The Fare Trade Food Subscription Box Review – August 2014
The Fare Trade is a new gourmet food subscription box. Each month the box is curated by a different chef who pairs their food selections with their own recipes. It looked like a really interesting subscription to me, and I decided to sign up for a 6-month subscription when Gilt City was offering a deal on subscriptions. (And the same offer is back – details below!)
The Subscription Box: The Fare Trade
The Cost: $65 a month
Discount Offer: Gilt City is offering The Fare Trade subscriptions for up to 49% off! And you can save an additional 20% off with coupon code WELCOME20. That will bring the 6-month subscription down to about $26.50 a box!
The Products: Tastemaker curated products, included extra info and recipes to go with each new food item. (Bonus video content is available for subscribers as well).
Ships to: US only
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Each box is curated by a different chef. The folded card includes a note from the chef, details on each food item and why it was selected, and the menu they’ve put together. This month’s box is curated by chefs Megan and Colby Garrelts.
Each food item comes with a corresponding recipe card.
Quinn Popcorn in Just Sea Salt – Value $6
Baia Pasta Organic Durum Wheat Semolina – Value $7
I’m a big fan of Quinn Popcorn. (If you’ve seen me mention whether or not a products is BPA-free in a review, then you might already know I’m a little concerned about plastics!) This is a very expensive popcorn brand, but they use all organic ingredients and the popcorn bag is just paper so you don’t have to worry about any possible chemicals in the popcorn bag. I love the Vermont Maple version of this popcorn, and my husband loves the Rosemary Parmesan, so I had to try this Just Sea Salt version immediately to see how it compared!
Unlike other Quinn Popcorns, there are no separate pouches you mix in for the oil and seasoning – it’s just sea salt mixed with the kernels. Because of this it’s a very light snack. I would have preferred a little more salt, but this is probably the healthiest snack I’ve come across and great to have in the pantry!
The recipes for these two items: Caramel Corn with Roasted Nuts & Spice, and Twins Pasta with Crab & Prosciutto.
Pure Natural Honey – Value $8?
Joe’s Bar-B-Que Sauce in Original – Value $4.50
The recipes for these two items: Roasted Pork with Sweet & Sour Peaches, and Smoked Brisket with Joe’s BBQ Sauce
Eat Alfajores Cookie – Value $2
The Roasterie Bluestem Blend Coffee – 1.75 oz Value $2
This coffee blend smells amazing, but the recipe included calls for whole beans, and the bag included is ground.
Recipe for the coffee: Coffee Ice Cream
Verdict: I paid about $27 for this box (Gilt City deal with 6-month subscription), and I received about $30 worth of products, plus recipes. Both the curation and presentation of this box are excellent, but I would have been very disappointed in the value if I had paid full price. The other box I’ve received had a value of about $54, so I’m hoping this month is an anomaly.
What do you think of the August The Fare Trade box?