FYI: Easy Picnicking Ideas for Summer

Are you looking for a way to spend some more time outside this summer but without the crowds? Try heading out to a lesser-known park, unrolling a blanket and dishing out an unforgettable meal with these savory and fun picnic ideas!


Fruit Smoothie with Joe Tea

Joe Tea Iced Teas is an independent company with a capital “I”. They are a family business that was started from the trunk of a Dodge Intrepid… and they’ve traveled many, many miles ever since! They have a hard-working team of associates, distributors, and suppliers who work with forward-thinking retailers. The fresh taste of their tea alone is enough to make anyone a huge fan, but you can unlock even more of its potential by combining that superb quality with other healthy ingredients!

Pair it with... Cascadian Farms Mango Strawberry Blend (Frozen)

Tropical mangoes meet ruby red strawberries in this tasty blend! Liven up your morning smoothie, toss into salads or bake into treats.

Add Joe Tea as a smoothie base and flavor it with the mango strawberry blend for a cool and refreshing summer treat!

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Savory Summer Salad - Watermelon Cucumber Feta Salad

The idea behind Appalachian Naturals began many years before it was founded. In 1998, Shelly Risinger and Kristin Barry decided to renovate an old tavern into a working restaurant in the rock climbing town of Joshua Tree National Park. Their dream was to intelligently alter the existing food chain model to the benefit of consumers by sourcing ingredients from local farms and producers. They work only with businesses that follow the same ethical and sustainable approaches to commerce… and that’s just the tip of the fork!

For a healthier picnic feast, try combining watermelon, cucumber and feta with salad, then dress it up with Appalachian Naturals’ Maple Balsamic Salad Dressing!

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Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus Spears

Locally-grown asparagus from Western Massachusetts is known as some of the best in the world… so try our asparagus from Astarte Farm with sugar-free bacon! It makes a super savory snack you can enjoy easily outside. For a healthier version, swap out the real bacon for Lightlife’s plant-based Smart Bacon.

Pair it with... Maine Root Local Sodas

That’s not high-fructose corn syrup you’re tasting! Maine Root sodas are made with 100% organic and fair trade sugar cane from Brazil. The farmers grow the key ingredient, and in return Maine Root supports their hospitals and schools… and of course, our co-op shoppers are treated to a variety of amazing refreshments! When the company got started, they only wanted a better root beer that they could feel good about drinking. That success has since led to improved lemonades, ginger brews and sodas, too!

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Desert Classic - S’mores

For that classic finish to your perfect picnic, why not sit by a campfire and make some s’mores? We suggest using Annie’s Homegrown Graham Crackers, Gluten-Free and Vegan Dandie’s Marshmallows and Vegan Hu Kitchen Chocolate… check out the recipe below for inspiration!

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