A better way to shop. [moved from the Quebec board]
Right so I know this hardly makes me a trailblazer but I discovered a great way to shop at Jean Talon this weekend. Along with my usual canvas bags, rucksack, and granny-cart I brought along a whole pile of reusable containers and washed out plastic bags. Instead of buying meats and cheeses pre-packaged, I bought them directly from the counter and had them put straight into tupperware containers. Instead of filling fresh bags with loose items, I used the cleaned out ones I brought along.
I wanted to try this out – expecting to get a whole bunch of eye-rolling from burly farmers having to deal with requests from stupid hippies, but you know what? They were more than happy and at times encouraged and praised us for shopping this way. I mean it makes sense really, because they spend less on packaging... When I asked our egg farmers if they would allow us to bring back the cardboard flats they said “Please! Do!”
I thought this would be a really impractical way to shop – it was anything but. Great thing is when you get home you don’t have to debag anything or deal with a whole pile of cr*p. You just put everything right in the fridge/larder without any muss or fuss. I really do encourage everyone to try this. It’s hardly anything new but aside from the de rigeur canvas bags at Jean Talon don’t see a lot of people shopping this way...
I do that quite a bit, seeing as I live so close to the market. I've taken my egg cartons back to the egg guys for many years. But the tupperware mustn't be overly bulky (actually I usually store food at home in glass, too heavy to schlepp there). The only foreseeable problem is food safety issues, if they have to ladle something into an unsterilised jar or container.