We Tried Misfits Market: An Affordable Way to Reduce Food Waste (2022)

Misfits Market delivers organic produce and specialty groceries directly to your door for up to 40% less than grocery store prices.

In addition to saving you money, Misfits Market helps reduce food waste and provides access to fruits and vegetables that may not be available at your local supermarket.

While Misfits Market once operated as a subscription-based produce delivery service, the company has since expanded, offering a wide variety of grocery items that can be purchased without the need for a membership or recurring order.

I tried Misfits Market and was overall impressed by the quality and convenience that the service offers. Keep reading to find out if Misfits Market could be a good option for your household.

Pros

  • offers a wide selection of grocery products for a fraction of the price
  • no membership required, so you can order on your own schedule
  • helps reduce food waste
  • encourages consumers to eat more fruits and vegetables and experiment with new foods

Cons

  • not all prices are less expensive than the grocery store
  • standard $5.50 shipping fee on all orders
  • $30 minimum order
  • not available in Alaska, Hawaii, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, or Montana

Misfits Market is a grocery delivery service that sources specialty groceries, sustainably raised meats, and organic fruits and vegetables that can’t be sold at stores or farms for various reasons.

For example, produce items may have slight imperfections, such as cosmetic blemishes or other alterations in size or appearance. Other items may be available as a result of excess inventory, packaging changes, or being near the sell-by date.

As a result, the selection of items changes weekly.

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Misfits Market currently delivers to 44 states across the United States. The service isn’t available in Hawaii, Alaska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, and Montana.

You can find out whether Misfits Market delivers to your area by entering your zip code on the company’s website.

Prices vary widely for Misfits Market products.

Some products, like herbs or single fruits, may sell for less than $1 each, while meats and cheeses can go for upward of $10 per pound.

Just keep in mind that your cart must contain at least $30 worth of food in order to check out.

Additionally, to receive foods that require a cold pack, like meat or cheese, you’ll need to order at least $30 worth of these cold pack items.

Shipping is a flat $5.50 per box.

Is Misfits Market really cheaper than the grocery store?

I found that some, though not all, of Misfits Markets prices were less expensive than my normal grocery store located in the outskirts of Little Rock, Arkansas.

In fact, many of the prices were comparable to what I’m used to paying, though some were slightly more expensive.

If Misfits Market were to replace your regular grocery shopping (at least, if you live in a low cost-of-living area like I do), you would likely break even.

Here are a few price comparisons of items available at both Misfit Market and the Walmart where I do most of my shopping:

Misfits MarketMy local Walmart
BelGioioso Fresh Mozzarella, 8 oz.$2.99$3.28
Napa cabbage$2.19 (organic)$2.98 (conventional)
Sandwich bread$4.84 (Dave’s Killer Bread)$2.99 (Naked)
Organic zucchini, 2 ct.$2.29$2.96
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Misfits Market offers hundreds of products each week, including a variety of fresh organic produce, sustainably raised meats, and specialty groceries, like gluten-free, vegan, keto, and paleo-friendly foods.

The website is even set up similar to a grocery store, with food categories referred to as “aisles.”

Here are the aisles you can shop on Misfits Market:

  • Fruit
  • Vegetables
  • Meat & Seafood
  • Deli
  • Pantry
  • Beverages
  • Dairy & Alternatives
  • Bakery
  • Gluten-Free Shop
  • Pet
  • Household
  • Misfits Merch
  • Cold Pack

Misfits Market sources ingredients from partnering farms and food hubs across the Americas.

Typically, the company buys foods that would have otherwise been discarded as a result of oversupply, packaging updates, approaching best-by dates, or other similar reasons.

Most of the produce from Misfits Market is certified organic and free of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), though the service occasionally offers conventionally grown produce, too.

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If you prefer to only buy organic, the company clearly labels organic produce as such, making it easy to select these items.

Misfits Market also offers sustainably caught seafood, grass-fed beef, and free-range non-GMO chicken.

While the meats aren’t organic, Misfits Market does include information on the farms and companies that the meat is sourced from, as well as the practices used at these farms.

You can read more about the quality of animal and plant-based proteins that Misfit Market offers on the website.

Misfits Market provides a wide assortment of fruits, vegetables, and other groceries.

Because the service now requires a minimum order amount, rather than curated subscription boxes, you’re able to choose the foods that best fit your dietary needs and preferences.

While not all of the grocery items are organic, there are options to suit nearly any diet, including vegan, vegetarian, paleo, and Mediterranean diet plans.

You can also opt for low carb produce and groceries if you’re following a low carb or ketogenic diet.

However, keep in mind that Misfits Market can’t guarantee that all of the foods are allergen-free, as items are typically processed and packaged in facilities that may also handle common allergens.

Therefore, the service isn’t suitable for people with severe food allergies or intolerances.

Misfits Market offers a similar shopping experience to other grocery delivery services, like Amazon Fresh and Walmart.

Instead of the previous subscription-based model, Misfits Market only requires that you purchase at least $30 of food to place an order.

To get started, you’ll first create an account and be assigned a weekly delivery day based on your location.

This delivery day is important, as it determines your shopping deadline and billing days.

For example, in my area, the shopping deadline is Thursday, orders are shipped out and billed on Friday, and boxes are delivered on Monday.

After you create your account, you can start adding products to your cart. Once you’re done shopping, you can still edit your cart up until your weekly shopping deadline.

Keep in mind that your order will only process once you’ve reached the $30 minimum. Similarly, if you have $30 worth of food, your cart will automatically process on the shopping deadline day, even if you didn’t intend to place an order that week.

Delivery and packaging

My box shipped on a Friday and was delivered on Monday morning, my assigned delivery day.

I thought the packaging was excellent. All of the meats I ordered were kept in a separate insulated bag (containing additional ice packs) away from the produce and pantry items, and the glass jars were wrapped in paper.

Even after being in transit for 3 days, the meat and ice packs inside the cold pack were still frozen.

Everything was contained inside of an insulated liner within the shipping box, and the top and bottom of the box was layered with ice packs.

Despite being placed in the box without additional packaging, the produce arrive in good condition. Though, everything was covered in fennel fronds, but no harm done there.

Although my order was in excellent shape, according to Misfits Market, if items arrive damaged you can submit a request for a full refund. If your request is approved, the company assures that you’ll get your money back within 5 days.

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Taste and freshness

Here’s the produce that I ordered in my first box:

  • organic baby broccoli
  • organic zucchini
  • organic Napa cabbage
  • organic bunched rainbow carrots
  • organic fennel
  • organic mixed oyster mushrooms
  • organic royal trumpet mushrooms
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All of the items arrived in immaculate condition and looked similar in quality to food I’d buy at the grocery store.

What’s more, with the exception of zucchini and Napa cabbage, most of the produce I received isn’t available at my local supermarket.

Everything tasted excellent, too. My family loves mushrooms, so it was nice to try varieties other than the portobellos and baby bellas that our grocery store typically carries.

It was also fun to cook with fennel for the first time.

In addition to produce, I ordered several meats and pantry items, all of which arrived in good condition.

I can definitely see how Misfits Market could replace a trip to the grocery store, especially if you’re already well-stocked on basics like salt, pepper, and cooking oil or butter.

My order, which included the produce listed above, several pounds of meats, several types of breads, and a few miscellaneous pantry times, cost just under $100, including shipping and taxes.

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Misfits Market is a great way to incorporate more produce in your weekly menu while also helping combat food waste. Plus, it may help save time, and possibly money, compared with shopping at the grocery store.

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As my family discovered, the service can also add more diversity to your diet by allowing you to experiment with new fruits and vegetables.

In particular, I think it could be useful for people within the service area who live in more rural areas and have limited access to the types of foods sold by Misfits Market.

The service is also suitable for people following certain diets, such as gluten-free, keto, paleo, and vegan.

With that said, as items are processed in facilities that handle common allergens, it’s not a good fit if you have severe food allergies or intolerances.

Misfits Market isn’t the only delivery service aimed at reducing food waste.

For instance, Imperfect Foods is a similar service that also delivers produce with cosmetic blemishes or imperfections.

The service provides both conventional and organic produce and offers other types of food as well, including meat, fish, grains, dairy products, and snacks. Though, unlike Misfits Market, Imperfect Foods is a subscription-based service.

Hungry Harvest is another alternative that offers “rejected” produce.

The service provides conventional and organic produce subscription boxes, and also allows for add-ons from a small selection of pantry staples, dairy products, and plant-based dairy alternatives.

However, compared with Misfits Market, Imperfect Foods and Hungry Harvest offer fewer grocery and pantry items, making Misfits Market the best option if you’re hoping to order most of your groceries from one place.

Here’s a quick look at how these three services compare:

Misfits MarketImperfect FoodsHungry Harvest
Basicsonline grocery store providing reclaimed produce and sustainable groceriessubscription service offering weekly grocery shipments of sustainable produce and other grocery productssubscription service offering weekly or biweekly produce boxes with optional grocery add-ons
Types of foods delivered• fresh produce
• bread
• meats
• seafood
• plant-based proteins
• dairy
• pantry items
• fresh produce
• bread
• meats
• seafood
• dairy
• pantry items
• fresh produce
• bread
• meats
• seafood
• dairy
• pantry items
Cost$30 minimum order$30–$45 minimum order$15 minimum order
Shipping costs$5.50 per order$4.99–$8.99 per order$3.49 per order or free for orders over $29.99
Delivery area all states except Hawaii, Alaska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, and WyomingWest Coast, Midwest, NortheastEast Coast, South Florida, Detroit, Michigan

Keep in mind there are also several other produce delivery services, including Farm Fresh to You, Farmbox Direct, and Farm to People.

However, these services are not available in all areas, nor do they necessarily offer the same variety as Misfits Market.

Misfits Market is a company aimed at reducing food waste and providing fresh and affordable produce, along with sustainably sourced groceries.

I personally appreciated the flexibility the service offers by allowing you to order only when you want, and that the high quality grocery items I received were — in some instances — less expensive than what I’d pay at my local grocery store.

Overall, I’d recommend Misfits Market to anyone looking to save money, reduce food waste, and experiment with new fruits and vegetables.

FAQs

Does misfits Market reduce food waste? ›

Misfits Market was founded specifically to help reduce food waste. And so far, the company is confident that it's succeeding in its mission. In its 2021 year-end report, Misfits Market reported that it had rescued 228,531,504 pounds of food since its founding, with over 128 million pounds of this being rescued in 2021.

Does Misfits actually cheaper? ›

Yes, Misfits Market will save you money.

The grocery store's total cost was $62.90, well above the $40 I paid Misfits Market. That $40 included shipping, too. That's a savings of over $20! As for online grocers, we've done several comparisons and Amazon Fresh consistently comes in as the cheapest.

Is Misfits cheaper than the grocery store? ›

With the tagline “Always fresh, sometimes normal,” Misfits Market is a produce subscription service that delivers non-GMO and certified organic produce to your doorstep. According to the company, these fruits and veggies are offered at prices that are up to 40% cheaper than what you'd pay at the grocery store.

Is Misfits Market environmentally friendly? ›

Misfits Market, while slightly more expensive, provides mostly organic produce and other sustainably sourced food items. While they differ in cost and product selection, both companies offer a convenient and sustainable way to eat more fresh produce.

Is Misfits Market cheaper than Walmart? ›

The short answer is yes. Misfits Market is cheaper than buying organic produce at your local grocery store, including Walmart. Most of Misfits Market products are certified organic and free of GMOs, so it's just like shopping the luxurious (and expensive) organic section of your local grocery store.

Is Misfits a good deal? ›

The prices are definitely lower than tradition grocery stores (as are TJ's), and every single product that arrived was super high-quality and fresh. Everything was at peak ripeness, there were no substitutes, and everything looked exactly like how it was advertised on Misfits.

How much is misfits monthly? ›

A membership to Misfits Market is free, and there's no set fee. You simply choose how much to spend on grocery items each week in the online marketplace (the minimum spend per delivery is $30.00). You're never obligated to buy, and you can skip delivery any week you like.

Where does misfit Market get their food? ›

Misfits Market sources ingredients from partnering farms and food hubs across the Americas. Typically, the company buys foods that would have otherwise been discarded as a result of oversupply, packaging updates, approaching best-by dates, or other similar reasons.

Can you cancel misfits Market at any time? ›

Yes, customers can cancel their subscription at any time. It's also easy to adjust the amount of shipments and frequency, so you can use Misfits Market on your own schedule.

How much does it cost to join misfits Market? ›

The service helps reduce food waste by offering fruits and vegetables that people may not find at their local supermarket. Joining Misfits Market is free, and a person can choose from more than 500 products, including meat, seafood, and dairy.

How does Misfits Market make money? ›

[2:25] - Misfits Market resell grocery items via a subscription box at a substantial discount. They're able to offer that discount as the items aren't sold via supermarkets due to things like their looks, mislabeling.

How much is misfits Market cost? ›

Misfits Market vs. Imperfect Foods — which one should you try?
Misfits Market
Cost of grocery itemsOn average, 20 items costs $50 total
Shipping fee$6.99
Delivery dayYou choose the day
Delivery areasMost zipcodes in the lower 48 states
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What is the difference between misfits and imperfect foods? ›

While Misfits relies on third-party companies to deliver its groceries, Imperfect Foods owns its network of more than 450 delivery vans. That gives the latter more control over delivery schedules and the customer experience, said Ramesh.

Does imperfect foods really reduce waste? ›

Some people might not trust a for-profit, venture capital–backed company to act with the planet's best intentions in mind, he said, but they should trust the results: In the last three years, Imperfect Produce claims to have saved 30 million pounds of food and 900 million gallons of water from being wasted.

Is Misfits Market the same as imperfect foods? ›

NEW YORK — Misfits Market will acquire Imperfect Foods, creating a combined business set to surpass $1 billion in sales and reach profitability by early 2024.

Who is the owner of misfits market? ›

Abhi Ramesh - Founder & CEO - Misfits Market | LinkedIn.

How do I cancel my subscription to misfits? ›

Cancellation Policy

Your Weekly Grocery Plan can be cancelled from your account management page under the Need a break? section. You may also pause your account from this section or skip an upcoming order. You can find this section in your My Plan page.

Is Hungry harvest cheaper? ›

How Much Does Hungry Harvest Cost? Hungry Harvest boxes start at just $15 each, which is incredibly affordable when compared to the price you'd pay at the supermarket. There are three different box sizes to choose from, the bigger the box, the more loot you'll get.

Which produce subscription box is best? ›

Best Produce Delivery Services in 2022
  • Misfits Market. Best produce box for saving money. See at Misfits Market.
  • The Fruit Guys. Best for fruit lovers. See at The Fruit Guys.
  • Perfectly Imperfect Produce. Best for families. ...
  • Farmbox Direct. Best for seasonal fare. ...
  • From the Farmer. Best for organic produce.
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Are vegetable boxes worth it? ›

Fruit and veg boxes offer good value compared to a supermarket, however you may pay a premium for going organic. I don't normally buy organic so I'm probably paying a little more now I've made the switch. However I definitely think it's worth it due to the social and environmental benefits described above.

How is misfit foods doing? ›

Misfit Foods is now known as Phil's Finest

It's only been about a year since Misfit Foods appeared on "Shark Tank," and in that time the biggest news is that the company has rebranded. It's now known as "Phil's Finest." Part of the reason for the rebrand is the company's history.

Does imperfect foods really reduce waste? ›

Some people might not trust a for-profit, venture capital–backed company to act with the planet's best intentions in mind, he said, but they should trust the results: In the last three years, Imperfect Produce claims to have saved 30 million pounds of food and 900 million gallons of water from being wasted.

Where does Misfits Market get its food? ›

Misfits Market sources ingredients from partnering farms and food hubs across the Americas. Typically, the company buys foods that would have otherwise been discarded as a result of oversupply, packaging updates, approaching best-by dates, or other similar reasons.

Where does the food from misfits Market come from? ›

Misfits Market actually buys from some farmers' co-ops that run these CSAs and deliver the produce straight to your door, in addition to the other sustainably sourced groceries from a wider variety of categories.

Are Misfits Market and imperfect foods the same company? ›

The e-grocery acquisition combines two companies with very similar sustainability-focused brands and growth narratives. Both Misfits Market and Imperfect Foods were established as outlets specializing in misshapen produce that would otherwise get thrown out.

How much is misfits monthly? ›

A membership to Misfits Market is free, and there's no set fee. You simply choose how much to spend on grocery items each week in the online marketplace (the minimum spend per delivery is $30.00). You're never obligated to buy, and you can skip delivery any week you like.

How much does it cost to join misfits Market? ›

The service helps reduce food waste by offering fruits and vegetables that people may not find at their local supermarket. Joining Misfits Market is free, and a person can choose from more than 500 products, including meat, seafood, and dairy.

Are imperfect foods worth it 2022? ›

I've been an Imperfect customer since 2020. During the pandemic, it really helped ease grocery shopping anxieties. Since then, the selection has only gotten better and the box remains our main source of groceries. I find the quality of foods to be great, the customer service is prompt and delivery is seamless.

Can you cancel misfits Market at any time? ›

Yes, customers can cancel their subscription at any time. It's also easy to adjust the amount of shipments and frequency, so you can use Misfits Market on your own schedule.

How does Misfits Market make money? ›

[2:25] - Misfits Market resell grocery items via a subscription box at a substantial discount. They're able to offer that discount as the items aren't sold via supermarkets due to things like their looks, mislabeling.

Who is the owner of misfits Market? ›

Abhi Ramesh - Founder & CEO - Misfits Market | LinkedIn.

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