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Throw a Bombtastic Barbecue

With all the sunshine we’ve had recently, it’s hard not to daydream about picnics and barbecues while we’re sitting at work. With Father’s Day ahead of us, we’ve put together some of our favorite ideas on how to host the perfect barbecue to celebrate the perfect man in your life.

First, let’s be honest, almost everyone loves a little competition so don’t forget the entertainment. Some of our favorites include ladder toss, corn hole, croquet, and horseshoes. Let the games begin!

Croquet

With all the gaming, it’s important to stay hydrated. We recommend mixing in sodas, lemonade, juice, and water with all your adult beverages. Have you ever tried sangria or margarita pitchers? Those can be made ahead of time and are great to have on hand as guests are coming in, allowing you to easily greet everyone.

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Our perfect, simple lemonade recipe includes:
6 lemons, juiced
½ c. sugar
4 c. water
Just mix the ingredients, pour them into your favorite cup, and add a straw!

While your guests are enjoying themselves, you’ll want to be mingling too. What barbecue is complete without burgers and dogs? A great idea for a main course that you can set up ahead of time is a burger bar. Here’s a list of some of our favorite ingredients, to get you started.

Bacon bleu burger

The big cheese – feta, bleu, cheddar, swiss, and pepper jack.

Make it vegelicious – lettuce, tomatoes, grilled onions, grilled mushrooms, avocado, jalapenos, and pickles will help make sure your guests don’t go hungry.

Get saucy – ketchup, mayo, and mustard are musts, but don’t forget the hot sauce, bomb sauce, and try some garlic mayo, it will help make the flavor combos unique!

Buns for days – potato buns and sesame seed buns are both delicious, but add in some other options too. Pretzel buns are a favorite of ours, and we also like adding in focaccia or tortillas. Taco burger anyone? Let your guests get creative!

Make the sides count. Spice up your potato salad with some of the garlic mayo and, we promise, guests will love it. We love cooking up some tortellini to give our pasta salad a cheesy kick. Quinoa and orzo are two other great bases for salads, and they can both be made ahead of time. Add some Latin flair to your grilled corn by adding lime juice, cotija cheese, and cilantro. Deviled eggs, grilled asparagus, coleslaw, and grilled potatoes are fun to add in also, leaving your guests with plenty of options and fully satisfied.

A great way to keep the “hangries” away is to offer chips and dips ahead of time. Don’t forget must-have party dips like guacamole and salsa, but give guests options by adding in Cowboy Caviar, loaded ranch, spinach artichoke, greek yogurt, or 7-layer bean dip.

Two great things to have on hand are sunscreen and bug spray (in case you party into the night), both of which will help keep guests comfortable while enjoying the outdoors.  Happy Summering from our family to yours!

Start Your Garden

As gardening trends continue to rise in Sitka, Sea Mart is always at the forefront of supporting our community. Did you know that we purchase produce from local growers to supplement our shipments? We’re always trying to grow our community and support local where we can. With the warmer weather last year, several gardens in town were plentiful. Here are some tips on getting your Sitkan garden to grow well this summer.

  • Start seedlings in your home, so you have a head start on growth once it warms up outside.
  • Greens grow well here – think broccoli, cabbage, chard, and lettuce. They tend to be hardier and take the cooler temperatures in
  • If you love carrots, plant green onions near them to keep the pests away. Plus, onions grow shallow, so they make great companions to deep-rooted
  • Soil growers are also successful in our climate, so plant those potatoes!
  • If you love herbs, try planting them in pots. Not only can you bring them inside on cool summer nights, but you can also keep them year round.
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  • Marigolds are well-known for keeping the bugs away, add them to the perimeter of your flower beds to keep your vegetables pest free.
  • Be mindful about each plant’s growing window, we love using the Farmer’s Almanac as our guideline: https://www.almanac.com/gardening/planting-dates/AK/Sitka

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  • Seafood scraps are an excellent fertilizer for plants; add your scraps and compost into your compost bin to make a great food source for all your plants.
  • Since we’re in bear country, be sure you’re using a bear proof composting bin just in case you do get any unwelcomed friends in your garden (this will help protect your vegetables too).

This is just a quick list of some fun tips to get you started as you begin planning out your garden. For more information, listen to Mollie Kabler and Kitty LaBounty during their garden show on KCAW- Raven Radio, from 8:30-9am, on Wednesdays through June. These two have so many tips and tricks. Plus, you can call in and ask questions!

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Please remember, Sea Mart is always in support of local growers and encourages locals to stop by the customer service desk to see if we can purchase your veggies. Let us know what you’re planting in the comments below and please share any tips and tricks you may have as well!