Summer has arrived and it’s time to dine al fresco as much as possible before the snow flies again. Here are a few great locally sold products to get you started. If you are looking for some easy take-out items to fill your picnic basket, check out Panini for a Picnic.

lee valley tools picnic basket

Lee Valley Tools

We’ve always been enamoured with the classic wicker ‘pic-a-nic’ basket (à la Yogi Bear and Boo Boo), but when your al fresco rendezvous requires a bit of a trek, this smart-looking, fully equipped backpack is exactly the right thing.

The set includes a lightweight, fully insulated backpack with a detachable insulated bottle bag, and a plaid picnic blanket. Inside are a cutting board, cheese knife, bottle opener, salt and pepper shakers,
and a four-place setting of plastic wine glasses, melamine plates, stainless-steel cutlery and cloth napkins.

You’ll find everything you need to comfortably eat and drink in style, anywhere from the park across the street to a far-flung mountain locale. Typical of Lee Valley, this is well-made and well-priced. Available in-store and online.

Deluxe Picnic Basket | Lee Valley Tools | $89.50 |