Can a tomato change your life? If you ask me, my answer would emphatically be, “YES!”
It was an average day…
A quick trip to the grocery store for a few items that included artisan bread, fresh basil and heirloom tomatoes to make Bruschetta. I chose my items carefully including beautiful tomatoes. In California, we are fortunate to have a spectacular bounty of produce and when heirloom tomatoes are in season, you don’t want to miss out on an opportunity to enjoy them. They are truly amazing. I got into line and the bagger proceeded to put all of the items into a bag while I paid for my purchase. When I got home, one tomato had a gash in it and the other had fallen down the side of the bag and was partially smashed. I had tomato seeds on the inside of my bag. Disappointed, I thought, ‘there has to be a better way to get produce home.’
Thinking, Designing, and Drawing
A few weeks later the first glimmers of the bag were starting to be seen. A bag that protects delicate fruits and vegetables, but also a grocery bag designed specifically for them. I shared the idea with my husband and together we worked on it. Fortunately for me, my husband knows his way around a sewing machine. I gave him some terrible drawings I threw together, he deciphered them and sewed together a ‘prototype’ for us to begin using. It worked right away! The design was solid. After that, whenever we would go to the store and use the bag, we would get compliments on our ‘clever’ bag. A few tweaks, adjustments and revisions later, we created a second bag. This second bag is exactly like the actual bag you can buy now.
How does it work?
Simple really. The bag has a divider that fits in the bottom that gives the bag compartments. In these sections you place produce such as tomatoes. The produce placed in these sections is protected from all sides, including the top because after you fill the compartments, you pull the attached shelf down to rest on top of the divider. Then you have a second ‘bottom’ of the bag to place more fruits and vegetables. The shelf and the divider protect the items underneath. No need to worry about an absent minded bagger putting your tomatoes on the bottom of your bag, with this bag, you want them on the bottom!
The Tomato Bag is a perfect bag for anyone that wants perfect produce.