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!