Do you live in California? Do you live in the Bay Area? Do you eat produce? Awesome, keep reading. BUT, even if you don’t live on those areas you should still keep reading to see if there is something similar in your area. If you don’t eat produce, well, you can probably stop reading.
So what IS Imperfect Produce? Basically, they take produce that is not “pretty” enough for the grocery store and sell it to you! The best part? They deliver.
Tons of produce is rejected from grocery stores just because it doesn’t look nice. Perhaps the potatoes are a weird shape, there’s a scar on the zucchini, or the onion is too small. These are all reasons perfectly good food will be rejected by the grocery store and then ultimately discarded!
With Imperfect, you can choose what size box you want as well as the contents of your box. You can choose a mixed box, just fruit, or just veggies. Each week you customize your box by choosing the type and quantity of produce you’d like to receive. Then, you pay on the amount and type of produce you choose, plus a small shipping fee. In San Francisco, it’s $5 and they ship to you every Tuesday evening, so when you wake up Wednesday morning, you have produce! It’s been a pretty great service so far. The produce is great quality and the delivery is very reliable. There is no monthly fee, and if you go away you can choose to skip a week or two.
We’ve been able to try out some new recipes that I normally wouldn’t have tried out because I wasn’t familiar with a recipe for the vegetable. This has forced me to go out of my comfort zone and try some new things. Fennel is now a favorite of mine! Two recipes I was able to try out were this cabbage recipe and this cauliflower recipe. The cabbage and cauliflower came from our Imperfect box. So if you’re in the Bay Area, I’d definitely recommend Imperfect, and if you live outside of the Bay Area, I’d recommend searching for something similar near you.