I feel lately like I've been forgetting to eat my vegetables. I think it has to do with the fact that I do a lot of my produce shopping at the Green Market, and there hasn't been to much in the way of inspirational veggies there of late.
But all that is about to change as the weather turns and the growing season begins. And have I got a plan to take advantage of it (and to force me to eat many times the volume of veggies that I would if left to my own devices). Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)!
The way it works is this: you pay (often through some sort of volunteer middleman, somewhere between $250-350) in advance for a weekly delivery of veggies from a local farm. Your payment allows the farm to pay for their planting expenses up front, and in return you pick up your box every week (often from the middleman's store, or some community facility) containing 6-8 different kinds of vegetables from roughly June through November.
I just dropped off my payment at a lovely food provisions store at the South Street Seaport, and can't wait for June to come! The deadlines to join most of these CSAs are coming in the next couple of weeks, so if you have any interest I would highly suggest looking into it now (here, for New York residents).