It's oh-so-simple to order your fruits and veggies online.
Updated Dec. 20, 2022 12:00 a.m. PT
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The least favourite part for most shoppers is roaming the produce section. Squeezing fruits and vegetables, trying to find one that isn't all weird looking and dealing with those fiddly plastic bags can be a frustrating and time-consuming process for something that really shouldn't take that much time. Or if you're just someone who doesn't enjoy shopping, then it might be worth considering a subscription to a produce delivery service. There are plenty veggie vendors and subscription services that can help you skip the stores.
Beyond traditional grocery delivery services, there are many produce subscription boxes to consider. You can have fresh fruits, vegetables, and even good eggs and wholesome grains delivered to your doorstep from a local farm. These online grocery subscription services are similar to community-supported agriculture, which connects customers with local farmers to offer them a selection of fruit and veggies. But instead of heading over to drop-off locations to pick up your locally grown weekly bounty of local organic produce or CSA box, shipments of seasonal fruit and veg are sent for home delivery.
If you want to supplement your produce boxes with fresh food from your local farmers' market, that's definitely an option, too. Many farmers' markets across the country remain open and are taking precautionary measures (like using gloves to pack up produce). There are also options for curbside pickup when it comes to fresh veggies and other seasonal produce. Just wear a mask, wash your hands as frequently as possible and stay at least 6 feet apart from anyone else to practice proper social distancing.
Read on for our picks of the best produce delivery service on the market right now, all geared toward making healthy eating affordable and super easy.
Misfits Market aims to prevent food waste by delivering boxes of fruits and vegetables that maybe aren't your average shape or size -- but are still perfectly good to cook with and delicious. Plus, Misfits Market guarantees that its subscription boxes are up to 40% less than what you'd spend at your local grocery store, sourcing organic and non-GMO produce from local organic regional farms and shipping organic produce to the Northeast, South and Midwest (with plans to expand to more states). Expect this produce box to offer an ever-changing selection of fruits and vegetables like leafy greens, watermelon radishes, zucchini, heirloom tomatoes, apples and mangoes.
The plan: With a minimum spend of just $30 per delivery, the Mischief is an organic produce delivery starter box geared toward smaller households and can be shipped weekly or biweekly. You choose from hundreds of produce options as well as pantry staples and even meats and dairy to knock a whole bunch off your weekly shopping list.
Need more fruit in your life? Let The Fruit Guys deliver a large assortment of healthy fruit to your door. You can choose between organic fruit and conventional produce that's locally sourced from small farms who don't use GMOs. The Fruit Guys produce box arrives filled with bananas, apples, oranges, kiwis and more.
The plan: Choose from a slew of variety boxes -- which all range in size and price -- with the cheapest at $27 and the most expensive at $125. There's also a healthy kit, complete immune-boosting fruits, honey sticks and ginger, starting at $42.
While supermarkets often reject any produce that aren't "perfect" in shape or size, Perfectly Imperfect Produce gathers all that excess grocery bounty and ugly produce including organic fruit and veggies from local farms and wholesalers and ships it out in subscription boxes. You choose from a variety of grocery items in different boxes, which range in price, size and organic or nonorganic, and include everything from eggplants, Brussels sprouts and butternut squash to delicious watermelons and plums. Plus, for every subscription produce box purchased, Perfectly Imperfect Produce donates produce to food pantries in need.
The plan: Perfectly Imperfect Produce offers 12 produce delivery boxes, the smallest of which is $15 and the largest is $44. Each option lists the weight of the produce, along with how many people it's designed for.
DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia) residents can take advantage of From the Farmer, a produce-delivering company that works with local, sustainable and organic farmers to build a produce box filled with the likes of asparagus, broccoli, lettuce heads, kale, cilantro and grapes. You can pick healthy subscription boxes based on how much produce you'll go through. Or if you simply want fruits or vegetables, there's a box called Cooking Essentials, which is stocked with items that you should always keep in your kitchen (think garlic, white potatoes and yellow onions). For those who want to add on other store products to their fruit and vegetable bounty, From the Farmer also provides a regional coffee box and rotating artisan bread shipment.
The plan: From the Farmer presents eight different organic produce farm boxes, including a small seasonal box, all fruit box and local box. The cheapest farm box clocks in at $12.50 (Cooking Essentials) while the most expensive is $45 (Large Seasonal Box).
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Imperfect Foods operates as both a produce subscription as well as a grocery delivery service. Just as the name implies, this delivery service brings you imperfect food, such as misshapen carrots or oversized eggs, at a discount. Organic and conventional produce, which can be customized and altered based on your taste preferences and dietary restrictions, can be dropped off at your door, along with grocery staples and snacks, like eggs, olive oil and sausages. The brand also offers pantry item options and baked goods. Delivery is available to a handful of states on the east and west coasts and the Midwest, so put in your ZIP code to see if your location is in their delivery area.
The plan: Plans are customized and priced based on your household size, whether you want organic or nonorganic produce, and if you're looking to add in grains, snacks, dairy and meat and fish. But 11 to 13 pounds of organic produce boxes start at $26 plus $5 shipping.
While many produce subscription services source fruits and vegetables from a number of farms, Farm Fresh to You plucks organic and sustainable items straight from the company's own family farm in California, Capay Organic. Simply pick a subscription box, customize the produce variety to your liking, add other farm products (like hand-crafted jam and small-batch honey), then get it delivered to your door.
The plan: Farm Fresh to You ships six different kinds of local produce boxes, like traditional CSA, snack pack and fruit only. Boxes range in size from mini to monster, as do the prices ($27.50 to $61), and you can select to have shipments arrive weekly, every other week or every three or four weeks.
Although FreshDirect is known as a grocery delivery service for everything -- not just produce -- the Northeast company is now offering subscription-free CSA boxes for the summer. Partnering with Hepworth Farms, Lancaster Farm Fresh and Dig Acres, FreshDirect is allowing customers to order produce boxes from the Hudson Valley and Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Originally published earlier and updated periodically.
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