I suddenly feel the summer-is-almost-over panic. There’s so much I haven’t done. But instead of panicking, I just need to make myself an end-of-summer foodie bucket list and do what I can. Maybe I’ll get everything crossed off; maybe I won’t.

To make it manageable, I’m keeping my list to 10 items. Actually, even 10 seems ambitious, but I need to remember that summer doesn’t end after Labor Day. I have until 10:29 p.m. EDT on Sept. 22 to get these things in!

  1. Check out a farmers market I’ve never been to. I’ve been meaning to get to the Headhouse Square Market or the North 3rd Market in Philadelphia all season.
  2. Do a barrel tasting. Wine. Beer. Whiskey — doesn’t matter. I just want to go somewhere new and do a barrel tasting.
  3. Make s’mores with my boys in the backyard. They’ve been gone at camps and mission trips and friends a lot this summer. We’ve had very little time to be together and haven’t had a fire in the fire pit as a family yet.
  4. Watch the sunrise over the ocean with a cup of really great coffee. (If I lived on the West Coast, I’d want to watch the sunset over the ocean while drinking a bottle of wine.)
  5. Cook whole crabs and have a crabfest. (With lots of corn-on-the-cob on the side)
  6. Eat funnel cake on the boardwalk at the Jersey shore.
  7. Make and preserve enough peach jam to last through the winter.
  8. Go on a picnic. I haven’t been on a true picnic in years.
  9. Go to one of the outdoor bars that have been popping up along the Delaware River Waterfront in Philadelphia like Morgan’s Pier or Spruce Street Harbor.
  10. Have a neighborhood backyard barbeque.
Everyone should be in control of his own bucket list, so I’m not going to tell you that the items on my list should be on yours. These are just the things that I want to see happen before summer ends. Perhaps, though, you’ve gotten some ideas from my list or at least the inspiration to make a list of your own so when fall comes, you don’t say, “I didn’t do anything I wanted to do this summer.”

What is on your personal end-of-summer foodie bucket list?

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