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The Fare Trade Food Subscription Box Review – November 2014

The Fare Trade Food Subscription Box Review – November 2014 Box

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.

My Subscription Addiction pays for this subscription. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).

The Fare Trade Food Subscription Box Review – November 2014 Items

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

Check out all of my Fare Trade reviews, and the Food Subscription Box Directory for similar boxes!

The Fare Trade Food Subscription Box Review – November 2014 Info

Each box is curated by a different chef. This month is curated by Chef Michael Rotondo.

The Fare Trade Food Subscription Box Review – November 2014 Item Info


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.

The Fare Trade Food Subscription Box Review – November 2014 Letter

The Fare Trade Food Subscription Box Review – November 2014 Recipe

Each food item comes with a corresponding recipe card.

The Fare Trade Food Subscription Box Review – November 2014 Mina

Savour This Kitchen Seafarer Spice Blend – Value $5

Mina Harissa Moroccan Red Pepper Sauce – Value $9

This spice blend is made with ginger, sumac, garlic, fennel seed, parsley, tarragon and basil. I like that there are is no added salt or sugar, and it’s a unique mix compared to what I have in my pantry currently! (It’s paired with the recipe for Salman Tartare with Seafarer Spiced Potato Chips).

This red pepper sauce is another item made with all natural and simple ingredients. It’s paired with the recipe for Mediterranean Salad with Harissa Yogurt Dressing. (The letter also included some other suggested uses: adding to hummus, dips, etc. and dolloping atop eggs for breakfast).

The Fare Trade Food Subscription Box Review – November 2014 Jam

Brooklyn Brine Co. Maple Bourbon Bread & Butter PIckles – Value $8.34

Wallace Comestibles Blueberry Conserve Jam – Value $7?

These pickles are made with maple syrup and bourbon! I’m sure my husband will love these. And the blueberry jam isn’t a traditional just-sweet jam. It also has lemon, ginger and black pepper, so it’s still sweet but also works for other dishes like the included recipe: Pork Belly Steamed Buns with Picked Ginger Blueberry Conserve.

(The recipe for the pickles is New England Style Crab Roll with Brooklyn Brine Remoulade.

The Fare Trade Food Subscription Box Review – November 2014 Rice


Red Lake Nations Brown & Wild Rice – Value $2.69

(And Bonus Caramels)

I cook with rice a lot, so I’m always happy to get more in subscriptions boxes! This one is paired with the recipe for Autumn Wild Rice Soup with Pickled Apples and Curry Oil.

Verdict: This box has a food retail value of about $32. I think this may be the lowest value box from Fare Trade I’ve received. Fortunately I didn’t pay full price for this box thanks to my Gilt City deal, but I would be disappointed if I did. Both the presentation and curation of this box are excellent, but I wouldn’t recommend it if you are looking for a good retail value box. If you’re looking for unique food items and exclusive recipes to try though – it’s definitely well done.

What do you think of the November Fare Trade box?

Written by Liz Cadman

Liz Cadman

Liz is the founder of My Subscription Addiction. She’s been hooked on subscription boxes since 2011 thanks to Birchbox, and she now subscribes to over 100 boxes. Her favorites include POPSUGAR Must Have, FabFitFun, and any box that features natural beauty products!

Posted in Food & Drink Subscription Boxes, Subscription Box Reviews, The Fare Trade Reviews| 12 comments

Comments (12)

  1. I wonder how many people have pork belly available to them? It’s not a common food item in a lot of food markets.

    • Pork belly is just unsliced bacon. You can probably get it by asking at the meat counter even if it’s not stocked on the shelves. That being said, even though we live in a city with lots of grocery stores, my husband would sign up for a pork belly subscription in a quick second.

      I’ve also seen recipes substituting spare ribs for the pork belly.

      I’m really enjoying seeing what’s in this subscription because the recipes seem to have good twists on classic dishes. Blueberry ginger sauce instead of BBQ sauce on a pork bun sounds cool.

  2. I agree that the box as well as the last two boxes are not worth the cost…fun to see the box and find interesting items but very few are used by our family. Not a good value

  3. If there is anything in that box you don’t want, swap with me! Yummmmm!

    • It us a really good box though it is expensive. Right now on their website you can do a gift (do it to yourself) and get the December box which looks awesome.

  4. Liz – do you know of any subscription boxes that send out a box of spices? I would totally dig getting a box of different spices each month!

      • Liz have you tried I looked for reviews on google and couldn’t find any.

      • I also could not find any reviews. Also I went to check out and it said 37.00 total for three months. Yet the site says 6.00 a month which would be 18.00 total

      • When Liz posted that link, I went and signed up for three months. It IS $18, plus $1 for “tax,” so I paid $19 total. $36 for six months.

      • Also, I paid through Paypal, so I feel pretty secure about it.

      • I think they are a new sub. I may sign up especially with the sub accepting PayPal.

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