Don’t miss Open Day at Chubeza, tomorrow (Tuesday) from 12:00 – 5:00 PM!!

We can’t wait for you to join us for the Sukkot Open Day, to be held in the lovely grove at the edge of our field on Moshav Kfar Ben Nun. This year we’ll be celebrating the long-awaited “Yoreh,” the first rain of the season, coming in perfect timing for the Open Day. Wonderful raindrops splashed across our field, making it beautifully fragrant and glistening for your arrival tomorrow.

The Open Day will feature two focal points – activities in the open field, and a Farmer’s Market in our packing house where you can purchase vegetables and other products.

  •        Visitors to  the Arts & Crafts Cornerwill greet the arrival of the rainy season by creating watercolor drawings that turn into small umbrellas.
  • At the Cooking Corner, come and prepare pitot fresh-from-the-saj, plus a tantalizing  selection of dips  and spreads
  • Specials tours of the glistening field will take place for adults and kids alike

Of course, there will be plenty of yummy vegetables to nosh on and warm tea to drink. And, there’s a kosher sukkah on the premises.

Come equipped with a hat, water, and comfortable shoes.

And don’t miss our vibrant, colorful Farmer’s Market! In addition to  fresh, delicious Chubeza vegetables for purchase, there will also be Tomer & Chamutal with their amazing juices, cider and jams, Ido the bread baker par excellence of “Bet Halechem,” Orly with her outstanding homemade honey candies, Melissa of   “Mipri Yadeha” with her legendary dried fruits and fruit leather, and more.

Come breathe the fresh air, feast your eyes on the verdant field, and meet the Chubeza Family!

It’s Acharei Hachagim… Some Messages and Lots of Thank You’s  

izapzizaThe Izza Pziza dairy is gearing up for the upcoming autumn whelping. Beginning this week, they will no longer provide milk, yogurt or soft cheeses, but you can still order hard cheeses, Labane balls and Dulce de leche from Chubeza’s online order system.

If you missed Alon’s description of activities at the Izza Pziza dairy from several weeks ago, here it is once more:

During October and November, our goats start preparing for calving. Some of them naturally stop producing milk, while we help out others by gradually weaning them till they are dry so they can renew their udder tissue and produce more quality milk. First and foremost for the benefit of the kids….

The result is a temporary shortage in fresh milk products, however we will advise you each week of our current stock. Hopefully by December our pen will fill with the sweet cries of newborn kids, and with them a renewal of fresh, delicious products. Of course, you are all more than welcome to pay us a visit.

Wishing you a great New Year,

Alon and the Izza Pziza crew

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This week our Newsletter is dedicated to expressions of gratitude for all who took part in our Open Day last Thursday.

*To our devoted staff who assembled the impressive pavilion with a nice Sukkah adjacent, who harvested and washed and chopped and brought over and smiled as they ran to harvest and wash and pack and prepare and welcome all of our visitors. Thank you Mohammed, Ali, Majdi, Ding, Hoth, Tom, Wassen, Roze and Montry. Thank you Gabi, who led the gazebo building operation, gave great advice, and offered help whenever needed.

*Thank you Roni and Asaf, who charmingly led a detailed, rich seasonal cooking workshop, singlehandedly taking charge of five or six different preparation areas with beautiful tasty products. Our heartfelt thanks!

*Thanks to Manu, our amazing baker (and her staff of little helpers) who fed many, many hungry mouths with pizzas, croissants, burekas and other delectable homemade pastries.

*Thank you, Chamutal, the female component of “Tomer and Chamutal’s Apples” who brought a variety of apple juices, ciders and jams to meet and greet you.

*And thank you all for joining us on this lovely autumn-like day. Thank you for expressing your interest, your support and patience and for the smile and help whenever needed. It’s great to feel that you are a part of Chubeza, taking part in our bi-annual celebration. We vote for late New Year holidays every year! What a great pleasure to host you at the end of October in such a ripe, abundant field. And thanks to all the little hands who assisted in the harvest of beets and carrots, beans and radishes.

We wish you all a speedy return to the comfortable routine, and may we all be blessed with a tranquil year filled with plenty of doing, friendship, partnership and growth!

Have a good week, and wonderful autumn days of renewal,

Alon, Bat Ami, Dror, Yochai and the Chubeza Team

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WHAT’S IN THIS WEEK’S BOXES?

Tuesday: Coriander/dill/parsley, kale, beets/pumpkin, sweet potatoes, cucumbers, corn, “baby” mesclun mix, carrots/zucchini, radishes/baby radishes, bell peppers/eggplant, tomatoes.

Large box, in addition: Swiss chard/spinach, lettuce, lubia/okra/ Thai lubia. 

Wednesday: lettuce, sweet potatoes, carrots/beets/zucchini, eggplants/peppers, corn/pumpkin, kale, radish/daikon/white turnip, cucumbers, tomatoes. Small boxes only: baby greens/New Zealand spinach.

Large box, in addition: green onions/leeks, Thai long beans/lubia/okra, Swiss chard/New Zealand spinach, baby greens.

Happy days are here again! – It’s Time for the Open Day!

Dear friends,

We hope that the labor-intensive Passover preparations are behind you and you’re now relaxing and enjoying the beautiful spring days.

For first-time visitors and longtime celebrants, we greatly look forward to greeting you this Wednesday at our Open Day in the Chubeza field.

This long-awaited day is a celebration of people and agriculture, bringing you the golden opportunity to meet “face to face” with the soil and plants from which your veggies come, as well as to meet Chubeza team.

All this will happening on Wednesday, April 27, between 1-6 pm.

Let no heatwave keep you away! We’ve prepared a shade net and lots of water, and we’re all set to welcome you.

And what do we have planned for this special event? Here’s a sneak preview of just some of the many activities that will be taking place:

  • Field tours will be held every hour on the half (1:30, 2:30, 3:30, 4:30), Some tours are designed for kids and small feet, others are more “adult-friendly.”
  • Between 1-2:30 the traditional Chubeza Open Day stars, the“Hazel Hill” Band, will fill the air with music to make our hearts rejoice and our minds forget the heat. Don’t miss this!
  • At 3:00 Talor Cohen will host a wild plants foraging walk. Talor is a veteran Chubeza client and an experienced forager consultant. As she descibes her work, the primary origins of the great vegetables you receive in your boxes are wild plants, eaten by foragers prior to the agricultural revolution. There is no better place to collect wild edibles than an organic farm that makes sure the earth and creatures living in it are well taken care of. In our walk we will get to know the plants, gather them, hear some tales and eat the goodies we gathered! Come for a small taste of the rich and abundant world of plants that can become an integral part of your organic nutrition. The foraging tour leaves at 3:00 pm and will conclude with a field-cooking fest for all the goodies we gather. Those of you who took part in the tour last year can vouch for the good time we had. Don’t miss this year’s tour!
  • In our art corner we will be sculpting in mud, wetting our hands and hearts in the dampness of the sustaining earth.

  פעילות יצירה לילדים לחורף, פעילויות יצירה לילדים בחורף, הפעלות לילדים בבית, פעילות בבוץ, פסטיבל הבוץ   פעילות יצירה לילדים לחורף, פעילויות יצירה לילדים בחורף, הפעלות לילדים בבית, הזחל הרעב

  • And at no set hour, but rather playing by stomach, a cooking corner will begin to sizzle. This week we will substitute the traditional vegetable patties with Matzah Eggroll. Prepare your bellies…

There will be a refreshment table with vegetables to nosh on and herbal tea to sip. You are welcome to bring your picnic mats/pillows or folding chairs and a picnic lunch.

Note: this year we are holding the festivities in a different place, in our open fields outside the moshav houses. Park where you always would, then walk, turning left on the dirt road extending from the farm to the Moshav (a five minute walk).

You can find driving directions to our Open Day here

We’d like to remind you that there will be no deliveries this week. During the Open Day we will have a produce stand where you can purchase vegetables, fruits, olive oil, dates and honey. This is how you get there.

An Open Day is indeed open to all No payment or registration is required.

We look forward to seeing you!
Alon, Bat Ami, Dror, Yochai and the festive laboring Chubeza team
Happy Spring holiday!

Aley Chubeza #274, January 4th-6th 2016

Avital Sabag, a naturopath, teacher, cook and expert in the field of medicinal nutrition, sent me information regarding an important cooking workshop to take place this coming Friday, January 8th in Tel Aviv. It’s called: Without Ritalin – A Practical Cooking Workshop to Remedy ADHD. This is what she has to say about it: “I have five wonderful boys, all diagnosed with ADHD, and all prescribed with Ritalin. After many bitter, failed experiences, I realized that the change must originate from natural sources, and that we must understand the damages and price we pay by exposing our children and ourselves to the low-value nutrition of the average diet.

Once we decided to take our health into our own hands, we had to determine which ingredient in our plate was foe and which was friend, and started reading labels in order to kick the bad guys out of our kitchen.

And lo and behold, my five boys are Ritalin-free and I am so proud of each and every one of them. Every day we attempt to improve ourselves and improve our nutrition, to reduce the damage of sugar, attempt to eat many organic veggies… and to remain sane.”

The rest you’ll learn at the workshop.

You can find more details about Avital and her many activities on her website.

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pea flower rain

An important letter to you all. We value your attention and response.  

OF RAIN, OF EARTHLINESS

Rain has been falling on our little country for a week now. It’s been a wet week, with lots of precipitation (some 70 mm here), mixing up earth and sky, wet and dry, vividly painting the field and your boxes with lots of healthy brown mud. And more rainy days are in the forecast. The name of the Hebrew month is “Tevet,” from the Accadian tebitu meaning “sinking in it”. No further explanation required, right?

The word for rain in Hebrew, geshem, contains so much hope and possibility – the fulfillment, hagshama, of wishes, of desires, of the encounter with the spiritual and blithe and magical as it materializes, gashmi, in rain. When the showers fall and the air turns into something that you can actually feel and touch, that’s when I remember that we should work to make love materialize into a hug, thoughts into words and actions, and potential into growth and creation.

Chubeza, too, is the fulfillment of a dream, ideal, thought – something we dreamt about over a decade ago, and since then every day (sometimes – every hour) we touch it, roll over in it, and get muddy. It is comprised of our will and hope and expectations, but is also entirely materialistic and corporeal and accessible. Scent-able. Taste-able. It’s hard to believe so much time has passed, somewhat like watching a child grow and mature. On one hand, it’s hard to believe time passed so quickly, on the other hand, hard to remember who we were and what life was like before this child-teenage-young adult appeared in our lives.

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So we’re really happy to still be around after 12-something years. So many changes have ensued over the years: from the twenty families who started with us that first week of delivery, we slowly grew to the over 1,000 families who are now in our community. From a field of 2.5 acres, we have grown to nearly 25! From growing in an open field only, we have learned to raise crops in a nethouse as well. This season we are making our first steps towards growing vegetables in plastic tunnels, where we hope to raise cucumbers and tomatoes during wintertime as well so as to reduce the amount we purchase from other hothouse farmers. Once Chubeza sold only vegetables, and today we are joined by a dozen cottage industries who offer their unique and quality products. Over the years with all the changes and developments we have undergone in Chubeza, we have always attempted to maintain a fair price, making sure every investment we make in upgrading the packing house or purchasing a tractor and working tools is carefully calculated.

Over the years we have adjusted our customer rates to the changes in cost of living, and income and expenses of the farm, always attempting to do so carefully, gradually and most important – rarely. We haven’t raised our prices in four years, but over the past months, as we delved into the “material” aspects of Chubeza, we arrived at the conclusion that we will have to raise the prices of your boxes. In order to place as little burden upon you and to maintain Chubeza’s accessibility for as many people as possible, we have decided to raise the prices of boxes by 5 NIS only. Henceforth:

A small box will cost 90 NIS; a large box will cost 115 NIS. Delivery prices remain unchanged (20 NIS for home delivery, 10 for collection point.)

Fruits prices will be: small box: 60, large box: 90, family box: 140

It is important for us to continue working as we have always – employing permanent workers and allowing them stability, paying fair salaries to all our workers (be they Israelis, Palestinians or Thai), and making sure they receive full social conditions. We make it our business to fill your boxes with produce that grows in our field and is harvested fresh for you rather than purchasing a wide range of vegetables, while at the same time experimenting with new vegetables and vegetable types, and cooperating with more and more local producers in the community built with Chubeza at its source. Above all, we find it crucial to remain in an open and honest dialogue with you.

We came to this conclusion after much consideration and with the number one aim not to hurt you and your pockets… We will be very happy to hear your response, and hope you will feel free to express your opinion, which matters greatly to us. Write to us at csa@chubeza.com, or call us at 054-6535980.

We wish you all a warm, wet, blessed and wonderful winter,

Alon, Bat Ami and the Chubeza team

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WHAT’S IN THIS WEEK’S BOXES?

Monday: Broccoli, coriander/parsley/dill, tomatoes, mustard greens/lettuce, kale/spinach/ Swiss chard, cucumbers, sweet red peppers/yellow peppers, carrots/potatoes, cauliflower, kohlrabi/ beets. Small boxes only: fennel.

Large box, in addition: Red cabbage/white cabbage, leeks/onions, celery stalk/celeriac, baby greens (mesclun mix)

Wednesday: Red or yellow peppers, cucumbers, coriander/parsley/dill, tomatoes, kale/spinach/ Swiss chard, broccoli, baby greens (mesclun mix), fennel/kohlrabi, beets/carrots, cauliflower, small boxes only: onions/leeks.

Large box, in addition: mustard greens/lettuce, radishes, celeriac/cabbage

And there’s more! You can add to your basket a wide, delectable range of additional products from fine small producers: flour, fruits, honey, dates, almonds, garbanzo beans, crackers, probiotic foods, dried fruits and leathers, olive oil, bakery products and goat dairy too! You can learn more about each producer on the Chubeza website. On our order system there’s a detailed listing of the products and their cost, you can make an order online now!

Aley Chubeza #160 May 27th-29th 2013

In honor of summer, Liron of “BioNatural” is offering a 50% discount on a special product: Candineta Herbal Tincture. Candineta helps balance candida levels in the body. This unique solution treats a range of different fungi, and works to reduce fatigue, headaches, and cravings for carbs.

Candida, or more exactly, candida albicans (candida has 150 strains) is a yeast fungus that exists naturally in the body and is a normal part of the colon. It may exist in small quantities on the skin, mouth and throat and vagina, which can become painfully infected.

Candineta, produced by “Netapharm,” contains six medicinal herbs: lapacho, oregano, lemongrass, bitter melon, una de gato and cinnamon, all antifungal plants. The tincture has been marketed for over eight years in 250 pharmacies.

In addition to Candineta, other tinctures are also on sale at 140 NIS instead of 170 NIS.

Liron established this project, which aims to prove the efficiency of natural products by research methods from the pharmaceutical realm, to create a change in the perception of natural products as being inferior to approved pharmaceuticals.

Thanks to all who purchased Liver Up and answered the questionnaires, adding their contribution to bolstering the efficiency of natural medicine.

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The month has come to an end and we have charged your credit cards for your May purchases.

Remember, you are now able to view your billing history in our Internet-based order system. Simply click the new tab “דוח הזמנות ותשלומים” where the history of your payments and purchases is clearly displayed.

Please make sure the bill is correct, or let us know of any necessary revisions. At the bottom of the bill, the words סהכ לתשלום: 0 (total due: 0) should appear (after we’ve charged your card). If there is any number other than zero, this means we were unable to bill your card and would appreciate your contacting us. Our thanks!!

Note:  Chubeza bills all share the same title “Vegetables, Fruits, Dates.” Yet this does not mean that we are billing you for something you did not purchase. If you only receive vegetables from us, that’s all you pay for, no fruits or dates!

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More of the Same

These last several weeks have brought a certain monotony to the boxes. For weeks on end, the list has featured cabbage, followed by beets, Swiss chard and other greens. Garlic has been another frequent flyer since spring, and   zucchini, although pretty new on the block, has been with us for a good while. Welcome to the changing of seasons…

If you come to visit us (please do!), you’ll meet a marvelous field – summer crops are in their glory, growing rapidly and beautifully. On Sunday, Muhammad expressed his amazement at the giant zucchinis that had not been picked the day before (Shabbat). In one day, they’d become enormous. The sun is hot and energizing, but not yet a knock-out, and the veggies are quite happy with that. But… there’s not much new to see in the box just yet. Some patience is called for, just for a few more weeks, till the long-awaited  arrival of the eggplant, melons, watermelons, winter squashes, and of course, the king… corn! All of them are presently investing their efforts in reaching the finals, and would appreciate your encouragement. Give them a warm round of applause, and whistles and cheers from the balcony, please!

We know it’s a boring time, maybe even a bit annoying, and we try to rejoice with the new friends that dot the box: the open-field cucumbers and fakus who arrived with the Festival of the First Fruits, our spring potatoes, making their debut last week, and the yellow and green beans that are on their way to this week’s boxes. (Meanwhile, we’re looking for more and more recipes for cabbage, zucchini and beets…)

We believe that this is also part of what Community Supported Agriculture means – A community that goes side-by-side with a farm, granting it economic stability, the ability to grow a wide range of crops, and to work with a stable, yearlong crew and not temporary seasonal workers. The meaning of your “share” as customers is that together we share and enjoy the abundance. And during the transition between seasons, we all meet the same veggies again and again… until the new vegetables arrive.

But renewal is really just around the corner…

We hope you’ll greet this week’s boxes with delight, and that your spirits won’t flag when you spot the cabbage waiting in the box… again… But soon it will be gone and we’ll start missing it, so give it one more smile…

Wishing you good days, filled with natural, gradual changes. Mind the hot sun, the cool air conditioner, and especially the sharp transition between the two…

Alon, Bat-Ami, Ya’ara and the Chubeza team (that are pretty tired of picking cabbage)

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WHATS IN THIS WEEKS BOXES?

Monday: Lettuce, beets, coriander/dill, tomatoes, scallions/chives, garlic, cabbage, cucumbers/fakus, Swiss chard, potatoes, zucchini

In the large box, in addition: green/yellow beans, leeks, parsley

Wednesday: nana (mint), beets, cucumbers/fakus, spaghetti squash, cabbage, lettuce, zucchini, chive/scallions, potatoes, garlic, tomatoes.

In the large box, in addition: Swiss chard, leeks, parsley/cilantro