This summer I joined a CSA for the first time, and it's been a highlight of my summer. For those in NYC, I'm part of a Harlem-based CSA, which gets produce from Roxbury Farms.
Things that I love about being part of a CSA:
We get exquisite, fresh, local produce. Crisp, fresh lettuce, with unbelievable texture and bite. Incredible, sweet fresh corn.
We get random stuff that I don't know what to do with. And now I know what to do with it. We get not-so-random stuff in quantities that I don't know what to do with. And now I know how to handle infinite basil (sautee, with carmelized onions), and infinite zucchini and squash (Marcella Hazan's zucchini fritatta is fluffy and decadently delicious).
We are obligated to pick up produce regularly. And use it up before the next pick-up comes around. That has meant eating at home much more, and eating healthily and deliciously.
We're sharing with a co-worker, so we pick up every two weeks, which has worked out really well. It's not cheap, but has been so wonderful that I think it's well worth it.
So, if you have a CSA in your area, join! And have I mentioned that eating infinite swiss chard stems makes you feel incredibly virtuous?