When you eat well, you have more energy to get outdoors and have fun with your family. Eating whole foods is the best way to do that. Now with companies like Farmbox Direct and Imperfect Foods you can get the best produce delivered to your door. Not only are you avoided spending time in the grocery store, but you preventing food waste and supporting farmers.
Years ago, I was a CSA (community supported agriculture) member that received a weekly fruit/vegetable share from a local farm. I loved the variety and quality of vegetables but disliked having to drive 20 miles to pick up my share. Now with home delivery, I can get farm-fresh produce delivered to my door. Recently I tried both Farmbox Direct and Imperfect Foods for my family. Here’s a review of each company, what I received, and what I thought.
Imperfect Foods is a produce and grocery delivery service that aims to reduce food waste and save customers up to 30% when compared to national grocery stores. This box is great for those who are okay with off-sized fruits and vegetables, not quite perfect (ugly produce) and/or surplus grocery.
There are four box options; veggie only, fruit only, regular, and organic. Each box is available in 4 sizes; small to extra large. Each week, suggested items are placed in your cart and you can accept or change those items. There is no limit to how you can customize your order. You pay for what you order as items are priced individually. To your order, you can also add a grains pack and/or meat/fish pack. The minimum order is $30. Shipping is $4.99, but if your order is $60+ then shipping is free.
When I order:
- 2 onions
- 1 lb jalapeños
- 6 apples
- 8oz mushrooms
- 6 pears
- 2 cucumbers
- 1 lb mandarins
- 1 asparagus bunch
- 1 cabbage
- 1 organic kale
- 1 cauliflower
- 1 lb Mozzarella cheese
- 2 tomatoes
- 4 lemons
- 4 grapefruit
- Garlic powder (jarred 2.7oz)
In the past, I’ve ordered meat, grains, coffee, and spices at a savings.
Ordering & Delivery
Orders open up on Thursday afternoon at 3pm CST and you have until 3pm CST Saturday to finalize. Delivery is available in the western US, midwest and northeast. Depending on where you live, orders are delivered to your door by a delivery person or a third party shipper. Here in Oklahoma, I receive my order via FedEx.
Get $10 off your first order when you sign up.
Note: I have received orders where items have been missing due to supply. Customer service has been excellent with refunding/issuing credit for missing items. I have just had to email them and I generally hear back quickly.
Farmbox Direct is a customizable, weekly produce subscription box offering in-season organic and all-natural produce. This box is great for those looking to support local farmers and communities. Suppliers are hand picked and available produce is dependent upon what’s in-season, local, and freshest.
There are three different box options available in three sizes. These include organics, all natural, and juicing boxes. Prices start at $43.95 for all-natural and $47.95 for organic only and include a $5.98 handling fee.
When you schedule your weekly box, you see box menu with what is included that week. You can opt to take what’s there or can substitute up to 5 items per Farmbox.
When I Order:
When I ordered the first time, I opted for the small only organic box with no substitutions. It was ideal for 1-2 people. Next time I’ll have to order the large box for our family of 5. This is what I received in the small box:
- Kale bunch
- 2 Avocados
- 3 Kiwis
- 3 Pears
- 3 Apples
- 4 Yukon Gold Potatoes
- 2 bags Brussel Sprouts (about 1 pound)
Ordering & Delivery:
You can order up to 3 days before your delivery day at 3am EST. If you want to skip a week, you have to opt out seven days prior to your delivery date. Delivery varies based on location. Shipping is always free via UPS across the US.
Produce Delivered to Your Door
Both Farmbox Direct and Imperfect Foods offer a convenient way to receive produce delivered to your door. Overall both offer families great option when you don’t want to spend time at the grocery store and would rather have grocery delivery.
Farmbox Direct offers more of a set menu of items with some customization while Imperfect Foods offers the most flexibility. On pricing, Farmbox Direct is lowered when purchasing all organic products. But when ordering conventional, Imperfect Foods is cheaper and offers free shipping when ordering more than $60. Imperfect Foods also offers pantry staples and meat options that can be ordered.
These are the two grocery delivery options we have tried and really like. In the end you have to decide which one is better for you and your family. If you’ve tried others, we’d love to hear about them. Leave a comment below or message us and tell us more.
In addition to getting produce delivered to your door, also check out these meat delivery services:
- Perdue Farms – Chicken, Pork, and Beef (10% off with code FARMER10)
- Butcher Box – Grass fed beef, pasture raising pork & chicken
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