is a real Dutch treat
We're climbing to the top floor of a 250 year old windmill, led by a woman wearing a lace headpiece and wooden shoes.
Fields of tulips can pandora find a store be seen through the windows.
If you guessed we're in Holland, you'd be right. Except this Holland is a small city near Grand pandora charm on necklace Rapids, in western Michigan.
There's Jacob and Samuel deBoer, a third and fourth generation father and son team of bakers at Dutch Brothers Restaurant and deBoer Bakkerij (call 616 396 2253).
The restaurant has only been open a year but is so successful it's being expanded. Monday Friday.
Try such where to buy pandora jewelry typical Dutch dishes as split pea soup, deep fried veal or beef croquettes, vlaamse frites (french fries with four dipping sauces), and kraklingen, a sugary treat made from a grandfather's recipe. Nice people, good food, inexpensive.
They plant five million tulips annually, plus other spring flowering bulbs. Bulb gardens are open from late April to mid May. Four hectares of perennials are on dispay June 1 to mid October.
There's Dave Gier, who owns Holland Bowl Mill, the last remaining American manufacturer of wooden bowls still sold in stores. Most are made of beech, some from cherry, walnut and maple, all lathe turned on machinery that dates to the 1800s when the firm started.
Gier calls them "forever bowls'' because they're guaranteed for life. Crate Barrel is a major outlet, but you can order them on line. "We ship to Canada,'' he says.
There's Jeff and Karen Lubbers, whose Lubbers Family Farm, near Grand Rapids, deserves a visit from anyone interested in sustainable farming, preserving endangered foods or saving and sharing heirloom seeds.
Jeff and Karen sell eggs from heritage chickens, have a cow share program whose members own a piece of one of the lovely Jerseys and share in the milk they produce, and run workshops. Also on site is son Casey's Little Rooster pandora bracelet special offers Bread Co., whose products are sold at area farmers' markets and health food stores.
I almost forgot that windmill we climbed.
The windmill was brought over from the Netherlands in 1964.
It took three years of negotiating with a Dutch government so worried about the decline in the number of windmills it has declared them national monuments to prevent their being moved.
This, we were told, is one of the larger windmills, 38 metres from bottom to blade tip, and carrying blade two metres wide and 12 long. Alisa Crawford, its Dutch certified grain miller, has the unenviable task of having to climb those blades before she can grind the whole wheat flour that's sold there.
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