Family of three running towards their picnic

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Picnic Time is Here

Picnic season is upon us. Summer brings warm weather, no school, and longer days. All three of these add up to the perfect motivation for eating outside.

A far as holidays go, picnic season starts with Memorial Day, includes the Fourth of July, and finishes with Labor Day. Pictures of red, white, and blue checkered tablecloths show up on advertising flyers, Pinterest boards, and social media platforms. Even in old home videos.

Wicker picnic baskets. Multi-generational gatherings. Wooden picnic tables piled with a variety of potluck dishes, or blankets on the ground with everyday foods that always taste better eaten outdoors.  Kinda makes you want to go to a family reunion or an old fashion church picnic doesn’t it!

Couple having a breakfast picnic in front of a lake

Picnic Date Brunch by the Lake

 

Don’t Wait for the Big Gatherings

In spite of the fun and craziness of those big picnics that include everyone from your funny Uncle Elroy to the newest little niece with her adorable sun bonnet – picnicking doesn’t have to mean big gatherings. In fact, currently that kind of large community picnicking may be “off the table” so to speak. Even so, don’t let that stop you. A picnic for two can be memorable.  Likewise, a simple family picnic can be a great device-free way to relax and connect with each other. After all, eating al fresco has so many advantages, as you can read about in our blog Eating Breakfast Outside for Double the Benefits.

 

Cranberry Chicken Salad Sandwich with a homemade ciabatta roll roll

Cranberry Chicken Salad Sandwich

Sandwiches in the Picnic Basket

Picnics bring to mind hot dogs and hamburgers if you are near a grill, or sandwiches if you are not. Sandwiches make a great choice because they can be carried anywhere. And of course you want to use your wicker basket.

If you choose sandwiches, we highly recommend our Cranberry Chicken Salad Sandwich. The red onions and celery give this salad a great crunch, while the cranberries and dried tarragon add a sweet and tangy flavor.

The photo shows it on a fresh ciabatta roll, but it would be equally delicious on a croissant, a soft bun, or two slices of whole wheat bread. You could even serve it as a wrap. Our gluten-free family members make lettuce roll ups or use slices of red pepper to create a crunchy, healthy, and delicious version that’s grain free.

Click here for our recipe.

 

 

Summer Salad - a perfect picnic presentation

Summer Salad

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Avocado, onions, egg slices and glazed pecans

Strawberry Spinach Salad

Let a Salad Be the Star on the Menu

You don’t have to opt for a sandwich. If you want to break out of the mold, we can offer you two beautiful main dish salads.

The first one is simply called Summer Salad. You’ll feel good about the Romaine, carrots, radishes and cherry tomatoes. But the ham and freshly grated Parmesan will make it true picnic fare. Check out the recipe.

 

Since you’re going with a red and white theme (because isn’t that so traditional), you might want to try our Spinach Strawberry Salad.  The splashes of red from the fruit look lovely on your picnic table, and add a taste of summer.

It may be a salad, but you’ll find it plenty filling with the addition of avocado and feta cheese. And our free-range eggs of course. Absolutely no one can resist the candied pecans or the honey Dijon dressing. You can find the recipe for the salad and the dressing right here.

Your Picnic Needs Some Side Dishes

If you decided on sandwiches, then you may be looking for some tasty side dishes. A bag of chips may be easy, but we all have memories of time-honored dishes at family gatherings, right?  We have two re-makes of old fashioned sides that will definitely add to your menu.

Cauliflower and Broccoli Salad as a picnic sidedish

Cauliflower and Broccoli Salad

Bean and Bacon Salad as a picnic side dish

Bean and Bacon Salad

The first one is our Cauliflower and Broccoli Salad. But wait. It’s not what you think. There’s no mayonnaise in this one. Instead, Italian salad dressing gives it a marinated feel as do the chopped eggs,  olives, cherry tomatoes and feta cheese. Here’s our recipe.

Or if you want to bring along a bowl of Nature’s Yoke Bean and Bacon Salad with our own lemony mayonnaise dressing, you won’t be disappointed. And neither will anyone else. It’s the best of old fashion nostalgia with a surprising new flavor. Check out the recipe right here.

Sweet Endings for Your Picnic

Nature's Yoke Cherry Bars, perfect for picnic

Cherry Bars

Nature's Yoke Rhubarb Bars for picnic

Rhubarb Bars

We have some appealing ideas for your picnic dessert. We chose three that carry a red and white theme so they will look lovely at your patriotic picnic for Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, or Labor Day.  In fact, ANY summer day. And all three are easy to carry along. Just be ready when people request the recipes!

Our Cherry Bars have a hint of almond and they honestly taste like a burst of summer. Click here if you think you want to try them. (you KNOW you do!)

A second option would be Rhubarb Bars. Pretty as can be, they taste almost like a slice of strawberry rhubarb cake. And that’s the epitome of summer freshness, right? Look at them. Don’t you want to pop one in your mouth right now? Grab up this recipe.

 

Raspberry Almond Bars perfect picnic fare

Raspberry Almond Bars

 

 

If I had to pick just one, however, it would be our own recipe for Raspberry Almond Bars. They are simply gorgeous. And we all agree that a large part of deliciousness is in the visual appeal. Don’t worry, they are equally scrumptious. Go ahead. Click on the recipe, bake up a batch, and see for yourself.

The Perfect Picnic Recipe

All of our recipes were baked with our Nature’s Yoke free-range eggs. Of course. We hope you choose some of our recipes. And our eggs. These recipes are sure to please. So, make them or bake them. Pack them up in your basket or cooler. Then head outdoors.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  But remember that the perfect recipe for your picnic is:

-friends

-family

-fresh air

-good food

-good fun

-lots of laughter.

-And hopefully, only a few ants.

Happy Picnicking!

Little girl peeking through a heart shaped whole in her watermelon slice

 

If ants are such busy workers, how come they find time to go to all the picnics? Marie Dressler