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...

 Join us on October 22nd at Bees and Trees Farm in the beautiful Virginia countryside for our annual harvest party. Enjoy local food, music, pumpkins, hay 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!

(Tom is asking for a favor...)

Now that the weather (finally!) feels like Autumn, we wanted to take a moment to say how excited we are for the amazing produce and seasonal items we have coming up.

We will be featuring our local food entrepreneurs that will be making amazing sauerkrauts, pickles, popcorn, sauces, jams, and more to add to your produce bags all winter.  We’ll also be working with our friends at Uncle Matt’s Organics throughout the winter to bring you the fresh pop of citrus in the cold winter months.  And of course, we’ll continue our partnerships with those farms who have made the (expensive!) investments in greenhouses to keep leafy greens, herbs, and more coming in your bags all year long.  

This will also be our 3rd Fall season here at 4P Foods.  We have grown from a simple produce subscription to now offering a compliment of other products including meat, dairy and other seasonal items sourced from over 130 local and regional farms.

We started with 23 households in DC and Virginia and now deliver to more than 250 zip codes in the greater DC, Virginia and Maryland area.  We couldn’t have done it without you!  

As we continue to grow and expand, we need your help.  We’d love to get your feedback and thoughts on what we’re doing right, how we can improve and some of the things that make you a 4P Foods member.

We don’t do this often, so I hope you don’t mind me asking now… We’d really appreciate your taking 3-4 minutes to complete a survey?  I’ll give you a free high five and/or hug next time I see you at one of our 4P Foods events.

AND, because high fives and hugs only go so far, we will also be giving $50 credits to be applied toward your 4P Foods subscription to five lucky winners*!  That’s right, I’m bribing you with free veggie credits to take this brief survey.    

Jokes aside, we seriously couldn’t do this without you.  Thanks for being the great people that you are.

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:
  • Almost all peppers turn from green to yellow, orange, red, or purple when they are fully ripe. Because of this, the color of the pepper says a lot about how long they can be stored. Green peppers (2-3 weeks) will typically stay fresh longer than red, yellow, purple, or orange (1-2 weeks). Avoid cutting until ready to be used, once cut, the peppers are very susceptible to spoilage.
  • Store radicchio in a plastic bag in the crisper section of the refrigerator for 3-5 days. Do not wash until ready to be eaten.

  •  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.
  • 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.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.
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 
  • Broccoli - Church Hill Produce Farm, Doe Hill, VA
  • Butternut Squash - Dodd's Acres, Mechanicsville, VA
  • Crimson Crisp Apples - Kauffman's Fruit Farm, Bird In Hand, PA
  • Cubanelle Peppers(Certified Organic) - Liberty Acres, Drumore, PA
  • Gold Delicious Apples - Kauffman's Fruit Farm, Bird In Hand, PA
  • Radicchio(Certified Organic) - Dancing Juncos Farm, Cochrainville, PA
  • Red Butterhead Lettuce(Certified Organic) - Fresh2o, Stevensburg, VA
  • Sunflower Microgreens(Certified Organic) - New Day Farms, Bealeton, VA
  • Wildflower Honey - Bees & Trees Farm, Elkwood, VA
Additional Produce Options available to "swap in" to your bag if you'd like:
  • Beauregard Sweet Potatoes - Critzer Family Farm, Afton, VA
  • Red Russian Kale - Goldman Farm, Cullen, VA
  • White Garlic - Three Sisters Farm, Troy, VA
Protein Share
  • Chicken Breast(Certified Organic & Humane) - Ayrshire Farms, Upperville, VA
  • Grassfed Ground Lamb - Weaver Sheep Farm, Waynesboro, VA
  • Hickory Smoked Bacon! - The Rock Barn, Arrington, VA
  • Grassfed Ground Beef - Sunrise Farm, Stuarts Draft, VA
  • Smoked Kielbasa - The Rock Barn, Arrington, 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
  • Farmstead Feta(Goat) - Cherry Glen Farm, Boyd, MD
  • Organic Sour Cream - Natural By Nature, Newarl, DE
  • Unsalted Butter(Cow) - Trickling Springs Creamery, Chambersburg, PA
  • Reduced Fat Dark Chocolate Milk - Trickling Springs Creamery, Chambersburg, PA
  • Paquea Valley Yogurts - King Family Farm, Ronks, PA
  • Shenandoah Peaks Cheddar(Cow) - 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.



Breakfast Apple Granola Crisp

Soups, Salads, and Apps: 

Roasted Balsamic Radicchio

Crispy Broccoli Parmesan Fritters

Butternut Squash and Apple Bruschetta

Butternut Squash Apple Soup


Roasted Butternut Squash, Radicchio, and Onion

Winter Squash Risotto with Radicchio

Penne with Ricotta, Caramelized Onion, and Radicchio

Stuffed Cubanelle Peppers with Rice & Tomato Sauce

Butternut Squash Broccoli Quinoa Casserole

Mediterranean Lamb and Couscous-Stuffed Peppers

Butternut Squash Chili with Beef


Apple Sharlotka - Russian Apple Cake

             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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