sallystory2smallerVejibag founder Sally Erickson is a real salad freak.

When she moved to Maine Sally designed and built a solar greenhouse to feed her habit year-round and supply the local market. When harvest time arrived the first winter, she refused to insult her beautiful greens by selling them in plastic bags. Too many fresh vegetables turn to brown slime stored in plastic.  Research revealed a salad lover’s secret: humidity-loving vegetables don’t rot in damp cloth. In fact they stay fresher and crisper.

She prototyped a fabric bag to pack her greens in. Sure enough, it worked.

The local food community in the tiny city of Eastport, Maine jumped on board.

It just made sense: no more slimy or wilted vegetables; no more wasted plastic.

Within weeks, reusable, returnable bags became the new normal. The next step was a no-brainer:

Rally a group of creative, gutsy and seriously cool women and start a think tank to see how far such a wild idea could go. Radical concepts started to fly around the room: Let’s create a vibrant local economy! Let’s insist on a healthy local and global environment! Let’s pay women well to work flex time at home! Let’s start a cottage industry! Let’s get everyone eating more salad! Let’s start the transformation, right here in our little town! And so they began.

Time marched on. After four years of successfully making Vejibags as a cottage industry in Maine, the inevitable happened: Sally became a grandmother. Family called her back to North Carolina. So Vejibag followed. The wonderful news is that the same great product and values came along. Sally was able to find a wonderful worker-owned facility in North Carolina to continue to make Vejibags with the same organic cotton that used to be transported all the way to Maine. Vejibags are now a local North Carolina business with everything sourced locally. Yay!

Vejibag. The end of rotten vegetables.