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!
- 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.
- Do a barrel tasting. Wine. Beer. Whiskey — doesn’t matter. I just want to go somewhere new and do a barrel tasting.
- 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.
- 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.)
- Cook whole crabs and have a crabfest. (With lots of corn-on-the-cob on the side)
- Eat funnel cake on the boardwalk at the Jersey shore.
- Make and preserve enough peach jam to last through the winter.
- Go on a picnic. I haven’t been on a true picnic in years.
- 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.
- Have a neighborhood backyard barbeque.
What is on your personal end-of-summer foodie bucket list?
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