Misfit Markets: Our First Experience

When my husband and I first noticed that fresh fruits and vegetables were becoming scarce and hard to find at our grocery store, I began searching for some other options.  I stumbled upon Misfits Market and thought it might be a good option for us.

Using only organic produce, Misfits Market sends out boxes to their customers filled with fruits and vegetables that are considered unfit for grocery store sales.  Sometimes the fruits have soft spots or they're smaller than they should be.  Sometimes the vegetables are larger than normal or a bit misshapen.



I knew we might not be able (or willing) to use everything that was sent to us.  I knew we'd probably get some new to us fruits and vegetables that I'd have to figure out to prepare.  I thought I was up for the challenge.

Thankfully most of the fruits and vegetables I did not recognize in our first box came with labels on them so I could look them up.

We received our first box Wednesday March 25th and immediately dug in to see what we had received.  Being a large family of 5 and knowing I cook every night (and usually with 2 vegetable side options) we had opted for the larger box delivery.  Here's what was in our box:


  • 4 Large onions
  • 2 heads romaine
  • 5 slightly bruised apples
  • a variety of broccoli we had never seen before
  • 4 Crespo (which after Googling I found out they're small mangos)
  • 5 tiny  clementines
  • 2 large bundles of collard greens
  • a pummelo (which is like a really large grapefruit)
  • 4 turnips
  • a bunch of fresh ginger
  • 2 large cucmbers
  • an assortment of fingerling potatoes
  • an assortment of beets
  • 2 zucchini 
I immediately pulled out the two zucchinis and sliced them along with a 1/2 diced onion to sauté and serve up with our spaghetti and meatballs.  Since my husband and I are the only ones that eat zucchini we had plenty.

The next morning I watched a video on how to peel the Pummelo and I had a 1/4 of it with my breakfast.  I got each of the younger boys to try some and my husband and I spent a few days snacking off it in the morning while preparing breakfast. 

I peeled the apples and put them in the crock pot to make some homemade applesauce.



I diced up one of the heads of romaine and added it into our salad (later in the week I made another salad using up the last of the romaine). We had not been able to find romaine in the store and so I was happy to have found it in our box.

I also peeled and cut up the mango. I put a few pieces in my iced tea and had a delicious salad for lunch with tuna and fresh mangos.  I enjoyed this lunch so much I ate it two days in a row finishing off the mango.


For dinner I had planned to cook up fish (with chicken fingers for the boys) and I decided to roast turnips with onions and potatoes for my husband and I.  I also mixed in the unusual broccoli with some of our traditional broccoli and steamed it for all of us since my boys really like broccoli.  



One morning as I was making our large salad and prepping some other vegetables for dinner I decided to peel and dice the beets and roast them with a bit of vegetable oil and garlic salt.  I then re-heated them at lunch with some leftover couscous and pork tenderloin;  it was really quite delicious!




So in just a few days we managed to use
  • 4 Large onions
  • 2 heads romaine
  • 5 slightly bruised apples
  • a variety of broccoli we had never seen before
  • 4 Crespo (which after Googling I found out they're small mangos)
  • 5 tiny clementines
  • 2 large bundles of collard greens
  • a pummelo (which is like a really large grapefruit)
  • 4 turnips
  • a bunch of fresh ginger
  • 2 large cucumbers
  • an assortment of fingerling potatoes
  • an assortment of beets
  • 2 zucchini 
We used 2 of the onions between the turnips, zucchini, and Ian's sandwiches and then diced up the other two to freeze and have onion on hand to flavor soups, casseroles, and dishes.

We ate the cucumbers as snacks with carrot sticks and dip which just left us with collard greens and ginger that we really did not know what to do with.

I am not a fan of cooked spinach because of it's texture and knew collard greens would be like that... in the end they ended up going bad and we threw them away.

All in all though I was very pleased with our box and can't wait to see what the next one brings!  We opted for delivery every other week but I think we'll be changing that to every week.

Have you ever tried a food delivery service like this?  What did you think?

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  1. We get the small box even though we are a bigger family. I just didn't want anything to go to waste. We like it and have been doing it for about 9 months now. It is useful and healthy.
    Blessings, Dawn

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    1. I was afraid of so much going to waste but other than the two things we would never eat (ginger and collard greens) we did really well with using it all in well under a few weeks.

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    2. I meant days.. under a few days!

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  2. I'll have to try this! It's a great way to stay creative in the kitchen.

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    1. I love that it pushed me to try so many new foods and recipes.

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  3. I wanted to start up my imperfect foods box again but they kept putting off my delivery and now they don't think it will come till May so I canceled again. I don't think we get Misfits here or I'd try that one!

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    1. Yeah, I don't think Misfits has as wide a delivery area; though I hadn't heard of Imperfect foods until you just mentioned it. Sounds like it's pretty much the same type of service though.

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  4. This is SO interesting, and I love the way you let the contents of the delivery push you to try new and different things.

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    1. It was wonderful to try new things. I just hope our items continue to be fresh and mostly things we'll use...

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  5. My friend loves Misfits! The boxes are so hard to snag right now, thankfully the market by me is well stocked!

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    1. Yeah, they are struggling to keep their orders going. We were supposed to get our second order this past Wednesday and were just told this morning it was on it's way and should arrive by SATURDAY! I'm just hoping it's still good by then...

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  6. Oh I want to try this! Good thing you got in when you did, I just checked and both box options are sold out! I'll be checking back when things calm down, I've always wanted to try something like this.

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    1. I'm not really surprised; they are struggling to fill orders for sure.

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