Don’t judge a book by its cover. The saying holds true for harvested produce as well. Astonishingly, roughly half of all produce in this country is never consumed. You’ll be shocked to learn that the simple reason for this is because some fruits and vegetables were not cosmetically flawless at harvest time.
If this baffles you, you’re in good company.Like many, Misfits Market felt that the waste of imperfectly perfect food needed to stop! Misfits Market helps farmers all over America by giving them a place to sell their misfit fruits and vegetables while saving produce from landfills. Also, Misfits Market’s lower prices on organic produce, helps healthy foods reach the dinner tables of many Americans. Follow our comprehensive review for Misfits Market to see if this unique weekly produce subscription is for you!
What Is Misfits Market?
Misfits Market is a subscription produce box of organic, sometimes, oddly-shaped, or funny-looking produce conveniently delivered straight to your door. High-quality, delicious tasting produce is sourced from certified organic farms and partners that provide non-GMO food.
All produce is hand-picked from farms and food hubs across the Americas. Some Misfits Market boxes will include avocados or citrus sourced outside the country, for a wider variety.
By purchasing a Misfits Market subscription, you’re breaking the cycle of food waste and saving produce from being unnecessarily thrown away when it can be used as delicious nourishment at a fantastic price.
What Exactly Is “Oddly-Shaped or Funny-Looking” Produce?
Fruits and vegetables come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. If a carrot happens to be somewhat mishappened and twisted, instead of the desired factory-perfect, straight and slender form, it does not mean that the carrot is less than its unblemished counterparts. Yet, these perfectly normal foods are thrown out, when others could enjoy them. How wasteful!
In your Misfits Market box, you may see various produce with natural imperfections or variations, but all are perfectly normal and delicious to eat. Here are some examples of oddly- shaped or funny-looking produce:
- apples may have bruising
- watermelon may have some harmless scarring
- carrots may be twisted
- peppers may have a few blemishes
- squash may be too large
- a lime may be too small
- some fruits and vegetables may have lumps and bumps
- some produce may need more time to ripen
- there may not have been enough produce to sell in a supermarket
How Much Does Misfits Market Cost?
Misfits Market is affordable and delivered to your home weekly or every other week based on your preferences. You may choose from the following options:
Mischief Subscription Box: 10-13 lbs (about 12 pieces of mixed produce) of fresh and organic mixed fruits and vegetables at $22 per week. Ideal for two people to cook small meals and snacks.
Madness Subscription Box: 18-22 lbs (about 14 pieces of mixed produce) of fresh and organic mixed fruits and vegetables at $35 per week. Ideal for five people or larger families that cook and snack daily.
Misfits Market also offers the option for weekly add-ons in their online marketplace for your produce box before it ships. Select individual items all at 30-50% off the retail price, such as pantry staples, artisanal foods, and specialty produce.
Misfits Market charges a flat shipping rate of $4.50 to all locations in their delivery area for both the Mischief and Madness subscription box. However, Misfits Market charges a flat shipping rate of $5.50 to Florida or Tennessee.
How Do I Cancel Misfits Market Subscription?
You don’t have to worry about any time-consuming phone calls when it comes to canceling your Misfits Market subscription. Luckily, all you need to do is log into your account and click manage subscriptions. Then scroll to the bottom of the page and click the cancel button. You’re all set!
Misfit Market also offers members the convenient option to pause or skip their deliveries for up to six months if needed.
Misfits Market: Our Review
For this review, I signed up for Misfits Market Mischief subscription box. Their starter box of 10-13 lbs of produce or 12 pieces of mixed fresh and organic mixed fruits and vegetables at $22 per week. I figured that it would suit my small family of three perfectly as we try out our first box.
I’ve tried several subscriptions and was eager to see how Misfits Market stacked up to the rest in regards to how they packaged their products. I was not disappointed. The Misfits Market box itself was bright and cheery, as any carton with a bushel of healthy, colorful food should be!
Inside, the assortment of fruits and veggies were carefully cradled with insulation, and multiple ice packs to keep the produce cool and fresh. More sensitive items, such as lettuce, were packaged individually in compostable plant-based bags. I appreciated that the lettuce wasn’t just thrown into the mix, and the personal bag offered some protection from being rattled around.
On top of the packaged insulation were informative cards, offering insight into marketplace add-ons, as well as a featured recipe that could be used with the produce inside the box.
As I peered in the opened box, I was pleasantly greeted with a vibrant rainbow of color! I couldn’t wait to unpack all of my healthy treasures onto the counter. I was also curious to investigate the ugly and oddly shaped produce.
As I went through the fruits and vegetables, I didn’t find any ugly produce. Honestly, most appeared normal to me, aside from a few that were strangely beautiful. A few of my rainbow carrots were oddly shaped, twisted, smaller, or larger than the rest. My red Barlett Pears were lumpy or shared striking patterns of color, rather than a shade of red; they were half green and red. A cucumber was bent, rather than straight. Nothing too bizarre here, which I suppose makes it an even sadder realization about how wasteful our food economy can be.
In my Misfits Market box I received the following:
- 4 yellow bell peppers
- 1 spaghetti squash
- 1 zucchini
- 2 green peppers
- 3 red Bartlett Pears
- Romaine lettuce
- Roma tomatoes
- 1 mango
- 6 red baker potatoes
- 4 oranges
- 2 cucumbers
- 8 rainbow carrots
If you’re a fruit and vegetable loving household, then this is a wonderful way to get a hold of healthy organic produce at an affordable price! I also recommend Misfits Market to those that are looking to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into their diet. Getting a box of produce delivered to my front-door encouraged me to include these foods into my daily menu. I highly recommend that everyone gives it a try!