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Hungry Harvest Review
Everything You Need to Know About This Produce Delivery Box
- There’s a wide variety of seasonal produce.
- The portions for every subscription tier are generous.
- The packaging is, for the most part, reusable or recyclable, including the ice packs.
- The Hungry Harvest website offers tips for properly storing your produce plus recipes.
- You can create a “Never List” of fruits or vegetables you never want sent to you.
- Delivery coverage is limited, and currently only delivers to Maryland, Washington, DC, Virginia, Greater Philadelphia, Southern New Jersey, Northern Delaware, South Florida, The Triangle Area & Charlotte in North Carolina, and the Detroit Metro Area.
- Although minimal, the packaging does sometimes include plastic, particularly for fragile items like shishito peppers or loose greens.
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About Hungry Harvest
Hungry Harvest is a subscription box for fresh farm produce that would otherwise be wasted. In fact, each box rescues at least 10 pounds of food from the landfill. That means some items might be a little bruised or misshapen, but every Harvest, as the boxes are called, will always be delicious. The company wants to inspire people to be adventurous and creative with their food, finding new ways to use both familiar and unfamiliar fruits and vegetables. With pricing competitive with your local grocery store or farmers market, this subscription box can also make your weekly food shopping much simpler by delivering fresh produce right to your door.
How does Hungry Harvest work?
You choose the amount of produce you need and the frequency (either weekly or bi-weekly), then you get a customization window to choose your preferred seasonal fruits and veggies (or, just veggies if you sign up for a veggie-only box). If you don’t customize, you’ll get a standard selection of produce, which changes depending on what is in season.
Can I customize my box?
Before each weekly or biweekly shipment, you’ll receive an email to customize your box or add on extra items to your order. You can also add items to your Never List, which means if you hate carrots, you can make sure they are never packed in your deliveries.
Is the produce organic?
Some of the produce is organic. You can sign up specifically for organic-only boxes depending on your location. These boxes include produce that is certified USDA organic.
Where is the produce sourced?
Hungry Harvest sources its produce from partner farmers and wholesalers. Sometimes, the boxes will contain local produce, but the mission is to rescue produce more so than to source local items. In colder seasons, Hungry Harvest typically works with farmers in warmer climates.
How do I cancel?
Canceling, pausing, or setting vacation mode can all be done online through your account settings, so you don’t have to sit on hold over the phone if you no longer want a Hungry Harvest subscription.
How to Sign Up for Hungry Harvest
The sign-up process is pretty simple and straightforward, but you can’t actually even preview the boxes without first confirming that Hungry Harvest is available in your area.
- Enter your address. If Hungry Harvest does not deliver to your address, you’ll get the option to sign-up for a waitlist to be notified if/when this subscription is available to you.
- Select the Harvest box you want, along with how many boxes and the frequency.
- Select the first delivery date.
- The box is added to your cart.
- Click “Join” at the top of the page.
- Create your account and input payment information.
- After ordering, you’ll receive an email once the customization window opens. During this time, you can customize your box and add on extra produce if you’d like.
What I Loved
My starter box, the Full Harvest, left me really impressed and exceeded my expectations. I expected mostly bruised, blemished produce in small quantities, but I received the exact opposite.
Variety of Produce
I received several different items, both fruit and vegetables, including some gorgeous honey mangoes that I can’t always find at the grocery store. I received the box directly from Hungry Harvest, so I didn’t test the customization option, but even without, I received eight different types of produce.
The prices for each box are in line with what I typically pay for produce at the local farmers market or grocery store, perhaps even slightly cheaper.
The company’s mission is to rescue produce that would otherwise go to waste. That means items that are “ugly”, blemished, scratched, misshapen, too large, or too small. For the most part, everything I received was in nearly perfect condition. My nectarines were smaller than normal, but I received a huge bag of them. The apples were the best-looking apples I’d ever seen. The red potatoes were massive, and the kale was not limp, torn, or browning in any way.
I cannot emphasize enough how huge the red potatoes were! I received a large bag of nectarines, several apples, an abundance of shishito peppers, and so many snap peas that they tore through their paper bag.
Room for Improvement
When I first open the cardboard box, I only noticed brown paper packing inside. But upon closer inspection, multiple items were wrapped in plastic bags. Luckily, I can easily recycle the plastic bags, but not all municipalities will accept this. It would be great to see more items in paper bags or even paper clamshell containers.
What to Expect in a Hungry Harvest Delivery
If you’re considering subscribing to Hungry Harvest, here’s what to know about pricing, delivery, and the produce.
There are several subscription options with prices ranging from $15 to $42, so you can find something to suit your budget. Costs can change when you opt to customize your box, but each subscription does have a minimum cost, which are listed below.
- Mini Harvest: $15
- Mini Organic Harvest: $28
- Mini Veggie Harvest: $18
- Full Harvest: $25
- Full Organic Harvest: $34
- Full Veggie Harvest: $30
- Super Harvest: $33
- Super Organic Harvest: $42
Deliveries come either weekly or bi-weekly, and you can select the delivery date during checkout.
The food is sent in a large cardboard box packed with paper fill. Some delicate items are stored in paper or thick plastic bags, and there are reusable/recyclable ice packs in the package as well.
The produce you receive depends on what is in season. Each box is best suited for a certain number of people and how many times your household cooks a week. You do have the option to choose vegetable-only and/or organic-only boxes.
- Mini Harvest: 1 type of green, 3 types of veggies, 2-3 types of fruit. Often, this is a great box for those that cook 2-4 times a week. 1-2 people
- Mini Organic Harvest: 1 type of green, 3 types of veggies, 2-3 types of fruit.
- Mini Veggie Harvest: 1-2 types of greens, 4-6 types of veggies. This is a great box for those that cook 2-4 times a week. 1-4 people
- Full Harvest: 1 type of green, 2-4 types of veggies, 2-4 types of fruit. Often, this is a great box for those that cook 4-5 nights of the week; 2-3 people
- Full Organic Harvest: 1 type of green, 2-4 types of veggies, 2-4 types of fruit. Often, this is a great box for those that cook 4-5 nights of the week; 2-3 people
- Full Veggie Harvest: 1-3 types of greens, 4-9 types of veggies Often, this is a great box for those that cook 4-7 times a week. 3-5 people
- Super Harvest: 1-2 types of greens, 4-7 types of veggies, 2-5 types of fruit; 4-7 people cooking most of the week
- Super Organic Harvest: 1-2 types of greens, 4-7 types of veggies, 2-5 types of fruit; 4-7 people cooking most of the week
Our Test Delivery in August 2021
I received the Full Harvest box, which is ideal for a household of 2 or 3 people who cook 4 to 5 nights a week.
I received one leafy green, kale, and four other veggies: snap peas, shishito peppers, squash, and red potatoes. My box also contained apples, nectarines, and mangoes. The box contained more than enough food to feed three people, although I enjoyed this feast solo.
How We Used It
With this much food, I did eat some raw, some cooked, and some I preserved for later.
I tried the apples and mango raw, but I cooked nearly everything else. I used the nectarines to make a nectarine butter, and I shredded and froze some of the red potatoes for easy hash browns.
What We Thought
This produce was seriously delicious. As soon as the box came, I had to have an apple. It was so fresh and sweet, without a blemish in sight. I had originally thought I’d make apple butter with these, but I ended up eating them all fresh, some with peanut butter, because I loved them so much.
Most of the produce I roasted or sautéed, and it was just as good as the produce I pick up at the market each week. When I reached for the kale about four days after the delivery, I found it still in great condition rather than wilting in the crisper drawer—a true testament to the quality and freshness of the food.
Hungry Harvest vs. Misfits Market
Misfits Market is a similar produce and grocery delivery service, but Misfits Market is not a traditional monthly subscription. Instead, it’s a free membership, through which you can order organic groceries that would otherwise be thrown out. Each week or every other week, you get a shopping window where you’ll do your grocery shopping online, and you’ll need to meet a minimum $30 order fee. If you don’t build an order during the shopping window with Misfits Market, you won’t get a delivery. With Hungry Harvest, you get recurring deliveries based on what ingredients are in season, and you pay the cost of the subscription you choose.
Misfits Market has a wider delivery range, but it still isn’t available in many places. Misfits Market delivers to most zip codes in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Maine, Ohio, West Virginia, Washington, D.C., Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Texas, Mississippi, Missouri, Louisiana, Arkansas, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Utah, Idaho, Colorado, Kansas, Nevada, Washington, and Oregon.
Is Hungry Harvest Worth It?
With fair pricing, huge portions, and top-notch produce, I’d love to order Hungry Harvest again. Everything I cooked or ate tasted great, and many of the items stayed fresh for several days thanks to the website’s tips for properly storing produce. I was lucky enough to receive a tester box, but unfortunately, Hungry Harvest isn’t available for subscription deliveries in my area just yet. But if you input your address in the website and Hungry Harvest is available to you, I’d highly recommend giving it a try.
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