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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...
 
 

HAPPY INTERNATIONAL FOOD DAY
We hope you'll join us TODAY at Bees & Trees Farm in Elkwood to celebrate our food, our producers and the land we thrive on. We couldn't do what we do without you, and hope to bring you closer to the farms whenever we can. Join us for pumpkins, a farm tour, hay rides, a local taco food truck, and more.  For more events around international food day and to learn more about the cause, check out the site here.

PREORDER YOUR BEST TURKEY YET
 We are so excited to be partnering with Heritage Glen Farm to conveniently deliver to your door what the Times called “the rolls royce of turkeys.”  So what makes these turkeys so special?
  • The birds are raised on a family farm who have been producing the best turkeys for over 30 years now.
  •  The turkeys live as nature intended, on 100 acres of turkey paradise in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. 
  • These turkeys are the most delicious out there due to their natural growing process and maturity.
  • The turkeys are plucked by hand and hung to dry age for even more tender and flavorful meat.
  • Due to the high quality of the turkey and excellent marbling of the meat, the Kelly Bronze Turkey cooks twice as fast as a regular turkey. 
Simply fill out this form, and have a happy Thanksgiving!
If you'd like to learn more about these turkeys, check out our blog post here
 

 :::WE NEED YOUR HELP :::
(Tom is asking for a favor...)

Thanks to all of you who filled out our member survey last week.  If you missed it, the short story is we need a favor... 

We don’t do this often, so we hope you don’t mind us asking now. Could we trouble you to fill out this 3-4 minute survey?  It's really important for us to understand what we're doing right, what we're doing wrong, and what we can do better for you moving forward:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/4Pfall2016

We will be giving $50 credits to be applied toward your 4P Foods subscription to five lucky winners!  That’s right, we're bribing you with free veggie credits to take this brief survey.    

Jokes aside, we seriously couldn’t do this without you.  Thanks for being the great people that you are.


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:
  • 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.
  • 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. New potatoes, and small, thin-skinned varieties, should not be stored but used quickly within a few days.
  • 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.
  • You can store an unused head of cabbage in your “Green Bag” in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. After preparation, any unused cabbage will store in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

  • Spinach should be washed several times to eliminate any muddy residue. Like any other green, they are prone to bruising and leaf damage. Spinach has a longer shelf life than other greens, but for the best quality try to eat them within a few days of receiving.
  • Leeks should be stored in the refrigerator in a loosely sealed plastic bag with their leaves still attached. In proper conditions, leeks can be stored for up to 7 days.
  • Carrots can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a month if stored properly. Cut off carrot greens, place carrots in a containers with lid and cover completely in water. Keep container in the refrigerator, changing the water ever 4-5 days.
  • 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 
  • Bunched Carrots (Certified Organic) - Sunrise Ridge Organics, Kirkwood, PA
  • Bunched Spinach (Certified Organic) - Breezy Morning Farm, Bird In Hand, PA
  • French Breakfast Radishes (Certified Organic) - Old Barn Produce, Quarryville, PA
  • Gala Apples - Crown Orchards, Charlottesville, VA
  • Gold Potatoes - Critzer Family Farm, Afton, VA
  • Leeks (Certified Organic) - Meadow Valley Organics, Kirkwood, PA
  • Berry Jam (Certified Organic) - Oak View Acres, Strasburg, PA
  • Savoy Cabbage (Certified Organic) - Healthy Harvest, Parkesburg, PA
  • Sweet Onions (Certified Organic) - Meadow Brook Organics, Christiana, PA
Additional Produce Options available to "swap in" to your bag if you'd like:
  • Granny Smith Apples - Dickie Brothers Orchard, Roseland, VA
  • Organic Apple Cider - Kauffman's Fruit Farm, Bird In Hand, PA
  • Lacinato Kale - Goldman Farm, Cullen, VA
  • White Cauliflower - Church Hill Produce, Doe Hill, VA
Protein Share
  • 100% Grassfed Beef Stew Meat - Saddle Ridge Farm, Culpeper, VA
  • Chicken Tenders (Certified Organic & Humane) - Shenandoah Valley Organics, Harrisonburg, VA
  • Forested Pork Tenderloin - Clark's Old Peach Tree Farm, Sperryville, VA
  • Forested Pork Sage Sausage - Sunrise Farms, Stuarts Draft, VA
  • Wild-Caught Alaskan Salmon - Bristol Bay AK, through Whiffletree Farm, Warrenton, 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
  • Non-Homogenized Whole Goat Milk - Trickling Springs Creamery, Chambersburg, PA
  • Handmade Original Cheese Clouds (Cow) - Mainstreet Farmstead, Stuarts Draft, VA
  • Monocacy Crottin (Farmstead Goat) - Cherry Glen Farm, Boyds, MD
  • Shenandoah Draft Gouda (Cow) - Mainstreet Farmstead, Stuarts Draft, VA
  • Sweetened, Drinkable Yogurt - 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

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:


Cinnamon Apple Smoothie with Spinach, Apples, and Bananas

Buttered Radishes with a Poached Egg

French Breakfast Radish On Toast

Soups, Salads, and Apps: 

Chickpea, Leek & Spinach Soup

Quinoa, Carrots and Leek Patties

Irish Colcannon

Potato Leek Soup

Mains:

Savoy Cabbage with Pancetta & Honeycrisp Apples (sub the pancetta for the pork sage sausage here!)

Spinach and Potato Curry (Aloo Palak)

Pork Tenderloin Roast with Apple, Onion and Garlic Gravy 

Balsamic, Honey Roasted Cabbage Steaks

Savoy Cabbage Gratin

Beef Stew with Carrots & Potatoes

Baked Salmon with Creamy Leeks

Dessert:

Simple Apple Galette

             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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