Hey guys! We’ve been using Imperfect Produce for some time now so I thought I’d do a review for you. I starting order Imperfect Produce about six months ago after seeing an ad on Instagram. This post isn’t sponsored in any way, but I absolutely love it and wanted to share it with you all.
What is Imperfect Produce?
Imperfect Produce is a subscription box that delivers fruits, veggies, and grocery staples that might otherwise go to waste. They work with a network of over 200 farmers to reduce food waste by buying the food that doesn’t meet the strict cosmetic standards of big retail stores.
When I initially saw the ad, it showed a bunch of different “ugly” vegetables and fruits at a discounted rate. I was looking for a way to save money on groceries without couponing so I figured, “why not? I could handle some ugly veggies.”
Very few of the products we have ever received have been ugly.
Much of our weekly box comes with beautiful vegetables and fruits that are either too big or too small for grocery store standards. We’ve also received many items that were in perfect condition but farms had a surplus of the product.
How It Works
When you first set up your subscription you choose which box type and size would work best for your family, and how frequently you would like those boxes delivered. We get the large mixed fruits & veggies box delivered weekly, and as a family of eight, this is the perfect size for us.
A few days before your delivery date you will be notified that it is time to customize your box. They will let you know which items are available and you get to pick each item that goes into your Imperfect Produce box. They try to source as locally as possible and vet all of their growers to make sure they’re consistently delivering high-quality produce. If you want to learn more about the sourcing, click here.
Remember that they follow the waste, so you will see different items available each week. This is my favorite part because it is perfect for meal planning and we’ve gotten to try many vegetables that we wouldn’t normally buy at the grocery store. (Baby bok choy in stir fry has become one of my new favorites.)
Your price will vary a bit each week based on your customization choices, but prices are typically 30% less than what you pay at the grocery store and you will quickly learn which products will work for your home. For example, I don’t order potatoes from Imperfect Produce because the amount we would need for our home would take up much of the box, but I would certainly order them if I was living alone. Our large box ends up being about $30 a week because of the items we pick, which is such a great deal for the amount of stuff we receive. (Plus it saves you from those impulse buys at the grocery store when you only went to grab some tomatoes for dinner.)
Your produce will be delivered to your door in a compostable box. The day your box is delivered will be based on your area, but you can pick a window of time that works best for you. You can also opt-in for text alerts. Every week, I get a text letting me know that my box is in the area and should be delivered soon and another after it has been delivered. The box is always placed nicely in front of my door.
Making an Impact
“We believe that food is food, no matter what it looks like. We believe that everyone deserves access to healthy food, regardless of income. And we believe that by changing the way we eat and think about food, we can make the world a little better.”
Food waste is one of the top contributors or climate change and in the U.S. we spend about $218 billion annually growing, processing, transporting, and disposing of food that is never eaten.
One of my favorite parts about this box is that you get to make an impact. By signing up with Imperfect produce you assist in lowering food waste inside and outside of your home, support local farmers, and save resources. They also offer a Reduced-Cost Box for anyone who qualifies for SNAP benefits and partner with food banks across the country to donate thousands of pounds of fresh produce every week.
If you are interested in trying out Imperfect Produce, you can use my referral link, here, to save $10 on your first box, which is about 50% off their most popular box.