Buying straight from the farm with CSA shares: Is it worth it?

CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture) have continued their momentum in recent years and are starting to become a little more mainstream. Recently, my family subscribed to a meat CSA share based on the recommendation of a co-worker.  I was always curious to see how a CSA share worked and if it was worth it. Well after taking the plunge, here are my initial thoughts along with some benefits that CSA programs can bring to Chicagoans and their communities.