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...

2017 CSA DAY
Thanks to all of you who helped get the word out about CSA-Day 2017 (yesterday).  We had a great word of mouth program and hope it continues into the days and weeks ahead.  Remember, tell your friends about us and if they use HAPPYCSADAY as a promo code when they sign up, you'll both get 10 bucks off your next order!  And many thanks to Amy, Aaron, and Diane - all three have been selected as our winners of the #WhyILove4P contest this past week.  Their social media game is top notch.

Goat yogurt... yes, that's totally a thing.  Those of you getting a dairy share this week are in for a treat.  Our new friends at Yellow Springs Farm proudly offer both fresh and aged Artisanal Goat Cheeses and Goat Milk Yogurt.
The farm breeds and raises Nubian goats, carefully selected for their naturally nutrient rich milk. The goat herd browses pasture, cleans up invasive plant species in the woodland, and basks in the sun. They also eat local hay and organic grains.
Al and Catherine Renzi make Yellow Springs Farm cheeses using age-old processes borrowed from both French and Italian traditions. 

Thursday, April 20th: We're having a party and you're invited.  It's going to be local shindig with food, drink, and great people... tell your friends and get your tickets here

DC-INSPIRED HALF SMOKES - Heritage Hollow Farm
Mike and Molly Peterson of Heritage Hollow Farm in Sperryville, VA partnered up with MeatCrafters in Maryland to produce an amazing, DC-inspired Half Smoke Sausage.  The Capital Half Smokes are a perfect combination of their heritage breed pork and grassfed beef: A 3.5 oz, half beef,  half pork link seasoned with pepper, garlic, and whole mustard seeds. The light, smoky flavor can best be complimented by a lash of spicy mustard (but if you want to go all out, dress them with fresh diced onions, chili, and shredded cheese).  The team at Ben's Chili Bowl would be proud of you.

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 
  • Blueberries (Certified Organic) - Uncle Matt's Organics, Clermont, FL
  • Cinnamon Pecan Granola - Together We Bake, Alexandria, VA
  • Cremini Mushrooms (Certified Organic) - Mother Earth Organics, Landenberg, PA
  • Gold Potatoes (Certified Organic) - Lancaster Family Farms, Leola, PA or Critzer Family Farm, Afton, VA
  • Granny Smith Apples - Kauffman's Fruit Farm, Bird In Hand, PA
  • Green Spring Onions - Kirby Family Farms, Mechanicsville, VA
  • Orange Carrots - Van Dessel Farm, Accomack, VA
  • Smooth Kale - Kirby Family Farms, Mechanicsville, VA
  • Turmeric (Certified Organic) - Sea Island Citrus & Nut Farm, Johns Island, SC
Featured Swap
  • Organic Apple Cider - Kauffman's Fruit Farm, Bird In Hand, PA
  • Brussels Sprouts - Local Food Hub, Charlottesville, VA
  • Mixed Whole Garlic - Lancaster Family Farms, Leola, PA
Protein Share
  • Capital Half Smokes, Pork & Beef Sausage - Heritage Hollow Farm, Sperryville, VA
  • Chicken Breast (Certified Organic & Humane) - Shenandoah Valley Organics, Harrisonburg, VA
  • Forested Pork, Breakfast Sausage Patties - Polyface Farm, Swoope, VA
  • Grass-fed Ground Lamb - Weaver Sheep Farm, Waynesboro, VA
  • Pastured Bison Stew Meat - Cibola Farm, Culpeper, 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
  • Allegheny Chevre - Firefly Creamery, Accident, MD
  • Shenandoah Peaks Cheddar - Mainstreet Farmstead, Stuarts Draft, VA
  • Brown Sugar Whipped Cream - Natural By Nature, Newark, DE
  • Unsalted Butter - Trickling Springs Creamery, Chambersburg, PA
    • Salted Butter Option Available
  • Goat Milk Yogurts (Assorted Flavors) - Yellow Springs Farm, Chester Springs, PA
    • Plain, No Sugar Added Option Available
  • Drinkable Yogurts (Sweetened) - Mainstreet Farmstead, Stuarts Draft, VA
 +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.



Slow Cooker Granola Berry Crisp with Whipped Cream or Goat Yogurt

Green Onion and Egg Toast Tarts

Breakfast Tacos with Spicy Green Onion and Cheddar Scrambled Eggs

Soups, Salads, and Apps: 

Kale and Blueberry Salad with Goat Cheese, Almonds, and Quinoa

Turmeric Carrot Apple Soup

Chicken Soup with Cannellini beans, Mushrooms, Carrots, and Kale

Kale Stuffed Mushrooms

Turmeric & Kale Soup with Ground Lamb


Creamy Kale and Mushroom Pasta with Chicken

Blueberry Pizza with Honeyed Goat Cheese and Prosciutto

Kale, Mushroom & Goat Cheese Quesadillas

Bison Stew with Carrots, Potatoes, and Sweet Bay

Spicy Potato Curry with Carrots, Chickpeas, and Turmeric


Blueberry, Basil & Goat Cheese Hand Pies

Slow Cooker Baked Apples with Granola and Whipped Cream

             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


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:

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.

Try storing your mushrooms in a paper bag, which prevents dehydration and allows them to “breathe” in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Mushrooms absorb other flavors so it is best to store them away from strong-smelling foods like your chinese food leftovers from last week.

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.


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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