I grabbed a basket and started from one end of the store and systematically went through all aisles. I walked through the produce section first. I could buy apples, pears, peaches, and lots of other fruits as they are sold individually. Some of their fruits are pre-bagged in plastic and some are in plastic boxes such as strawberries and grapes. I decided to buy two bananas from the organic section. In the vegetable section there were loose bell peppers of all colors, onions, potatoes, and other vegetables. I found the avocados here as well (I never know if it is a fruit or vegetable) I wanted to buy an organic avocado but they were all in mesh sacks with a plastic seal. I ended up buying a non-organic avocado. While I bought these I glanced over to the refrigerator wall that had sliced fruits in containers, salads in bags and boxes, all plastic of course. There was nothing I could buy so I just kept on walking. Next I arrived at the yogurt wall. All of these items were in plastic (This is one of my biggest sorrows...I'm still looking for a solution to eating yogurt!!!) I wanted to buy some sort of bread for lunch so I went to the bread aisle. At first my heart sank because all the breads and tortillas were in plastic bags. Then I found this stand that had Trader Joe's baguettes and breads in paper!!! As I grabbed one I saw that there was a plastic strip down the front so you can see the bread. I put it back. I than walked around the side to find victory! There was a Semifreddi's baguette in a "just" paper bag! I snatched it up before anyone else could.
While avocado and bread are a great meal I really wanted to eat cheese as well. As I approached the cheese case I knew this was a lost battle, but figured I might as well investigate. I almost got excited about a sharp cheddar that looked as if it were wrapped in wax paper but as I examined the edge I could see that the part facing the cheese had a plastic coating. Heartbroken (not really, but I had my hopes up to eat cheese) I moved on. I found the peanut butter and jelly area. All of the peanut butter jars that were glass had plastic tops. I settled with Fig butter as it is in a glass jar with a metal top. Also it does not have a plastic seal around the top.
I ended up getting a mac and cheese for a trip I am going on this weekend I hope the cheese is in a paper bag, we will see.
Below you can see what I actually ended up buying after a half an hour non-plastic lunch run "mission".
The lesson I learned from this trip is that I can find things to eat on the run. BUT they may not be exactly what I want. It also takes time to find non wrapped items.