It’s no secret that fresh, seasonal, farm-to-table produce tastes way better than the fruits and vegetables you find at the supermarket. The issue is, most people don’t have time to get to a local farmer’s market, and definitely not on a consistent basis. But rather than settle for overpriced, not-as-fresh produce from the grocery store, today you can get fresh, farmer’s-market-quality produce delivered right to your door. What’s more, the plethora of these services means that you get to be selective about the company you choose.
Even though the fresh produce delivery world is quite a niche market, within this niche are further specialties. There are companies that specialize in “rescuing” produce that doesn’t look so great, but is still full of flavor. These companies sell boxes of this rescued produce at much lower costs than you would find at the supermarket. Other companies focus on organic produce, specialty items, or produce that’s ideal for juicing or cooking. The type of produce delivery box you order will depend on what you choose to do with your fresh fruits and veggies.
Imperfect Foods sources aesthetically imperfect and surplus produce directly from farmers and delivers it to customers’ doors, usually at 30% less than grocery store costs. While the produce may not be the prettiest to look at, it doesn’t lack for flavor. Options for delivery include a Regular Box that includes fresh, seasonal produce and an Organic Box that include similar organic items. Customers have the option to add meat, fish, dairy, grains, and snacks to their orders. Orders can be canceled at any time and boxes can be edited each week.
FarmBox Direct was launched by a single mother living in NYC who didn’t always have time to get to the farmer’s market. Through FarmBox Direct, she now sources produce from local farmers so customers know they are getting the most natural and fresh fruit and veggies possible. There are different fruit and vegetable delivery boxes available, including Natural, Organic, and Juicing, and all come in sizes small, medium, and large. Each box allows up to 5 substitutions with the option to add grocery and artisanal items. Customers can customize their own schedule and no commitment is required.
The Fruit Guys started out as a fruit box delivery service in San Francisco with the goal of providing workplaces with healthy food. Today, it is a Certified B Corporation, which means it meets the highest standards of social and environmental performance, public transparency, and accountability. The certification reflects the values that the company has embodied since its inception in 1998: to support U.S. farms, combat hunger, and create a healthier workplace. The Fruit Guys donates a minimum of 20% of its annual profits toward fighting hunger and sustainable farming practices.
Now for the actual produce: The Fruit Guys prides itself on sourcing produce from small, local farms that don’t use GMOs. There are 4 boxes to choose from: Fresh Fruit, Fruit & Veggies, Healthy Snacks, and seasonal boxes that vary by season. Boxes can be purchased as a one-off, or as a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly subscription.
Misfits Market shows that produce doesn’t need to look amazing to taste amazing. Similar to Imperfect Foods, Misfits Market sources fresh fruits and vegetables that won’t win any beauty contests, but they are full of flavor, vitamins, and min