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...

International Food Day is just around the corner, which means planning for the 4PFoods Annual Harvest Party is in full swing! Join us on October 22nd at Bees and Trees Farm in the beautiful Virginia countryside. Enjoy local food, music, a pumpkin patch, hay rides, and meet the farmers behind some of the best local honey in the area. Check out last year's Harvest Party to get excited for all the fun to come. 


The temperatures are falling, the days are getting shorter and fall squash has arrived. In your bag this week you'll find Kabocha Squash, a sweet Japanese squash variety that has has a fluffy, chestnut-texture that's similar to a sweet potato crossed with a pumpkin.Full of beta carotene, iron, vitamins, and other good stuff, kabocha is also extremely good for you. TKabocha squash is versatile — it can be roasted or steamed and used in much the same way like other hard winter squashes like butternut or pumpkins. Try it in this Kabocha squash soup!
When you refer a friend to 4P Foods, you both receive $10 towards your next order. New customers order online with discount code: 4PFriends. Once they’ve signed up, email for $10 off your next bag.

Want to get your office or apartment building involved? When five or more individuals sign up for delivery to the same location, the delivery fee is waived. You can also help organize a 4P Foods meet-and-greet at your workplace to receive your next produce bag free. Email to schedule the meet-and-greet and to help spread the good word.

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:
  • Kabocha Squash can be stored like other hard winter squashes for up to a month in cool, dry conditions.
  • Romaine lettuce should be washed thoroughly before using. However, do not soak the leaves, instead run cool water over them to remove any dirt. 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. 

  • Broccoli needs to have some airflow in order to stay fresh. Place in a perforated or open plastic bag in the refrigerator crisper ASAP. Do not wash broccoli before storing as moisture clinging to its surface will cause it to deteriorate more quickly. Broccoli should be used within 3-4 days or until it starts to show signs of discoloration.
  • To store properly, cut off the greens of radishes and place them in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to a week. Use radish greens as soon as possible as they don’t store well. Wash and store the leaves like other salad greens and eat them within a day or two.
  • 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.
  • Spring onions should be wrapped in plastic wrap and stored in the crisper section of the refrigerator. They are fairly prone to wilting and so they are best eaten within a few days of receiving.
  • Mini peppers should be placed immediately in the refrigerator where they can last for two to three weeks. Do not wash until ready to use.

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 
  • Broccoli Crowns - Critzer Family Farm, Charlottesville, VA
  • Bunched Green Onions - Walnut Winds, Farm,Charlottesville, VA
  • Gala Apples - Dickie Brothers Orchard, Roseland, VA
  • Green Kabocha Squash (Certified Organic) - Fawn Grove Organics, Fawn Grove, PA
  • Green Romaine Lettuce (Certified Organic) - Dancing Juncos Farm, Cochranville, PA
  • Hosui Asian Pears - Subarashii Kudamono, Coopersburg, PA
  • Organic Apple Cider - Kaffuman's Fruit Farm, Bird In Hand, PA
  • Red Radishes(Certified Organic) - Locust Grove Farm, Nottingham, PA
  • Sweet Mini Peppers - Dodd's Acres Farm, Mechanicsville, VA
Additional Produce Options available to "swap in" to your bag if you'd like:
  • Black Eyed Peas - Local Food Hub, Charlottesville, VA
  • Bunched White Tokyo Turnips - Goldman Farm, Charlottesville, VA
  • Collard Greens - Walnut Winds Farm, Charlottesville,VA
Protein Share
  • Grassfed Beef Stew Meat - Sunrise Farms, Stuarts Draft, VA
  • Chicken Leg Quarters (Certified Organic & Humane) - Ayrshire Farm, Upperville, VA
  • Grassfed NY Strip Beef Steak - Polyface Farm, Swoope, VA
  • Ground Turkey (Certified Organic & Humane) - Ayrshire Farm, Upperville, VA
  • Pastured Pork Chops - 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
  • Monocacy Ash Soft-Ripened Goat Cheese - Cherry Glen Farm, Boyds, MD
  • Organic Baby Swiss Cheese (Cow) - Hope Springs Farm, East Earl, PA
  • Garlic & Chives Farmstead Cheese Clouds (Cow) - Mainstreet Farmstead, Stuarts Draft, VA
  • Non-Homogenized Whole Goat Milk - Trickling Springs Creamery, Chambersburg, PA
  • Drinkable Yogurts, Sweetened - Mainstreet Farmstead, Stuarts Draft, VA
  • Paquea Valley Yogurts - King Family Farm, Ronks, PA
    • Unsweetened, Plain Option Available
 +Eggs (Half Dozen or Dozen available with Protein or Dairy Share Only) from Whiffletree Farm


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.



Radish and Goat Cheese Toast

Savory Radish and Goat Cheese Muffins

Soups, Salads, and Apps: 

Scallion Pancakes

Roasted Kabocha Squash Soup

Broccoli Melts

Roasted Kabocha Squash and Chickpea Salad with Tahini, Scallions and Black Sesame Seeds

Garlic Parmesan Broccoli


Parmesan Chicken with Caesar Roasted Romaine

Curried Apple Couscous

The New York Times’ Best Broccoli Recipes

Steak Tacos with Cilantro-Radish Salsa

Japanese Kabocha Curry

5 Ways to Use Up a Bunch of Scallions

Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps

How To Cook Tender & Juicy Pork Chops in the Oven

Beef and Kabocha Squash Stew


Whole Wheat Apple Muffins (Annabel just made these and they were AWESOME)

Easy Ginger Asian Pear Tart

             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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