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Spring is the perfect time to grab a friend, some good food and drink, and soak up the sun. Buyers share some of their favorite specialty food recommendations for dining al fresco. 

“My favorite go-to for an impromptu picnic meal: all you need is this (Meredith Dairy Marinated Goat) cheese, a baguette, a bottle of bubbly wine, and your preferred salad greens. It’s unlike any other you have ever experienced and completely irresistible.”

—Lydia Burns, Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread, & Wine, Chicago

Jenny Rojas Cline, Bi-Rite, San Francisco 

  • Kookra Krisps
  • Massa Organics Organic Whole Almonds
  • Olli Salumeria Genoa and Calabrese
Sliced Salami
  • Pan’s Mushroom Jerky
  • Wave Soda

Valerie Neff-Rasmussen,  Zingerman’s, Ann Arbor, MI

  • Italian Products Classic Tarallini with Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Raye’s Mustard Down East Schooner Yellow Mustard
  • Spring Brook Farm Reading Cheese
  • Underground Meats Summer Sausage
  • Zingerman’s Bakehouse Brownies 

“Picnics are an important part of our business, as both of our markets are located next to iconic parks in San Francisco. And we are always looking for new crackers, salumi, snacks, and beverages to keep people’s baskets fun and interesting.” 

—Jenny Rojas Cline, Bi-Rite, San Francisco

Laura Heifetz, Greene Grape Provisions, Brooklyn

  • Brooklyn Cured Sweet Soppressata 
  • Dona Spice Sodas
  • Jalapa Jar Salsa
  • Matzo Project Salted Matzo Chips
  • Roelli Cheese Haus Red Rock Cheese
  • Sohha Savory Baba Ghanouj
  • Uncle Jerry’s Specials Pretzels

Lydia Burns, Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread,  & Wine, Chicago

  • Aroeira Organic Brazilian Pink Pepper Blossom Honey
  • Finca Pascualete La Mini Retorta
  • La Quercia Cured Meat Spreads
  • Meredith Dairy Marinated Goat Cheese

Matt Caputo, Caputo’s Market & Deli, Salt Lake City, UT

  • Caputo’s Mesa Tome
  • Divina Cornichons
  • Elevation Meats Mexican Mole Salami
  • Fossa Chocolate Lychee Rose Dark Milk Chocolate
  • Jose Gourmet Trout Paté with Port Wine
  • Natur Puglia Taralli Fennel Crackers

Michael Lederman, Joanna’s Marketplace, Miami, FL

  • Chukar Cherries Classic Dark Chocolate Dipped Cherries 
  • Flyer Candy Bars
  • Joanna’s Marketplace Tartine Bread
  • The Pea Green Boat Cheese Sablés 
  • Ritrovo Caramiele Natural Honey and Hazelnut Spread
  • Ritrovo White Bean Appetizer

 “In considering picnic food here in Miami my mind automatically imagines a beach picnic. They are especially nice in the winter here when the temperatures plunge into the mid to low 60s. I would make sure to have a salty appetizer, a main portion of the meal, and something sweet at the end.”

—Michael Lederman, Joanna’s Marketplace, Miami, FL

“This mustard gets its vibrant hue from Californian Cabernet Sauvignon grape must and its unique flavor from whole grain mustard seeds, a dash of vinegar, and warm spices. Use for the ultimate ham sandwich.”

—Asha Loupy, Market Hall Foods, Berkeley, CA

Erin Lynch, Rosemont Market & Bakery, Portland, ME

  • Deep River Potato Chips
  • Fresh Local Strawberries
  • La Spinetta Rosé
  • Ritter Sport Chocolate Bars
  • Rosemont House Made Focaccia
  • San Pellegrino Sparkling Fruit Beverages

Asha Loupy, Market Hall Foods, Berkeley, CA

  • Hayden Flour Mills Red Fife
Wheat Crackers
  • KL Keller Violet Mustard
  • Masseria Mirogallo Cruschi Peppers
  • Soom Sesame Premium Tahini

Arielle Feger is content associate for Specialty Food Magazine.