February 26th-28th 2018 – Happy smiley purim!

Reminder – changes in delivery schedule:

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

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Musical Vegetables

Purim is the holiday where we are encouraged to exit our comfort zone and shed our usual presumptions and predictable opinions to scrutinize the familiar from a brand new point of view, daring to transform the custom – by costume.

Thus, in honor of Purim, we are happy to bring a different angle, a vegetable Nahafochu, sharing the stories of a troupe of special musicians who produce music…from vegetables!

Using vegetables to make music is nothing new. Coconuts or dried pumpkins, for instance, have been used as percussion instruments in South America and Africa for many years. What’s different about the music I’m sharing with you is that it is produced from super fresh vegetables to produce a distinctive, surprising tone.

The Vienna Vegetable Orchestra is a unique ensemble that plays music on instruments made exclusively from fresh vegetables. Using carrot flutes, pumpkin tubas, leek violins, celery guitars and pepper trumpets, they make highly unusual vegetable-like music. Take a look at the instruments:

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 Cucumber-Phone

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Carrot Flutes

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Percussion Pumpkin

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Leek Violin

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Eggplant Castanet

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Pepper Trumpet

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Celeriac Bongo

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Ratchet Salad

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Onion Peels

The orchestra was established in Vienna, Austria, in 1998. It works as an ensemble with 12 musicians who play modern music, beat, house, electronic, jazz and all sorts of other types. They constantly invent and develop new instruments, and then create the music to match.

Their concerts are a sensual celebration: as the music fills the room, so do fragrances of celery and onion. Musicians sport visible vegetable stains as the music reaches a crescendo. At the close of the concert, the audience is rewarded with an encore of… fresh vegetable soup!

According to one musician, “We chose the vegetables as instruments for their living testimony to these qualities: they can be smelled and tasted, they have a wide variety of shapes and color, and they can be found anywhere.” Before each concert, the merry musicians go shopping in the market, searching for the vegetables to be used in their performance. It is very important to make the instruments out of fresh vegetables, they say, since the freshness of the vegetable influences the sound it produces, and its stamina. Not-so-fresh vegetables tend to crack or break when they hit the high notes. Nor do the supermarket varieties packed in plastic bags produce instruments of high quality.

The orchestra members will not be pleased to hear that they are the honored guests of our Purim Newsletter. They don’t like being seen as a funny or strange phenomenon, and disdain invitations to an event as comic relief. Above all, they are indeed serious musicians. To date, they have produced three CDs to rave reviews, and they give 20-30 performances every year in Europe and Asia. Truth be told, in order to perform as they do, they need to deal with non-conventional problems, like when a local market does not carry carrots of the right thickness, or big enough pumpkins or any leeks at all  outside of leek season! The instruments are sensitive to the heat of the bright stage lights, and sometimes the sound changes throughout the performance due to the vegetable drying up…

But really, the message these musicians convey is this: millions of vegetable orchestras exist worldwide. For those of you who seek local vegetable music, they suggest you stop at the nearest market and listen carefully. Within a few seconds, they assure you that you’ll begin hearing the gentle sounds produced by vegetables, fruit, bread and cans.

The second Purim artist we are featuring is an Australian woodwind musician, a very serious one who in fact loves to emphasize the humoristic side of his performances.

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His name is Linsey Pollak, and he plays various “musical instruments” we never imagined had it in them, such as rubber gloves, garden funnels, chairs, brooms, an inflatable frog (!) and – in our common interest – carrots. Watch this video to see him preparing a flute from a carrot and then coaxing a tune out of it – accompanied by his alluring Australian accent.

As music and vegetables span cultures and borders, so we will share a zany video involving vegetable music in a Chinese talent show.

Whether you are eating your vegetables or making beautiful music from them (perhaps pop them in your mouth for an encore?), we wish you a happy and joyful Purim with lots of masks and rattles, songs and dances.

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

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WHAT’S IN THIS WEEK’S PURIM BOXES?

Monday-Tuesday: Broccoli/cauliflower, carrots, leeks/onions/scallions, bell peppers/ cucumbers, cabbage, tomatoes, potatoes, lettuce, beets, garden or snow peas. Small boxes only: Swiss chard/spinach/ kale.

Large box, in addition: Fava beans/Jerusalem artichoke, parsley/dill/coriander, celeriac, kohlrabi/turnips/daikon.

Tuesday-Wednesday: Broccoli/cauliflower, cucumber, peas, cabbage, tomato, potato, kohlrabi/beets, celeriac, lettuce, carrots. Small boxes only: Parsley/cilantro/dill.

Large box, in addition: Kale/Swiss chard/spinach, Jerusalem artichoke/fava beans, radish/turnip/daikon, leeks/scallions.