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!
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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.
I love the rugged elegance of this 20-ounce waxed canvas tote with climbing rope handles. This bag has interior organization and a key lanyard. The wide bottom means my casaba melons won’t crush my delicate pea shoots. (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.
There’s probably no sturdier bag than an LL Bean 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?
This heavy duty canvas tote is collapsable and can haul up to 30 pounds! There’s a convenient zippered pocket to protect your cash, credit cards, and keys. (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.
This light denim bag has an adjustable shoulder strap option so you can go cross body if you like. 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.
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.
Ever wonder which bag this blogger takes to the farmers market week after week? I use a classic straw bag, 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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