Over the past year, I have seen more and more companies and organizations offer subscription boxes, wherein you receive a monthly shipment of a random selection of the products you chose. From drinks and snacks to cat toys and engineering projects, there’s something for everybody. Roost Crate, based in Upstate New York, calls itself the “farmers market in a box, delivered to your door,” and the items contained in your monthly box will be a variety of themed artisanal items.
The items in the box are sourced from artisans in Upstate New York and New England, and each box will follow a theme. Past boxes shown on the website are “The Big Apple” in September, “Harvest Treats” in October, and the preview for January lists the theme as “Breakfast in Bed.” My December “ADK Holiday” box contained a bag of popcorn, “adirondock adventure bark” (trail mix meets almond bark), a hand lotion, a candle, a wooden ornament, and a small wooden box. For each of the items there was also a business card or small brochure describing the artisan and their business. The foods taste delicious, the lotion and candle smell wonderful, and the wood crafts are beautiful.
There are different options for your monthly subscription: You can sign up month-to-month for $39.95, pre-pay for three months (a $10 savings over three individual months’ payment) or pre-pay for six months (with a $20 savings). Each monthly crate ships on the 20th of the month, and subscriptions are renewed automatically on the 30th.