Delicious picnic spread with fresh fruit, bread, spicy sausage and cheese spread out on a red and white checkered cloth in a lush spring park
The Recipe for a Perfect Picnic in Livingston County

June 8, 2020 | Story by: Shelby Rochowiak

A picnic is a state of mind and can be made anywhere. Picnicking is a great way to unwind, sit back and enjoy nature. Bring good company, tasty food and your picnic will be peachy! Here are some recommendations to help create a charming picnic in Livingston County.

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Step 1: Find the perfect picnic basket.


Walnut Street Marketplace (Howell, MI)

Walnut Street Marketplace and Howell Holiday Boutique is a three day weekend market in downtown Howell featuring beautifully painted furniture, home decor, funky junk and fabulous finds!

Storefront of Walnut Street Marketplace

Carriage House Designs (Howell, MI)

Carriage House Designs is a charming store located in Downtown Howell. They offer household items, gifts, plants and more. A unique item they carry are fairy gardens!

Balloons outside of Carriage House Designs

Step 2: Find delicious snacks.

Charcuterie plates: Culture Beer & Cheese (Brighton, MI)

Let Culture Beer & Cheese help you find your new favorite cheese, as well as all the accoutrements, jams, honey, olives, cured meats, and of course, the perfect beer pairing to make your picnic complete!

Tray with cheeses and meats.

Fresh Fruits and Veggies: Farmer’s Market (Brighton, MI) (Howell, MI) (Hartland, MI)

Livingston County’s Farmers Markets feature fresh produce, baked goods, plants, flowers, handmade crafts, food, and entertainment. Come and enjoy the harvest of local farmers and delight in the seasonal varieties.

red skin potatoes, tomatos, green peppers and beets

Pasta Salad and Sides: Jonna’s Market (Howell, MI)

Jonna’s Market is your neighborhood gourmet destination market. Let them do the cooking so you can focus on the picnicking.

Man at Jonnas Market Deli Counter.

Meats and Sandwich Ingredients: Simply Fresh Market (Brighton, MI)

Simply Fresh Market offers the healthiest options for groceries, meat, catering and carry out, in town!

Simply Fresh Sign and Storefront

Sweet Treats: M. Street Bakery (Howell, MI)

M Street Bakery Company offers fresh made pastries, coffee, soups, sandwiches, and an endless variety of macaroons.

A variety of treats

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Step 3: Find a comfortable picnic spot.

Island Lake State Recreation Area (Brighton, MI)Lake access, seven picnic structures available to rent, hot air balloon port, hunting and fishing available here!

island lake bordered by forest.

Pinckney State Recreation Area (Pinckney, MI)

26 miles of hiking trails, boat launch, fishing, campsites available.

Hikers following a trail in Pinckney.

Kensington Metropark (Brighton, MI)

Boating, fishing, equestrian trails, nature trails and kayaking.

A brown dog at Kensington Metropark

Lutz County Park (Linden, MI)

Picnic tables, benches, scenic views, 100 acres of public recreation use.

Sunset at Lutz County Park.

Bring loved ones with you to Lutz County Park to enjoy a colorful summer sunset.

Manly Bennett Park (Hamburg, MI)

Baseball/softball/ T-ball diamonds, soccer fields, playgrounds, model airplane runway, picnic areas, hiking, biking, and disc golf.

Huron Meadows Metropark (Brighton, MI)

Golf, fishing, bird watching, three picnic areas.

Dock at Huron Meadows Metropark

Step 4: Share your Instagram-worthy picnic spread using the hashtag #LoveLivCo for a chance to be featured on our page!

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Walnut Street Marketplace

Walnut Street Marketplace & Howell Holiday Boutique, 205 North Walnut Street, Howell, MI, USA

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Culture Beer and Cheese

412 W Main Street Brighton, MI 48116

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Brighton Farmers Market

200 North 1st Street, Brighton, MI, USA

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Howell's Sunday Farmers Market

East Clinton Street, Howell, MI, USA

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Hartland Farmers Market

Hartland Farmers Market, 10400 Highland Rd, Hartland, MI 48353

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Jonna's Market

Jonna's Market, 1455 North Michigan Avenue, Howell, MI, USA

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Simply Fresh Market

Simply Fresh Market 7300 Grand River Rd Brighton, Michigan

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M Street Baking Co.

M Street Baking Company, North Michigan Avenue, Howell, MI, USA

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Island Lake Recreation Area

Island Lake Recreation Area, 6301 Kensington Road, Brighton, MI, USA

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Pinckney Recreation Area

8555 Silver Hill Road, Pinckney, MI, USA

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Kensington Metropark

Kensington Metropark, 4570 Huron River Pkwy, Milford, MI, USA

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Lutz County Park

Lutz Rd, Linden, Deerfield Township, MI, USA

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Manly Bennett Park

Manly W. Bennett Park, 10405 Merrill Rd, Hamburg, MI 48139, USA

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Huron Meadows Metropark

Huron Meadows Metropark, 8765 Hammel Road, Brighton, MI 48116 USA

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Carriage House Designs

Carriage House Designs, 119 N Michigan Ave, Howell, Michigan 48843, USA

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