Grab a Basket & Celebrate Picnic Month

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There are only a few days left in July, but that’s plenty of time to celebrate National Picnic Month! With more than 15,000 acres of parkland in Sacramento County alone, and daily farmers markets to fill your baskets, it’s time to start planning your next picnic adventure.

While there are countless options to choose from, here are a few picnic-possibilities to whet your appetite…and we won’t tell if you can’t make it until August:

Saturday in the Park – Looking for a way to enjoy a sunny Saturday? Head to the Midtown Farmers Market (Saturdays, rain or shine from 8 a.m.–1 p.m. at 20th Street between J & K Streets), pick up some delicious bread from Upper Crust Bakery and some oil from Maltese Olive Oil for dipping; grab your bike from the free bike valet, and head to McKinley Park (601 Alhambra Blvd.) in East Sacramento. Enjoy the tranquil rose garden or visit with friends on the sprawling lawn as you enjoy your local goodies. But be warned – this may soon become your Saturday ritual.

Sunday Funday – Beat your Sunday blues and pack your picnic lunch at the Sunday downtown farmers market “under the freeway” (Weekly, rain or shine from 8 a.m.-noon at 8th & W Streets). From unbeatable produce to local meats and cheeses, your basket is sure to be brimming by the time you leave. If you can wait long enough before diving in, bring your picnic bounty to nearby Miller Park  and feast at one of the tables overlooking the Sacramento Marina. Sundays never felt so good.

Cubicle Escape – Grab your coworkers and break-up the work week with a trip to the downtown Capitol Farmers Market (Thursdays beginning May 4 from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. on Capitol Mall at 6th & Capitol Streets) to grab some fresh fruits and veggies to share. Then make your way to Capitol Park (10th & L Streets in downtown Sacramento) to enjoy the beautiful grounds that surround California’s majestic state capitol building and munch on your farmers market finds.  And once your lunch is over, don’t despair…the weekend is right around the corner with plenty of picnic options to explore again!

For more information on picnic spots in the Sacramento region, visit www.regionalparks.saccounty.net or cityofsacramento.org/parksandrec. For details on the Sacramento region’s farmers markets, visit downtownsac.org or www.california-grown.com/Market-times.