September 17th-20th 2018 – How sweet it is to be loved by you….

HOLIDAY DELIVERY SCHEDULE FOR THE NEW YEAR: This week’s Wednesday deliveries have been moved to Thursday, September 20th During Chol HaMoed Sukkot: There will be no deliveries, thus no boxes on Monday and Wednesday, September 24th and 26th. Over the week of Simchat Torah: Monday deliveries move to Tuesday, October 2 Wednesday (October 3) deliveries as usual. Back to normal schedule after Sukkot and Simchat Torah.  DON’T MISS THE EXCITING CHUBEZA “OPEN DAY,” THURSDAY, SEP’T 27TH! 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 Thursday, September 27, the 18th of Tishrei (third day of Chol HaMoed) from 12:00 noon – 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! ___________ LAST CHANCE to Order Ilana’s Amazing Shana Bagina Calendar:
You were going to order it, but never got around to it? Now is the time! The New Year is here to stay, and our calendar stock is quickly dwindling. Order via our ordering system under Chubeza Fruits and Vegetables. You’ll love the calendar!

Ain’t She Sweet?!

Though she’s frequented our boxes for several weeks now, she actually started out with us four months ago (perhaps more). For our part, we’ve been at her side observing the various stages of her growth and snapping shots for her fashion model portfolio. So in the spirit of these days, characterized by less talk and more silence, this week it’s a glossy look at our glamorous redheaded friend – the sweet potato (aka yam).

Growing sweet potatoes is a lesson in faith, imagination and hope. This is how it works:

In the beginning of May we received a package from Oded of Moshav Yesha, which we opened to find this treasure:

“Well, hey there, Georgia!” we greeted our sweet potato, and happily placed the cuttings into the pre-dug mounds we’d prepared in the ground, separated from each other by 15 centimeters. Here’s how it looked like when we were done:

And close up:

A few days later, we started to notice tiny little leaves growing on those branches, and then lo and behold – this is the scene just one week later:

Remember that naked branch? Look how well dressed she  is now!

Then, the young seedlings begin stretching out their beautiful arms, on their way to a bountiful future:

Only two weeks later, the field looks like a sea of green, with densely assembled leaves, branches and a vibrant, verdant carpet of blooms:

Posing up close:

…and zooming in even closer: look at these gorgeous little flowers, with their characteristic Convolvulaceae family purple hue at the center. The sweet potato is practically the only edible plant in this extended family that includes such decorative and wild plants as the morning glory and the bindweed.

In a neighboring bed, a wild cousin comes to visit (there’s one in every family…), extending his arms and beautiful white flowers which have an intoxicating scent. Take a whiff:

And underneath this green carpet, silently and surely, the sweet potato plant sends out roots which thicken to store within them nutrients for wintertime. Four months after we first began the process, we start checking out what’s happening underground. If needed, we turn off the irrigation, causing the sweet potatoes to grow just a little more, and begin pulling out the luscious orange roots.

Bon appetite to you all!

And may we enjoy a holiday week of faith, imagination, hope and deliciousness!

See you at the Open Day!!

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



Monday: New Zealand spinach/Swiss chard/mizuna/arugula, sweet potatoes/zucchini, onions/garlic, corn, cucumbers, tomatoes, slice of pumpkin, Thai yard-long beans/okra, lettuce,  parsley/coriander/dill, bell peppers.

Large box, in addition: Leeks, potatoes/cherry tomatoes, eggplant.

FRUIT BOXES: Bananas, apples, plums. Small boxes: pears. Large boxes: peaches

Thursday: Tatsoi/mizuna/arugula, sweet potatoes, potatoes/zucchini/eggplant, leeks/garlic, corn, cucumbers, tomatoes, slice of pumpkin, lettuce,  parsley/coriander/dill, bell peppers.

Large box, in addition: Thai yard-long beans/okra, New Zealand spinach/Swiss chard, onions/cherry tomatoes.

FRUIT BOXES: Bananas, peaches, pears. Small boxes: plums. Large boxes: apples.