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...

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

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


Thanks to all of you who filled out our member survey already.

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.
This is the last chance to take the survey, and we will be announcing winners next week! 

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 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 to schedule the meet-and-greet and to help spread the good word.

 Friendly nudge! 
While we were packing bags this week, we we started running low on our tote bags, so we ask you to please return them. Returning the packaging helps in a few ways: Those bags cost us several dollars a piece, and the cooler boxes are almost eight bucks!  We pick them up, sanitize them, and reuse them again - this helps keep our costs (and your prices) down, and reduces our carbon footprint. Each week, please return your green tote and/or your purple tote (along with everything inside of it - the box, the silver liner, the bag, etc). 

Those of you doing this already - feel free to disregard this message and peer pressure your neighbors to remember their bags.  "Come on now, return your bags, all the cool kids are doing it." 

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 Claire Cook who whipped a leek, ham and ricotta pizza. Yum!


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:

  • Most Cauliflower comes wrapped tightly in cellophane, which can trap moisture and promote rot. When you get it home, unwrap it immediately and transfer to a loosely sealed plastic bag, with a paper towel tucked in to absorb any excess moisture. Whole heads of cauliflower can be kept in a loosely sealed plastic bag in the refrigerator for 4 to 7 days. Precut florets should be stored for no more than 4 days.
  • Butternut squash can store for several months if kept in a cool, well-ventilated spot. Cut squash is very perishable and should be refrigerated and stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
  •  Beets will keep for up to 10 days when stored in your plastic “Green Bag” in the refrigerator.
  • 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.
  • Grapefruit will store for 3-4 weeks in the crisper section of the refrigerator – or for about a week when stored at room temperature.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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 
  • Beauregard Sweet Potatoes - Walnut Winds Farm, Blairs, VA
  • Bunched Spinach (Certified Organic) - Hillside Organics, Kirkwood, PA 
  • Butternut Squash (Certified Organic) - Backwoods Organics, Quarryville, PA
  • Chioggia Beets (Certified Organic) - Fawn Grove Organics, Fawn Grove, PA
  • Pink Lady Apples - Kauffman's Fruit Farm, Bird In Hand, PA
  • Raspberry Blush Applesauce - Agriberry, Hanover, VA
  • Red Grapefruits (Certified Organic) - Uncle Matt's Organics, Clermont, FL
  • Romanesco Cauliflower (Certified Organic) - Sunny Slope Organics, Kirkwood, PA 
  • Sunflower Microgreens (Certified Organic) - New Day Farms, Bealeton, VA
Additional Produce Options available to "swap in" to your bag if you'd like:
  • Collard Greens - Walnut Winds Farm, Blairs, VA
  • Red Delicious Apples - Crown Orchards, Roseland, VA
  • Turnips - Van Dessel Farm, Accomack, VA
Protein Share
  • Chicken Breast (Certified Organic & Humane) - Ayrshire Farm, Upperville, VA
  • Forested Pork Chops - Sunrise Farms, Stuarts Draft, VA
  • Grass-fed Ground Beef - Heritage Hollow Farm, Sperryville, VA
  • Pastured Lamb Sage Sausage - Weaver Sheep Farm, Waynesboro, VA
  • Wild Blue Catfish - The Wide Net Project, Chesapeake Bay, MD
+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
  • Farmstead Chevre - Caromont Farm, Esmont, VA
  • Smoked Gouda - Green Acres Organic Farm, Ronks, PA
  • Organic Sour Cream - Natural By Nature, Newark, DE
  • Original Cheese Clouds - Mainstreet Farmstead, Stuarts Draft, VA
  • Sweetened, Drinkable Yogurts - 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.



Spiced Grapefruit Gin and Tonic

Sweet Potato Crusted Spinach Quiche

Soups, Salads, and Apps: 

Easy Sweet Potato Latkes

Butternut Squash, Beet, & Quinoa Salad

Roasted Beet, Spinach and Goat Cheese Salad

Spinach-stuffed Sweet Potato Skins

Honey Roasted Butternut Squash with Cranberries and Feta


Spinach and Egg Pizzettes

Butternut Squash and Goat Cheese Ravioli with Browned Butter 

Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Stew with Spinach

Cauliflower Falafel with Beet Dip

Spinach and Feta Mashed Cauliflower

Chickpea Cauliflower Butternut Squash Curry

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Chickpeas and Yogurt

Lemon and Garlic Chicken With Spiced Spinach

13 Pork Chop Recipes to Add to Your Weeknight Dinner Routine

Pan Seared Blue Catfish


Apple Slab Pie

             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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