A tomato with bulby growths, a scarred zucchini, oranges with mottled skin—aside from being “ugly” in the eyes of most, they contribute to an astonishingly high level of annual food waste. Farms know not even to distribute them to grocery stores because they won’t sell, and per the U.S. Department of Agriculture, these make up a sizable chunk of the 30 to 40 percent of the food supply ends up in landfills each year.
But now there’s an option in Southwest Florida that’s letting people get these perfectly tasty but unloved fruits and veggies delivered to their door.
Krazykrops, founded last year by Melissa Bazley after a stint volunteering post-Irma in Immokalee where she witnessed the practice firsthand, puts together boxes of these deeply discounted goods for its local subscribers. Priced by the pound (starting at $15 for 9 pounds), a diverse mix of conventional and organics show up at your door depending on how often you want them. They might include bright pink watermelon radishes, bunches of cilantro, ears of corn, heads of romaine, bananas, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, zucchini and more.
It’s a chance to save a few dollars—and do your part to save the planet, which, especially in this day and age, is priceless.