Six Local Products for a Perfect Picnic

Think nothing can top the splendor of a lazy, sun-drenched afternoon? Think again. Dust off that wicker basket, ice down some oysters, and load up on these al fresco–friendly provisions.

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Island Creek Oysters
50-Count Box

Cater to a crowd with more than four dozen of Duxbury’s finest, all shipped within 24 hours of harvest. Bonus: The Styrofoam-lined box comes with recipe cards and shucking instructions for newbies.

$100, Island Creek Oysters.

Oyster Knife/Bottle Opener

Cambridge craftsman Adam Simha forges these handmade oyster knives with G10 fiberglass handles, which are impervious to saltwater, so you can crack open a bivalve (or a beer) on land or at sea.

$275, Farm & Fable.

M. F. Dulock

Whole-animal butcher Michael Dulock, Somerville’s first certified charcuterie producer, stuffs these finocchiona, chorizo, and saucisson sec links with heritage pork.

$10 , M. F. Dulock.

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Cutting Board

As portable as plastic yet far more eye-catching, this wee white-oak board from local designer Matthew Kihm is the rare statement piece you can also slip into a satchel.

$25, the Boston Shaker.

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Onesto Foods

Lighter than Wasas and tastier than Triscuits, these non-GMO, preservative-free crackers—in flavors such as ancho chili and rosemary—easily upgrade any cheese wedge or spread.

$9, American Provisions.

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Peterboro Basket Co.

What Louisville Slugger is to America’s favorite pastime, New Hampshire’s Peterboro Basket Company is to the picnic. Handwoven the same way since 1854, each ash-wood piece is a guaranteed family heirloom.

$79, Boston General Store.