The Best Farmers Market Totes




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The Best Farmers Market Totes ~ we Americans are finally getting hip to the market culture.  We go to discover, taste, stock up, people watch, and look chic while we’re at it.  One of the must-have tools of the trade is a good market tote ~ it needs to be sturdy, functional, commodious, and…chic!

woven market backpackimage source: Food52

Let’s give it up for the unofficial start to summer!  I don’t know what that means to you, but for me, summer means one thing ~ fresh produce.  And fresh produce means the farmers market!   The LA markets are happening spots, and I always like to look the part when I go, even if it’s the crack of dawn on Sunday and my eyes haven’t quite fully opened yet.  The uniform is always the same, comfy leggings, flip flops, sunglasses, and my market tote that hangs right by the front door.

 


 

I’m obsessed with this pretty bag, hand woven of lightweight jute and bright upcycled sari fabrics.  It’s hand made in India, stands up on its own, and will corral the hugest bunch of rainbow chard you’ll ever find.  (Click on the image to get more details)

The cheerful colors in this bag remind me to pick up plenty of bright peppers for my Rainbow Chicken Skewers with Spicy Pesto Sauce.

handwoven market tote

 


 

I love the rustic elegance of waxed canvas, especially in this denim friendly blue.   The bag comes from one of my favorite retailers, Uncommon Goods, who specialize in unique artisan made products.  They’re a little bit like a commercial version of my American Artisans series.   Natasha Durham’s bags are made in Maine and she’s helping to revitalize rural communities in the process.  This bag has lots of organizational pockets, which I appreciate when I’m bringing home delicate pea shoots and casaba melons in the same haul.  (Click on the image to get more details)

Those pea shoots will be perfect for piling on top of a Sheet Pan Frittata, and I’ll make some fun Melon Breakfast Bowls with the casaba. 

waxed canvas market tote


 

There’s probably no sturdier bag than an LL Bean Boat and Tote.  These classics have been hand crafted (also in Maine) for generations.  I especially love these Americana colors.  It can be hosed down if your blackberries somehow wound up at the bottom of the heap.  (Click on the image to get more details)

Speaking of blackberries, we’re going to be blitzing up some Blackberry Moscato Slushies this weekend, what’s on your holiday menu?

Striped canvas market tote
 


 

Sleek, modern, minimalist mesh made in 100% cotton.  Topshop chic with a large capacity, let’s you show off your healthy finds.  (Click on the image to get more details)

I can just imagine this bag filled with fresh herbs, some local cheese, and a baguette for Mushroom Gruyere Bruschetta.

 

mesh market tote
 


 

This canvas bag has a shoulder strap option, and a zipped interior pocket for credit card and phone so there’s no need for an extra purse to weigh you down while you shop.   That’s important when you’re zigging and zagging around double strollers, “comfort” pets, and those rolling trolley bags, a definite farmers market faux pas.  (Click on the image for more details)

You have to be fast on your feet to score the best spring veggies for a Sheet Pan Salmon Primavera.  

plaid canvas market bag


 

When my current bag gives out, this one is on my list to buy, I love the summery stripe and the beefy weight.  This bag can hold its own against the heaviest heads of cabbage.  (Click on the image to get more details)

I can never decide whether to get red cabbage for my Red Cabbage and Dill Slaw, or go with classic green to make Fried Cabbage and Bacon Slaw.

 

 

striped tote bag

 

 


 

Ever wonder which bag this blogger takes to the farmers market week after week?  It’s this one, from J Crew.  I’ve had it for years and it serves me well.  It holds just enough, and when it’s full, I know it’s time to head home.  It looks good on Grant’s shoulder, which is important because he’s usually the one toting it while I madly fondle carefully select the heirloom tomatoes.  (Click on the image to get more details)

I’m choosing the most gorgeous tomatoes to make Heirloom Tomato Toast or Heirloom Tomato Caprese :)

 

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Happy marketing!

straw market tote hanging on a peg boardimage source: Valdirose

 

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  • Reply
    Alyce Morgan
    May 31, 2019 at 9:28 am

    Looking for a Farmer’s Market tote for a wedding gift and you popped up! YAY :) Great ideas. I think I’ll go with the LL Bean, which I’ve owned for years. It occasionally serves as an overnight bag for me, too :) Website looks great!

    • Reply
      Sue
      May 31, 2019 at 10:04 am

      Thanks Alyce ~ I do love LL Bean, and you can never go wrong with ‘boat chic’!

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    Tricia
    May 28, 2019 at 1:07 am

    I want one! Now I can be stylish at our local farmers market. Such a great idea!

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    Sheila
    May 27, 2019 at 12:50 am

    How can I get the tote from india

    • Reply
      Sue
      May 27, 2019 at 7:19 am

      You can click on each of the photos to purchase, let me know if you are having trouble…

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    Barb
    May 26, 2019 at 8:20 pm

    Thank you for fixing the link. I enjoyed looking at the beautiful totes. So many totes, so little time.

    • Reply
      Sue
      May 26, 2019 at 8:32 pm

      I agree!

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    Janey M
    May 26, 2019 at 12:01 pm

    Your timing is always impeccable Sue! I was just thinking that I didn’t have any kind of sturdy bag to bring with me to the farmer’s market today, and then this showed up in my inbox :)

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    Mary Ann
    May 26, 2019 at 7:33 am

    I can’t seem to find the tote bag with sari. Cannot access it from your blog. Where can I get this?vthanks.

    • Reply
      Sue
      May 26, 2019 at 9:34 am

      I had some tech trouble this morning, but I think everything’s good now Mary Ann, sorry!

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    Marcia
    May 26, 2019 at 7:26 am

    Hi Sue– Only the top and bottom two photos of your totes are showing on my screen. I don’t think it’s a problem at my end as all your other pages are showing just fine. Hopefully it’s something you can fix easily at your end, because I’d love to see what those totes look like. With a new farmer’s market coming just a few blocks from me in a couple of weeks, your timing for this post is perfect!

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      Sue
      May 26, 2019 at 7:29 am

      It seems to only be working on desktop Marcia, I’m working on it, sorry!

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    Vicki Bensinger
    May 26, 2019 at 7:19 am

    I love that multi-colored bag Sue. However I think you forgot to add in the links because I couldn’t get any to open when I clicked on the image.

    • Reply
      Sue
      May 26, 2019 at 7:32 am

      It opens for me, hmmmmm. Checking into it now, thanks!