Updated: Jul 24, 2020
Before we get into the Imperfect Foods discussion (this post is not sponsored by the way) here's my referral code if you're interested. You'll get $10 off your first box - and, full disclosure, so do I.
I'll start off by saying that I try to support local every chance I get. I'm a regular at the farmers market when it's open and have even bought it off the side of the road from small farmers. Yet with covid-19, my options were limited and getting decent produce and meat at the grocery store during the panic was nearly impossible.
One day, I saw an add on Facebook for a box of produce and randomly decided to give it a shot. Imperfect Foods stocks foods that would otherwise be thrown out. This could be for various reasons. They could be ugly - dings, dents, bruises or just deformed. Maybe there was surplus and no one needed them. There are a lot of weird reasons that stores would decide not to carry perfectly good food. Bottom line, these foods are fine to eat, but have no future on shelves or anywhere else besides a dump.
When you choose your subscription, you select a basic produce box with add-ons including meat, dairy and snack packs. This means, at the most basic level, you will have items in your selected categories chosen for you. Have no fear, you can customize every item in the box.
The week before your box is due to ship, you gain access to shop. You'll be able to look at their inventory and select what will be shipped. I'm a meal planner, so I usually have a good idea of what I need in advance but I have chosen things on a whim just to broaden my palate.
My deliveries arrive on Thursday and they come extremely well packaged and with a reusable cold pack that is probably the biggest one I have ever seen.
I'm on my sixth or seventh delivery. I get them every two weeks and I have no plans of stopping anytime soon. It has made me incorporate more fresh produce into my diet and has challenged my cooking skills.
Just to give you an idea, here is my last box.
English Cucumber (1)
Green Onion (1)
Red Pepper (2)
Red Beets (1 lb.)
Carrots (1 lb.)
Sweet Potatoes (1 lb.)
Valencia Oranges (2)
Skinny Dipped Almonds - Dark Chocolate and Raspberry Flavored (1)
Coconut Cookies (1)
Unsweetened Dried Mando (1)
Spaghetti Noodles (1)
Rigate Pasta (1)
Blueberries (6 oz.)
Strawberries (1 lb.)
All of this was $41.00, including shipping. It has been a tremendous help during the pandemic. I didn't have to worry about shopping for produce at the grocery store. If they only sold toiliet paper...