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...

On Friday, Bonnie, Justin, Tom, Amber and Annabel had the pleasure of driving to Chambersburg, Pennsylvania to visit Trickling Springs Creamery and one of their farm partners: Hamilton Heights Dairy Farm. Chris, from Trickling Springs and the rest of his team warmly welcomed us, and took us on a tour of the facility. All the milk processed by Trickling Springs comes from grass-fed dairy farmers. 70% are certified organic, and the other 30% are in the process of becoming that. We got to wear super sexy hair nets and shoe covers as we saw how the raw, natural milk is homogenized, pasteurized and then filled into containers before it heads out to us. From there, we made our way to Hamilton Heights where we met the owner, Cliff Hawbaker. He's a 6th generation farmer, and a role model and mentor to other farmers in the area. Cliff used to be a conventional dairy farmer, until on his 25th wedding anniversary he saw that there was another, better way to produce milk. Since transitioning to being 100% grass-fed, other farmers look to him to help them transition as well. Watch the video of Cliff and listen to his story by clicking here.  Trickling Springs has an open door policy, so you're welcome to stop by anytime and check it out. There's a neat farm store stocked with all their delicious yogurt, ice cream, butter, cheese and other artisanal goodies.  We're lucky and proud to be able to partner with them for some of the best, most sustainable dairy this region has to offer.
CSA signup day is coming up on February 26th! We're running a special promotion for those of you who have been tempted to try the dairy or meat share, you can get 10$ OFF A NEW SHARE by using the discount code HAPPYCSADAY when you checkout. Have you ever tried grass-fed meat or dairy? Not only is it more nutritious for you because of  higher levels of antioxidants, vitamins, and omega-3 fats, it's also leaner and better for the planet, land and animal. Naturally, it is also more delicious. This promotion is only until midnight of February 26th, and you can skip or cancel your subscription anytime. Login here to add delicious meat and dairy in your life! Email us if you have any questions.
Did you know that you can swap out an item you don't like for a different item on the produce list? Don't like beets? No problem! Simply reply to this email, or email with what you would like swapped out. By the way, you probably don't like beets because you haven't tried making them this way yet. You might even change your mind. 

This week in your bags you'll find Michele's Granola, made in small batches in Baltimore. As a self-taught baker, Michele spent countless hours blending and baking an array of natural and organic ingredients, until she discovered the perfect, crunchy bite. The bakery is powered by wind and solar power, and at least 40% of their waste is recycled. Another 40% are compostable materials, given to a local composting facility that churns out rich, fertile soil for Baltimore’s urban farming projects.  Be sure to dump some granola in your yogurt from Trickling Springs this week for a delicious snack. 

That's all for now.  Please continue to share you wonderful recipes, stories, questions, and ideas with us.  We love hearing from you.

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
Protein Share
  • Gourmet Tasso Ham - Straw, Stick & Brick, Washington, DC 
    • Fun fact: Carolina & Jason, the owners of SSB, helped to supply the food at Tom's wedding not long ago.  They make *amazing* food, and we're excited to partner.
  • Grassfed Bison Sirloin Steaks - Cibola Farm, Culpeper, VA
  • Grassfed Ground Lamb - Sunrise Farm, Stuarts Draft, VA
  • Pastured Hot Italian Sausage - Whiffletree Farm, Warrenton, VA
  • Superbowl Size Portion of Free Range Chicken Wings - Ayrshire Farm, Upperville, VA
+Eggs (Half Dozen or Dozen available with Protein or Dairy Share Only) from Whiffletree Farm.

Dairy Share
  • Aged Gouda Cheese - Green Acres Dairy, Ronka, PA
  • Dark Chocolate Milk - Trickling Springs Creamery, Chambersburg, PA
  • Fresh Mozzarella - Hope Springs Farm, East Earl, PA
  • Mixed Small Yogurts - Pequea Valley Farm, Lancaster, PA
  • Monocacy Chipotle Goat Cheese - Cherry Glen Farm, Frederick, MD
  • Whole Milk - Trickling Springs Creamery, Chambersburg, PA


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.



Featured Recipe of the Week:  Cider Vinaigrette Roasted Root Vegetables (Use your sweet potatoes, beets and carrots as well as any other leftover root vegetables you have all in one dish!)


Baked Apples with Yogurt & Granola

"Make Ahead" Yogurt Parfaits

Blueberry Vanilla Yogurt Granola Bars

Tangelo Mint Iced Tea


Italian Sausage, Kale and Tortellini Soup

Beet Cilantro Gazpacho

Kale Waldorf Salad

Roasted Beet Kale Salad with Candied Walnuts

Carrot Beet and Apple Salad with Mint and Cumin Vinaigrette

Citrus Glazed Carrots and Beets (Tom's Favorite!)


Spaghetti Squash with Chickpeas and Kale

Casarecce with Lamb Sausage & Baby Kale

Loaded Baked Sweet Potatoes with Ginger Citrus Vinaigrette, Tangelos, and Haloumi

Crispy Baked Sweet Potatoes with Cilantro Lime Dip

Lime Cilantro Sweet Potatoes

Farfalle with Cavolo Nero (Lacinato Kale) Pesto

 Coconut Curried Kale and Sweet Potato (Annabel’s favorite!)

3 New Ways to Turn Spaghetti Squash into Dinner Tonight

Spaghetti Squash with Apples & Toasted Pecans

Best Superbowl Wings

Simply Sublime Bison Sirloin Steaks


Tangelo Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Yogurt Cake


Be sure to check out our PINTEREST PAGE for all of these recipes and more…whenever you want them! 

*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 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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