Reasons Why We Don't Offer Free Samples

Free Samples Costs American Farmers

At Freedmen Farms, we believe in investing in American farmers. For six generations, Freedmen farmers have upheld the values of hard work and dedication, earning a fair day's wage for a fair day's work and it's this commitment that is at the heart of why we don’t offer free samples.

The Value of Fresh Produce

Unlike non-perishable items, fresh fruits and vegetables are both highly valued and highly perishable. Each sample represents the meticulous work of American farm workers, making it truly priceless.  Offering free samples isn’t just about the cost of the produce; it’s about recognizing the effort and tradition that go into every handpicked item.  “You’re sampling a taste of luxury, traditions, and culture for only $24.99. That's a steal!”  

Support American Labor

We asked our community on Twitter if they would pay more for strawberries picked by American citizens. The response was overwhelmingly positive, with 63% saying yes, and 32% affirming they would if the workers were Foundational Black Americans. This shows a clear preference for supporting local labor and valuing the effort of our own citizens.

 

 

 

What's in The Box?

Our Delicious and Healthy Sample Box, available for $24.99 (plus shipping and handling), includes:

- Three one-pound bags of chopped, diced, and sliced produce
- An insulated, reusable shipping box
- Reusable ice packs

When you purchase our sample box, you are directly contributing to the livelihoods of American farmers and ensuring they receive fair compensation for their hard work.

 

The True Cost of Free Samples

In the past, companies often offered free samples to dispose of excess or aging inventory. However, in today's market, even "free" samples come with shipping and handling fees that are increasingly costly. Free samples can also be a significant financial burden for farmers and businesses, consuming time and resources without guaranteeing sales.

Freedmen Farms focuses on quality and sustainability and by charging a small price for our samples, we ensure our business can continue to support America's farmers while delivering high-quality produce to our customers.

Invest in Quality and Sustainability

Our organic food industry is highly competitive and provides essential jobs. To maintain payroll and continue supporting our farmers, we must ensure that sales exceed expenses. Offering free samples isn’t sustainable for our business model, which prioritizes fair wages and quality products.
 

Customer Satisfaction and Value

We strive to make sure our customers are satisfied with their purchases. Our sample package includes:
- A lightweight, sturdy, and reusable food-safe insulated shipping box with thick polystyrene foam container
- Luna Dry Ice Cold Packs for shipping frozen food

When you choose to purchase a sample from Freedmen Farms, you’re investing in more than just fresh produce. You’re supporting a legacy of American farming and contributing to a fair and sustainable food industry.

 

Thank you for understanding and supporting our mission. Together, we can make a significant impact on the lives of American farmers and the quality of the produce we enjoy.