The Chicago-based company Farmer’s Fridge has begun offering a unique healthy vending concept. The company makes its salads, sides and snacks from scratch each morning, using organic ingredients from local farms when possible. It packages them in recyclable plastic jars and delivers them to its machines by 10 a.m.
The enterprise uses touchscreen venders wrapped in reclaimed barn wood. Nutrition data and ingredients are displayed in a large, easy-to-read format; patrons can purchase multiple items at once. Each machine contains a recycling bin for the empty plastic containers.
Menu selections range from a “high protein” salad — with spinach, corn, peas, pumpkin seeds, figs, broccoli, chickpeas, shredded Parmesan and quinoa — to heartier meals like lemon pepper chicken, baked tofu and poached salmon. Snacks and sides include Greek yogurt parfait, sliced vegetables and cauliflower fried rice.
Salads are discounted by $1 at 6 p.m. nightly and Farmer’s Fridge removes the unsold salads each morning when it services the machine and donates them to a local food bank.