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.

November 18th-20th 2019 – Craving rain

TO YOUR HEALTH!

Rose of “Shoreshei Tzion” sends you this easy recipe for pure and tasty Almond Milk using Shoreshei Tzion’s outstanding Almond Butter.

Most of the packaged almond drinks on the market are essentially filled with rice milk, sunflower oil, sugars and other low-cost fillings. The healthiest and purest almond drink is the one you prepare at home!
Try this wonderful 2-minute, super easy recipe today:

Ingredients:
4 T. almond butter (Shoreshei Tzion’s Almond Butter is 100% sprouted and cold-pressed)
3 cups water
2 – 4 seeded dates (optional)

Preparation:
Pour the water into a blender, add the almond butter and dates. Mix until smooth, making certain that the dates are well blended.
Pour the Almond Milk into an insulated container and keep refrigerated for up to four days.
Delicious with grains, granola, chia pudding and/or cashew butter.
This recipe is ideal for use with Shoreshei Tzion’s other spreads, including Hazelnut Butter of Cashew Butter.
For a sweeter, more chocolaty drink, try Shoreshei Tzion’s Hazelnut Chocolate Butter.


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It’s not over till the old man is snoring

The Rain

Pitter-patter, raindrops,
Falling from the sky;
Here is my umbrella
To keep me safe and dry!
When the rain is over,
And the sun begins to glow,
Little flowers start to bud,
And grow and grow and grow!

– Anon

If there was anything we wished to shout out to the strong winds of this past week, it’s Raindrops, please come pitter-patter on our umbrella! Now!!!

Aside from warmer-than-usual temperatures (which have thankfully dropped a bit this week) and a critical shortage of moisture from the skies, the past few weeks have flown by – literally. Everything flew: the plastic crates piled high near the packing house, the crates that collect our harvested veggies, the empty cartons you returned to us. The shade nets still protecting several vegetable beds and the plastic covers over the growth houses sway noisily in the strong gusts, and anything we put down on the ground immediately fills up with dust and sand.  There were moments last week when we felt that the air was so thick that we’d have to physically force it open to walk through.

Aside from the discomfort, these winds are also drying up our greens, most of which are already winter vegetables which desperately need moisture and are painfully grappling with the dryness. Every ounce of morning dew dries up in just moments due to the winds. We open the irrigation system to water those plants who need to grow even if the weather is not cooperating, and pine away for a change of winds (literally!) and the blessing of rain, which unfortunately is nowhere on the horizon of the current forecasts. So far, we have had 18 mm of precipitation, not enough for autumn in the field. W we desperately need hydration. We can only dream of watching little flowers starting to bud “and grow and grow and grow.”

But since we plant by calendar, our fields are switching from summer to winter, with only a few summer crops still waiting to be picked. The eggplants, peppers and lubia black-eyed peas are producing their final yields, the okra is nearly gone, as are the cherry tomatoes whose quantity lessens by the day. The pumpkins from which you receive slices were gathered at the end of summer into our cute little pumpkin shed at the end of the field. Each week we grab another group of them and share slices with you, as the pile dwindles away. Sweet potatoes and Jerusalem artichokes, both of which we began harvesting at the end of the month, have hit the season half-way mark and will join the boxes in month or two, after which they too will bid us farewell for now.

On the other end of the field, the winter veggies are celebrating as they take over the surface in the form of cabbages and broccoli in various states of growth – from baby plants to mature ones that will crown with their beautiful buds or head of tight curls for you to nibble on. Fennel and kohlrabi, celery and scallion – themselves thin and gentle (picture the wild wind blowing a bed of such wispy, delicate plants) while a small distance away their older brothers are thickening and fattening up, rounding and accumulating the crunchiness indicating they are ready to be picked. Meanwhile, six feet under, the various summer root vegetables lie in waiting: carrot and beets, celery root, parsley roots, turnips and radishes. At least they are somewhat protected within the soil as they shoot out their green tendrils to face the winds.

The winds are supposed to die down a tad over the next few days, and hopefully the ensuing silence will allow our cry to echo loud and clear: Raindrops, please come! NOW, ALREADY!!

Although we’ve lacked being showered us with actual rain, unfortunately last week we were “showered” by unheavenly cascades when sirens wailed in the Ayalon Valley preceeded by actual hits. We pray and long for quiet to return, and for only raindrops to descend upon us from the skies.  Wishing everyone a calm, relaxed weekend,

Alon, Bat Ami, Dror, Yochai, Orin and the entire Chubeza clan

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WHAT’S IN THIS WEEK’S BOXES?

Monday: Beets, sweet potatoes/pumpkin, eggplant/red bell peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, cauliflower/broccoli/cabbage, carrots, parsley/coriander/dill, lettuce/mizuna, scallions/celery, fennel/kohlrabi. Special gift: Swiss chard/kale/New Zealand spinach.

Large box, in addition: Lubia Thai yard-long beans/Iraqi lubia/Jerusalem artichoke, totsoi/arugula, baby radishes/daikon/turnips.

FRUIT BOXES: Pomegranates, apples, clementinas, oranges.

Wednesday: Beets, eggplant/red bell peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, cauliflower/broccoli/cabbage, carrots, parsley/coriander/dill, lettuce/arugula, scallions/celery, fennel/daikon/turnips. Small boxes only: Swiss chard/kale/New Zealand spinach.

Large box, in addition: Lubia Thai yard-long beans/Iraqi lubia/Jerusalem artichoke, sweet potatoes/pumpkin, totsoi/mizuna, baby radishes/kohlrabi.

FRUIT BOXES: Pomegranates/avocado, apples, clementinas/banana, pomelit, oranges.

October 28th-30th 2019 – Let There Be Rain!

Message from the Izza Pziza Dairy

Dear Customers, As always, at the beginning of wintertime our goats gradually stop producing milk as they prepare for the upcoming whelping season. During this time, the variety of products we can supply becomes decreased. We will make certain to update you on what is and is not available in our present stock.

From the month of December, you are cordially invited to come visit us and see the newborn kids.

For any questions, phone us at 08-6192876.

Thank you for your understanding!

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As autumn descends upon us, the Mitsasa team is delighted to announce the return of fresh  organic pear juice and truly delicious fresh apple juice (in 1 liter bottles). These two goodies join the delicious Mitsasa line of cider, jams and apple vinegar, all hand-produced in the Jerusalem Hills from the delectable fruits of the Kibbutz Tzuba orchards.

Order these products today via our order system!

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The first rain reminds me
Of the rising summer dust.
The rain doesn’t remember the rain of yesteryear.
A year is a trained beast with no memories.
Soon you will again wear your harnesses,
Beautiful and embroidered, to hold
Sheer stockings: you
Mare and harnesser in one body.

The white panic of soft flesh
In the panic of a sudden vision
Of ancient saints.

Yehuda Amichai   Translated from the Hebrew by Barbara and Benjamin Harshav

As the first rain fell in our field on Sunday night, the thirsty earth lapped up approximately 15 mm of water, with a huge smile spreading across its face, and ours… What a delight to see the rain arrive just as  daylight saving time ended, at the close of Shabbat B’reshit which tells of the creation of the world, the separation of light and darkness, and the water on high and below, just as we were viewing a live show of water, light and a new beginning.

Though in days of old this kind of rain would have drenched the pilgrims on their long journey home, these days, when almost all vacationers have returned from their holiday travels (by car or plane), this timing for the first rain is perfect. Which is also a perfect opportunity to sum up our reflections on the past year, especially the rainy winter we were kindly granted.

As farmers, when we hope for rain we’re actually aiming towards a very specific target: Timely rain, i.e., not too early or late, not too heavy or too light, and evenly distributed, meaning not too close in succession or too stormy but not too sparse or too distant from the previous rain. Last winter’s rains fell in the proper quantity at the right time. Everything was perfectly balanced: with temperatures that were not too high or low, a balance was created in the quantity and timing of the pests that arrived as expected (we weren’t happy to greet them, but definitely understand that they are part of the field’s nature dance) and did not overstay their welcome.

The bountiful rainfalls presented a major challenge: the field was drenched, and some of the crops “choked” on the excess water in the earth that blocked the oxygen and ventilation to the roots. Our potatoes suffered damage from the dampness, while almost all the plants grappled with the wintery cold and frequent rains which hindered their growth. We field laborers were also challenged by the wet, frigid weather as our feet sunk in the mud and the damp body under our raincoats had to be in constant movement in order to warm up. Our favorite days were when we got to work in the growth tunnels…

However… After-the-winter is basically the time of the agricultural field’s pregnancy, culminating in the birth of one the most joyful spring seasons in the annals of Chubeza. This spring’s yields were lush, vigorous and healthy, the likes of which we don’t often see, marked by a bounty of excellent vegetables from the invigorated earth. The melons and watermelons were wonderful and their plants were almost completely intact, unfettered by the common spring leaf diseases we are used to encountering. Overall, Chubeza’s spring field yielded quantities more abundant than ever. Such a tasty, sweet and juicy experience! The sweet potatoes, too, planted in springtime on lively and joyful microbes partying in the soil, grew into a dense green carpet now yielding plentiful amounts of big, healthy, beautiful roots.

The summer that followed was also outstanding. Although the field got mighty hot, after such a remarkable winter and spring, the heat was bearable, understandable and more possible to accept. The summer yield, too, grew well with fewer problems than usual. The peppers were hardly damaged, the eggplants grew huge, handsome-looking bushes, and the lubia effortlessly climbed the trellises and yielded a bounty of green pods. A field day for plentiful, good-quality produce that continues through the autumn crops being harvested as we write.

Thank you, Lavie, for these beautiful pictures of our field at the start of autumn.

And now, facing a new winter, we fervently hope that last year’s winter was not a fluke but rather the beginning of a return to balance and to blessedly rainy years.

Wishing everyone a year of renewal, growth, deep breaths of clean air, the joy of bloom, the wonder of blossom, the sweetness of fertility and the maturity of ripening.

May the crucial cycle of balance return to habitants of Israel and the world. May you enjoy a good weekend and an easy return to the blessed routine!

Alon, Bat Ami, Dror, Orin, Yochai and all the Chubeza team

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WHAT’S IN THIS WEEK’S BOXES?

Monday: Swiss chard/New Zealand spinach/kale, red bell peppers, sweet potatoes/Jerusalem artichokes, eggplant, cucumbers, tomatoes, lubia Thai yard-long beans/okra/Iraqi lubia, slice of pumpkin, parsley/coriander/dill, lettuce, beets/kohlrabi. Free gift: mizuna/arugula/tot soi.

Large box, in addition:  Cauliflower/cabbage, carrots/leeks, turnips/daikon/baby radishes.

FRUIT BOXES: Pomegranate, avocado, persimmons. Small boxes, in addition: Red pomelos/oranges. Large boxes, in addition: Green apples

Wednesday: Swiss chard/New Zealand spinach/kale, red bell peppers, sweet potatoes/Jerusalem artichokes, eggplant, cucumbers, tomatoes/cherry tomatoes, cauliflower/cabbage, slice of pumpkin, arugula/parsley/coriander, lettuce, beets. Free gift: mizuna.

Large box, in addition:  Lubia Thai yard-long beans/okra/Iraqi lubia, carrots, turnips/daikon/baby radishes.

FRUIT BOXES: Red pomelos/oranges, avocado, persimmons. Small boxes, in addition: Pomegranate. Large boxes, in addition: Green apples.

October 22nd-24th 2018 –  Autumn thoughts

Pleasant Sounds

 John Clare

The rustling of leaves under the feet in woods and under
hedges;
The crumpling of cat-ice and snow down wood-rides,
narrow lanes and every street causeway;
Rustling through a wood or rather rushing, while the wind
halloos in the oak-toop like thunder;
The rustle of birds’ wings startled from their nests or flying
unseen into the bushes;
The whizzing of larger birds overhead in a wood, such as
crows, puddocks, buzzards;
The trample of robins and woodlarks on the brown leaves.
and the patter of squirrels on the green moss;
The fall of an acorn on the ground, the pattering of nuts on
the hazel branches as they fall from ripeness;
The flirt of the groundlark’s wing from the stubbles –
how sweet such pictures on dewy mornings, when the
dew flashes from its brown feathers.

Autumn is a time of awakening in our field. The ants recognize the drop in temperature and are feverishly busy marching to and fro in long processions. In a like manner, we at Chubeza are scrambling to keep up with the very long list of Autumn tasks: clearing out plots of vegetables who have retired for the season, moving irrigation pipes in preparation of tractor cultivation work, spreading compost, loosening earth, preparing beds, re-laying irrigation pipes, planting, seeding, and in the more mature plots – weeding, weeding and yet more weeding. The drop in temperature is good for us, reminding us that autumn is here and there’s lots to get done before the weather turns cold, but mostly – it relieves us from sweltering in the heat of the field.

During summertime, the plants remind me of a hike in the desert on a scorching hot day. Remember how you drink and drink but your thirst will not be quenched, and you feel the liquid evaporate from your bodies the second it’s gulped down? That’s the way I see our vegetables during summertime: they’re hanging in there, thirstily drinking up every single droplet, hiding under foliage or a shade net, passing out from the heat.

From the middle of July till the middle of August, we put a hold on new planting, as there is a limit to what you can ask of tiny seedlings. We also worry about them not liking their new habitat in its summery conditions, and prefer to just cancel their checks and let them take their business elsewhere. In the middle of August we take the chance, beginning with initial plantings of stronger autumn varieties, almost entirely under shade nets. But we promise them upon arrival that it’ll be hard at first, but if they persevere till autumn, things will be just peachy!

And now, walking through the field, I feel like I’m in an enormous delivery room, cuddling babies as they pour in on the scene. Each week we receive seedling-filled trays from the nursery, and the beds are now dotted with thousands of tiny plants taking their first steps in the earth of the Ayalon Valley, enjoying the cloud cover floating slowly across the sky, the gentle ventilated earth nice and loosened up for them, indulging themselves in the aroma of compost and a quaff of trickle-irrigation. The general atmosphere is one of fresh beginnings after desperately surviving the summer, reducing all vital signs to save energy for endurance. At last, the fields abound with a huge breath of fresh air in a merry dance of movement.

The field is beginning to remember the beloved acquaintances it bade farewell to several months ago: broccoli, cauliflower, green and red cabbage, kohlrabi, carrot, beets, big and small radishes, turnip and daikon, peas, fava beans, green beans, garlic, yellow and red potatoes, onion and scallion, leek, fennel, celery, parsley and celery roots, juicy winter lettuce and a bevy of greens in a verdant spectrum and marvelous shapes: arugula, totsoi, mizuna, Salonova lettuce, Swiss chard, kale, spinach… each at its time, making its entrance when it’s ready, almost like a class reunion. Those who arrived at the party earlier greet them with a wink and a smile from the adjacent beds, filling the newcomer in on the location of the refreshments and entertainment schedules and who to turn to in times of need. Welcome back, old friends!

Rumor has it the much-anticipated rain will arrive this Thursday. We so need that First Rain! We’re all set and ready for it. The plants stand erect, stretching their little heads to get a better look at the distant clouds and make sure they’re nice and gray and heavy with precipitation so they can hurry up and tell their buddies that the big day has arrived. We share their sentiments and excitement.

Join us for a personal and communal rain prayer – pleading with the rain to come and wash the dust off the leaves, quench the root’s thirst, awaken the earth’s teeny tiny microbes, and resuscitate the field that craves it.

One of our delivery people is ill this week, therefore some of the delivery routes in Tel Aviv will be manned by substitutes. We appreciate your patience and understanding. We wish our loyal delivery man, Amit, a full recovery and good health.

Wishing you a pleasant autumn week. Here’s hoping it will culminate in glorious, plentiful rain!

Alon, Bat Ami, Dror, Yochai and the entire Chubeza team.

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WHAT’S IN THIS WEEK’S BETWEEN-SUMMER-AND-FALL BOXES?

These days, there’s an abundance of greens in our boxes. To help identify them, see our Green Newsletter

And, once again, there’s popcorn in the box. Don’t cook it – pop it!!  Here are some words of explanation about this champion nosh.

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

Large box, in addition: Thai yard-long beans/okra, baby radishes/daikon, popcorn.

FRUIT BOXES: Bananas, apples, avocados.    Small boxes: Oranges. Large boxes:Pears, clementinas.

Wednesday: Potatoes/eggplant, sweet potatoes, lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, slice of pumpkin, bell peppers, New Zealand spinach/kale/Swiss chard/ totsoi, coriander/dill, arugula/red mizuna. Small boxes: beets/radishes/daikon

Large box, in addition: Corn/zucchini, Thai yard-long beans/okra/carrots, beets and radishes/daikon.

FRUIT BOXES: Bananas, apples, avocados.    Small boxes: Clementinas. Large boxes:Oranges, yellow plums.

October 16th-18th – Post holiday season

The Izza Pziza Dairy informs us that they are entering a “dry” period during which almost no milk or milk products will be produced till the end of December. Therefore, expect a temporary two-month break in product availability. All dairy farms in Israel, large and small, experience a major reduction in milk and dairy products during this time of the year, out of consideration for the circle of life and goat health. This is done in order to allow the young kids to nurse for at least a month and drink the “first” milk, aka colostrum, which is thicker and richer in nutritious antibodies crucial for the development of the baby goat’s immune system. Thus despite the inconvenience and economic loss of adhering to this “time out” period, the Izza Pziza Dairy is giving top priority to the welfare of the kids and their moms.

“Promise me one thing, Nils, always remember: the sky, the earth, the lakes, the mountains were not given only to humans. They were also given to the animals – birds and fish and all who live and breathe.    Never forget this, Nils!”

– The Wonderful Adventure of Nils Holgersson

Nature teaches us a lesson in modesty and humility. The Izza Pziza Dairy wishes you a happy “acharei ha-chagim!”

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An invitation from Talor Cohen, Shvil HaLikut:

Have you ever wondered where your food comes from?

This thought has been with me for quite a while. I toyed with it in my mind for some time until it became my reality: I began checking the labels on products, then grew my own vegetables or purchased from local producers. In this process, I discovered a new and exciting world. The planet of foraging. The simple thought of collecting wild plants and turning them into rich and wholesome food became my passion.

In the foraging course we will get to know many edible or medicinal wild plants, and together we will enjoy their flavors and virtues. We will tour the area – specifically that of the plain, and get to know nature via our plates and bellies.

The course will include ten meetings over ten months, on Thursdays for five hours. For further details, check out our website or call 050-6544566. Come enjoy the vast bounty that nature has to offer!

Talor Cohen, Shvil HaLikut

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Autumn Day
Lord: it is time. The summer was immense.
Lay your shadow on the sundials
And let loose the wind in the fields.

Bid the last fruits to be full;
give them another two more southerly days,
press them to ripeness, and chase
the last sweetness into the heavy wine.

Whoever has no house now will not build one
anymore.
Whoever is alone now will remain so for a long
time,
will stay up, read, write long letters,
and wander the avenues, up and down,
restlessly, while the leaves are blowing.

– Rainer Maria Rilke

Well, we no longer have the temporary houses that were our sukkot, and this end-of-the-holiday-season has turned loose the winds, opening the door to autumn. I’m always so amazed by the quick change. Not yet winter, therefore no dramatic change, but the autumn train has definitely left the station. The sun is gentle, no longer scorching, the breeze light and pleasant, with an occasional drizzle. And of course, autumn vegetables are now frequenting your boxes.

If you visited Chubeza on our Open Day, you got a firsthand look at the cauliflower beds, the cabbage and celery, carrots and fennel, turnip and daikon – all growing nicely, each at its very own pace, and all on their way to join your table. You also met and gathered vegetables that were ready to be harvested – arugula, beets, radishes, tatsoi, Swiss chard, kale, dill, coriander and more. You even had an opportunity to thank those summer vegetables still hanging around and bid them farewell: Corn will be here till the end of the month, and the last of the summer pods – okra, soy and Thai yard-long beans – are still producing chubby green pods. The pepper is blushing away in its bed, the eggplant snoozing under the leaves, rhythmically ripening – no summer haste with this guy, and all in all, our field is peacefully embracing autumn.

We love the “post-holiday season” with life resuming its familiar routine, allowing us to get back to the endless work of weeding without having to stop every other day. We are putting much effort into clearing the beds that filled up rapidly with beautiful green weeds now standing in the way of the vegetables. The plantings and seedings are at full force here. Some of our vegetables commenced growth at the end of summer, and we had to ease their absorption by hanging net shades across them. But now they’re loving the comfortable weather and no longer need the shade. We are waiting for pea seeds scheduled to arrive soon so we can place them safely in the earth before the cold weather settles upon us. And of course, among the mounds are representatives of the strong winter clans: greens, juicy roots, chubby stems and the prominent fancy Brassicaceae’s.

But wait, before we run ahead to resume our weeding, planting and other autumn tasks, let us thank you all for visiting Chubeza on last week’s smiley Open Day. It was great to meet familiar and new faces, connecting eyes and smiles to voices and emails, to create direct human contact. Your participation in the Open Days is a significant part of the Chubeza community, so thank you for coming again and again.

Thanks to all the busy manufacturers who came to meet you: Ofri (Tomer’s brother) representing Tomer and Chamutal and their apple and pear team of cider-juice-vinegar-jams. To Orli (and Tahel) bringing the sweetness of honey candies. To Melissa who brought her tasty handmade dry fruit rolls, and to Ido, the baker from “Beit Halechem” and Hofesh, his loyal helper, who treated you to delicious fragrant breads.

A special thanks to my mother, Devora, who worked hard, as always, and to our partners Maya and Yisrael, who were single parents for two days. And of course, thanks to all the wonderful Chubeza staff – Mohammed, Ali, Majdi, Hott, Thom, Vinai, Montri, Idit and Noam – who executed this event flawlessly and joyfully.

Wishing you a happy post-holiday season, full of renewal and energy,

Alon, Bat Ami, Dror, Yochai and the whole Chubeza team

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WHAT’S IN THIS WEEK’S AUTUMN BOXES?

Monday: Coriander/dill, bell peppers, lettuce, cucumbers, Swiss chard, tomatoes, beets/radishes, slice of pumpkin/potatoes, sweet potatoes, arugula. Small boxes only: New Zealand spinach/edamame (green soybeans)/okra.

Large box, in addition: Eggplant, corn, kale/totsoi, leeks/ onions.

Wednesday: Coriander/dill, bell peppers, lettuce, cucumbers, Swiss chard/kale/arugula, tomatoes, beets/radishes/daikon radish, slice of pumpkin, sweet potatoes, tatsoi/mizuna, potatoes/okra/yard long beans.

Large box, in addition: Eggplant, corn, leeks/ onions.

And there’s more! You can add to your basket a wide, delectable range of additional products from fine small producers: flour, sprouts, honey, dates, almonds, garbanzo beans, crackers, probiotic foods, dried fruits and leathers, olive oil, bakery products, granola, natural juices, cider and jams, apple vinegar, dates silan and healthy snacks, ground coffee, tachini, honey candy 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!