(Not So) Ugly Organic Produce Delivered Right To Your Door
A friend of mine was posting a lot on Facebook about her Misfits Market subscription, and I was so intrigued, I just had to give it a try! Keep reading to see what this frugal mom thinks about it!
*All opinions expressed in this article are based solely on my experience and I was in no way compensated in exchange for this review
What is Misfits Market?
Misfits Market is an online subscription program that rescues “ugly” organic produce and sells it to customers.
If you’ve ever noticed, most produce sold in grocery stores is pretty consistent in terms of size and appearance. Misfits Market takes the produce that might be oddly shaped, bigger or smaller than normal, or just plain weird looking and sells it at a much lower price.
They source their produce from certified organic farms, so you know you’re getting the real deal!
Not only is the produce 100% organic, but their packaging is also eco-friendly! Instead of plastic bags, they use compostable plant-based bags, and their boxes are made from recycled cardboard.
Basically, if you sign up for a subscription with Misfits Market you are getting awesome 100% organic produce, reducing food waste, saving money (up to 40% off grocery store prices), AND saving the planet all at the same time!
Did you know that food waste produces over 3.3 BILLION tons of carbon dioxide annually?!?!
How Does Misfits Market Subscription Work?
Currently, there are two different size boxes you can order from Misfits Market.
The Mischief box costs $22 and includes 12 different types of fruits and vegetables and can typically feed 1-2 people for a week.
The Madness box (the one I get) costs $35 and includes 14 types of produce and typically feeds 3-5 people for a week.
Some of the produce you can expect to receive include:
- Leafy Greens (Kale, Lettuce, Swiss Chard, etc.)
- Fruit (apples, pears, mangoes, oranges, etc.)
- Vegetables (zucchini, heirloom tomatoes, potatoes, bell peppers, squash, etc.)
To become a customer, you simply create an account online, choose which box size you want, enter your payment information then wait for your produce to show up at your house!
You have the option to receive a box every week or every other week. You also have the option to pause your subscription or skip boxes if needed.
This comes in handy if you receive a huge amount of produce one week and don’t think you’ll need more the following week. Or if you simply want to save money every now and then!
Can I Choose What Produce I Receive?
As of right now, Misfits Market is allowing some markets to customize the contents of their boxes. I, however, really enjoy the anticipation of finding out what will be in my box this week, so I don’t plan on customizing.
After your first order, you have the option to choose add-ons to your box for an additional cost. Some add-ons I have seen include organic chocolate, rolled oats, mushrooms, and strawberries. Just to name a few!
My Experience Using Misfits Market
I signed up for Misfits Market at the end of March after seeing the amazing produce a friend of mine was receiving in her weekly box.
I use Aldi’s grocery delivery service for my weekly groceries, and typically spend about $120 per week. Almost 2/3 of my grocery budget is fresh produce, so when I saw my friend’s posts about Misfits Market, I instantly knew I’d be able to save some money!
In all honesty, I’ve never been one to purchase organic produce. Don’t get me wrong, I want to feed my family the best food out there, but realistically organic isn’t typically within my budget.
I figured I would give Misfits Market a shot because who doesn’t want to save money AND be healthier?
Unfortunately, I signed up right around the time Misfits Market became overloaded with new customers. Apparently I wasn’t the only one who saw the benefit of utilizing this awesome program during a global pandemic!
I waited anxiously for my first box to arrive, and after almost three weeks, it finally did! My box was scheduled for a Saturday delivery, but it arrived the following Wednesday.
Based on what others were saying in my Facebook groups, I knew I would get my box a few days late, and each day that passed I just felt more excited for it to get here!
It’s Finally Here!
When my box finally arrived it was like Christmas! I was so excited to open it, and a little nervous at the same time. I had been seeing some complaints in the Facebook groups (more on that in a minute) so I was expecting to be a bit disappointed.
However, instead of disappointment, my box brought me nothing but joy! My produce was perfect!
My first box contained:
- 1 Celery
- 4 zucchini
- 4 poblano Peppers
- 1 turnip
- 4 absolutely gorgeous pears
- 2 bunches of kale
- 1 Spaghetti Squash
- 6 red apples
- 1 eggplant
- 4 giant lemons
- two 8 oz bags of green beans
- 1 Kabocha squash
- 1 Butternut squash
- 2 onions
Since my first box arrived a few days late, I expected my second box to do the same. However, it arrived right on time, 3 days after my first box!
My second box was just as amazing as my first one! The only blemish was a broken tiny zucchini. For my second box, I chose a few add-ons to see if I’d actually get what I chose. I did!
My second box contained:
- 1 celery
- 2 giant (and delicious) mangoes
- a box of beautiful tri-colored tomatoes
- 3 beets
- 2 cucumbers
- 2 packs of tri-colored sweet peppers
- 1 Butternut Squash
- 11 Apples (2 kinds)
- 6 small onions
- 8 potatoes
- 2 bunches of Lacinato Kale
- 1 broccoli
- 2 zucchini
- 1 pack gourmet blend mushrooms (add-on)
- Organic dark chocolate (add-on)
- 1 pack baby Bella mushrooms (add-on)
What I love About Misfits Market
When I see all of the produce I am getting for just $35 a week ($43 with shipping and tax), it amazes me that I ever spent so much on non-organic produce at the grocery store!
Not only do I save money, but my produce is delivered directly to my front door!
I love trying new foods, and I am so excited to get to do that with Misfits Market! I’ve tried things I never would have normally bought in a grocery store- like turnips!
I’ve also found myself cooking a lot more lately, and experimenting with different flavors. I even made pickled beets for the first time!
My favorite thing about Misfits Market is that the company is genuinely doing great things. They are helping the earth, helping farmers, helping families save money, providing job opportunities, and much more!
They have not buckled under the overwhelming pressure that Covid-19 has put on businesses.
Instead of shutting their doors, Misfits Market has hired more employees, increased their production hours, and strives to meet the growing demand of not only their current customer base but their new customers as well.
The Down Side of Using Misfits Market
Despite all of the great things I love about Misfits Market, it wouldn’t be fair to leave out some of the negatives.
Although my experience so far has been nothing but excellent, I have seen some complaints from people on social media.
In all fairness, though, I think a company like this deserves grace during these difficult times.
The Top Complaints:
The #1 complaint I’ve seen is late shipments. Really, though. We’re going through a global crisis! I personally think it’s petty to be upset about waiting a little bit longer than normal when the world is in crisis, but that’s just me!
Another big complaint I’ve seen is the mishandling of boxes. In most markets, FedEx is the carrier and a lot of customers aren’t happy with their service.
I’ve seen complaints about boxes not being delivered although they receive delivery notifications, boxes being left by the road rather than on their front porch, produce arriving in less than stellar condition due to sitting in the heat or rain, etc.
I know ultimately Misfits Market chooses to partner with FedEx, so they bear some of the responsibility, however I can’t hold that against them.
I have seen some complaints about people receiving the wrong size box, not enough produce, etc.
Judging from the complaints I’ve read, it seems that Misfits Market is super helpful and almost always makes it right, either by refunding the customer’s money or sending a replacement box.
Either way, every company will have it’s hiccups, especially in times like this. I think that each person sees the situation from their own perspective, and some may decide Misfits Market isn’t a good fit for them, and that’s ok.
I, however, have decided to continue my subscription with Misfits Market long term. Not in spite of, but BECAUSE OF, the way they have conducted business through the uncertainty of life during a pandemic.
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