When the sun comes out from behind the grey cloud cover that often blankets Western Washington and Oregon, one of my first thoughts (after the obvious Thank You God) is “Let’s have a picnic.” Is there anything more deeply nurturing than gathering a friend or two and heading into glorious nature with a treasure trove of great things to eat and drink? Not in my book.
So you can imagine my delight when I recently discovered that The Nature Conservancy is sponsoring a Picnic for the Planet. That’s right, a picnic for the ENTIRE planet. It’s this Sunday, April 22nd, in honor of Earth Day.
The Nature Conservancy is the world’s largest conservation organization, working in more than 30 countries and all 50 states. They work closely with the people who provide our food–farmers, ranchers and fisherman–and with our support, they can continue to protect the most vital habitats on Earth.
In Portland, Oregon, the picnic will be at beautiful Mt. Tabor Park, with its gorgeous views, open space, and hiking trails. The covered picnic shelter is reserved for the event, so the picnic is on rain or shine. (To scout the location in your area, check out this picnic map.)
So now that I have a picnic to go to and not much time to create a bevy of new dishes, I decided to rely on a few of my favorites from past posts. In addition to Blueberry Lavender Limeade, I’m bringing:
Hope to see you there!