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 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!

Aley chubeza #214 September 8th-10th 2014

Preparing for the holidays…

Changes in delivery dates over the holidays:
• During the week of Rosh Hashanah:  The Wednesday delivery will be moved up to Tuesday, September 23rd.   (Monday deliveries as usual)

The ordering system for Wednesday delivery will close on Sunday, September 21st at 12:00

• The week between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur: All deliveries as usual.
• During the week that Sukkot begins: The Wednesday delivery will be moved up to Tuesday, October 7th.  (Monday deliveries as usual.)

The ordering system for Wednesday deliveries will close Sunday, October 5th, at 12:00

• During Chol HaMoed Sukkot, there will be no deliveries, thus you will not be receiving boxes on Monday and Wednesday, the 13th and 15th of October.
If you wish to increase your vegetable boxes before the holidays, please advise as soon as possible.

Subscribing to our weekly newsletter: The best way to receive messages and updates is via our weekly newsletter, which is published on our website and, in most cases, arrives directly to your email inbox. Those who do not receive the newsletter and wish to do so, please advise.  If you prefer to receive a hard copy along with your box, please notify me.

Open Day at Chubeza—date changed!
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 Monday, October 13th, the 19th of Tishrei (fourth day of Chol HaMoed), between 12:00-17:00 (and not as previously announced).
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 from all of us at Chubeza
We look forward to seeing you all!

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The skies, they are a-changing

So I haven’t encountered a wagtail yet, but the citrus fruits growing in our landlord Moshe’s small orchard are already becoming rounder and riper. There are a few squills here and there, and even an occasional cool breeze… Autumn is peeking from behind the scenes, and together with the winds of change and the turning of the seasons, our vegetables are encountering some challenges. Before we describe these in detail, we’d like to turn over the stage for an update on what’s happening with some of our associates who provide you with wonderful organic products alongside our vegetables:

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The first are Puah and Oded from Meshek 42 in Tal Shachar, who send you goat milk products. This is what Puah has to say about what’s going on in their business these days:

Dear Chubeza clients,

Over the past milking season, we’ve added our milk products to your vegetable boxes. Many people consider milk products as a year-round commodity, but not with us. Here, working with the goat herds is seasonal, and so is the milk. These days we only milk some of the mature goats. One group of goats is no longer milked, as they are reaching the end of their pregnancy and the beginning of whelping season. As a result, we have less milk in our dairy. The milk is also prone to seasonal changes. End-of-season milk is “weak” and thus hard to work with, hard to curdle, more diluted, and its flavors vary. Therefore, your supply via Chubeza will be undergoing some changes. It’s difficult to know exactly what this upcoming period of time holds in store, but expect changes in supply and quantity.

In all events, you are more than welcome to visit our pen on Thursdays at 4:00 PM to see and experience the special world of goat milking at Meshek 42.

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 In honor of the holidays and the upcoming fall season, Helaf, our organic fruit farmer and neighbor from over the hills in Karmei Yosef, is offering various opportunities to purchase several specific types of fruit in your boxes. Currently available are orders of 4 kg apple (80 NIS), 5 kg mango (75 NIS), 5 kg pomegranate  (55 NIS). You can add those to your order via our order system.

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 For some weeks now we have been in contact with Hillel from Ein Harod in the Jezreel Valley to discuss the progress of this season’s crop of excellent organic almonds. We are all anxiously awaiting them, and we’ve been getting requests from many of you to order right away. But… we need to remain a bit more patient, as the almond delivery is a slightly delayed due to problems in the shelling factory. However, very soon, hopefully as early as next week, we should be receiving the long-awaited almonds. Watch our order system for the latest updates.

And there are also some new goodies from Ein Harod. You may now purchase their dry organic hummus grown in the valley, and organic olive oil of the Barnea variety (extra virgin olive oil, cold-pressed and maximal sourness 0.8%) produced from their olive grove. These additional products are now on hand, and you are welcome to order delectable almonds, olive oil and hummus via our order system to be added to your next box.

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And how are the Chubeza vegetables doing?

The end of summer-beginning of autumn season is a difficult one for field vegetables, primarily because of the oppressive heat. In the Arava, for instance, vegetables have not been growing in their hothouses for some weeks now. The cucumber and peppers harden in the hothouse during this season, and their lack is evident in all the organic market these days: cucumbers, peppers, zucchini, even tomatoes. We, too, are dealing with monotony in our boxes, a lack of vegetables that forces us to purchase vegetables from other places to supplement the homegrown Chubeza fare. (Only a few vegetables, it’s true, but after such a long time that the boxes contained only our very own produce, it’s still a change…) We try to supplement with vegetables which we don’t usually grow, like potatoes or carrots. Fortunately, the cucumbers in our net house are still yielding, albeit not in the major quantities of several weeks ago. Still, we harvested a few hundred kilo over the past few days, which most of you will be receiving. We will not be able to purchase supplementary cucumbers due to the major shortage in the organic market, so those of you who will not be receiving cucumbers will get carrots instead.

Our peppers, however, grow in the open field as opposed to the hothouses, and this is their time of glory. They were planted in May and June, and grow under a tall shade net which protects from the foliage damage they’re sometimes prone to. As you will see in your boxes, they are beautiful and juicy and so yummy. We grow two types: the big square, dark green peppers that turn bright red with a relatively thick flesh wall, as well as smaller, green-yellowish peppers that are sweet even at their young green stage of harvesting.  Usually, we attempt to send you a mix of the two.

An autumn change beginning this week is the return of fresh, delicious lettuce. They grew under the careful protection of a mesh net in order to keep away pests. Plus, over the net cover, a little higher up, another shade net was spread in order to relieve the summer heat. We spoiled and pampered them so these vegetables can turn bright green and brighten up our autumn. Lettuce give them a warm welcome!

And… autumn changes in the offing: cute orange sweet potatoes that we will soon start to dig out. So far, the yield looks promising. Let’s hope we don’t encounter any sudden pest or other hazard. Keep your fingers crossed for the sweet bulbs hidden under the dirt. The dill and coriander who went on strike in the major heat will also soon be back, as temperatures drop.

We hope the change of seasons makes you as happy as we feel, bringing to you the welcome relief of crisp mornings and the chance to breathe again in late afternoon…

May we have a fine week!

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

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WHAT’S IN THIS WEEK’S BOXES?

Monday: Acorn squash, corn, lettuce, tomatoes, pumpkin, leeks, parsley/mint (nana)/thyme, carrots/cucumbers, red and green bell peppers, scallions/chives, potatoes

Large box, in addition: Eggplant/zucchini, Thai beans/okra, New Zealand spinach

Wednesday: parsley, potatoes, cucumbers, slice of pumpkin, red peppers, butternut squash, lettuce, leek, corn, green onions.

Large box, in addition: okra/yard long beans, thyme/New Zealand spinach, carrots/eggplants/zucchini.

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, crackers, probiotic foods, dried fruits and leathers, olive oil, bakery products, pomegranate juice 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!

A MESSAGE FROM THE FIELDS – November 11th-13th 2013

This week, as well, we are too swamped with work to write a Newsletter. But– I can send you warm regards from Chubeza’s sundrenched winter field. Despite the fact that the days continue to be warm, the nights are getting longer and cooler. And the winter vegetables are assuming command over the contents of your boxes!

Enjoy!!!

 WHAT’S IN THIS WEEK’S BOXES?

Monday: Parsley/coriander, cauliflower, broccoli, tomatoes, kale/spinach, lubia/green beans/Jerusalem artichoke, lettuce, cucumbers, totsoi/arugula, carrots. Small boxes only: corn/daikon

In the large box, in addition: Beets, radishes/turnips, kohlrabi, pumpkin/ sweet potatoes

Wednesday: corn or eggplants or red/green peppers, lettuce, cucumbers, cilantro/parsley, sweet potatoes, carrots, arugula, red beets or kohlrabi, tomatoes, leek or chive – in small boxes only, cauliflower or broccoli – in small boxes.

In the large box, in addition: radishes, kale/tatsoi, green beans or black eye peas or Jerusalem artichoke, cauliflower or pumpkin, broccoli

And there’s more! You can add to your basket a wide, delectable range of additional products from fine small producers: flour, sprouts, fruits, honey, dates, almonds, crackers, probiotic foods, dried fruits and leathers, olive oil and bakery products 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!

Messages November 4th-6th 2013

November

November comes,
And November goes
With the last red berries
And the first white snows,

With night coming early
And dawn coming late,
And ice in the bucket
And frost by the gate.

The fires burn
And the kettles sing,
And earth sinks to rest
Until next spring.

~ Elizabeth Coatsworth

While the rest of the northern hemisphere readies their kindling wood, here in these parts at the onset of November and the lunar month of Kislev, we had a very short first-rain-of-the-season on Friday. Here’s hoping this was a Heavenly “trial run” to pave the way for stronger, more frequent blessed showers.

On the Chubeza scene we are swamped with work, so today we have only a few messages:

This weekend we billed your cards for October purchases. The billing is three-part: one bill for vegetables, fruits and dates which you purchased over the past month (Of course, if you only received vegetables, you will only be billed for vegetables. Not fruit or dates…) The second part is the bill for delivery, which includes VAT, and the third is for extra non-Chubeza products you purchased through our Internet order system.

We would like to remind you that you are now able to view your billing history in our Internet-based order system. It’s easy. Simply click the 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 סה”כ לתשלום: 0 (total due: 0) should appear. If there is any number other than zero, this means we were unable to bill your card and would appreciate your contacting us. We always have our hands full, and we depend on you to inform us. Our thanks!

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At times like this, with the heavy burdens of labor that the end of the month brings, I am always glad for friends like Eli. Somehow his advice is always timely and accurately relates to my current agonies: backache, stiff neck, tired fingers, general fatigue. I decided to share with you this manual he wrote (in Hebrew). May we have a happy, healthy week!

Alon, Bat Ami and the Chubeza team

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The price of tomatoes remains quite high this week. Since tomatoes are no longer growing in our field during this season, and we must supplement our supply with tomatoes purchased from other organic hothouses. This week your boxes will contain a smaller quantity of the red beauties. We hope for the speedy return of reasonable tomato prices.

WHAT’S IN THIS WEEK’S BOXES?

Monday: Parsley/dill, pumpkin, tomatoes, tot soi/kale, turnips/daikon, lettuce,    cucumbers, spinach/New Zealand spinach, carrots, sweet potatoes. Small boxes only: green beans

In the large box, in addition: Beets, bell peppers, arugula, eggplants/lubia

Wednesday: daikon radish / small radish / turnip, lettuce, cucumbers, cauliflower / broccoli, cilantro / parsley, sweet potatoes, carrots, kale / spinach, arugula / tatsoi, green beans / green black eye peas (lubia) / Jerusalem artichoke, tomatoes.

In the large box, in addition: red beets, a slice of pumpkin, leeks / eggplants

And there’s more! You can add to your basket a wide, delectable range of additional products from fine small producers: flour, sprouts, fruits, honey, dates, almonds, crackers, probiotic foods, dried fruits and leathers, olive oil and bakery products 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!