A grocery store is like a carnival midway—it offers shelves and shelves of goodies that only become available after lobbing baseballs at stacks of bottles. Today's Groupon brings the fresh food without the carnie cons: for $15, you get $30 worth of locally sourced groceries at The Great Lakes Market Place in Holly.
The Michigan-minded grocers at The Great Lakes Market Place scour the state for locally grown and locally made goods. Mouths can recall memories of learning to speak while munching on classic snacks such as Sanders chocolates ($4.95–$14.95), Faygo soda ($10 for a six-pack), and Better Made Chips ($2.99). Coffee Beanery coffee beans ($1.25) fill abandoned mugs and bloodstreams with several varietals of roast. Swirl in an udderful of local milk or a scoopful of ice cream from Guernsey Farms Dairy of Northville, which supplies all the store’s dairy products. Baked goods, farm eggs, and fresh meats invite rendezvous with complementary condiments such as sauces and spices. Sweet Traverse City cherries draped in chocolate and other stylish coverings woo taste buds with their saccharine demeanor and make a great gift for any clown-college graduation parties.
The Great Lakes Market Place
The entire state of Michigan serves as the stockroom for The Great Lakes Market Place. The market's owners, husband and wife John and Sara LaCroix, scour the pleasant peninsula to fill their shelves with everything from farm fresh eggs, to baked goods, to micro-brewed beers. More than 200 total items arrive regularly from 70 plus Michigan-based producers, including Williams Cheese Co. of Linwood and Little Diablo Salsa of Brighton.
While their goods come from across Michigan, John and Sara model their market's atmosphere after the small-town grocers of old, where neighbors would spend some time chatting about supply-chain economics. They often greet customers by name, before pouring them a cup of hot coffee from The Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company or scooping cones of Guernsey Ice Cream. Their market also encompasses The Great Lakes Artisan Village, which displays the creative work of Michigan-based artists including sculptors, painters, and authors.