October 12th-14th 2020 – Here Comes Autumn

Autumn / Emily Dickinson

The morns are meeker than they were,
The nuts are getting brown;
The berry’s cheek is plumper,
The rose is out of town.

The maple wears a gayer scarf,
The field a scarlet gown.
Lest I should be old-fashioned,
I’ll put a trinket on.


Winter fruit has taken its place in your fruit boxes, with an assortment of delicious pomegranates, apples, pears, bananas, avocadoes and plenty of citrus. What’s even better is that the price of winter fruit is much lower than summer fruit, allowing us to assemble an impressive fruit box for less.

Beginning this week, the price for a box brimming with luscious fruit is 70 NIS! (One-size boxes)

May we have a sweet, pleasant sweet autumn!


The Rose is Out of Town

The holidays are now behind us, including the Harvest Festival of Sukkot. The days are growing shorter, the nights are extending, and the heat of the day gradually lessens.… In our field, Sukkot is a holiday of transformation from summer to autumn. Our tradition at Chubeza is not to deliver vegetables during the week of Chol Hamoed, but rather have you come to visit us on Open Day. Usually, we devote the time that frees up (from harvesting, packing, delivering, etc.) to all sorts of maintenance projects in the field, those that are always being put off due to the busy autumn planting schedule. Mainly weeding, weeding, and weeding. The vegetables, too, are happy to spend the whole week growing in peace, without being constantly tugged and pulled at.

This week is the one in which we cross the threshold from the End of Summer into the Autumn vegetable-boxes. True, you started getting cooler-season vegetables even before the holiday: sweet potatoes, baby greens, Swiss chard (returning after a short break), and carrots. But mainly, the feeling was that the boxes don’t change much from week to week, accompanied by their familiar, constant summer soundtrack: corn, bell peppers, okra, lubia, eggplant and pumpkin. Over the next weeks, once the vegetables have rested and grown, more young and fresh autumn vegetables will be joining, including radishes, arugula, tatsoi, mizuna, beets, Jerusalem artichokes, celery, turnips and more… Little by little, the small, delicate stems turn the page for us from summer to autumn. What joy!

Usually, the post-Sukkot newsletter is filled with thank you’s to the many people who worked hard to make the Open Day a success… But this past year has been strange in so many different ways. Among other global catastrophes, we at Chubeza went through a whole year without seeing you at our Open Day. A whole year without a visit from you, without celebrating nature’s constant, soothing rhythm together with you. And our charming vegetables did not get a chance to show off their beauty in their natural habitat. How we miss the Chubeza Festival and its joyous air of celebration!

For now, our days in the field are jam-packed with one chore after another: planting, seeding, weeding, fertilizing, trellising, spreading plastic covers or nets, fixing the irrigation, preparing lists, making phone calls and writing emails, harvesting, packing, delivering…. On Open Day we relish the chance to meet you in person, see for real the people behind the names on the stickers, and take you for a stroll around the field for an exciting close-up view of the vegetables. This year we had to forgo this traditional togetherness, and our hearts ached. Not an easy year for anyone…

Our vegetables, too, were not happy at all about this cancellation. We just happened to eavesdrop on a conversation between them as they discussed… well, you! (We included this personal message from Chubeza vegetables in last week’s newsletter, but I think it may have gotten a little lost.)

Thank you to my very own dubbers of the Sorek-Dancziger household, and a thousand thanks to the one and only Aliza who helped create this cute message from us.

We wish you a great week, one in which we gently see our way back to routine, activity, movement. And one last panoramic glance at the field being weeded away…

From all of us at Chubeza


WHAT’S IN THIS WEEK’S BOXES?

Monday:  Basil/Swiss chard/New Zealand spinach, lettuce, corn, arugula/mizuna/totsoi, cucumbers, tomatoes, bell peppers/zucchini, slice of pumpkin, coriander/parsley/dill, eggplant/potatoes, sweet potatoes.

Large box, in addition: Baby radishes, lubia Thai yard-long beans/okra, leeks.

FRUIT BOXES: Green apples, pears, pomelit, pomegranates.

Wednesday: Swiss chard/arugula, lettuce, corn/potatoes, New Zealand spinach/totsoi/bokchoi, cucumbers, tomatoes, bell peppers, slice of pumpkin, coriander/parsley, sweet potatoes. Small boxes only: eggplant/zucchini.

Large box, in addition: Baby radishes, lubia Thai yard-long beans/okra/Jerusalem artichoke, leeks, basil/dill.

FRUIT BOXES: Green or red apples, pears/avocado, orange/pomelit, banana/pomegranates.