First Hill Grocery open Mon-Fri 6:30am to 9pm, Sat-Sun 8am to 9pm

Bring Our Best to the Beach

We don’t have to tell you it’s hot outside. Whether you’re headed out to the beach for some Fourth fun, or home to the oscillating fan for some holiday R&R, we’ve got you covered with pre-made meal solutions and simple recipes for every step of your day.

First Step: Beverages

Find these ready-to-run refreshments in-store:

Western Family Beverage Basics

Western Family beverage basics: Club Soda, Tonic Water, Seltzer and 50pc Plastic Cups

We also carry bottled La Croix, Perrier, and Talking Rain.

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New in our beer selection:

$9.99 6pck 12oz cans Balebreaker Field 41 Pale Ale or Top Cutter IPA

$9.49 4pck 12oz cans Hilliards Boombox IPA or Chrome Satan

$9.29 6pck 120z bottles Laurelwood Brewing Workhorse IPA or Freerange Red

Or make your own refreshers:

Cucumber-Mint Lemonade

1 cucumber, peeled seeded and sliced thick

1/4 cup fresh mint leaves

3 cups cool water

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 cup freshly squeezed lemon and/or lime juice (about 5 fruits)

3 cups hot water

Lemon, Lime, and or cucumber slices for glass garnish (optional)

Combine the cucumber and mint leaves in the bottom of a large pitcher. Pour over the cool water and stir. Meanwhile, combine the hot water, sugar and lemon/lime juice in another container and stir thoroughly until the sugar is dissolved. Add the sugar mixture to the cucumber mixture and stir. Add more sugar or juice to taste. Store in the refrigerator for 1/2 hour, and serve cold with optional garnishes and ice.

Second Step: Snacks

These items are instantly share-worthy:


Snap up a bag of Kettle chips at a new low price of $2.99. We’ve got Country Style Barbecue, Spicy Thai, Honey Dijon, Salt and Vinegar, Salt and Fresh Ground Black Pepper, or Sea Salt.


Roll in the favors when you show up with our bread buns. Choose from Essential Baking Company’s whole grain or regular gluten-free options, or grab a 4pck of Hawaiian Sweet Rolls.

Or make your own shareable additions:

Maple-Nut Popcorn

1/4 cup maple syrup

4Tbs unsalted butter

2Tbs canola oil

1/4 cup popcorn kernels

1/4 cup walnuts, chopped fine

salt to taste

Place the butter and maple syrup in a small saucepan on low heat. Stir on and off until the butter is completely melted. Meanwhile, heat the canola oil on high heat at the bottom of a heavy, medium pot. Once the oil is slightly warm, add the popcorn kernels and shake the pan to coat all the kernels. Put lid on, and heat until the corn stops popping. Remove from heat immediately and empty into a large bowl. Drizzle the warm butter and syrup evenly over the popcorn, then sprinkle on the nuts and salt.

Third Step: Salads

We have a wide variety of your favorite pre-made salads to choose from:


For some salad with beach-flair, try serving our Seaweed Salad from Gaba on top of cold brown rice with your favorite dressing. Or mix and match our Michou salads, from our bacon-broccoli and grape, to our sweet corn salad, and our roasted mushroom couscous salad.

Or toss one together in less than ten minutes:


Watermelon and Feta Salad

1 miniature watermelon, diced medium

1/2 of a red onion

1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

1Tbs balsamic vinegar

black pepper to taste

Place diced watermelon in a medium serving bowl. Add onions and feta over the top, then sprinkle on the vinegar and pepper.

Fourth Step: Dessert

Just slice and serve these goodies:


Choose from an assortment of Nu-Flour gluten free pre-baked bars and pies.


Grab some ice cream bars made by Full Tilt or Whidby Island Creamery for a quick treat.

Or, whip together something with less sugar and more chocolate goodness:


Chocolate-Avocado Pudding

3 Avocados, pitted and peeled(ripe)

3 Bananas, peeled (ripe)

1/4 cup maple syrup (more to taste)

3-4Tbs Cocoa powder

Mini marshmallows, raspberries and blueberries for garnish (optional)

Put everything except for garnish ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth. Grab a spatula and pour it into a medium serving bowl, then sprinkle the garnishes evenly over the top. Let the fireworks fly!

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