Picnic me up

The end of the rainy season means the beginning of picnic weather in Sacramento. Why eat indoors when the weather is gorgeous and we have acres of outdoors to explore?

Whether you’re going to the playground or for a hike, packing a meal can be gourmet on the go. If you don’t want to lug ice packs, just take along some frozen fruit or juice boxes to keep everything cold. The Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op (1900 Alhambra Boulevard) has great choices. You’ll also find great dried fruits in its produce department—many from local farms.

Almonds are a perfect energy snack and one of the biggest local crops around. Stock up at the Blue Diamond Nut & Gift Shop (1701 C Street) on its 100-calorie packs of various flavors.

For more protein, look for Testa Duro Salumi through Facebook. Jason Azevedo is working on some Spanish-style cured meats for his meat community-supported agriculture box. I also like to tote some cookies, like giant yummies from Magpie Caterers Market and Cafe (1409 R Street). Don’t forget wipes and a bag to pack your trash back home.