Why I’m Not Buying Lettuce From The Store Anymore

Why I’m Not Buying Lettuce From The Store Anymore

Eww. Do you see that nasty mushy lettuce? That is gross. Now to be fair, it didn’t look like that when I bought it. No, the store didn’t stock it looking that way. BUT, I’ve found that if it’s not used in 2-3 days after buying from the store, it turns into this sad brown mush.


I’m all for meal planning and using perishable produce quickly so that it stays fresh and isn’t wasted, but these bags of lettuce seem to get pushed aside and easily forgotten about.

But when I buy this–


Fresh from a farm stand or farmer’s market, I am immediately inspired to use its beautifully crisp leaves in a delicious salad.

  • Shopping local inspires me.
  • Shopping local prevents wastefulness in my home.
  • Shopping local is delicious.

Check out localharvest.org to find a source for produce grown near you. I promise making the switch from store bought lettuce to farm fresh greens will be totally worth it!


Do you find yourself throwing out produce because you’re not sure what to do with it? Or just feel uninspired by it and it goes bad before you can use it? Share in the comments and I’ll write a post to help you use it to make something delicious!


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  1. I do buy bagged lettuce for in a pinch recipes. But, I like to take fresh lettuce heads, wash them really well, and not cutting it but snapping leaves off. I store by layering damp cloth napkins and a layer of lettuce. It usually keeps up to 2 weeks in the fridge. I chop as needed. No paper waste, too!

    • Heidi,

      I love your idea of using cloth napkins~ GENIUS!!

      Thank you for sharing that suggestion!

  2. It’s funny, this post made me think of my mom. She would always buy fresh lettuce, never bagged, and as soon as she got it home she would wash it and put it into Ziploc storage size bags with paper towels in them. It really does keep the lettuce so fresh and crisp!! Same idea as the napkins. I suddenly feel like going to the Farmer’s Market tomorrow for some fresh veggies 🙂

    • You’re mom sounds like she was one smart woman!

      There’s a farm stand tomorrow (2/5) in Orcutt that I love going to. We should meet and shop together! 🙂

      • Yes!! Let’s meet up and do the Farmer’s Market in either Orcutt or Santa Maria next week!! Let me know which works better for you. And thanks for all the great tips, recipes and helpful advice – I’m LOVING the Savoring Joy blog/website ♥♥♥

        • Sounds great! And THANK YOU for your encouragement~ you’re so sweet!!



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