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The perfect bags for salad greens/microgreens

 
Charles Laferriere
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Dear lovely growies,

As the adventure continues into the madness of creating a small organic farm surrounded by corn magnates, I'm seeking the perfect salad green bag. In my mind, it would have HOLES punched to let it breathe. And it would be very light, yet clear. And biodegradable.

Anyone went down this road before and I could hump on the shortcut?
Danke!
Charles
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Casie Becker
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My mother keeps greens crisp and fresh for weeks by wrapping them single layer in paper immediately after washing them. We think the paper absorbs enough water to keep the ideal level of humidity next to the leaves.

I wonder if you could get a similar preserving effect with something like cheesecloth. If this is see through enough for you, you could easily fashion that into sacks of various sizes (maybe small ones also for herbs) and it's already developed to be food safe.
 
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Hi Casey,

Hmmmm Well it's for markets... so I can't see how it could be beautifully presented? Maybe just a piece at the bottom...
 
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My brain was thinking a draw string bag rather like this one http://www.znaturalfoods.com/Cotton-Muslin-Bags-Small-10-ct?gclid=CjwKEAjwu8m-BRDM8KTcjdj8qy0SJACdjSZpOS6iQPE2lF7xvobCBCzEfBhNYVWTSvgz41qOrVw5hxoCIqDw_wcB The sheerer cheesecloth is also the least expensive. Making a drawstring bat wouldn't even require sewing, just fold the edge over and thread a cord through it.

I'm sorry I seem to be pressuring you here. I just got a very clear mental image when I saw your question. I've got sentimental fondness for drawstring bags. We make small ones out of wide ribbon to hang on our Christmas tree each year. Lot's of good memories tied up with them.
 
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Ah! Never thought about that- and never seem those either before.
They are cute, a bit on the pricey side considering they would probably fit 80g of microgreens/salad max?

No you're not pressuring.. I think that's just become my style of being after adopting this crumbling house and piece of land being converted into organic farm
 
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I still don't think I'm explaining it very well.... Here's another link http://raglady.com/Cheesecloth-Certified-Grade-10 It's just the first site I found that sells cheese cloth in inexpensive yard bolts. The most expensive on this site is 50 $ for 600 yards.

Take that material and cut it down to match your bag size. Thread thin cord or ribbon through the eye of a large needle (I think they're usually used for upholstery) and then run it along the edge of the cloth. Cut the cord with a few inches of excess and knot the ends. Under a minute (less if you're doing this by batches) and you have a charmingly rustic bag that didn't cost a mint.
 
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OH!! I get what you mean! That's a brilliant idea!! I think you just might have rocked the world of packaged salad greens in my area
 
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Casie! That's brilliant! I can see many uses for this relatively inexpensive cloth. In the comments on that page, people were using them to protect their trees. Could also be used in the garden to protect certain plants from predation, and as a little bit of shade. Plus the bags for produce. Plus, many uses in the kitchen, for straining, making herb bundles for soups, etc.. I'm going to get some!
 
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Well I bought a 100 yard box and will start getting some greens sales going. I'll keep posted to let know how it goes.
 
Jason Padvorac
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Curious minds want to know how the bags are working out for you. : )
 
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Had  greenhouse collapse, now broke financially... didn't get to try them beyond test run. Honestly not so sure...
 
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Oh no! I'm so sorry to hear that. I hope you can get neck on your feet.
 
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