As many of us are becoming more eco-conscious about what we throw out, food waste has become a priority for many individuals. The issue isn’t restricted to only what you throw out each week; food waste also concerns the food that doesn’t make it to your local grocery store. Flashfoodbox is stepping up to address the problem of produce that does not meet the retail standards of grocery stores by buying this produce directly from local farmers, including a local greenhouse, and delivering it to your home on a weekly basis.
Flashfoodbox contains 8-9 pounds of irregular or “ugly” fruits and vegetables that farmers can’t sell to grocery stores. The food box contains enough produce for 1-4 people depending on your weekly fruits and veggies intake. [Disclosure: I received a complimentary Flashfoodbox in order to write this review.]
When I received my Flashfoodbox, I was curious to see how irregular the produce was. First of all, here is a list of what was contained in my food box (this will vary from week-to-week depending on what local farmers have to offer):
- 3 large tomatoes
- 3 large orange and red bell peppers
- 3 potatoes
- 4 beets
- 2 white onions
- 1 cucumber
- 1 bag of white mushrooms
- 11 mini sweet mini peppers
To be honest, most of this produce looked like the vegetables I buy at my local grocery store although the cucumber was a bit narrow at one end and one of the potatoes wasn’t perfectly shaped. I couldn’t see anything wrong with the tomatoes, peppers or mushrooms. One of the bell peppers had a little ding in it, but I see vegetables at my grocery store with dings in them too! Also, everything was fresh – this is not a food box that contains produce that is nearing its best before date. Quite frankly, I’m amazed that farmers were not able to sell this produce to grocery stores!
Flashfoodbox has just launched in Toronto, the GTA and London, Ontario. You can select which fruits and vegetables you would like delivered each week, keeping in mind what is in season locally. The cost of a Flashfoodbox is $26.50 each week and that includes shipping. When I added up what I received in my Flashfoodbox, there was at least $21-$22 in produce so this is offers good value.
Flashfood already has an app on iOS and Android where grocery stores such as Longos, Farm Boy and Buy-Low Foods post their high quality produce, which is nearing its best before date, at reduced prices. Buyers can buy the produce through the Flashfood app and then pick their produce up in store. This way, it reduces food waste showing up in landfills.
Flashfood is offering great services to minimize food waste. I was really pleased with the Flashfoodbox I received and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Flashfoodbox to my readers.