With wood paneling, mason jars, local/organic product and the convenience of pushing a button, Farmer’s Fridge sounds like the perfect Pinterest post. And although you may find a picture of it on social media you can use the first of its kind in person if you live in or are visiting the Chicago area.
Farmer’s Fridge is a brand new vending machine, although founder Luke Saunders prefers to refer to it as an automated kiosk that makes fresh salads readily available to people on the go.
And when he says fresh, he means fresh. Salads are made every morning at 8 a.m. with fruits, veggies, nuts and proteins layered in jars to maintain freshness and to provide an easy form for vending. All salads are delivered by 10 a.m. (salads that didn’t sell the day before are removed and donated to local shelters). The process repeats itself the next morning at 8 a.m.
If you like this concept and are near enough to try it in person, may we suggest visiting the automated kiosk after 6 p.m. when these salads (balanced mixtures of whole grains, veggies and lean protein) that on average sell for $6.99 are reduced by $1 to encourage as little waste as possible.
Other things to love about Farmer’s Fridge:
· The containers are 100% recyclable
· It’s been so successful, plans to expand to NYC are in the works
· Saunders is looking to expand his menu to include fresh soups