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...

Earth Day week is finally here!  We hope you'll join us for our celebration on Friday: There will be beer from Port City Brewing Co., Kombucha from MTO Kombucha, local food from our farmers, swag and giveaways from Zipcar (a one-year free membership to Zipcar!), music, and fun! Come meet the 4P Foods team, geek out over everything farm fresh and sustainable, and hear from Tom, 4P Foods' founder, on the future of sustainable agriculture. GET YOUR TICKETS HERE!
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Spring has finally sprung! We are so excited to be getting our first berries of the season this year. Our friends at Eastern Carolina Organics Farm Co-Op have kept things warm enough for the first berries to grow. This is a special treat because even though we're halfway through April, many farmers in the area are still not ready to harvest spring crops due to the recent cold snap. We are pressing our green thumbs in anticipation of the spring crops coming your way as we transition into May. 

This week, we're thrilled to have pecan maple stuffed dates from Julie's Datery! Founder Julie Reynes’s date odyssey began with a January 2013 business trip to Saudi Arabia, where she marveled at the many filled offerings. Now the fomer nonprofit consultant is pitting and stuffing Medjool dates by hand at culinary incubator Union Kitchen. The stuffed dates are naturally gluten and dairy free, and of course very delicious. Try the dates wrapped in Clark's Old Peach Tree Farm bacon, and stuffed with Cherry Glen's goat cheese or Trickilng Springs smoked raw cheddar - We promise you will not want to share these!

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 
  • Curly Parsley (Certified Organic) - C&B Farms, Clewiston, FL
  • Fancy Green Zucchini (Certified Organic) - Bryson Family Farms, Labelle, FL
  • Fuji Apples (IPM) - Kauffman's Fruit Farm, Bird In Hand, PA
  • Spring Green Beans - Coastal Growers, GA
  • Hydroponic Watercress - Mock's Greenhouse & Farm, Berkeley Springs, WV
  • Pecan Maple Stuffed Dates - Julie's Datery, Alexandria, VA
  • Rainbow Chard (Certified Organic) - Bryson Family Farms, Labelle, FL
  • Rutabaga (Certified Organic) - Cottle Nursery, Faison, NC
  • Strawberries (Certified Organic) - Uncle Henry's Organics, Rose Hill, NC
Protein Share
  • Chicken Drumsticks (Certified Organic & Humane) - Ayrshire Farms, Upperville, VA
  • Free-Range Ground Turkey (Certified Organic & Humane) - Ayrshire Farms, Upperville, VA
  • Grass-Fed Beef Chuck Roast - Sunrise Farms, Stuarts Draft, VA
  • Pastured Lamb, Hot Italian Sausage Links - Weaver Sheep Farm, Waynesboro, VA
  • Smoked & Cured Bacon - 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.



Parsley Pecorino Biscuit

Strawberry Swiss Chard Smoothie

Soups, Salads, and Apps:

Moroccan Lamb Meatball Couscous Soup

Green Bean Salad with Fried Almonds

My Mother's Lebanese Tabbouleh

Recipes That Show You How Watercress Is Supposed To Be Eaten

Goat Cheese, Watercress and Strawberry Grilled Cheese

Garlic and Watercress Yogurt Dip

Bacon Wrapped Dates with Goat Cheese


Garlic and Paprika Chicken Drumsticks with Parsley

Halloumi Bake with Zucchini and Lamb Sausage

Chuck Roast Barbacoa Tacos

Flavorful and Healthy Ground Turkey Recipes for Weeknight Dinners

Smitten Kitchen’s Parsley Pesto Pasta and Fried Zucchini Salad

Bucatini with Walnut-Parsley Pesto

Spicy Sichuan Style Green Beans

Skillet Green Beans & Bacon

Goat Cheese and Swiss Chard Pizza

Zesty Pesto Pasta with Rainbow Chard, Zucchini, Red bell pepper

Spicy Rainbow Chard with Bacon and Polenta

Mashed Rutabaga with Sour Cream and Dill

Rutabaga with Caramelized Onions and Apples

Rutabaga Fries


Chia, Lemon & Strawberry Zucchini Muffins

Apple-Zucchini Bread

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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