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Prepared daily and packaged,

Prepared daily and packaged, "The Speck," is one of the favorite sandwiches you can buy at The Village Cheese Shop. The sandwich contains dry-cured smoked ham (speck) and gorgonzola mountain cheese with extra virgin olive oil drizzled on Tuscan bread. (July 15, 2013) Photo Credit: Nicole Horton

Picnic time is here, and you don't have to slave in the kitchen to create a tempting basketful of treats to tote for an al fresco meal at the beach, public park, outdoor concert or North Fork winery.

One of the daily, freshly prepared and packaged
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One of the daily, freshly prepared and packaged sandwiches you can purchase at The Village Cheese Shop in Mattituck, "Le Chevre," which is goat cheese and sun dried tomato drizzled with extra virgin olive oil on ciabatta. (July 15, 2013)

The Village Cheese Shop in Mattituck is a
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The Village Cheese Shop in Mattituck is a popular destination to pick up a sandwich or some cheese, charcuterie and bread to take to one of the nearby vineyards or on a beach picnic. (July 15, 2013)

Erin Fitzpatrick, co-owner of Fork and Anchor restaurant,
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Erin Fitzpatrick, co-owner of Fork and Anchor restaurant, located in a former 1890s general store in East Marion, prepares items to be placed into the cardboard picnic. Included in this picnic box for two are an Italian combo, a turkey, cheese, chutney sandwich, a side of kale slaw, corn zucchini salad, 2 North Fork potato chip bags, two Boylan sodas, Nina's fresh baked brownie and Tate's cookies. (July 15, 2013)

Prepared daily and packaged,
Photo Credit: Nicole Horton

Prepared daily and packaged, "The Speck," is one of the favorite sandwiches you can buy at The Village Cheese Shop. The sandwich contains dry-cured smoked ham (speck) and gorgonzola mountain cheese with extra virgin olive oil drizzled on Tuscan bread. (July 15, 2013)

With so many artisanal cheeses to choose from,
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With so many artisanal cheeses to choose from, both from local producers and those imported from half way around the world, picking just one or two can be a difficult decision for customers at the Village Cheese Shop in Mattituck. (July 15, 2013)

An Italian combo: ham, pepperoni, salami, provolone, olive
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An Italian combo: ham, pepperoni, salami, provolone, olive salad on a roll, one of the sandwiches that will go into a picnic box lunch from Fork and Anchor Restaurant in East Marion. Fork and Anchor is located in a former general store from the 1890s. (July 15, 2013)

Erin Fitzpatrick, co-owner of Fork and Anchor, prepares
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Erin Fitzpatrick, co-owner of Fork and Anchor, prepares an Italian combo, one of the sandwiches that will go into a picnic box.

A turkey, cheddar, apple raisin chutney sandwich, one
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A turkey, cheddar, apple raisin chutney sandwich, one of the sandwiches that will go into a picnic box lunch from Fork and Anchor Restaurant in East Marion. (July 15, 2013)

A kale slaw salad is sealed and packed
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A kale slaw salad is sealed and packed into a picnic box lunch at the Fork and Anchor Restaurant in East Marion.

Heading for a day at the beach, Veronica
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Heading for a day at the beach, Veronica Kyrk from Greenport picks up a picnic box lunch packed for two from Fork and Anchor Restaurant in East Marion. Included in this picnic box for two, an Italian combo, a turkey, cheese, chutney sandwich, a side of kale slaw, corn zucchini salad, 2 Nork Fork potato chip bags, two Boylan sodas, Nina's brownie and Tate's cookies. (July 15, 2013)

A kale slaw salad that will be packed
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A kale slaw salad that will be packed into a picnic box lunch at the Fork and Anchor Restaurant in East Marion.

Erin Fitzpatrick, co-owner of Fork and Anchor restaurant,
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Erin Fitzpatrick, co-owner of Fork and Anchor restaurant, packs a picnic box. Included in this picnic box for two, an Italian combo, a turkey, cheese, chutney sandwich, a side of kale slaw, corn zucchini salad, 2 Nork Fork potato chip bags, two Boylan sodas, Nina's fresh baked brownie and Tate's cookies. (July 15, 2013)

Fork and Anchor restaurant in East Marion offers
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

Fork and Anchor restaurant in East Marion offers a picnic box lunch for two. Included in this box: an Italian combo, a turkey, cheese, chutney sandwich, a side of kale slaw, corn zucchini salad, two North Fork potato chip bags, two Boylan sodas, Nina's freshed baked brownie and Tate's cookies. (July 15, 2013)

Heading for a day at the beach, Veronica
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Heading for a day at the beach, Veronica Kyrk from Greenport picks up a picnic box lunch packed for two from Fork and Anchor Restaurant in East Marion. (July 15, 2013)

One of the freshly packaged sandwiches made dailt
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One of the freshly packaged sandwiches made dailt The Village Cheese Shop in Mattituck: "The France," with French ham, gruyere, cornichons, Dijon mustard on a baguette is a favorite of customers. (July 15, 2013)

The Village Cheese Shop in Mattituck is an
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The Village Cheese Shop in Mattituck is an airy, light-filled cafe with a few tables where one can enjoy a fondue or a cheese platter paired with some local wines. (July 15, 2013)

The Village Cheese Shop in Mattituck is a
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The Village Cheese Shop in Mattituck is a popular destination to pick up a freshly made sandwich or some cheese, charcuterie and bread to take to one of the nearby vineyards or on a beach picnic. Patrons phone in orders as well as just popping in to see what's available. (July 15, 2013)

A portion of the space inside the Village
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A portion of the space inside the Village Cheese Shop in Mattituck is an airy, light-filled cafe with a few tables where one can enjoy a fondue or a cheese platter paired with some local wines. (July 15, 2013)

In addition to freshly made and packaged sandwiches,
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In addition to freshly made and packaged sandwiches, The Village Cheese Shop in Mattituck also makes personal-sized regional cheese plates, such as this one featuring flavors of Spain: Tetilla and Valdeon-- a Spanish blue cheese-- at top, with membrillo, fig cake and Manchego on bottom. (July 15, 2013)

If you can't decide what to get, take
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If you can't decide what to get, take a suggestion from any of the knowledgeable staff members at The Village Cheese Shop in Mattituck; they won't steer you wrong. (July 15, 2013)

The Village Cheese Shop in Mattituck makes a
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The Village Cheese Shop in Mattituck makes a number of freshly made and packaged sandwiches on a daily basis; this one, "The Spain," consists of Serrano ham and manchego cheese with smoked paprika mayo on Tuscan bread. (July 15, 2013)

Owner of the Village Cheese Shop, Rosemary Dougherty-Batcheller
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Owner of the Village Cheese Shop, Rosemary Dougherty-Batcheller rings up a customer choosing one of the popular premade sandwiches at her charming Mattituck cheese shop on Love Lane. (July 15, 2013)

A staff member reaches into the cheese case
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A staff member reaches into the cheese case at The Village Cheese Shop in Mattituck. (July 15, 2013)

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