Food

Skagit Picnic

Feed your summer adventures

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

It’s mid-August, that moment when it still feels like summer but foggy mornings and cooler nights are reminding us that fall is just around the corner.

Suddenly you realize you need to get out there and do everything on your summer to-do list. Maybe you thought you’d finally hike Oyster Dome, or take a ferry to the San Juans, or head up the Skagit to spend a day on the river. In any case, a good day trip requires a good picnic. Here are a few great places to stock up on supplies for a Skagit County picnic.

You can’t go wrong with a first stop in Edison. I’ve been raving about Slough Food for years and I don’t plan to stop any time soon, as R. John DeGloria is still offering freshly sliced prosciutto, high-quality salumi, a wide selection of local and imported cheese, and wine in his shop next door to the Breadfarm (where you will obviously want to go to pick up a loaf for your picnic).

There’s also a delightful courtyard behind the shop, overlooking Edison Slough, in case you decide to scrap your travel plans and just picnic there all afternoon instead. Edison also includes Farm to Market Bakery for pastries, or Mariposa for enormous burritos, along with Taylor Shellfish just up the road for all your bivalve needs. Not to mention the shop at Samish Bay Cheese and the goat cheese honor box at Gothberg Farms, plus various other farm stands. You are not going to starve in Edison.

If your route takes you through Mount Vernon, you’re required (seriously!) to stop at the Skagit Valley Food Co-op. I may be biased, as a 20-year member-owner, but their deli is the best one-stop-shop I can think of—and it just keeps getting better. Cheese? They have one of the best cheese cases in the valley, including plenty of local makers. Meat? The Co-op now has their own charcuterie operation, called Cured, plus a selection of other specialty meats. The deli makes their own array of dips and spreads, and there’s a huge olive bar. They even have their own bakery. You can get custom sandwiches to go (or grain salads, or empanadas, or wraps, etc. etc.) or assemble your own feast. Don’t forget their house-made ice cream bars.

Heading upriver? The Woolley Market in downtown Sedro-Woolley, located in the old JC Penney building, is a charming space with groceries, a sandwich counter, and plenty of beverage options to make sure you don’t run dry. Or stop by on your way back in the evening to catch some live music.

If your plans for the day involve a ferry, or perhaps a hike in the Anacortes Forestlands, Gere-a-Deli in downtown Anacortes is the obvious choice for a packed lunch to take with you. Unfortunately, it’s the obvious stop for everybody else as well. A recent trip to pick up sandwiches for a day hike (on a Monday!) involved a 20-minute wait in line to order, but it was worth it.

Any kind of deli sandwich you can imagine is available here, plus soups and salads and an array of baked goods to fill out your caloric needs. There’s something about sitting on a mossy bank or warm boulder overlooking the water while inhaling a large pastrami sandwich that just can’t be beat.

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