What’s on your shopping list this 4th of July weekend? If you need some suggestions, look no further than this list of 7 must-haves brought to you by guest blogger Linh Phillips, aka Sir Rocha Says!
Independence Day is steadily approaching and that means time is running short on what to plan for the most memorable 4th of July party of all time. Don’t fret though, because I have curated a list of seven must-have items for your backyard barbecue. These local goods will not only bring your party to the next level of patriotism, but are also conveniently available at your friendly, neighborhood store, Hart’s Local Grocers! Even better, these food and drink goodies are either made in the Rochester region or sourced from a neighboring city in New York State. There’s nothing like celebrating freedom and supporting local at the same time!
Here is a list of the 7 Must-Haves for your 4th of July Party, and trust me with these in hand, your guests will be asking for more….
Your freedom party can’t function without snacks or actually to be more specific, CHIPS. I’m not talking about your ordinary potato chips in a bowl. No sirree, we are talking about the Original Saratoga Chips, from our pals in the town of Saratoga Springs. There’s a personal story behind ‘America’s First Kettle Chip’ that stems all the way back to the 1800’s. These red, white, and blue kettle chips will be a festive addition to your picnic table. Plus, they have a touch of Himalayan sea salt and are all-natural. Most importantly, they are super addicting – so be sure to grab at least 2 bags people.
Need something refreshing that will be an instant hit with your friends and family? Well I’ve got just the beverage for you. Embark Craft Ciderworks located in Williamson, NY recently introduced a new seasonal offering of Strawberry Rhubarb hard cider. The cidery is part of Lagoner Farms who have been bringing Rochester homegrown produce for the last 100 years. This craft cider is sure to be a crowd pleaser; not overly sweet and has the right balance of fermented apples over juicy strawberries and tart rhubarb. You’ll feel like your sipping on summer in a glass.
Hart’s meats are butchered in-store and sourced from 100 miles within Rochester. I highly recommend getting the sausage that is made right on-site. You have a choice of mild Italian sausage, hot Italian, chicken feta, or other seasonal offerings to scoop up. You can also get fresh ground beef to cook up some delicious burgers on the grill. Can you hear the sizzle on the grill and picture all your guests salivating over the smell of delicious sausage and cheeseburgers? I’ll have one of everything, please.
Since we’re on the topic of butchery and meat, I’ve got quality spices for you to season your chicken, pork, beef, seafood or veggies with. These premium spices are locally made by Stuart’s Spices located on South Clinton Ave., but lucky for you, they are also at Hart’s Local Grocers. Not only do they match with the colors of the American flag, but they’ve got some fun flavors for you try. Featured above, you can get your spice on with Chipotle Lime-Rub, Fire Salt, and Hart’s own Hog-Rub. Just one sniff, and Stuart’s promises that your mouth will begin to water. Let’s get spicy.
If you grew up in to Rochester, than meat hot sauce and garbage plates are in your DNA. Momma K’s is a local family recipe passed down from Uncle Jim in good ol’ Spencerport, NY. I actually tried this meat sauce for the first time at one of Hart’s Local Grocers vendor markets, where they feature local vendors and tastings. Momma K and her son Mike introduced me to this sweet yet spicy sauce. Hear more about their personal story here. You can definitely put this meat sauce on your burgers and hot dogs to liven things up. It doesn’t stop there, as you can be much more versatile and incorporate Momma K’s into everyday recipes like turkey chili. Thank you MOMMA K for rocking our world and making our soon-to-be 4th of July shindig the greatest yet.
Big Ditch Brewing Company embodies the spirit of the men who built the Erie Canal with their bare hands and is located in Buffalo, NY. They take pride in crafting beer that is equally innovative and flavorful. I recently tried their Hayburner IPA and thought it totally hit the spot with citrusy notes of orange and grapefruit. It’s one of their signature beers that you can get right now at the crazy good beer section at Hart’s Local Grocers. Keep up with the latest beer offerings at Hart’s Local Grocers Beer Talk group on Facebook.
Saving the best for last, as no part is complete without dessert. One of my go-to places of all time when I’m craving a sweet treat, Pittsford Farms Dairy. The Blue Moo ice cream will release the inner-kid in you and make you want to eat the whole entire quart. No joke. Let’s say it together, “Vanilla cake batter flavored ice cream with rainbow sprinkles.” Pretty sure that enough is alone to make you want to buy it. Grab some cookies in the bakery section from Scratch Bakeshop and you’ve got yourself the ultimate 4th of July ice cream sandwich. No one else can top that.
Alright folks, you’ve got your 7 must-have items to buy for your upcoming 4th of July Partayyyyyy. Here’s a summary of your local round-up below. Be sure to support local and enjoy the time with your friends and family this Independence Day. Cheers to all of you and may your 4th of July be safe, fun-filled, and over the top with local goodies!
- The Original Saratoga Chips
- Embark Craft Ciderworks Strawberry Rhubarb Cider
- Sausages & Burgs at Hart’s Butcher Shop
- Stuart’s Spices
- Momma K’s Meat Hot Sauce
- Big Ditch Brewing Co. Hayburner American IPA
- Pittsford Farms Dairy Blue Moo Ice Cream
No time to shop? Take advantage of Hart’s pick-up or delivery services– and get free grocery delivery with the code “SIRROCHAFREE” until July 4th.
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