Mercado farmers market bag: Squished tomatoes no more?


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Anyone who has returned home from the farmers market to find costly heirloom tomatoes crushed beneath the weight of fingerling potatoes may appreciate the new Mercado tote.

The Mercado bag from Quirky is made of canvas, soft cotton and mesh. It has four small interior pockets for delicate items such as peaches and grapes; two long interior compartments behind see-through mesh; one large interior compartment with two elastic loops, perhaps to hold wine, flowers or baguettes; and two exterior pockets for easy access for cash, keys, sunglasses or a phone.


The Mercado is too small for a family’s regular grocery store shopping, but on one recent trip it did handle two bottles of Pellegrino, a container of lettuce, two lemons, three apples, bananas, two avocados, turkey meat, ravioli and a bottle of shampoo — with ease. One drawback: The Mercado’s unusual structure so confused the bagger he reverted to plastic. The Mercado is $24.99 through Quirky. ALSO:

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— Lisa Boone