So, at long last we’re finally back to Routine Life, after months of vacation and balagan. Here in Chubeza’s field, it’s a big relief to finally have a full week where we can plant, sow, weed, pick, fertilize, weed, prune, trellis, weed, weed, and more…….
Those of you who visited us on the Sukkot Open Day got a firsthand glimpse at the urgent need for weeding the field. And now we look forward to getting around to doing it.
But first, it’s time to take this opportunity to thank all those who helped make the Open Day a wonderful success:
*To Judy of the Hazel Hill String Band, who delighted us with marvelous music this year as well. To be honest, we nearly failed to organize any music at all, since the amazing Hazel Hill ensemble which traditionally accompanies us had previous commitments this year. But Judy the Magnificent would not give up, and recruited two fellow excellent musicians to come fill Chubeza’s air with the sound of absolutely beautiful music. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!
*To Neta, Shachar and Talia, Bat Ami’s daughters, and to Bat Ami’s parents, who in perfect multi-generational timing took up their posts at the Cooking and the Arts & Crafts corners, demonstrating and helping to weave palm leaves and to knead one after another piece of clay. You’re the best!!
*To Gabi, the champion, who rigged up a genuine carriage upon which he transported endless rounds of passengers back and forth to the field, delighting groups of excited kids (and their no-less happy parents) each time anew. These deluxe Chubeza Cart Tours definitely upgraded the day, and were a welcome boon to the heavy heat wave that jumped in all of a sudden. As always, Gabi is the master of great ideas who never fails to pull fascinating, joyful surprises from his hat. Thank you Gabi for the idea, the organization and the flawless execution of this new enterprise!
*To our extraordinary workers, who toiled before, during and after the Open Day, for erecting the giant shaded structure, organizing the bonfire corner, hanging the directional signs, harvesting vegetables for sale, slicing salad vegetables, transporting equipment to and fro, setting up the activity corners and the Chubeza produce market, and the other thousand small tasks that come with this day. And all this with a shining countenance and a constant willingness to think outside the box and initiate. Truly, we couldn’t have done one iota of this without you – Hurray for Muchamed, Majdi, Vinai, Hut, Tom, Montry, and Assaf!
*To Ofri, Melissa, and Carol – from “Tomer & Chamutal’s Apples,” Mipri Yadeha, and Ish shel Lechem, respectively – who were present throughout the day with food and drink stands, all of which reflect their healthy, tasty and wonderfully special homegrown establishments created by manual labor of the finest degree. It was great to have you! Many thanks!!
*Last but not least, thanks to all of you, our dear partners along the way, who came once again or for the first time to the Open Day, and as always complimented, suggested new ideas, asked sophisticated questions, and shared your own stories. It is a great pleasure to meet new and familiar faces, to hear actual voices after so much digital communication, to nosh away at a fresh, yummy salad, and to chat amicably while weaving a bracelet or flattening pita on the sadj. By virtue of your high spirits and continued support, you and others like you make Chubeza’s existence possible. For that, our hearts are filled with thanks!
Best wishes to all for an easy Return to Routine, and a joyous New Year!
Alon, Bat-Ami, Dror, Yochai, and the entire Chubeza team
WHAT’S IN THIS WEEK’S BOXES?
Monday: New Zealand spinach, sweet potatoes/bell peppers, lettuce, corn, cucumbers, tomatoes, slice of pumpkin/ potatoes, Thai yard-long beans/okra, mizuna/arugula/totsoi, parsley/coriander/dill, eggplant/zucchini.
Large box, in addition: Swiss chard/kale, cherry tomatoes, leeks/onions/garlic.
FRUIT BOXES: Avocado, peaches, mango, bananas.
New Zealand spinach, bell peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, slice of pumpkin/potatoes, Swiss chard/kale, cherry tomatoes/zucchini, mizuna/arugula/totsoi, parsley/coriander/dill, eggplant/onions. Small boxes: sweet potatoes/corn.
Large box, in addition: Thai yard-long beans/okra, lettuce, sweet potatoes and corn.
FRUIT BOXES: Avocado, apples, pears. Small boxes: bananas/pomelo/lime. Large boxes: mango.