I love the idea of CSAs (community-supported agriculture programs) but have never subscribed to one. Everyone always talks about the guilt and pressure to use up all those veggies before the next pickup, but I do envy those who get gorgeous fresh produce all summer. And all winter, as it turns out—Tammy over at Food on the Food participates in a winter CSA also, where she even has to contribute several hours of grueling farm labor. I think I would be ready to do myself in after all those winter squashes, but she is a more inventive cook than I.
Anyhow, the exciting news for me was the discovery of a meat CSA! A friend from Cooks Talk told me about a couple who run a wonderful farm and offer both produce and meat shares—she's sampled their stuff at farmers' markets and raved about the quality. The meat and poultry is all grass-fed, pasture-raised, and hormone-free. So Tammy and I are going to split a 6-month half-share (10 lbs. of assorted meat and poultry each month). The meat is all freshly frozen and vacuum-packed, so into the deep freeze it'll go. The first pickup is in a couple of weeks; I'll report back with news of what exactly we got.