June 20-22, 2022 – Making our Garden Grow

We are excited to tell you about Noam Cohen-Levi, a new local farmer joining our cottage industry producers. The reason we’re so excited by this news is that Noam is an ex-Chubeza worker, and he is charming, professional, thorough and talented. He grows sprouts in Moshav Sataria, not far from Chubeza. But we will allow him to introduce himself, his products and his work methods:

My name is Noam Cohen-Levi and I grow sprouts, arugula and distinctive leafy green assortments in Moshav Sataria. For just over a decade, I have worked in the realm of agriculture (including Bat Ami and Alon’s amazing field) and learned the secrets of organic agriculture. Two years ago, I decided it was high time to put my experience into practice, drawing from everything I learned, to make it my own. 

Our agriculture is based on the working hands of my family and myself, and we believe in simplicity and hard work. We work only manually, with no heavy machinery, attempting to preserve the natural surroundings as much as possible. 

We started our small company with our sprouts, which we grow from organic seeds that are neither sprayed, fertilized or assisted by any such artificial conditions as refrigeration, heating or lighting. Everything we grow is organic from seed to box, though we are temporarily without supervision. We believe that our sprouts and other greens are receiving the best conditions to grow as healthy, nutritious and fortifying vegetables. We are happy to work the land for you and serve you authentic, natural food. 

Add Noam’s sprouts today to your boxes (sprouts with soil, see photograph) via our order system, under “Sprouts and Mushrooms”.
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This week we would like to request your help in expanding the circle of the Chubeza community by spreading the word about Community Supported Agriculture and direct purchasing from the farmer. Before we tell you exactly what we need from you, let’s take a moment to discuss the larger picture of the idea and phenomenon.

When Ecclesiastes said, “To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven,” he was surely referring to the CSA movement ideology of partnership between farmers and consumers – a movement Chubeza is a part of. And not just because farms grow vegetables in season and send fresh produce in boxes, but also because this model arose simultaneously and independently in Japan, Chile and Europe– without either country being conscious of the other (in the pre-“like us on Facebook” era). This happened in the 1960’s, when an awareness of the dangers lurking in modern chemical-based farming and global market economy were beginning to emerge. Countries were losing farming viability because import was more economic (sounds very relevant and familiar). In short, people began waking up to the problem of agriculture that moves further and further away from the mouth that consumes them, and began searching for answers.

At that time, Japan became concerned with food safety following a disturbing revelations on “Minamata Disease“, where a village was badly struck by mercury poisoning. This episode, among others, caused more and more Japanese citizens to opt for organic food, but they encountered difficulties in this endeavor as well: on one hand, the increased import of agricultural produce posed a threat to local Japanese farming. On the other hand, forgeries and fabrications in labeling organic products sent consumers in search of an alternative. Japan is a country with a longtime tradition of cooperatives, thus it’s no surprise that a small group of woman formed the first farm-consumer cooperative, going in search of a farmer who would create a partnership of mutual support. They integrated the TEIKEI commonly translated as “food with the farmer’s face on it.”

Meanwhile, on the other side of the world:

At the beginning of the 20th century the anthroposophist movement was established, based on the ideology of philosopher, architect, and Austrian teacher Rudolf Steiner, and on his writings in education, medicine, arts, religion, economy and agriculture. The anthroposophist philosophy is broad and complex, and its specific relationship to agriculture is otherwise known as “biodynamic agriculture.” The foundations for applying anthroposophist tenets to practical farming were set out in a series of lectures given by Steiner in 1924, in which he characterized the optimal agricultural system as a complete ecologic system where people, animals, plants, microorganisms, earth, water and air exist in a dynamic balance and equilibrium.

Steiner also focused on “associative economics,” to create an alternative to a competitive economy by cultivating reciprocation and communication between manufacturers, merchants, credit suppliers and consumers to deal with issues of fair prices, actual needs, reduction of poverty and expansion of social equality and environmental influences. Is this sounding a little too “Summer of 2011”? To think that this happened nearly a century ago!

A combination of the two approaches–biodynamic organic agriculture and an economy based on cooperation and reciprocation–served to create the ultimate model: a partnership forged between farmers and the non-agricultural community to confront these issues.

At the end of the 1960’s, the Buschberghof Farm, a German collective farm based on these principles, was established alongside a “collaborative agricultural community.” In Switzerland, a similar process took place, influenced by the Chilean cooperative movement during the regime of Salvador Allende (1970-1973).

The development of the CSA movement in United States was quite similar to that of its European counterparts. I won’t go into the details here, but for those interested, I recommend this very informative and interesting article about the origins of the movement, focusing on the nation’s pioneer CSA farms in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

What about Israel? Leah Sigmund was the pioneer of the Israeli CSA. A biodynamic farmer from Kibbutz Lotan in the Arava, she grew an organic vegetable garden in her kibbutz and operated a CSA over the years 2000-2001. They distributed approximately 30 boxes to various places, specifically Eilat, but also to Metzokey Dragot, Mitzpe Ramon and even to a group in Jerusalem! After a few successful years, the program closed down when Leah pursued advanced studies in the U.S.

Leah’s endeavors at Lotan were the example I set for myself when I established Chubeza in 2003. When I first established the farm I encountered a lot of sarcasm from veteran farmers, who assured me, “It will never work– Israeli’s aren’t suckers like the Americans and won’t buy a vegetable they haven’t seen.” or  “It’s been tried before, and people are just unwilling to have someone else determine what vegetables they will eat” or “yeah right, just try to tell them there are no tomatoes in January…” In my naiveté, 19 years ago I decided it had to work.

In the beginning, we were loners in the realm. Over time, more and more new and veteran farms chose the CSA path, and they are now thriving and succeeding. Today there are multiple small farms in Israel which act in a similar manner, adhering to the social communal perspective, and not solely out there for the money (though I do not underrate the importance of that matter).

The original idea of the CSA is in its title – Community Supported Agriculture, creating agriculture supported by the community surrounding it. Over the years, many farms have been established under the umbrella of agricultural-community partnership, spanning a wide range of commitment and involvement on the part of the community. At one extreme is the actual communal farm, belonging to, operated by, and supported by the community. In this type of farm, the members set the budget, as well as the annual membership fee to finance the budget. The community is also involved in determining what to grow, how to grow it, the variety of vegetables selected, purchasing equipment, etc. In many such farms, the members commit to a number of hours or work days in the field or in the management of the CSA.

At the other extreme are the majority of CSA’s, farms such as Chubeza that offer a “membership plan” where the clients commit to a short-term period (weekly, half a season or a full season) and pay the weekly fee in advance or by monthly payments. In this type of farm, it is the farmers who are responsible for the ownership and management; the clients are partners by virtue of their willingness to commit to membership and payment in advance for next season’s crop. Sometimes they lend a hand by organizing distribution or by working in the field. On the whole, members’ level of involvement is their own choice, with different people involved in different ways.

The common denominator between the various farms, and what makes them a partnership of farmers and community, is expressed in direct sales from the field to consumer, direct communication via the newsletter, the growing-protocol and the estimated crop schedule, seasonal feedback, and the encouragement of clients to comment and make recommendations and requests. Involvement is almost always augmented through visits to the field, pick-your-own days, planting events and seasonal celebrations. And again, the clients themselves determine the level of involvement and their willingness to take part in these events, read the newsletter, respond or give seasonal feedback.

So it’s true that this phenomenon may be small and relatively marginal, and perhaps this is how it will stay. But these “hedgerows” are so beautiful and green, nourishing and joy-inspiring. In our little Israel, where there are no “suckers,” there are enough people who believe this is a way of life, and choose to receive a “weekly box of surprises” and learn of a different sort of agriculture: one that is manual, varied, balanced, surprising and alive.

This is where you come in. We’ve had some openings freed up and we are glad to welcome new members. We believe the best way to understand what’s it all about is to hear it from someone who already receives Chubeza vegetables and can share his/her experience, challenges and advantages of joining Chubeza.

We’ve prepared an information leaflet (in Hebrew) you can forward by whatsapp or Facebook or any other way.

Thank you for your support throughout the years, and in the present.

Have a good week,

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

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WHAT’S IN THIS WEEK’S BOXES?

Monday: Cherry tomatoes, zucchini/onions, parsley/coriander/dill, potatoes, beets/carrots, eggplant/green peppers, lettuce, Swiss chard/kale/New Zealand spinach/basil, tomatoes, cucumbers/fakus, melon/watermelon.

Large box, in addition: Corn, butternut squash/acorn squash/slice of pumpkin, scallions/ yellow beans/garlic.

FRUIT BOXES:  Peaches/nectarines, avocados, cherries, bananas.

Wednesday: Cherry tomatoes, zucchini/onions, parsley/coriander/dill, potatoes, beets/carrots, eggplant/green peppers, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers/fakus, melon/watermelon, corn/butternut squash. And a free gift: Swiss chard/New Zealand spinach/basil

Large box, in addition: Acorn squash/slice of pumpkin, scallions/leek/parsley root/garlic, yellow beans.

FRUIT BOXES:  Peaches/nectarines, avocados, cherries, bananas.

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!