Last year our family signed up for a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) box. We were excited to support a local farmer and to eat more produce. The box we received was said to have enough food for two people who ate a lot of produce.
I wish that I could say that we loved our experience, but we did not. First, there wasn’t much of anything but lettuce. We like lettuce, but still had to go to the store to purchase the remainder of salad ingredients. Then, there were some new foods. Some of them we really liked, but others we did not care for as much (and we love vegetables!) Third, some of the produce was just not edible, although it was picked the day before. Fourth, some of the produce, neither of us can eat (such as potatoes). Fifth, we never knew what we would receive, in spite of the newsletter that was sent out. Sixth, there was not much flexibility in picking up the box. Yes, we had til 11 pm to pick it up, but I did not want the produce sitting in a shed in someone’s yard for that long.
Around December of 2020, a friend introduced us to Misfits Market. It was organic food that was delivered to your home. Once we ordered the first time, we continued to order weekly because of the following reasons:
1. We are helping to reduce food waste.
Stores are rather picky about the size and appearance of produce. If it’s too small or too big, they don’t want to accept it. If you have ever grown anything or visited your grandmother’s garden, you know that tomatoes and cucumbers can taste delicious even if they are not the prettiest. Misfits Market purchases this type of produce directly from farmers and sells it to you without multiple middle men!
2. The quality of food is superb.
We eat mostly organic food, and each store’s organic food is not the same! Organic avocados from Aldi do not taste the same as organic avocados from Trader Joe’s and the health food store. Therefore, I was somewhat nervous placing our first order with Misfits Market, but we were pleasantly surprised that the quality and taste were excellent!
3. The price is very reasonable.
We have found that what stores such as Hyvee and Cub Foods charge for conventional produce is what Misfits charges for organic produce. The prices are very comparable to Trader Joe’s prices for organic food.
4. The food is delivered to your door.
Life gets busy, and it is nice to be able to sit down and do grocery shopping in 10-15 minutes without leaving the house. Misfits Market is perfect for the mothers with multiple children, for busy professionals, for introverts who would rather be at home than at the store, and for seniors who would rather not get out and drive when the roads are icy in the winter.
It was also a blessing to have a box waiting for us when we returned from vacation and got home at 10 pm. We could unpack the box and have food for the next day–and week–without going grocery shopping at 10:30 pm.
5. Misfits Market now offers meat and seafood.
Their ground beef is delicious, and I eat it several times a week. I have not tried the other meats or the seafood but may do so in the future.
At this point I must add reason #6, and that is we get to choose exactly what we would like to eat so that we are not wasting valuable food or our hard-earned dollars!
Here is what we have ordered from Misfits Market:
- Peanut Butter
- Almond Butter
- and much more!
How does it work?
First, you create an account and choose your delivery day of the week (usually Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday). You can choose to order every week or every other week. Then you are given a window of about 48 hours in which to place your order (please note that it’s first come, first served). At any time, you can pause your subscription or skip an order.
Go here to save $10 on your first order. If the link does not work to get your $10 off, you can enter this code: COOKWME-CN2AEFHIFAS
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