Eco-Friendly and Natural All the Way

Farmers MarketGet back to basics with organic foods; detoxify your diet with raw cuisine; smell the flowers; walk on the wild side; or go green at restaurants, farms and nature preserves all across Michigan.

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. This eco-friendly farm also offers a store that features everything from maple syrup to Christmas wreaths made with local tree greens. If you can't wait to get home to indulge in these fresh and wholesome farm items, you can enjoy lunch at the Farm Fresh Cafe which is open during the warmer months and features homemade lunches using locally-grown produce and meats.

Northville's Red Pepper Deli has a lot of really hot items however, not from the kitchen. This eatery serves only raw food. Here, you'll experience a sampling of food that doesn't feel temperatures above 120 degrees.

At Ann Arbors Cafe Zola, you'll find the freshest ingredients for their omelets, crepes, waffles, salads, sandwiches, appetizers, entrees and pastries. Nearly all of the restaurants produce, dairy, eggs, poultry, meat and seafood dishes are made from organic products.

Looking for other ways to get back to the basics, check out these eco-friendly adventures: 

Smell the Flowers
Stroll through the fern house, feed the birds in the nature center, or wander through the Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserves prairie or arboretum in Niles.

A Glimpse at Going Green
Solar energy heats The Nature House at Leslie Science & Nature Center in Ann Arbor. Composting toilets use no water and many of the interior finishes are made from soy resin and sunflower plants.

Seasons on Horseback
Explore the trails on more than 4,000 acres at Boyne Highlands Resort. Guided rides are taken in every season, so you can take a fall color tour, bask in the sun or experience the hush of the snow-covered terrain in Boyne.

Piece of Pie
Use utensils made from corn and potato starch at Brick Road Pizza Co. in Grand Rapids. Munch on pizzas made with free-range meat or order one of the many vegan items.

Walk on the Wild Side
Ride caravan style through Marshland Wildlife Drive and backcountry to see animals in their natural habitat at Seney National Wildlife Refuge in Seney.

Hide & Seek
Find hidden treasures using your GPS in geocaching sites all around Michigan. Contact the Michigan Geocaching Organization for locations and guidelines.

Paddle Through
Kayak through Northern Michigan on guided tours that include the Sunset Paddle, Shipwreck Paddle and Moonlight Paddle, with PaddleAway in Traverse City.

There is nothing more delightful, than visiting the farm markets in Michigan. Agriculture has always been one of Michigan's major industries, and Michigan is still the leader in producing delicious cherries and blueberries. A number of Michigan farms and mills offer a variety of basic eco-friendly activities and adventures.

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