How Can I Carry Soft Fruits and Vegetables Without Bruising Them?

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Q: I am currently living a car-free life in a mid-size town. I'm finding it difficult to get produce home in decent shape, especially softer fruits like peaches and tomatoes. Anyone have tips for transporting this softer produce by mass transit or bike? Is a market basket with some rigidity better than a reusable shopping bag?

This summer, I thought bussing would prove kinder on the produce than the biking I did last summer (with panniers), but I'm still ending up with 6 to 8 peaches (the smallest bag I can buy) that all have at least some minor bruising on them and thus need to be eaten within about 2 days.

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