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...

Due to the Christmas (and Hanukkah this year!) holiday, we will be adjusting our delivery schedule so everyone can enjoy the holidays at home with their families.

  The week of December the 19th:

o   Wednesday, 12/21 – Regular deliveries

o   Thursday, 12/22 – Regular deliveries


The following week, we will be back to a regular delivery schedule. Happy holidays! PS: We are working hard on building you a great bag for the holidays filled with great produce perfect for the big holiday meal. Share the local, sustainable goodness this holiday season!

Tom will be out of the office until December 8th as he is currently in Kunshan, China. In partnership with Duke University and the Jiangsu Provincial Government, Tom will be discussing social entrepreneurship, sustainable food systems around the globe, and other nerdy ideas with his fellow food geeks.  If anyone wants some tea from China, don't hesitate to let Tom know. He would love to bring you a souvenir from his travels!

Cook something delicious from your bag? Don't forget to tag us for a chance to be featured and a chance to win a Farmer Pete. We love to see all the amazing dishes you whip up in the kitchen, and are continually impressed with your creativity and cooking mastery. Keep it up!

This week's photo comes from Whiffletree Farm, whose forested pork chorizo and grassfed beef brats you'll find in your protein share this week.  We just can't get over that gorgeous sunset and adorable cow!


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:

  • Kale requires a bit of preparation before storage, but once done you will keep your kale fresh and crispy for much longer. As soon as you get home with your kale (or as soon as you have a few minutes…I know we don’t all have the luxury of a quite empty house to come home to) fill a bowl with cool water and submerge the kale in the water. Allow to sit for several minutes, swish, let sit and then remove. Wrap kale in a damp paper towel and store in a sealed storage bag for up to 5 days.
  • Store onions in a cool, dry and well-ventilated place; light can cause bitterness so keep them somewhere dark. They readily absorb moisture so avoid leaving them anywhere damp (in a cupboard under a sink, for example) and also, don’t store them near potatoes as these give off moisture and gas and will make onions spoil more rapidly.
  •  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.
  • For optimal freshness, wait to wash bok choy until you are ready to use it. Once washing, the leaves tend to wilt. Bok choy can be stored in the refrigerator (preferably in the crisper section), and is best eaten within 3-4 days.
  • Rutabaga can last for more than a month in the refrigerator. Trim off foliage to about an inch off of the crown and avoid getting them wet.
  • Satsumas don’t keep as well as other citrus fruits. Store them in the refrigerator for up to 10 days or up to 1 week at cool room temperature.
  • To keep a bunch of bananas fresh for longer, wrap the stems in some plastic wrap. Re-cover the bananas with the wrap after removing one.
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 
  • Bananas (Fair Trade, Certified Organic) - Beyond The Peel, CEPIBO, Peru
  • Bok Choy (Certified Organic) - Phantom Hill Farm, Louisa, VA
  • Broccoli Crowns - New Market Plantation, Milford, VA
  • Concord Grape Jam - Wenger Grape Farm, Waynesboro, VA
    • Those of you around in the fall remember those concord grapes?  Well this is the jam form the "seconds" - it's amazing!
  • Curly Green Kale - Kirby Family Farms, Mechanicsville, VA
  • Orange Carrots (Certified Organic) - Breezy Hill Farm, Franklin, PA
  • Rutabaga (Certified Organic) - Landisdale Farm, Jonestown, PA
  • Satsumas (Certified Organic) - Eagles' Nest Grove, Crescent City, FL
  • Sweet Onions (Certified Organic) - Samuel K Stotzfus, Clinton, PA
Additional Produce Options available to "swap in" to your bag if you'd like:
  • Bunched Leeks - Local Food Hub, Charlottesville, VA
  • Bunched Radishes - Local Food Hub, Charlottesville, VA
  • Gold Delicious Apples - Dickie Brothers Orchard, Roseland, VA
  • Granny Smith Apples - Thornton River Orchard, Sperryville, VA
Protein Share
  • 100% Grassfed Beef Brats - Whiffletree Farm, Warrenton, VA
  • Forested Pork Chorizo - Whiffletree Farm, Warrenton, VA
  • Grassfed Sirloin Steak - Sunrise Farms, Stuarts Draft, VA
  • Ground Turkey (Certified Organic & Humane) - Ayrshire Farm, Upperville, VA
  • Pork Boston Butt (Shoulder) - Sunrise Farms, Stuarts Draft, 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
  • Applewood Smoked Mozzarella - Blue Ridge Dairy, Sterling, VA
  • Monocacy Silver, Farmstead Goat Cheese - Cherry Glen Farm, Boyds, MD
  • Triple Berry & Honey YoLite (Lowfat Yogurt) - Blue Ridge Dairy, Sterling, VA
  • Jalapeño Cheddar (Cow) - Mainstreet Farmstead, Stuarts Draft, VA
  • Drinkable Yogurts, Assorted Flavors - Maple Hill Creamery, Stuyvesant, NY
    • 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.



Fluffy Banana Pancakes

Kale & Chorizo Frittata

Soups, Salads, and Apps: 

Sweet Onion Soup (Annabel’s favorite!)

Greek Style Oven Roasted Rutabaga

Broccoli Carrot Salad with Honey Dijon Vinaigrette

Escarole and Orzo soup with Turkey Meatballs (replace escarole with kale or bok choy)


Spaghetti with Broccoli Cream Pesto

One Pot Red Curry (use your kale, carrots and broccoli here!)

Skillet Roasted Bratwurst, Kale, and Rutabagas

Roasted Root Vegetables with Tomatoes and Kale

Vegan Kale and Rutabaga Lasagna

Rutabaga Gratin

Asian Roasted Carrots and Broccoli


Carrot Tahini Muffins (Better than carrot cake!)

Double Chocolate Banana Bread 

             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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