I’ve long loved packing and organizing. I’m one of those people who makes lists for every occasion, who appreciates well-designed luggage and adores places like The Container Store. As a kid, I’d plan for weeks how to pack my duffel bag just right before family camping trips, so I’d never want for anything but still be able to actually pick it up.
So imagine my delight at all the neat ways emerging to haul home our plunder from the farmers market and grocery store. I wrote about some of them in today’s Food section, including the Hook & Go Urban Shopper , the Xtracycle
I saw even more options while testing out the Hook & Go with my partner in crime, Nicole Tsong, at the Columbia City Farmers Market. Folks were loading their produce into shiny red Radio Flyer Wagons, wire wheeled carts, backpacks, bike panniers and any number of reusable bags and baskets. The Burke-Gilman Trail teems with bikes with plastic milk crates lashed atop their racks to hold any number of items. While driving to Costco over the weekend, I noticed a pair of guys get off a bus at a nearby stop with a gigantic rolling suitcase. Later, I saw them inside near the refrigerator cases loading it up with food, presumably to roll it back home on the bus. Clever.
Cars will remain the mode of choice for most of us based on how far we live from the nearest store, or for safety reasons, or because we’re just used to it. But for those who have the option to walk or bike (or want/have to shop sans car), what methods have you tried for hauling home food? What works and what doesn’t?