Farm to People Tasting Box Subscription Review – Feb 2015
The Farm to People Tasting Box is a monthly subscription that features handpicked indie food items. Every box contains an eclectic mix of products from jams to pickles, sweets to condiments, and body care to food magazines. All food items featured are locally crafted, small-batch items, have no GMOs or artificial ingredients, and are humanely produced.
This box was sent to us for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
The Box: Farm to People Tasting Box
The Cost: $29.95/month for the Casual Foodie box and $49.95/month for the Food Critic box.
The Products: 5 to 8 handpicked indie food items (or 2-3, in the Casual Foodie Box) that are locally crafted, small-batch made, have no GMOs or artificial ingredients, and are humanely produced.
Ships to: US
This is a review of the Food Critic box.
Each month has a different theme, and this month’s is all about heating things up and adding some spiciness.
Each box comes with an informational card with details and small blurbs about each product. The red dots on each item indicate that it was included in the smaller, “Casual Foodie” box, and the blue dot indicates that the items were in the larger, “Food Critic” box.
Tumbador Holey Molé Chocolate – 2.1 oz, value: $3.33
Molly & Me Pecans All Natural Sweet Heat Pecans – 7 oz, value: $9.33
This dark chocolate bar has toasted almonds and toffee bits, and molé. This chocolate has a really nice texture to it, and the heat is more of an aftertaste and isn’t too intense.
I didn’t expect to be a fan of these sweet and spicy almonds, but I actually like them alright! They’re sweet, have a great crunchy texture, and the spice feels balanced. I probably wouldn’t have tried these if they weren’t featured in a box, but I definitely like them more than I expected!
Empire Mayonnaise Sriracha Mayonnaise – 4 oz, value: $7.50
Fat Toad Farm Farmstead Goat’s Milk Salted Bourbon Caramel – 2 oz, value: $3.50
This mayonnaise sounds like a great idea! I don’t personally love sriracha but I know a lot of people do, and having it in mayo form sounds like it’d make great additions to recipes or sandwiches, or even with French fries (as a dip). I also love that it’s made with cage-free eggs and non-GMO canola oil.
After reading about Fat Toad Farm’s process for making their goat’s milk caramel, I was really excited to taste this caramel. It’s definitely not too sweet, like they advertise, but unfortunately I’m not a fan of the boozy taste the bourbon adds. I’ll be passing this along to a friend, though.
2 Armadillos Spicy Cayenne Crispy Chickpeas – 3 oz, value: $3.95
The Jam Stand Raspberry Jalapeño Jam – 8 oz, value: $10
Homesweet Homegrown Orange Crush Sauce – 5 oz, value: $6
These chickpeas are crunchy, and the flavor from the cayenne and chili powder is really good. They’re definitely spicy, though!
My mom loves crackers with cream cheese and jalapeño jam. While I’ve never been brave enough to try a spicy jam yet myself, this raspberry and jalapeño jam sounded balanced enough for me to brave a taste. I have to say that I’m a fan! This really isn’t spicy exactly, but it tastes like a not-too-sweet raspberry flavor.
We don’t really use hot sauce in our house, so this Orange Crush sauce will be passed along or swapped. It sounds interesting, though – it’s made with orange habaneros, carrots, apple cider vinegar, and orange juice. They also used chia seeds as a natural thickener and preservative!
Verdict: I’m not generally one for spicy foods so I wasn’t sure how I would feel about the February Farm to People box. Ultimately, though, I’m alright with it – I got to try new things and I enjoyed learning about the different companies. As far as value goes, everything adds up to $43.61, which doesn’t quite break even with the value of the box. I wish there were a little more value, or at least a couple items I really fell in love with, but there really wasn’t. The theme of featuring spicy foods is a pretty good idea but I know that it could also be a little polarizing – I think people tend to either love spicy foods or hate them. Fortunately, there are a couple items in this box I like okay so it’s ultimately not a complete loss for me.