The Cabaggage Tote Solves Many of Your Farmers Market Dilemmas

The Cabaggage Tote Solves Many of Your Farmers Market Dilemmas

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Christine Gallary
May 19, 2015
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Item: Cabaggage Grocery Tote
Price: $70-$85
Overall Impression: If you buy a lot of produce but have a hard time packing it and getting everything home intact, then this compartmentalized bag is for you.

I go to the farmers market every Saturday morning to buy a fair amount of produce for the following week, and I have to constantly shuffle purchases around so delicate items don't get squished. The Cabaggage promised to take this frustration away with their compartmentalized market bag, so I took it for a spin!

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Cabaggage: A Quick Summary

Characteristics and specs: 15"L x 6"W x 16"H, available in three colors.
Made of cotton canvas on the outside, water-resistant fabric on the inside. There are two moveable dividers that can create three compartments on the bottom, then a shelf halfway up the bag that can pull down to create a second tier.

Favorite details: Zippered and mesh pockets at the top. The shelf has an opening that can accommodate baguettes, tall bottles, and longer greens or vegetables. The inside lining can be removed for cleaning.

Potential problems: Not fully insulated since it can't close shut at the top. Pricier than a lot of other market totes or baskets.

Who would love this? Produce lovers and farmers market regulars.

Bottom compartment
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My Review of Cabaggage

I buy produce at the farmers market once a week and usually get a fair amount to feed a household of three. We go with a stroller, which comes with a big basket at the bottom that I can just toss my purchases into.

Still there's always a lot of shuffling that goes around. For example, if I get berries first, I have to make sure the asparagus or potatoes that I buy at the next stand don't get thrown on top of the berries. When we finally finish up at the farmers market and let my daughter loose at the playground next door, I usually pull all our farmers market purchases out of the stroller and repack them into one or two thin reusable bags, putting heavier and sturdier items toward the bottom.

While this method generally works, we've unpacked our produce at home and discovered mashed berries or brand-new blemishes on stone fruits because of all the shuffling and repacking. I was ready to try something new and Cabaggage caught my eye.

Purchases sitting on the second shelf.
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How Cabaggage Is Designed

Cabaggage is a tall insulated bag that's canvas on the outside and water-resistant fabric inside. I liked the muted color options (the one in the photos is huckleberry) and the fact that the lining can be removed and washed, should a spill occur.

The bottom has three velcro-adjustable padded compartments. Once the bottom is filled, just drop the second shelf down and stack more produce on top so that nothing on the bottom gets squished. This second shelf is made up of two parts in case you need an opening to fit in something really tall like a baguette or bottle of olive oil.

At the top of the bag are mesh pockets on one side and a zippered pocket on the other to hold your wallet or keys, should you want to just travel with one bag.

The Cabaggage is insulated, but I'm not quite sure how well the insulation works since the bag doesn't close at the top.

How I Used Cabaggage

I tried out Cabaggage on both a farmers market and grocery trip. On my farmers market trip, I bought a basket of strawberries, a cucumber, a few tomatoes and stone fruit, a small bag of cherries, asparagus, Swiss chard, and a few breakfast pastries.

All fit very comfortably in the bag with room to spare, and I loved that it almost didn't matter what order I purchased things in — it was usually easy to find a free space where the food seemed comfortably protected.

On a separate trip to the grocery store, I bought some produce but also meat, eggs, and a few other non-produce items. It was nice to pack the meat on the bottom to prevent cross-contamination but also use the shelf so there wasn't any produce sitting directly on top of it. On both trips, everything arrived home intact with no bruises or damage.

While it's probably not as expensive as some of the farmers market carts I've seen others lugging around, at $70-$85 each, the Cabaggage is definitely an investment that's not for everyone. If you generally only buy a few produce items at a time, I don't think you need something as highly compartmentalized as the Cabaggage and would be fine with a more basic market basket or tote. But if you often bring home a wide variety of fruit and vegetables, this could be something worth buying to make toting everything around just a little bit easier.

$70-$85

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