September 9th-11th 2019

This week we do not send a newsletter. Enjoy your veggies, and see you next week!

What’s in this week’s boxes?

Monday: Potatoes, butternut squash/sweet potatoes, eggplant, cucumbers, tomatoes, Iraqi lubia/Thai yard-long lubia, slice of pumpkin, parsley/coriander, New Zealand spinach/Swiss chard/lettuce, cherry tomatoes, corn.

Large box, in addition: Onions/leeks, , okra, peppers.

Fruit box: Mango, plums, pomegranates, bananas. Large boxes, in addition: Apples

Wednesday: Potatoes, butternut squash/eggplant, okra/sweet potatoes, cucumbers, tomatoes, Thai yard-long lubia/Iraqi lubia, slice of pumpkin, parsley/coriander, New Zealand spinach/Swiss chard, red bell bell peppers, corn.

Large box, in addition: Leeks, lettuce, cherry tomatoes.

Fruit box: Mango, plums, pomegranates. Small boxes, in addition: Apples. Large boxes, in addition: Grapes.

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.

January 22nd-24th 2018 – Renewal!

The month of Shvat has arrived, a special joy to nature and to Chubeza clients!

This week we are excited to offer fruit boxes in addition to your vegetables. The boxes, containing fresh organic homegrown winter fruit, may be added via our order system under “Chubeza Vegetables and Fruit.”

Bon Appetit!

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This week we begin delivering the weekly newsletter via a newsletter distribution system. Those of you who are already signed up for and receive the newsletter via email will hardly notice the subtle changes: some graphic variations in the titles and layout. But if you haven’t been receiving the newsletter by email, this is the time to welcome you, or rather, to hope you are welcoming us into your e-mailbox…

I have been writing a weekly newsletter for over 13 years, but till now we haven’t sent it to our clients in such a collective manner, only by request. Why is that? I’m not sure. Perhaps it is our natural recoiling from intruding on your privacy, an irritation we identify with… But over time, I began to feel that we were in fact making life harder for many of you by demanding yet another task in the sea of many small tasks which are components of your daily life. There were clients who weren’t even aware of a weekly newsletter, or others who knew but never got around to signing up. Others couldn’t figure out how to do it. Consequently, there were many times we felt we were shouting out a message which many of you never received.

Hence, as we have formally entered our “teens”, we are creating our own maturity process. Over the past months, our cyber-magician Talya has devised this enchanted postal pigeon that will fly to your mailboxes every Wednesday to deliver this newsletter communication between us. We will try to make you happy with stories from the farm and updates on its habitants, deliver important messages and joyful news. Hope you leave our pigeon some crumbs on the windowsill for sustenance as it flits on to the next member of our community.

Of course, if you do not wish to receive the newsletter, scroll down to the bottom of the message and simply click “unsubscribe.” But if you do make this decision, please check out our website from time to time to make sure you’re getting all the messages, especially before holidays when there are changes in delivery schedules.

If there are any hitches or problems with the new newsletter system, please inform us and we’ll rectify the situation. The Hebrew edition of our newsletter is published on Monday. The English translation is published on Wednesday.

Our website, too, has undergone a digital revival. Even if you were familiar with the old one, go ahead and check out the new version. It is now more user-friendly for Chubeza clients and friends. You can now easily find the weekly list of vegetables in your boxes, which we update immediately upon packing the boxes. The website also hosts our guide to vegetable storage vegetable storage tips, our harvest timetable chart (so you know when to expect specific vegetables) and an expanded section describing each of our various partners-in-crime, our affiliate producers  whose excellent products you can add to your vegetable boxes.

Thanks to everyone who helped out by giving suggestions and feedback regarding the best way to utilize our website. Sometimes it’s hard for us to see things from the client’s viewpoint, which is why communication between us is so important and essential for improvement. Thank you!

While we’re at it, a word about our order system. It is very easy to operate and allows you the flexibility of making changes at the press of a button. If you’re not yet using the system, take some time to get acquainted. In addition to orders for special products, you can also make permanent changes in your orders, or one-time changes for an upcoming order. Don’t forget—every change must be registered in the order system (or in our email/by phone) no later than 9:00 AM of the morning prior to your delivery. If you need help using the order system, we will gladly walk you through it.

These muddy days are joyous ones for us, with wonderful satiating rain for our thirsty field. We are enjoying the abundant gifts from the heavens, and hoping for more…

May we enjoy a week of clean, fresh air, rain and wintery sunshine,

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

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WHAT’S IN THIS WEEK’S BOXES?

Monday: Parsley/dill/coriander, fava beans/garden or snow peas/broccoli, leeks/onions, cucumbers, Swiss chard/spinach/kale, tomatoes, carrots, celery/celeriac, lettuce/arugula/mizuna, fennel/turnips, cabbage/cauliflower.

Large box, in addition: Beets/kohlrabi, Jerusalem artichoke/eggplant, red bell peppers.

Wednesday: Parsley/dill/coriander, Jerusalem artichoke/broccoli, leeks/onions, cucumbers, Swiss chard/spinach/kale, tomatoes, carrots, lettuce/arugula/mizuna, small radishes/kohlrabi, cabbage/cauliflower. Small boxes only: eggplant/ red or green bell peppers.

Large box, in addition: Beets, fennel/turnips, celery/celeriac, fava beans/garden or snow peas.

September 11th-13th 2017 – With a little help from my friends

New Year Preparations – Changes in delivery dates over the holidays: 

  • – During the week of Rosh Hashanah: Wednesday delivery will be moved to Tuesday, September 19th and the ordering system will close (for that Tuesday) on Sunday, September 17th at 1:00.

– The week of Sukkot: Wednesday delivery will be moved to Tuesday, October 3, and the order system will close (for that Tuesday) on Monday, October 2 at 9:00 am.

– During Chol HaMoed Sukkot: There will be no deliveries, thus you will not be receiving boxes on Monday and Wednesday, the 9th and 11th of October

Back to normal schedule on the week after Sukkot and Simchat Torah.

If you wish to increase your vegetable boxes before the holidays, please advise as soon as possible.

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Open Day at Chubeza
In keeping with our twice-yearly tradition, we invite you for a Chol HaMoed “pilgrimage” to Chubeza to celebrate our Open Day.
The Sukkot Open Day will take place on Tuesday, October 10, the 20th of Tishrei (fifth day of Chol HaMoed), between 12:00-5:00 PM. The Open Day gives us a chance to meet, tour the field, and nibble on vegetables and other delicacies. Children have their own tailor-made tours designed for little feet and curious minds, plus special activities and a vast space to run around and loosen up. (So can the adults…)

Driving instructions are on our website under “Contact Us.” Please make sure you check this before heading our way.

Wishing you a Chag Sameach and Shana Tova. We look forward to seeing you all!

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Bon Appetite and enjoy!

This week we continue to introduce you to our associates, those whose products you are welcome to add to your boxes. All these enterprises and their products appear in our order system, and soon will be formally added to our website on the “Other Products” tab. They would all be delighted to establish direct contact with you, are happy to tell you about themselves and their products, answer your questions and explain how they work. Some will be attending our Open Day on Sukkot to get to meet you. We look forward to hosting you all!

So this week, we shall continue introducing you to the new kids on the Chubeza Associates block, beginning with Orly and Shachar who prepare amazingly delicious natural handmade honey candy.

Honey Candy

Orly and Shachar are close friends, he – an avid kitchen lover, she – a lover of sweets that are chemical-free. Their business evolved from a search for the nostalgic flavor of honey candies which actually contain honey, leading to combining their talents to reach a tasty, high-quality product. The results? Take a look in this week’s boxes for a delightful sample! Try one and savor the delicious flavor and the unforgettable taste of the honey candies of your childhood.

Here’s Orly and Shachar to introduce their product:

We make our honey candy out of pure natural products, by hand, candy by candy. They all contain pure honey and natural flavor concentrates, and come in the following flavors: Natural honey, mint honey (refreshing), aniseed honey (intriguing) and ginger honey (energizing).

   

Honey Candy comes in aluminum boxes (25 per box) that are easy to store, keep and take anywhere. (on extra hot days we recommend refrigeration)

B’Teavon! Orly and Shachar

Order Honey Candies via our order system at 38 NIS per box.

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Last week we told you about Tomer and Hamutal, and this week Tomer informed us that two new ciders have joined their jolly crowd. Here are more details from Tomer:

Tomer and Hamutal’s Apples is a seasonal factory for fruit processing, i.e., we work alongside the farmer at the time of year when the fruit is harvested from the trees.

Our factory processes deciduous fruit – apples, pears and nectarines – all of which are summer fruit.

So what do we do in between seasons?

Well, we rest a little and plan the next season by renewing machinery, exploring various production processes and dreaming up new products to develop. This summer we are proud to introduce two new products: dry alcoholic apple cider and semi-dry alcoholic pear cider.

These two join the familiar alcoholic semi-dry apple cider which has been available from the Chubeza virtual shelf for almost a year.

The two new products are refreshing and summery, slipping across the tongue with a little sizzle and just the right level of sweetness. They’re perfect to enhance a meal or late afternoon indulgence on your porch. As always, all of our products are 100% fruit with absolutely no additives or artificial flavoring. Just pure fruit and yeast.

Don’t miss these great ciders, juices, jams and apple cider vinegar, all easy-to-order via our order system.

Eliezer and Rose of Shorshei Zion never sit still, and in honor of the New Year, they are offering two brand new granolas.

They’re called Grawnola that’s raw granola, and as such its basis is not oats but rather sprouted buckwheat. Each grawnola contains its own special healthy and tasty surprises which provide its unique flavor.

The two veteran grawnolas (Flavored Date-Walnut and Cocoa-Berry-Almond) are now joined by the Super Berry Grawnola, and in honor of Rosh Hashanah – Apple-Ginger Grawnola. In keeping with Shorshei Zion’s sterling reputation, these too are extra-special products, original and uncompromising: healthy, tasty and top quality.

The Grawnolas are a small part of the excellent Shorshei Zion line, made in a hidden factory in Beit Shemesh, joining the impressive assortment of raw foods that includes sprouted crackers, sprouted walnuts and almonds in various flavors, plus wonderful chocolate and dessert. Check out their products today via our order system.

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Mi Pri Yadeha

After a short break over summer, Melissa is back with lots of sweet surprises – dried fruit and fruit rolls (“leather”) all produced from 100% fruit, with no additives, no sugar, no preservatives, but bursting with love, sunny summer, blessings and abundance. Now in stock: apricot fruit rolls, nectarine, plum and various flavor assortments, plus dried fruits including figs, apples, plums, peach and watermelons. Order them via our order system today!

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 The Beit Lehem Bakery

We are excited to inform you that Ido of the Beit Lehem bakery is ready to start baking delectable sourbread loaves for you, be it from flour – spelt or rye, “clean” bread, or the kind laden with seeds and other surprises.

Take a look at the various breads to order via our order system.

Enjoy!

Samar Dates

 Last but not least – our beloved Samar date supply is almost depleted, so don’t miss these great mouthwatering sweeties for the last time this season. As our stock dwindles, we are holding a sale: 1/2 kg dekel nur dates for 8.5 NIS and 1.5 kg for Zahidi dates for 7.5 NIS only!

May these dates sweeten your New Year and eradicate wrongdoings and bitter flavors!

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Shana BaGina Calendars

 The New Year is around the corner and this is the last call for the spectacular Shana BaGina calendar. Only a very few copies remain available in Hebrew and English. This special calendar is in fact a monthly instructor on home gardening and Israeli harvesting. This year it comes in two new publications and two different languages: Chaverim Ba’Gina (Hebrew) and “The Porcupine Edition” (English).

More about these calendars on the Shana BaGina website.

Place your orders via our order system under “Chubeza Vegetables.”

To conclude this sweet newsletter, a little reminder regarding other associates: Udi’s Sprouts, The Izza Pziza Dairy, the Ein Harod Apiary and Field Crops, Tamir’s Honey, Minhat Ha’Aretz, Lev HaTeva and “Tahina”. At the same time, here’s hoping for a nice, easy farewell to 5777 and an exciting, joyful arrival of 5778.

Mazal Tov to Ali and Jihan who happily introduce their first son. Congratulations to Uncle Majdi and the proud grandfather, Mohammed.

Shavua Tov,

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

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WHAT’S IN THIS WEEK’S BOXES?

Monday: Parsley/coriander, red bell peppers, scallions/leeks, cucumbers, lettuce, tomatoes/ cherry tomatoes/ potatoes, edamame (green soy) /okra, eggplant, slice of pumpkin, sweet potatoes, onions.

Large box, in addition: Corn/garlic, yard-long beans, New Zealand spinach.

Wednesday: Parsley/coriander, red bell peppers, scallions/leeks, cucumbers, lettuce, tomatoes/potatoes, edamame (green soy)/okra, eggplant/corn, slice of pumpkin, sweet potatoes, onions.

Large box, in addition: garlic, yard-long beans, New Zealand spinach.

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!

September 4th-6th 2017 – Friends indeed…

New Year Preparations – Changes in delivery dates over the holidays: 

  • – During the week of Rosh Hashanah: Wednesday delivery will be moved to Tuesday, September 19th and the ordering system will close (for that Tuesday) on Sunday, September 17th at 1:00.

– The week of Sukkot: Wednesday delivery will be moved to Tuesday, October 3, and the order system will close (for that Tuesday) on Monday, October 2 at 9:00 am.

– During Chol HaMoed Sukkot: There will be no deliveries, thus you will not be receiving boxes on Monday and Wednesday, the 9th and 11th of October.

Back to normal schedule on the week after Sukkot and Simchat Torah.

If you wish to increase your vegetable boxes before the holidays, please advise as soon as possible.

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Open Day at Chubeza
In keeping with our twice-yearly tradition, we invite you for a Chol HaMoed “pilgrimage” to Chubeza to celebrate our Open Day.
The Sukkot Open Day will take place on Tuesday, October 10, the 20th of Tishrei (fifth day of Chol HaMoed), between 12:00-5:00 PM. The Open Day gives us a chance to meet, tour the field, and nibble on vegetables and other delicacies. Children have their own tailor-made tours designed for little feet and curious minds, plus special activities and a vast space to run around and loosen up. (So can the adults…)

Driving instructions are on our website under “Contact Us.” Please make sure you check this before heading our way.

Wishing you a Chag Sameach and Shana Tova. We look forward to seeing you all!

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Strong Friendships

Today our vegetables take a step back to make room for our friends. As life moves back to normal, there’s lots of new excitement in our Additional Products section. This Newsletter is thus dedicated to introducing you to some new friends, new products and old acquaintances in a new form.

We are big believers in direct contact between consumers and manufacturers, and in the value of being close to those who grow and develop our food. Over the years, a number of small and medium-sized manufacturers from across the country who create quality products from excellent raw materials have become members of the Chubeza community. They are all masters of simplicity – no preservatives or additives needed.

Wandering among the additional products which may be added to your Chubeza boxes is a sensual experience. Among the myriad of colors, flavors and fragrances, you will find organic flour ground in Hadera; goat cheeses from Tal Shachar; honey from the Golan Heights; olive oil, hummus and organic almonds as well as honey from the Jezreel Valley; organic madjhoul date honey, juices and health bars from the southern Negev; sprouts from the Hefer Valley; dates from the Arava; tahini and coffee handground at Karmei Yosef; unique live products from Beit Shemesh; crackers from the northern Galilee, and juices, jams, apple cider and fruit vinegar from the hills of Jerusalem. This prominent parade is joined by two newcomers this week:

The first, wearing the apron of our new baker, is Ido, a talented baker from the “Beit-Halechem” bakery. When searching for a new Chubeza baker, we received a very warm recommendation for Ido, and after we met him we understood why. Here are his own modest words:

“My name is Ido Blaustein. I love baking and absolutely adore fresh, healthy food from excellent raw materials. In my bakery, I bake sour dough bread from organic whole wheat, never adding yeast, sugar or oil. I try to make sure all the additions to our breads are organic, though sometimes, due to price constraints there are exceptions (nuts or olives, for instance). I’m certain to inform clients of all the ingredients.

I am happy and excited to join the circle of Chubeza associates. Please feel free to contact me with any questions: 054-8191514

Ido gave us the simple version, the “bread and water” (so to speak), but I must add that so far everyone who has sampled Ido’s pastries sings his praises and gives thanks to the day he began baking, testifying to the fact that his love of baking is quite apparent in the outcome… In addition to baking bread, Ido also prepares excellent granola. Welcome!

Ido begins baking for us next week, and we will inaugurate his entrance to the Chubeza scene with a nice variety of breads, all organic and locally ground. It is possible that changes will be made in accordance with your requests. Check out the variety

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We welcome Michal and Avigail from the grinding mill Tahinna. They recommend you rediscover food you thought you knew really well, but do you really?

 Tahinna is located at a boutique factory situated in Kibbutz Netiv Halamed Heh in the Judean plain. The factory was established by Michal Melamed, a kibbutz member and clinical psychologist who decided to turn her life upside down. Big time.

Research and setting up the enterprise took five long years and included learning sesame and its unique characteristics, getting to know traditional methods for preparing Tahini and setting up machinery that could meet the qualifications for production.

At Tahinna, we believe in simplicity, health and flavor. We love doing things at the right pace and time. All in all, we prefer to stay out of nature’s way, going back to the basics, just like old times.

What does this mean? We do not remove the seed’s shell, do not roast it, or add a thing.

So what do we do? We clean the sesame and soak it pre-sprouting. Afterwards, we slow-dry it at a low heat (up to 40 degrees). In the end, it arrives at our grindstones where we grind it whole (shell included).

This unique, untouched process creates a new flavor – strong and lively and even wild!

The nutritional value of Tahinna is exceptionally high, abundant in calcium, iron, and vitamin A, with only a slight sodium content. Thanks to this unique process, the nutritional value remains intact and is more easily absorbed by the body.”

Tahinna is available in two sizes: 350 gr – 23 NIS/ 700 gr – 41 NIS. Try it now for an amazing discovery of something new, surprising and tasty!

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And after we have introduced the new kids on the block, let us welcome the veterans renewing just in time for the New Year with great new products designed to make us happy:

Tomer and Hamutal have resumed processing apples in their production factory in Givat Ye’arim in the Judean hills. This year they added a new line of organic pear products. As you may recall, they use the deprecated fruit left on the ground after harvest to transform to delicacies: fresh juices, ciders, vinegar and sweet jams.

In autumn, both organic apple juice and now pear juice join the durable products which hang in there all year long (cider, vinegar, jams). Soon, we will be informing you of new alcoholic pear cider joining its apple cider cohort.

Tomer and Hamutal’s juices are only with us for a few months, so don’t miss them! For all the details (in Hebrew), click here.

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Udi’s impressive team of sprouts in Moshav Ahituv is being joined by a bunch of very special guys, redheads at that – the amaranthus sprouts. Amaranth is a wild plant used for food and medicine in ancient cultures, returning to its full glory these days as a superfood containing protein, vitamins and minerals and no gluten.

The flowers and seeds of the plant are arranged like a remarkable stalk of grain on the stem, which is why it adorns many home gardens just for its beauty. The red seeds were used by the Hopi Indian tribe to produce the color red. Try Udi’s amaranthus sprouts to add a splash of color and flavor to any salad or sandwich. Here, take a look at these beauties from Udi’s Sprouts:

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With the abundance of ripening fruits in the orchards, Kibbutz Neot Smadar brings us fresh new organic juices from the Deep South. They’re now introducing small bottles of grape juice, grapefruit juice and peach nectar (in 1 liter bottles.) The juices contain no additional sugar (beyond the nectar’s natural sugar) and are all simply delicious. These beverages join Neot Smadar’s great organic date honey created from madjhoul dates (and only dates), and their yummy health bars.

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And one last Associate for this week

After a break and in perfect timing for the New Year, our apiarist Tamir from the Golan Heights has renewed his honey stock. Tamir cultivates beehives and bees in the southern Golan, producing amazing honey. This week we received brand new jars of wildflower honey and blackberry honey.

Tamir is a descendent of Ethiopian apiaries, learning the profession in childhood as he watched his parents work. Read more about him in this nice article (Hebrew) and enjoy his honey by adding it to your boxes.

That’s it for this week. Tune in next week for a close look at our other fine partners. And the good news is that autumn is right around the corner, so don’t despair at the hot weather attempting to set foot in your doorway. Its days are numbered….

Wishing you a great week,

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

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WHAT’S IN THIS WEEK’S BOXES?

Cucumbers are back! The cucumber bushes have begun yielding nice quantities, and although the market remains in the throes of a shortage, we are happily distributing fresh, yummy cucumbers from our very own farm. Thank you for your patience. Enjoy them, they’re great!

Monday: Parsley/coriander, corn, yard-long beans/okra, cucumbers, New Zealand spinach/lettuce, tomatoes, edamame (green soy), eggplant/cherry tomatoes, butternut squash, sweet potatoes, onions.

Large box, in addition: Slice of pumpkin, scallions/leeks, red bell peppers.

Wednesday: Parsley/coriander, corn, edamame (green soy)/okra, cucumbers, New Zealand spinach, lettuce, eggplant, butternut squash/potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, red bell peppers.

Large box, in addition: Slice of pumpkin, scallions/leeks, yard-long beans/tomatoes/cherry tomatoes.

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, apple juice, cider and jams, dates silan and healthy snacks, ground coffee, tachini 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!