Plot a No-Stress Picnic with These Local Products

Pack these picks for maximum time enjoying the outdoors and minimum time sweating logistics in the kitchen
Summer is the perfect time to enjoy a picnic at a local park, on Belle Isle, or even in your own backyard.

Guacamole, Pico de Gallo, and Chips from Honey Bee Market

For a picnic that appeals to most tastes, guacamole, salsa, and chips are go-to crowd-pleasers. This southwest Detroit community fixture has some of the freshest around, so they’ll keep well while you and your friends are lounging at the park. Guacamole $8/lb.; pico de gallo $4/lb.; chips $3/16-oz. bag. 2443 Bagley Ave., Detroit; 313-237-0295;

Cheese and Charcuterie from Monger’s Provisions

What kind of cheese should you have on a cheese board? How many types of meat? And what about the accoutrements? Making all those decisions adds up to a lot of work, so leave it to the pros to build a cheese and charcuterie board for you. This board includes three hand-selected cheeses, a demi-baguette, and a chocolate bar. $75/board with charcuterie. 3127 12 Mile Road, Berkley; 248-468-4487;

Sandwiches from Ernie’s Market

No need to bring seven kinds of meats, cheeses, and toppings for sandwiches, because Ernie’s Market, which is famous for its “Build It Your Way” sandwiches, does the hard work for you. Plus, there is no better deal than $9 for the Monster, which packs a whopping seven meats in one sandwich. $6+/sandwich plus $0.75/side of potato or pasta salad or coleslaw. 8500 Capital St., Oak Park; 248-541-9703;

Cake Jars from Good Cakes and Bakes

These jars will make your picnic, well, a piece of cake. Choose from strawberry crunch, German chocolate, birthday cake, red velvet, and vegan red velvet. $7/jar. 19363 Livernois Ave., Detroit; 313-468-9915;

Lemonade from Bea’s Squeeze

The six-pack variety pack includes two bottles of Bea’s Squeeze Classic Lemonade, two bottles of pink rose lemonade, and two bottles of lavender lemonade. $20/6 bottles.

This story is from the June 2022 issue of Hour Detroit. Read more our digital edition.