Put a New Spin on Brown Bag Lunches

Your kids might not be ready to close the door on summer and head back to school this fall, so Hickory Farms has compiled a list of some interesting lunchtime options you can use to spruce up their traditional brown bag fare. Check out our suggestions below.

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On hot days, a refreshing Pasta Salad with Sausage & Mozzarella is a healthy selection for school lunches. Just toss cooked pasta, spinach leaves, halved grape tomatoes and some Hickory Farms Summer Sausage together with olive oil and vinegar.

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Try a Turkey, Apple & Swiss Melt made with sliced turkey, cheese, thinly sliced red or green apple between hearty wheat bread. Give it some pizzazz with a light spread of our gourmet mustard and a touch of honey. Your kids won’t be trading this lunch with their schoolmates!

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This mayonnaise-free Chicken Salad with Apple & Basil covers all the bases — it’s nutritious, delicious and a great lunch option. Lime juice, white vinegar and brown sugar take the place of mayonnaise, while chopped apples and your choice of nuts with fresh sliced basil and mint leaves add texture.

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When the temperature drops, kids will warm right up with this hearty Bean & Sausage Stew that’s perfect for a chilly autumn day. Simmer our Turkey Summer Sausage, a can of beans, shredded kale, diced tomatoes, garlic and olive oil in some low-sodium chicken broth, and then season it with kosher salt and pepper. A thermos will keep the soup nice and hot for your favorite student’s belly. Round out the meal with a slice of homemade bread and a piece of fruit from our Summer Fruit Collection.

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With Hickory Farms, you can make the perfect lunch choices year round. Our Spiral Sliced HoneyGold Ham, gourmet fruits and nuts and savory sausage and cheeses blend into all your favorite recipes and are delicious as both meal and snack options.

Call today at 800.753.8558, or go online for round the clock ordering.

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.