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Yard-Core | The Ultimate Made-in-New England Picnic

From cheese to rosé, curate your picnic like a pro with these 9 made-in-New England products.

By Amy Traverso

Apr 28 2021


Curate your New England picnic like a pro with these 9 made-in-New England products.

Photo Credit : Adam Detour | Styling by Catrine Kelty
Behold the ultimate New England picnic spread.
Photo Credit : Adam Detour | Styling by Catrine Kelty

For the ultimate alfresco meal in the New England outdoors, we’ve put together a hamper filled with regionally made treats, many of which can be ordered online. Some are old favorites; some are new to market. All are worth adding to your next movable feast.  

9 Perfect New England-Made Picnic Treats

1. Whirlwind Rosé Gouveia Vineyards (CT)

This blend of cold-tolerant hybrid grapes has lively acidity and a hint of sweetness that makes it a perfect balance for salumi and rich cheeses.

2. Baguette Fire Dog Breads (NH)

What picnic is complete without a baguette? Pick a good, local loaf—our nominee comes from a Keene bakery founded by a former French history professor, Sam Temple.

3. Mini Pies Petsi Pies (MA)

Founder Renee “Petsi” McLeod dubbed these 3-inch pastries “Cutie Pies,” and we couldn’t agree more. They’re not just cute, though; they’re downright delicious (don’t miss the sour cherry).

4. *Raspberry Red Currant Geranium Jam V Smiley Preserves (VT)

Former chef V Smiley uses her farm’s own fruit and herbs to make this intensely fresh, fragrant jam that pairs beautifully with cheeses.

5. *Harbison CheeseJasper Hill Farm (VT)

This bloomy-rind cow’s-milk cheese has a luscious creamy texture and piney, sweet grass flavors.

6. *Del Duca Prosciutto Daniele Charcuterie (RI)

Silky sliced prosciutto shines when wrapped around fresh summer melon or piled onto fresh bread.

7. Highlander Cheese Bridgman Hill Farm & Jasper Hill Farm (VT)

Made in partnership by neighboring Northeast Kingdom farms, this semifirm cheese blends goat’s and cow’s milk to produce a rich and nutty cheese that evokes Swiss raclette.

8. *Finocchiona New England Charcuterie (MA)

A classic Italian salami from southern Tuscany, finocchiona has the aromatic fennel seeds and sweet-salt balance that leaves us craving more.

9. *Rockweed Cheese Lakin’s Gorges Cheese (ME)

A layer of rockweed powder in the center gives this semisoft cheese a uniquely briny, creamy flavor.

*Indicates previous Yankee Food Awards winner

Find more in “Take It Outside,” our 2021 guide to the best ways to love the New England outdoors.