Summer Picnic Planner

With our recent warm weather and abundant sunshine, there's no doubt about it- it's picnic season! We love outdoor eating and try to dine al fresco as often as possible. Whether it's a casual family cookout at home, a potluck at the park with friends, or a picnic for two with your sweetie, there's always a good reason to eat outdoors. We like to keep our foods local, fresh, and healthy when we're eating out-of-doors. Check out some of our favorite al fresco dining ideas:

Picnic for Two


Nothing is more romantic than a picnic in the park with your honey. Grab a bottle of wine, a few wedges of local cheese, and some artisanal cured meats to start off your basket. Add in some strawberries and dark chocolate and you're in for an afternoon of fantastic flavors!

Family Afternoon in the Park

Hit up one of your favorite local parks for a leisurely cookout with the family! If you pack your basket with local meats and veggie grillables, organic condiments, and a few ready-to-eat deli salads from our grab-n-go, you'll be set for a low key lunch with plenty of time to play with the kids.  

An On-the-Move Meal

Pack up a backpack with some CGFC favorites and hike out to your favorite remote area. We think a loaf of CGFC bakery bread paired with fresh hummus from our deli and ripe red tomatoes makes a great meal when you're on the go. Grab some sesame sticks and yogurt pretzels from our bulk department to munch while you hike, and some coconut water to keep you hydrated! For more great ideas and tips about planning your next picnic, check out our picnic planning guide. In it, you'll find planning tips, purchasing guidelines, and a list of some of our favorite outdoor dining essentials: