September 19-21, 2022 – The Squills Go White, the Citrus Gold

NEW YEARS 5783 – CHANGES IN CHUBEZA DELIVERY SCHEDULES:

Next Week:

  • There will be no Monday deliveries (except for those whom we will personally inform)
  • Wednesday deliveries will take place on Thursday, September 29

DURING THE WEEK OF YOM KIPPUR:

  • Monday deliveries as usual
  • Wednesday deliveries will take place on Thursday, October 6

DURING THE WEEK OF CHOL HAMOED SUKKOT there will be no deliveries. 

THE WEEK OF SIMCHAT TORAH

Monday deliveries move to Tuesday, October 18th

Wednesday deliveries as usual.

We emailed and texted you personally with details of your orders. If you did not receive the messages or have encountered a difficulty understanding, please contact us.

Over Chol Ha’Moed there are not deliveries, but we anxiously await your visit to Chubeza on our Open Day in the Field – scheduled for Thursday, October 13 (3rd day chol hamoed), between 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

Wishing you a wonderful, relaxing and meaningful year.

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Every year the grass grows green
The sun comes up, the rain falls cold
Every year the earth renews
The squills go white, the citrus gold
Each year people are born to this earth
To love and resentment, sadness and mirth,
And someone who wishes that this year too
Is a time of pure happiness and rebirth. 

– Leah Goldberg
(English: A. Raz)

A new year awaits on the threshold, awaiting its grand entry.

In Jewish tradition, there are, in fact, four new years: (Nissan, Elul, Tishrei and Shvat) with each ‘new year’ serving a different aim: The month of Tishrei is our very own Rosh Hashana – for the farmers growing vegetables in the fields. The perfect logic of this timing is something we actually can feel. Our bodies, which sweltered over the long, exhausting summer days, are softening and cooling down a bit, basking in the lower temperatures (take our word for it, they are falling, despite the extremes) and earlier sunsets. Autumn is when the field completes its annual cycle: summer yields are ending, and autumn plants are already acclimated in the field, awaiting the first showers and new beginnings. Chaperoning these winds of change are hopes and wishes for a blessed, fruitful and rain-abundant year of health and comfort, growth and livelihood.

These hopes are tangibly expressed in the blessings and symbols of the holiday. The Talmudic sage Abaye, who was probably in charge of the Holiday Food Column, is the one who invented the symbolic dishes for the Talmudic table. In Tractate Krittut 6, 1: “Said Abaye: Now that you have mentioned that the siman has significance, every Rosh Hashanah, one should eat a pumpkin, lubia, leeks, beet greens and dates.”

The Simanim express the seasonal variation that the holiday table offers, bringing together guests of all sorts: from the leafy greens (Swiss chard), the legumes (lubia beans), the princess of onions (leek) and the gourds. Plus, of course, the pomegranate and dates, apples, honey and fish – all showcasing the bounty that this blessed land naturally provides each season.

And as we sit round the festive table, this year especially, and think about the passing year (what we resolve to discontinue) and look forward to the new year (and what we hope it will bring), the seasonal meal suggests we linger in the present, eat something that is in fact here and now, being harvested in our fields as we speak. And together with what was and what will be, to experience that which is presently on the tip of our tongues and taste buds, crunching in our mouths, as we smack our lips in pleasure, remembering that amidst the challenge, hardship and concern, we are surrounded with so much growth, abundance and goodness.

In keeping with the ancient Chubeza tradition – each year we attempt to fill your boxes with all the simanim available in our field, and join their wishes for a good and blessed year!

Blessings-from-the-Chubeza-Box, Rosh Hashana 5783 

Garlic – May we never stop asking questions or experiencing wonder in seemingly mundane surroundings, changing from acrid to sweet when the occasion arises.

Sweet Potato: May we enjoy sweet surprises that ripen covertly and then burst into life, sweet and full.

Leek: May we have the patience to grow unhurriedly and diligently, and the understanding that sometimes, in order to reach ripeness, one must grow very slowly. And spring no leeks. (*leek takes a minimum of five months to ripen!)

Eggplant: May we try and succeed to see the light, whiteness and faint but beautiful purple hue within the murky dark that hides the soft insides.

Pumpkin: May we allow ourselves to let go and allow the good fairy to lead us to the grand ballroom and dance till we drop.

Onion: May we be granted the wisdom to acknowledge the many and varied layers that life is comprised of, that people are made of, and that reality is created from. May we strive to gently, with consent, peel them off, rejoice in the many echelons, and arrive at the sweet heart.

Pepper: May we be blessed with the skill to pepper our speech with just the right phrases, without overdoing it. And when life gets salty, may we stand beside it to add some spice.

Silka (beet greens, Swiss chard): May we beet off self-doubt and undermining criticism, and may we cultivate a confident, strong, supportive spine as oh-so-stately as the chard’s.

Cucumber: When others are in a dither, may we develop the sensitivity and ability to add just the right tinge of sweetness, as we remain calm, level headed and cool as a cucumber.

Tomato: May our experiences be homegrown, ripened on the vine, full of juice, color and sweetness.

Cherry Tomatoes: May we appreciate the little ones, and remember that sometimes the smallest of things are the sweetest, juiciest and most wonderful of all.

Zucchini Squash:  We bade farewell from the spring zucchini at the peak of summertime, but it will return in autumn. May we remember that in the cycle of nature, a period of difficulty and scarcity is followed by growth and abundance.

Lettuce: Lettuce know to appreciate and not take for granted the loyalty of those who remain with us, now and forever.

Green Herbs: May we always notice fragrances of bloom, ripening, fresh meadows and well-satiated soil. May we stop to fill our lungs with the fragrances and remember to cherish our breathing, so easily overlooked and taken for granted.

Okra: May we gaze at the stars at least one night every-so-often to feel the lightness of our minuteness and the strength of being part of the vast cosmos. (slice the okra horizontally to see stars)

Soy beans (edamame): May we sow and unsew ourselves out of our pods (or hearts), to be bursting with wholesome energy and goodness.

Lubia/Black-eyed Pea: May our shiners be only from this pea.

Popcorn: May we enjoy a year of happy, humorous and yummy surprises, just like that innocent looking kernel that explodes into a snack to share with others.

Mallow (chubeza): This September/ may we try to remember / when life was sweet / and oh, so mallow. Renew our days, as of old!

So, here’s to the New Year, to great expectations and wet, wonderful showers: Please, oh please, may they come in due time, in the proper measure and quantity. May they satiate the human salad of this country, and the animals crying out for drink, the dusty plants growing grey at the edges, the flying insects, the crawlers and jumpers, and the rocks and clods of earth that so deserve the blessing of rain.

Wishing you the fulfilment of your hopes and prayers, for good and for blessing, for happiness and growth, for health, for a good life and for peace. Shana Tova!

From the entire Chubeza crew in the field, the packing house, the office and on the roads: Alon, Bat-Ami, Dror, Einat, Adi, Elior, Gili, Orin, Mohammed, Majdi, Vinay, Shar, Nopadol, Sam, Swisak, Ruhgsamon, Yang, Melissa, Ruthie, Alon, Chana, Eyal, David, Lior, Tal, Ziv, Matan, Barak, Melanie and Aliza

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THE VEGETABLES BEHIND THE BRACHOT IN THIS WEEK’S BOXES:

Monday: Green soy (edamame), onions, parsley/coriander, popcorn, eggplant/zucchini/potatoes, leeks/garlic, slice of pumpkin/butternut squash, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce/”baby” greens assortment.

Large box, in addition: Okra/cherry tomatoes/chili peppers, red bell peppers/Swiss chard, long Thai lubia beans.

FRUIT BOXES:  Mangos, bananas, apples, pomegranates. Large box, in addition: Larger quantities of the above, plus nectarines.

Wednesday: Green soy (edamame), parsley/coriander, popcorn, eggplant, leeks, garlic/slice of pumpkin, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce/”baby”lettuce mix, red bell peppers. A special gift: Swiss chard/basil.

Large box, in addition: Okra/zucchini/butternut squash, chili peppers/onions, long Thai lubia beans.

FRUIT BOXES:  Mangos/avocado/pear, bananas/nectarines/grapes, apples, pomegranates.