Yum, look at all the lovely greens 😍🌿🌱💚✨! In hindsight, I cannot believe we used to live off frozen TV dinners 😅🙈…
Many farmers pre-package their produce in plastic bags, or bunch them up with elastics or these single-use wire bands, so customers can just grab and go, just like in supermarkets. Personally, I feel like this decreases the beauty of shopping at a farmers market. I just love being able to see and touch what I am buying, I love to have a quick chat while they weigh my produce and laugh if an apple tries to roll off the scale.
But unlike in a supermarket, almost every farmer will let you take the produce out of the plastic bags and they will reuse them for the next load. Same goes for the elastics. However, the wired green bands cannot be reused.
So this week we actually had a very interesting chat with one of the farmers! He told us he believes that from an environmental perspective, the reusable rubber bands are worse than the single-use wired bands because birds 🐦 often mistake rubber bands with worms 🐛! I didn’t know that! But of course I tried to tell him that selling their produce by the pound instead of pre-portioned would be the most eco-friendly way 😉. He said people couldn’t handle that! Well, I very much doubt that! But I guess it is true that people are more inclined to buy something if all they have to do is to grab a bag of it 😩. Gosh, sometimes I cannot believe how busy and at the same time extremely lazy we have become 😅. Everything has to be overly convenient and it is still not enough to satisfy us. I think it was James Cordon who said: “If there was an exercise pill, people would still be like… Aw man *big sigh*! I just don’t feel like taking my exercise pill today…” 😝
*A small disclaimer*: I usually post our groceries the way we buy them. So if we used a cloth bag for bread, I would show the bread in a cloth bag. Today is an exception though, sorry about that! We bought both loaves in the same cloth bag, but I couldn’t arrange both of them on the same cloth bag! So I put one loaf on a cloth napkin 😉.