Tom's Food Markets



NORTHPORT WAS CLEARLY in my sights on this fine and sunny September day. It was a relaxing 30 mile drive up M-22 from our starting point in Traverse City.


The village was bustling with many new businesses joining older store renovations that have been in-process these last few years. As we came into the town Nancy announced that a mid-afternoon picnic was in order which prompted us to visit Tom's Food Market smack in the middle of town.


What a wonderful experience.


The displays throughout the smaller footprint store were excellent and the upgrades were evidenced at every turn. What an absolute impressive upgrade. We felt like two kids in a candy shop. The newest food finds were in our cart as we gathered snacks and iced-tea drinks and headed to the marina for our delightful little picnic.


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After our scrumptious treats (a sliced pack of dill pickles was my favorite) we walked the marina coming upon an “old-timer” taking in the sights. He chuckled at our taking photos of a most handsome gazebo that was displayed at the edge of the water.


We soon discovered he was a Northport native, and we shared our commercial connection to Frankfort with our Lake Bluff Property and our interest in a gazebo-like structure for our new deck. That reference to Frankfort is all he needed to begin reminiscing about a high school Friday night football game back around 1960 in Frankfort when Northport’s punter on 4th down kicked a punt into a 50 mile-an-hour wind and the ball flew back behind the line of scrimmage into this fella’s arms where he "had enough sense" to catch the disabled football and run for a first down.


We all chuckled at his fond memory and his classic little story.


The characters one can meet in our small towns up and down the M22LakeshoreTrail.com makes a day trip an adventure that produces such a wonderful quality of life.

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