Have you heard of Misfits Market yet? As of this writing I’m 5 orders in and have ordered weekly. I had been waiting for them to start delivering in my area and they offered a nice discount when they finally arrived. What appealed to me was the thought of (1) lower pricing on better quality, organic items, (2) convenience of home delivery, and (3) making it easier for me to be consistent about fruits and veggies in our diet.
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From what I knew BEFORE my first order, Misfits sends out the “ugly” produce that was still just fine for consumption but may not have been as PRETTY as most grocery store consumers like. I also understood that they sent a box of items and you could only choose the size of your box and not the actual items.
This was definitely not my experience, so I think they’ve changed their model. I chose each item I wanted. Because I use a local CSA for my veggies, I focused on fruit. I was also surprised they had organic meat?!!? And lots of pantry items. I MAY have gone a little overboard. Here’s what I got in my first order.
- Organic Green Seedless Grapes, 2 Lb $5.99
- Organic Strawberries, 1 Lb $3.99
- Organic Blueberries, 6 Oz $2.99
- Organic Fuji Apples, 3 Ct $2.99
- Organic Figs, 8 Oz $5.99
- Organic Large Hass Avocados, 2 Ct $3.99
- Organic Small Hass Avocados, 2 Ct $2.99
- Organic Cremini (Baby Bella) Mushrooms, 8 Oz $2.29
- Organic Mini Sweet Pepper Medley, 1 Lb $3.99
Everything except one apple was perfect. Well, the avocadoes were pretty hard but the softened to perfection in 2 days on the counter. The grapes were in surprisingly good shape for just being in their bag amongst the other items. So were the strawberries and blueberries, but they were in plastic clamshells PLUS covered in cardboard protection. Nothing seems browned, smashed, or “off” in any way upon delivery! Are these really misfits?
Since that first order I have consistently been ordering mushrooms, avocados, peppers, strawberries and blueberries. The berries definitely need to be used up in a week, but so do the ones I get from the store.
- Free-Range Air Chilled Boneless Chicken Breasts, 14 Oz 10 $39.90
- Bacon Ends & Pieces, 12 Oz $4.49
- Uncured Genoa Salami, 4 Oz (2 Ct) 10 $19.90
I ordered a bunch of chicken for an upcoming freezer meal club session. Eight of the packages were still frozen solid. One had a tiny bit of give. One was pretty soft. It must have gotten away from the MANY cooler packs. The bacon ends were also fine. The salami was not meant to be frozen, from what I could tell. It was appropriately chilled.
- Gorilla Munch Cereal, Corn Puffs, 10 Oz $2.29
- Unsweetened Salty Smooth Peanut Butter, 16 Oz $5.29
- Sparkling Water, Lemon Lime 12 Oz (4 Ct) $1.99
- Sparkling Water, Peach 12 Oz (4 Ct) $1.99
Two of the soda cans did have some denting. The peanut butter came in a glass jar and was well wrapped and also perfectly fine.
Lots of Pros. Any cons?
My biggest CON is that this requires a lot of packaging. I don’t do the meal boxes (Blue Apron, etc.) but I hear those do, too? I won’t be ordering so much meat in the future, so it probably won’t be as much of an issue, but this shipment came in two boxes and there were THIRTEEN cooler packs. BUT, they do show you how to recycle them, so I like that. But do consider if you want to be managing big boxes and wrapping.
One other CON is that there’s no search feature. I wanted to see if they had sesame oil but there’s no way to search. You just need to scroll through the appropriate “aisle.” But a PRO to counter that is that they make it really easy to add my usual items by collecting them at the top of the aisles so I can just click on what I recently ordered. I tend to re-order the same produce each week, so that is convenient.
A few other things to note:
Nothing has been very ugly or what I’d call a misfit. I’ll have to see if it doesn’t last as long for any reason. Though we eat up fruit pretty fast over here.
You order every week between Thursday and Saturday for delivery the next week. You are billed on Sunday. It looks like I only have one day as an option for my delivery date. And it looks pretty easy to skip or pause your deliveries. Still, I added a rolling to-do item to Artful Agenda so I wouldn’t forget to finalize and complete my orders
There’s a $30 minimum and separate $30 minimum for meat/fish.
After that you have a $5.50 shipping fee, which is super reasonable for the size of the boxes.
Don’t expect the exact same offerings each week. The meat might change and sometimes they would show 13 fruit items but I’d only see 7. Later on I might see 10?
I noticed really good communication about a change to my delivery date due to Labor Day weekend, so I would expect that for other holidays or any other delivery issues.
On my 2nd and 5th orders, I got slightly bruised tomatoes. Not horrible, though. This is the worst one:
For order #3 or 4, I ordered a melon that didn’t arrive. But I DID get a bag of organic jasmine rice AND snack packs of almonds? I don’t know what happened, but I certainly got the better end of that deal!
For order #5, I had another product switch and used the “report a problem” button, letting them know that I got X instead of Y. Within five hours I had a refund and a note of apology.
Overall, I have found Misfits to be a great value. The quality I get for the price is high. Ease and convenience are also high. I love my local CSA and will continue to supplement with Misfits.