Have to plug in credit card information before you can shop
Have to use food right away
Almost guaranteed to have something arrive overripe or damaged
Can’t accommodate dietary restrictions
Written by: Natalia S
I’m a Vancouver-based mom and writer who loves to cook. Hope you enjoy!
Misfits Market is a grocery delivery service with a sustainable mission. They specialize in selling and delivering organic produce that wouldn’t normally be sold at traditional grocery stores for superficial reasons—hence the name “misfits”.
They also offer affordable meats, pantry staples, specialty treats, and wine for a one-stop shopping experience.
I recently tried Misfits Market and have included my experience and a detailed breakdown of this sustainable and affordable company below.
Misfits Market works with local farms to salvage and sell their organic produce that otherwise wouldn’t be sold in major grocery stores. For example, an organic apple will be available at a 40% discount to Misfits members because it has been bruised and wouldn’t pass the regular cosmetic standards of big-box stores.
Their meats and pantry items are also discounted due to their relationships with suppliers and the types of products they acquire. Meats, for example, are discounted due to their unusual cuts, and pantry items are often discounted because they are closer to their best before date than you would typically find at a grocery store.
The minimum order for a Misfits box is $30 and you get a 3-day shopping window based on your location. After that, your order is delivered straight to your door in an insulated box (much like meal kit delivery companies).
The one thing about their online ordering system is that you have to input your credit card information before you’re able to view their selection. This might be off-putting to some but the good news is that your card is not charged unless you place an order.
You can also modify your order anytime between your 3-day window as well as pause or cancel your membership at any time without penalty.
Unfortunately, Misfits Market cannot accommodate any allergies. Their boxes are packaged in facilities where they can’t guarantee there won’t be any cross-contamination. Misfits orders also come packed tightly so food items will be in close contact with one another during transport.
Misfits Market prices are incredibly low due to the nature of their business model. Initially, I was expecting to only save on the produce portion of my order but the majority of my items were cheaper than what I’ve paid at my local grocery store. Expect to save 20-40% on your order with a low minimum order of $30. Their shipping fees start at $6.99 and go up from there depending on your location.
Misfits delivers to nearly every zip code in every state in the contiguous US. They also have a waiting list you can join if they don’t currently deliver to your location.
Delivery dates range all the way from Monday to Sunday so your delivery date will vary based on your location (although you do get the option to select a preferred delivery date at checkout.) According to their website, you can expect your order 2-3 days after your order window closes or 1-2 days after billing.
My box arrived 2 days after I placed my order. I received a tracking number in my confirmation email which I could follow on FedEx’s website. I didn’t need to sign for my order so they just left it at my door and rang the doorbell as they dropped it off. (Note: Not every location will have the same courier service so tracking availability will vary depending on your location.)
Sustainability & Packaging
My order arrived in an insulated cardboard box with an ice pack (the packaging and presentation was similar to that of many meal kits I’ve received in the past). The items were packed tightly with some protective dividers to help separate the items. What’s nice is that the more delicate foods (such as plums) were packaged in individual clamshell containers to help reduce damage.
The cardboard box is recyclable and the insulation, protective dividers, ice pack, and clamshell containers are all compostable. Their website does say that the packing may change based on the season and what’s being packaged, so the sustainability factor of each package may vary.
Quality of Products
Product quality varied from item to item. My strawberries and plums were quite ripe but my greens looked about the same as I would expect to see in a grocery store. As for my pantry products, many of them had about a month or two left before expiration.
I did love the fact that most of their produce is organic. I feel a lot better about using things like lemon zest when I know the lemon is organic, and if you eat by the Clean 15 and Dirty Dozen, this is a great service for getting affordable organic produce.
Overall, almost everything in my order was incredibly ripe and ready to be eaten or frozen. I’d recommend planning to be in the kitchen all night after receiving your order so you can meal prep and make sure you use most of your items before they go bad.
Conclusion: Is Misfits Market Worth It?
The nature of their business model is affordability and sustainability. Because of this, you have to know what you’re getting into when you order from Misfits Market. While most of their items arrive undamaged and looking quite edible, there will be the odd item that arrives looking rather weathered and ripe.
If you have time to prep all your food right away and you are passionate about the environment and sustainability, this grocery delivery service is for you! Because the minimum order is so affordable, you can’t really lose on trying it out.
I hope this review has helped in your decision-making process! If you order from Misfits Market, I would love to hear about your experience in the comment section below.