For people that can afford it and have the opportunity to do so, buying a share of a CSA, or community supported agriculture can be a great way to get a lot of produce at a pretty cheap price. However, if you are on food stamps or don't have that kind of money, often a couple hundred dollars, at once, you are SOL when it comes to CSAs. That's why I support the notion of FreeSAs, or free supported agriculture!
I think it is fair to say that most gardeners, at some point or another will have more of something than they need or want to deal with. Sometimes, gardeners even want to go on *gasp* vacation and need someone to harvest their goodies while they are gone. Any of these offer opportunities to receive a FreeSA box. Start letting people know that you are happy to accept garden surplus and you might be amazed at what you end up with!
Of course, when you make it known that you would appreciate any and all produce, you may end up with some foods that you've never had or never prepared so you don't know what to do with. No big deal! See, there is this thing called the internet where you can type in just about anything into a search engine and find the information you need instantly. Or you can cheat--ask me! I've put together an alphabetical listing of fruits and vegetables I've used in recipes on this blog and given them their own page for you to refer to. Shortly, if it isn't already up there by the time you read this, there will be a tab right next to where it says "home" up above that will permanently link to this page for your convenience. If the veggie (or fruit) that you need to know about, just let me know (contact info is also permanently on that page) and I'll see if I can come up with something ASAP. I'll be continuously updating it as I post new recipes to the blog, too.
So, go out into the world, dear readers, and happily and fearlessly accept whatever produce that happens your way. I'm here for you! *smiles*