Farmer’s Fridge – A Salad Vending Machine


Vending machines are usually stocked with chips, candy bars, and other packaged foods  In Illinois, Farmer’s Fridge is creating a new type of vending machines, that are filled with salads.  The company makes the salad fresh every day, and daily deliver them to a vending machine.  The idea behind the company is that healthy and tasty food can be easy to get.

The team behind the project write on their site about the project:

“Don’t think of the Farmer’s Fridge kiosk as a vending machine. It’s a veggie machine. And just as each salad is a culinary thing of beauty, the kiosk is a work of art in its own right. Made from reclaimed wood (provided by Modern Urban Woods of West Chicago) and even some recycled materials, each one is unique and user-friendly.”

Here is the daily schedule of how the kiosk project works:
1.  Fresh produce arrives every morning to where the salads are made.
2.  The team behind the project arrive at 5 a.m. and make everything from scratch.
3.  The salads are delivered to the machine at 10 a.m. and remove the unsold salads (which are donated to a local food pantry.)
4.  Any unsold salads are discounted by $1 at 6 p.m each night

The packaging, kiosk materials, napkins, and utensils are all recyclable or biodegradable

Sound good?  Currently there currently two Farmer’s Fridge locations, one at the Garvey Food Court and one at the Lake Forest Tollway Oasis.  Next time I drive to Wisconsin, and stop at the Lake Forest Tollway Oasis – I am going to plan on looking for the Farmer’s Fridge.

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KbaumlierKristen Baumlier’s work spans the full spectrum of interdisciplinary media, including performance, interactive installation, video and audio works.View all posts by Kbaumlier →

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