Sunnier skies are on their way and what could be more perfect on a warm day than spreading out a blanket for a picnic?
Yes, you COULD stop by any old grocery store and there’s nothing wrong with Whole Foods Market to grab picnic staples like deli meat, baguettes and assorted cheese. But with the rich farmland and culture of locally sourced foods in Tualatin Valley, there’s a perfect picnic waiting for you — if you know where to look.
There’s no shortage of markets that celebrate the all the Pacific Northwest has to offer. Many markets will the perfect one-stop shop for picnic preparation but don’t be afraid to make a little road trip of your shopping trip to see Tualatin Valley while you hit a few different places.
Pick up some locally made, artisan snacks at Bennett Urban Farm Store in downtown Hillsboro. The shop offers locally grown nuts, breads and treats and more from local artisans. The Bennetts also serve fresh roasted coffee to sip while you shop.
For more local goods, head to the Helvetia Farm Market at Marion Acres. The market is well-stocked with the best of the Pacific Northwest — mushrooms, jams, honey, chocolates and so much more.
The Meating Place butcher shop is known for its high-end meats and custom processing, but they also offer a wide range of smoked meats. This carnivore’s heaven is the perfect place to fill your picnic basket with beef jerky, smoked Chinook salmon, summer sausage and charcuterie. You could also skip the sliced meats altogether and opt for one of their tasty sandwiches to go.
Finish the feast off with dessert from one of our bakeries. Decadent Creations in Hillsboro (owned by “Chopped” champion Mindy Simmons) has cookies, cakes and more. Try to bakery’s namesake — the Decadent Bar, made with dark chocolate, coconut, almonds and salted caramel.
It’s also easy to build your picnic just by shopping at one of our farmer’s markets. The Beaverton Winter Farmers Market is already up and running and others will start for the season before we know it. Browse the selection of farmers selling their organic produce, bakers with fresh bread and treats and something to wash everything down. Markets >>>
Don’t forget to keep your eye out for baskets made my local artist to put all your goodies in!