My favorite farm stand at the Greenmarket had CSA sign-up sheets out this morning. I have one sitting next to me, blank and waiting. I have to put a deposit down on Feburary 3rd. But I can't decide whether I actually want to do this.
I'd order a half-share. That's $260 for 26 weeks, starting the first week of June. I'm also debating a fruit add-on, which would cost an additional $130. So that would be $10-15/week. I'm spending at least that much now on produce each week, so from a money standpoint this would be a good move.
On the one hand, I like the idea of being forced to try new things by having them on hand. Particularly in the summer, when I'll have more time to cook and experiment, I think that will be pretty exciting. Although I can see the week that the "featured item" is eggplant or hot peppers being an unhappy one.
On the other hand, I've heard from many other folks about getting way too much produce in their CSA box each week. I'm one person, with very little food preservation knowledge at present. There will be additional cost and labor. I forsee that a CSA share would also involve me buying more freezer containers (at minimum), a dehydrator (likely), and possibly canning equipment (least likely, but apparently another girl in my department knows how to can so maybe...).
Also, I don't have a good temperature-controlled space to store food in. Our apartment tends to be very warm, but if we live a window open overnight the temperature drops by a lot. So storing garlic and onions will be a challenge, since they barely last a month as it is, and potatoes and carrots usually don't last a week before they get soft and start rotting.