Farmer’s Market Creativity – The Mercado Bag

One of our favorite things to do is to check out farmer’s markets locally and when we travel.  Every Thursday through the summer we are at the Centerville Farmer’s Market and then on weekends we frequent the 2nd Street Market downtown.  While we love going to them, it’s hard to get our purchases and fabulous finds home without some sort of catastrophe or bruised produce.

I was thrilled when I came across Peter Wachtel’s Mercado bag.  It’s the perfect Farmer’s Market Bag.  There are pockets to protect your fresh fruits and veggies, loops to hold bottles and longer produce (like celery) and a bunch of compartments to just keep everything organized.  I even liked the outer pockets where a small wallet or bottle of water could be stashed for ease of access.

Another great feature is the adjustable handle.  My daughter likes to wear it across her torso so that it rests on her hip.  My mom likes to carry it as a short-handled bag and I am a shoulder carrier.  No matter who is carrying the bag, it converts to our own personal style.

The bag is made of nylon mesh and a sturdy cotton canvas.  It’s not too big or small at 15.5″ h, 12″ w and 8″ d.  We’ve even found an additional use when not attending the Farmer’s Markets, we use it as our snack bag when venturing out on the weekends.  We were geocaching yesterday and placed our fruit for snacks and beverages in the bag. It was ultra convenient and organized.  There was room for our granola bars and a few other favorites as well due to bag having 6 small interior pockets.

Peter was generous enough to provide a bag to so that we could check out his amazing invention.  He also provided a bag for one of our readers.  Comment below and let us know your favorite farmer’s market or your favorite thing to purchase at the farmer’s market and you will be entered to win.    Winner to be drawn on November 15, 2012.  In case you don’t win, you can get your very own bag through for just $24.99.

Watch for our upcoming post about the 2nd Street Market and win Farmer’s Bucks to spend at the market on local produce and other fantastic products.