This post originally appeared in The Boston Day Book
I think we can all agree, picnic season is the best season. As soon as we see a Turkish-towel size patch of green appear between the snowdrifts we're one foot out the door. In all seriousness though there's no better reward after weathering a New England winter than enjoying an impromptu picnic when warm weather strikes. To welcome the season we've assembled a few al fresco essentials worthy of your picnic basket along with a handful of local favorites to round out the spread.
Underground Meats (Madison, WI) - Dry-cured meats are a picnic staple. They travel well, feel a little fancy and are a good excuse to pack a pretty pocket knife.
Stagg Jam (Brooklyn, NY) - We never tire of cheese + jam, especially the bold, inventive flavors Candice Ross dares to jam-ify like Cherry Chai.
Onesto Crackers (Newbury, MA) - We're unreasonably obsessed with these petite yet sturdy little squares. Delectably nutty + salty they also happen to be gluten free if that's your thing.
Call Me Caramel (Brooklyn, NY) - You'll never regret tucking something sweet into your basket especially if that something a box of caramels made with Gruyere cheese.
Everyday Napkin Co. (Boston, MA) - Pro tip: paper napkins blow away. Spring instead for 7 x 7 square inches of linen luxury created by local designer Kathryn Yee.
Bee's Wrap (Bristol, VT) - This malleable, washable, reusable and compostable alternative to plastic wrap is made from organic cotton infused with beeswax, jojoba oil + tree resin. A sustainable + adorable home for your cheese.
Mystic Beer (Chelsea, MA) - Sure, you could pack a bottle of wine. Or you could keep it local and add a bit of ceremony to your spread with one of Mystic's cage and cork bottled beers. You get to pop them like Champagne. Need we say more?
Somerville Bread Company (Somerville, MA)- I might be guilty of stopping by the SBC stall at Boston Public Market nearly every day after work. It's a vice I embrace though because it means we're never without one of their gorgeously aromatic, chewy loaves.
Long Wharf Supply Co. (Seabury, NH) Wherever I go these days this waxed canvas beauty goes with me. Founded by local designer Michael Lamagna this backpack is perfect for stashing your picnic blanket + other accoutrements.
Dot & Army Flour Sack Towel (Brunswick, GA) - Even at the most picture perfect picnics spills happen. Stash a couple of these super soft and absorbent flour sack towels in your knapsack just in case.