by Jonathan Badger, president, Lee’s Marketplace
Spring is here and Easter is fast approaching. Now is the time when many Cache Valley families look forward to going outside and enjoying the beauty that surrounds our community. As a local native, I’m happy to share some of my family’s favorite local activities for Easter weekend.
- Coloring eggs is, of course, a much-loved Easter activity, enjoyed by many families. The “local” secret takes place after the eggs are decorated and dried. Aggies of all ages take their colored eggs to Utah State University’s campus and roll them down Old Main Hill. Unlike the White House tradition where children roll eggs along flat grass with a spoon, this Easter egg roll involves racing eggs down the steep slope, leaving lots of crushed eggs behind. Don’t worry, local seagulls have a fun Easter tradition too: cleaning up the mess that follows.
- Feeding the ducks at First Dam is at the top of most local families’ spring bucket list. Nestled at the base of Logan Canyon, First Dam is a beautiful spot to not only feed the ducks, but also to picnic, fish from the wooden dock or simply sit back and enjoy the beautiful spring weather.
- No Easter would be complete without a ham dinner with all the fixings. Our family favorites for Easter dinner include Lee’s Marketplace’s Holiday Ham, rolls, cheesy potatoes and other holiday-themed recipes, such as deviled eggs and bunny-shaped sugar cookies.
- Flying a kite is the perfect way to spend a sunny and breezy day. You can buy a kite (and maybe even add it to your child’s Easter basket) for just a few dollars. It will be sure to make for a fun afternoon. Or, if you’re feeling even more creative, make your own kites together using butcher paper, wood and strings. Then complete them with a hand-colored design and tails made from fabric strips.
- Planting spring flowers can brighten up your porch or yard, and serve as a happy reminder that spring is here. Marigolds, petunias and other annuals can quickly turn a patch of dirt into an instant flower garden, or, if it’s still a little cold at night, let your kids paint flowerpots for the porch and move the flowers into the garage at night to protect them until it gets a little warmer.