Spoiler alert: unlike many of these types of comparisons on misfits market vs. imperfect foods, I actually prefer and really love Misfits! That being said, I order from both each week because they both have their strengths and weaknesses that are worth exploring based on your family’s actual food and dietary needs. And for us, we honestly need both. And just because I like Misfits Market better doesn’t mean I won’t whole-heartedly recommend Imperfect foods.
I know it seems counter-intuitive to get both every single week, but I promise to explain how this makes sense for our family.
Table of contents:
- What is an ugly produce subscription box?
- Should your family consider a produce subscription?
- Misfits Market vs. Imperfect Foods: an honest and complete comparison by our family
- Discount codes for both services up to 50% off right now!
What is a produce subscription box?
Like it sounds, you get a selection of fruits and veggies either once a week or every other week to feed your family. Both of these companies operate on trying to reduce food waste by buying excess from farmers… even after what food banks can take in… and also products with wrong labels, improper ratios, and more.
They’re locally sourced, but maybe not necessarily local to you. That might sound funny, but the idea being it’s not just a big business, it’s small farmers keeping their livelihood.
Should you even consider a fruit and vegetable subscription box?
- Is it in your area? Of course, if you want to try out one or both, knowing if they deliver to you is the first step.
- What kinds of foods would you use and value most? Do you even care about organic food? Do you want meat and eggs too? Etc.
- How tied to complete order control are you? There’s always a lot of talk about customization in these articles which is fine, but it’s about to become completely obsolete. I get partial customization through Misfits already and they’re rolling it out to everyone. My biggest concern from a food waste perspective … which of course is what these companies really rely on… is that complete customization can lead to this exact problem. No everyone has eaten celeriac, romanesco, or escarole. But they still need a belly to call home.
- How much produce do you eat? Of course you can pick your amounts with each, but before you dive in, assess if you want to eat more than what you already do! Think about even who you could share or split with if you don’t think you can consume it all.
- Does your area carry good quality or well-priced food? I try to order extra of what I can’t find locally or isn’t reasonably priced. I think this is an important value to share with my kids and family. We still interact with those in our community, we still work to contribute money to our community, we still want to be wise stewards of the money we have and the place that we live including local farms and markets.
- Are you prepared to handle any extra overflow? Brush up on some skills even if it’s as simple as knowing how to long-term store squashes, carrots and potatoes. Maybe it’s just knowing what foods freeze best. Or maybe it’s having a stack of tried and true freezer meal recipes you love and can pull out with certain veggies.
- Is your family willing to try even one new food? Yes, it’s similar to control, but the reality is, while my kids are very diverse eaters, I wanted to be able to introduce them to new things. So every once in awhile I don’t make selections at all and I get all the less popular foods. And it’s been a fun adventure!
Misfits Market vs. Imperfect Foods: How they compare
I am assuming at this point you have chosen to go ahead and try at least one of these services. So I am going to break down a complete 5 week month to give you a complete picture of everything you might encounter from ugly produce to customer service issues.
Want to try them out? Here are some discount codes.
Each service also offers referral bonuses when you invite friends, family, coworkers, or random strangers on the internet. Here are my codes and yes, they directly help feed our family.
- Both of our families save 25% off our next order with code COOKWME-BZ3IRQ. Copy and paste it in the coupon section at misfitsmarket.com.
- We both get $10 off our next order if you use this link :]
Kara is an author and advocate for positive, grace-filled parenting. She is homeschooler to her 4 children living in Boston, MA and believes in creative educational approaches to help kids dive deeper into a rich learning experience. She has her degree in Secondary Education & Adolescent Childhood Development and is passionate about connecting with and helping other parents on their journey to raise awesome kids!