Our Summer Grocery Preview

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Lettuce be honest: this summer is going to look different than any summer we’ve experienced before. While our travel schedules and commutes might be different, one thing that won’t change is our commitment to preventing food waste and getting you groceries that bring joy and variety into your life. This summer we’re extra excited to supporting food businesses that have been affected by COVID-19. Here’s what we’re most excited about in the months ahead! 

Stone Fruit Season 

The California stone fruit season has already begun, so our West Coast customers can look forward to delightful peaches and nectarines. On the East Coast, the prolific Georgia yellow peach season starts in late May and will supply our Texas, Midwest, and East Coast customers with peaches in the months ahead. We’ll offer smaller peaches that retailers don’t normally buy, which are a great size for snacking and baking! 

Food Recovery Gets Cheesy

We’re working with Fiscalini Cheese Co. to source a delicious aged cheese called San Joaquin Gold. Like many hard-working folks in the dairy industry, Fiscalini was hit hard by the downturn in demand from the foodservice industry caused by COVID-19. Their wheels of bulk cheese that used to go to restaurants were at risk of going to waste, so Fiscalini is now converting them into a size that our customers can enjoy.

Cheerful Cherries and Beautiful Berries Brighten the Day

Nature’s most snackable fruit is back! California cherry season is heating up and will run through mid-June. After that, we’ll source cherries from Washington state starting in late July. Our cherries have unique shapes, doubles, and nose-like “spurs” that mean grocery stores don’t buy them. Berry fans can get excited for our first year of having strawberries available nationwide. We’ll also source undersized blueberries from our friends at Homegrown Organic during the California season in May and then from Oregon in June. 

More Rescued Veggies 

In addition to rescuing cheese and crackers that used to get sold to airlines, we’re sourcing items that used to go to restaurants. Since restaurants are some of the biggest buyers of specialty vegetables, the closures mean there are suddenly a lot of delicious veggies that need good homes. Our unique sourcing model means we can prevent waste, support producers, and feed people all in one move. That’s why we’re sourcing bags of broccoli florets, lettuce, brussels sprouts, and stir fry mixes that used to go to restaurants and offering them to our community. Since restaurants also purchased tons of specialty mushrooms, we’ll also have great deals on varieties like shiitakes, shimejis, and more! 

Dried Pineapple with a Sweet Story

If you’re looking for a new snack that’s almost as crave-able as our fruit jerky, you’ll love the dried pineapple we’re getting from Jali. They’re an amazing company that empowers female farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa while upcycling fruit that would otherwise go to waste. It’s a sweet snack with an even sweeter backstory! 

Summer at Imperfect is a magical time and we can’t wait to share it with you. Keep an eye out for other new arrivals including our movie theater popcorn, sweet cherry tomatoes from Jacobs Farm Del Cabo, and more! 


  • Tina Vial
    May 20, 2020 at 6:33 pm

    Looking forward to summer fare! Is there any way to improve the packaging of blueberries? Every time, even though they are rubber banded, the container is squished by heavier items in the box, and there are smashed blueberries everywhere. It seems a waste to waste the food we’re trying not to waste, ya know? In my box today the berries were crushed, a lemon was crushed, and butter lettuce was all torn up. These more delicate items just can’t take the impact of the heavier items. Thanks for all you do!

    • Imperfect
      May 20, 2020 at 7:28 pm

      Hey Tina!
      We’re glad you’re excited about summer groceries, too. We’ll pass along this feedback about packaging since we never want to send you items that don’t arrive in great condition. Thanks for sharing this thoughtful feedback and have an excellent day!

    • Us & We Art
      May 20, 2020 at 9:16 pm

      I had the same issue with some raspberries that ended up all over the box, although I was able to salvage a few. Not sure what the solution could be, maybe grouping fragile items together in another box that’s better protected? I know it’s complicated with so many unique orders though. Just started getting Imperfect, looking forward to more!

      • Imperfect
        May 21, 2020 at 5:35 pm

        Thanks for the thoughtful feedback. We appreciate you sharing this and are grateful for your support!

  • Victoria Dyer
    May 20, 2020 at 10:03 pm

    If I could get some flavored Greek yogurt (lemon is my favorite) and bananas through Imperfect I would never have to go to the local grocery store again! xoxo

    • Imperfect
      May 21, 2020 at 5:34 pm

      Thanks for sharing this feedback. We’ll pass it on to our team! We share your love for good Greek yogurt!

  • Donna Fisher
    May 24, 2020 at 8:05 pm

    I have had the same experience with smaller produce being damaged. Not only by the bigger products, but also resting against the ice pack and being ruined by it actually being frozen, such as the cucumbers. I love this produce as much as you do providing it for us. This past order was packed in a smaller box which kept most of it contained better. And being 81 and disabled, was much easier for me to manage.
    Thank you for this great service and appreciate all you are doing.
    Donna Fisher

    • Imperfect
      May 26, 2020 at 4:14 pm

      Hey Donna,
      Thanks for sharing this feedback with us. We’re sorry to hear that you had some issues with items getting damaged during shipping but are happy to hear that recent orders have been better. We’re grateful for your support!

  • Julie Hinman
    May 25, 2020 at 6:31 pm

    I would love some HORSERADISH ROOT….!!

    • Imperfect
      May 26, 2020 at 4:12 pm

      Hey Julie! This is a great suggestion. Horseradish adds a uniquely pungent kick to sauces. We’ll pass this request along to our sourcing team.

  • Shireen Mewbourne
    May 29, 2020 at 4:11 pm

    Any chance of adding some delicious Helloumi cheese to your selection.
    I would love to receive some summer fruits, but like other’s I worry about the packaging. I’ve stopped ordering canned and bottled groceries due to the damage of my veggies. Maybe dividing up the box in sections might work better?

    • Imperfect
      May 29, 2020 at 4:35 pm

      Hey Shireen,
      Thanks for this thoughtful feedback. We’ll pass along the cheese request for sure. We also appreciate you letting us know about the packaging issues you’ve run into in the past. If you let us know what city you’re in we can be sure to pass this feedback directly along to that region’s operations team as well. Thanks for your support and helpful feedback!


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