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...


 While we were packing bags this week, we ran out of green tote bags.  Thankfully our awesome UPS guy came just in time with more, but it reminded us to remind you to please get those back to us each week. 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 (pretty please) return your green tote and/or your purple tote (along with everything inside of it - the box, the silver liner, the bag, etc). Already doing so? THANK YOU!

Curious to know more about what we mean when we talk about "equitable" food systems?  Your support of 4P Foods makes our work on grand systems change possible.  Please join us on 6/29 for the next SOCAP 365 event at Impact Hub DC.
Metro D.C. as Model for Community + Market
Wednesday, June 29, 2016 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM @ Impact Hub DC

The evening will feature panelists from 4P Foods, Capital Impact Partners, GreenScheme, and the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, discussing how metro DC can be a leader in developing sustainable local and regional food systems to produce and distribute nutritious, affordable, local food at scale. Head here to grab tickets, and use discount code 4P365 at checkout for discounted tickets.
Hope to see you there!


Fit Fathers Day is this Sunday from 10am to 12pm at the Silver Spring Civic Center, 8525 Fenton St. Stop by for a “Social Workout," and enjoy games, healthy snacks, giveaways (REI, Bose, Road Runner Sports, Soul Cycle, Live Nation, Modell’s), and live music from DJ Blinks and the Fit Mom. You'll also get the chance to hang with Grammy-nominated artist Raheem DeVaughn and the Baltimore Ravens’ Kyle Arrington.

We're considering some exciting new items for the protein and produce bags. Interested in pastured goat meat or artisanally produced sea salt from South Carolina? Let us know here. If there's enough interest, then you can expect some exciting new options soon!

Captial View YMCA is hosting Code Green this summer, a health and wellness program with weekly wellness classes, festivals and nutrition classes for adults. Their first festival is Thursday, June 30th, from 4-6pm at 2118 Ridgecrest Court, SE. Come experience group exercise classes, artists, scientists, and a food education booth manned by 4P Foods! 

Still confused about how our awesome new swap system works? Annabel put together this handy dandy guide on how to use the system and create the bag of your dreams. Check it out here!

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 
  • Blackberries – Cole Berry Farm, Vernon Hill, VA
  • Blueberries (Certified Organic) – Cottle Berry Nursery, Faison, NC
  • Broccoli Crowns (Certified Organic) – Farmdale Farm, Christiana, PA
  • Butterhead Lettuce – Fresh2o Growers, Stevensburg, VA
  • Green Zucchini – Sunnyside Farms, Cumberland, VA
  • Rainbow Chard (Certified Organic) – Outback, Drumore, PA
  • Sugar Snap Peas (Certified Organic) – Breezy Morning Farm, Bird in Hand, PA
  • White Sweet Corn (Organically Managed) – Cottle Organics, Rose Hill, NC
    • **This corn is grown in a field that is on year two of three to get it’s organic certification.  It is a non-GMO corn, grown using all Certified Organic Methods, but it will be one more year before the Farmer can get the official certification.**
  • Garnet Sweet Potatoes (Certified Organic) – Triple J Farms, Sims, NC
Protein Share
  • Chicken Tenders (Certified Organic & Humane) - Shenandoah Valley Organics, Harrisonburg, VA
  • Grassfed Ground Beef - Heritage Hollow Farm, Sperryville, VA
  • Grassfed Lamb Chops (!!) – Sunrise Farms, Stuarts Draft, VA
  • Chicken Drumsticks (Certified Organic & Humane) – Ayrshire Farm, Upperville, VA
  • Boneless Pastured Pork Loin Roast – Clark’s Old Peach Tree Farm, Sperryville, 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, VA
    • 2% & Nonfat options available
  • Garlic & Chive Aged Cheddar – MainStreet FarmStead & Creamery, Stuarts Draft, VA
  • Drinkable Yogurt Smoothies – MainStreet FarmStead & Creamery, Stuarts Draft, VA
  • “Shenandoah Draft” Gouda Cheese - MainStreet FarmStead & Creamery, Stuarts Draft, VA
  • Pint of Organic Heavy Cream – Trickling Springs Creamery, Chambersburg, VA
  • Pequea Valley Yogurts, Assorted Flavors – Kings Family Farm, Ronks, PA
    • Unsweetened plain options 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.


One-Minute Berry Mug Muffin
**A special thanks to our member Cindy from her book Unprocessed Living for the great recipe idea!**

Ingredients: ¼ cup ground flax seeds, ½ tsp aluminum-free baking powder, Heavy Dash of cinnamon, Dash of vanilla extract, 1 tsp chia seeds (optional), Handful of chopped walnuts or pecans, 1 egg, 1 tsp olive oil or avocado oil, Handful of fresh berries, and 1 tbsp honey or maple syrup.
Instructions: Crack 1 egg into a large coffee cup and beat. Add the remaining ingredients and gently stir. Heat on a normal temperature in a microwave for 1 minute. Enjoy right out of the mug or invert onto a plate.

Savory Zucchini Cheddar Waffles

Sweet Potato Chai Spiced Scones (Vegan)
**This food blog uses colorful language - NSFW**

Blueberry Dutch Pancakes

Blueberry Chard Smoothie Bowl

Soups, Salads, and Apps:

Sweet Potato, Chard, & Chickpea Salad
**Creamy Yogurt Dressing**

**Balsamic Blackberry Vinaigrette**

Cornbread with Whole Kernels

Vegan Sweet Potato Nacho Cheese


Baked Drum Sticks  (from Unprocessed Living)

Chard Wraps (from Unprocessed Living)

Roasted Chicken Drumsticks with Kale and Potatoes
**Sub chard for kale and sweet potatoes for yukon**

Polenta with Gouda and Broccoli
**Chard and corn make great additions**

Garlic Pork Roast

Lamb Chops with Lemon Juice and Olive Oil

Texas Chicken Nachos


Blueberry Blintzes

Double Berry (Blackberry, Blueberry) Almond Galette

Blackberry Ice Cream
**No ice cream maker? No problem. Freezer method here!**

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

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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