Eat! Lansing

December 24, 2007

Horrock’s Farm Market

Filed under: Best of, Grocery, Lansing — dkastner @ 11:58 pm

Horrock’s Farm Market
7420 W Saginaw Hwy, Lansing, MI 48917
Phone: 517-323-3782

Horrock’s began as a simple, indoor farmer’s market selling low-cost, local produce. Today, Horrock’s has moved upscale and provides a compelling local alternative to the twin Juggernauts of Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s.

Oh, Horrock’s, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways:

  1. Many people think, “hey, I’m buying ‘organic’ food at Meijer or Whole Foods, that means I’m earth-friendly.” You can be more earth friendly by buying food that was grown locally. When your food doesn’t come from California, you’re not pumping tons of CO2 into the atmosphere to get that lettuce on your plate. Michigan ranks second behind California in the variety of produce it, er, produces and Horrock’s is the place to get it. True, Horrock’s does sell California produce, but when the season is right, you have the choice to buy local.
  2. The store is powered by its own windmill.
  3. It features a large gardening section with a great variety of plants, even aquatic plants!
  4. Fresh, homemade bread, sans preservatives.
  5. The best milk and other dairy products I have ever tasted (Bareman’s).
  6. A diverse selection of wines and beers (although not the cheapest).
  7. Bouquets of flowers that last for weeks in a vase.
  8. A great place to find those odd ingredients.

Be sure to wear warm clothes. The dairy and meat sections are walk-in refrigerators.


Ice Cream Joe’s

Filed under: Ice Cream, Lansing — dkastner @ 11:31 pm

Ice Cream Joe’s
4131 W Saginaw Hwy, Lansing, MI 48917
Phone: 517-321-2509

Ice Cream Joe’s rules the west side of Lansing with a cornucopia of ice cream flavors.  I once spoke to the owner who said that his store used to be a Baskin Robins franchise but he chose to go independent and install an espresso machine.  The ice cream comes from Kaleidoscoops, which offers some interesting flavors, like Tootsie Roll.

The store also boasts a portfolio of custom decorated ice cream cakes.  My favorite was the Yoda cake.

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