After summer’s hot days, fall is a glorious gift to the South. Yes, we have to give up our tomatoes and our peaches, but it’s a worthy trade. We hand in our fiery temperatures in exchange for flame-colored leaves, and soothingly cool temperatures. And there’s no better way to enjoy all of that autumn glory than with a perfect fall picnic.
Whether you’re packing sandwiches and side dishes in a cooler, or snack mix, apples, and dessert bars in picnic basket, there’s something magical and nostalgic about spreading out an old beloved quilt in the rustling leaves, and settling down for a casual shared meal with your friends or family.
Under an impossibly blue sky, you take the time savor whatever you brought with you, be it carefully crafted sandwiches full of tasty ingredients like bacon and arugula, or a simple peanut butter and homemade jelly sandwich. In the end, it’s not so much about the food you eat; rather it’s about soaking in the cool quiet of the fall season, and the company of the ones you love.
Any of the recipes below would be great additions to your picnic menu. Pack the sandwiches and sides in a lightweight cooler to keep everything fresh, and grab a Thermos® to keep the soup nice and warm. It will be a great way to stay toasty on your magical autumn adventure. Happy picnicking!