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Earth-Friendly Local Businesses

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"Paper or plastic?" Neither -- carry your own bags, not just to the grocery store or farmers' market, but any time you are out shopping. Plastic bags have less net environmental impact than paper bags (14 million trees went into the production of paper bags in the United States in 1999), but recycling rates for plastic bags are significantly lower than they are for paper bags. Plastic bags also have other downsides: they frequently turn up as litter, are made from nonrenewable petrochemicals, may take 500 - 1,000 years to decompose in a landfill, and are hazardous to birds and marine life, over 100,000 of whom die each year from suffocating or strangling in plastic debris. The government of Ireland charges consumers per plastic bag in order to curb plastic bag consumption, and San Francisco, Rwanda, Zanzibar, and the towns of Coles Bay, Australia and Modbury, England have banned plastic bags outright. (If you forget to bring your own bag and must use a plastic one, you can recycle grocery bags made with #2 and #4 plastic at the Drop-Off Station in Ann Arbor.)


National coffee chain Espresso Royale, which has seven locations in Ann Arbor, recently introduced a biodegradable EcoCup made entirely from corn. However, the best option when purchasing coffee or tea to-go is still to bring your own reusable mug. According to a Starbucks Green Team memo, "If only 50 customers a day in every store were to use reusable mugs, Starbucks would save 150,000 disposable paper cups daily! This equals 1.7 million pounds of paper, 3.7 million pounds of solid waste, and 150,000 trees a year." Most coffeeshops will give you a discount for bringing your own mug. While you're at it, ditch the plastic water bottle and reuse your water bottle, too -- plastic water bottles are made from nonrenewable petrochemicals and only 12 percent of plastic water bottles were recycled in 2003, prompting San Francisco to recently ban the use of city funds to purchase bottled water. The Earth Policy Institute has estimated that it takes about 1.5 million barrels of oil, enough to fuel 100,000 cars, to make the water bottles Americans use each year.




Big City Small World Bakery

500 Miller St.

Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Phone: 734.668.7688

7am - 7pm Mon. - Fri., 8am - 6pm Sat., 10am - 4pm Sun.

Breads, cakes, pastries, pies, pizza, and tarts homemade from scratch. Organic coffee. Vegan and vegetarian options. Catering and wholesale ordering available.


River Street Bakery


312 N. River St.

Ypsilanti, MI 48198

Phone: 734.483.1520


10am – 9pm Sun. – Fri., 9am – 9pm Sat.

Organic artisinal sourdough breads baked in a wood-fired brick oven. Available for sale hot out of the oven around 5pm Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.


Zingerman’s Bakehouse

Owned by Paul Saginaw & Ari Weinzweig

3711 Plaza Dr.

Ann Arbor, MI 48108

Phone: 734.761.2095 (Bakeshop)

Phone: 734.761.7255 (Wholesale office)

Fax: 734.761.2190 (Wholesale office)

7am – 6pm Mon. – Sun. (Wholesale office)

7am – 7pm Mon. – Sat., 7am – 6pm Sun. (Bakeshop)

Breads (8-Grain 3-Seed, 9 Is Fine Grain, Better Than San Francisco Sourdough, Chile Cheddar, Chocolate Cherry, Chocolate Chunk Sourdough, Cinnamon Raisin, Cranberry Pecan, Detroit St. Rounds, Farm Bread, Pain de Montagne, Parmesan Pepper, Pecan Raisin, Peppered Bacon Farm, and Whole Wheat Farm), Big O’ Cookies, and pies (Cranberry Walnut and Pecan) made with organic ingredients. Fresh Fruit Tarts and Sweet Cream Biscuits made with locally-grown fruit. Vegan and vegetarian options.



Arbor Brewing Company

Owned by Mark and Rene Graff

114 E. Washington St.

Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Phone: 734.213.1393


11:30am – 1am Mon. – Sat., 1pm – 1am Sun.

Pub and eatery featuring antibiotic- and hormone-free, humanely handled, vegetarian-fed beef from Creekstone Farms in Arkansas City, Kan.; free range, hormone-free, vegetarian-fed chicken; organic and Fair Trade coffee from Equal Exchange worker cooperative; and bread from Ed’s Bread, cheesecakes from Say Cheese Cheesecake Bakery, and Super Tempeh Burgers distributed by Rosewood Farms, all in Ann Arbor. Vegan and vegetarian options.


Artisan Bistro

Owned by Al Rice and Lesa Lekity

640 Packard Rd.

Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Phone: 734.662.0000

Fax: 734.662.0311

8am – 7pm Mon. – Fri., 8am – 3pm Sat.

Beverages, breakfast items, salads, sandwiches, and soups featuring organic and local ingredients. Organic fresh-roasted coffee beans for sale by the pound. Vegan and vegetarian options. Catering available with 48 hours notice. Delivery for orders of $50+ for a $15 fee.


Leopold Brothers

Owned by Scott & Todd Leopold

529 S. State St.

Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Phone: 734.747.9806

Fax: 734.747.6255


4pm – 1am Mon. – Thurs., 4pm – 2am Fri. and Sat., 6pm – 12am Sun.,

Small-batch distillery featuring Silver Tree Small Batch American Vodka, Leopold’s Small Batch American Gin, Leopold Bros. Rocky Mountain Blackberry and Peach liqueurs, and Leopold Bros. Rocky Mountain Blackberry and Peach whiskeys. Classic American pub food featuring organic ingredients, hormone-free meat, organic breads baked by Avalon Bread Company in Detroit, and organic beers brewed on site. Vegan and vegetarian options. Renovated building featuring sustainable water and waste management systems and furniture made out of reused materials.



Owned by Maren & Jeff Jackson

314 E. Liberty

Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Phone: 734.662.1111

Fax: 734.662.8447


11am – 9pm Mon. – Thurs., 11am – 10pm Fri. – Sat., 10am – 9pm Sun.

World cuisine featuring organic ingredients. Michigan microbrews and organic Fair Trade coffee. Vegetarian with vegan options.


Silvio’s Organic Pizza

Owned by Silvio Medoro

715 N. University

Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Phone: 734.214.6666

10am – midnight Mon. – Thurs., 10am – 3am Fri. – Sat., 10am – 10pm Sun.

Organic pizza, sandwiches, calzones, pasta, soups, and salads. Organic juices and sodas. Vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options. Delivery for orders of $10+.


Zingerman’s Delicatessan

Owned by Paul Saginaw & Ari Weinzweig

422 Detroit St.

Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Phone: 734.663.DELI

Phone: 734.663.JAVA

7am – 10pm Mon. – Sun. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

World-famous deli featuring local and organic ingredients including organic arugula and sunflower sprouts from Garden Works in Ann Arbor, hormone-free and non-pasteurized dairy from Calder Dairy & Farm in Lincoln Park, organic cage-free eggs from Grazing Fields egg co-op in Charlotte, egg noodles from Al Dente Pasta in Whitmore Lake, Michigan honey and maple syrup, organic Shiitake mushrooms from Nature & Nurture in Ann Arbor, and organic spinach from Tantre Farm in Chelsea. Breakfast menu features organic Irish oatmeal and grits made from organic heirloom corn from Anson Mills in Columbia, S.C. Antibiotic- and hormone-free, humanely raised, vegetarian-fed beef and pork from Niman Ranch, a ranch practicing environmental stewardship outside San Francisco. Free-range chicken. Free-range, preservative-free turkey. Organic and Fair Trade teas. Vegan and vegetarian options. Pick-up or dine-in. Catering available.



Maggie’s Functional Organics

316 W. Cross St.

Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Phone: 734.482.4175

Fax: 734.482.4000


Camisoles, lounge pants, polos, socks, tees, tops, and tights sourced from organic wool and cotton and manufactured by the Cooperative Maquiladora Mujeres, a women-owned cooperative in Nicaragua. Organic Baby garments manufactured with cutting scraps from the production of camisoles and tops. Order online.


VG Kids

216 W. Michigan Ave.

Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Phone: 800.528.6343

Phone: 734.480.0667

Fax: 734.485.5128

Screenprinting for bags, business cards, buttons, CD cases, posters, record jackets, shirts, and stickers. Tees from Maggie’s Organics in Ypsilanti available. Eco-friendly, water-based inks.



Bombadill’s Neighborhood Coffee House

Owned by Peter Rinehart

217 W. Michigan Ave.

Ypsilanti, MI 48198

Phone: 734.544.5080


7am – 11pm Mon. – Sat., 9am – 9pm Sun.

Desserts, salads, sandwiches, and soups featuring breads from River Street Bakery, pastries from Terry Bakery, and produce from the Ypsilanti Food Co-op, all in Ypsilanti. Organic and Fair Trade Arabica coffee. Vegan and vegetarian options. Free WiFi.


Café Ambrosia

Owned by Mike & Ed Renoullet

Phone: 734.929.9979

326 Maynard St.

Ann Arbor, MI 48109

7am – midnight Mon. – Thurs., 8am – midnight Sat. – Sun.

Fair Trade coffee roasted by Roos Roast in Ann Arbor. Free WiFi.


Café Luwak

Owned by Jim Karnopp

42 E. Cross St.

Ypsilanti, MI 48198

Phone: 734.482.8050

Fax 734.482.FOOD


8:30am – 9pm Mon. – Fri., 9am – 9pm Sat., 11am – 9pm Sun.

Salads, sandwiches, soups, and sides featuring local ingredients. Ice cream from Stroh's in Detroit. Exclusively organic and Fair Trade coffee roasted locally. Vegetarian options. Catering available. Free WiFi.


Café Verde


214 N. Fourth Ave.

Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Phone: 734.302.7032

7am – 9:30pm Mon. – Sat., 9am – 8pm Sun.

Homemade cakes, cookies, pastries, and sandwiches. Organic beverages including exclusively Fair Trade coffee from Equal Exchange worker cooperative and locally produced apple cider (available seasonally). Vegan, vegetarian, and dairy-free options. Free WiFi.


Rendez Vous Café

1110 South University St.

Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Phone: 734.761.8600

7:30am - 3am Mon. - Fri., 8:30am - 3am Sat. & Sun. 

Desserts, juices, sandwiches, smoothies, and wraps. Organic and Fair Trade coffee from Equal Exchange worker cooperative and Higher Grounds. Save 25 cents on coffee drinks when you bring your own cup. Vegan and vegetarian options. Catering available. Free WiFi.


Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea

123 W. Washington St.

Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Phone: 734.769.2331

407 N. Fifth Ave.

Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Phone: 734.622.0084


7am – midnight Mon. – Fri., 7:30am – midnight Sat. – Sun. (Downtown)

7am – 11pm Mon. – Sat., 8:30am – 10pm Sun. (Kerrytown)

Organic and Fair Trade coffee and organic teas. Free WiFi.


Zingerman’s Next Door

Owned by Paul Saginaw & Ari Weinzweig

422 Detroit St.

Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Phone: 734.663.JAVA

7am – 10pm Mon. – Sun.

Rainforest Alliance certified coffee roasted by Zingerman’s Coffee Company and Fair Trade organic teas.



Higher Grounds Trading Company

1088 S. Sawmill Rd.

Lake Leelanau, MI 49653

Phone: 877.825.2262

Organic Fair Trade tea and shade-grown coffee from Cooperative Coffees in Colombia, Oromia Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union in Ethiopia, La Central de Cooperativa Cafetaleras del Norte cooperative in Nicaragua, Cooperativa Agraria Cafetalera Pangoa in Peru, Gayo Organic Coffee Farmers Association in Sumatra, and Maya Vinic, Mut Vitz, and Yachil Xojobal Chulchan cooperatives in Mexico. Order online. Free shipping for orders of $150+. Earth-friendly office environments.


Mighty Good Coffee

2555 Roseland Dr.

Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Phone: 734.277.3060

Fax: 734.995.3478


Artisan coffee roasters featuring organic and Fair Trade coffee. Coffees are roasted Mon. and Thurs. and delivered Tues. and Fri. Order online. Free delivery in Ann Arbor.


New World Tea

Owned by Jeremy & Aubrey Lopatin

P.O. Box 7122

Ann Arbor, MI 48107

Phone: 734.994.7698


Organic and Fair Trade teas. Aggressive in-house recycling and Earth-friendly packaging and publishing methods. Order online. Free delivery for orders of $50+.


Perk & Brew

1140 James L. Hart Pkwy.

Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Phone: 1.877.893.PERK

Organic and Fair Trade Arabica coffee roasted on-site. Order online.


Roos Roast Free Speech Coffee

Owned by John Roos

410 W. Huron St.

Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Phone: 734.709.9565

Whole bean organic and Fair Trade coffee roasted and packaged on-site. Bicycle delivery for a $16 fee in Ann Arbor. Classes for groups of 10+.


Zingerman’s Coffee Company

Owned by Paul Saginaw & Ari Weinzweig

620 Phoenix Dr.

Ann Arbor, MI 48108

Phone: 734.929.6060

Fax: 734.477.6988


Wholesale roaster of Rain Forest Alliance certified coffee.



Calder Dairy & Farm

1010 Southfield Rd.

Lincoln Park, MI 48146

Phone: 313.381.8858

Calder Dairy Store & Ice Cream Parlor

1020 Southfield Rd.

Lincoln Park, MI 48117

Phone: 313.381.8858

Calder Farm & Country Ice Cream Store

9334 Finzel Rd.

Carleton, MI 48117

Phone: 734.654.2622

7am – 10pm Mon. – Sun. (Dairy Store & Ice Cream Parlor)

10am – 7pm Mon. – Sun. (Farm & Country Ice Cream Store)

Third-generation dairy farm with 120 Brown Swiss, Holstein, and Jersey cows reared humanely and fed a home-grown forage and grain diet. Hormone-free milk (packaged in recyclable glass bottles), ice cream, and egg nog (available for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter). Tours available by appointment. Home delivery in Washtenaw County.


Washtenaw Dairy

Owned by Dave Halman

602 S. Ashley St.

Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Phone: 734.662.3244

Fax: 734.662.2247


5am – 8pm Mon. – Sun. Closed Christmas.

Local distributor of tofu and organic Edensoy rice and soy milks. Donuts made on-site daily.


Zingerman’s Creamery Cheese Shop

Owned by Paul Saginaw & Ari Weinzweig

3723 Plaza Dr.

Ann Arbor, MI 48108

Phone: 734.929.0500


10am – 6pm Mon. – Sat., 10am – 4pm Sun.

Artisan cheeses and old-fashioned gelato made with hormone-free, non-pasteurized milk from Calder Dairy & Farm in Lincoln Park, locally-grown produce, and organic Demerara sugar. Save $2 per pound on Mozzarella Mondays and Cream Cheese Tuesdays, and buy-two-get-one-free on Gelato Wednesdays. Tours 2pm Sun. for $5.



Matthai Botanical Gardens

1800 N. Dixboro Rd.

Ann Arbor, MI 48105

Nichols Arboretum

1600 Washington Heights

Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Phone: 734.647.7600

8am – dusk Mon. – Sun. (MGB & Nichols Arboretum outdoor gardens & trails)

10am – 4:30pm Tues., 10am – 8pm Wed., 10am – 4:30pm Thurs. – Sun. (MBG Conservatory)

8:30 am – 4:30pm Mon. – Fri. (Nichols Arboretum Reader Center)

Botanical gardens of the University of Michigan.



Heavenly Metal

207 E. Ann St.

Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Phone: 734.663.4247


10am - 6pm Tues. - Fri., 10am - 1pm Sat.

Artwork, bags, candles and candlesticks, jewelry, porcelain and ceramic works, paper products, purses, and more made from recycled and reclaimed materials. Located inside Vicki's Wash and Wear Haircuts, a chemical-free haircutting shop.



Arbor Farms Market

2103 W. Stadium

Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Phone: 734.996.0861

Fax: 734.996.0861


8am – 9pm Mon. – Sat., 10am – 7pm Sun.

Local and organic products including health & beauty products, herbs, meat, produce, seafood, vitamins, and wines. 


Frog Holler Produce Co.

521 State Circle

Ann Arbor, MI 48108

Phone: 734.663.5067

Locally-grown and organic produce distributors.


People’s Food Co-op


216 N. Fourth Ave.

Ann Arbor MI 48104

Phone: 734.994.9174

9am – 10pm Mon. – Fri. & Sun., 8am – 10pm Sat.

9am - 10pm Wed. (May - Dec.)

Bulk Fair Trade coffee beans from Equal Exchange worker cooperative, organic grocery and health & beauty items, locally-grown and organic produce, and bulk herbs, spices, and teas. Vegetarian, vegan, and wheat-free options. $60 membership fee. Members save 7% through the Volunteer Program, save 15 – 50% on non-perishable items purchased in bulk or by the case, and receive discounts at 30+ local businesses. Student members save 7% on Sun.


Ypsilanti Food Co-op


312 N. River St.

Ypsilanti, MI 48198

Phone: 734.483.1520


10am – 9pm Sun. – Fri., 9am – 9pm Sat.

Natural products including breads from Ed’s Breads in Ann Arbor and the River Street Bakery in Ypsilanti, cruelty-free cosmetics and soaps, organic flours from the Daily Grind in Caro, Mich., locally-grown and organic honey and produce, organic meats, and bulk beans, cereals, and grains. Vegan, vegetarian, and wheat-free options. $10 membership fee. Volunteers save 12%.



Ann Arbor Farmers’ Market

Farmers’ Market Manager: Jessica Black

315 Detroit St.

Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Phone: 734.994.3276


7am – 3pm Sat., 7am – 3pm Wed. (May – Dec.)

8am – 3pm Sat. (Jan. – April)


Ypsilanti Depot Town Farmers’ Market

Farmers’ Market Vendors Association President: Norris Stephens

100 Market Plaza

Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Phone: 734.439.8676

9am – 6pm Wed., 8am – 3pm Sat. (May – Nov.)


Ypsilanti Downtown Farmers’ Market

Farmers’ Market Manager: Melissa Palma

301 W. Michigan Ave.

Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Phone: 734.786.8401


2 – 6pm Tues. (May – Oct.)



Appleschram Organic Orchard & Cider Mill

1300 Mount Hope Hwy.

Charlotte, MI 48813

Phone: 517.649.8957


10am - 7pm Wed. - Sun. (mid-Aug. - Thanksgiving)

U-pick organic apples. Organic apple butter, apple cider, applesauce, baked goods, gourds, pumpkins, and squash. Self-guided nature walks.


Beckwith’s Berries & Blooms

2230 Rochester Rd.

Leonard, MI 48367

Phone: 248.628.7123

10am – 2pm Mon. – Sun. (May – Oct.)

U-pick organic raspberries. Organic day lilies, eggs, herbs, honey, jams, and produce.


The Blueberry Patch

13007 E. Michigan Ave.

Grass Lake, MI 49240

Phone: 517.522.4796

Mon. Sun. (mid-July – late Aug./early Sept.)

U-pick organic blueberries. Owned by Toth Brothers, which produces fireplace mantels and custom bar tops, flooring, and furniture constructed with recycled old-growth wood salvaged from some of the oldest barns in Michigan.


Davis Family Farm

Owosso, MI 48867

Phone: 989.723.1163

8:30am - 5:30pm Mon. - Sat. (May - June, Aug. - Oct.)

Organic blackberries, flowers, herbs and spices, pumpkins, rhubarb, strawberries, tomatoes, and walnuts. Free-range eggs. Hormone-free chicken, lamb, pheasant, pork, and turkey. Cash only.


Rainbows End Farm

8333 W. Mohrle Rd.

Fowlerville, MI 48836

Phone: 517.223.1079


Dawn – dusk Mon. – Sat. (Sept. – Oct.)

U-pick organic raspberries. Organic garden mums.


Scipio Creek Orchard

11042 Scipio Hwy.

Vermontvile, MI 49096

Phone: 517.852.0714


10am - 5pm Mon. - Sat. (July - Nov.)

Organic apples (late Aug. - Nov.), cherries, flowers, grapes and pears (mid-Aug. - Sept.), and summer squash. Cash or check.

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