Delivery schedule, Pesach thru Independence Day:
Monday, April 6th – Deliveries as usual
Wednesday deliveries move up to Tuesday, April 7th. Order system closed on Monday at 9:00 AM
Chol HaMoed Pesach: No deliveries.
The last week of Pesach
Monday deliveries will not take place
Wednesday deliveries move to Thursday, April 16th. Order system will close on Tuesday at 9:00 AM.
From the week of April 19th – Deliveries as usual
(April 20th, April 22)
Week of Yom Ha’Atzmaut:
Monday, April 27th – Deliveries as usual
Wednesday deliveries will be moved to Thursday, April 30th. Order system closes on Tuesday at 9:00 AM.
There Were Times
There were times, say the elders
When a tumultuous storm would fall upon us
Shaking and trembling
A new, unknown language
The language of Kingdom, language of Eden, language of Star
And our inner self, that which has never been seen
And forbidden to touch
Expands and grows
It’s bizarre celebrating the festival of spring within the confines of our homes. It’s weird celebrating it in a small group without friends or family. The past weeks have evoked new emotions and an unrecognizable atmosphere. We are forced to practice patience, waiting, convergence. We must find solutions from within inner spaces, as opposed to finding the answers outside. Time takes on a new definition, one that is almost palpable, felt, present. So many new epiphanies over this period of time.
But our field is not influenced at all, moving on ahead with its ah-so-familiar and cyclic transformation to spring. The earth has somewhat dried by now, no longer saturated by rainfall, and wide strips of brown, chocolaty, marvelous earth stretch behind the tractor, preparing for the spring planting and sowing that lie ahead. With each sunny day, the field sprouts bountifully, and the vegetables (and weeds…) grow rapidly in the still-damp earth basking in increased light. This week’s box proudly bears the first spring vegetables, led by the proud zucchinis announcing with fanfare the approach of the royal Cucurbits. The field is humming with the buzz, flying and crawling of insects awakening to the bustle of a spring full of action, humming and bonding.
In the midst of it all, we workers of the earth find ourselves swinging on this spring trapeze between the sensation of time freezing, confining, narrowing, and the constant up-down-forward motion at Chubeza. The past few weeks have been intense and demanding in the field, the office and packing houses. The entire staff took on the increased workload of long hours and endless tasks. At this point, we all look forward to a much-needed holiday rest to focus on our homes, retreat inward (though we will aim for as much outdoor time as possible within the limitations, of course…) without work – and this year, sadly, without an Open Day at the farm.
Before we bid our farewell and embark upon the holiday, I would like to take the opportunity to thank the people who have been with us for many years, specifically over this period. First and foremost, Dror, who handles all customer needs. Thank you, Asaf, who helps with all the packing. They have both been working extra-hard over the past few weeks, taking on the increased workload with dedication, patience, precision and dependability. A big thanks to our loyal volunteers Alon, Einat and Melissa, who have been coming twice a week, making packing and delivery days pleasantly possible. Thank you, Ruthie, who succumbed to our entreaties and agreed to stay home over this period of time. Thanks for taking care of yourself for us.
A special thanks to our delivery people, Eyal, Lev, David, Ziv, Alon, Dror, Nethanel, Yochai and Matan – braving the elements to make sure your deliveries reach you. It is not easy to roam the streets these days, but we have been blessed with very loyal and responsible delivery people.
Much appreciation to our field workers: Gabi –constantly working to prepare the soil for planting and everything else needed to assist and organize. Thanks to our Thai workers and Israelis who have joined them: Montrey, Hott, Tham, Vinay, Nopadol, Yonatan, Oren, sok and Chal. Warm regards to Mohammed, Majdi and Ali who cannot come to work these days. We miss you.
And thanks to all of you for your kind words, flexibility, trust and gratitude. So many of you contacted us to express concern and offer assistance – something especially appreciated in this time of confinement. We feel blessed to be your partners.
And now a word from the English translators: We’re sure we speak for all of you in thanking Bat-Ami and the extraordinary Chubeza team she leads. In the uncertainty that surrounds, it’s all the more clear that these vegetables and the people who grow them and deliver them are indeed treasures to cherish.
As we pull through this tumultuous storm, trembling and shaking, whilst embarking upon the holiday of spring and freedom, may we all learn the new, evolving language and allow ourselves to expand and grow.
Alon, Bat Ami and the wonderful, amazing Chubeza crew
WHAT’S IN THIS WEEK’S HOLIDAY BOXES?
Monday: Cauliflower/cabbage, potatoes, carrots, green fava beans/snow peas, cucumbers, tomatoes, celery/celeriac, Swiss chard/kale, parsley/ coriander/dill, lettuce/lettuce hearts, green garlic.
Large box, in addition: Zucchini/slice of pumpkin, leeks/parsley root, beets/fennel/kohlrabi.
FRUIT BOXES: Bananas, apples, oranges, avocados.
Wednesday: Zucchini/slice of pumpkin, leeks/onions, beets/fennel/kohlrabi, carrots, green fava beans/snow peas, cucumbers, tomatoes, Swiss chard/kale/Mallow (Chubeza) greens, parsley/coriander/dill, lettuce/lettuce hearts, green garlic.
Large box, in addition: Cauliflower/cabbage, potatoes, celery/celeriac/parsley root.
FRUIT BOXES: Bananas, apples/clemantinot, oranges, avocados/red grapefruit.