April 9th-11th 2018 – Post-holiday thank you’s

This week we will be happily thanking all those who contributed to the success of the lovely Open Day we held last week. But first, a message:

Next Wednesday is Yom HaZikaron, and the roads will be challenging. Therefore, we will be making small changes in delivery schedule:

Monday deliveries will remain as usual.

Wednesday deliveries will arrive a day early, on Tuesday, April 17. Ramat-Gan and Givatayim clients will receive their deliveries on Wednesday, as usual.

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And now, to our Thank You’s:

Last Wednesday at our twice-yearly Open Day, the weather smiled upon us and we were blessed with a beautiful spring day and lots of smiling faces who came to celebrate with us and the vegetables in our field.  We made art projects with colored sand, nibbled on veggies, toured the field, pulled out carrots, picked peas, tickled ladybugs and chased butterflies. We heard stories and fables and delighted in beautifully joyful music.

And we are so thankful to you all –

To Amikam Tavor, who enchanted children and adults with stories about princesses and peas, and the austerity period in Moshav Avigdor almost 70 years ago; about challenges and the way to overcome them, and how to create our own story-ending…

To the wonderful “Hazel Hill string Band” who made our “together” time even more pleasant with their happy, exuberant music. You are an inextricable part of Chubeza, and we thank you for being with us for so many years!

To my Shahar and Netta, who helped prepare and organize the arts and crafts – our young and promising next generation of Chubeza partners.

To our one-and-only Gabby who took charge of tidying up the area, assembling the pavilion, organizing parking, and lending a hand wherever needed.

To Noam and Leo who washed and chopped and offered fresh vegetables and water, with a smile and a welcome.

To Majdi, who stepped into his father’s grand shoes, managing the produce market, and to Montri who helped him out with ease and skill.

To Thom, Vinnay, Hot and Santi, who helped out behind the scenes by setting up and preparing, harvesting vegetables and replenishing, and taking everything down when the festivities ended.

And lastly, thank you all for coming, offering kind words, asking questions, opening your eyes, tasting, being curious, smiling, chatting and sharing with us the clear festive air on a beautiful sunny day in the Ayalon Valley. We work hard for you all year long from afar, communicating via email or phone, newsletter and deliveries. These Open Days are our chance to show you the field from which everything stems (excuse the pun), to tap the earth with you, these clumps of soil that feed the vegetables and you, and to enjoy the opportunity to meet you face-to-face.

So thank you all, and see you again in six months!

We found two forgotten hats at the end of the day. If you lost a hat, let us know, and we’ll send it your way.

Best after-Pesach greetings to all,

Alon, Bat Ami and the Chubeza team

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WHAT’S IN THIS WEEK’S BOXES?

Monday: Swiss chard/kale, carrots, lettuce, cucumbers, onions, tomatoes, celeriac/stalk celery/parsley root, coriander/dill, zucchini, beets, leeks/green garlic.

Large box, in addition: Potatoes, peas/fava beans, fennel/kohlrabi.

Wednesday: Swiss chard/kale, carrots, lettuce, cucumbers, onions, tomatoes, parsley root, coriander/dill, beets, leeks, potatoes.

Large box, in addition: Fennel/kohlrabi, zucchini/peppers, celeriac/stalk celery.