Climb into an equine-pulled wagon for an approximately half-hour ride through Moelker Orchards. The 102-year-old family farm grows apples, peaches, pears, cherries, and numerous other tree-fruits throughout its verdant acreage. With your tickets for a horse-drawn wagon ride ($4.50 for adults, $3 for children 12 and under), you'll lazily lope along, taking in the autumnal ambiance and its shades of red, orange, and brown. At ride's end, hit the farm's market to purchase apple cider, syrup, honey, salsas, and a number of other nourishing extras (not included in the cost of this Groupon), or pick out a pumpkin to bring home for Halloween-carving or trebuchet-launching.
At the helm of Clear Connections Chiropractic, Drs. Sean Medlin and Krystal Czegus trade in symptom-masking drugs for holistic health solutions. By analyzing posture and the spine, the doctors can determine possible causes of chronic pain, numbness, and even headaches. Together with the patient they then decide on one of several treatment options, including manual adjustments or massage therapy. Beyond treating existing conditions, Clear Connections prevents pain via a 12-week wellness program, complete with instructions and tracking sheets for achieving optimum fitness, nutrition, and rest.
With two locations in Battle Creek, Vision Center At Meijer's eye mavens outfit more than 700 frames with lenses carefully crafted in their own laboratory to specifically suit the eyes and face of each patient. Professionally administered eye exams determine the prescription strength required to correct eyeball anomalies, and the laboratory can upgrade any lens with tints, Transitions, or antireflective coatings that save one from endless staring contests with one's own eyes.
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.
Tree Huggers at Home's name isn't merely whimsical—it's a philosophy. The eco-conscious business aims to put the Earth first in all of its services. Its bulk grocery store, for instance, stocks completely vegetarian products, many of them vegan and sourced from Michigan. The staff members also research each product to ensure its status as sustainable and eco-friendly. The ever-growing inventory spans items such as tempeh, Dayia cheese, assorted grains, and dried fruit, along with household products such as green toiletries and cleaners for a less chemical lifestyle.
The shop's focus on less wasteful living extends beyond the products themselves. All items are package-free, relying on guests to bring reusable containers such as canvas bags or old mason jars. That environmentally-conscious touch extends to Tree Huggers' recycling center, which accepts materials not often picked up curbside. The organization's team members also travel off-site to homes and businesses, giving consultations and workshops on healthful practices.