Join a CSA and have fresh produce to delivered to you each week
Kris shared her experience belonging to a CSA:
We belong to a local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and receive fresh produce every week during the growing season (May to November in Utah) that was hand-picked that morning. It's pesticide free and mostly organic and because we get whatever is in season, our share usually includes a wide variety of veggies and fruits. This has had obvious benefits for our son, who is six months old and is just getting started on solids. I have a fresh, inexpensive way to supply him with organic, pesticide-free food sources (just steam and mash!) and he gets the added benefit of trying veggies I would never have bought or prepared otherwise because our family isn't fond of them. It's also a great way to support local economies and agriculture in your community. Here's a link to help you find a CSA in your area:
Jennifer and Jill also mentioned their CSA memberships in the comments on the post in which I whined about my finicky children. I have several friends who swear by their CSA boxes, brimming with the farm's best picks that week. I shared a subscription with a friend when my son was a baby, but, despite being vegetarian, I had a hard time adapting my cooking to fit the surprise contents of the box. It was a chard-heavy season when I joined, and at one point my husband begged me to never bring chard in the house again. I also found I was carrying around a fair amount of guilt, like, how could I have let a perfect head of cauliflower rot like that?
I wish it worked for me. I love the idea of getting local, fresh produce while supporting a family farm, but alas, I'm too attached to deciding what I wanted to cook first and then shopping for the ingredients.