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...

We're so excited to be celebrating Earth Day and our 2nd anniversary this year. Naturally, this calls for 2 parties! We'll be throwing an Earth Day happy hour at our office at Impact Hub in Chinatown, DC from 6-9 pm on April 22nd. There will be delicious food from our farmers, local booze, music and fun! Get your tickets for that here.  Invite your friends, your family, and anyone else that wants to raise a glass to local food systems and the farmers that make it possible. 

Next party:  Do you want to see where your eggs and meat come from? On April 30th, we are partnering with Jesse from Whiffletree Farm to throw the Squawker Party at his farm in Warrenton, Virginia. It will be an all day event featuring food trucks, live music, and a celebration of the farm. Before  the event, we want to give you guys an exclusive chance to take a peek inside our warehouse, and see how your fruits and veggies make it from the farmer to you. Get your tickets for this party here!

We are so excited to announce that we will include delicious, grass-fed ice cream from Trickling Springs in our dairy share this week! The ice cream will be packed in a separate box in the dairy cooler, to keep the ice cream frozen and the rest of the items chilled. Please be aware that the ice cream will be surrounded by DRY ICE WHICH SHOULD NOT BE TOUCHED WITH BARE HANDS. You can simply leave the ice in the mini box and return everything to us. This is a trial run, so please bear with us and let us know how it goes. If the ice cream is a little soft when you get it, just pop it in the freezer and it will harden right back up and be ready to enjoyed. We love this ice cream, and want you to try it too. The 4pFoods team has been known to devour entire ice cream containers in just one sitting... 
We received specific instructions from our farmer on how to prepare this popcorn on the cob. Lightly coat in oil or butter, put in a brown paper bag and cook in the microwave for up to 4 min (be sure to watch it so it doesn't overcook!). However, Martha Stewart gives some great instructions on how to pop corn right off the cob (a slightly different method). So check out this instructional video and be sure to let us know how it goes!

Love zucchini and shallots but don't love lacinato kale? No worries! We can swap out any produce item for more of a different one. Just email with your delivery location and what you don't like, and we'll try our best to accommodate you. Don't knock Lacinato kale until you try it.  Of all the kale varieties (and there are a lot of them) we probably love lacinato the most. Typically used in italian cooking, it's great for pesto, rustic Tuscan soup, or in this salad with Ricotta and shallots.  Kale yeah!

This week in your bag you'll find hot winter watermelon radishes from No. 1 Sons in Arlington, VA. They thinly slice these pink radishes and ferment them with their Kicky Kosher pickle spices, which means a lot of garlic, chili flakes and black pepper! It's a funky heat. This was their favorite of their small batch winter radishes, so we hope you'll like it. Let us know what you think!

Our lovely intern Annabel spent this week combing the internet and researching food labels, and what they mean. She created this nifty guide for produce, eggs and protein to help you decipher what all those food labels really mean for you, the planet, and the animals. It's important to understand food labels, because it's the bridge between you and the product - it helps you make better decisions, and forces the producer to adhere to certain standards. We hope you find it interesting and resourceful!

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
  • Fancy Green Zucchini (Certified Organic) - Bryson Farms, Labelle, FL
  • Fresh Sage (Certified Organic) - Shenandoah Herbs, Harrisonburg, VA
  • Garnet Sweet Potatoes (Certified Organic) - Blackwater Farm, Baxley, GA
  • Granny Smith Apples - Thornton River Orchards, ​Sperryville, VA
  • Green Butterhead Lettuce (Certified Organic) - Fresh2o Growers, Stevensburg, VA
  • Lacinato Kale (Certified Organic) - Bryson Farms, Labelle, FL
  • Pickled Watermelon Radishes - No.1 Sons, Arlington, VA
  • Popcorn On the Cob (Certified Organic) - Sweetaire Farm, Nottingham, PA
  • Red French Shallots(Certified Organic) - Help From Above Farm, Three Springs, PA
  • Valencia Oranges (Certified Organic) - Uncle Matt's Organics, Clermont, Fl
Protein Share
  • Breakfast Sage Sausage Links - Clark's Old Peach Tree Farm, Sperryville, VA
  • Free-Range Ground Turkey (Certified Organic & Humane) - Ayrshire Farms, Upperville, VA
  • Grassfed Ground Beef - Thistle Creek Farm, Tyrone, PA
    • Thistle Creek, located in Tyrone, PA is run by Farmer Lake. Farmer Lake is a retired Marine Colonel and commercial airline pilot for Continental Airlines, who has turned his attention to producing high quality grass fed beef.
  • Grassfed Lamb Steaks- Sunrise Farm, Stuarts Draft, VA
  • Pastured Pork Chops - 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


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.




Zucchini Bread Pancakes

Zuccini and Scrambled Eggs (Bonnie's Favorite!)

Soups, Salads and Apps:

Kale & Apple Soup

Zucchini Parmesan Crisps (Annabel’s Favorite!)

7 New Ways of Cooking with Fresh Oranges

Lentil Sweet Potato Kale Soup

Lacinato Kale, Shallot and Ricotta Salata Salad

Apple and Zucchini Salad


Roasted Sweet Potato, Kale + Sage Quinoa Skillet

Sweet Potato Pierogi with a Sage Brown Butter Sauce

Sweet Potato Bake with Sage Butter Sauce

Cider Apple and Sage Roasted Pork Chops

Lamb Steaks with Shallots and Red Wine Sauce

Baked Sweet Potatoes with Crispy Kale and Feta

Lemony Zucchini Goat Cheese Pizza

French Pork Chops with Apple Shallot Cream Sauce

Kale and Sweet Potato Sautee

Hamburgers With Garlic and Shallot Butter


Country Apple Galette (Annabel made this last night and loved it!)

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 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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