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Have you ever attempted to grow vegetables on your own? If so, then you know that not all produce looks perfectly uniform; that is an inevitable reality and should not be seen as anything negative.

There’s been an increase in sales of imperfect vegetables that don’t conform to supermarket standards – helping reverse the trend of tons of food being wasted due to supermarket standards.

1. They’re more natural

In 2016, Whole Foods Market and Walmart experimented with selling mis-shaped fruits and veggies as an eco-friendly marketing gimmick. Many stores even created displays explaining why this produce would make better photo opportunities than its photo-ready counterparts; unfortunately though, the concept soon fizzled out due to consumers not buying into its worthiness as an item worth purchasing.

Consumers are used to seeing only perfect produce in stores, which makes them reluctant to try anything less, according to JoAnne Berkenkamp, senior advocate at NRDC. Selling produce that does not meet stringent cosmetic standards is simply too difficult, while some farmers lack funds necessary for extra labor necessary for making their produce look uniformly attractive.

There are plenty of ways to enjoy imperfect produce! Subscription boxes deliver odd-shaped, yet visually appealing fruit to your doorstep, or visit local farms or farm stands to purchase unconventional produce. Gleaning programs at local farms or schools help reduce food waste in communities while it’s always beneficial to educate yourself on the health benefits associated with eating particular types of fruits and vegetables.

2. They’re cheaper

Farmers plant fruits and vegetables that have minor flaws or are underdeveloped for good reasons: such produce is cheaper and healthier, helping reduce food waste for environmental sustainability purposes, providing farmers with additional revenue streams, and potentially saving shoppers money at the supermarket.

Not all imperfect produce is bad – in fact, some items that contain minor defects contain higher concentrations of vitamins and minerals than their flawlessly formed counterparts. Furthermore, farmers don’t need to devote extra labor time and expense in producing these items, thus decreasing costs of production.

Imperfect produce can be found both in subscription boxes as well as grocery stores and farm stands, often priced less than its perfect counterpart, and many people actually prefer its unique appearance!

At their core, these less-than-ideal produce items can still taste just as great and be less costly! You can chop it up for use in smoothies or dips; its taste remains just as pleasing; plus you may save money compared to more commonly available fruits and veggies!

An effective diet can do more than improve how you look and feel; it can also keep you healthy, prevent disease and assist in weight loss or maintenance. Aiming for variety in terms of foods eaten is crucial when trying to lose or maintain a healthy weight, along with drinking plenty of water daily and eating smaller meals with snacks in between to stay hydrated and achieve your health goals.

3. They’re more environmentally sustainable

Imperfect vegetables may not seem eco-friendly at first glance, but they actually rank among the most eco-friendly food items. Not only are they more nutritious, but their production requires less energy than produce with perfect features.

Food waste is one of the main contributors to climate change and global warming, making its reduction an imperative task for maintaining the wellbeing of our planet. Discarded food releases methane gas which acts as an important greenhouse gas.

So when shopping, be sure to browse all available options; misshapen carrots and bruised tomatoes might just surprise you!

Odd-looking fruits and veggies can be more sustainable than their perfect counterparts by being less costly to buy and grown closer to store locations, which reduces carbon-burning shipping requirements. Plus they taste just as great!

But if imperfect vegetables are not your thing, there are other ways you can save on groceries while helping the planet – subscription boxes offer up to 50% discounts off food costs every month!

Purchase local winter vegetables like cabbage and gourds as another way to both reduce your food bill and support local farmers. These hardy plants can tolerate cold temperatures without suffering damage; providing that their ground remains unfrozen they’ll continue to flourish!

At first glance, it may seem tempting to focus solely on food that looks appealing; however, remembering the importance of including fruits and vegetables in your diet as the way to obtain all necessary vitamins. Furthermore, limiting processed food such as flour or meal can significantly lower carbon footprint of meals consumed.

4. They’re more appealing

Not-so-perfect vegetables have become the new buzz on the produce scene, with several major supermarkets such as Whole Foods, Walmart and HyVee jumping on this trend to give consumers access to tasty produce at more reasonable prices. The goal is for people to experience all that goodness they are missing without breaking the bank. Farmers benefit greatly from a higher sales volume as this allows them to reinvest more of the proceeds into improving their product while simultaneously increasing profits and decreasing losses. No matter where you shop, be sure to look for deals on fresh produce for optimal savings! Early morning or late night is typically the ideal time and place for purchasing produce, when most markets are less crowded and prices are typically more reasonable. Farmers markets or farm stands often have some of the finest produce. Some companies even provide subscription box services which deliver this delicious produce directly to your door for much less than it would cost you at your grocery store!

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