There's no better place to stock your picnic basket than the Green City Market. Here's our shopping list. For chapter and verse, make sure you pick up the Green City Market Cookbook.

Bushel and Peck's
This Wisconsin farm's claim to Green City Market fame: a made-from-scratch Bloody Mary Mix using all local ingredients. Just pack your favorite vodka. Also: they pickle everything from asparagus to ramps. Grab a jar.

Crumb
Anne Kostroski over at Crumb has your weekly bread buy. You want whatever boule she’s got on hand. Chilli Cheddar is our favorite, but she bakes whatever strikes her fancy (in season, of course).

Underground Meats
These guys are from Madison, Wisconsin, where they know a thing or two about cured meats. Summer sausages. Ghost pepper salami. The tastiest soppressata around. Just remember to pack a knife.

Growing Power
Straight from Growing Power’s seven-acre Bridgeport farm: edible flowers. You know, chive blossoms, nasturtiums, borage flowers and the like. Pick up a bouquet.

Tomato Mountain
Sweet salad turnips. You go to Tomato Mountain for the sweet salad turnips. Slice ‘em into a salad. Throw the stalks in there, too — they’re bittersweet like kale. Or just give ‘em a good wipe and enjoy like an apple.

Gayle’s Best Ever Grilled Cheese
Time was, Gayle Voss just hawked cheese. Time now, Gayle Voss hawks, well … the best ever grilled cheese sandwich. Bread comes from Bennison’s Bakery in Evanston. The butter from Wisconsin’s Nordic Creamery. And the cheese: yes, Gayle’s very own Prairie Pure Cheese.

Hoosier Mama Pie Co.
Dessert made easy. Exclusive for the market is sweet and savory hand pies. But let’s be real, you’re here for the pie. What we’d do for a slice of Hoosier’s strawberry rhubarb pie, you don’t wanna know.

Nichols Farm and Orchard
Full disclosure: your friendly Chicago Editor worked at Nichols Farm’s Green City stand many summers ago, and he’ll tell you “everything’s good.” His weekly checklist: garlic scapes, kale, popcorn cobs and “at least, like, five pounds of haricot vert.”