How Do You Transport Ripe Summer Fruit?

Summer markets are full of summer fruit, ripe, bursting with juice — and incredibly difficult to carry home intact. What's your strategy for carrying delicate fruits like peaches and tomatoes home from the market?

When I shop for fruit, I usually carry it in my Reisenthel basket, which makes it easier to ensure the fruit isn't rolling around and that nothing heavy is being put on top of it. If I don't have my basket with me, I try to put the fruit in a separate bag, so I can carry it carefully in one hand, making sure it doesn't bump against anything that might squish it.

Inevitably, though, my fruit arrives home with a few nicks and bruises, which turn into rot within a couple days. Being the thrifty, fruit-loving person I am, this is always frustrating, and I'd love to hear your suggestions for a better approach!

What do you think is the best way to transport ripe summer fruit?

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