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...

International Food Day is just around the corner, which means planning for the 4PFoods Annual Harvest Party is in full swing! Join us on October 22nd at Bees and Trees Farm in the beautiful Virginia countryside. Enjoy local food, music, pumpkins, pony rides, and meet the farmers behind some of the best local honey in the area. Plus, we can't wait to meet Patches, the new baby goat,  who will be three months old by the time of the party.  Buy your tickets here, and  bring all your friends and family!
We are so excited to able to offer you what the times has called "the rolls royce of turkeys" this Thanksgiving. The Kelly family has produced turkeys since 1971. Over the years the Kelly Bronze turkey has won too many awards to mention, and has become the turkey of choice for discerning customers and celebrity chefs who want the very best for the most important meal of the year. The turkeys are raised on Heritage Glen Farm, 100 acres of turkey paradise in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The turkeys will cost between $11.95 and $12.50 per pound, and will be delivered to your residence, likely on 11/19/16. If you're interested, please fill out this form. Happy thanksgiving!
With Hurricane Matthew making his way along tbe Southeast, we are crossing our fingers that it will run its course damage free. However our farmers are directly affected by the weather, so we thank you in advance for understanding if we need to make last minute swaps. 

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.
  • 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.

  •  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.
  • 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.
  • Keep raw cauliflower in the refrigerator, tightly wrapped, for three to five 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.
  • 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.

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 
  • Baby Bok Choy (Certified Organic) - White Swan Farm, New Holland, PA
  • Fuji and/or Braeburn Apples -  Thornton River Orchard, Sperryville, VA
  • Hosui Asian Pears - Subarashii Kudamono, Coopersburg, PA
  • Lacinato Kale (Certified Organic) - De-Glae Organics, Peach Bottom, PA
  • Purple Carrots (Certified Organic) - Life Enhancing Acres, Bird In Hand, PA
  • Purple Sweet Potatoes - Kirby Family Farms, Mechanicsville, VA
  • Sweet Onions (Certified Organic) - Meadow Brook Organics, Christiana, PA
  • White Cauliflower (Certified Organic) - Healthy Harvest, Bellefonte, PA
Additional Produce Options available to "swap in" to your bag if you'd like:
  • Black Eyed Peas - Van Dessel Farms, Accomack, VA
  • Granny Smith Apples - Dickie Brothers Orchard, Roseland, VA
  • 'Little Giant' Pie Pumpkin - Singing Earth Farm, Waynesboro, VA
Protein Share
+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
  • Cloud Nine, Bloomy Rind(Goat) Cheese - Yellow Springs Farm,
  • Raw Colby(Cow) Cheese - Trickling Springs Creamery, Chambersburg, PA
  • Jalapeño Cheddar(Cow) - Mainstreet Farmstead, Stuarts Draft, VA
  • Heavy Cream - Trickling Springs Creamery, Chambersburg, 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


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.



Cauliflower & Kale Frittata

Soups, Salads, and Apps: 

Carrot, Sweet Potato and Feta Fritters

Indian Spiced Cauliflower Soup

Parmesan-Roasted Cauliflower

Kale, Apple, & Carrot Salad with Creamy Cashew Dressing

Stir-Fried Bok Choy with Ginger and Garlic


Roasted Sweet Potato, Sausage, & Quinoa Skillet

10 Ways to Love Bok Choy

Cauliflower Sweet Potato Burgers with Avocado and Sriracha Aioli 

Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Whipped Goat Cheese

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Chickpeas and Yogurt

Baked Sweet Potatoes with Feta and Crispy Kale

1-Pot Kale Sweet Potato Curry

Garlic and Paprika Chicken Drumsticks

Enchilada Stuffed Sweet Potatoes 

Garlic and Rosemary Balsamic Roasted Pork Loin


Asian Pear Maple Crisp

             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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