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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...
 
 

LOCAL, IN-SEASON NIAGARA GRAPES
You guys... Grape season has arrived!!  This week in your bag you'll find Niagara grapes, and chances are you haven't had grapes like these before. They're absolutely incredible, unlike any grapes you might find in the grocery store.  Round and plump,  the Niagara Grape is pure sweetness without any acidic tones. The wonderful flavor of the these grapes makes them ideal for eating fresh off the vine, and these grapes also make great jellies, jams, juices, wines and sparkling wines. We recommend popping a couple in the freezer and using them as "ice cubes" in a glass of wine.  A small note: They have tiny seeds that can be crunched up, swallowed whole, or fired at your nearest friend.

TOM SPEAKING AT SOCAP
Tom will be in San Francisco this week to speak at SOCAP, a network of heart-centered investors, entrepreneurs, and social impact leaders who believe in an inclusive and socially responsible economy to address the world’s toughest challenges. He will be sharing a panel discussion about how to build inclusive food systems at a regional level in an effort to make sustainable food more accessible for all. Any Tom related questions should be directed to Bonnie, bonnie@4pfoods.com or Justin, justin@4pfoods.com while Tom is out spreading the good word.

MEMBER SURVEY COMING UP
Look out for the member survey coming your way in a separate email next week, and again in the newsletter *next* Saturday. We want to make 4PFoods the best it can be, and need your help - your feedback is incredibly valuable to us. We appreciate any and all feedback we can get!

STORAGE TIPS
Feel like your chard wilts in a day? Nectarines 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:
  • Store Chard in a “Green Bag”  in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Before using, soak the leaves in a bowl of water for 30 minutes to perk them up.
  • Try storing your mushrooms in a paper bag, which prevents dehydration and allows them to “breathe” in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Mushrooms absorb other flavors so it is best to store them away from strong-smelling foods like your chinese food leftovers from last week.
  • Hold off on washing your grapes until you are ready to eat them as any excess moisture will damage the skin and facilitate rotting. Grapes store best when kept cool in the back of the refrigerator where it is coldest. Here they can stay for 1-2 weeks. If you’ve never had the pleasure of trying frozen grapes, we highly recommend it! They taste like sweet little popsicles. All you have to do is wash them and place in the freezer! They can last for 10-12 months when frozen.
  • Potatoes do best left out in a cupboard or pantry that's dark and dry. 
  • Spaghetti squash can store for up to a month if kept in a cool, well-ventilated spot. Once cut, spaghetti squash is very perishable and should be refrigerated and stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
  • Keep ripe nectarines in the coolest part of your refrigerator for up to 5 days in a plastic “Green Bag”. If they are still a little firm, they can be left at room temperature to soften. Once they soften however, be sure to refrigerate them quickly!
  • Banana and Italian Peppers  will typically last 1-2 weeks in thecrisper section of your fridge. Avoid cutting until ready to be used, once cut, the peppers are very susceptible to spoilage. For even longer term storage (up to 10 months) you can freeze peppers. If frozen, the pepper will keep its flavor, however lose it’s crispness.
  • Tomatoes should be stored at a cool room temperature. Do not make the mistake of storing them in the refrigerator— that completely diminishes the flavor! If possible, eat tomatoes within a few days of receiving. They will taste much fresher and won’t get the chance to spoil!

SWAP SYSTEM BLOG POST
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 
  • Carmen Italian & Banana Peppers - Walnut Winds Farm, Blairs, VA
  • Cremini Mushrooms (Certified Organic) - Mother Earth Organics, Kennette Square, PA
  • Niagara Grapes - Wenger Grape Farm, Waynesboro, VA
  • Rainbow Chard (Certified Organic) - Twin Pines Organics, Quarryville, PA
  • Red Butterhead Lettuce (Certified Organic) - Fresh2o Growers, Stevensburg, VA
  • Red Grape Tomatoes - Sunnyside Farms, Cumberland, VA
  • Small Russet Potatoes (Certified Organic) - Spring Hill Farm, Kirkwood, PA
  • Spaghetti Squash (Certified Organic) - Green Valley Organics, Christiania, PA
  • Yellow Nectarines - Saunders Brothers Orchard, Piney River, VA
Additional Produce Options available to "swap in" to your bag if you'd like:
  • Bunched Carrots - Van Dessel Farm, Accomack, VA
  • Heirloom Tomatoes - Witmer Farm, Dayton, VA
  • Jalapeño Peppers - Walnut Winds Farm, Blairs, VA
Protein Share
  • Chicken Tenders (Certified Organic & Humane) - Shenandoah Valley Organics, Harrisonburg, VA
  • Grassfed Ground Lamb - Weaver Sheep Farm, Waynesboro, VA
  • Pastured Beef, Delmonico Steak - Sunrise Farm, Stuarts Draft, VA
  • Pastured Pork Kielbasa - Saddle Ridge Farm, Culpeper, VA
  • Pastured Pork, Maple Sausage Patties - Saddle Ridge Farm, Culpeper, 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 Monocacy Crottin(Goat) - Cherry Glen Farm, Boyd, MD
  • Organic Ricotta (Cow) - Natural By Nature, Newark, DE
  • Reduced Fat Dark Chocolate Milk - Trickling Springs Creamery, Chambersburg, PA
  • Shenandoah Garlic & Chives Cheddar(Cow) - Mainstreet Farmstead, Stuarts Draft, VA
  • Paquea Valley Yogurts - King Family Farm, Ronks, PA
    • Unsweetened, Plain Option Available
  • Strawberry Drinkable Yogurts - Mainstreet Farmstead, Stuarts Draft, VA
 +Eggs (Half Dozen or Dozen available with Protein or Dairy Share Only) from Whiffletree Farm.

RECIPE IDEAS


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.



RECIPES:

Breakfast/Drinks:


Swiss Chard Frittata

Eggs Nested in Sautéed Chard and Mushrooms

Kielbasa, Pepper, Onion and Potato Hash

Soups, Salads, and Apps: 

Mushroom Potatoes with Creamy Parmesan and Garlic Sauce

Easy Pickled Banana Peppers

Potatoes in Garlicky Chard Broth

Mains:

Polenta with White Cheddar, Chard & Wild Mushrooms   

Spaghetti Squash and Chard Gratin

Cheesy Stuffed Banana Peppers

Spaghetti Squash with Swiss Chard, Dried Cranberries & Dijon Vinaigrette

Spaghetti Squash With Mushrooms And Parmesan

Swiss Chard and Mushroom Galette

Meaty Stuffed Banana Peppers (use ground lamb here instead!)

Garlic Parmesan Chicken Tenders

Grilled Delmonico Steaks Smothered with Herbed Butter

Lebanese Lamb Rice  

Dessert:

Honey Baked Nectarines with Vanilla and Brown Sugar

Nectarine Upside-Down 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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