Aley Chubeza #302, August 15th-17th 2016

mipri_yadea_logoMelissa of Mipri Yadeha is thrilled to introduce two new fruit leather flavors:
Hot Melon with Basil and Taste of Summer – Minty Watermelon – both inspired by an episode of Master Chef and the talented contestants Lama Shehadeh and Ron Soreanu.
These flavors join summer classics such as: pure peach, passion, plum crazy, applemonana and more.
Below are links to the source of inspiration: program and recipes.
To health of body and spirit, Melissa

Watermelon Sorbet (Lama Shehadeh):

Basil Granita (Ron Soreanu):

Full episode

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FLOWER POWER!

This week, we continue our tour of Chubeza’s field. This time, we’ll take a special look at the flowers,  some blossoming on the plant right next to the vegetable they’re growing, others letting us know there is still time till the produce ripens and is ready for harvest. There are also flowers that indicate that harvest time is over, the plant is growing old and it’s time to bid farewell. So let’s take a cool, virtual stroll in our scorching summer field.

The zucchinis continue to yield fruit, some growing in beds in the open field, others seeded in our net house, which is now actually covered by a shade net and an additional cover of white agril material for extra protection. Summer may be its natural season, but at the end of the season the zucchini is very sensitive. Even the smallest disturbance will make it super vulnerable, often leading to total collapse. Look how beautiful they are right out here:

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Some Chubeza residents live comfortably with the extreme summer heat. After all, these eggplants are African-born, they know heat… Look at them growing plump on the bushes in the open field:

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Right next to the eggplant is a good friend, unperturbed by the summer heat: the okra, in full glory, celebrating her Golden Age in stunning green, yellow and red. Hey, who said summer was drab?

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Here’s one you haven’t yet met in your boxes, but in the field, the sweet potato is living it up, dispatching her arms, elbows, legs, and tongue to reach every corner of the lush green space she’s created for herself. Here the branches and leaves and crowded tendril roots have created a verdant carpet, calmly blowing in the summer breeze:

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And from that future encounter to a farewell from our artichoke bushes, which haven’t occupied your boxes for awhile now. They started out as soft, green buds and turned into full-fledged prickly, grey grandads. But they’re still a lovely sight for sore eyes! We just mowed down the bed and we’re cleaning it in preparation for next year’s planting, so here’s one last nostalgic look for you:

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And once again, take a look at the three hues of our field, yellow-green-blue: the light blue of summer skies, the yellow of corn-becoming-popcorn on the tall bushes, the green of the Jerusalem artichoke, still midway, now in full bloom with a bold yellow chrysanthemum.

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The field is constantly at a parallel stage of before-after-and in between. Just like summer vacation, with the schoolyear behind us, summer camp over and us in the midst of vacation, trying to juggle children-work and life, on the cusp of the next schoolyear and new beginnings: farewell-meeting-yearning- expectation and waiting are entangled and interspersed.

Wishing everyone lots of R&R, water, skies and family togetherness.

Shavua Tov,

Alon, Bat Ami, Dror, Yochai and the entire Chubeza team

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WHAT’S IN THIS WEEK’S SUMMER BOXES?

Monday: New Zealand spinach/nana mint, parsley/coriander, tomatoes, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, eggplant, butternut squash, bell peppers, corn, leeks/scallions, onions.

Large box, in addition: Okra/Thai lubia, Provence pumpkin slice, Swiss chard/basil.

Wednesday: New Zealand spinach/nana mint, parsley/dill, tomatoes, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, eggplant, bell peppers/potatoes, corn, leeks/scallions, Provence pumpkin slice, small boxes: okra/Thai lubia/onions.

Large box, in addition: Okra/Thai lubia and onions, butternut squash, Swiss chard

And there’s more! You can add to your basket a wide, delectable range of additional products from fine small producers: flour, fruits, honey, dates, almonds, garbanzo beans, crackers, probiotic foods, dried fruits and leathers, olive oil, bakery products and goat dairy too! You can learn more about each producer on the Chubeza website. On our order system there’s a detailed listing of the products and their cost, you can make an order online now!