Pack your picnic basket, it’s a beautiful summer to enjoy a meal outdoors with your friends and family! Here are a few items you don’t want to forget to bring with you to the picnic.

1) Sweet cornsweet corn

As sweet corn just came into season it’s extremely fresh and very delicious. Sweet corn is also nutritious as it is cholesterol free and a great source of vitamin C and A, potassium, thiamine, fiber, and antioxidants.

cherry tomato2) Cherry tomatoes fresh from the garden

There’s no better healthy snack than chilled, mouthwatering, sweet cherry tomatoes on a hot summer day. Try adding sweet tomatoes to your cottage cheese too… you’ll be pleasantly surprised how well they go together!

3) A tasty bottle of wine from your local vineyard

Are you going to bring a white or red wine is the real question?  The nearest vineyard to us here in Bloomington, IL is the White Oak Vineyard in Carlock, IL.  Visit their website for more information: oak vineyard


ropp cheese4) Cheese curds from the Ropp Jersey Cheese Farm in Normal, IL

Try one of their award winning flavored cheeses:

  • Chili Cheddar
  • Morel Mushroom Cheddar
  • Bacon, Garlic, Horseradish Cheddar
  • Hot Habanero Cheddar
  • Natural White Cheddar Cheese Curds
  • Onion and Herb Cheddar Cheese Curds

beer nuts5) BEER NUTS

These are a must try tasty treat. BEER NUTS are made fresh in Bloomington, IL. They are shipped nationwide to all fifty states as well as several foreign countries. Be sure to stop by one of their two BEER NUTS Company Stores in Bloomington, IL for the freshest taste of America’s tastiest nuts.

6) Any of your favorite fruits and vegetables from your local farm standbuy fresh

Buying local provides you with freshly picked, locally grown produce. It also helps support your local community! Here in Bloomington, IL we have Browns Fresh Produce where they hand-pick fresh each morning. This provides the “absolute freshest, best tasting produce anywhere.” At Browns Fresh Produce they grow over 25 different vegetables as well as many different fruits such as: cantaloupe, watermelon, strawberries, peaches, and apples. They also sell dairy and eggs.

ElizabethElizabeth O’Reilly
IL Corn summer intern

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