Every fall, as the leaves turn orange and the air becomes crisp, owners David and Patricia Hand open up a portion of their operating farm to the general public. Aptly named the Green Hand Farm Park, the agricultural attraction features an 8-acre corn maze that challenges families, students, and office groups to work together to find their way out. The labyrinth takes on a new theme each year—such as a salute to the American soldier—and incorporates facts and clues. As maze participants interrogate corn stalks for directions, hayrides journey to a pumpkin patch and young visitors leap and bound over bales of hay. At night, campfires spring to life for cooking hot dogs and s'mores. Aside from these attractions, there is a farm market to lure visitors.
Cooke’s Gardens helps yard guardians transform dirt patches into bloom bastions with a wide selection of flowers, shrubs, and green-thumb supplies. Kick-start springtime by lining garden and bunk beds with marigolds, petunias, and other annuals ($19.99+/flat). Infusing the lawn with grass seed makes neighbors’ mowers green with envy ($13.99+), and a fresh crop of tomatoes and peppers sustains salads all summer ($19.99+/flat). Cooks can add a personalized flavor to recipes by harvesting their own fresh basil, dill, and oregano ($3.99+), and local kittens will pounce upon yards trimmed with catnip ($3.99+) and dog-shoo. Visitors seeking trees and shrubs can also chat up one of the staff’s savvy horticulturalists, who will locate the latest arrivals and explain how a green thumb can help when hitchhiking near tractor drivers.
The environmentally affable attire emporium bestows mod maidens and dapper dudes with luxurious apparel stitched from natural fibers. Employing vegetable fibers, such as cotton and sisal, and animal fibers, such as silk and sheep's wool, the outfitter plucks ingredients straight from Mother Nature's loom. Gallant gents looking to spruce up their wardrobes can snag a graphic T-shirt ($35), and necks in need of bedecking can accent themselves with a tiger-eye silk scarf ($19.99). The denim java jacket infuses cool into unconfident elbows ($69), and the light-yellow summer weave shirt interlaces breezy material with actual rays from a July morning sun ($79.99).
Edible Arrangements offers up more than 50 fresh, artful fruit baskets that combine 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 ($35) that double as a 25th-anniversary gift for a Smucker's jam heiress. 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). The preservative-free treats are all handcrafted at the apex of freshness, readying hand-dipped dainties to be hand-shoved into eagerly awaiting mouths.
Healthy Solutions’ seasoned stockers help shoppers break the bonds of junk-filled groceries with their carefully selected bounty of organic foods, healthy supplements, and holistic treatments. Staples such as Udi’s gluten-free sandwich bread ($6.19) eschews the faintly glowing preservatives and self-aware Beanie Babies found in most fast-food bags, and millet and flax cinnamon-chips by Sami's Bakery ($3.59) keep snack time from descending into unhealthy madness. Release perennial tension with a one-hour hot stone or deep-tissue massage ($70 each), or smooth out skin with lavender essential oil by Nature's Alchemy ($9.99). Healthy Solutions’ knowledgeable, friendly staff stands ever-ready to assist, answering questions about ingredient content, supplement uses, and how to tell if a shopping cart was raised cruelty-free.
Roberts tends a stylish stable of furnishings from brand names such as Ashley Furniture and Crown Mark to staff living rooms, dining dens, and bedchambers. A tasteful array of cheval floor mirrors ($99+) and table lamps ($49+) distract visitors from the fact that your coasters are made out of overdue library books. Living-room and bedroom sets (both $699+) are well matched by Roberts' empire of ottomans. For a fee, same-day delivery can expedite your laptop's metamorphosis into the desktop PC it was always meant to be.