Front Porch Pickin’ Returns!

Front Porch Pickin' at January 3rd MktFront Porch Pickin’ at January 3rd Mkt

Mix great local food and bluegrass music, and what have you got? FUN!Fiddlin' up a good time!Fiddlin’ up a good time!!

Fun time was had by all....A great time was had by all….

Sweetwater Local Foods Market will again welcome the bluegrass entertainers known collectively as Front Porch Pickin’ this Saturday, January 17th,  performing from 10:00am to 12:30. Customers can expect to hear old and new bluegrass tunes played on mandolins, guitars, fiddles, saws and dobro. This weeks musicians includes: Back Row Pickers with Jo Ann on Mandolin & Vocals; Bill on Guitar and Donna on Guitar & Vocals; and the Rhythm Wranglers with Don on the Dobro, Ginger on Guitar & Vocals, Walt on Electric Lead Guitar, and Rev Don on Upright Bass & Harmony Vocals, Jeff on the Fiddle and George on Guitar & Vocals.

While you’re enjoying the music support our local farmers and vendors and bring home some healthy locally produced foods.  Home-made soaps and body care.  And check out this week’s New Vendors!

Earthscape/Full Circle Farm of Hesperia
We are glad to be back at the Market this week!
HIGHER GROUNDS COFFEE! I’ll be bringing an assortment of 1# bags. All profits from the coffee will be donated to Sweetwater Market.
Bobier Farm-Raised Beef ~ Ground Beef, steaks, roasts, stew meat, short ribs, soup bones, heart, tongue and beef liver. Our newest beef is 100% grass-fed; stock your freezers for winter! We are bringing more recipes this week. Check us out.
Pork ~ We have 1 side of pork available for sale. Call or email if you are interested.
Veggies ~ Red and Yellow Onions, Garlic Bulbs and Red and Savoy Cabbages ~ from storage in our root cellar.
Fresh Rosemary from the Greenhouse.
Organic Olive Oil! These oils are imported from all over the world. They are grown, pressed and bottled on small organic farms. Incredible quality! Check out
Now in stock:
Lakelands 250 ml decanter $25
Mansur 375 ml $15; 750 ml $25
Villa Stabbia 375 ml $25
Catalan 250 ml $16; 500 ml $24
Moutere Grove 250 ml $20; 500 ml $35
Earthly Kneads of Muskegon
Kudos to Gail for the wonderful article in the Muskegon Chronicle!
Check it out at:
This week’s goodies from the bakery:
Scones: Dark chocolate cherry and other favorites.
Cookies: Gluten-free Peanut Butter cookies.
Breads: Pumpernickel, Seeded Spelt, Whole Grain Spelt, Breakfast Bread, French Bread and Just Plain Gouda. If time allows, Gail will include that to die for Chocolate Cherry Bread.
Granola & Gorp
Nice selection of fresh-baked customer favorites.
Peanut Butter & Almond Butter from Naturally Nutty
Preserves, Hot Sauce, Salsa, & Vinegar from Food For Thought
Steve n’ Sons Grassfields Farm of Coopersville
Certified Organic raw milk cheeses in the Dutch process tradition. Gouda, Gouda with Dill, Leyden (Gouda with Cumin), Gouda Spice (garlic & onion), Edam, and Lamont Cheddar.
Creswick Farms of Ravenna
Handcrafted Sausages and Specialty Meats
Fresh-Aire Pastured Pork.
Hickory Smoked Nitrite-Free Bacon, Boneless Pork Chops, Pork Breakfast sausage in links & bulk. Soup Seasoning Bacon Ends.
Pork Sausages: Garlic Kielbasa
Chicken Sausages include: Apple/Chicken Sausage Links and Chicken with Spinach & Feta Cheese.
Pastured Chicken
New! Smoked Chicken. Also: Whole Broilers, Ground Chicken.
Grass-fed Beef
Filet Mignon, Round Roast and Ground Beef in 1 lb pkg and ¼ lb Beef Burgers 4/pkg
New Product! Pet Food. Beef, lamb, chicken in ½ # pkg $2.00. Try it, your carnivores will love it!
Pre-Orders: Email Chris Bedford at by Monday before the market and he will have it ready for you to pick up on Saturday. For a complete list of products, please see the website: .
Ag and Health Alive of Marne
From Nantucket Bread Company of Grand Rapids: Chilled Whole Wheat Pizza Dough! Sold in single size bags, just roll out on a pizza tin, let rise a bit and then add your favorite toppings! Also: Whole Wheat Raisin Bread, Whole Wheat Bread, Seven-Grain Sourdough bread, Cranberry Walnut bread and Health Muffins. Made of whole grain organic flours.
Again this week! Duck Eggs. Fed certified organic feed. Find out why many bakers insist on using Duck Eggs.
Lamb! This week at the market: We have individual cuts of lamb in chops, roasts, ground lamb, stew meat and shanks. We are an authorized Fertrell Dealer and have a huge list of available organic garden supplies.
Veggies from our Root Cellar: Turnips & Butternut Squash.
Olson Farm of Shelby
Taste of Spring Maple Syrup. Making maple syrup from the over 300 trees on the farm has been an Olson tradition for three generations now.
Potatoes. Red Norland, Pontiac and Reddale Red potatoes, the Butte White Baking Potato; and Swedish, Russian & Banana fingerling potatoes.
Onions. Red Zeppelin and white keeping onions.
Happy Hill Farm of Hart
Turkey Sausage and Ground Turkey . Breakfast, Italian, Brat & Chorizo. Breakfast & Italian in links/andor bulk. Turkeys were fed certified organic feed.
Ducks! Young and tender. The drakes weigh about 6 lbs.; the hens are just over 3 lbs.
Pastured turkey: Fed certified organic grain. We will have frozen packaged thighs, drumsticks, breast roast, sliced breast, and tenderloin.
Pastured chicken: Two options: Frozen chicken fed certified organic grains or chicken fed our own 2nd year transition corn. We have all cuts—whole, cut up, bone-in and boneless skinless breast, drumsticks, thighs, leg quarters and wings, soup stock, feet, liver, hearts and gizzards. All of our meats are raised on pasture with daily moves, and are processed on farm: no stressful transporting.
Stewing Hens. Hens retired from laying eggs make the best chicken soup in the world! Simmer these gals for several hours and you have genuine old-fashioned chicken! Or roast on high in the crockpot with no water for 8-12 hours for scrumptious roasted chicken!
Rabbit. Whole, frozen. Raised by David Filbrun on the farm.
Pastured Eggs. Large Eggs from free-range chickens.
Abundant Harvest Bakery Granola Breakfast Cookies plus a gluten-free option will be at Happy Hill booth.
Martinus Maple Syrup of West Olive
We learned the art of sugaring off via apprenticeship from an elderly neighbor, and it was soon in our blood. Our home-operation started in the early 1990s, and moved indoors into our sugar shack in 2001. Yearly, we tap about 80 trees, and with 150 taps, produce on average, 25 gallons.
Bill and Shirley Martinus
17300 Beach Ridge Way
West Olive, MI 49460

Locally made products good for the body and spirit!

New Vendor!
Creature Comforts of Grand Haven
Owner Eileen Petersen: “I have been quilting for friends and family for 25 years and truly enjoy it! It seemed time to expand into broader horizons so I am attempting to build a business selling to the public. All Creature Comforts items are hand-made by me in my own home, from soft pre-washed cotton. For my first market at Sweetwater I will bring hand quilted & tied baby quilts, soft baby blocks, and potholders. I’m sure there will be new inspirations in the next few months!”
Welcome, Eileen!

New Vendor!
Sochon & Halona Pottery of Twin Lake
Transplanted to Michigan just two years ago from Chicago, Sweetwater welcomes husband & wife team Flynn Sochon and Halona Gustin! Flynn holds both a B.S. and M.S. degree in Ceramics from Illinois State University. He has given many workshops, seminars, and demonstrations throughout the region, and has taught at Flatland Pottery for 30 years. His works can be found in corporate and private collections in China, Japan, Germany, Israel, France, Mexico, Canada, and throughout the U.S. Halona exhibits her work at numerous arts fairs throughout the Midwest. Her work is inspired by nature, specifically the beauty of Western Michigan. They will bring a selection of their current works.
4200 Obenauf Rd
Twin Lake, MI, 49457
(231) 821-0850

Under the Pines of Fruitport
For a fresh start to the new year, try our handcrafted soaps in the following aromas: Patchouli and Sweet Orange, Lavender & Tea Tree, Lemongrass & Coconut, Lacy Lavender. All of our soaps have 10% shea butter added to help fight that winter “dry” skin. All of the above soaps have matching body butters, wonderful for moisturizing feet, knees, elbows, cuticles and hands. Also try our new Triple Tree soap. This soap is made with corn mint, spearmint, peppermint and tea tree essential oils. Leaves your skin with that fresh tingly feeling. Nice assortment of hand crafted bath and body goodies too! Stop by and see our specials!
Bee and Botanicals of Spring Lake
Lavender dryer bags, floral and woodsy sachets, hand crafted cards and gift tags.