Taking the “Labor” Out of Labor Day

It seems like it was only yesterday that school was ending for the year and a summer full of vacations and summer camps stretched out before us. Now that summer is fading into the past, we’ve pulled out the lunch boxes for another school year because September is right around the corner. That means that Labor Day weekend, the unofficial end to summer, is almost here and it’s time to head to Oliver’s Market to stock up on all of the necessities for your Labor Day picnics and barbecues.

Before we give you the low-down on everything you’ll need for this weekend, let’s take a little look into the history of Labor Day and why we celebrate it.

Labor Day is a federal holiday that is observed on the first Monday of September each year. It was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century and pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers to the strength, prosperity and well-being of our country. It officially became a federal holiday in 1894. New York City hosts a major parade every year to commemorate the day, and you can find smaller celebrations in cities across the country as well.

If your Labor Day celebration will involve a picnic or barbecue, Oliver’s Market has you covered with everything you’ll need (plus some things you didn’t know you needed) to bid summer farewell in style.

Pick up some of Oliver’s Own Baby Back Ribs, which are on ad for $3.99 a pound this week. They’re the perfect ribs for backyard grilling. They can be cooked over hot, direct heat alongside your burgers and steaks. Start them over high heat, grilling them a minute or two on each side, then move them to a part of the grill with moderate heat, turning them every so often for 10-15 minutes. Sauce them towards the end of cook time, or after you have removed them from the grill. If grilled chicken breasts are more your style, we have Rocky Bone-In Chicken Breasts on ad for $3.99 a pound.  The key to perfect bone-in chicken breasts is a quick sear, 3-5 minutes per side, followed by indirect grilling until they’re properly cooked, registering a temperature of around 165-170 degrees.

Don’t think that the grill is just for meats. We have Brentwood yellow and white corn on ad for 39 cents each, and they grill up beautifully. There are a few different ways to grill up your corn on the cob. Some people like to leave the husk on while grilling. Another way is to remove the husk and wrap the ears in aluminum foil, which helps to steam the corn a little bit. You can also grill them by removing the husk, brush them lightly with oil or butter, and place them directly on the grill, turning them frequently. No matter how you do it, they’re sure to taste delicious!

Much like corn, watermelon is another thing that tastes delicious when it’s grilled. This week, fresh, whole watermelons are on ad for 29 cents a pound. Slice one up, brush each side with a little honey and lime juice, sprinkle with a little salt and pepper and grill about 2 minutes on each side. This gives the watermelon an excellent balance of sweet and savory elements.

If a barbeque is on your list for the weekend, but you don’t have the time to do the grilling yourself, we’ve got that covered too. Our grills will be smoking away in front of all 4 stores from 11-7:30 PM with all of your favorite meats, seafood and sides. All of our meats are prepared in one of our Oliver’s Own spice rubs including Rub Potion #9 or Mesquite, or in our Oliver’s Own Citrus marinade or BBQ sauce. Other items available hot off the grill include a BBQ tri-tip sandwich, a salmon fillet with garlic butter, BBQ oysters, corn on the cob and even a pulled chicken sandwich. That’s right; we have everything you need for the perfect Labor Day barbeque meal, when you don’t have time to do the grilling yourself.

No barbeque would be complete without a beverage or two to accompany your meal. Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA 12 packs are only $14.99+CRV this week. This hoppy IPA is a full bodied beer brewed with malted barley, wheat, and crystal malts. It is versatile, and will pair with almost anything at your barbeque. Your grilled meats scream for a full-bodied, fruit driven red wine and the 2014 Bench Cabernet Sauvignon for $14.99 a bottle is just the one. The wine shows elements of blackberry, black currant, violet and forest floor. The texture is velvety with a seamless finish. It’s a perfect match for whatever comes off the grill.

No matter what your needs are this holiday weekend, we here at Oliver’s Market have you covered. We wish you all a safe, and happy Labor Day Weekend.

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