The young stylish couple wearing expensive sweats checking out before me at A. V. Granor Farm, an organic farm market outside Three Oaks, with specialty foods as well as organic fruit and veg, racked up a $313 tab before soaring off in their Tesla into the otherwise unassuming rural countryside. Is this The Hamptons? No, it’s southwest Michigan. Open during the week only on Friday, the farm also has farm-to-table summer dinners that sell out way in advance.
Three Oaks felt different on a Friday in August, compared to a Wednesday. Lots of city folks. Bet they appreciated the $3.99 gas. It’s $5.48 in Chicago. (And we thought $4.15 in Bridgman was bargain. We saw $3.97 in Indiana, just over the Michigan border.)
On a Friday, more galleries, furniture and home good stores catering to tourists also were open. 3ArborArts has contemporary artwork, all by women currently; Alaplash has cool curated home goods and furniture; 3 trilogy has retro furniture and artwork; Froelich’s has two stores across from each other on the main drag, a sweet bakery and a cavernous restaurant and retail shop with good food (excellent muffuletta, salads) and rows of jars containing Froelich’s homemade dill pickles, jams, tomato sauce, chopped olives, with helpful recipes posted beside each.
Back in Sawyer, on the Red Arrow Highway, we stopped at an old shell service station that despite the original signage is now Twelve Supply, a sparse boutique with gorgeous casual clothes that are really expensive. we’re talking lovely embroidered scarves designed in Paris and made in Mozambique.