For the last few summers, I've been considering joining a CSA, and this year I finally did it! Community supported agriculture is a way to obtain fresh, local produce in your area. While they all operate slightly differently, I joined one that members pay at the beginning of the season and go to one central location to pick up each week for 24 weeks. The share that you get each week varies depending on the current crops, so it's always a bit of a surprise. You also have the option to pay for the fruit share, or buy meat, dairy, and eggs. Because you become a partner in the farm, everyone is asked to take turns setting up and cleaning up the distribution site and you have the opportunity to visit the farm to get to the know area and your farmer.
When you buy vegetables in the supermarket, you certainly don't know where they came from or the name of the farmer. (Hi Farmer John!) Buying local vegetables means that your vegetables didn't have to be shipped long distances, thus protecting the environment and ensuring you get the freshest produce available.