[Market-farming] veggie crates and coolers

Willie McKemie mf at austinfarm.org
Sun Feb 6 22:21:47 EST 2005

On Sun, Feb 06, 2005 at 09:45:51PM -0500, Beth Spaugh wrote:
> >I would love advice on where to get reasonably priced crates for veggies.

You might try googling on "chep".  They are supplying reusable plastic 
crates to bigger growers here in Texas.  When empty, CHEP picks them up 
from participating grocery stores and cleans them up.  So, the growers 
are renting them.  Cost is $1.25 or more, so they are more expensive 
than cardboard boxes.  I bought some $1 grey market crates which I find 
very handy for potato and onion storage; potatoes, we just hose them off 
in the crates.  They are not so good for tomatoes because they leave 
imprints.  They fold down to 1-1.5" thickness for storage.

Acquisition:  I don't think CHEP will sell them to you, but you can 
check.  I bought mine (several hundred) from a produce dealer in a 
terminal market.  For just a few, you can probably sweet talk a 
cooperative produce manager at a grocery store.

For limited ventilation storage of greens, the nesting fold over lidded 
solid boxes (about 1 bu) you buy at WalMart etc are very good.  They 
can be found as low as about $5.

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