more pleasant so DH will be sold on continuing to go.
Thanks for any and all ideas to help with this!April 7, 2010 at 3:46 am #459491PasqualinaMember
We use one of those trolleys that you say people trip over. If you make sure to keep them out of the direct pathway, surely people will manage to walk around them =) They’re great because there’s no weight on your arms and they’re easy to move about with. You can also do a much bigger shopping than you would usually be able to do at a fruit and veg market.
I guess another option could be buying those re-usable green bags from Woolies. I still prefer the trolleys though as they’re so much easier.April 7, 2010 at 3:52 am #459492WazzaMember
I go to the markets every Sunday and use one of those trolleys like Pasqualina does. I’m careful where I park it and don’t have any problems with people tripping over it. I also get to the markets as early as possible, just after first light before they get really busy.April 7, 2010 at 3:53 am #459493Shangri LaMember
I just take green bags to the markets although i do have a granny trolley as well! I just stick things on the scales loose although you could just use an old pillow case cut in half (it won’t weigh much) or orange bags. Re used bread bags are handy too. Depending on how far you are from your car, perhaps try buying the big heavy things first and return them to your car ie spuds or watermelon. If you do have plastic bags from the markets just keep re using them at the markets.April 7, 2010 at 3:59 am #459494
I think where we go might be a little more crowded than some markets. The people I see tripping are usually waiting for a space to cut through a group of people but because there’s so many layers of people they don’t see the wheels of a cart sticking out where they’re about to step.
I also think the stallholders must be charged a premium for space because they stack their tables so close together with boxes under the tables so a trolley, or a person even, can block the whole width of space between tables and there’s no chance to tuck trolleys under the tables.
I do think they’d be a good option with more space. Its a bit like how a shopping trolley in a suburban supermarket is great but when you go to the pokey inner-city ones a shopping trolley blocks the aisles thus upsetting other customers and is so hard to navigate that it takes you forever to shop.April 7, 2010 at 4:08 am #459495
Wazza – you might be onto something with getting there early. Maybe we should try that and if there’s more space we could get a trolley. I would like that if it turned out – it would probably mean one of us alone could do the fresh shop. Right now I can’t carry everything on my own that’s why DH comes along.
Shangri La – those are some good ideas for individual ways to bag. I had avoided re-using the fruit bags as I thought it might be frowned upon. (I know in supermarkets they have signs up about keeping re-used bags clean for the hygeine of their staff).April 7, 2010 at 5:26 am #459496gypsyoakMember
my dh was sick of the amount of plastic bags as well. his on the spot idea was to use a mushroom bag. great idea technically, but they didn’t look in the bag and he didn’t think so he got his chillis at bargain mushroom prices! i like the pillow case idea!April 7, 2010 at 5:56 am #459497urban-wombatMember
“We keep finding things awkward with heavy carry bags”
Myself and SWMBO have found the answer.. take the granddaughters with you.. they just love showing there father up .April 7, 2010 at 8:03 am #459498mum2twinsMember
To help stop plastic bags I use these
there are also some talented people on this site who make reusable weighing bags!!
They are fantastic to use and i always get positive feedback from market stall holders when they see my bags.
I would also use a trolley and just get in nice and early!!April 7, 2010 at 8:18 am #459499redhen2Member
if you can’t do trolleys, use backpacks.
don’t worry about the reused bags being “icky” if they’re reasonably clean.April 7, 2010 at 10:34 am #459500billMember
Those old style upright shopping trolleys are excellent.April 7, 2010 at 10:46 am #459501weaverMember
If you can sew a straight line you could buy some light netting and make up some produce bags. A draw string at the top is ideal but not 100% necessary and they are fantastic and are also washable so no hygiene issues. I scored some last year in the home-made swap and just love them:tup::hug:to JudyB my swap buddy that time.April 7, 2010 at 10:57 am #459502Judi BKeymaster
I have a granny trolley, I have made my own shopping bags and produce bags and everyone in the shops has asked where did I get the bags from.
These are my produce bagsApril 7, 2010 at 11:07 am #459503TamandcoMember
I’ve got a Granny shopping jeep which I paid $7 for at an op shop a few years back. My mum has one too. They are both the big ones with 4 wheels.April 8, 2010 at 12:54 am #459504Lotus BlueMember
I found some netting at the op shop and made my own weighing bags the same as Judi B’s they are very easy to make. I have different sizes for all sort of fruit and veg. I also have a calico one for mushrooms.
They are easy to keep clean.
I often get remarks of how this is such a clever idea but sadly haven’t come across many others using this idea. Maybe we could start a revolution and see the demise of the dreaded plastic weighing bags!!!!
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