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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 tag us! We love to see all the ways you make the holidays that much more delicious. 
 
*FINAL REMINDER - ADJUSTED HOLIDAY DELIVERY SCHEDULE*
Due to the Christmas (and Hanukkah this year!) holiday, we will be adjusting our delivery schedule so everyone can enjoy the holidays at home with their families.
  
Wednesday, 12/21 – Regular deliveries
Thursday, 12/22 – Regular deliveries
Friday, 12/23 – ALL BAGS WILL BE DELIVERED ON THURSDAY, 12/22

The following week, we will be following a regular delivery schedule. Happy holidays! 

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.

BLACK SPANISH RADISHES
Welcome to the dark side. Meet a coal-colored radish with a serious bite. These radishes have  creamy white flesh and pack a serious punch, so they're best roasted, sliced into salads, pickled, or turned into radish chips. To store them, just wrap them in newspaper or perforated plastic in the refrigerator, and they’ll keep well for a long time. For more ways to cook with this elusive radish, check out these 3 recipes. 

INSTAGRAM OF THE WEEK
Cook something delicious from your bag? Don't forget to tag us for a chance to be featured and a chance to win a Farmer Pete. We love to see all the amazing dishes you whip up in the kitchen, and are continually impressed with your creativity and cooking mastery. Keep it up!



This week's photo comes from member April Fulton who knocked it out of the park with these golden delicious apples stuffed with pork sausage and topped with rosemary. Way to go, April!  Also, what time should we plan to come over for dinner?   :)

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:

  • To store black radishes, just wrap them in newspaper or perforated plastic in the refrigerator, and they’ll keep well for a long time.
  • Spring onions should be wrapped in plastic wrap and stored in the crisper section of the refrigerator. They are fairly prone to wilting and so they are best eaten within a few days of receiving.
  • Broccoli needs to have some airflow in order to stay fresh. Place in a perforated or open plastic bag in the refrigerator crisper ASAP. Do not wash broccoli before storing as moisture clinging to its surface will cause it to deteriorate more quickly. Broccoli should be used within 3-4 days or until it starts to show signs of discoloration.
  •  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.
  • 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
  • Black Spanish Radishes (Certified Organic) - Powell Farm, Rose Hill, NC
  • Broccoli Crowns - New Market Farms, Milford, VA
  • Gold Delicious Apples - Dickie Brothers Orchard, Roseland, VA
  • Green Butterhead Lettuce (Certified Organic) - Fresh2o Growers, Stevensburg, VA
  • Green Spring Onions (Certified Organic) - Cottle Organics, Rose Hill, NC
  • Purple Sun Potatoes (Certified Organic) - Riverstone Farm, Floyd, VA
  • Stone-Ground Yellow Cornmeal - Woodson's Mill, Lowesville, VA
Additional Produce Options available to "swap in" to your bag if you'd like:
  • Red Grapefruits - Uncle Matt's Organics, Clermont, FL
  • Bunched Leeks - Van Dessel Farms, Accomack, VA
  • Lacinato Kale - Goldman Farm, Cullen, VA
  • Wildflower Honey - Hungry Hill Farm, Nelson, VA
  • Protein Share
  • Pastured Pork, Sage Sausage - Sunrise Farm, Stuarts Draft, VA
  • Chicken Tenders (Certified Organic & Humane) - Shenandoah Valley Organics, Harrisonburg, VA
  • Ground Bison - Cibola Farms, Culpeper, VA
  • Grass-Fed Beef Chuck Roast - Sunrise Farm, Stuarts Draft, VA
  • Cured Bacon (Nitrate Free) - Sunrise Farm, Stuarts Draft, 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
  • Rosemary & Garlic Infused Chevre - Cherry Glen Farm, Boyd, MD
  • Shenandoah Peaks Cheddar - Mainstreet Farmstead, Stuarts Draft, VA
  • Holiday Egg Nog - Trickling Springs Creamery, Chambersburg, PA
  • Heavy Cream - Trickling Springs Creamery, Chambersburg, PA
  • 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:


Fluffy Cornmeal Pancakes

Soups, Salads, and Apps: 

Scallion Pancakes

Orange Avocado Salad with Scallions and Lime Dressing

Scallion Pull-apart Bread

Roasted Purple Potatoes with Lemon Dijon & Thyme Dressing Steps

Black Radish and Potato Salad

Grated Black Radish Salad

Mains:

Garlic Parmesan Broccoli and Potatoes in Foil

Black Radishes with Truffle Oil & Caramelized Onions

Roasted And Charred Broccoli With Peanuts and Scallions

20 Must-Make Apple Recipes

Crack Broccoli

20 Ways To Brighten Up Your Dinner With Oranges

Cracked Farro and Broccoli Salad with Radishes

Dessert:

Rye and orange cookies

Orange, rose and cornmeal cake

Baked Apples Stuffed with Oatmeal & Brown Sugar

Sweet Honey Cornbread
 

             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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