Do you ever peek ahead to the end of a good book? Check the weather forecast on your smartphone constantly? Follow polls predicting the results of elections long before they happen? Use ultra-sounds to find out everything about your unborn baby?
In this age of technology, there are few surprises in life. Knowing what to expect can be helpful for reducing stress, but sometimes it’s nice to get a surprise every once in a while. Not surprises like rocket sirens or a snake in your bathroom. Just something little and unexpected. Were you one of those kids whose parents stuck notes in their lunchboxes? I was the one who sat across the table in the lunchroom trying to read upside down, “Good luck on your math, quiz, sweetheart. Have a wonderful day! Love, Mom.” (To be honest, I very rarely put notes in my kids’ lunches either. Maybe I should start.)
For a few months, in the summer of 2017, my family received a surprise box of produce every Wednesday evening. While I pre-ordered the box and knew to expect it, I didn’t know exactly what time the doorbell would ring or what would be included in the 12-18 kilograms of fresh produce. There were always potatoes, onions, and cucumbers. The surprise was what other vegetables and fruit would be there: squash, pumpkin, tomatoes, giant carrots, peppers, grapes, mangoes, apples, parsley, beets, etc. My kids loved seeing what we would get every week, and I didn’t mind the variety or challenge to try different ingredients in the weekly menu.
Where did this box come from? I ordered from an organization called Tachlit. A weekly box of produce, delivered straight to my doorstep, cost only 40 shekels, just over ten dollars, for over 25 pounds of fresh produce! The best part is that for every box ordered at this price, they deliver a similar box to a family in need for half the price! Surprises all around!
Unfortunately, we had to stop ordering these produce boxes because not enough people in my town ordered, and the organization could not afford the delivery costs. If you are interested in ordering these weekly produce boxes, feel free to contact me, as I am trying to get together a local core group. If you would be interested in having a weekly surprise box challenge using the variety of ingredients in the box, please comment below.
Tachlit runs a number of other programs for the needy, and I encourage you to check out their web site.