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.
When Ed Dunneback founded his business in 1925, he didn’t have to rely on anything fancy to attract attention—just freshly harvested apples and other fruit. Today, third and fourth generations of Dunneback women carry on Ed's tradition at the same location. Not much has changed on the farm since the '20s; the property still produces the same fresh fruits it did some 80 years ago, plus cherries, pumpkins, and hops. Located inside a nearly century-old barn, the farm's bustling market slings seasonal produce, as does the bakery, where housemade donuts and pies bake to golden-brown fruition within ovens. Visitors can work up an appetite picking their own pumpkins or while navigating through the Art of Farming corn maze, complete with trivia questions about pop culture, agriculture, and history.
Grand Village's stable of technicians systematically preens the pelts of grimy vehicles to restore showroom-quality sheen. Smudges and blemishes are buffed out during a soft-cloth wash and towel dry while crumb-sucking hoses scour upholstered terrain for vagabond bits of lunches from yesteryear. Regaining transparency, windows are washed to illuminate a freshly dusted dashboard and center console, and underbellies receive a meticulous spritzing. Polishing gurus gloss exteriors to a lustrous finish with applications of multiple waxes, including Rain-X and a triple-coat wax to help wagon shells ward off water and kamikaze dragonflies. Purged of road dregs, tires are furbished and shined before wagons get adorned with air fresheners, symbolizing their graduation to the upper echelons of purity.
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.