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February 19-21 2024 – What is essential is invisible to the eye

The little prince crossed the desert and met with no living soul except one flower.

“Where are the people?” the little prince asked politely.

“People? I saw them, several years ago. But one never knows where to find them. The wind blows them away. They have no roots, and that makes their life very difficult.”

– Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, from The Little Prince

One of the vegetables that signals the middle of winter for us is the parsley root, which takes its good time to reach maturity.  Though we seed it in the beginning of autumn, it is only ready for harvest in mid-winter when its arrival gladdens our hearts. The parsley root then finally shows up to join her good friend and distant cousin the celeriac, which we plant and do not seed, thus he arrives earlier.

This week we turn the Newsletter spotlight to these two spectacular roots. Although concealed from view, when they finally come out of hiding, it’s time to bring out the soup pot and celebrate (and not only with soup)!

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February 12-14 2024 – The Very Hungry (and royal) Caterpillar

Around two months ago Yemima joined us to help with the daunting task of weeding the field. At the close of the day, she showed us a beautiful caterpillar she found when weeding the garlic bed. This was an unusual caterpillar, not one of the familiar ones in our field. It didn’t resemble any of the gluttonous caterpillars that love to nibble on our vegetables. Determined to investigate, we began searching for pictures resembling this caterpillar’s distinctive appearance. Finally, we determined that it was…

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February 5-7 2024 – The Root of Things

In honor of the green fava bean and the festive bevy of peas over the past few months, I’ve decided to present an in-depth exploration of the roots of this privileged, wonderful clan that these pods claim – the Legume family. The expression “in-depth” is not accidental, for indeed the heart of their activity lies deep underground, close to the roots
Let’s get acquainted with the clan:

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January 29-31 2024 – No Wallflower

A green wicker basket
A flower that’s white
Red wine
A slice of bread with salt
That’s what we’ve got
Won’t you join us…

Naomi Shemer (translated noncommittally by A. Raz-Melzer)

These days, when our hearts beat with longing to see all the kidnapped and all our soldiers return home safely, this song describing the open door and the simple meal awaiting at home, takes on a new meaning.

Chubeza boxes over the past weeks have been graced by white flowers which may be difficult for you to recognize as flowers, but that’s precisely what they are: a very dense tuber of flower buds that have not yet bloomed. You know them well as a head of cauliflower: 

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January 22-24 , 2024 – HIDDEN TREASURES

This week we will discuss what transpires beneath the earth – not with roots, but with tubers. If the roots are the foundations of the house anchoring it to the earth, the tubers are the basement where important things are stored for time of need. The base of the tuber shoots out roots, while its top sends stems, branches and leaves upward.

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January 15th-17th 2024 – A Wintery Hand and Green Arm

Over the past several days, gentle, plentiful rains have been falling on Chubeza’s field. Countless drops make their way from above to the earth below, without whipping fiercely, but rather falling steadily to be absorbed into the ventilated clods of earth awaiting them. The cold, too, has arrived with temperatures (finally) plunging, as we begin to feel the winter. These good, satisfying winter days are a perfect reason to turn over the Chubeza Newsletter stage to a real winter vegetable embodying within it a green delight which absolutely adores the cold. Meet the incredible Broccoli!

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January 8-10 2024 – The onion, now that’s something else…

In the difficult times we now face, as my soul is tormented and pained, I gaze frequently upon the vegetables growing peacefully and indifferently in the field. Amidst all the human upheavals, they continue to do what they know and always do – grow, thicken, take root, photosynthesize, bloom, yield and wither. The simplicity of nature offers me a measure of stability, which we’ll try to send your way as well. May it bring you a measure of comfort!

The onion is a fundamental vegetable in our kitchen, our culture and probably in human existence. We attribute to it an inner essence cloaked in hiding, associate it with tears and sorrow, courage, audacity and eternal life. And on the other hand – simplicity, the elementary basics of the common people. Of course, the onion has no clue of this. He’s totally indifferent to the big fuss, absorbed in tending to his own growth, making every effort to just be… well, an onion…  

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January 1-3 2024 – An important message, please read!


we are compelled to raise the price of our vegetable boxes
Small Boxes will now cost 100 NIS; Large Boxes 125 NIS

Delivery prices remain unchanged.

We’ve now been raising organic vegetables for 20 years in our field in Kfar Bin Nun. We’ve grown, slowly but steadily, so as to coordinate the growth in the fields to the number of Chubeza customers. Throughout the years–to this very day— we’ve endeavored to act with moderation and financial caution, taking modest, well-considered decisions to enable sustainability for both the crops growing in Chubeza’s field and the economic realm as well. Over these 20 years, including the complex, perilous times we now face, we’ve continued with stubborn persistence each and every week to bring you vegetable boxes teeming with fresh, delectable produce, bringing greetings from the open spaces and clear, crisp air.

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December 25-27 2023 – Deep roots

December 21 

From this point onward 
Darkness will decrease
And the light will increase.
Not because I made a decision 
Or that this is my heart’s desire 
It is simply the way of the earth and the sun. 
They have been here long before me. 

 – Matan Porat

English Translation: Aliza Raz-Melzer


In these stormy, turbulent times we face, I find solace in the field. The simple renewal of nature and growth, completely indifferent to human chaos, calms me. And I try to learn from Mother Nature. I look at the plants that cling to the earth with healthy, branching roots, and I recall my own strong roots embedded in the soil of this country and the life upon it. So, this week: a reflection on roots…

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