FARMER MIKE'S NEW BAG -- last Saturday Feb. 17th, local organic Village Market farmer Mike Lanigan started providing these old-fashioned paper bags, as an alternative to the plastic bags he had been providing before, for people to collect their vegetables in.
Mike wants to do what he can to minimize the use of plastic, because of its many environmental consequences for our planet -- what with plastics being made of petroleum and after being put in the garbage, taking a long time to break down, and disintegrating into little pieces that end up inside fish.
Over the years, Mike has spent a lot of money on plastic bags to keep his Market customers supplied. But of course paper bags aren't cheap either. So it's not about the money.
Mike will continue to provide plastic bags for those customers who still want to use them. People can choose. Another alternative option, of course, is for customers to re-use plastic bags that they already have.
Mike cautions, however, that plastic bags and shopping bags that have been used to carry uncooked meat may become contaminated with germs from the meat, especially if some of the fluids have leaked out of the meat packaging, or if the outside of the meat packaging has previously come in contact with such fluids before you received it. And it's nearly impossible to know if that has happened.
Bags that have been used for meat should therefore not then be subsequently used to transport vegetables, especially vegetables that will be eaten uncooked or raw. So, just like relationships on Facebook, the use of bags for transporting food can be complicated.
Photo from Feb. 10th, 2018
Farmers and vendors expected at the Village Market Feb. 24th: http://www.villagemarket.ca/farmers-and-vendors-this-week-1