Eight Essentials for Your Ultimate Picnic Basket

These days we could all use a good old fashioned picnic in the park.  You know the quintessential summertime staple complete with checkered picnic blankets, wicker baskets, and birds chirping in the skies above. Whether you’re surrounded by playgrounds or in your own backyard, all you truly need are these few picnic essentials that you can find right here in Walworth County to built the ultimate picnic basket:

#1: The Basket – First things first, You can’t have a picnic without a proper picnic basket! Shop with The Cornerstone Shop and Gallery and find your perfect picnic set! Pick up a dirt-resistant picnic blanket from Mudpie and a corkcicle bottle perfect for chilling entire bottles of wine on the go! 

# 2: The Food – Did you know that Americans eat more than 300 million sandwiches every day? As the perfect portable meal, be sure to pack one in your picnic basket!  Pick up your favorite hoagie from The Cheese Box in Lake Geneva! With countless Wisconsin cheeses, deli meats, and toppings, the possibilities are endless. 

For our vegan and vegetarian friends, stop by River Valley Ranch in Burlington for alternative picnic options! Savor portabella tamales and cranberry pistachio granola on your next picnic. 

#3: The Condiments – If your taste buds are a little more adventurous, pick up some kickin’ condiments and gourmet garnishes from Lake Geneva Cannery in Delavan to add that extra oomph to your sandwich smorgasbord. While you’re there, peruse their selection of jams, dressings, and seasonings to use in your kitchen all year long.

#4: The Fruits – No picnic is complete without fresh strawberries.  Swing by Apple Barn Orchard and Winery in Elkhorn starting June 17th for the freshest berries picked right from the fields.  You can even call ahead and pre-order your berries for curbside pickup!

#5: The Drinks – Don’t forget to pack the drinks! Stop by The Bottle Shop to grab some soda pop! Try classics such as Green River or sip on something with a snap like Jelly Belly Pear.  If soda pop is not quite your style, choose from their ever growing selections of beer and wine.  Cheers to another perfect picnic staple!

#6: The Dessert – Finish your meal with a little something sweet! Indulge in a freshly baked sweet treat from Lake Geneva Pie Company for your picnic date.  Whether you prefer pecan or peanut butter, the perfect pie is waiting for you!

#7: The Flowers – Set the scene with some fresh flowers from Pesche’s Greenhouse! Fresh cut flowers and picnics just belong together don’t you think? 

#8: The Snacks – A picnic isn’t a picnic without a whole bunch of snacks.  Pick up a charcuterie tray from Staller Estate Winery and munch on gourmet cheeses and premium cured meats with all the accoutrements. 

What will you be packing in your picnic basket? Share with us in the comments below.  For the perfect place to picnic be sure to check out our list of parks and outdoor recreation areas across Walworth County on our website.  

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