Hello! Welcome to The (picnic) Basket
hen I think of Madison in the summertime, a few iconic images come to mind: Parks nestled along the lakes packed with people; kids grinning with blue lips holding a melting cone of Blue Moon; the clinks, clatter, chatter and laughter emanating from a gathering of friends and family; and Bells Oberon. Roll all of these images together and you get my idea of the ultimate outdoors activity: a picnic.
In a city with too many parks to count, an impressive list of outdoor concert events and local food purveyors, it’s no wonder picnicking has become so popular. Anything goes for a Madison picnic. A baguette and a bottle of wine—sure! Potato salad, beans and coleslaw—absolutely! A cheese plate and six-pack of Summer Shandy—well done. Just make sure there’s enough to go around.
As the days get longer and that first Concerts on the Square date approaches, follow the new Madison Magazine seasonal blog, The Basket. We will keep you posted with the latest in Madison picnic basket fare, picnicking products, the best spots and events to tote your basket to.
Step one: acquire a basket.
Madison is filled with shops that sell picnic necessities. Head over to Orange Tree Imports on Monroe Street for a contemporary picnic backpack complete with cooler pockets. For more traditional types, stop by The Kitchen Gallery on King Street for beautiful woven wooden baskets. Don’t forget the wine. Tellus Mater on State Street has nifty wine totes for easy transport.
Cara Harshman is the associate/web editor of Madison Magazine and an avid picnicker in her spare time.