Almost every week I head to my local market, but armed with traditional reusable cloth bags I have to carefully pack and re-pack my purchases to make sure nothing gets squished while I'm walking around. Thankfully, the Mercado, a farmer's market bag invented by Peter Wachtel and sold by Quirky, has pockets and compartments to keep all of your produce safe and secure while you shop.
The Mercado has four small interior pockets, two medium-sized ones and one larger pocket, all lined with cloth so everything you put inside the pockets is protected from each other. The large pocket even has elastic loops to keep tall containers from moving around, like a bottle of wine or a loaf of bread.
The bag also has two exterior mesh pockets with elastic tops, perfect for carrying a wallet, keys or fragile produce items you may pick up that you don't want on the inside of the bag, like fruits or herbs. I had no trouble fitting a carton of eggs, a bottle of wine, some coffee, and assorted fruits, veggies and herbs all inside the Mercado. The bag even has an adjustable strap so it fits neatly over your shoulder or across your chest.
I first heard about the Mercado thanks to Dr Darya Pino, the blogger behind Summer Tomato. Quirky was kind enough to send me one, and after a couple of trips to the market with it, I can say it's just as useful as it sounds, and it should be at $US24.99. If you do a lot of market shopping and want your tomatoes and peaches to make it home unbruised, the Mercado is a good option. What do you think? Have you seen a better reusable bag, or do you bother with them at all? Share your thoughts in the comments.