For more than 10 years, we owned a share at a local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farm and it was awesome. Sadly, the farm owner decided to take some time off to re-evaluate her business and future plans so I needed to find another source for my organic produce.
I’d heard of Misfits Market and had seen some ads in my Facebook feed. A friend posted on Facebook about her first experience with Misfits Market and mentioned I could get 25% off my first box so I jumped in to try it out.
So 16+ boxes in, I thought it was a good time to share my thoughts in my own Misfits Market Box Review.
RELATED: Benefits of Joining a CSA
Disclosure: Misfits Market has a referral program for all customers. If you make a purchase via a link on this blog post, you’ll receive a discount on your first purchase and I will receive a credit on my next purchase. Cool beans! Once you buy, you can grab your own referral code.
Note: This is not a sponsored post.
My Misfits Market Box Review
In my Misfits Market Box review I’ll cover:
- what it is
- how does it work
- environmentally friendly packaging
- final thoughts
What is Misfits Market
Misfits Market is a subscription box service that delivers to your home, fresh and sometimes funny looking organic produce that for a variety of reasons, can’t be sold in the regular grocery store.
Check out the size of this beet I received. The picture doesn’t do it justice, it was literally the size of a baby’s head.
What is the Mission of Misfits Market
According to their website, Misfits Market was designed to break the cycle of food waste. 3.3 Billion tons of carbon dioxide (a greenhouse gas emission that is harmful to the planet) is generated each year from food waste.
They also want to provide everyone affordable access to healthy food.
By supporting this company, you are not only helping to reduce food waste, you are helping to provide employment to folks who may otherwise have a difficult time finding a job due to imperfect resumes.
Where Does the Produce Come From
Misfits Market sources their produce from small and mid size farms as well as food hubs that don’t have the infrastructure to donate or sell produce that is either ugly or about to go bad.
The majority of the produce is grown in the United States however, there are some items that come from outside the United States.
You can always check their website to see what produce is available and where it is sourced from.
How Much Does it Cost
There are two box options, the Mischief box and the Madness box. The Mischief box will include 12 types of fruits and vegetables where as the Madness box will contain 14 types.
At the time of this blog post, the cost for the Mischief box is $22 and the Madness box is $35.
There is also a Marketplace available that includes additional produce as well as many organic and natural pre-packaged foods. According to the website, these pre-packaged items are foods that are closer to expiration dates, have had packaging design changes, excess inventory, etc.
Visit Misfits Market and enter code COOKWME-RD7XYR to get 25% off your first purchase.
How Does it Work
It’s pretty simple and straightforward to get started.
Create an account, choose which size box you’d like and then every week or every other week depending on your chosen frequency, you’ll get an email notifying you about your upcoming box and you have the ability to choose which produce items you’d like.
As of July 2020, they are still rolling out the ability for all customers to customize their produce. I only just with my last box, had the ability to choose my produce. Before that, I could add things on from the Marketplace but that was the only ‘customization’ I could do.
I have learned you need to move quickly, some things go fast so for my delivery day, my customization window is Thursday to Saturday night.
When I was only able to choose things from the Marketplace, items like berries and mushrooms got snatched up quickly. The same goes for the regular produce in your box, it’s best to customize as soon as you are able.
So customize the box and if you wish, add items from their Marketplace and then like magic, it all shows up at your door.
Environmentally Friendly Packaging
Each box is packed in cardboard and includes cold packs and insulation. The cardboard is curbside recyclable.
The cold packs are made from #4 recyclable plastic and a water-based formula that melts and can be flushed down the sink.
The insulation is made from #4 recyclable plastic and a curbside recyclable paper interior.
Loose easily bruised/mushable items like plums, tomatoes, peaches, etc are packed in a thin cardboard compostable clamshell like thing.
For things like grape tomatoes, those have come in plastic clamshells, grrr.
Items like green beans are packaged in either a plastic zip bag (like you’d find at the grocery store) or a plant-based compostable bag.
Note, the compostable bags are different from #4 plastic bags and do not get recycled with them. If you don’t have access to a compost bin or facility, reuse them or throw them in the trash. They will degrade far faster than a plastic bag.
Is Misfits Market a Good Deal
We have been getting the Mischief box for about 8 months now and I really don’t have any complaints. A few times we’ve had a slightly busted tomato or plum but nothing awful.
Until recently, I wasn’t able to customize the produce in my box and the emails I received about my upcoming box never included any information about what would be in the box. This made it really difficult to do any sort of meal planning, it was annoying. Now that I can customize, I’m happy.
One of the things that I enjoy with these boxes that was also a draw to the CSA, was trying new types of produce. Things I probably wouldn’t purchase at the store. Both a CSA share and a subscription box force us to try new things and eat more seasonally available produce.
If you have kids that are picky eaters and will only eat ‘their favorites’, you will have to supplement with grocery store produce but you’re already there anyway so it’s not an extra trip.
I’ve never purchased anything from the Marketplace simply because when I’ve looked, the items were more expensive than the grocery store and there wasn’t anything I needed. If you were homebound or just wanted the convenience, I could see this being a big benefit.
RELATED: Why I Choose Organic Produce
All in all, the produce has been good, the price is good and I love that all the packaging is recyclable. That is one must for me for any subscription box – not a ton of packaging that just goes to a landfill.
I would encourage anyone to give it a try, at least once. Unless of course you are the only produce consuming human in the house and then it just might not be a good idea.
The Mischief box is $22 and you can visit Misfits Market and enter code COOKWME-RD7XYR to get 25% off your first purchase.
Comment below and let me know if you have ever tried a produce subscription box or a CSA before. Would you give it a try?