Summer is almost here and we couldn’t be more excited for the great season ahead. It will soon be time for us to wrap up cherry harvest in California, and ramp up for cherry harvest in Washington State. Even though our busy season is already upon us, many mark Memorial Day as the start of summer. Whether you are using the upcoming long weekend to catch-up on house chores, host a BBQ, or take a mini vacation, I’ve come up with a list of 5 things to do to help you make this Memorial Day the most memorable yet.
1. Get Out the Grill: We’ve been blessed in eastern Washington this spring with lots of great weather for grilling! At my house, it has quickly become the go-to method of cooking dinner, and this weekend will be no exception. Whether you are having a quiet family dinner or a big neighborhood BBQ, grilling is a great way to enjoy a delicious meal during the long weekend. Our recipe for Grilled Chicken with Cherry & Nectarine Salsa comes together quickly and is perfect for feeding a crowd.
2. Enjoy a Summery Drink: Whether you are knee-deep in yard work or relaxing during a short getaway, take time to enjoy what some call “the unofficial start to summer” weekend with a summertime beverage. This Cherry Lemon Cooler is not only refreshing but also kid and adult friendly!
3. Get Crafty: When it comes to crafting, I’m admittedly the worst person to offer up ideas or inspiration. However, a quick browse of Pinterest led me to many Memorial Day crafts worth recreating! Check out our Memorial Day board for craft and other ideas centered around Memorial Day. These paper flowers would be great for delivering to the cemetery to honor a loved one who served.
4. Try a New Recipe: From cherries to berries and more, summer fruits are now arriving at your grocery store. Use the extra time this weekend to try a new recipe in the kitchen – perhaps with some of our California-grown cherries you find at your store. We have a free download with several cherry recipes worth trying this Memorial Day and all summer long. Don’t forget to treat yourself with dessert. The Cherry Crumbcake recipe below is found in our download while this blog post takes you through each step to make Lorie’s delicious recipe for Cherry Pie in a jar!
5. Remember Those Who Served: Of course, we can’t forget what the Memorial Day holiday is all about. The last Monday of May has officially been a federal holiday in the U.S. since 1971, but has long been celebrated. It’s a time for Americans to honor those who lost their lives while serving in the U.S. military, primarily by attending memorials and decorating cemeteries with flowers and flags. On behalf of Stemilt, I’d like to wish you all a memorable and happy Memorial Day.
How do you celebrate Memorial Day? What’s your favorite patriotic recipe for holidays like Memorial Day? Tell us in the comments below!