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May 22-24 2023 – Focus on Fakus

In perfect step with Shavuot, over the last two weeks we harvested our first beds of fakus, aka “Arabic cucumber.” After several years of questions pouring in like, “This week I received two portions of zucchini and no cucumbers!” this year we decided to begin to pack the fakus in a separate, additional bag from the cucumbers (for now only in the large boxes until the quantities increase). This way it will be easier for those in the know to identify, and to make introductions to those not yet acquainted with the wonderful fakus. Here, ladies and gentlemen, is the fakus in all its glory:

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May 15-17 2023 – Weird Tomatoes I’ve Known

This week –  A MYSTERY IN THE TOMATO BED – Against this idyllic spring, strange surprises have emerged. Here’s what happened: During the picking of our “veteran” tomato beds, we suddenly came across some rather strange-looking tomatoes. At first glance, they looked big and red. But something caught our attention. At second glance, we noticed their slightly distorted shape, as if someone had somewhat crushed them between their fingers. I then set out to investigate the mystery…

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May 8-10 2023 – Red as a beet

To our very pleasant surprise, we’re enjoying a nice mild spring! Despite occasional bursts of heatwaves and haze, the temperatures overall have not yet shot up. We’re thoroughly enjoying cool mornings and cool afternoons, with nice sunshine in-between. One of the biggest winners of this spring (besides us…) is the red beet. It’s been with us since fall, as one of the first vegetables to announce that the Chubeza Box cast of vegetable characters has changed from a summer to winter ensemble. Beets are also one of the winter vegetables that will leave the box shortly at spring’s end. In recent years, when spring swiftly turned into scorching summer, the last beets were already quite pathetic. But this year, they are basking in glory – big, sweet, and juicy! So, in honor of this wonderful vegetable – this week’s Newsletter is a tribute to The Beetroot.

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May 1-3 2023 – SQUISH-SQUASH

DON’T MISS TAMIR’S EXTRAORDINARY BLUEBERRIES! Blueberries need special conditions to best grow, including acidic soil and especially beneficial cold spells. To maintain an ideal level

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April 24-25 2023 – Thoughts about Earth Day and an Israeli Week

Sometimes Nature is perceived as a battlefield in which the strong overcomes the weak, and only the battle is supreme (think of the expression “law of the jungle”). Yet this conception is totally removed from reality. Within the interrelationship between the species, competition is the most destructive: both sides lose. Yet the relationship from which all sides benefit is.
This week we mark Israeli Memorial Day and Independence Day, interwoven like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. And particularly in today’s turbulent, complex and arduous period in Israeli society, replete with polarization and anger, protests and struggles, and no lack of disdain, contempt and hatred, I remind myself that now, as always, Nature has lessons to teach us: Cooperation and reciprocity are the wise, correct choice to empower prosperity, growth and profit for both sides. And this choice lies in our hands.

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THANKS FOR VISITING ON CHUBEZA’S “OPEN DAY” (and What’s in Today’s Boxes!)

As Pesach and Mimouna celebrations close this week, we now have the distinct pleasure of thanking all those who worked so hard to make Monday’s Open Day at Chubeza a success. 
It was our great pleasure to host our guests, to greet well-known and new faces, to chat, nosh, play, create, tour, pick vegetables, take a bumpy tractor ride, and enjoy a sunny – and sometimes drizzly – day together.

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April 3-4 2023 – Happy Passover!

Well, Pesach is here, a holiday that is not generally considered a culinary event. Most people think of it as a holiday of lotsa-matzah and meat, and depending on your tradition, rice or potatoes. But if we take a look at the Seder symbols and the little appetizer ceremonies that precede the great meal, one may notice that lots of vegetables and some fruit take an honored role in the celebration. This week’s Newsletter turns the spotlight onto them.

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March 20-22 2023 – Full Power

Mid-to-late winter is the season when the fresh fava bean cheerful leaps into Chubeza, joining its sweet cousin, the pea. In the meantime, it appears that the fearless fava has managed to make it though the climate-craze relatively unscathed. If you still can’t recognize the fabulous fava, let us casually mention his pedigree – a venerable legume family member – and describe his chubby elongated green pods, complete with a soft, cottony inner lining.
In Bialik’s garden bed (a famous Hebrew children song), the poor, solitary fava broods over his empty pods. I’m guessing this party did not take place in late winter with spring around the corner, because there is no way on earth that our fava is not out boogying and partying with the garden-bed guys. As the weather warms up, his pods are filling up and generously filling our harvest buckets and your boxes. Go party!

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