August 30th-September 1st 2021 – How sweet it is to be loved by you…

The New Year is upon us, and soon 5781 will make way for 5782

THE NEW YEAR HOLIDAY CHUBEZA DELIVERY SCHEDULE IS AS FOLLOWS:

Rosh Hashana Week:

Monday deliveries will be made on Sunday, September 5. No delivery for Wednesday customers (unless we’ll notify your differently by email)

Yom Kippur Week:

Monday, September 13 delivery will be as usual. Wednesday deliveries will be moved up to Tuesday, September 14.

Beginning of Sukkot Holiday Week:

Monday deliveries will be made on Sunday, September 19. No delivery for Wednesday customers (unless we’ll notify your differently by email)

End of Sukkot Week and Beginning of Simchat Torah:

During this week, Wednesday deliveries will take place on Wednesday, September 29. There will be no Monday delivery.

Next week, we will send a personal email to each of you with your exact delivery schedule for the holiday period. If you do not receive the email, or if you have any questions, let us know via the phone: 0546535980 or by email: chubeza@gmail.com.

As noted, over Chol Hamoed there will be no vegetable deliveries. But we greatly hope to renew our longtime annual tradition (so rudely interrupted by Covid) to host you at Chubeza’s Open Day at the Farm. Details to come once we receive the government guidelines. We can’t wait to welcome you back, and fervently hope that all will take place as planned.

OUR BEST WISHES TO YOU FOR A WONDERFUL, HEALTHY & HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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Ain’t She Sweet?!

Though she’s frequented our boxes for several weeks now, she actually started out with us four months ago (perhaps more). For our part, we’ve been at her side observing the various stages of her growth and snapping shots for her fashion model portfolio. So, this week’s Newsletter is devoted to giving you a glossy look at our glamorous redheaded friend – the sweet potato (aka yam).

Growing sweet potatoes is a lesson in faith, imagination and hope. This is how it works:

In the beginning of May we received a package from Kibbutz Nirim, which we opened to find this treasure:

“Well, hey there, Georgia!” we greeted our sweet potato, and happily placed the cuttings into the pre-dug mounds we’d prepared in the ground, separated from one another by 15 centimeters. Here’s how it looked like when we were done:

And close up:

A few days later, we started to notice tiny little leaves growing on those branches, and then, lo and behold – this is the scene just one week later:

Remember that naked branch? Look how well dressed she  is now!

Then, the young seedlings begin stretching out their beautiful arms, on their way to a bountiful future:

Only two weeks later, the field looks like a sea of green, with densely assembled leaves, branches and a vibrant, verdant carpet of blooms:

Posing up close:

…and zooming in even closer: look at these gorgeous little flowers, with their characteristic Convolvulaceae family purple hue at the center. The sweet potato is practically the only edible plant in this extended family that includes such decorative and wild plants as the morning glory and the bindweed.

In a neighboring bed, a wild cousin comes to visit (there’s one in every family…), extending his arms and beautiful white flowers which have an intoxicating scent. Take a whiff (and FYI – place them on your nose and inhale. They’ll stick right to it!):

And underneath this green carpet, silently but surely, the sweet potato plant shoots out roots which thicken in order to store nutrients for the winter. Four months after the start of the process, we begin exploring what’s happening six feet below. If need be, we turn off the irrigation (causing the sweet potatoes to grow just a little more) and when The Time Comes, we roll the lawn mower over the plots, mowing the heavy thicket from above to make life less tangled for us, and off we go, armed with pitchforks and a smile to dig up the luscious orange roots.

Bon appetit to you all! May we enjoy a week of faith, imagination, hope and deliciousness!

Alon, Bat-Ami, Dror, Orin, and the entire Chubeza team

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WHAT’S IN THIS WEEK’S BOXES?

Monday: Bell peppers, Thai yard-long beans (lubia)/short Iraqi lubia/ okra, parsley/coriander, New Zealand spinach/basil, cucumbers, tomatoes, onions/scallions/leeks, lettuce, butternut squash, sweet potatoes, corn/slice of Neapolitan pumpkin.

Large box, in addition: Eggplant, cherry tomatoes, green soybeans (edamame)

FRUIT BOXES: Pomegranates, mango, pears. Small boxes only: Bananas Large boxes: Greater quantities of the pomegranates, mango, and pears, plus peaches.

Wednesday: Thai yard-long beans (lubia)/short Iraqi lubia, parsley/coriander/basil, cherry tomatoes/okra/popcorn, cucumbers, tomatoes, onions/leeks, lettuce, butternut squash/slice of Neapolitan pumpkin, sweet potatoes, corn/potatoes, eggplant/carrots.

Large box, in addition: Bell peppers, New Zealand spinach, green soybeans (edamame)

FRUIT BOXES: Pomegranates, mango, apples. Small boxes only: Bananas Large boxes: Greater quantities of the pomegranates, mango, and apples, plus grapes.