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What March Has In Store For Your Imperfect Box

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In the produce world, March is a month of transition. For most of the country, the weather remains too cold to grow outdoors, and on the West coast, heavy rains make harvesting a slow, muddy affair. The fruit world is in a holding pattern as citrus continues to hog the limelight, while berries and stone fruit remain a fanciful summer fantasy. Hearty root vegetables threaten to overstay their welcome in the vegetable aisle (we still love to root for rutabagas) while more tender spring delicacies tease us in the distance. Yet, just like your horoscope said, amidst all this transition is some serious joy in waiting. Here’s some of the March produce we’re most excited to share:
A Mandarin Orange Gold Rush
Citrus lovers, rejoice! An even tastier Mandarin orange is headed your way. As we speak, trees in California’s Central Valley are filling up with Gold Nugget Mandarins, the rare fruit that lives up to its hyperbolic name. These amazing oranges embody what we love about ugly fruit. While their skin is incredibly bumpy and blemished, this extra texture actually makes it easier to peel. Meanwhile, the inside is juicy and the perfect blend of sweet and sour. They’re the perfect snack and poised to start a whole new gold rush in California!
Undersized Asparagus Gets Its Day
Asparagus is one of our favorite spring delicacies, but along with its seasonal popularity comes an unfortunate amount of waste. Retail buyers are very picky about size, and since all of the money is in growing large asparagus for retail (the smoothie market hasn’t caught on yet somehow), this leaves growers with plenty of undersized spears that need a delicious home. The sad irony here is that the traditional produce market marginalizes skinny asparagus spears, even though they’re sweeter, more tender, and cook faster. So, their loss is our delicious gain. Please join us in enjoying some slender stalks of asparagus this March. It’s like eating a petite postcard from spring!
Artichoke Arrival
Undersized artichokes are much harder to market for the growers of Monterey County since retail buyers favor the larger, more visually impressive flowers. The economic reality is that growing artichokes of all sizes involves a ton of time and labor since they’re all harvested by hand. We’re proud to offer our customers smaller artichokes to help make each harvest more economically and environmentally sustainable for our growers. In the kitchen, we’ve found that smaller artichokes cook faster and are the perfect serving sizes for smaller groups for a delicious meal with no waste.
We hope this got you excited to keep eating with the seasons this March. Stay tuned for our next preview, where we’ll share when spring favorites like berries, apricots, and more fun surprises are headed your way!


  • Adriane Jensen
    February 24, 2019 at 7:07 pm

    Yay for slender asparagus! It’s so much better than the larger tough stems! I’m terribly excited. Saute with diced tomatoes and garlic with a little shaved parmesan. I can’t wait!

    • Imperfect
      February 25, 2019 at 5:56 pm

      We feel the same way. It’s truly a dream to cook! Enjoy your next batch!

  • Nancy Lessner
    February 24, 2019 at 7:51 pm

    How bout some jalapenos good antime

    • Imperfect
      February 25, 2019 at 5:55 pm

      Hey Nancy! We’re just as excited as you are for the start of jalapeño season. The season here in the US won’t officially kick off until the summer but we may have some from Mexico before then. Keep your eyes peeled the next time you customize your box!

  • Melissa Hinton
    February 26, 2019 at 4:45 pm

    My son loves your mandarin oranges, and my husband and I love your skinny asparagus! Cannot wait to get more artichokes!!

    I love my "Imperfect" Produce! (How dare you!) It’s perfect everytime! ;o)

    Showing you love from your biggest fans in San Diego,
    The Hinton Family

  • KIM Brinkmann
    February 26, 2019 at 9:51 pm

    Skinny Asparagus? never heard of such a thing. When I was young, we used to grow asparagus in our yard and would fight over the skinny ones.

  • Teri Beck-Grimes
    March 8, 2019 at 9:39 pm

    Bummer! Didn’t get artichokes in my first box. Love them!


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