Plan a Stress-Free Family Reunion Picnic

Summer is a great time to plan a festive family reunion and a fun picnic where everyone can enjoy a whole lot of mingling and reminiscing. Hickory Farms has put together a few suggestions for making your family reunion a stress-free and fun occasion for all.

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  • Location, location, location. Choose a spot everyone will enjoy spending time at, such as a state park, nearby lake or beach with covered areas for meals, picnic tables and a grill. If most of your family members live nearby, your local park may be the best option.
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  • As family members arrive, give them each a gift bag. Include an itinerary of the day’s events, along with a sheet with everybody’s contact information, including email, snail mail addresses and phone numbers. This will help family members stay in touch throughout the year. It’s also a nice idea to include a commemorative T-shirt, beach towel or drink koozie printed with the date and name of your family’s reunion.

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  • Each family member can bring their own dish, but as this is a day-long event, you want to make sure there are a couple snacks for hungry kids. Luckily, Hickory Farms Spiral Sliced Honey Gold Ham is a picnic-perfect solution for hungry family members and can also double up as your reunion’s main course. Our Summer Fruit Collection contains a nice selection of fruits for healthy, low-cal snacking. Potato Salad is a hit at any outdoor gathering, so make sure it’s on the list.
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  • Since this is a gathering of generations, make sure you provide a variety of entertainment for people of all ages to enjoy. A deck of cards, some board games, horseshoes and softball equipment for a pick-up game are all great options for the entire family to enjoy. Don’t forget to designate someone as videographer to capture priceless family memories.

Hickory Farms makes it easy to bring gourmet goodies to your reunion. Our Bountiful Tastings basket and a wide variety of our fruit and nuts selection can generate a delicious boost of energy to keep the fun going on all day long. Just shop online, or call 800.753.8558 for a quick delivery right to your door.

Featured Basket: Vintner’s Savory Selection

Any time you pair a fruity wine with flavorful cheeses, a fabulous party is sure to be just around the corner. To create a truly dynamic palette, all you need is a little sausage on the side. To enjoy all of these delicacies in one gourmet food basket, check out Hickory Farms’ Vintner’s Savory Selection.

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What you get

If you enjoy bright, vibrant flavors, this basket is the perfect choice for your summer party. Our Vintner’s Savory Selection offers a pair of creamy cheeses. If you prefer things on the spicy side, you’ll love our Jalapeno and Cheddar Blend. For guests who crave bold, smoky flavors, our Smoked Cheddar is sure to become their new favorite snack!

For the perfect accompaniment to your cheeses, slice up some of our Beef Summer Sausage. As the Gold Medal Award Winner at the American Masters of Taste competition, this delicious sausage combines natural smoky flavor with the highest-quality sausage. For even more complexity, top your sausage with a little bit of our Farmstand Recipe Sweet Hot Mustard, which adds the perfect balance of sweet and spicy.

This fantastic basket is elegantly finished with a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon from Lucinda & Millie. With a fruit-forward finish, this Cabernet will bring out the richness of our cheeses.

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Get ready for your summer party

With all of these amazing basket goodies, your party will be an instant hit. Simply cut the sausages into small slices, cube your cheeses and arrange them on an elegant platter. You can include a couple extra snacks, such as almonds and figs, to add a sophisticated touch. To create additional flavor combinations, fill small bowls with condiments, such as our Sweet Hot Mustard and fruit preserves.

Don’t forget to set out toothpicks and napkins for serving, and then simply pour out our Cabernet for everyone’s enjoyment!

With so many fantastic flavors, our Hickory Farms Vintner’s Savory Selection gourmet food basket includes everything you need for a summer picnic, party, or just a cozy night at home. Bring one home today to experience these perfectly paired flavors.

5 Reasons to Eat More Blueberries

Plump and juicy with a delicious burst of flavor, blueberries are a tasty, low-calorie treat that pack tons of health benefits into a tiny berry. You can celebrate this fantastic summer fruit during National Blueberry Month this July by enjoying some of its amazing benefits.

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Improve your immune system

Blueberries are absolutely brimming with antioxidants. In fact, they contain the highest concentration of antioxidants of any fruit or vegetable that has been tested. These amazing components neutralize free radicals in your body, giving your immune system a serious boost. The pigment in blueberries, known as anthocyanin, is responsible for both the beautiful blue color of the berries and many of the health benefits.

Maintain brain function

Blueberries aren’t only good for your body; they’re also good for your mind. As you age, you can begin to lose memory function and the ability to control your emotions. Anthocyanins can help reverse this, improving memory and brain function. One study found that participants who were given blueberry juice scored higher on a memory test than those that were not.

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Preserve eyesight

Have you noticed that you’re having a harder time seeing clearly? Blueberries may be able to help. Clinical studies have found that blueberries can slow vision loss.

Get your vitamin C

Blueberries have so much vitamin C that they contain nearly 25 percent of your recommended daily allowance of this important nutrient. Vitamin C is credited with improving everything from glaucoma to gum health to immune system function.

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Reduce your risk of heart disease

Blueberries are so amazing; they’ve even been shown to improve cardiovascular health. Studies have revealed that diets rich in blueberries have been linked to reduced cardiovascular inflammation, which lowers the chances of heart attacks or heart failure.

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To get these benefits for yourself, all you need is the blueberry-packed fruit spread from our Hickory Farms’ Farmstand Fruit Spreads gourmet fruit baskets. Whether you enjoy our blueberries in the morning on toast or after dinner on ice cream, your body will thank you.