We were in a CSA this summer. Didn't work for me. Too many veggies for us. I ended giving up lots of it away. I just didn't care for much of the produce we ended up getting and I was not particularly fond of the quality. Picked way too late for my tastes. I don't want baseball bat sized zuchinni:-(I haven't had a co-op but did have a CSA share last summer. It was great in a lot of ways - I used the herbs for breakfast, and had more veggies in my diet than usual, but when we get busy in the summer I cook less, so sometimes stuff went to waste. If you're an inventive chef you can find a good use for everything..
Well, the person who told me about this is a homeowner with a small family and they buy from a co-op where a semi-tractor trailer comes around and they can buy everything, soup to nuts. They were saying both that the stuff was cheaper but I think these people are more interested in the fact that it was "organic." I tried googling for this but they seem to be more available around larger cities. We do have a farmer's market in our town on Saturday mornings, but they are just about done for the season now too.I have and it wasn't always fresh and the best quality which ended up costing more in waste. Are you speaking of catalog ordering? Or local markets?.