The working cornfield at Marini Farm embraces the festive spirit of autumn by wearing a different mask each Halloween season. The corn maze has featured farm-themed shapes, a giant bald eagle, and a pirate design that was featured in the Wicked Local Ipswich in 2010. The maize maze is designed to be both educational and interactive, with about 20 clue stations strategically placed throughout the labyrinth to help adventurers conquer the nearly 10 miles of paths. The maze is open during the day and remains open Friday and Saturday night for flashlight-lead escapades.
The smaller, less complex Finger Fortune maze delights younger adventurers, as do the apple cannon, jumping pillow, pumpkin patch, hayride wagon, and separate play area. For parents or guests staging a corn coup, the third-generation farm serves up a cornucopia of fresh veggies, bakery treats, and plants for purchase or for hurling at scarecrows creepily staring at them in the distance.
In business since 1959, Rowand Fisheries has perfected more methods of lobster transformation than the most practiced merman magician. It can conceal buttery morsels inside ravioli, pie, and soup—both bisque and chowder—in addition to selling the crustaceans live, priced by the pound. As a classic seafood market, Rowand Fisheries arrays freshly caught fish and shellfish for at-home prep, including salmon, tuna, haddock, locally netted black sea bass, and seasonally hooked items such as swordfish in Santa hats. However, its menu has also boasts signature eats that require no further finesse, from smoked-trout spread and salmon burgers to the house cocktail and tartar sauces. Patrons can even group specialty orders into platters, which gather enough shrimp or smoked seafood to feed up to 14 people.
Hoping to revive the culture of the neighborhood butcher shop, with its personalized service, attention to detail, and artful products, restaurant-industry veterans Justin Rosberg and Jason Parent took a gamble on their first New Hampshire butcher shop in 2003. Dubbed The Meat House, their store quickly earned a foodie following, spawning additional franchise locations across the country. Today, The Meat House?s Mission Viejo location stocks fine cheeses, prepared side dishes, other gourmet grocery items, and hundreds of wines alongside the usual selection of traditional and exotic meats. Butchers also explain how to prepare each hand-carved cut of meat, sharing recipes, best slicing practices, and cooking techniques for giving pork chops the flavor of justice.
Year-round tutoring services are led by certified teachers and offer educational assistance to all age groups from four to adult. Choose semi-private tutoring ($15/hour) to attend a small group instruction, a private tutoring session ($20/hour) for a more focused, one-on-one approach, or request a free upgrade for in-home private tutoring (normally $25/hour, $20/hour for Groupon holders). Whether you're looking to catch up with peers or go beyond the learning curve, tutoring services create a personalized approach to educational success.
Wedging rich deli meats and cheeses between 13 types of bread, the helpful staff at Gloria Food Store curbs appetites with a menu of sandwiches, burgers, and gourmet Italian specialties. Behind the deli counter, staffers assemble the turkey carver sandwich ($6), which preempts regularly scheduled Thanksgiving with roasted turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and gravy atop marble rye. In addition to nestling hot and cold deli meats inside rolls, wraps, and focaccia, the staff mixes up greens, protein, and veggies in gourmet salads such as the ginger-chicken salad with noodles and mango salsa ($8.50). Dinner platters such as meatloaf or roast pork ($9) fend off hunger with foot soldiers of bread and butter, vegetables or coleslaw, and your choice of rice pilaf, french fries, or mashed potatoes.
In a bright space sparsely adorned with antique fishing equipment, Haven Seafood furnishes fresh oceanic fare for home-cooked meals or on-site savoring. Shellfish sizzles atop warm french rolls in oyster ($8.98) and lobster sandwiches ($12.98), and heaps of fish and chips ($8.98) offer aid to diners with hollow pelican beaks.