One of the best parts of summer is enjoying picnics. It’s fun from time-to-time to pack up a basket of food and drinks, and head off to the park for some outside family eats.
Our family loves going to the park down the street to see live, local music on Thursday nights while having a picnic dinner. But, our ultimate picnic is when we go see “The Beatles” at the Symphony on the Prairie at Connor Prairie. My middle child and my nieces think they are seeing the REAL Beatles—it’s so cute! It’s a fun night with all of us dancing and singing the night away while enjoying a picnic meal under the starlight.
Since my kids are young, I’m looking for convenient finger foods that don’t require the use of plates or utensils when I’m packing our picnic basket. I tend to choose foods from the following categories: meat, cheese, nuts, fruit, veggies, and sweets. Of course, there are also beverages!
Circle City Kombucha
You know me—I LOVE fermented foods and our family LOVES kombucha! I make my own, but that doesn’t stop us from trying all the vendors we sell at Green Bean. One of our favorite kombuchas is the Lemon Ginger from Circle City Kombucha. It’s like drinking lemonade, but way healthier.
They’re low in sugar and packed with probiotics! We just started selling their kombuchas in mini-growlers—32 ounces of fermented goodness. They couldn’t be more perfect for a summer picnic!
Go-to Picnic Recipes
Now, I did say I love convenience foods when packing a picnic, but there are a couple recipes I do like to make—one is deviled eggs, and another is radish and cucumber tea sandwiches, or in this recipe, radish sprouts!
Tulip Tree Creamery is in Indianapolis, Indiana. They use traditional European recipes and all their products are handmade. Absolute top quality. We just added their cultured butter and nettle cheese which is made with sage, mint and nettle. It is delicious!
There is just something about radish and cucumber tea sandwiches that I love—the textures, the flavors, the butter—they are perfect. They’re a light and delicate addition to your picnic meal. This recipe is a spin-off of a classic by using radish sprouts and Tulip Tree Creamery’s Nettle cheese.
Other picnic goodies we like to pack are:
- Applegate Farms Genoa Salami and Smoking Goose Capocollo
- Ludwig Farmstead Creamery Gouda and Caprini Creamery Cracked Pepper Chevre
- Veggies that are easy to snack on and can be used to scoop up dip with, like, mini sweets, cucumbers, and baby carrots. And, the super sweet Campari cherry tomatoes from Rootbound Farm (in Kentucky) and the sweet banana peppers from Ebenhack Brothers Farm in Ohio
- And like veggies, easy to snack on fruit, such as Bing cherries, grapes, strawberries, blueberries, and local blackberries also from Ebenhack Brothers Farm in Ohio
- Packages of Oloves Chili and Oregano Olives and Randy’s Bread and Butter Pickles
- Darista Sweet Potato Coconut Curry Hummus and Hope Foods Kale Pesto Hummus
- Late July Classic Rich Buttery Crackers and Jackson’s Honest Heirloom Purple Potato Chips
- Farm to Kitchen Foods Tamari Roasted Almonds and Salted Pistachios
- And finally, it wouldn’t be a well-rounded picnic without something sweet! We usually bring a bag of Farm to Kitchen Foods Chocolate Covered Almonds and a bag of Smart Bark Cranberry Chocolate Bark.
There are so many great options in our grocery store for you to pack your perfect summer picnic. Enjoy!
Beth Blessing (Organic Beth) has a Masters in Nutrition and is the co-founder of Green Bean Delivery. She is a mother of three that loves supporting family farms and searching for unique, artisanal products. Her goal is to help others eat better and live a more natural, holistic life through healthy recipes and practical tips. Follow her on Facebook: @OrganicBeth