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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 HOLIDAYS FROM ALL OF 4P TO YOU!
We wish you all the best as you gather around with friends and family this holiday season. May your table be filled with delicious local goodness, happiness and joy. We thank you for continuing to support us and our network of farmers and producers. We couldn't do the work that we do without you, and value your support for a better food system. If you're sharing a 4PFoods meal at your holiday table, don't forget to share with us! We love to see all the ways you make the holidays that much more delicious. 
 
BACK POCKET PROVISIONS 

For ringing in the New Year, we are bringing back Back Pocket Provision's delicious local Bloody Mary Mix! Back Pocket Provision's goal is to create a delicious bloody mary mix, while also using "ugly" local tomatoes that farmers normally can't sell. They're combatting food waste and helping local farmers - now, that's something to toast to!

HELP YOUR FRIENDS AND OFFICES EAT HEALTHIER
A sure way to recover from the eggnog induced holiday parties is by bringing more fruits and vegetables into your life. 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 bonnie@4pfoods.com 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 bonnie@4pfoods.com to schedule the meet-and-greet and to help spread the good word.

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:

  • Buttercup Squash like other Winter squash can be stored for a long time if kept in a cool, dry place. For Buttercup Squash specifically, they can be stored for up to 12 weeks. Buttercup Squash has a sweet and nutty flavor, with a creamy consistency similar to sweet potatoes. Steaming and Baking are some of the best cooking methods for Buttercup Squash, to bring out it's sweet taste.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • You can store your sweet potatoes at room temperature in a well-ventilated area for several weeks. Don’t store your sweet potatoes in the refrigerator.
  • Oranges can be stored at room temperature for 3 days or will keep for up to 2 weeks in a loosely sealed “Green Bag” in the crisper section of the refrigerator.
  • 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 
  • Ambersweet Oranges (Certified Organic) - Uncle Matt's Organics, Clermont, FL
  • Buttercup Squash (Certified Organic) - Lancaster Family Farms, Leola, PA
  • Covington Sweet Potatoes (Certified Organic) - Triple J Organics, Sims, NC
  • Granny Smith Apples - Kauffman's Fruit Farm, Bird In Hand, PA
  • Lacinato Kale (Certified Organic) - De-Glae Organics, Peach Bottom, PA
  • Mixed Carrots (Certified Organic) - Breezy Hill Farm, Franklin, PA
  • Organic Apple Cider - Kauffman's Fruit Farm, Bird In Hand, PA
  • Sweet Onions (Certified Organic) - Meadow Brook Organics, Christiana, PA
  • Wildflower Honey - Hungry Hill Farm, Nelson, VA
Featured Swap
  • Bloody Baja, Bloody Mary Mix - Back Pocket Provisions, Washington, DC
Protein Share
  • Bone-In Chicken Thighs (Certified Organic & Humane) - Shenandoah Valley Organics, Harrisonburg, VA
  • Breakfast Blend Pork Sausage Patties - Saddle Ridge Farm, Culpeper, VA
  • Forested Ground Pork - Heritage Hollow Farm, Sperryville, VA
  • Grass-Fed Beef Stew Meat - Sunrise Farm, Stuarts Draft, VA
  • Grass-Fed Beef Short Ribs - Heritage Hollow 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
  • Reduced Fat Dark Chocolate Milk - Trickling Springs Creamery, Chambersburg, PA
    • Made with genuine Belgium Chocolate & Fair Trade Cocoa
  • Organic Ricotta (Cow) - Natural By Nature, Newark, DE
  • Black & Blue (Goat) - Firefly Farms, Accident, MD
    • Deeply Blued and Longer Aged
  • 6-Year Aged Cheddar (Cow) - PA Noble, Leola, 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

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:


Carrot Cake Smoothie

Buttercup Squash Baked Oatmeal

Apple Cider Breakfast Smoothie


Soups, Salads, and Apps: 

Holiday Entertaining: Perfecting the Cheese Board

Sweet Potato Cornbread

Curried Buttercup Squash and Apple Soup

Honey Glazed Carrots

Kale Salad with Oranges, Goat cheese, and Cranberries

Sweet Potato, Kale, and Quinoa Fritters

Creamy Carrot and Sweet Potato Soup



Mains:

Sweet Potato, Kale, and Lentil Lasagna (Bonnie’s favorite!)

Braised Short Ribs

One Pot Kale Sweet Potato Curry

Roasted Chicken & Buttercup Squash with Herbed Honey Mustard

Sweet Potato Beef Stew

Braised Kale with Caramelized Onions, Walnuts, and Blue Cheese

Easy Ground Pork Stir Fry



Dessert:

Buttercup Squash, Apple, and Cranberry Bake

Orange Loaf Cake

Buttercup Squash Muffins with Grated Apple


             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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