Natural and Organic Purim Baskets from Israel and a Giveaway!

I’m excited to share this guest post and giveaway from Tanya Tolchin. Tanya is a manager at Israeli Harvest, a farmer at Jug Bay Market Garden, a writer, an environmentalist and most importantly a mom. She has a new blog: On the Lettuce Edge.

Thanks to Amy at Homeshuling for inviting this new blogger and fellow Jewish mom to post here. So what do you get when American Jewish farmers and Israeli kibbutzniks work together? If you said boxes of natural Israeli foods delivered to your door, kol hakavod, you are right! 

When I am not caring for with my children or helping on my family farm, I am helping to build Israeli Harvest. Israeli Harvest aims to support farming in Israel by offering unique Israeli farm products in the US. My husband and I both worked on kibbutz after college and fell in love with Israel. We started Israeli Harvest to support Israeli farms and create a stronger kesher or connection to Israel despite deciding to settle on a farm in Maryland.


We offer carefully selected natural and organic Israeli products to customers in the Washington DC area and by mail anywhere in the US. Our most popular product is the giant and amazing organic medjool dates. We are currently taking orders for Purim gift boxes which contain these dates, fig jams and olive oil. 


In addition, we have a new DSA (Diaspora Supported Agriculture) program, modeled after vegetable CSA subscriptions, where members receive boxes of Israeli treats before four major Jewish holidays. You can read more about what we offer on our website. The Washington Jewish Week recently wrote a story about Israeli Harvest which you can read here: Cultivating a taste for Israel, Farm couple aims to expand Diaspora market.


And now…drum roll please…for the giveaway.

We would like to offer a lucky Homeshuling reader a taste of our products. Please leave a comment on this post and we will choose somebody at random to receive one of our Purim baskets. We will post the winner on Homeshsuling on March 10. (Shipment to addresses only within the continental United States.)

Finally, I would like to invite readers to visit my new blog, On The Lettuce Edge, where I write about farming, parenting, sewing and Jewish life. I welcome feedback and would love to find a few more regular writers. Let me know if you are interested.

Thanks again to Amy for giving us the chance to promote Israeli Harvest here.

Comments read comments(32)
post a comment
Kat Johnson

posted March 3, 2011 at 9:54 am

Would love to receive a Purim basket from Israel! What a unique misloach manot :)

report abuse

Yerachmiel Beiles

posted March 3, 2011 at 10:08 am

Hatzlachah to Tanya and Israeli Harvest.
M’chayil l’chayil!
Yerachmiel Beiles
Chicago, IL

report abuse


posted March 3, 2011 at 10:37 am

Sounds wonderful! Mishenichns adar marbim b’simcha!

report abuse


posted March 3, 2011 at 1:06 pm

Would love to win one! They are beautiful. Love being here in Israel, and knowing that there is real environmentalism going on here!

report abuse


posted March 3, 2011 at 2:28 pm

This looks amazing. I love the idea of getting Israeli products during the year!

report abuse


posted March 3, 2011 at 4:28 pm

Wow – sounds delicious and fun to get Israeli products like that. Yum…..

report abuse


posted March 3, 2011 at 6:00 pm

Love love love!
I live in a community surrounded by farms and green space,and I try to get farm-fresh produce when it’s available. I’d love to do that AND support Israel at the same time.

report abuse


posted March 3, 2011 at 9:00 pm

What a fabulous take on a CSA!! Thanks for sharing your awesome work.

report abuse

Frume Sarah

posted March 4, 2011 at 12:30 am

What a yummy way to support Israel!

report abuse

Cheryl Corson

posted March 4, 2011 at 6:39 am

I have eaten these very dates and can vouch for their plump fleshy sweetness. It’s great to see this blog post and even better to live around the corner from Jug Bay Market Garden!

report abuse


posted March 4, 2011 at 7:01 am

A giveaway and a new blog double bonus. We are part of a CSA here and I love the idea of the DSA you are starting.

report abuse


posted March 4, 2011 at 10:43 am

Such a great idea. What better way to celebrate Purim than with Mishloach Manot from Israel!

report abuse


posted March 4, 2011 at 1:20 pm

What a wonderful offer. Thanks for the opportunity to participate.

report abuse

Emily Rosenfeld

posted March 4, 2011 at 2:54 pm

So glad to know about this organization! Thank you for the post…

report abuse

Laurie G

posted March 4, 2011 at 3:46 pm

Thanks for the opportunity! This is a great give away that really makes you think.

report abuse


posted March 4, 2011 at 7:32 pm

What a great idea.

report abuse


posted March 4, 2011 at 9:59 pm

An awesome opportunity as I went searching for organic mishloach manot!

report abuse


posted March 5, 2011 at 8:35 am

What a fantastic idea. I love it when people live their values.

report abuse


posted March 5, 2011 at 8:24 pm

This looks wonderful!

report abuse

Sarah Buttenwieser

posted March 7, 2011 at 6:46 am

If a CSA is green, what’s a DSA’s merit, in terms of planet? Curious.

report abuse


posted March 7, 2011 at 8:15 am

This is fabulous!I could use a little sunshine from Israel.

report abuse


posted March 7, 2011 at 8:53 pm

My daughter just returned to Israel to continue her service in the IDF, she is what’s called a ‘Lone Soldier’
someone who has no immediate family in Israel, and volunteers to serve in the army. She was able to visit us for a month of leave before returning. I was looking for a mishloach manot (Purim basket) to send to her there, and came across your posting, very impressive! Kol Hakavod!
Best wishes to you in your endeavors, and Chag Samaech!

report abuse


posted March 8, 2011 at 11:27 am

Looks lovely. I’m thinking of doing all Israeli products for mishloach manot this year.

report abuse


posted March 8, 2011 at 3:31 pm

That is so neat. And oh, fig jam sounds droolworthy.

report abuse


posted March 8, 2011 at 8:46 pm

Yum! This sounds delicious!

report abuse


posted March 9, 2011 at 6:42 pm

Oooh! Maybe I’ll have luck with a random drawing one of these days…

report abuse

NIna Black

posted March 9, 2011 at 7:17 pm

what a wonderful mishloach manot! Happy Purim to all the homeschulers and shulshulers out in the blogosphere!

report abuse


posted March 9, 2011 at 9:22 pm

What could be better than dates and olive oil? Are you saying some of it is also organic?

report abuse

Jen B

posted March 9, 2011 at 9:34 pm

Sounds delicious – both the food and the idea!!

report abuse

Leah Jacobson

posted March 10, 2011 at 10:29 am

Oh my goodness! I’m thrilled with your work! I have the same two loves: Israel and farming.
I spent in Israel on kibbutz Maale Gilboa. Connecting with Israel and farming shaped the person I am today. I write a blog, “Green Smoothie Queen,” belong to our local CSA, am a Raw Food Chef and teach others about connecting. I plan on teaching raw foods classes in Israel this summer with a raw chef friend. A few years ago I helped raise funds across the US for Israeli soldiers, I was able to provide them with bullet proof kevlar vests. I will be at the AIPAC conference this year to lobby for Israel at the capitol. Supporting farmers in Israel, while helping give my children a taste of Israel with each holiday is more than I could hope for..
Thank you for doing this!!!

report abuse

Dene` Jones

posted March 10, 2011 at 5:57 pm

Wonderful! What a beautiful vision you have and a wonderful way to connect people to Israel and healthy food!

report abuse


posted March 10, 2011 at 9:24 pm

Simply marvelous to offer selected natural and organic Israeli products. What a fabulous concept and offer.

report abuse

Post a Comment

By submitting these comments, I agree to the terms of service, rules of conduct and privacy policy (the "agreements"). I understand and agree that any content I post is licensed to and may be used by in accordance with the agreements.

Previous Posts

More blogs to enjoy!!!
Thank you for visiting Homeshuling . This blog is no longer being updated. Please enjoy the archives. Here are some other blogs you may also enjoy: Truths You Can Use Inspiration Report Happy Reading!!! ...

posted 9:57:03am Jul. 06, 2012 | read full post »

Teaching the Four Questions to young children
One of the greatest privileges of being a kindergarten teacher in a Jewish day school is having the opportunity to teach children to recite the four questions. Unlike almost anything else I teach them about Jewish ritual, this is "real work." ...

posted 7:36:03am Apr. 01, 2012 | read full post »

Guess what's Kosher for Passover (this will change your life.)
I'm not exaggerating. The bane of my Passover existence has been pareve baking. I cook a lot more meat during the holiday than I do the rest of the year, which means a lot more pareve desserts. Which has, up until now, usually meant margarine ...

posted 5:02:27pm Mar. 22, 2012 | read full post »

Why I love the New American Haggadah (and it's not just because I got to have a martini with Nathan Englander.)
I'm not a haggadah junkie. I know many Jews whose shelves are overflowing with numerous versions of the Haggadah - from the traditional Maxwell House to the not-so-traditional Santa Cruz - and whose seders are an amalgam of commentaries, poems, ...

posted 9:25:37pm Mar. 14, 2012 | read full post »

Best Hamentashen Ever, even better. And, a Purim opera.
This time of year, I'm always excited when I look at my google analytics and see that people have landed at my blog by searching for "hamentashen recipe". I love the idea of people all over the world making my great-grandmother's fabulous ...

posted 7:13:38pm Mar. 05, 2012 | read full post »


Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.