For organic food straight from the farm into your hands, visit Pond Hill Farm (about five miles north of Harbor Springs). The Pond Hill Farm is a year round destination for family fun and delicious foods. For more than 20 years, the environmentally sustainable farm has sold herbs, fruits and vegetables grown and canned onsite. The store features everything from maple syrup to Christmas wreaths made with local tree greens.
Fill a gift package with store goodies such as hot garlic pepper jelly, which makes a great cracker spread. If the season’s right, you can even pick your own strawberries. Pond Hill also offers hayrides, pig racing, animal feeding, several squash rockets, a trout pond to feed the fish, a very diverse pumpkin patch, a market with a huge assortment of mouth watering homemade canned goods, wonderful year round pesticide and herbicide free produces, farm raised antibiotic and hormone free meats, handmade soaps and bath salts, a great selection of organic and natural foods, crafts and more. The farm is also home to the Farm Fresh Cafe which is open during the warmer months and features homemade lunches using our farm fresh produce and meats. Before you leave, see the Black Angus cows and Suffolk sheep that the farm raises.
Something is cooking at the Red Pepper Deli, Northville's newest cafe; it's just not in the kitchen. This cafe serves only raw food. You won’t see simply an abundance of bloody meats. But, you will find a sampling of food that doesn't feel temperatures above 120 degrees. Try pasta cut from raw zucchini, or maybe sink your teeth in sandwich bread that is made of sprouted seeds. And to top it off you’ll want to sample the rich, creamy coconut pie that has never felt the heat of an oven.
The raw food diet has been around for over a century. But this healthy eating style has become more popular in the past decade as more and more celebrity types applaud its benefits. Many adherents praise it for helping them lose weight while improving their energy, stamina, mental clarity and mood.
At The Lark in West Bloomfield, the overall theme of the restaurant is a sophisticated European style country inn. There are waiters in tuxedos, an outdoor grill, and garden grown herbs, vegetables, and fruit. One of the best tables in the house overlooks the carefully tendered cloistered herb garden. These are the very herbs that garnish popular dishes like The Lark’s signature duck salad. The cuisine is eclectic and distinctive with French cooking techniques. Although the restaurant is small, it has its own pastry chef.
At Ann Arbor’s Café Zola, you’ll find the freshest ingredients for their omelets, crêpes, waffles, salads, sandwiches, appetizers, entrees and pastries. Nearly all of the restaurant’s produce, dairy, eggs, poultry, meat and seafood dishes are made from organic products.
The name "Zola" comes from Emile Zola, the famous French writer, because the original breakfast and lunch menu is largely influenced by French cuisine and culture. The scrumptious dinner menu has flavors and recipes borrowed from Italian and Mediterranean cultures and cuisine, including some Turkish recipes.