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Summer picnics are perfect opportunities to try new products. Barb Randall shares new products she is enjoying this summer. Check out her list.

COURTESY PHOTO  - Zupans Markets has released its ninth Farm-to-Market brew, called Farm to Market Lager, a collaboration between the market and Zoiglhaus Brewing in southeast Portland. The lager is made in the German style, crisp and refreshing. It is the first of Zupans Farm-to-Market brews to come in a can.

August starts next week.

Where has the summer gone?

Though we have at least six weeks of summer weather still ahead of us, it doesn't seem like we have had our regular hot, dry summer. And I know I haven't had my share of outdoor picnics and barbecues yet.

Can I catch up before the calendar page turns? I can try.

Part of the fun in packing picnics is including new food and beverage products, and luckily there has been no shortage of those. Following is a list of purveyors with tasty products I believe you will enjoy adding to your condiment collection:

Red Duck Foods — Portland-based Red Duck Foods "keeps you on the cutting edge of condiments." They have slightly tweaked the recipes for their bestselling ketchups, the Original and Smoky flavors.

For the recipe of the Original ketchup they have swapped out the organic honey for organic California date paste, making the sauce completely vegan.

The Smoky ketchup now has zero grams of added sugar, making it compliant with keto, Paleo and Whole30 diets. They have replaced the organic cane sugar with organic date paste.

Those are just two of Red Duck's long list of products. They make barbecue and seafood sauces, taco sauces and a fun line of ketchup. Visit redduckfoods.com to shop for products and learn where you can buy them locally.

Barhyte Specialty Foods is another Oregon food producer and maker of Saucy Mama, Suzie's and several other brands of specialty mustards, salad dressings and other condiments.

I have enjoyed the Dirty Martini Olive Juice, and they offer pickled cocktail onions and stuffed olives to go with your martinis. Their list of products is wide so visit barhyte.com to shop the tantalizing inventory. Like Red Duck products, Barhyte, Susie's and Saucy Mama products are easily found on grocery shelves, but you can always order online and have them shipped directly to your kitchen.

Need a cool tall one to pair with your barbecue? I have suggestions for two unique beers to tuck into the cooler this summer.

Zupan's Markets has partnered with Zoiglhaus Brewing to release Zupan's ninth Farm-to-Market beer in its private label line — and for the first time this Zupan's beer comes in a can. This is German-style lager which is crisp and refreshing. It's an easy drinking beer perfect for pairing with picnic and backyard barbecue foods.

Zoiglhaus Brewing is located in southeast Portland. The founders utilize old-school brewing techniques to brew traditional German beer styles with a Pacific Northwest influence.

The Farm-to-Market lager is available at Zupan's Markets. A 12-ounce six-pack sells for $10.50. Only 150 cases were produced, so better get yours soon.

Public Coast Farm — Martin North's Cannon Beach properties has bought the farm — literally. You know Martin North's properties as the Surfsand Resort, the Stephanie Inn, the Wayfarer Restaurant and Public Coast Brewing Co. Now the family-run hospitality company is rolling out its latest venture with Public Coast Farm to grow blueberries and hops for use at Public Coast Brewing and in the restaurants of the sister properties. Public Coast Brewing has released Farm Fresh Blueberry Wheat Ale using the plump fresh blueberries.

"Every time I made that beautiful drive on the Sunset Highway from the coast to Portland I wondered if we could find a way to connect the experience of the brewery closer to the city," said owner Ryan Snyder. "Our hope is to eventually open the farm to guests for produce and exploration."

The beer is available at Uptown Market, 3970 Mercantile Drive suite 110 in Lake Oswego and at other locations in the Portland area, as well as at the brewery located at 264 Third St. in Cannon Beach.

Take note that HayDay Fest 2019 is planned for Aug. 24 at the Cannon Beach location. The event is a tasting event featuring 40 beers from every corner of the state. Tickets start at $20. Learn more online at publiccoastbrewing.com.

Hopefully summer will stretch on for several more weeks so we can get our fix of al fresco dining.

This recipe from Red Duck Foods will pair nicely with the Farm-to-Market Zoiglhaus lager. Add a crisp cole slaw, chilled watermelon and your picnic is set.

Bon Appetit! Make eating an adventure!

BBQ Chicken Fajita Skewers

Makes 4 servings

4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch cubes

½ cup Red Duck Hot Honey Chipotle Barbecue Sauce, plus more for serving

1 large red bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1-inch pieces

1 large green bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1-inch pieces

1 large onion, cut into 1-inch pieces

1 tablespoon preferred vegetable oil

½ teaspoon fine sea salt

8 flour tortillas

Prepare a hot grill fire. Using bamboo skewers, soak in water for at least 30 minutes.

In a medium bowl toss chicken with barbecue sauce. In a separate bowl toss peppers and onion with oil and salt.

Thread chicken, peppers and onion onto skewers.

Grill skewers, turning frequently, until browned on all sides and chicken is cooked through, about 10 minutes. Transfer skewers to a platter and tent with foil to keep warm. Place tortillas on grill briefly to warm.

Serve skewers with more barbecue sauce and tortillas.

Recipe courtesy of Red Duck Foods.


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