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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...
 
 

 4P Foods Weekly Harvest -
Week of March 22nd, 23rd, 24th

Diverse American Nature
Proud Irish-American and 4PFoods founder, Tom McDougall wishes you all a Happy St. Patrick's Day weekend!  The holiday is not always about green beer, silly hats, or happy hour. Rather, here in America, it is about remembering the story of a diaspora that came from a place of struggle to seek new opportunity in a land of promise. The Irish-American heritage is one where strong individuals and families helped shape the United States, just as much as the country influenced and shaped us.  We look to Mother Nature who shows us there is strength and resilience in diversity.  The Perennial Plate highlights the tastes of Ireland from the Perenial Plate episode. 

Stinkin' Good Deal on No1Sons Kraut
If you missed out on the No. 1 Sons Stinkin Rye' Kraut this past week, have no fear.  We still have a couple cases left and are featuring it as one of our go-to "Swap Items" this week.  If you've never had rye kraut before, you're in for a treat.  Justin swears by adding it to a sandwich with some corned beef or roast beef and melted cheese for a nice take on a Reuben - rye bread not required.  Get it while you can though - it's a seasonal thing only so once it's gone, it won't be back again until next year!  Read more about Caitlin and YiWah, our favorite sauerkraut makers, here:
http://4pfoods.com/farmer-profile-number-one-sons/ 

EARTH DAY PARTY

You're invited to our Earth Day Celebration on Thursday, April 20th!  Join us at ImpactHub DC to sip beverages, snack on delicious food from Zenful Bites, and learn more about our farmers and foodsystem.  Tickets & information on Eventbrite.

SWAP SYSTEM GUIDE
Did you know you can customize items in your bag? Read the guide on How to Use the Swap System.  Then Log-in to your account to make any changes. 
 
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 
  • Bartlett Pears (Fair Trade, Certified Organic) - Interrupción, Argentina
  • ​Bean Sprouts (Certified Organic) - The Sproutman, Upper Black Eddy, PA
  • Blueberries (Certified Organic) - Uncle Matt's Organics, Clermont, FL
  • Bok Choy (Certified Organic) - Organic Willow Acres, Mount Joy, PA
  • Green Beans (Certified Organic) - C&B Farms, Clewiston, FL
  • Red Beets (Certified Organic) - Valley View Farm, Peach Bottom, PA
  • Sweet Onions (Certified Organic) - Lancaster Family Farms, Leola, PA
  • Fresh Tofu - Great stir-fry bag! (Certified Organic) - Fresh Tofu Inc, Allentown, PA
  • White Mushrooms (Certified Organic) - Mother Earth Organics, Landenberg, PA
Featured Swap Options:
  • Brussels Sprouts - Walnut Winds Farm, The Blairs, VA
  • Red Grapefruits (Certified Organic) - Uncle Matt's Organics, Clermont, FL
  • Stinkin' Rye Kraut -  No.1 Sons, Arlington, VA
Protein Share +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 Silver - Cherry Glen Farm, Boyds, MD
    • Farmstead Soft Ripened Goat Cheese
  • Jalapeño Cheddar - Mainstreet Farmstead, Stuarts Draft, VA
  • Organic Baby Swiss - CROPP Cooperative
  • Unsalted Goat Butter - Trickling Springs Creamery, Chambersburg, PA
  • Paquea Valley Yogurts - King Family Farm, Ronks, PA
    • Plain, Nonfat Option Available
  • Drinkable Yogurts - Mainstreet Farmstead, Stuarts Draft, VA
+Eggs (Half Dozen or Dozen available with Protein or Dairy Share Only) from Whiffletree Farm.
 

RECIPE IDEAS


Breakfast/Drinks

Blueberry Pie Smoothie

Baked Blueberry-Apple Oatmeal

Beet Hash Browns & Poached Eggs

Whole-wheat Honey & Pear Pancakes w/ yogurt


Soups, Salads, and Apps

Thai Coconut Soup w/ Bok Choy & Mushrooms

Korean Bean Sprout Salad

Vegetable Manchurian (Spicy-Sour Cabbage)

Spicy Picked Green Beans


Mains

Spicy Peanut Tofu & Bok Choy Rice Bowl

Grilled Steak, Potato & Mushroom Kebabs

Rosemary Chicken w/ Caramelized Onions & Mushrooms

Mushroom Gyoza Dumplings 


Dessert

Baked Pears w/ Almonds & Honey

Chocolate Fudge Pie (Vegan with Tofu)


          * More recipes on our PINTEREST PAGE *
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STORAGE TIPS
 
Keep the plastic "Green Bags" that come in your share each week!
Bags are designed to keep your produce fresh, and may be rinsed and reused.
If  you don't want to hold on to these bags, please toss them into your 4p Foods tote and we'll take care of recycling them for you.
 
  • 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.    
  • Bean Sprouts: Keep in a sealed plastic bag with room to breathe. Wait to wash until ready to eat to prevent browning.
  • Beets: Store in "Green Bag" in refrigerator to keep up to 10 days. 
  • Blueberries:  Wait to wash berries before use for longer shelf life; place in plastic bag with paper towels to prevent from being squashed.
  • Bok Choy: Wait before use to wash to keep greens fresh. Store in crisper in fridge for 3-4 days; will keep in freezer for 10 months when processed and stored in airtight bag.
  • Cabbage: Store whole head in your “Green Bag” in the refrigerator (1 week). After preparation, any unused cabbage will store in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • Carrots: Store in green bag in refrigerator (up to 2-weeks).
  • Kale: Submerge the kale in cool water; allow to sit for several minutes before wrapping in a damp paper towel and store in a “green bag” (5 days).
  • Onion/ Spring Onion: Keep in onions in a cool, dry and well-ventilated place. Don’t store near potatoes as a gas released by the onion will cause potatoes to spoil faster. Spring onions can be kept in the fridge in a green bag to keep the greens fres
  • Pears: Store unripe pears in brown bag at room temperature to induce ripening. If ripe, store in refrigerator 3-4 days to maintain freshness.
  • Potato: Keep in dark dry conditions and avoid plastic bags to keep for 10 weeks.
 
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 the order cutoff times! Cutoff days to skip a bag are 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 BOTH shares in our account.  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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