The 6 Best Produce Delivery Services of 2020

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Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Imperfect Foods

"They partner with more than 200 farms in a range of sizes, from small co-ops to big corporate endeavors."

Best for Picky Eaters: Farmbox Direct

"The company delivers nationwide and donates a pound of food to a New York City food bank for every two boxes sold."

Best for Avid Cooks: The Chef's Garden

"This facility is home to the Culinary Vegetable Institute, where top chefs go to experiment with different produce items."

Best for Supporting Small Farms: The FruitGuys

"It’s a Certified B Corporation and a major player in the produce delivery business, with 15 hubs around the country."

Best for Juicers: Raw Generation

"You can’t customize the box, but the contents are ideal for juicing and soups."

Best for Specialty Items: Melissa’s Produce

"The company offers the Organic Produce box filled with 17 pounds of seasonal organic produce."

Best Overall: Imperfect Foods

Imperfect Foods

Imperfect Foods 

Imperfect Foods launched in 2015 with the goal of getting imperfect, misshapen, and under- or over-sized produce onto people's plates—at about 30 percent cheaper than grocery store prices. Since then, the company has grown in size, delivering in regions across the country and partnering with more than 200 farms from small co-ops to big corporate endeavors. And good news for those who want to support local farms: According to Imperfect Foods' website, 78 percent of its produce is sourced from family farms or cooperatives.

Although the service isn't available in all zip codes just yet, the San Francisco-based company delivers to the West Coast and parts of the Midwest, South, and Northeast. Enter your zip code on the website to find out if the service delivers to you.

The company's subscription service, Imperfect Produce, is a weekly or bi-weekly delivery. Your delivery day depends on your zip code, and select locations have a $30 order minimum requirement. You can change, pause, or cancel at any time.

Once you sign up, you'll have the choice between certified organic or conventionally grown produce. Each week the company fills the box with 11 to 13 pounds of available produce, and you’ll have a few days before it ships to customize it as you see fit. There’s no limit to the changes you can make.

You can also add other grocery items like responsibly sourced meat, seafood, dairy, snacks, and grains. You can even subscribe to those items to ensure you get several servings of them each week. Not all of the produce items are imperfect, but some might be too close to their expiration date for a supermarket to take; be aware that you may have to eat these fruits and veggies soon after receiving them.

A regular 11- to 13-pound box of conventional produce is around $16, and delivery costs range from $5-$6.

Best for Picky Eaters: Farmbox Direct

Farmbox Direct

Farmbox Direct

Farmbox Direct makes it easy to order produce to your door and feel good about it. Launched in 2014 by Ashley Tyrner, a single mom working in New York City’s fashion industry who wanted an easier way to get fresh produce, the company now delivers to zip codes all across the country. As a sustainable investment, it donates a pound of food to a New York City food bank for every two boxes sold.

Choose between small, medium, and large boxes, with a mix of seasonal fruit and vegetables, or all fruit or all vegetables. The box sizes are based on how many meals you can make with the produce: a small box makes three to four meals, a medium box makes four to five meals, and a large box makes five or more meals. The small box costs around $44, the medium box is about $49, and the large box costs roughly $54. Shipping is free on all orders.

Click the menu button for each option to see what, and how much, is in the box. You can pay a little more for an all-organic box or opt for the cheaper, conventionally grown option. The all-organic boxes cost about $48 for a small, $58 for a medium, and $69 for a large.

The company also sells boxes of green, orange, or red produce for juicing. Each of these costs around $58 and contains enough ingredients for several cups of juice.

You can customize a box each week with up to five substitutions, either via the website or the mobile app. The produce comes with recipe cards to spark your creativity in the kitchen.

Boxes are made with eco-friendly, biodegradable, and easy-to-recycle packaging. The company is a zero-waste business.

Best for Avid Cooks: The Chef's Garden

The Chef's Garden

The Chef's Garden

The Chef’s Garden isn’t just another Ohio farm—it’s a legendary producer of ingredients for some of the most acclaimed and celebrated chefs around the world, including Joël Robuchon, Grant Achatz, and Eric Ripert. The farm is the source of the baby vegetables and microgreens that adorn their Michelin-starred plates. It’s also home to the Culinary Vegetable Institute, where these same top chefs can go to experiment with all that produce in every stage of its life, right where it’s grown.

The Chef’s Garden has always had a steady business overnighting its pristine, sustainably grown produce to top restaurants around the world, but it recently began offering delivery boxes to home cooks around the country. It also offers a series of Provision Packs with meat and vegetables specially selected by its famed patrons like Daniel Boulud.

In terms of straight produce, there are seven boxes to choose from, depending if you want a collection of vegetables aimed at “immunity-boosting” or “detoxifying,” or simply the best, freshest produce of the season. You can also add other items from the farm, such as edible flowers and honeycomb, to your box.

Although the boxes shift weekly, each shipment is likely to contain a mix of fresh greens like spinach and kale, lettuce, squash, beets, asparagus, and microgreens like mustard, sage, sorrel, and basil. Veggies range in size from micro, baby, or full-grown.

Boxes contain enough greens and produce for one to two people per week, and usually start around $59. Shipping is included in the price.

Best for Supporting Small Farms: The FruitGuys

The FruitGuys

The FruitGuys

The FruitGuys started in 1998 as a way to stock San Francisco-area offices with healthy fruit for snacking. Now it’s a Certified B Corporation and a major player in the produce delivery business with 15 hubs around the country.

The produce you get depends on where you live, since most of it comes from small, sustainable family farms located near the regional hubs. This means you'll be getting the freshest, most local produce possible. And, of course, the selection changes with the seasons.

Either way, customers can choose between several different boxes—all fruit or all vegetables, a mix, conventionally grown or organic, snacking staples like apples and pears, or a more varied assortment.

The FruitGuys offers a subscription service for produce boxes that features weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly options, but customers can place a one-time order as well. The boxes range from a Harvest Mix box with non-GMO produce like apples, bananas, pears, and plums to a Staples Mix with locally grown apples, citrus, and bananas. Prices are around $30 for a small box (16 servings) and about $80 for a large box (up to 50 servings).

There is also a fresh fruit and veggie box that can include staples like asparagus, avocados, potatoes, and cucumbers. These boxes cost around $44 for a medium box and roughly $67 for a large. Shipping is usually a flat $5 if you live in the vicinity of a hub, although it may be more if you live farther away.

Best for Juicers: Raw Generation

Raw Generation

Raw Generation

Raw Generation is a one-stop shop for juice cleanses. From caffeinated energy drinks to keto meal replacement shakes and immunity shots, if it’s healthy and comes in a bottle, Raw Generation delivers it. For those who like to do their juicing at home with fresh produce, the company also delivers boxes of the same ingredients it uses in its ready-to-drink products.

The Raw Generation produce box features 25 pounds of seasonal fruits or vegetables, and you can choose options for just vegetables, just fruit, or a mix of both. You can’t customize the box, but the contents are ideal for juicing and soups.

The ingredients are 100 percent plant-based, with no added sugars, preservatives, gluten, dairy, or soy. Boxes contain a wide variety of fresh produce such as red and green apples, avocados, Brussels sprouts, and baby carrots.

The typical cost of the box is around $110. Shipping is free to regions along the East Coast and parts of the Midwest. Delivery to other states carries an extra fee that is calculated at checkout.

Best for Specialty Items: Melissa’s Produce

Melissa’s Produce

Melissa’s Produce

You’ve probably seen the Melissa’s Produce logo at the supermarket, usually on super-fresh ingredients like turmeric roots or finger limes. That’s because Melissa’s Produce excels at sourcing specialty items for stores and restaurants all across the country.

The Southern California-based company has been around for decades, branching out from supplying unusual and rare ingredients to include a full range of organic produce and staples.

The company offers the Organic Family Box filled with 17 pounds of seasonal organic produce for $57. The box includes greens like kale, chard, and lettuce, vegetables like zucchini, broccoli, beets, and celery, and fresh fruits like apples, lemons, and pears.

Delivery requires two-day FedEx shipping for about $47, depending on where you live, although there is no shipping charge to Southern California addresses between Santa Barbara and San Diego. This isn't technically a subscription-based service, so you'll have to purchase the box again when you want another shipment.

Melissa’s ships nationwide and is a great resource for a wide variety of in-season produce and hard-to-find specialty items like Okinawa sweet potatoes, starfruit, and baby vegetables.

There are also gift baskets for fruit, wines, and combinations of both, and snacks like banana and cacao mix, crunchy quinoa, and cranberry-peanut crunch.

How We Chose the Best Produce Delivery Services

When deciding which companies to include in this roundup, we looked for ones that offered something more than regular grocery delivery—whether that’s bulk produce for juicing, hard-to-find specialty items, a selection from small farms, or low prices. We wanted to represent a variety of different styles of food and eating, from fine dining with the highest-quality and rarest foods to just making juices and smoothies, so that there would be options for everyone.

We also wanted to find services that provide the best produce for reasonable or just downright cheap prices, so each service had to be affordable while still offering you the best, freshest ingredients. These companies all offer ingredients that are organic, fresh, and delicious, and offer options that are sensitive to dietary restrictions.

All of the services had to have nationwide or almost nationwide delivery, with reduced or free shipping available depending on your location, in order to reduce costs. The shipping each company offers also has to be quick, in order to keep produce fresh.

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