My Honest Review of Misfits Market
Over the years, I’ve tried a few different meal service boxes but found the ingredient variety was limited and the cost to be a little high for what you get. Admittedly, I even tried Misfits Market a little over a year ago, but at the time, it just wasn’t for me. Some of my items got substituted for things that I didn’t know how to cook (what the heck do you make with persimmons!?) and felt like I couldn’t really customize my box to my preferences.
Recently, however, Misfits Market sent me a “we want you back” email explaining that they had totally revamped their grocery delivery box. Now, rather than receiving a random box of vegetables, Misfits Market allows me to build my order with a mix of food products that I want, including fresh produce, fruits, grains, and even pantry items like chocolate and peanut butter.
So, I decided to give Misfits Market another try and see if I liked their new system better. Plus, my neighbor shared this discount code for $10 off my first box (COOKWME-GV1QTR), so feel free to use it and pass it along!
I customized my box with tons of yummy produce and even added a few pantry items. My Misfits Market box shipped right to my doorstep. The whole process was quick and easy. But I’m sure you’re mostly here to hear about what was inside my box, so let’s get to it. Spoiler alert: I was extremely impressed!
Easy, convenient grocery shopping is a must!
Convenience is key in most things I do, which is why a meal or grocery delivery service was so appealing to me in the first place. If I can order my groceries for the week between meetings and throwing in a load of laundry, I call it a win! So, Misfits get a check in that box from me.
I love that I can build a Misfits Market order anytime day or night. How it works is that you set a weekly or bi-weekly delivery day when you create your account and they send you a nice little reminder email when it’s time to build your order. You have a 3-day shopping window to build your box. But don’t worry, if you miss the deadline (it happens to all of us!), your box will just skip that week.
I really like the weekly delivery option because if I do miss my box-building window, I don’t have to wait too long to get a new grocery order.
Fresh, organic produce is the best!
One of my fears with food delivery boxes is always that the food will be spoiled or expired by the time it gets to me. Let me tell you, that was not the case with my Misfits Market box. Everything was fresh, perfectly ripe and might I add, delicious.
Did you know that oftentimes, the produce you find in the grocery stores has traveled great distances from the farm to your local grocery store? To keep it from rotting before it gets there, produce is frequently picked before it’s fully ripened. Misfits Market wanted to change that. Their goal was to deliver fresh produce in every box. So, they partner with local and regional farmers in your area to cut out the middleman and reduce the amount of time it takes to get your produce from the field to your plate. That way, the produce can be picked ripe and you get the freshest items possible. Misfits Market also strives for produce that is free of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, and GMOs, so you’re getting nothing but nutrient-rich food.
While we’re on the subject of fresh, I have to shout out the tomatoes from my last box. While they were a bit smaller than what I used to buy at the grocery store, they tasted amazing! They were ripe, plump, and juicy–the perfect tomatoes for my BLT.
I can stock up on grocery items that I love!
Here’s another reason I am so ga-ga over the Misfits Market grocery program. I can order my favorite discounted grocery items in bulk. Yep! I purchased 15 loaves of Cobblestone bread at a discounted rate (that may sound crazy, but have you tried this bread?!). I put 12 loaves in my freezer so I can pull them out and thaw them as we need them. Why did I buy 15 loaves? My whole family loves this bread, but it’s kind of pricey at our local health food store. I added it to my Misfits Market box and got it for 40% less than I normally pay.
They’ve got tons of discounted pantry items available like peanut butter, pasta, nuts, and sweets, too. Sometimes (read: most times), I even indulge and order organic dark chocolate or Lily’s peanut butter cups.
Meal Planning just got easier!
I was already feeling pretty good about giving Misfits Market another chance (and clearly it was a hit), but when I saw the recipes section it sent me over the edge. This takes the grocery subscription box to the next level.
Along with sending recipe cards in every box for your specific items, Misfits Market also has a blog where they share hundreds of recipes for their food items. There’s something for everyone, from pasta dishes to salads to desserts. Plus, Chef Bobby Flay works with them on many of their recipes, so using their recipes is also teaching me tips and tricks about cooking in general.
This feature makes it so much easier to meal plan. When it’s time to build my box, I just browse through their recipes (created by a Master Chef!), add items to my box and in less than 30 minutes, I have made my menus for the week and purchased the ingredients I need. And if I’m tight on time, I build a box with staples that I know the family loves and search for recipes in their blog once the items arrive.
OK, let’s address the ugly vegetable in the room.
I knew that Misfits Market advertises their “ugly produce,” but I have to say I was disappointed when I opened my box. In my head, I would open my box to a giant mutant zucchini with two heads and a heart-shaped pepper, but other than some slightly small (but extremely juicy) tomatoes, nothing was abnormal.
The produce that is misshapen or “ugly” comes that way because they’re arriving straight from the farm to your door. These produce items are 100% organic and aren’t treated with harsh chemicals that make supermarket produce look so perfect and uniform. They’re equally (if not more) delicious as what you can shop in the grocery store, they’re just chemical-free and no food, ugly or not, goes to waste.
So, what is my honest opinion of Misfits Market?
I mean, do you even have to ask? I am a Misfits Market fan.
I will admit, I was on the fence when I tried them last year. There wasn’t anything wrong with what they sent me, per se, I just wasn’t overly impressed. Plus, they would sometimes substitute other produce items in place of what I picked, so meal planning was hard and I often got produce I didn’t use. With the new program, I get to pick exactly what I want and there are no more substitutions. So, you only get what you order.
I am stoked on Misfits Market! I can plan and shop in under 30 minutes and the produce is fresh, organic, and costs less than what I’d pay at the grocery store. I love that I can stock up on other grocery items, too (at Misfits Market’s discounted prices!). I really appreciate the ease, convenience and affordability that Misfits Market gives me and I’m glad that I gave them another try because now I’m hooked!