Last week I told you about a food delivery service for organic, non-GMO produce that is affordable. My first shipment from Misfits Market came on Wednesday, and I’m pleased. I do want to note a few things right off the bat.
- The company is upfront about the fact that much of what they send would be considered “ugly”. Though, to me, it all looked just fine. Some of the fruit was on the small side. Perfect for me.
- They also mentioned that some of it might be bruised. A few of the peaches were. I simply made them into a sauce with some of the pears. It worked out wonderfully.
- I bought the Madness Box, the largest. It is left at your door, but it is heavy. Since I know I have to lug it upstairs, I’ll bring a couple of reusable shopping bags downstairs with me next time to split things up into.
- You don’t get to choose what you want. You get what you get.
I was impressed by the amount of produce the Madness Box has in it. This is what came in my shipment:
As you can see, it is more than enough to feed me for a couple of weeks.
- Bok Choy (This will be my first time trying this.)
- 2 European Cucumbers
- 4 Zucchini (Kept 2. Gave 1 to each of my daughters.)
- 1 Romain Lettuce
- 4 Peppers (Don’t like these. Gave them to my daughters.)
- 5 Oranges
- 4 Limes
- 3 Mangoes (Don’t like these. Gave them to my daughters.)
- 6 Pears
- 6 Peaches
- 2 Bags of Mushrooms (Gave one bag to my parents, the other Zowie.)
- 2 Bags of String Beans
- 2 Spaghetti Squash
- Dandelion Greens (This will be my first time trying this.)
I did buy a few things to go along with this:
- Meat (I don’t eat much meat, so a pound will last me a while.)
- So Delicious non-dairy yogurt
And I had some things on hand to round everything out.
You’ll notice that I shared a few things with my parents and daughters. While I like most fruits and vegetables, there are just a few things I’m unable to eat. And I haven’t quite been able to talk myself into trying mushrooms yet. Even taking this stuff out, I consider the $38.50 to be a good deal on the food, considering the in-store costs of organic produce in my area.
I planned things out for meals and such as soon as I opened the box. The meat was purchased to go with the spaghetti squash. Yogurt is delicious with orange slices. And pears and peaches make a great sauce which can be eaten as is, or warmed with maple syrup and served over Paleo pancakes. I bought the lemons to make Lemon-Limeade. Orange slices will go well in smoothies with bananas as well.
According to my research Bok Choy is a chinese cabbage, so I plan to make a salad with it, the Romain lettuce, cucumber, zucchini, and string beans. I love salad. The cucumber, zucchini, and string beans can also be snacked on any time.
I’m going to try the dandelion greens in salad and smoothies, to see if I like them. If I do, I can flash freeze them for later use and less waste. Nothing is going to waste, because I shared what I knew I wouldn’t eat.
You could also donate anything you didn’t want, or share them with friends and co-workers.
Here are some tips for what to do with some of the the produce from this box:
- Once you’ve set aside what you want for salads, chop the rest dandelion greens and flash freeze them. Store in a container in the freezer, taking out some as you need it for smoothies.
- Use some lovely FreshPapers from Mighty Nest when storing fresh produce. It will help the food stay fresh longer.
- Only using half that lemon? Mighty nest also has Food Huggers! They come nested, in a variety of sizes in each set, and cover partially eaten tomatoes. oranges, and more.
- Given that a few things may be bruised, you’ll want to come up with a plan right away to use them up. You can make sauces from fruits to enjoy over Paleo “Ice Cream” or french toast, or to add to smoothies.
- If anything is “thin-skinned”, check it to see if it needs to be used quickly.
- Top cereal or smoothies with chopped fruit.
- Utilize Google or another search engine to look up what types of produce and greens can be frozen and how.
- And use it to find new recipes to try!
I can’t wait to see what my second box from Misfits Market is filled with. I’ll let you know in a couple of weeks. This box cost me $38.50, and should last me two weeks.
Note 1: It’s called Misfits Market for a reason. It is a source of “ugly” produce. Let me just say that I don’t care if the produce is perfect. If I can get “ugly” produce at a good price, I am all over that. Produce is produce. It’s all good!
Note 2: Get 25% off your first order, and give me 25% off a future order. It’s a win-win! The links in this article will take you to my page with your discount. (Affiliate) (This is the discount they are giving right now. Misfit’s Market can change the promotion at any time.)
Note 3: Over a year ago I signed up for MightyNest. I wanted a way to bring healthy products into my home, and I thought this would be perfect. I signed up for their MightyFix and, each month, get a package from them with something new for me to try. (Affiliate)