The Fare Trade Food Subscription Box Review – September 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
This month they even included a tote bag!
My Subscription Addiction pays for this subscription. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
The Subscription Box: The Fare Trade
The Cost: $65 a month
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 chef Jeff Mahin.
Each food item comes with a corresponding recipe card.
Mustard and Co. Classic Mustard – Value $7
Empire Mayonnaise White Truffle Mayo – Value $8
We’ve tried both of these products before thanks to subscription boxes and they are equally excellent so I’m happy to have more!
Olivelle Sundried Tomato Balsamic Vinegar – Value $8
Olivelle Blood Orange Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Value $9
I am always happy to get olive oils in subscription boxes – they last until I need them, and I love trying out different flavors. Both of these sound delicious.
Grist + Toll Sonora White Flour – Value $10?
I can’t find this for sale online, so I’m estimating the value. And since I can’t eat gluten this is going to my mom!
Le Bon Garcon Caramels – Bonus
Jacobsen Salt Co. Oregon Flake Salt – Value $11.95
Typically The Fare Trade includes a little dessert type item in addition to the main food selections for the month. (And these caramels are Oprah approved!)
Verdict: This month’s box has a retail value of about $54. I paid less than that with my Gilt City deal, so I’m happy with the value, but in general I’d say this box does not come even in terms of value with the monthly cost of the box. This is the same with Mantry, and both subscriptions put a lot of time and money into presentation and curation, so it’s a trade-off to keep in mind. I am really impressed with all the food items selected this month, and I love that they make unique recipes for each item!
What do you think of The Fare Trade?