Box: Imperfect Produce (this link gives you $10 and me $10 when you sign up)!
Contents: Perfect and fresh but ugly produce that the experts select so you can save money and not leave your home.
1 in 5 fruits and veggies grown in the U.S. don’t meet cosmetic standards and go to waste! Imperfect Produce changes this and you get the savings and the freshness!
This is awesome considering that I pay good money for pretty produce that goes bad quickly before Imperfect Produce came into my life.
Frequency: Once a week or every other week, a box(es) will be delivered as per your instructions during a specific time frame on a certain day of the week. You are able to customize your box within a few days window prior to your delivery. You are also able to skip up to three weeks (or email for longer than three weeks to be accommodated).
Spoilers/Customization yes please! We know I don’t like surprises for there most part!
Cost: Imperfect Produce has Four selections with different sizes. These prices may be different in your area.
(1) Organic (Box Price Range is from 7 pounds at $15 to 25 pounds at $43)
Organic Sizes: Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large
(2) Mixed Fruit and Veggie (Box Price Range is from 7 pounds at $11 to 25 pounds at $27)
Mixed Fruit and Veggie Sizes: Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large
(3) All Fruit (Box Price Range is from 7 pounds at $11 to 13 pounds at $16)
All Fruit Sizes: Small and Medium
(4) All Veggie (Box Price Range is from 7 pounds at $11 to 13 pounds at $16)
All Veggie Sizes: Small and Medium
Note: Even though I did not order the Organic Fruit and Vegetable box, I was still able to customize and add-on organic stuff!!!
Shipping: There is a $2.99 to $4.99 flat ship rate irregardless of how many boxes are ordered for a chosen week. Imperfect Produce in continually updating its location areas but as of this post it serves the entire Bay Area in California; Los Angeles, CA; Orange County, CA; Portland, OR Metro Area; Seattle, WA Metro Area (includes Tacoma); and Chicago, IL Metro Area.
My prior produce subscription box experience:
I previously was subscribed at a local farmer’s market weekly delivered produce box with fresh farm eggs. The only thing that weekly box got for me were fresh farm eggs and my produce was more like about to expire. I also had a friend at the time who did an fresh farm egg and produce CSA but she had to pick it up and it was expensive.
We traded pictures on a weekly basis like us subscription box junkies who live on spoilers. She also subscribes to boxes. I digress.
We both had a forced weekly option with no ability to skip. Her produce looked awesome but she was made to use what was given to her. My produce looked sad and I also had to use (or unfortunately waste) what our family did not like.
Since this was my first order with Imperfect Produce and I was serious about making this a commitment (plus the $4.99 flat ship rate yes please), I ordered two boxes (medium and extra large) to see what the difference and size between the two boxes. Because I am visual like that.
And we gobble up a ton of fruit in this family!
This is my first week, but from what I can tell was that via customization, I could basically order whatever I wanted and the price would tally up in the end. I took off some of the default recommendations and added on what I wanted. Imperfect Produce reserved some high demand items as I was not able to add more but I was locked into receiving the produce if I wished to keep it. I was able to get fancy blood red oranges and pink lemons which I hardly see here! Also when you see the selections/options, their is a place of where the produce originated from and also what the “non-pretty” issue exactly is.
Here is my stuff for my first shipment!
|All Fruit Box||1|
|Conventional Apples (2 ct)||3|
|Conventional Asparagus (1 ct)||2|
|Conventional Avocados (2 ct)||2|
|Conventional Blood Oranges (2 ct)||1|
|Conventional Broccoli Crowns (1ct)||2|
|Conventional Grapefruit (1 ct)||6|
|Conventional Grapes (1ct)||1|
|Conventional Kale Bunch (1 ct)||2|
|Conventional Kiwis (4 ct)||4|
|Conventional Pink Lemons (2ct)||2|
|Conventional Potatoes (lb)||2|
|Conventional Roma Tomatoes (2ct)||2|
|Conventional Spaghetti Squash (1 ct)||2|
|Mixed Fruit & Veggie Box||1|
|Organic Apples (2 ct)||1|
|Organic Oranges (2ct)||1|
|Organic Potatoes (lb)||1|
I LOVE Imperfect Produce. I could not afford or use up a CSA because of the quantity (feast or famine depending on harvest) and the high price. Another issue is that before Imperfect Produce, the other selections had no customization. I have a hard time picking out the freshest produce. Imperfect Produce does this for me and I save money because its “not pretty looking”. And most of all I can customize my box with produce that I want! I am also excited about changing inventory to what might pop up seasonally! I have seen and heard of MUSHROOMS! And Imperfect Produce has some fancy produce that would have cost me an arm and a leg if I saw the same perfect variety at the fancier whole paycheck stores. There is last waste in the world and I get another subscription box fix.
I plan on ordering the Extra Large Fruits and Veggie box on a weekly basis and just adding whatever my heart desires for that week on Monday (my delivery day is on Thursday). Hopefully I will be able to post these but I am a bit behind with my Home Chef recipes (see my Home Chef reviews here) but I will do my best for you all 🙂
Now I need to find a good place to have fresh farm eggs sent to me. Ahhh a pilgrimage to a farmer’s market to stock up awaits me until then 😉
Do you order your produce via CSA, a farmer’s market, or Imperfect Produce?
Share anything on your mind no matter how random below!
Disclaimer: I bought this box with my own clams. There are referral links in this post.