Ready For A Vending Machine Full Of Salad?

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Ready For A Vending Machine Full Of Salad?

Read on to learn more about how Farmer's Fridge is putting salads into vending machines.

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Farmer's Fridge debuted its salads at the Garvey Food Court in Chicago.

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Since the company doesn't sell the salads from behind a counter, Farmer's Fridge salads can cost as little as $6.99.

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Luke Saunders says that the inspiration for Farmer's Fridge came to him while he was traveling a lot for work and wishing he had more nutritional options. Saunders explains, "There were never any fast, healthy options. I was leaving the gym one day and there was some healthy food in my fridge and I thought, if this was more accessible, I'd buy it all the time."

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Saunders has worked in neighborhoods without decent food options. He knew that setting up restaurants wouldn't make as much as much of an impact as putting in a machine to dispense healthy food, and so he did!

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To keep everything fresh, the salads are prepared at five in the morning and then delivered to the machine by 10. All the food that doesn't sell is donated to a charity the next day.

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Saunders chose Chicago for his salad experiment because he knew that the Garvey mall didn't have a lot of healthy options.

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The salads are sold in jars to maintain the maximum amount of freshness.

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In addition to providing busy lunch-goers with a delicious and healthy meal, Saunders aims to make his salads as fresh as possible, especially in comparison to his competitors. Saunders explains, "Most of the pre-made salads out there are way older than 24 hours. They're made in a large commercial kitchen and between transportation and shelf time, they're out for a week. They use pre-cut lettuce. We're so much fresher to begin with."

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Eventually, Saunders hopes to branch out and add soups to his vending machine menu.

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To fit with the sustainable model, the salad jars are recyclable.

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Vending machines don't have the best reputation for nutritious food.

That's what Farmer's Fridge is trying to change. Using organic, nutrient-packed and often locally sourced ingredients, the company prepares salads, snacks and breakfast items in recyclable plastic jars delivered to a vending machine every day.

With delicious salads filled with fresh spinach, corn, peas, broccoli, chickpeas and more, one can only hope that Farmer's Fridge comes to a town near you.

Check out the slideshow above to learn where the first Farmer's Fridge is located and who's behind the unique vending machine.

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