We've been really happy with our CSA and I'm glad we decided to go for it! Our CSA is through a local farm, Little Eorthe. There are quite a few farms that do CSA shares here in the Northwest, so we had a few options, but we had friends who had a share with Little Eorthe last year so we decided to go with them. We had initially wanted to get the full share, which includes everything from meat to eggs to produce, but we couldn't afford it when we paid for our share back in the springtime, so we opted for a half share of produce and a half share of eggs. I believe the total for that came to $460, and we pick up produce and eggs every other week from June through October. The full share was $1200 and you pick up every week, instead of every other week. I'm so glad we didn't end up getting the full share. We can barely make it through all of our produce before the next pick up day two weeks later. They fill about 4 big tote bags full of produce and when we get home and put it all in our fridge it's pretty much stuffed with veggies! Since Little Eorthe does just a summer/fall CSA season, I'm not sure what we'll do for the winter months. Our friends who introduced us to Little Eorthe used Terra Organics during the off-season, so we may look into that as an option.
A good way to find a CSA program in your area is to either go to your local farmer's market and ask the produce vendors if they have a CSA option, or google it! Some of our local livestock farmers even have meat shares that you can sign up for! In addition to our CSA Dan and I also signed up for a local milk delivery service from Smith Brother's Farm, so on top of the CSA we also get milk, eggs and butter delivered every other week. They also deliver bread, yogurt, cheese and more, so if we wanted we could have that delivered too! There's no delivery charge if your order is more than $10, so it's pretty much the same as going to the store, except it shows up on our doorstep!
Some CSA's go year round, but ours is just a summer/fall seasonal one. Paying for months of produce up front can be a bit expensive, so saving up in advance is a good idea, and I think some farms would let you work out a payment plan if you talked to them. The amount of produce we get is kind of ridiculous, I'm always amazed at how heavy my bags are when I'm carting them home. Who knew vegetables could be so heavy? I would definitely recommend at least trying out a CSA, if you're interested in getting fresh, local produce (and meat, eggs, or milk!). It's been a blast and we're absolutely going to do it next summer.