Host a Patriotic Block Party for Independence Day

A good way to get to know your neighbors this Fourth of July is to host a patriotic block party, and Hickory Farms has a few entertaining tips to get you started!

If your neighborhood has a community gathering spot – like a clubhouse, pool, or ball field – make that your central location. If not, each family can pitch in offerings from their grills and turn it into a long, meandering block of camaraderie.

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Decorations

Red, white and blue decorations are a necessity, of course! And fly those flags high for our country’s 238th birthday. The beauty of a festive block party is its individuality, so make sure to do your own creative thing.

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Activities

A neighborhood parade can be the day’s highlight and involve everyone from tots and teens to proud veterans. Organize a small parade with decorated bikes, wagons, 4-wheelers and golf carts interspersed with walking groups and maybe even a few horn players and drummers! You probably don’t need a city permit, but a larger parade involving vehicles might, so be sure to check first.

Kids enjoy sack races and a good game of horseshoes. You can even get adults involved with a pick-up softball game before the fireworks begin.

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Refreshments

Turn the grill masters loose and have a friendly barbecue competition. From hot dogs to slow-cooked ribs, everyone can contribute their specialty! Hickory Farms Spiral Sliced Honey-Gold Ham is a great addition to a quick sandwich for hungry kids waiting on the grill. 

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Don’t forget dessert! This Berry Flag Tart made with blueberries and raspberries is both delicious and patriotic. You can also easily make this Apple, Rhubarb and Raspberry Pie using a couple crisp Fuji apples from our Fresh Fruit Medley Gift Box.

If you’re running short on time, remember that Hickory Farms Gift Baskets and Towers are a hit at any gathering. They’re quite a unique addition to the typical Independence Day fare, so place your order online today, or call 800.753.8558.

Indulge in Delicious Gluten-Free Items from Hickory Farms

Switching to a gluten-free diet can result in a number of health benefits, including improved digestion, reduced inflammation and higher energy levels. However, gluten-free diets can sometimes feel restrictive and bland.

Luckily, with Hickory Farms’ delicious gluten-free products, you can enjoy the associated health benefits of a gluten-free diet, as well as a burst of bold flavor. So, jazz up your diet today with our deliciously scrumptious gluten-free items available in a variety of categories.

 

Meats

When it comes to summer sausage, you really can’t go wrong with our original Signature Beef Sausage. Featuring a mildly sweet and smoky flavor with no fillers, gluten-free has never tasted so delicious!

If you’re looking for a yummy, gluten-free entree for a family gathering, you’ll love our Honey Gold Spiral Sliced Ham. Cured with natural juices, this ham is the perfect sweet and savory dish to round out any meal.

 

Cheeses

Your gluten-free diet can include a variety of delicious cheese options. For a flavor packed treat, slice up our Jalapeno Cheddar Blend or Parmesan Herb Cheese  – they pair well with fresh fruits and vegetables.

 

Sauces

With our bold selection of sauces, you can add an extra layer of flavor to any dish. Add a little heat with our Horseradish Sauce or something sweet and tangy with a dash of Cranberry Mustard.

 

Fruit Preserves

If you’re looking for versatile flavors, try our Farmstand Fruit Spreads. Our preserves, which range in flavors from Wild Blueberry to Red Raspberry, can accompany anything from gluten-free breads to hearty meats.

 

Nuts

Nuts are full of protein, fiber and texture and are also gluten-free. If you’re a purist, try our Finest Mixed Nuts Tin, featuring a combination of roasted cashews, almonds and pecans. For a burst of nutty flavor, opt for our Cranberry Sesame Nut Mix.

With Hickory Farms and these fantastic gluten-free options, improving your health with a gluten-free diet has never sounded more delicious! To view more gluten-free products, browse our website, or contact us at 800.753.8558 today.

Easy Tricks to Make a Delicious Fruit Salad

A great way to get fit for spring is to eat healthfully. A healthy diet can still be delicious, especially if you include a lot of great tasting and good-for-you fruits. Hickory Farms has found a few tips to help you create some delectable fruit salads your whole family can enjoy this season.

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When possible, buy fruit in season from local vendors to ensure its freshness. Spring is a good time to buy fresh strawberries, so make sure you pick up a pint or two to add their juicy sweetness to your fruit salad.

Select fruits with the same degree of ripeness so their texture is similar. Overripe fruit doesn’t hold its integrity in a fruit salad and can make it mushy. Fruit that hasn’t ripened enough can be too tart and hard to chew.

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The most visibly appealing fruit salads have vibrantly colored fruits for extra contrast. Think bright pink watermelon, purple grapes, dark red cherries mingling with fresh blueberries, bright green slices of kiwi and juicy peaches.

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Take the time to remove seeds and pits from your fruity bites, and consider skinning your fruits as well. It’s also a good idea to keep the bites uniform in size, so it’s easier to eat. Try to use the same amount of each fruit while making the salad so everybody gets a little of each.

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When all the fruit is mixed together, pump up the volume a bit by spritzing the whole bowl with lemon or lime juice. Not only does it jazz up the flavor but the citrus juice keeps the fruit from discoloring in the refrigerator.

 

Hickory Farms Fresh Fruit Trio Gift Box is full of three essential must-haves for any fruit salad – mouthwatering Mandarin oranges, luscious Comice pears and sweet and juicy Fuji apples.

No matter the season, when you order from Hickory Farms, you’ll always get the freshest high-quality ingredients available anywhere. Call 800.753.8558 and place your order today for a speedy home delivery.