If you follow my Instagram page (@ReluctantFarmersWife) then you may have seen some posts about our Misfits Market subscription. Like many of you, Brandon and I had both seen adds for this subscription service online and it peaked out interest. I’m not going to lie, I know I was a bit hesitant and skeptical and I think Brandon was as well. Finally, Brandon had some time and gave it a look and encouraged me to read through their material. Once I finally educated myself on this concept, I was excited to give it a try and we have not been disappointed!
Misfits Market is a subscription service that sources organically grown produce right to your door. There are two different size options for boxes, the “Mischief” and the “Madness” and you can have them delivered either every week or every other week. The subscription has no requirements as far as length of time you keep it. You can cancel at any time, even after your first box. The produce in your box is organic and sourced from farms mainly domestically but also globally. You do not get to pick what is in your box, it is all about what is available and what is in season. We have now received three boxes and I would recommend it to anyone.
As I share our experience with this subscription, there are two things I’d like to discuss. I’d love to hear your thoughts as well.
First: Sarah, it’s not local. Isn’t that your thing? Hahaha, yes, it is my thing, it’s OUR thing and it STILL is. Sourcing our food locally is VERY important to our family and Misfits hasn’t changed that. We eat a lot of fruit and veggies in our household and Misfits has been a perfect thing to accompany our eating style every week. Just because we get 5 apples in a box one week has not keep us from visiting a local orchard to get even more for our family to make applesauce or maybe a pie. This subscription has also encouraged us to try new things. Because you don’t know what’s coming in your box, things may come that you’ve never tried. In our first box we had fennel. I’m embarrassed to say, but we weren’t even sure what it was. After three wrong guesses on Google, we finally got it. I would never have bought that in the grocery store or farmers market, but I’m so glad we had the opportunity to give it a try.
Second: It may not be local, which is so important to us, but it is food waste, which is also important to us. Billions of pounds of food are thrown away each year just because they don’t look right. We have become so disconnected from our food that we believe a potato that is just a bit misshaped isn’t good. Something must be wrong with it. No, there’s just something wrong with us and our view of what we eat. If you’ve ever grown vegetables in your garden, they rarely look as shiny, waxy, and picture perfect as the ones in the grocery store. One reason for this is because the ones that aren’t perfect are tossed out. So, the concept behind Misfits Market is to rescue this perfectly good, healthy and tasty food from being discarded.
It’s not perfect. Nothing really is. We can’t do EVERYTHING right, but we can at least make a good effort. It’s all about small choices. Would it be even better if all of this food came from a farm down the road? Of course! But we’re thankful for this opportunity to connect and support one broken end of our food industry.
Like almost all subscriptions these days, we have a code that will give you 25% off your first order if you’d like to give it a try – http://misfitsmarket.refr.cc/brandonbowers. ENJOY! Let us know what you think.
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