Fresh is Always in Season

New Greens Packaging

We have changed our packaging for pre-bagged greens! The new bag, is available for 4oz and 8oz bags of salad mix, lettuce mix, leaf lettuce, and other greens. It is a clear cellophane, made from sustainably harvested wood pulp. The entire production of the bag itself is carbon neutral, and we seal it without a tie! It is home compostable, so no need to find an industrial composting facility.

Unlike our home compostable produce bags (made from corn), these bags are clear, rather than green. So you get a great view of the greens inside. They should also provide a great environment to extend the storage life of your greens (though we already get chefs raving that our greens are better after three weeks in their cooler than the big distributors’ as they come off the truck).

We’re proud to be able to maintain our commitment to no single use plastic, despite the restrictions on loose sales of greens due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Check them out in our online store for delivery or pickup, or visit us Saturday for the first Mishawaka Farmers’ Market of the season!

4 Comments

  1. Michaliszyn

    I very appreciate that you are using the sustainable packaging for greenery. May I ask you for some information on a clear cellophane, made from sustainably harvested wood pulp and where can I buy it?

    • Chad

      We have a few sources for our various sustainable packaging products. The salad green bags we get from Nashville Wraps – the clear compostable cellophane bags. Our bread packaging comes from FoodBizSupply. Most of the rest of our packaging comes from a local discount place if we get lucky and they have it, or from Good Start Packaging. It’s always good to get packaging locally, if possible. In addition to increasing the carbon footprint from shipping individual cases to you, the shipping costs often exceed the cost of the packaging itself!

  2. Wilson

    How are you Chad?

    Hoping you’d be willing to share your experience with switching to cellophane. I’m trying to find a replacement for plastic and doing a ton of loose greens at my farm. Hoping you’d be willing to share your experiences.

    Thanks!
    Wilson

    • Chad

      Hi, Wilson,

      We’ve enjoyed the switch to compostable cellophane. It does a good job helping the greens stay fresh, and looks very nice on display.

      Compared with plastic, there is a smaller variety of sizes to choose from, the cost is higher, and sealing options a little different: tying does not work well because it tears, and a tape type sealer doesn’t seal very well. We use an electric impulse sealer to heat seal the bag. it generally works well, but if there’s much air in the bag and it gets squeezed, it can pop open. And it takes about 5 seconds to seal, which is considerably longer than using a tape seal on a plastic bag.

      Our customers seem to appreciate it, though. And, if we don’t sell out, I really appreciate being able to just dump the overage into the compost bin, rather than emptying bags.

      We are still using the corn-based produce bags for pre-ordered greens, though. They are less expensive, faster to close (we just spin the bag closed), and the greens last a few days longer in them. It doesn’t matter that you can’t see through them for pre-orders, so we like that.

      Anyway, that’s a general overview of the pros and cons from our experience. Let me know if you have any specific questions, and I’ll do my best to help!

      Chad

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