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Imperfect Produce: Saving ugly fruits and vegetables from the landfill

by Stuart Tomlinson, KATU News

Carrots awaiting home delivery at the Imperfect Produce warehouse in Clackamas. (KATU)

Gnarled carrots.

Twisted bell peppers.

Misshapen tomatoes.

You can get all of these and other cosmetically flawed — but perfectly fresh and tasty — fruits and vegetables delivered to your door by a growing Portland-area business.

It’s shortly after 10 a.m. inside the Imperfect Produce warehouse in a Clackamas office park.

The room is chilled to 38 degrees and the vegetables and fruits are stacked high along assembly lines awaiting home delivery to 10,000 customers. General Manager Evan Pence calls the enterprise another salvo in the battle to eliminate food waste.

“Anybody who’s a backyard farmer knows when you grow squash or grow tomatoes that don’t all look perfect like what we see at the retail level,” Pence said. “The fruits and vegetables that are shaped funny are either scarred (or) have the imperfections that retail supermarkets don’t…


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