If you love both convenience and staying on a budget, there is nothing like having groceries delivered to your door. You can know the price ahead of time, choose healthy options, and fight the temptation of splurging, all from the comfort of your own home. “Ugly produce” boxes have grown in popularity over recent years due to the above benefits, and we’re here to explore which options are the best. Today’s battle: Misfits Market vs. Imperfect Foods.
Why Ugly Produce?
Food waste is a huge problem in Western culture, and much of it occurs before it ever reaches the consumer’s home. Grocery stores often throw away produce before setting it out to sell because it is oddly sized, misshapen, or just plain ugly. The idea behind ugly produce boxes is that the customer can choose to spend less money on less conventional produce. After all, the food isn’t rotten or spoiled; it simply failed to meet the general public’s beauty standards. Individuals can have cheaper produce delivered straight to their door for a flat-rate cost.
Each ugly produce service varies in price, presentation, and food options. Let’s take a look at two popular options, Misfits Market and Imperfect Foods, and see how they hold up against one another.
Selection and Shipping Procedures
The first thing to examine is how each box’s selection and shipping process works. From store to door, what goes down? While the companies offer similar services, there are a few key differences that should be noted.
To begin your Misfits Market membership, simply check your zip code to make sure they deliver in your area, and choose your shipping frequency (weekly or biweekly). The Misfits Market website offers a wide selection of organic produce and pantry items that you can use to customize your box. A key difference in both subscription boxes, is that Misfits Market is fully customizable. You must place an order of at least $30, you will receive a box full of seasonal produce that was just a little too weird for the grocery store, along with any pantry staples you added to your order.
An Imperfect Foods subscription begins with a quiz dedicated to finding out your cooking and eating habits. Orders are automatically set to every week unless you opt to manually skip one. As for the contents of the box, the company builds a custom box for you based on your quiz answers. During a short window of time, you can evaluate the items in the custom box and switch things out before it is shipped to you.
Cost, Quality, and Quantity
Of course, with every food-related service comes the question of cost versus value. How much do these services cost, and do they really save you money?
Imperfect Foods begins with a base “produce pack” ($22) that costs more depending on what you add to your cart during your shopping window. In addition, to produce, you can purchase dairy packs, snack packs, etc., with the price adjusting accordingly. Thankfully, you can check out the total cost before confirming your shipment. Shipping fees cost anywhere from $5-$10 per box.
Misfits Market works differently, giving you the option to choose everything that goes into your box starting with a base of $30. Like Imperfect Foods, you can add extra non-produce items and see a change in the price. The shipping fee for Misfits Market is a flat rate of $5.50.
As a whole, both companies offer quality produce; however, Misfits Market takes more of a healthy approach to its snacks, fruits, and vegetables. Everything is organic and intended to be good for your body as well as your budget…and the planet!
Misfits Market vs. Imperfect Foods: Which is Better?
Both companies offer similar products using similar methods. Each box is delivered in a specially cooled, eco-friendly, recyclable box. The client is alerted of delivery ahead of time so that the food doesn’t sit out on the porch for too long. Both services are affordable and efficient. However, as far as health and personalization go, Misfits Market takes the edge.
Because Misfits Market allows you to fully customize your box from the get-go (and skips your order if you don’t log on to customize it), you can ensure that you receive exactly what you want. After all, the whole purpose of an ugly produce box is to cut down on food waste; if you constantly receive items that you don’t use, it defeats the purpose of the service. Additionally, organic fruits and vegetables help you create a happier, healthier lifestyle.