Box: Imperfect Produce (this link gives you $10 and me $10 when you sign up)!
Contents: Perfect and fresh but allegedly ugly looking 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!
Also just know that the standard choices will generate a box/size value and you can raise/lower the final price via customization (you can also add on Organic produce without selecting the Organic boxes).
(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: You may eligible for a reduced cost box if you qualify for SNAP/EBT/Food Stamps. You will need to apply and fill out a questionnaire upon signing up.
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); Indianapolis, IN; and Chicago, IL Metro Area.
Note: My area customization began at Monday 3PM and closed Tuesday at 11:59PM with a Thursday delivery. Another friend who lives near me has a different schedule and her delivery date is Monday.
As a general note, all of my customize boxes end up between $20-$25 (because budget).
New Tip! I checked out my customization around 4PM on Monday. I also took a look Tuesday afternoon before my customization window closed at 11:59PM and I found a mini watermelon! So if you remember check the next day because some items might pop up!
Special Co-Poster Debut!!!
Onderria will be joining me sharing her haul from the West Coast!
She is planning to do Imperfect bi-weekly so hopefully she will join in when she can! Her delivery date is Friday on the West Coast and mine is Thursday in the Midwest.
I wonder whether our choices will be the same or vastly different based on location? Stay tuned!!!
So here is my order and picts for this week:
But before the box unveil, this Mirepoix (carrots, celery, onions, and olive oil) was brought to you by Imperfect Produce!
I divided the veggies in three parts. I froze two and made chicken soup with the remaining. I used Swanson Chicken Broth and Generic Egg Noodles.
Mmmmmm… Generic Egg Noodles.
Digressing from my dinner, here is my box!
Ohhh a bag!
Here is an nommy Imperfect Recipe below:
This was probably focused on Onderria’s shipment because she was able to get legal shrooms this week. I is jelly.
Instead of this week’s food display I give you my squeakers nomming on broccoli!
I convinced Pipsqueak to have a bit even though it was not nighttime. Pipsqueak has this thing about eating raw broccoli at night. Better than ice cream but I won’t tell her that!
Here is Onderria’s order and picts for this week:
Onderria: wow, I got a text right before this was arriving!
Wth… how many carrots did I request?!
Onderria: I was HIGHLY skeptical of these mushrooms. The only time I’ve seen something similar was in my garden last week before the rainy spell gave up.
Also I’d JUST weeded the night before and these giant mushrooms appeared.
When life gives you mushrooms and what you think are rutabagas, makechicken marsala with spiralized rutabagas.
Sidenote 1: I called my mom to ask what the heck the giant purple white root plants were and she said they were “rooterbaggers.”
Sidenote 2: these were not rutabagas, but turnips instead… They got soggy and burnt, not dry and crispy.
This meal was not great, but I did have some guy try to talk to me about wines in Trader Joe’s.
Look buddy, I’m just here for the $4.99 marsala wine.
Onderria: omg dudes, let me tell you about my meal! SO GOOD. McFiance loves the broccoli cheddar soup from Panera, and since I had Imperfect broccoli, carrots, and an onion, I decided to make some bomb soup.
Bella demands to sniff all my food from her stool/perch. I assume she thinks she’s my royal poison sniffer.
Pnut: Oh my goodness I am so jelly of Onderria! First, she gets the shrooms. Second, her area gets the text message notification! The Imperfect carrots are indeed nommy they are the only type/brand that my squeakers will eat with the skin on. I am excited that she was able to join and co-post 🙂 I am also curious to of what was that purple item in her box, it looks like a nommy carrot….
Onderria: So glad Pnut introduced me to this box! There was absolutely nothing wrong with any of the produce, and I had a lot of fun finding recipes this week! My sister also gets it, and she said the plethora of carrots were really nice for her intense heartburn, during her whole pregnancy, as a break from white rice and crackers.
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: We bought our boxes with our own clams. There are referral links in this post.