Need a picnic for a Nevada City hike or swim at the South Yuba River, then definitely stop by the BackPorch Market in Grass Valley to stock up on a great selection of gourmet foods.  The sandwich special of the day, either vegetarian or meat, is simply amazing.  You can either pre-order one of their new picnic baskets or stop in and pick out your favorite items.  The Yuba includes two sandwiches, potato salad, chips and two chocolate chip cookies.  Or maybe you want to try The Tuscan for your next glamping getaway at the Inn Town Campground.  The picnic basket includes:  molinari finocchiona salame and fra’mani salametto salame, two cheeses, an assortment of olives, demi baguette, pasta salad of the day and two double-chocolate walnut brownies.  Finish off your meal with a bottle of award-winning local wine or a gourmet olive oil, crackers and cheese.  Another great thing to check out at BackPorch Market is their selection of frozen entrees, whether you want ravioli, chicken pot pie or homemade sauce, they’ll have something to help with your next dinner party.  The gourmet market is located at 135 Colfax Street in downtown Grass Valley and open Tuesday-Saturday and if you haven’t met the new owners, Erik & Rose James, stop in and say hello.  And if you’re hungry… don’t worry, I’ve got one gift certificate to giveaway for $35, post a comment on where you’re taking your picnic basket and I’ll announce the winner on Wednesday, May 2nd.  Edited to say the winner is Gwen.

© 2018 InnSide Nevada City, Photos by Erin Thiem and Megan Michelson

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  1. dawn fischer
    dawn fischer says:

    Taking our picnic basket to Mendocino.
    Love Back Porch. When I had a sudden need to make Tiramisu I went there to find the Ladyfingers were in the center aisle just waiting for me! Thanks for the post.

  2. Lindi
    Lindi says:

    I’d love to take a picnic to Hirschmans pond and sit on a bench with my hubby and enjoy the delicious food and the amazing scenery!

  3. Ingrid Knox
    Ingrid Knox says:

    Thanks for the reminder about this Deli. We haven’t been recently. I think a picnic even on our back deck sounds wonderful, given the great weather we’re having.

  4. Kathryn Boswell
    Kathryn Boswell says:

    I think I would take my picnic basket to the top of Sugar Loaf with my sweet hubby that deserves a break and a date ♥ or to Spenceville Wildlife area to watch the baby cows and wildflowers

  5. Lindsay
    Lindsay says:

    Your quaint little store has fun and delicious food. I always rush to Facebook to see what your sandwiches of the day will be. Keep up the great work, thank you for bringing fun new flavors to our small community.

  6. Denise Bryant
    Denise Bryant says:

    My favorite spot to head with a picnic lunch is Bridgeport! A BackPorch Market lunch sounds like a real treat!

    • erin
      erin says:

      I’m thinking of all the goodies you’ve won over the years…. knowing you, you’ll be adding this to your list! Happy spring.

  7. Tiffany smith
    Tiffany smith says:

    To the Yuba river 7/31 when we come up for our yearly Glampng trip at InnTown Campground. Can’t wait to stop by, nice to know a go to market for lunch baskets will make our day excursions perfect.

    • erin
      erin says:

      This is probably my favorite comment (good thing the winner is random) b/c a) I love that your glamping getaway is an annual event and b) who can resists excursions while on vacation?

  8. Shiree
    Shiree says:

    Mmm veggie sandwich! I’d love to take this picinic (yogi the bear voice) basket to the river!!

  9. Holli Woods
    Holli Woods says:

    I would take my picnic basket to either the Buttermilk Trail or the river by the Bridgeport Bridge!!!!!

  10. Emma williams
    Emma williams says:

    Love this market! Our picnic basket is going to bridgeport where my daughter can play in the sand right to the left of the bridge!

    • erin
      erin says:

      Great idea! It’ll be interesting to see how that river spot is effected once they start the bridge construction… but for now it’s a beautiful spot.

    • erin
      erin says:

      Can’t go wrong there… and I’ve been known to take my insulated ice cream container to the river and eat Treats ice cream at the river….

    • erin
      erin says:

      I am so excited for your guys to come stay at the Inn Town Campground (did you see the new fence for the Riverside Retro?).

  11. Kate Canan
    Kate Canan says:

    The dogwood just bloomed in our backyard, a few blocks from Back Porch Market. There’s no place like home.

    • erin
      erin says:

      I totally agree that sometimes a picnic in your own yard is the best place to go. (You can have a beverage and not even have to worry about driving!).

  12. Chris
    Chris says:

    I would enjoy my picnic in my campsite during my very first visit to the Inn Town Campground coming up in just over a week! I can’t wait for our trip!

  13. Hindi Greenberg
    Hindi Greenberg says:

    Definitely a picnic on my deck while watching all the birds eat their own lunches of birdseed or sweet water or suet cake.

  14. Kat
    Kat says:

    I’d take the basket to Buttermilk trail with Kiana and her carpool friends … tomorrow ideally .. !!

  15. Kate strolle
    Kate strolle says:

    I wasn’t aware there were new owners! Must go in and say hi! We would take our picnic basket to the Buttermilk trail. The weather and flowers have been beautiful!!!

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