Tim Mercier grew up beneath the shade of apple trees at Mercier Orchards, helping his father tend the fertile mountain soil while snacking on juicy winesaps plucked straight from the branch. To this day, Tim continues to run his family's 50-year-old farm, where he harvests apples by hand, wears John Appleseed’s cooking pot hat, and manages the market alongside his wife, children, and grandchildren. At the 200-acre farm, tree branches sprout dozens of kinds of apples, including sweet ambrosias, tart dandee reds, and crisp pink ladies. Beyond the apple groves lie stretches of cherry trees, peach trees, and blueberry bushes, as well as strawberry fields blossoming with chandler, camerosa, and sweet charlie varieties.
The Mercier family opens their farm to visitors year-round, inviting guests to stroll the verdant grounds and pick their own berries and apples. Afterwards, guests pop into Mercier Orchards’ rustic shop to survey jugs of fresh cider, colorful jams, and caramel-coated candy apples. In the bakery, they sample apple cider donuts, pecan breads, and the farm's famous fried pies, which can now be found on the shelves of local Whole Foods.
Mother Earth Meats pledges to raise its antibiotic-free livestock under humane conditions, bolstering animals' quality of life as well as patrons' nutrient intake. Grass-fed cows, bison, and lambs yield butcher’s cuts chock-full of healthy omega-3 fatty acids, and eggs laid by free-range chickens boast denser concentrations of nutrients than their conventional brethren. Staffers also stuff chorizo, andouille, brats, and other sausages by hand and even make a bison hot dog mixed with pork. Mother Earth sends finished meats on to groceries such as The Market in Maryville as well as eateries such as Blackberry Farm Restaurant in Walland and French Laundry in San Francisco.
For the last two decades, Eddie’s Health Shoppe has outfitted health-conscious customers with vitamins, minerals, and personal-care products. Here, Nature’s Way and Nordic Naturals vitamins share shelf space with training supplements, including Hammer Nutrition endurance fuels and MET-Rx protein powders. The friendly staffers help shoppers navigate a selection of energy bars, including the Elite bar, a European-style dark chocolate fortified with Vitamin D, and gluten-free Lärabars, taking form from fewer than nine ingredients—all fruits, nuts, and spices. The shop also stocks a slew of organic bath and body products by brands such as TheraNeem Organix and Purely Clear.
The chefs at Wok Chow create a variety of Asian mainstays including pad Thai, sushi rolls, and crab rangoon. In addition to sweet desserts of Chinese donuts tossed in cinnamon and sugar, they also offer a living healthy menu with low calorie options such as steamed pot stickers and ginger broccoli chicken.
White columns connected by rock-façade arches line the walls and windows of the restaurant half of Holy Land Market & Deli. At the sunlit tables, guests order a variety of Middle Eastern dishes, such as freshly made falafel and lamb-kebab plates, or New York deli sandwiches such as corned beef and a meatball hero. The grocery-store section offers canned hummus, dates, and spices from all over the world.
A knife cuts a freshly baked bread roll into two buns, shaves slivers off of hunks of meat and cheese, and slices veggies into stackable portions. This is what happens every time a patron orders a sandwich at Jay's Subs, guaranteeing fresh, made-to-order food. The shop's sandwiches reflect owner Jason “Jay” Casteel's sub-making philosophy of using quality ingredients and careful preparation in lieu of the assembly line method of making food.
Since officially opening Jay's Subs in early 2012, Casteel has been using his decade's worth of sub-making experience to create hot and cold sandwiches, as well as wraps and salads. Patrons may enjoy bread-embraced eats, including the popular philly cheesesteak and Italian cold-cut trio, while watching TV in the dine-in area or doing cartwheels in the parking lot.