4P Foods Monthly Harvest
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November 29, 2023 by 4P Foods
Getting good-for-you food to the communities that need it is central to 4P Foods’ mission. Through our Buy a Bag program, you can send a 4P Foods tote to a family for their next meal.
November 16, 2023
Thanksgiving meals are delicious and filling - and leaves us with plenty of leftovers. Here are quick and creative ways to turn leftovers into delicious new meals, reduce your food waste, and clean out your refrigerator.
October 10, 2023
Chestnuts roasting on an open fire…or in an oven; roast your chestnut however you like. Known for their sweet flavor and soft texture, Chestnuts are a great source of antioxidants, potassium, and magnesium. No wonder they are a holiday favorite.
October 06, 2023
A delicious KellyBronze turkey cooks in half the time of an average turkey and is twice as tasty.
September 15, 2023
The great weather conditions in Virginia make it a prime state to grow apples. Read on to find out which varieties are best for eating and baking.
September 04, 2023
With school back in session and vacations winding down, it can feel like things are getting too busy to peel and chop a whole butternut squash. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! With our collection of responsibly-sourced easy weeknight meals, you can eat meals that take less time to prepare...
August 11, 2023
The grapes grown by farmers in the Mid-Atlantic are unique to our region. Learn more about the top four grape varieties harvested in the Mid-Atlantic and concord the day.
July 19, 2023
Small farm–crafted, award-winning Vermont Cheese delivered in your 4P Foods tote.
May 26, 2023
The weather is warming up and the outdoors are calling to us. We can feel it; grilling season is here! And grilling isn’t just for the 4P Foods’ protein share. You can grill almost any vegetable that is in your produce tote.
May 12, 2023
We're so berry excited about our delicious regionally-grown berries that begin being harvested in early spring and are available up until autumn.
May 10, 2023
The federal government and governments around the world recognize the need for an alternative to this linear, extractive food supply chain. The question is, can we collectively build it? Will we build it? And can we do so in time to avoid catastrophic suffering of all sentient beings at the...
May 08, 2023
It’s easy being green in the spring. Greens emerge from the soil to mark the beginning of spring and encourage us humans to refresh our diet with these low calorie sources of fiber, vitamins, calcium, and potassium.
April 07, 2023
Radishes pack a punch. This peppery root vegetable isn’t everyone’s favorite, but they are fresh out of the ground in the spring and worth another taste. Trust us, a different preparation can change how your taste buds experience certain vegetables.
March 31, 2023
4P Foods is the recipient of a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Regional Food System Partnership grant in the amount of $992,152 matched by $614,500 in partner, in-kind, and philanthropic funding including $264,500 from the Bainum Family Foundation, The Agua Fund, and the Danville Regional Foundation.
March 17, 2023
We are brewing hot, delicious tea made with wild-crafted herbal tea blends from Lancaster Farmacy, a small organic farm that specializes in growing medicinal herbs.
March 13, 2023
We’re taking you all the way back to when refrigeration didn’t exist and meat was cured for preservation. Corned beef is beef brisket that has been cured in a salt solution called a brine.
February 24, 2023
Winter greens are packed nutrients that help keep us healthy during the intense cold months when we are more prone to illness. Their strong texture also makes them especially suited for cooking stews and soups, cooked green side dishes, and casseroles.
February 17, 2023
Each day, 4P Foods gets closer to the kind of food system where farmers thrive, soil is regenerated, animals are treated humanely, and all communities have equitable access to healthy food. With the support of our customers, growers, artisans, and community partners, 4P Foods was able to further our mission...
January 19, 2023
If climate change is one of your reasons for restricting meat from your diet, we have a regenerative perspective that just might change your mind. And, you might be surprised to learn, eating regeneratively raised meat can help heal the earth.
January 17, 2023
4P Foods and The Rounds are partnering to bring in season, fresh produce to The Rounds customers. This CSA-style produce tote is packed with the top picks of vegetables and fruit from the 4P Foods team and delivered by The Rounds.
December 15, 2022
We prioritize sourcing from local and regional farms in Virginia, Maryland, the Mid-Atlantic and the Eastern seaboard, but, as it gets colder, the variety of produce gets less exciting. During this time, we partner with independently-owned farms in states such as Florida, Georgia, and Texas to provide delicious, nutrient-packed citrus....
December 09, 2022
The complete 4P Foods' holiday gift guide. Give the gift of delicious, responsibly-sourced food to your loved ones.
November 11, 2022
During this time of the year, we have plenty of winter squash such as pumpkins, acorn squash, butternut squash, and decorative gourds. If you are daunted by cooking these delicious, cold-season crops, don’t worry, we’ll get you acquainted!
November 08, 2022
Also known as a sugar pumpkin, pie pumpkins have sweet and dense flesh perfect for making pumpkin puree. They are great for desserts, and less ideal for decorative use.
November 03, 2022
This Thanksgiving upgrade your holiday hosting, improve your carbon footprint, and reduce your stress with these simple ideas.
October 20, 2022
4P Foods aggregates, quality checks, and delivers fruits and vegetables for Brighter Bites’ box program in Prince George County, Maryland. Brighter Bites is a nonprofit that creates communities of health through fresh food.
October 13, 2022
For the 2021-2022 school year, 4P Foods delivered more than 234,000 farm-fresh, pasture-raised eggs from Piedmont Progressive Farmers Cooperative (PPFC), a Black farmer cooperative located in Caswell County, N.C., to Harvest Table Culinary dining halls at Elon University.
October 07, 2022
With an $8 billion budget, the Biden-Harris Administration’s plan directly addresses food access and affordability, nutrition and health, food education , physical activity for all, and food security and nutrition research. Here are the 7 points 4P Foods is excited about.
October 05, 2022
During farm-to-school month, we highlight our work with the Virginia Department of Education and the local school system to bring nutrient-dense food direct from local farmers to students across the state.
September 21, 2022
Tom McDougall, Founder & CEO of 4P Foods, joins the Aspen Institute food leaders fellows with 17 emerging food leaders to commune for 18 months to discuss and uncover challenges within the current food system and develop solutions for the better.
September 08, 2022
Local Food Sales Advocate Grace Grattan traveled to The Rodale Institute in Kutztown, PA to attend the 2022 Annual Organic Field Day. Lucky for us, Grace is sharing her farm-tastic thoughts and takeaways about regenerative organic farming research at the Rodale Institute!
September 02, 2022
Across 4P Foods’ delivery area, we have conveniently located community pick-up sites. Our pick-up sites provide 4P Foods’ customers with a place to gather their weekly harvest that reduces their grocery bill with free delivery! View a full list of our convenient pick-up locations across the DMV.
July 29, 2022
We’re here to show you how to liven up salads and dishes with five tasty greens you never knew you needed!
May 06, 2022
A list of six farms to visit in Virginia and Maryland. These local farms are open for visitors year round or put on special seasonal events.
April 11, 2022
If you’ve heard or read the term “regenerative agriculture” lately, you’ve probably automatically associated it with other terms like “organic” or “sustainable”. These words do go together in some senses, but I want to dive a little deeper into what makes regenerative agriculture different, and why I believe it is...
January 27, 2022
4P Foods' impact in the Mid-Atlantic as a regional food hub in 2021.
January 10, 2022
4P Foods can connect you to a more sustainable food system.
December 21, 2021
At the start of the 2021 school year, 4P began delivering eggs from the Piedmont Progressive Farmers Group (PPFG) to Elon University. This may seem like an everyday transaction between a food service operator and local farmers, but lots of legwork went on behind the scenes to make this Good...
December 03, 2021
4P Foods marinara sauce is made with Virginia-grown tomatoes in Hatch Kitchen in Richmond, VA.
November 04, 2021
UVA Dine’s Sustainability Coordinator and Green Dining program worked with 4P to create Farmers Market in a Bag. Students get to order a bag full of locally-sourced produce.
October 29, 2021
We are pleased to announce that 4P has received an investment from the Bernard J. Tyson Impact Fund, which is administered by The American Heart Association. The Bernard J. Tyson Impact Fund invests in organizations and companies breaking down the social and economic barriers to health equity.
October 06, 2021
4P Foods is partnering with Brighter Bites to deliver fruits and vegetables to schools in Prince George’s County, Maryland.
September 17, 2021
4P Foods Founder and CEO Tom McDougall is speaking about a case study in regional regenerative distribution at the 2021 Regenerative Food Systems Investment (RFSI) Forum.
September 07, 2021
Our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) partnership with the Nationals Youth Baseball Academy is increasing access to healthy, nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables in D.C.
August 20, 2021
4P Foods ranked No. 432 on Inc. Magazine's annual Inc. 5000 list! The list represents the most successful companies of the American economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses.
July 30, 2021
Ten farms you should visit in Virginia and Maryland this summer.
April 25, 2021
According to research by the USDA Economic Research Service, less than 1% of the 911 million acres of total farmland nationwide is certified organic (USDA ERS). Industrial agriculture, which maximizes production and profit at the cost of human and environmental health, dominates food production in the U.S. With so many...
April 22, 2021
Foodshed Capital is a Richmond, Va. based nonprofit that is on a mission to provide financial stewardship to farms and businesses fostering an equitable and regenerative local food economy.
March 18, 2021
Local food not only supports independent farmers and producers, it’s the freshest bounty around, and is downright delicious.
February 17, 2021
You can donate to the Washington Nationals youth Baseball Academy weekly farmers market by adding a donation bag to your 4P Foods cart.
January 30, 2021
January 09, 2021
The resilience of local food systems was a shining bright spot in 2020, a year that was extremely challenging in so many ways, from a global pandemic to this nation’s long overdue racial reckoning. As we at 4P Foods look ahead to how we will continue realizing our vision of...
December 11, 2020
4P Gift Cards make the perfect present for friends, family, neighbors, coworkers, the list goes on–after all, everybody eats! Choose from the preset gift card amounts below, and you'll have the option to buy for yourself or for someone else and to send the gift instantly or at a later...
December 01, 2020
We want to say thank you to the hardworking farmers, the resilient food businesses, the tireless food assistance providers, our incredible 4P Foods community.
November 17, 2020
At 4P Foods, we are committed to transparency and traceability behind all our products. Find out more about our local protein sources here.
November 17, 2020
4P Foods also sources sustainable, ethical protein options. Here are the 12 terms you need to know to understand meat labels.
September 09, 2020
Culinary Concepts AB in Charlottesville, VA is a socially-minded company that uses culinary arts to help individuals find and advance their abilities and passions. Through training programs and live virtual cooking classes, participants can acquire important certifications and develop skills to assist them in their personal and professional lives.The company...
June 06, 2020
“I can’t breathe.” On May 25, 2020, George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man was murdered in Minneapolis, MN. He was killed at the knee of a white man – with the help of other white men, enabled by a system dominated and controlled by white men. My wife was born and...
April 09, 2020
The Nationals Philanthropies awarded the Mid-Atlantic Food Resilience and Access Coalition, an organization led in part by 4P Foods, the Community Response Grant
April 09, 2020
We raised our hand to help lead a regional response to this crisis, and the diverse coalition that has formed represents every part of the food system from restaurants to farmers and distribution to food banks.
March 19, 2020
4P Foods and Local Food Hub have come together with a diverse coalition of partners across DC, VA, and MD coordinating efforts to keep people fed, farmers growing, and small food businesses operating in the face of COVID-19.
March 17, 2020
We’re working every day to make sure that our sanitation, food handling, transportation, and staff health and hygiene practices follow best practices and demonstrate our commitment to a culture of food safety and quality. Here’s more about what we’re doing:COVID-19 ProceduresWe wash our hands frequently and use gloves when handling...
February 28, 2020
Last year, we were delighted when Edible DC featured 4P Foods on their list of Great CSAs in the DC area, a list which included both single-farm CSAs and other network-based delivery services like ours. While we rarely identify ourselves as a CSA, the food hub model at 4P Foods...
February 03, 2020
4P Foods offers in season, regional produce.
December 19, 2019
Starting this holiday season, we're very excited to be able to offer our members the option to make a tax-deductible donation to Local Food Hub (LFH), our partner organization.4P members will always have the option to donate their bags, and your kindness is always appreciated! However, our local food bank partners are...
December 06, 2019
Regional sourcing bringing you in season, organic citrus fruit during the winter months.
October 08, 2019
4P Foods and Local Food Hub have always been at the leading edge of food system innovation. After years of working together, the merger of their distribution businesses four months ago has already resulted in a 27% increase in purchases from small family farms in Virginia!Now they’re becoming leaders in...
August 23, 2019
The PATH Foundation is a grant-making organization that enhances the health and vitality of the community with four areas of focus — access to health, childhood wellness and nutrition, mental health and senior services.
July 18, 2019
4P Foods and Food Works Group published An Assessment of the Mid-Atlantic Food Port Concept and Economic Impact on Rural Economic Development. The report is a study on the feasibility of a Mid-Atlantic Food Port that assesses the advancement of our region’s food and agriculture sector.
June 18, 2019
4P Foods has exciting news that will positively impact our local food system. We will acquire Local Food Hub's wholesale arm and warehouse in Charlottesville, Virginia.
February 01, 2019
4P Foods brings high quality, healthy food directly to your door.
October 01, 2018
Over the past four years, 4P Foods has evolved its services as a food hub social enterprise. Now we are enhancing our visual identity to match our mission.
August 15, 2018
We are proud to announce our partnership with the Bainum Family Foundation to expand our purpose of building a more equitable food system.
June 09, 2018
Fresh locally-grown and organic produce from 4P Foods partnering farms overflowed in display bins set up on folding tables lining the atrium of the Nationals Youth Baseball Academy
October 15, 2017
Access to high quality local and sustainable food doesn't have to end when the farmer's markets close. We deliver healthy and fresh food year-round!
September 15, 2017
On a Friday morning, the 4P Foods DC office team drove an hour outside of city headquarters to Warrenton, VA. Warrenton is a short drive from the 4P FOODS distribution site. Each week, freights of food are shipped from regional farms to our warehouse in Culpeper, often with the same...
April 14, 2016
Time to get into the kitchen and whip up some great meals!
March 02, 2016
It's important to understand the language of the grocery store in order to make better consumer choices. We've broken down the terms for you so you can make better choices.
February 08, 2016
Delicious recipes created with nutrient-dense, regionally-sourced produce, protein, and artisanal products.
December 24, 2015
Hi Friends, Members, Farmers, Producers, Partners, and Fans,As this year comes to a close next week, I can't help but reflect on the year that seems to have (rapidly) disappeared in the past 12 months. It was, bar none, the most challenging year of my life. 4P Foods was, is,...
December 04, 2015
We are very excited to be getting salmon in our protein share. Although the salmon is from Bristol Bay, Alaska, it does come to us through a local connection.
October 28, 2015
The 4P Foods community gathered at Bees and Trees Farm in Elkwood, VA in celebration of Food Day. Our founder Tom made us delicious Mac 'n Cheese, pulled pork, and cole slaw.
August 30, 2015
Since late April I have been working as a Marketing Intern with the 4P Foods team in DC and getting to know the sustainable agriculture scene a little bit better. I’ve learned a lot throughout this whole experience (especially about how much hard work goes into running a small business),...
April 28, 2015
Local food with a purpose – that’s our tagline.What does that mean though? And how do you define “local”? What exactly is that purpose? These questions, and many others, hit me hard in mid-December when the temperatures started to drop, and the usual field produce available in Virginia, Maryland, and...
January 15, 2015
After months of working closely with our farmers and getting into the nitty gritty of logistics, we were finally able to get all of our ducks in a row (pun intended) to start delivering local, sustainable and humanely raised meat (yes, duck will be included) and eggs from some fantastic...
January 14, 2015
Storage tips for seasonal produce to keep your food fresh for longer.
December 04, 2014
“Food Chains” tells an important story about our food system. In both its history and its present form, it has been a food system that exploits human lives for labor.
November 21, 2014
On October 25th, we hosted a celebration of Food Day 2014. We brought together our team, our 4P Foods members, our friends, and many of our wonderful farmers. The weather was perfect, the food was delicious, and the conversation that flowed is exactly what we had hoped it would be: People...
October 07, 2014
Apple season is in full swing! Here are the best Pick-Your-Own apple orchards in Virginia and Maryland.
September 26, 2014
Once a month we make a delivery of fresh fruits and vegetables from our family of farms to our partner organization Martha's Table. The amount donated is based on the number of deliveries we made that month. For every 10 shares we deliver, we donate 1 share to Martha's Table....
March 17, 2014
About 50 years ago, a Georgetown professor interested in addressing poverty in the nation’s capital sat down with a priest who had been working to help people on the streets for a lifetime. Their conversations would transform the social service landscape in Washington, DC with the creation of a soup...
March 12, 2014
4P Foods is the newest farm-fresh food delivery company serving the Washington DC Metro Area. We do things a little differently.First of all, we deliver to your building, so you don’t have to worry about going to the store or detouring to some central pick-up location. You’re busy enough as...
March 06, 2014
What if a farmer could just focus on farming? That simple idea is the foundation for a new type of food business called a food hub. Food hubs act as the sales arm for a community of farmers.