5 Ultra-Light Backpacking Foods for Long Day Hikes

The summer months are great for taking long hikes, either solo or with the family. Wherever your wanderlust takes you, your appetite will surely follow. According to OutdoorsNW, adults need between a half and a pound of food per day while hiking. Luckily, Hickory Farms has come up with five foods that are easy to bring along on hikes, so you can reach each peak and summit with energy to spare. Below are some of our favorites.

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The sweet yet salty taste of homemade Thai Beef Jerky is a compact snack that will last a month if stored in an airtight container and refrigerated until the day of your hike. Three pounds of sirloin tip makes a pound and a half of jerky. Just add honey, soy and fish sauce and some ground coriander. It’s simple and delicious!

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Nuts can be a healthy component of most diets, containing both carbs and protein. Our Mixed Nuts Gift Tin features a trio of pecans, cashews and almonds you can portion into baggies for a quick on-the-go snack as you’re hiking along and checking out the surrounding flora and fauna.

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When you’re ready to sit down and catch your breath, break out the cheddar and crackers, using your trusty utility knife to slice the cheese. Our Cheese Trio Gift Box with two flavors of cheddar and Mission Jack Blend taste great when paired with our Olive Oil & Rosemary Crackers, and can easily fit in a knapsack. Our Summer Sausage is also a good choice to bring this snack full circle.

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Dried fruit, either alone or as part of a trail mix with GORP (good old raisins and peanuts), is both tasty and highly portable. It’s a favorite of hikers everywhere.

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Firm-skinned fresh fruit like oranges, apples and pears are full of juices that keep hikers hydrated. Just remember to bring along your water too.

Hickory Farms has plenty of fruit and nut selections and pantry essentials to make any hike a gourmet experience. Order online today or call 800.753.8558 for home delivery.

Creative Father’s Day Gifts & Activities

Father’s Day is almost upon us, so Hickory Farms has compiled a couple of fun ideas you can carry out for Dad! No matter where your dad’s interests lie, a personalized gift or a fun day filled with his favorite activities will remind him of your love and appreciation.

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  • Sometimes just spending quality family time together can be the best gift of all, especially for a family that’s always headed off in different directions. Plan an afternoon watching Dad’s favorite action thrillers. You can eat popcorn, order a pizza and let Dad control the remote all day long.
  • What’s your Dad’s passion? Does he love to root for the home team, or would he enjoy spending a day at an outdoor music festival? Maybe he loves drooling over antique cars or heading out on the lake. Whatever it is, arrange a day filled with his favorite activities and accompany him with a smile.

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  • Hickory Farms carries a variety of gift baskets any dad would appreciate, like our Timeless Traditions gift basket with a bottle of Murphy-Goode Sauvignon Blanc, pears, apple, beef summer sausage and two different cheeses. Best of all, there’s enough to share with the rest of the family.
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  • Dad may even get a little sentimental if you make him a framed, personalized piece of art filled with photographs and other significant memorabilia. This might include a coaster imprinted with the name of his favorite beer, a ticket stub from a concert featuring his favorite band, the logo from his all-time favorite sports team . . . you know Dad best, so have fun choosing.
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  • Re-purpose Dad’s favorite threadbare T-shirt from college or Led Zepplin’s last tour into a keepsake pillow that’s super easy to make even if your sewing skills are pretty basic.

Whatever you decide to do to honor your father on his special day, he’ll feel the love and gratitude you have for him in your heart. Hickory Farms also honors military dads with a variety of gift baskets, as well as free shipping to APO and FPO addresses. Call 800.753.8558 to place your Father’s Day order today!

Enjoy Hickory Farms’ New Reserve Collection!

As the rest of the country is digging out from a long, frigid winter, you can bring a bit of summer’s bounty into your home with Hickory Farms’ gourmet food baskets from our new Hickory Farms Reserve Collection. We’ve highlighted a few of our favorites we’re sure you’ll enjoy.

Our Fresh From the Farm Gift Basket is full of delicious Red D’Anjou, Comice and Golden pears, delightfully crunchy Fuji and Granny Smith apples, wedges of our rich and creamy Triple Crême cheese and Apple Smoked Cheddar with Paprika. All these treats are tucked alongside a selection of salted and roasted cashews, almonds, mixed nuts and dried fruit.

 

Your indoor picnic awaits you with our All the Cellar’s Best basket. Sip on a glass of Clos du Bois Pinot Noir, which pairs sublimely with the aged dry salami, as well as the selection of seven different cheese varieties. Everything mingles nicely with the wine’s muted raspberry notes. When friends drop by unexpectedly, this is great to have on hand for no-fuss serving.

Spend an evening snuggling fireside with your sweetheart while enjoying the bounty of our Vineyards and Orchards Gift Box. Chill the bottle of Bogle Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc and nibble on slices of Fuji apple, Crown Comice and Red pears, as well as our new artisanal Classic Cheddar Cheese.

Cheese lovers will really appreciate our Slate Cheese Board Set. The hand-cut board is made from slate quarried in North America and crafted in Raleigh, N.C. It comes with two cheese knives designed for slicing and serving both creamy and hard cheeses, and we even include a soapstone chalk to label your tasting delights. This set makes a lovely and thoughtful hostess gift. Order two so you’ll have one for yourself!

Call 800.753.8558 or visit www.hickoryfarms.com to place your order today.