Check out this week's harvest, great recipe ideas, and a few updates from 4P Foods.

4P Foods Weekly Harvest

What to expect in your bag...

We're so excited to be celebrating Earth Day and our 2nd anniversary this year. Naturally, this calls for 2 parties! We'll be throwing an Earth Day happy hour at our office at Impact Hub in Chinatown, DC from 6-9 pm on April 22nd. There will be delicious food from our farmers, local booze, music and fun! Get your tickets for that here.  Invite your friends, your family, and anyone else that wants to raise a glass to local food systems and the farmers that make it possible. 

Next party:  Do you want to see where your eggs and meat come from? On April 30th, we are partnering with Jesse from Whiffletree Farm to throw the Squawker Party at his farm in Warrenton, Virginia. It will be an all day event featuring food trucks, live music, and a celebration of the farm. Before  the event, we want to give you guys an exclusive chance to take a peek inside our warehouse, and see how your fruits and veggies make it from the farmer to you. Get your tickets for this party here!

This week in your bag you'll find either Cinnamon Pecan Granola or Snack-Sized Apple Chips from Fruitcycle, a Washington DC based social enterprise that makes delicious, healthy, locally sourced snacks. They focus on using produce that would otherwise go to waste, and provide jobs for women who have been formerly incarcerated, homeless, or are otherwise disadvantaged. Here at 4PFoods we are constantly thinking about the huge amount of food waste created while 1 in 6 Americans go hungry, and support Fruitcycle's mission wholeheartedly to tackle both issues. To top all that, Fruitcycle's apple chips are tasty and healthy with no fat, added sugars, or artificial ingredients. And they’re gluten-free, dairy-free and nut-free too. 

DC is hosting the 24th Annual Environmental Film Festival from March 15-26, 2016. For over 20 years, the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital has played a critical role in bringing together filmmakers, policymakers, scientists, educators, and citizens committed to the future of our planet. There will be 150 films from 33 countries, as well as over 100 guest speakers. Check out the film festival lineup to register for movie screenings and events. Many are free!
Love tomatoes and cucumbers but don't love grapefruit? No worries! We can swap out any produce item for more of a different one. Just email with your delivery location and what you don't like, and we'll try our best to accommodate you. Did you know that enjoying one grapefruit a day can help lower "bad" LDL cholesterol levels by 15.5% and triglycerides by 27%, according to a study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. But you probably don't like grapefruits because you haven't tried making them this way yet. Or this way. Grapefruits rock.

Cliff Hawbaker is an all star farmer. Supplying milk to Trickling Springs Creamery, Cliff raises pastured dairy cows and is a mentor for other farmers in the area. We had a chance to visit Cliff's dairy farm and hear about his life and work. Check out the blog post to read about a farmer who we admire for what he does for the environment and his cows. 

That's all for now.  Please continue to share you wonderful recipes, stories, questions, and ideas with us.  We love hearing from you.

Thanks for all your support.
-Tom & the 4P Foods Team

You can expect some or all (weather pending) of the following this week:

Produce Share
  • Cinnamon Pecan Granola or Snack-Sized Apple Chips - Together We Bake, Alexandria, VA
  • Fuji Apples - Kauffman's Fruit Farm, Bird In Hand, PA
  • Green Beans(Certified Organic) - Little Cypress Organics, Clewiston, Fl
  • Hydroponic Tomatoes - Yoder's Farm, Rustburg, VA
  • Purple Sweet Potatoes - Wayne's Produce, Jarratt, VA
  • Red Batavia Lettuce(Certified Organic) - Fresh2o Growers, Stevensburg, VA
  • Red Florida Grapefruits(Certified Organic) - Uncle Matt's Organics, Clermont, FL
  • Slicing Cucumbers - 
  • Yellow Carrots(Certified Organic) - Valley View Farm, Peach Bottom, PA
Protein Share
  • Alaskan Sockeye Salmon, Wild-Caught - Bristol Bay, AK​ through Whiffletree Farms, Warrenton, VA
  • Bone-In Free-Range Chicken Drumsticks(Certified Organic & Humane) - Ayrshire Farms, Upperville, VA
  • Boneless/Skinless Chicken Breast(Certified Organic & Humane) - Shenandoah Valley Organics, Harrisonburg, VA
  • Pastured, Smoked Ham Steak - Whiffletree Farm, Warrenton, VA
  • Pastured Sweet Italian Pork Grillers - Clark's Old Peach Tree Farm, Sperryville, VA

+Eggs (Half Dozen or Dozen available with Protein or Dairy Share Only) from Whiffletree Farm.

Dairy Share
  • Half Gallon Whole Milk - Trickling Springs Creamery, Chambersburg, PA
  • Farmstead Ricotta(Goat) - Cherry Glen Farm, Boyds, MD
  • Dark Chocolate Milk - Trickling Springs Creamery, Chambersburg, PA
  • Paquea Valley Yogurts, Assorted Flavors - King Family Farm, Ronks, PA
    • Plain Yogurts available by Request
  • Organic Monterey Jack(Cow) - Hope Springs Farm, East Earl, PA
  • PA Noble D'Bauvabuh(Cow) -  PA Noble, Leola, PA
    • a sharp, irresistible cheddar from PA Noble, made in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. This cheese is aged for 3 years to develop a unique flavor that works well baked into a casserole, sliced on a sandwich, or eaten with a glass of red wine. The cows at Riverview Farm roam freely on organic pasture, eating grass and enjoying the sunshine.


For instructions on proper storage of your weekly items please see our Storage Tips Blog Post. This post will be regularly updated with new items that come in your bag. You can search items by alphabetic order.

Don't forget to keep the plastic "Green Bags" that come in your share each week. They are specially made to keep your produce fresh for as long as possible. They can be rinsed and reused so be sure that you don't accidentally throw them in the trash. If your kitchen drawers get too crowded, just throw them back in your 4P Foods tote bag and we will take care of recycling them for you.




Purple Sweet Potato Buttermilk Biscuits (from our member Amber Breitenberg!)

Soups, Salads and Apps:

Sweet Potato and Sausage Soup

Israeli Salad (Annabel’s Favorite!) 

Roasted Sweet Potato & Carrot Soup

Crispy Baked Green Bean Fries with Sriracha Sauce


Old School Baked Ziti with Italian Sausage

22 Minute Chicken Tikka Masala

One Sheet Pan Honey Mustard Salmon with Green Beans

Purple Potato Gnocchi with Ricotta

Balsamic-Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Green Beans

Za'atar Roasted Carrots and Green Beans

Ham Steak with Brown Sugar and Lime Glaze

Curry Roast Chicken Drumsticks with Green Beans 


Grapefruit–Poppy Seed Loaf Cake with Yogurt Glaze

Apple Carrot Cupcakes

 Grapefruit and Bittersweet Chocolate Cake

Be sure to check out our PINTEREST PAGE for all of these recipes and more…whenever you want them! 

*Most of the information on the history and proper storage of your vegetables comes from The Produce Bible by Leanne Kitchen

A Note from 4P Foods:

Don't forget!!  Cutoff times to skip a bag: Sunday at midnight for Wednesday deliveries, Monday at midnight for Thursday deliveries, and Tuesday at midnight for Friday deliveries.  If you have scheduled upcoming skips and change your membership at all, you will need to reschedule those since it is a new subscription that gets created.  Email or call if you need help.

If you have a produce share AND a protein/dairy share and need to skip a given week, be sure to skip ALL of them when logged into your account page.  Otherwise, the system is designed so you can skip one or the other in a given week.
If you ever get a bruised apple or "sad" greens or anything along those lines - TELL US! It happens in the world of produce, and we need that kind of feedback to tell our farmers if something is wrong, and get you a discount/credit if needed.  That's what we're here for!
Wanting to learn a little more about the best ways to prepare your Grassfed meat each week? Jesse from Wiffletree Farm suggests these two cookbooks for those learning their way around: The Grassfed Gourmet and Long Way on a Little: An Earth Lover's Companion for Enjoying Meat, Pinching Pennies and Living Deliciously.
Peas and love,

The 4P Foods Team
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