Last Updated on May 29, 2021 by Rebecca Huff
My daughter and I enjoyed reviewing the Harlow's Harvest subscription box. The tools and recipes were easy to follow and use and the results were delicous.
With summer here, school-age children have more free time on their hands. The last thing we want is for them to be spending more time with devices.
Enter Harlow's Harvest
So when Harlow's Harvest asked if I'd like to review their subscription box, of course, I said yes. Shawna and I both love to be in the kitchen, and honestly, if we could get someone to clean up behind us, we'd stay in there all day!
I love to combine making meals with learning! Harlow's Harvest does a great job of incorporating science alongside cooking.
Our first box came with:
- three recipe cards – I like the fact that they are on glossy card stock so they last
- apron – pint-sized for kids
- shopping bag – cute and small enough for a kid to carry
- cute pin – perfect for “dressing up” the apron
- science experiment card – fun learning projects
- budget and shopping list card – which helps children learn math, budgeting, and other life skills
Our second box (because, yes, I paid for a subscription!) came with a unique set of chopsticks which my daughter loves. She likes guacamole but not straight up avocados, so my husband and I enjoyed the Seaweed Hugs that she made. We like to make a recipe our own, hence the addition of black sesame seeds to that recipe.
We made each of the recipes which were all pretty kid-friendly, although putting yogurt on a banana is kind of like trying to put a swimsuit on a live fish… We managed. Both versions were delicious. Even somewhat picture worthy as you can see below.
We even experimented a little by substituting nut butter in place of the yogurt one day for the added protein before Taekwondo class.
What we loved
The shopping list card is pure genius, and on the back, it has a budget tracking chart so that kids can learn about checking prices, spending, saving, and budgeting.
The science experiments use everyday items that you find around the house.
Not only is this subscription box fun; it's also educational. I'll probably keep up with it at least for the summer; maybe longer because I love seeing her face light up when a package shows up in the mail with her name on it!
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I am afraid I was very disappointed in this service. My first concern – the website clearly states in several places that you can cancel at any time, when, in reality, I’m told you can’t once you sign up for a subscription.
Concern #2 – there is work needing to be done on age appropriateness. We purchased this as a gift for our grandson, age 4. Month one the kit came with a garlic press – well, okay, but seems a bit advanced for a four year old. Month two was a rice paddle. Also a sort of off the wall choice, but again, okay. But the crux of the problem was that of the numerous recipes included with the box, only one used the item that was sent. So one recipe using the garlic press but multiple other recipes that were not related to garlic. Ditto with the rice paddle. Additionally, while a shopping list and science experiments were also tossed in, they were over a four year old’s head. And the science experiments, while a nice idea, had nothing to do with the garlic press or the rice paddle. So it’s a good idea but very disjointed in it’s implementation. I think a lot more work needs to go into matching age appropriate skills with baking and cooking tasks.
I hate to hear that! I would definitely call the company and express concerns directly to them. The kits we used were well thought out and everything seemed to tie together. My daughter has since outgrown this subscription as she’s now a teenager.