I've gotten great stuff weekly. I've gotten weird stuff weekly (alright, I'm not southern and do not like okra). This is an opportunity to make friends with your coworkers and pawn offending vegetables off on them or find healthy recipes from sites like Cooking Light.
According to Local Harvest here are some benefits of CSAs:
Advantages for farmers:
- Eat ultra-fresh food, with all the flavor and vitamin benefits
- Get exposed to new vegetables and new ways of cooking
- Usually get to visit the farm at least once a season
- Find that kids typically favor food from "their" farm – even veggies they've never been known to eat
- Develop a relationship with the farmer who grows their food and learn more about how food is grown
Advantages for consumers:
It's a simple enough idea, but its impact has been profound. Tens of thousands of families have joined CSAs, and in some areas of the country there is more demand than there are CSA farms to fill it. The government does not track CSAs, so there is no official count of how many CSAs there are in the U.S.. LocalHarvest has the most comprehensive directory of CSA farms, with over 4,000 listed in our grassroots database.
Cooking Away My CSA: It's a propitious problem and an unexpected question asked by many members of Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs. Faced with all the fresh, local (and sometimes unfamiliar and dauntingly copious) produce of summertime shares, it can be a challenge to figure out how to put it all to creative and delicious use. - See more at: http://simmerandboil.cookinglight.com/2009/07/15/cooking-away-my-csa/#sthash.zl1IspeL.dpuf