Farmer's Fridge vending machines dispenses fresh salads and snacks, not junk food, to hungry Chicagoans at the push of a button.
The machine also isn’t a standard combination of metal, glass and black plastic. Recycled barn week encases the kiosk and rather than an awkward push-button system of letters and numbers, users select their salad or snack via a touch screen display. Once chosen, the machine dispenses the salad or snack in a clear plastic jar which can be brought back to the kiosk for the reuse.
As any one who has tried keeping salad leftovers in the fridge might guess, keeping the vegetables fresh was one of the initial challenges for the concept. Not only are the products restocked every 24 hours, but the way the ingredients are layered help keep the ingredients crisp during the day.
At the moment, most of the customers coming to the kiosk are hungry office workers on their lunch breaks.