Snyder's BBQ & Meat Market co-owners Kraig and Sue Snyder cater to carnivores of all stripes with their selection of high-quality raw meats and prepared foods. Inside the store’s display cases are USDA Choice and higher all-natural beef made without hormones, sausages crafted in-house with lean pork, and hand-picked chicken breasts marinated with seasonings such as garlic butter. Fresh and frozen seafood varieties include wild-caught cuts such as sockeye salmon and mahi mahi. Deli adornments such as specialty cheese and dips reside beside handmade chicken, macaroni, and potato salads.
The market’s pizzeria, meanwhile, turns out hot, doughy pizzas topped with cheese, veggies, and meat, while frozen to-go meals, such as penne pasta with marinara, can be taken home and heated or worn around town as a poorly conceived Halloween costume. Flagship and seasonal beers from local microbreweries, as well as numerous wine varietals, help to wash down meals.
Edible Arrangements offers up more than 50 fresh, artful fruit baskets in time for Sweetest Day on October 15. Edible Arrangements combines the aesthetic elements and emotive properties of floral arrangements with the juicy edibility of fruit. The sweetery's designers stud the Delicious Daisy, a bouquet of sliced honeydew, pineapple, and cantaloupe, with strawberries and strings of grapes that double as a 25th-anniversary gift for a Smucker's jam heiress ($35). Decadent, gluten-free layers of white and semisweet chocolate coat fruit in a 12-piece box of hand-dipped strawberries and bananas ($25). Customers can also put today's Groupon toward a larger centerpiece, such as the Melon Delight, a decorative spray of watermelon wedges, pineapple daisies, cantaloupe, honeydew, grapes, and double-dipped bananas sprouting from a watering can ($76–$86). The preservative-free treats are all handcrafted at the apex of freshness, readying hand-dipped dainties to be hand shoved into eagerly awaiting mouths.
The sweet chefs at Tasty Cakery whip up a delightful array of fresh-made chocolaty treats within an on-site cocoa workshop. Caramel and chocolate-bathed pecan turtles ($20/pound) frolic amid the airy sugar of sea foam ($20/pound) before napping on dark- and milk-chocolate coconut clusters ($15/pound). A variety of newly dipped gourmet caramel apples ($6.75 each) vies to snare the gazes of onlookers with vibrant, ritualistic displays of peanut-butter-cup and candy-bar plumage, and perfectly round buttercream crèmes give ping-pong champions a challenging practice tool ($15/pound).
At the movies, popcorn tends to come in two flavors: with butter or without. But each handmade kernel at Pinnacle Popcorn bursts with unusual taste sensations, from jolts of coffee to fruity notes of grape and lemon. These are just the shop's mainstays—Pinnacle's popcorn makers constantly experiment with new versions, such as black-cherry candied corn and caramel corn smothered in s'mores fixings.
Medleys of Pinnacle's unorthodox treats can be assembled into customized gift baskets and even decorated with personalized labels. Customers can also try cooking their own unconventional treats with one of Pinnacle's rental machines, which include popcorn and cotton-candy makers.
At Alpine Ridge Farms, riding instructor Rebecca Bradley designs lessons to help students learn and progress at a comfortable pace. Certified by both the United States Hunter Jumper Association and the American Riding Instructor Association, Rebecca aims to instill confidence in her students, boosting their self-esteem and deepening their appreciation for animals. During lessons, Rebecca gives students a solid foundation of riding and horsemanship, and also encourages them to compete. Alpine Ridge Farms' large indoor riding arena allows the instructor to host lessons year-round by providing firm, dry ground in the event that horses refuse to put on their snowshoes.
Pioneered nearly 30 years ago by a Michigan farming family, Heffron Farms Markets dish up a bounty of naturally raised meats, organic dairy, and other wholesome edibles. Apple sausage links ($3.97 for 10) amplify morning protein levels in preparation for chicken-wing-ding ($2.75 for 16 oz.) lunches and thick-cut New York strip steak ($11.89 for 11 oz.) dinners. Toothsome dairy products such as eggs and Amish cheeses supply nutritive variety, and rainbows of individually quick-frozen fruits and vegetables fill in troublesome voids in food-pyramid ice sculptures. Pet owners can also stock up on eats for four-legged friends with ground chicken and bone dinners ($1.99), turkey gizzards ($2.69 for 16 oz.), and other chop-licking unmentionables. All prices may vary by location.