We're always looking for ways to eat locally, sustainable, and affordably all at the same time. The newest trick up our sleeve? Imperfect Produce.
It essentially works like a CSA but rather than gathering produce from a single farm or co-op, they purchase and distribute produce that can't pass the stringent aesthetic requirements of grocery stores. And let me tell you...besides a few dings here and a couple smaller pieces there (and far larger ones too!), it's actually turned out to be far better produce than what I can find at our local grocery stores. Not to mention that it's at about half or a third of the price and gets delivered right to my apartment building. Local, sustainable, simple. Three of my favorite things.
I could gush for a very long time but it would never convey how excited I am. It's been two years now since I've gotten to work regularly in a farmer's market and my heart has missed the excitement of trading for whatever's left at the end of the day and finding new recipes for the spoils.
I didn't really know how much I'd missed it until our first box arrived and filled the gaps in our fridge, pantry, and counter with luscious greens and boxes of berries for jamming.
I sense our weekly stone soup dinners will return with a vengeance in the fall as the temperature dips and we find ourselves with an abundance of vegetables begging to be turned into hot meals for everyone.
Have you ever gotten a CSA or tried Imperfect Produce? What are your tips and tricks? Leave a comment below to share your thoughts.
This post is fueled by my love of abundant produce and sustainable living. All opinions are my own. I have not received any compensation in any form for writing this blog post.