Farmers Market Update: How To Transport Soft Fruits and Vegetables

by | Aug 9, 2009
Summer Tomatoes

Summer Tomatoes

In my opinion there is no better time of year to go to the farmers market.

With tomatoes, stone fruits, berries and melons all in peak season, I realized this week I have to be more selective about what I buy or I will easily spend too much money and buy more than I can eat.

This brings up two important issues: what to choose and how to get it home.

Over the course of the summer I have been working on perfecting the art of getting soft produce like peaches, berries and tomatoes home from the market in one piece. It turns out plums don’t do well in the same big bag as melons and sweet peppers.

This video includes my quick tips for making sure you get your soft fruits and veggies home safe.



For the past few weeks I’ve focused primarily on buying stone fruit, but today I wanted to try as many melons as I could carry. I’m happy to report that my tomatoes all made it home safe despite the extra load.

Today’s purchases:

  • Charentais melon (Happy Boy Farms)
  • Yellow watermelon (Happy Boy Farms)
  • Italian parsley (Happy Boy Farms)
  • Edible flower salad mix (Happy Boy Farms)
  • Galia melon (The Peach Farm)
  • Heirloom tomato (The Peach Farm)
  • Sunburst squash (The Peach Farm)
  • Heirloom tomatoes (Tomatero Organic Farm)
  • Early girl tomatoes (Tomatero Organic Farm)
  • Cherry tomatoes (Tomatero Organic Farm)
  • Zephyr squash (Tomatero Organic Farm)
  • Eggs (Tomatero Organic Farm)
  • Corn (G&S Farms)
  • Sugar snap peas (Iacopi Farm)
  • Baby artichokes (Iacopi Farm)
  • Poblano peppers (Happy Quail Farms)
  • Sweet Italian peppers (Happy Quail Farms)
  • Mediterranean cucumbers (Happy Quail Farms)
  • Dinosaur kale (Green Gulch Farm)
  • Cippolini onions (Dirty Girl Produce)
  • Italian basil (Dirty Girl Produce)
  • Frisee (Star Route Farms)
  • Wild arugula (Star Route Farms)
  • Peach (Balakian Farm)
  • Garlic (Knoll Farm)

Did your tomatoes make it home in one piece?

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7 Responses to “Farmers Market Update: How To Transport Soft Fruits and Vegetables”

  1. Mike says:

    i was on the train with a quart of peaches, and someone “mistakenly” kicked them… let’s just say… i was extremely upset…

  2. Amy says:

    I love the farmer’s market. I wish they were open all year round. But, alas, I live in Minneapolis (a.k.a. the arctic.)

    I would also like to point out, for your readers that may not already be aware, going to the farmer’s market is a great way to spend a morning or afternoon, not just buying fruit and veggies. Most of them have music, face painting, games, etc. Great for a family outing.

  3. Scott says:

    Love that pic of the heirloom tomatoes … yum! Here’s another solution to avoid transport: grow your own…that is, if you have ample garden space with lots of sunlight. It’s worth a try and saves you money!

  4. Darya Pino says:

    I just realize how little justice this photo does to these tomatoes. That one in the upper left corner was HUGE, much bigger than the size of my hand.

  5. Chef Gwen says:

    Great tips! Loved the video…

    I have an easy recipe for using some of those farmers market tomatoes that takes less than 30 minutes to make.

    http://penandfork.wordpress.com/2009/08/18/heirloom-tomato-napoleon/

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