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 hope everyone is staying warm and cozy this weekend.  Thanks to the 4P Team for getting an early start on Friday and managing to get all of the bags delivered before the storm.  Chris got stuck out there a bit, but he made it back safely.  Phew!  We are planning to stick with our normal schedule this week.  There *may* be some last minute substitutions in the bags if some of our farmers can't get to us because of roads, but since the snow is stopping tonight, we don't anticipate any major hurdles.  Keep our farmers and staff in your thoughts as we maneuver the snowy days ahead, and thanks in advance for your support and understanding.  In the meantime, check out these great hot chocolate recipes to cozy up with and watch the snow with!

We are incredibly lucky to work with great cheese and milk producers, who continue to win awards and excel at their work. FireFly Farm, whose Cabra La Mancha Creamy Goat Cheese we featured in our bags last week, won a total of 16 individual awards in 2015. For more details on that, check out this article. Cherry Glen has also won numerous awards, in particular the Monocacy Chipotle, which won a Blue Ribbon at the American Cheese Society Competition. This week, the mozzarella comes from Hope Spring Farm, a Mennonite-Owned, organic cheese maker in northern Lancaster County. The owner of Hope Springs Farm, Lauren Weaver, is a strong proponent of organic practices for every aspect of his business.  He grows fields of pesticide-free grass where his Jersey cows feed (when possible).  The cows are raised without hormones or antibiotics as well.  He believes that not only are his organic foods better for you, but they taste better too! Want to try out all those delicious cheeses? Don't hesitate to sign up for the dairy share here
This week in your bags you'll find wildflower honey from Hungry Hill Farm in Nelson County, VA. They specialize in raw honey, shiitake mushrooms, bee supplies, christmas trees and much more!  They have more than 40 years of experience working with bees. The farm is open year round, and always welcome to visitors. 
Are you curious about the dairy farmers from which Trickling Springs sources its milk from? Check out this link for great videos, pictures, and stories of the happy grass-fed cows that supply our dairy share. 
For the past nine years, the Rooting DC forum has been the central meeting ground for individuals and nonprofits looking to grow a healthier food system in the nation’s capital. On Saturday, February 27, Rooting DC is having its annual forum and invites you to attend! The program includes dozens of interactive workshops, cooking and food preservation demonstrations, and panel discussions focusing on youth gardening, nutrition, sustainable growing techniques, and healthy food access. Get your FREE ticket here.

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
  • Bean Sprouts - JC Bean Sprout, King George, VA
  • Green Beans (Certified Organic) - Lancaster Family Farms, Leola, PA
  • Large Red Grapefruit (Certified Organic) - Uncle Matts Organics, Clermont, FL
  • Red Batavia Lettuce (Certified Organic) - Fresh2o Growers, Stevensburg, VA
  • Red Cabbage - Kirby Farms, Mechanicsville, VA
  • Red Potatoes (Certified Organic) - Old Barn Produce, Lancaster, PA
  • Shiitake Mushrooms (Certified Organic) - Mother Earth Organics, Landenberg, PA
  • Watermelon Radishes (Certified Organic) - Friends Road, Nottingham, PA
  • Wildflower Honey - Hungry Hill Farm, Nelson County, VA
Protein Share
+Eggs (Half Dozen or Dozen available with Protein or Dairy Share Only) from Whiffletree Farm.

Dairy Share
  • Goat Feta Cheese - Cherry Glen Farm, Frederick, MD
  • Variety of Organic Yogurt Smoothies - Trickling Springs Creamery, Chambersburg, PA
  • Organic Mozzarella Cheese - Hope Springs,Hope Springs Farm, East Earl, PA
  • Smoked Gouda Cheese - Green Acres, Ronks, PA
  • Unsalted Organic Butter - Trickling Springs Creamery, Chambersburg, PA
  • Whole Milk - Trickling Springs Creamery, Chambersburg, PA


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.




Herbed Goat Cheese and Watermelon Radish Tartines

Grapefruit Green Smoothie


Chicken Shiitake and Wild Rice Soup 

Beef and Bean Sprout Soup

Potato Red Cabbage Tikki

Pickled Watermelon Radishes

 Watermelon Radish Tart with Lemon Thyme

Korean Style Seasoned Bean Sprout Salad

Garlic Mushroom Quinoa


Bobby Flay’s Meatballs

Smitten Kitchen's Green Bean Casserole with Mushrooms and Crispy Onions (Annabel’s Favorite!)

 One Pan Singapore Noodles 

Pork Shoulder Al’Diavolo

Potato gnocchi with Shiitake mushrooms and feta

Roasted Red Cabbage with Lemon and Garlic

Bison Burgers with Drunken Onions

Shrimp Gumbo with Andouille Sausage


Grapefruit Ricotta Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Candied Pink Grapefruit

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 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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