Packing for a waste-free summer picnic is easier than you might think. The hardest part may just be finding a basket or bag that’s big enough to hold all your goodies.
To clarify, you should eat daily. But if you want your daily eats to support local farms and be at their peak flavor, try eating according to what’s in season. This summer’s produce lineup stars:
- 🍓 Strawberries
- 🍉 Melon
- 🍋 Citrus
- 🍅 Tomatoes
- 🍑 Peaches
- 🍍 Pineapple
- 🥝 Golden kiwis
- 🍒 Cherries
- 🌶 Peppers
Skip plastic containers
Head to the farmers market before your picnic or pick produce from Imperfect that comes in its own biodegradable “packaging” like peels and rinds. If you’re packing food, your sandwich doesn’t need to last forever; it just needs to make it to the park, so consider these options:
In your kitchen and beyond.
An easy and stylish way to cut down on single-use plastics.
Keep your cheddar better with these tips for storing cheese.
Spent coffee grounds, an extra onion-half, and the heels from a loaf of bread are no longer burdens but an opportunity for a waste-free picnic spread.
Your coffee grounds have more to offer than you might think.
An extra onion half and a lumpy tomato are no longer burdens but an opportunity to make a fancy breakfast frittata.
This recipe makes even the heels of your loaf of bread something to look forward to.
Fruit infused water
Not so much a recipe as it is a great idea. Instead of cans and bottles, pack fruit infused water in Mason jars
Snacks to stuff into a big old tote bag
Look for these easy-to-pack snacks next time you’re shopping with Imperfect!
Organic Chocolatey Banana Nut Trail Mix
Leftover cashew pieces and not-quite-ripe bananas join chunks of chocolate for this organic trek mix.
Yogurt Covered Pretzels with Sprinkles
It’s a sweet snack that keeps leftover rainbow sprinkles from going to waste.
Fruit Strips & Bits
When fruit gets dried and cut into fruit bars, perfectly tasty little ends, pieces, strips, and strings get left behind. So we gathered them up!
Garlic and Herb Roasted Cashews
Fair Trade cashews roasted to golden brown perfection, tossed with organic garlic and speckled with just about every herb in the garden.