Eat! Lansing

January 5, 2008

Foods for Living

Filed under: East Lansing, Grocery — erithmetic @ 11:32 pm

Foods for Living
2655 Grand River, East Lansing, MI 48823

Phone: 517-324-9010

Hours: M-F 9am-8pm, Sat 9am-7pm, Sun 11am-6pm

Foods for Living has successfully bridged the gap between “freaky hippie store” and the mainstream, like Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s. You won’t find any bargains here, but you will find exactly what you’re looking for. It is a cornucopia of those hard-to-find natural foods and dietary supplements. While there is a great variety of non-perishable items, the produce selection was a bit limited. The store is bright and clean.

Bonus points: this isn’t a chain!

December 24, 2007

Horrock’s Farm Market

Filed under: Best of, Grocery, Lansing — erithmetic @ 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.

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