I was lured in by a friend’s Facebook post of a kitchen counter filled with fresh produce. The winter doldrums were hitting hard and I wanted a glimpse that spring was coming so I hit the button and subscribed to Misfits Market. Truthfully, I had no idea what it was or how it worked before I went to the website.
Have you wanted to try a vegetable delivery service?
Want to learn if you can save money through Misfits Market? What about what the produce is like? And how does it compare to a CSA?
Here’s everything you need to know in my honest Misfits Market Review 2021. This is not a sponsored post, just my opinions.
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How Does Misfits Market Work?
The company’s mission is “to provide affordable access to healthy food and to fight the food waste crisis.” These are two ideas we can easily get behind. We are huge proponents of reducing food waste and saving money on groceries.
The way it works is Misfits buys food from farms that aren’t up to grocery stores and other outlets’ physical standards and sells them to their customers.
The customer signs up for a delivery every week or every other week and chooses what items they want. There is also an option to have a random assortment. Cancelation is easy, just log on and you can suspend your account for up to six months or end your subscription.
Misfits Market Vs. A CSA
So, how is Misfits Market different than a CSA?
We are huge proponents of joining a Community Supported Agriculture program (CSA). You support local farmers while getting fresh produce. CSAs vary by the farm, but most offer weekly produce that you either have delivered or pick up at a central location. Most times, you cannot choose what goes into the box you receive each week since it is based on what is in the fields.
Misfits Market is also a subscription-based program, but they gather produce from all different farms. The fruits and vegetables aren’t up to the cosmetic standards to sell via traditional methods, and the company rescues them to sells. Unlike a CSA, you can choose what you get in your package from specific items.
Misfits Market Review 2021 – Does It Save You Money?
Yes, Misfits Market will save you money.
I compared the cost of a recent Madness box from the company to a local grocery store. The grocery store’s total cost was $62.90, well above the $40 I paid Misfits Market. That $40 included shipping, too. That’s a savings of over $20!
The produce was enough vegetables to feed my family of four for a week and a half. It was well worth the cost! My CSA cost breaks down to about $26 a week with a similar amount of produce.
The company offers other pantry items as add-ons to your shipment, but I did not make a price comparison on those.
Misfits Market Review 2021 – What Is The Produce Like?
The word misfits may be a turn-off to you. But the truth is, the ugly produce wasn’t too ugly after all. Most of the fruits and vegetables I received were no different than what I would pick for myself at the grocery store or receive from Amazon Fresh. Only the green bell peppers I received were a bit bruised, but the taste was okay. The zucchini also a minor indent on the outside, which I attribute to thinner skin. That may be the variety and not necessarily attributed to Misfits.
I did find that the produce didn’t last nearly as long as my CSA or even grocery store produce. Now, comparing vegetables that have traveled a distance with ones from a local farm is not exactly fair. Quality certainly degrades over time on all vegetables but it is worth noting that you will want to eat the food within a week or less to ensure quality.
Where Is Misfits Market Shipped From?
Misfits partners with various farms throughout the country. The company doesn’t list the farms on their website, and I wish they would. It would add a personal touch that would help the customer connect with the food better, especially those used to CSAs. When you do a crop-share, you and the farmer have a connection. I am sure there is a more significant reason for leaving the names off their website, although I cannot think of it.
Misfits Market shipped my produce from New Jersey. Based out of Philadelphia, the company recently opened a 140,000 square foot facility to service the East Coast.
An Honest Misfits Market Review 2021 — UPDATED
Misfits Market is an excellent service. The website is easy to use and it being able to pick your produce is a massive plus for a lot of cooks. I love their mission to make food affordable and end the food waste crisis!
I love supporting local farmers; therefore, it won’t take the place of my CSA. After almost a month of using the service, I found that it wasn’t worth the cost. While I incorporate a lot of vegetables into my meals, we simply weren’t eating the food before it went bad.
How To Make The Most Of Your Misfits Market Box
- Start small. Go for the smallest box first to make sure you will eat everything. There’s no need to create more food waste. You can always move to the bigger package for your next delivery. Misfits Market makes that easy.
- Store items properly! Food will last longer when properly stored. I take bunched greens, wrap them in paper towels, and then place them in freezer bags. Non-bunched items, I add a paper towel to the bag it came in to help absorb any moisture. I found this guide very helpful.
- Inspect items and see what needs to be used first. A simple rule of thumb is that if you think the food is delicate, eat it first!
- Don’t be afraid to try new foods. Using Misfits Market is an excellent opportunity to try something new. Afraid you won’t like it? Make it a side dish and serve it with a favorite protein.
- Not sure what an item is? Contact them. Some vegetables look very similar (I’m looking at you, escarole and lettuce). If you aren’t sure what you got, check their website or email them.
- Meal plan! It reduces food waste and helps you to cook every night consistently. Don’t know where to start? Check out our Ultimate Guide.
Misfits Market vs Imperfect Foods
There are several competitors in the vegetable rescue market. Misfits Market’s main competition, Imperfect Foods is much better and is the service we recommend. The produce is of higher quality, the company has a more extensive selection, and you can better customize your order. For more information, read our honest review.
What Do You Think?
Did you find our Misfits Market Review 2021 helpful? Have you tried a produce delivery service like Misfits Market or a CSA? How did it work out? Let me know in the comments below. I would love to hear.
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