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).
So here is my order and picts for this week:
|Product||IL Grocery Tax (1%)||Quantity|
|Mixed Fruit & Veggie Box||1%||1|
|Conventional Apricots (6ct)||1%||3|
|Conventional Broccoli Crowns (1ct)||1%||2|
|Conventional Parsnips (lb)||1%||1|
|Conventional Peaches (3 ct)||1%||2|
|Conventional Pluots (3ct)||1%||1|
|Organic Cantaloupe (1 ct)||1%||1|
|Organic Strawberries (1 ct)||1%||2|
|Recipe Card: Blueberry Overnight Oats|
We are huge fans of the stone fruit that Imperfect Produce has! We just finnished the last of last week yesterday and needed a replenishment. I do need to watch out for Squeakette though because she likes finishing half of a fruit and then wants a new one.
The squeakers were also pleased to see broccoli. It was not available for awhile but they went straight for it. Pipsqueak, knowing that her sisters get first dibs made sure to snap a “tree branch” for herself so the other squeakers can go to town with the two big pieces.
I plan to roast those parsnips soon. I do not think I ever bought parsnips because I am not keen on picking veggies that I do not cook but Imperfect Produce gives me an opportunity to try something new that will be guaranteed freshly picked in case its tricky to purchase something that I have not bought on my own before.
I have made overnight oats before (I used Trader Joe’s 7 minute steel cut oats with almond milk). If I am feeling extra crunchy, I add some chia seeds (pretty sure those are Trader Joes). I have not added a nut butter or sweetener but I might do it the next time that recipe picture sure looks nommy!
If you would like $10 off your first Imperfect Produce order click here!
Do you order your produce via CSA, a farmer’s market, or Imperfect Produce?
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Disclaimer: I bought our boxes with my own clams. There are referral links in this post.