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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...
 
 

*IMPORTANT DELIVERY INFORMATION ABOUT THANKSGIVING WEEK*
With Thanksgiving less than 2 weeks away, we're prepping our most festive share yet! We hope you'll share your local goodies with friends and family at your feast. However, it does mean one small change for Thanksgiving week - we want to give you plenty of notice.
Please read the information below for our adjusted delivery schedule:
  • If you usually get your bag on Wednesday or Thursday, we will deliver it on MONDAY of Thanksgiving week (11/21).
  • If you usually get your bag on Friday, we will deliver it on TUESDAY of Thanksgiving week (11/22).
  • No deliveries will be made on 11/23, 11/24, or 11/25.
  • If you are planning to skip that week, please do so by logging into your account NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, November 18th.  


LAST CHANCE TO ORDER YOUR THANKSGIVING TURKEY
In case you missed our last few newsletters, click here to learn more about our Thanksgiving Turkeys.  They'll be delivered to your home on Saturday, Nobember 19th.  Simply fill out this form to place your order.  
 

FIRST PERSIMMONS!
We are excited to bring you Fuyu Persimmons this week. Never had one before? You're in for a treat. Persimmons are high in beta carotine and minerals such as sodium, magnesium, calcium and iron, and studies have found that they also contain twice as much dietary fibre per 100g as apples, plus more of the phenolic compounds thought to ward off heart disease. Fresh fuyus are generally firm enough to slice and munch like an apple (peel them if you prefer, but the skin is perfectly edible); they work well in salads or baked in pies and cakes

STORAGE TIPS

Feel like your chard wilts in a day? Apples getting soft? Check out our handy storage guide to keep your fruits and veggies crisp and delicious. Here are some recommendations for this week's produce:

  • If persimmons  are still firm, store them at room temperature and allow them to ripen. Store soft, ripe persimmons in the refrigerator until ready to eat.
  • Turnips do not suit well with long storage. The longer they are kept, the more bitter than become, so try to use them within a few days. The greens are edible so if they come with greens, you can cut them and store them in a separate container, store them as you would other greens. The roots should be kept in a plastic “Green Bag” in the refrigerator and left unwashed until ready to use.
  • Keep unwashed romanesco in a plastic zip-top bag in the fridge; you can chop it into florets, but rinse just prior to using. It'll start to lose quality after a week so try to eat it before then.
  • Light and humidity are the enemies of potatoes so store in dark dry conditions. Avoid plastic bags and sunlight at all costs. If stored properly, potatoes will keep for 10-12 weeks.
  • Store  Chard in a “Green Bag”  in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Before using, soak the leaves in a bowl of water for 30 minutes to perk them up.
  • Green peppers (2-3 weeks) will typically stay fresh longer than red, yellow, purple, or orange (1-2 weeks). Avoid cutting until ready to be used, once cut, the peppers are very susceptible to spoilage. For even longer term storage (up to 10 months) you can freeze peppers. If frozen, the pepper will keep it’s flavor, however lose it’s crispness.
  • Store your romaine lettuce in a “Green Bag” in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Sometimes it will last longer but plan to use your romaine within the first few days of receiving your bag. 
  • Apples slowly continue ripening after picking, so they are best stored in your “Green Bag” for up to a week in the crisper in your refrigerator. Be sure you don’t store apples freely in the crisper with other items. The gases released by the apples will cause your other items to go bad sooner.
SWAP SYSTEM BLOG POST
Want to customize your bag?  Add more goat meat to your protein share? Extra carrots in your produce share? Annabel put together this handy dandy guide on how to use the system and create the bag of your dreams. Check it out here!
Login into your 4PFoods acount here to edit your bag.

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 
  • Baby Hakurei Turnips (Certified Organic) - Echo Valley Organics, Oxford, PA
  • Fuji Apples - Saunders Brothers Orchard, Piney River, VA
  • Fuyu Persimmons (Certified Organic) - Hickory Bluff Berry Farm, Holly Hill, SC
  • Green Bell Peppers - Second Spring Farm, Purcellville, VA
  • Green Romaine Lettuce (Certified Organic) - Dancing Juncos Farm, Cochranville, PA
  • Hass Avocado (Certified Organic, Fair Trade) - PRAGOR, Michoacan, Mexico
  • Rainbow Chard (Certified Organic) - Lady Moon Farms, Bainbridge, GA
  • Romanesco Cauliflower (Certified Organic) - Sunny Slope Organics, Kirkwood, PA
  • Russet Potatoes (Certified Organic) - Spring Hill Farm, Kirkwood, PA
Additional Produce Options available to "swap in" to your bag if you'd like:
  • Heirloom Tomatoes - Walnut Winds Farm, Blairs, VA
  • Organic Apple Cider - Kauffman's Fruit Farm, Bird in Hand, PA
  • Red Cabbage - Critzer Family Farm, Afton, VA
  • Small Pie Pumpkin - Messick's Farm, Bealeton, VA
Protein Share
  • Bone-In Ribeye, 100% Grassfed - Saddle Ridge Farm, Culpeper, VA
  • Chicken Leg Quarters (Certified Organic & Humane) - Ayrshire Farm, Upperville, VA
  • Forested Pork Bratwursts - Saddle Ridge Farm, Culpeper, VA
  • Pastured Ground Goat - Second Spring Farm, Barboursville, VA
  • Pastured Pork Chops, Bone-In - 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
    • 2% & Nonfat Options Available
  • Cabra La Mancha, Washed Rind Cheese (Goat) - Firefly Farms, Accident, MD
  • Organic Sour Cream - Natural By Nature, Newark, DE
  • Organic Yogurt Smoothies, Assorted Flavors - Maple Hill Creamery, Stuyvesant, NY 
    • Unsweetened, Plain Option Available
  • Handmade Original Cheese Clouds (Cow) - Mainstreet Farmstead, Stuarts Draft, VA
  • Paquea Valley Yogurts - King Family Farm, Ronks, PA
    • Unsweetened, Plain Option Available
  • Shenandoah Garlic & Chives Cheddar (Cow) - Mainstreet Farmstead, Stuarts Draft, VA
 +Eggs (Half Dozen or Dozen available with Protein or Dairy Share Only) from Whiffletree Farm

RECIPE IDEAS


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.



RECIPES:

Breakfast/Drinks:


Swiss Chard Potato Frittata

Soups, Salads, and Apps: 

Persimmon Salsa

One-Pot Lentil and Swiss Chard Soup

Spicy Roasted Romanesco with Lemons and Capers

Rainbow Chard Potato Chowder

Roasted Potato and Turnip Mash

Honey Glazed Turnips

Mains:

Crisp Potato Cake 

Roasted Sausage, Chard, and Cannellini Beans (Annabel’s favorite way to eat Chard!)

Cauliflower and Chard Gratin

How to Break down Romanesco Caulliflower

Roasted Romanesco Cauliflower Pesto Spaghetti

Red Curry Romanesco

Spaghetti with Cauliflower and Garlicky Swiss Chard Gremolata

Roasted Hakurei Turnips with Israeli Couscous Salad

Stuffed Bell Peppers with Ground Beef

Merguez Ground Goat Meatballs

Vietnamese Pork Chops (Annabel’s favorite marinade for Pork Chops)

Chicken & Potatoes Roasted Side-by-Side
 

Dessert:

James Beard's Persimmon Bread

Chocolate Avocado Pudding (Try this - you’ll be amazed how easy and tasty it is!)

 

             Be sure to check out our PINTEREST PAGE for all of these recipes and more…whenever you want them! Don't have Pinterest? Email us and we'll give you access to our guest account.

*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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