Celebrating Independence Day, “Picnic Style”

America is rich in its history and traditions. Every year, the Fourth of July brings families and friends together to celebrate America’s independence with parades, activities and of course delicious food. Here at Latham Hi-Tech Seeds, we are rooted in our history as an independent-family-owned company

But what’s more American than a Fourth of July picnic? Actually, the word “picnic” comes from “pique nique,” which is French for “to pick.” Picnics were often held indoors, where everyone contributed their own dish. Since the 1830s Americans have embraced, which has been captured in many American paintings ever since.

Today, many of us couldn’t imagine celebrating the Fourth without a picnic, thanks to this easy and fun tradition. Whether you are celebrating on a boat, watching fireworks or in your own backyard, food is always a centerpiece of the festivities — because it has a special way of bringing people together. This holiday, we’re celebrating picnic style” by sharing Sunnyside Farms baked beans and Grandma V’s Fruit Salad recipes to add to your celebrations.

From all of us at Latham Seeds, have a safe and Happy Fourth of July!


Baked Beans Supreme


  • 1 28 ounce can Bush’s Original Baked Beans
  • 2 28 ounce cans Bush’s Onion Baked Beans
  • 1 ½ pounds ground beef, browned and drained
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ½ stick butter
  • 1 ½ cup Famous Dave’s Rich & Sassy barbecue sauce
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • Dried onion to cover the top
  • Pinch garlic powder
  • ½ pound bacon, fried and cut into ½-inch pieces
  • 1 package polish sausage sliced


Mix all ingredients in a 6-quart crockpot. Cook all day on LOW or on HIGH for 2 ½ or 3 hours


Grandma V’s Fruit Salad


  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup sugar
  • Scant 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 cup whipped cream


  • Cream together eggs, butter and sugar
  • Mix in vinegar and salt; cook in double boiler until thick, stirring constantly
  • Cool mixture and then add 1 cup whipped cream
  • Pour over fresh fruit (bananas, strawberries and grapes) then refrigerate