Updated February 26, 2020
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I’m usually not the type of person influenced by internet advertising, especially if it is coming to me through social media! But I’ve got to admit, Misfits Market’s advertisements on Facebook for organic produce at up to 40% off grocery store prices caught my attention. As a frugal stay-at-home mama, I’m always looking for a good deal!
What is Misfits Market?
In case you haven’t seen Misfits Market on social media yet, let me share with you a little about the company. Misfits Market is a subscription service where you can buy certified organic, non-GMO fruits and vegetables at a reduced price. You can also purchase add-ons which are packaged food items like chocolate or Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free flour that might have slightly damaged packing or being going out of date in the next six weeks. Their goal is to end the cycle of food waste by rescuing food items that can’t be sold in grocery stores but are still good.
How does Misfits Markets work?
Misfits Market purchases “misfit” produce from farmers across the country at a discounted price. There’s nothing wrong with these oddball fruits and veggies – they just might be too small, too large, or too strangely shaped to be sold in regular grocery stores. This unique produce is then packaged and shipped to consumers via a subscription service.
Subscribers can choose from two sizes of shipments: the Mischief box (10-13 lbs of produce) and the Madness box (18-22 lbs of produce). Shipments are mailed in eco-friendly packaging and can arrive weekly or biweekly, according to the subscriber’s choice.
My First Experience with Misfits Market: An Initial Review
Disclaimer: I am not an affiliate of Misfits Market and I do not receive any compensation for this review.
If you have been following my blog, then you’ll know that I have been eagerly anticipating my first shipment of fresh organic veggies from Misfits Market for a while now. I thought that I would share the unboxing of my first box with you, so you can share in my excitement.
I was hoping my box from Misfits Market would arrive before I went grocery shopping today, but it didn’t. However, I made a point when I was shopping to only get the bare necessities (a.k.a. the snacks like 90% dark chocolate and aged cheddar cheese) so that I wouldn’t end up wasting food. I knew that I might have to change this week’s meal plan when it arrived.
And finally, around 4 p.m., it did! Here is my box as it arrived on my doorstep.
When I first opened the box, I was a bit disappointed, because I thought that I had gotten a bunch of random vegetables that would be hard to meal plan with. However, after I laid it all out and sorted through it, I realized that the produce was carefully chosen so that it would be possible to make thoughtful, balanced meals.
Here are the fruits and veggies after I unpacked and sorted them.
In case you’re wondering what was in our box, we got:
2 acorn squash
2 broccoli heads
2 cauliflower heads
2 bunches of kale
10 red potatoes
35 mini peppers
The Pros of Misfits Market
Some things I like about our first box? Overall, I’d say it’s a good variety of quality, seasonal organic fruits and vegetables for a good price. They arrived quickly, in good condition, and in compostable, recyclable and reusable packaging which was pretty cool. (I cut up the compostable foam and it’s currently entertaining my little tot while I write this. Win!) I also like that we got some fruits and vegetables that we normally wouldn’t have purchased, like mangoes and mini peppers. It’s also fun to get produce by mail; not only do you get to anticipate the arrival of a package, but also you also get to dream about the organic goodness waiting inside! It’s a great little surprise.
The Cons of Misfits Market
One thing I didn’t like was that you can’t opt out of certain veggies or fruits unless you have an allergy, and even then it isn’t guaranteed that you won’t get those foods. Since we are trying a low FODMAP diet for the sake of my husband, we normally wouldn’t purchase onions, broccoli or cauliflower because they tend to be problematic for him. But now I’m going to have to find something to do with these veggies. Maybe they’ll just make their way into this week’s stir-fry and the baby and I will eat them! One other thing that will take some getting used to is planning meals around what arrives in the mail because it switches up the usual flow of things. But it will be a good opportunities to get my creative juices flowing.
Will I reorder? Probably. It’s hard to get a good feel for a product or service until you try it for a while. So we’re going to test it out and see how it works for us. Stay tuned for an update!
What do you think about getting fruits and veggies by mail? Have you ordered from Misfits Market?