Don’t Miss Chubeza’s Open Day Tomorrow!

Chag Sameach!

We’d like to remind you that tomorrow, Thursday, is our Sukkot Open Day and
we’d be delighted to have you join us!

The Open Day gives you a chance to see where your vegetables are growing, to
get a close-up look at them in the field, and to smell, touch, taste. And of course,
you get the chance to meet us, the faces behind your veggie boxes, as well as
your fellow Chubeza members who create the community that supports local
small agriculture and makes the farm a reality.

We’ll have:

♦ Field Tours: every hour on “the half” – Come wander between the beds, meet
the plants and the stories that accompany their growth. Alon is leading a more
“professional” tour; Bat-Ami’s tour is designed for kids. Tour schedule (more or
less…): 12:30, 13:20, 14:30, 15:30.
♦ Cooking Corner – We’ll bake pita on the fire (saaj) for you to add to the salad.
Baking will take place primarily between 13:00-15:00.
♦ Arts & Crafts Corner – This Sukkot we’ll weave some treasures from palm
(lulav) leaves – We’ll teach you the basic weaving and you can take it from there
to make small mats, bookmarks, jewelry, animals, decorations and more…
Guided crafts sessions between 12:00-15:00 (you can continue on your own
afterwards).
♦ Tractor Rides – Rides to the fields outside and also inside the Moshav. Board
the tractor wagon to view the sights! Tractor rides will take place throughout the
day.

Joyous, toe-thumping music will accompany us during the festival – Judy from
the Hazel Hill Band and 2 friends will form the “Young-at-Heart’s Old Time Band”
and serenade us with wonderful music from 12:30-14:30.

Join us in our famous corn Sukka! Help yourself to our free veggie-salad stand,
and don’t miss yummy bakery goods, juice and cider for sale. And settle back to
enjoy the delightful cold water, plentiful shade and fresh air.

Vegetables, fruits and additional homegrown products will be available for
purchase at our produce stand at the packing shed.

Carol and Ido of the “Ish Shel LEchem” bakery, Melissa of “NiPri Yadeiha” and Ofri of “Tomer and Hamutal
Apples” will also be on hand to meet and host you as well.

Driving directions here.

Come one! Come all!

See you soonl!
Alon, Bat-Ami and the Chubeza team, Carol & Ido and Melissa and Ofri.

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After your visit with us, we highly recommend a short 20-minute drive up to
Jerusalem’s Ein Karem neighborhood to visit the Open House of Ilana and Davidi
of “Shana BaGina” calendar. Details here. (Hebrew)

April 9th-11th 2018 – Post-holiday thank you’s

This week we will be happily thanking all those who contributed to the success of the lovely Open Day we held last week. But first, a message:

Next Wednesday is Yom HaZikaron, and the roads will be challenging. Therefore, we will be making small changes in delivery schedule:

Monday deliveries will remain as usual.

Wednesday deliveries will arrive a day early, on Tuesday, April 17. Ramat-Gan and Givatayim clients will receive their deliveries on Wednesday, as usual.

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And now, to our Thank You’s:

Last Wednesday at our twice-yearly Open Day, the weather smiled upon us and we were blessed with a beautiful spring day and lots of smiling faces who came to celebrate with us and the vegetables in our field.  We made art projects with colored sand, nibbled on veggies, toured the field, pulled out carrots, picked peas, tickled ladybugs and chased butterflies. We heard stories and fables and delighted in beautifully joyful music.

And we are so thankful to you all –

To Amikam Tavor, who enchanted children and adults with stories about princesses and peas, and the austerity period in Moshav Avigdor almost 70 years ago; about challenges and the way to overcome them, and how to create our own story-ending…

To the wonderful “Hazel Hill string Band” who made our “together” time even more pleasant with their happy, exuberant music. You are an inextricable part of Chubeza, and we thank you for being with us for so many years!

To my Shahar and Netta, who helped prepare and organize the arts and crafts – our young and promising next generation of Chubeza partners.

To our one-and-only Gabby who took charge of tidying up the area, assembling the pavilion, organizing parking, and lending a hand wherever needed.

To Noam and Leo who washed and chopped and offered fresh vegetables and water, with a smile and a welcome.

To Majdi, who stepped into his father’s grand shoes, managing the produce market, and to Montri who helped him out with ease and skill.

To Thom, Vinnay, Hot and Santi, who helped out behind the scenes by setting up and preparing, harvesting vegetables and replenishing, and taking everything down when the festivities ended.

And lastly, thank you all for coming, offering kind words, asking questions, opening your eyes, tasting, being curious, smiling, chatting and sharing with us the clear festive air on a beautiful sunny day in the Ayalon Valley. We work hard for you all year long from afar, communicating via email or phone, newsletter and deliveries. These Open Days are our chance to show you the field from which everything stems (excuse the pun), to tap the earth with you, these clumps of soil that feed the vegetables and you, and to enjoy the opportunity to meet you face-to-face.

So thank you all, and see you again in six months!

We found two forgotten hats at the end of the day. If you lost a hat, let us know, and we’ll send it your way.

Best after-Pesach greetings to all,

Alon, Bat Ami and the Chubeza team

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WHAT’S IN THIS WEEK’S BOXES?

Monday: Swiss chard/kale, carrots, lettuce, cucumbers, onions, tomatoes, celeriac/stalk celery/parsley root, coriander/dill, zucchini, beets, leeks/green garlic.

Large box, in addition: Potatoes, peas/fava beans, fennel/kohlrabi.

Wednesday: Swiss chard/kale, carrots, lettuce, cucumbers, onions, tomatoes, parsley root, coriander/dill, beets, leeks, potatoes.

Large box, in addition: Fennel/kohlrabi, zucchini/peppers, celeriac/stalk celery.

 

Don’t miss Open Day at Chubeza, today (Wednesday) from 1:00 – 5:00 PM!!

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 today, 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 is happening today, Wednesday, April 4, between 1-5 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:

  • Between 2-4 the traditional Chubeza Open Day stars, the “Hazel Hill” string Band, will fill the air with music to make our hearts rejoice and our minds forget the heat. Don’t miss this!
  • Field tours will be held every hour and a bit (1:15 2:15, 3:15, 4:15), Some tours are designed for kids and small feet, others are more “adult-friendly.
  • At 1:15 and 15:00 Amikam Tavor, a veteran Chubeza client, a veteran teacher and a storyteller grandpa will host two story times:
    • 1:15 – The princess and the the pea – a tale and activity about royalty and families of plants and humans.
    • 3:00 – Celebrating Israel’s 70th birthday – Amikam will share his adventures as a child in Moshav Avigdor in Israel’s first decade.
  • In our art corner we will be drawing with colored sand (straight from the exodos deserts…)

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. Please respect your fellow members and bring Chametz-free food.

Note: this year we are holding the festivities in our open fields outside the moshav houses.

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, and other kosher for Passover goods. 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 and the festive laboring Chubeza team
Happy Spring holiday!

February 19th-21st 2018 – Agriculture and Community

V’Nahafochu…

Next week we will be creating minor havoc in your delivery schedule due to Ta’anit Esther which falls on Wednesday (the nerve!), and other scheduling issues. Hence, deliveries will take place as follows:

Monday Deliveries
Tel Aviv– deliveries as usual, except for the following neighborhoods:
Florentine/Shapiro/Kiryat Shalom/Jaffa will receive their boxes on Tuesday, February 27.
Deliveries to Rehovot, Nes Ziona, Rishon L’Zion, Mazkeret Batya, Mevasseret Zion and neighboring communities will be as usual.

Wednesday Deliveries
Tel-Aviv, Ramat Gan, Givatayim, Gush Ezyon – as usual.
Beit Horon, Ramot, French Hill, Sheich Jarach, downtown Jerusalem – as usual.
Ein Kerem, Kiryat Hayovel, Beit Hakerem, Rechavia, Nachlaot, Kiryat Moshe, Malcha, Katamonim, Katamon, Bak’a, Talpiyot and Armon Hanatziv – will receive their boxes on Tuesday, February 27.

We hope you will cheerfully accept these changes in the true holiday spirit.
If you are not certain about your delivery date, just ask.

Chag Sameach!
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As has been our tradition for the past few Purim’s, Melissa of Mipri Yadeha is offering a sweet mishloach manot of her own – fruit leather “Scrolls of Esther,” handmade and deliciously natural, with no additives. The “scrolls” are available in various flavors and majestically packaged just for you.

Only 10 NIS per scroll – order via our order system.

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In the Purim spirit, only smile-invoking news this week:

Oh how we waited, and he’s back at last! Ido, the bread-baker par excellence of Beit HaLechem, has concluded his renovation project and is back to work! Beginning next week, you will be able to resume your bread orders via our order system. For those of you with a standing order, your delivery will automatically pick up.

Ido prepares excellent organic sourdough bread made from wheat, spelt and rye. In addition, he offers amazing gluten-free bread and great granola.

Check out his bountiful array and add your choices via our order system.

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An Agricultural Vegetable Salad

Last week we hosted a group of farmers from small, medium-size and tiny organic farms across the country – from Kibbutz Lavi up north to Be’er Milka far down south. We came together to meet, share our experiences and discuss the various challenges we encounter. All of us are CSA farmers – i.e., deliver seasonal produce from the yields of our fields, making it our business to not only supply vegetables, but also to form an agriculture-based community and cultivate it.

And we had a marvelous time chatting, consulting, debating, arguing… Although we’re all in the same field (so to speak), we mostly come from different backgrounds and motivation, and we each have our own quirks, styles and paths. This too was fascinating. One may wonder why we bother to meet in such congenial circles. We are, in fact, competing against each other in the same market, aren’t we?

Actually, we’re not. The partnership and equanimity were very evident at this get-together. We shared our successes, failures, strategies and ideas, with the overriding impression that we are all working together to fulfill a shared vision in its host of variations: offering nutritious, healthy food brimming with vitality and authenticity; maintaining and cultivating the earth entrusted to our safekeeping; actively encouraging a different economy – direct, transparent and mutual, communicating truth and fairness between manufacturers and consumers.

Historically, the idea of Community Supported Agriculture stemmed from the community –consumers seeking their very own farmer – who wished to experience a different, small-scale agriculture, a vegetable garden comprised of a variety of vegetables, thus sustaining the balance of nature where rarely is seen a patch of earth with only one type of tree. There will always be bushes and shrubs and weeds and flowers, surrounded by a constant buzz of insects and animals, with millions of various microbes going about their lives underground.

This type of vegetable garden cannot survive in the “vast economy” where a wholesaler signs a contract with the farmer, who in turn must provide tens and hundreds of products from a specific yield. Vast commerce loves comfortable, uniform and organized service, the exact opposite of the joyful chaotic vegetable garden where so many things happen at once, and so many crops thrive in the same patch of earth at various stages of growth: a sprout, plant, flower and fruit. There is always something happening at any corner of the field, with something entirely different happening right beside it. Kind of like life itself…

       

And just like life itself, these vegetable gardens, specifically the CSA’s, require a little help from their friends, and thus we each create a community to surround us. A community that is a group of clients who purchase the outstanding products and consequently support the field. But more than that – the community built around the vegetable garden is a partner in so many other ways, asking questions, responding, complimenting, requesting, directing us, wondering, remarking, embracing. These are all crucial components of growth.

Our new website is the fruit of your response and requests, specifically one client who took the initiative and over a very long phone conversation helped me map out the needs of our clients as she perceived them, what is important to include in the website and where it should go. (Thank you so much!). The agricultural get-together mentioned above took place thanks to Liran, another Chubeza client, who instigated and organized and pushed for it to happen and then led it. Once again, he was motivated by a wish to connect (read about this in his blog to see the portrayal from the client’s point of view and not mine). Liran, many many thanks! Your input and feedback are very important to us, as are your comments and insights which we cannot know unless you share. We encourage you to remain our partner in our unique, helpful and beautiful way.

Over the past year, there has been a decline in the Chubeza clientele. To date, we have never advertised publicly because we feel our message is complex and unusual (contrary to the very short, simple mass-media message). Our growth has always taken place through our clients – a dinner guest at a meal comprised of Chubeza vegetables or someone who tripped on their neighbor’s box at the doorstep, etc. In short, by word of mouth. We believe this is the correct way to spread our story and grow. There have been years in which we had so many requests for new members that we had to require a waiting period or even turn some down. We now have room for more members, and we urge you to spread the word. If you have friends or acquaintances who would like to receive a fresh, natural, joyfully colorful box of vegetables, by all means, tell them about us. (Either give them our phone number or send them to our brand new website where they can read all about us and sign up.)

If you have family or friends who live in the north or south or cities we do not deliver to, do not despair! There are other small farms similar to Chubeza spread across the nation, and we will gladly direct folks to their friendly neighborhood farmer. Let us expand the circle of happy vegetables and fields blooming in verdant hues.

One last community invitation for now – in just over a month during Chol HaMoed Pesach, we will hold our traditional Open Day at Chubeza. Over the past years we have enjoyed workshops and activities led by our very own Chubeza members. These included cooking workshops, tours of the fields, drumming circles and more. We invite you to put your own talent or idea into action to liven the atmosphere this year. Let us know soon!

Wishing everyone pleasant days of costume-making and holiday fun. Enjoy this week’s after-rain (and pre-rain?) sunshine,

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

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WHAT’S IN THIS WEEK’S BOXES?

Monday: Parsley/dill/coriander, broccoli/Jerusalem artichoke, leeks/onions/scallions, cucumbers, cabbage/cauliflower, tomatoes, potatoes, kohlrabi/baby radish, lettuce, beets, celeriac/fennel

Large box, in addition: Garden or snow peas, carrots,  Swiss chard/spinach/ kale.

Wednesday: Parsley/cilantro/dill, broccoli/cauliflower, cucumber, peas, cabbage, tomato, potato, daikon/white turnip/radish/kohlrabi, lettuce, beets/fennel. Small boxes only: kale/Swiss chard/spinach.

Large box, in addition:  Carrots, Jerusalem artichoke/fava beans, onions/leeks/scallions, celeriac.

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!