Every Friday and Saturday night at 7 p.m., the twists and turns of Gull Meadow Farms' night maze enables challenging family fun. Wanderers wind throughout the dark labyrinth, illuminating their journey with the use of moonlight and flashlights. Families, friends, or brave individuals search for an exit among the rows formed by stalks up to 8 feet tall. The dimly lit voyage aims to provide a fun challenge for all ages, as proven by the marked presence of such friendly ghosts as the ghost of economic past.
Couched in newly expanded quarters, People’s Food Co-op's cooks draw on a community-minded business model and sate customers’ hunger with a toothsome array of nutritionally sound fare. Locally grown and organic foods shine in a cornucopia of house-made deli concoctions, including a fresh bulk-food bar heavily laden with hot stews, cold salads, and just-right porridges ($7.99/lb). Slabs of corn-polenta torta ($2.16 each) swaddle herb-kissed bundles of kale, red pepper, and feta cheese. A gallery of pre-wrapped options showcases stratified edibles such as breakfast burritos, vegan tempeh Reubens, and reams of roasted veggies sandwiched in Zingerman’s bread ($4.68–$12.99). Tubs of roasted-red-pepper and garlicky raw hummus lend creamy aplomb to al fresco outings on the shop's patio (up to $9.99 each), and nut-studded muffins ($3–$5) and diminutive rounds of raw cashew cheesecake ($3.99) fuel mobile-eating competitions.
The Michigan Brewers Guild wanted something very specific when it turned 15: it asked the state’s breweries to concoct a 15th-anniversary ale for its summer beer fest. Chef and home brewer Amy Sherman, host of Great American Brew Trail, went behind the scenes at the celebration, where she interviewed local breweries’ staff members about their celebratory brews. Reports like these are typical of her show, Great American Brew Trail, for which she travels to microbreweries across the country and unveils the creative and culinary processes behind beer.
Lansing Metro Marinas's Giselle and Ken Settimo had a vision for a new way to see Lansing—from the waterways. The couple purchased a 28-foot pontoon boat, staffed it with a captain and deck hand, and set about their mission to show Michiganders the beauty of their city. Today, the boat cruises down the Grand River from Old Town to Moore's River Park, Red Cedar to Potter Park Zoo, offering stunning views of downtown Lansing. Charters, evening cruises, and private events float down the waterway, enjoying access to seating, party lighting, and a fridge to re-energize glow-stick swords.
If a cornucopia could grow to the size of a city block, it would look something like Lansing City Market. On a typical day, baskets brim with peppers, squash, and turnips from local farms, and homemade pies flaunt fillings as sweet and colorful as the rainbow that fathered Shirley Temple. Nearly 20 year-round merchants chat with passersby, telling the stories behind handmade wares such as soaps, chutneys, and garden statues. At Caruso's Candy Kitchen, kids ogle hand-dipped chocolates and bins of bulk candy, which teem with gummi bears and Jelly Belly jellybeans. Adults gather around the tables at Uncle John's Fruit House Winery, drinking in the flavors of Michigan's orchards with free samples of cherry wine and apple brandy. To make shopping as enjoyable as possible, Market Place Massage's trio of therapists melts muscle knots and undigested cheese logs with trigger-point therapy and flowing Swedish massage strokes.
The knowledgeable staff at BetterHealth Market helps visitors to navigate a vast inventory of products for natural and nutritious living ranging from aromatherapy oils to gluten-free cookies. Natural, organic, and raw groceries from brands such as Amy's Kitchen and Nature's Path keep home cooking flavorful and wholesome, and a range of supplements, vitamins, and minerals helps to ease health issues, increase energy, or incinerate burritos that have overstayed their welcome. A wide variety of teas and coffees offers options such as fair-trade beans and yerba mate to healthfully wash down each nourishing morsel.