As a college student, eating fresh produce — or produce at all — is pretty difficult. It takes money and time — things college students greatly lack — to buy fresh fruit and vegetables. Thankfully, Imperfect Produce, an “ugly” produce delivery start-up, is in the Bay and can solve all these problems while eliminating food waste.
Here are six reasons why you should start ordering from Imperfect Produce.
1. All the produce is seasonal and locally grown.
With prepackaged boxes of fruit and produce, Imperfect Produce takes the guesswork out of grocery shopping. You don’t have to wonder what’s seasonal or better for the environment because all the produce comes from Californian farmers, and Imperfect Produce checks it all for you.
2. Buying “ugly” produce eliminates food waste.
Many farmers throw away produce that are the wrong size or color because they don’t sell well at supermarkets. According to Feeding America, 25 – 40% of food grown, processed and transported in the US is never consumed. You can help eliminate food waste by buying “ugly” produce that doesn’t sell well at supermarkets.
3. You save money.
Uglies typically cost 30% less than conventionally beautiful produce, but they taste the same! #bestofbothworlds. For just $12, you can get a box of 10 – 15 lbs fruits, vegetables or a mix of both. In addition, you can get 50% off your first order if you use the discount code: SPOON.
4. Your produce box is delivered to your front door.
As college students, going to the grocery store is a trek of its own. Imperfect Produce delivers straight to your apartment in Oakland, Berkeley, Albany, Alameda or Emeryville every Saturday. You’ll get a text when the driver is nearby and a call when the driver arrives. You can also pick-up your box in select cities.
5. You get to try a variety of produce.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve never eaten a pomegranate before I received them in my fruit box. It’s a great way to expand your horizons and try different produce from eggplant to pomegranate to spaghetti squash.
6. There are a variety of boxes to choose from.
You can pick between a fruit box, vegetable box or mixed produce box (regular and large). Each Wednesday, you’ll also get a newsletter telling you what’s in each box, so if a certain box doesn’t suit your fancy, you can change your order before 11:30 pm.
Go forth and get Imperfect Produce. We promise you won’t regret it.