Harvest time!

Glorious color this weekend!

Sweetwater Local Foods Market

Saturday, October 18th, 2014, 9:00am to 12:00 noon
 Mercy Health Lakes Campus
On 6401 Harvey St. at US31/Pontaluna Rd. Exit. 1st Bldg North of Pontaluna Rd.

We are a Bridge Card & DUFB Market!



See end of newsletter for info on Certified Organic Apples!


Attending this Saturday’s market:


Hickory Ridge Family Farm of Hart

We will be at the market this Saturday to deliver Freedom Ranger chickens to our pre-order customers. We will also have limited quantities of whole fresh & frozen Freedom Rangers available for purchase. We look forward to seeing you at market!8


Shady Side Farm of Holland

Still harvesting beans. We have a few varieties left from last year, and we will have a few freshly-harvested varieties, too! This week Lona will be at market with our certified organic beans in the following varieties:

Black Calypso (fresh) – Taste like kidney beans, great for salads, soups and dips. Also known as Orca beans–they look like killer whales (only smaller).

Black Valentine (fresh) – Black beans are back! Taste like kidney beans, great for salads, soups and dips.

Hidatsa Red (fresh) – Slight nutty taste, use in chili or red beans and rice.

Hutterite Soup (fresh) – Comfort food, cook fast, creamy soup, baby food.

Jacob’s Cattle (last year’s, almost gone) – Big and meaty, taste & texture of new potatoes, traditional baked beans, chili.

Jacob’s Cattle Gold (last year’s, almost gone) – Hold shape w/ long cooking, soak up other flavors well, soups and stews.

October (last year’s, almost gone) – Creamy, velvety smooth texture, nutty, sweet flavor, thin skin, soups or chili.

Pinto (fresh) – Earthy flavor, great in Mexican cooking, falls apart under long cooking.

Yellow Indian Woman (fresh, VERY limited quantities) – Rich, creamy interior–similar to eating a good triple cream cheese, but without the fat or calories. Keeps their shape well. If you want Yellow Indian Woman beans, you’re going to have to get them this fall. Because of the very limited quantities, we will not be selling these beans in bulk.

In addition, we’ll have Grassfield Farms raw aged cheeses along in the following flavors:

Chili – Gouda with Red Chili flakes, this mild and creamy cheese has delightful spice without being too hot.

Country Dill – A house favorite, the dill herb in Gouda well represents the fresh grass that dominates the cows’ diet.

Edam – A variety of Gouda made with skim milk: Elastic, yet firm, this flawless low fat cheese is our best melter, improving any dish.

Garlic & Onion – The most aromatic of herbs. Don’t be the only one in the room to eat this spiced Gouda or you soon will be.

Gouda – A traditional handmade cheese in keeping with West Michigan’s (and our family’s) Dutch culture.

Lamont Cheddar – A rare, natural rind English cheese, named for the Grand River’s first settlement near our farm.

Leyden – Originally from the Rhine Valley, now the Grand River Valley; cumin perfectly compliments this aged Dutch cheese.


Finally, please ask if you are interested in a whole lamb for your freezer. You mail email or talk to Lona at the market. See you Saturday!

Shady Side Farm


Maple Moon Farm of Shelby

This week we’ll have:


OCEANA MIX (a tender mix of baby kale, arugula, baby tat soi, and baby mustards)



















EGGS  from our free ranging flock



Michael and Amanda Jones

Maple Moon Farm

1224 S.144th Ave

Shelby, MI 49455


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Crowfeather Farm of Hesperia

After a weekend off spent settling into our new place, we are pleased and excited to be back at Sweetwater this weekend!  (Thank you to everyone who has wished us well throughout this leg of Crow Feather’s journey; we haven’t found our stable home yet but we are certainly not giving up!)

This week at market we will be offering:

Baby Lettuce AND Brassica salad mix – get it while it’s good!




Sweet rutabega (try the leafy tops – they are much too good to waste!)


“Sugar” baking Pumpkins – now is the time to crank up the oven for pumpkin roll, bread, cookies, scones, pancakes, muffins; I could go on all day.

Sweet potatoes from our hoophouse – they are finally fully cured so they are delectably sweet and totally storable.

With the weather beginning to cool off noticeably, look for Carolyn’s Knits on the table – throughout the fall we will be bringing baby items, hats, fingerless mitts, and many others.  These one-of-a-kind handcrafted items make perfect locally sourced gifts – or a cozy self-indulgence.

See you on Saturday!


Earthscape Farm of Hesperia

VEGETABLES:  The last of the Sweet Peppers ~ Sale! Onions, Garlic, Cabbages, large tender Kohlrabi, Celeriac,  Kale, Chard, Parsley.

We will be at Market with a good supply of beef!

Grilling Steaks ~ Tenderloin, Porterhouse, NY Strip, RibEye, TBone, Sirloin, Rib Steaks

Specialty cuts ~ Skirt Steak, Flank Steak & Brisket!

Braising Beef ~  Round and Swiss Steaks, Stew Meat

Roasts ~ Chuck, Arm, English, and Rolled Rump

Lean Ground Beef

Short Ribs ~ One of the most flavorful cuts.  Google some recipes!

Soup Bones & Oxtail – It’s time to make some rich beef stocks and Bone Broth.

Heart and Tongue
ALSO: NEW SHIPMENT OF HIGHER GROUNDS COFFEE in 12 oz bags. Certified organic, Fair Trade. Various types, beans or ground, dark or medium roast, full caf, half caf or decaf. Try a cup at the Sweetwater Market table!
ORGANIC OLIVE OIL, imported from Palestine by Higher Grounds.


Olson Farm of Shelby

Back this week: Concord Grapes! Best for jams & jellies. Also I will be bringing onions, potatoes, Taste of Spring Maple syrup, honey, tomatoes & winter squash.


Liberty Family Farm & Bakery of Hart

Greens! Spinach, Chard, Kale, Lettuce Mix and more!

Radishes, Carrots, and Sweet Potatoes

Pasture Raised Chicken

Turkey Sign Up – We still have plenty available. Raised on pasture and fed Non- GMO grains! Breakfast Cookies

Paleo muffins

Fresh Quiche made with our very own greens!

See You at the Market!


Funny Farm of Grant

This is the last month for WIC Project Fresh, you must use them by Oct 31.

This week we’ll have lots of Winter Squash including heirlooms like Thelma Sanders, Candy Roaster, Spaghetti, Sweet Meat, Butternut and more!

We got frost and freeze this week, that means we strip-picked the peppers. Bulk baskets of sweet peppers at bargain prices! Red, yellow and green sweet peppers ready to go in your freezer for winter meals.

Watermelons! We’re near the end of these.

New! Hawaiian black sea salt and Himalayan pink sea salt

Asst kale, curly green and dino or lacinato

Broccoli, Cabbage
Lots of new potato varieties
Rose gold, rosy exterior with golden flesh
Fingerlings, roasting or steamed over buttered water
Norland Reds
Mountain Rose, beautiful red exterior with pink swirl interior
Merlots, rare variety, maroon interior and exterior
Heirloom Dutch Bintji

Eggs, mixed flock, mixed colors

Laughing Tree Bakery of Hart


Homesteader’s Wheat (An extraordinary light wheat bread with a wonderfully chewy crust) $5.50  ($5.50 in stores)

Oceana Round  ( Rustic Italian country bread) $5.00

Third Coast Three Seed  (Sunnies, Sesames, and Flax in a light wheat) $6.00

The Michigander (made with Michigan-grown whole wheat—dark and soulful) $5.50

Annie’s Raisin Spice (sweet organic raisins, organic cinnamon, and freshly ground cardamom) $6.50  ($6.50 in stores)

Griff’s 8-Grain (Hearty, hearty! Eight organic grains and a bit of Michigan honey) $6.50

Finn’s Pecan Raisin Pecan (Jam packed with pecans and organic raisins) $8.75

100% whole grain Kamut: Light and moist with a fruity flavor, a great loaf for folks with wheat sensitivities. $6.50

Elbridge Parmesan Olive (Sumptuous parmesan and Kalamata black olives) $8.00


Hazel Road Rustic:  An old-time New England bread made with organic cornmeal (Michigan Cheddar Peppercorn (Smooth Vermont Cheddar accompanied by tongue tingling black pepper).  Price $8.00

Mystery loaf—what shall it be?  We shall see!!  (Baker’s choice)


Deep Mud Brownies Our brownies are made with extraordinary Callebaut dark chocolate, our own fresh eggs, and Michigan grown organic barley flour—they are amazing!!

$3.25 each

Hilltoppers Cookies- Molasses Ginger cookies…A 4oz cookie sweetened with golden molasses and bits of candied ginger)  $2.50 each

Mrs. Moose’s Whangdangdoodlers Chunks of Valrhona dark chocolate, OG walnuts, and real OG butter make this a cookie you’ll never forget.  $2.50 each

Pecan Maple Oaties $2.50 each- Made with Real Michigan Maple Syrup, Pecans, and organic raisins

Cranberry Orange Scones

Truly Ginger Scones

Michigan Cherry Scones

Pecan Date Scones

Blueberry Scones

MOUNTAIN CRUNCH GRANOLA (Local Honey, almonds, OG oats, OG coconut oil, OG sunflower seeds, OG coconut, safflower oil, sea salt)  $8.00/pound

LAUGHING TREE PEANUT BUTTER GRANOLA (OG oats, OG sunflower seeds, OG coconut, all-natural Peanut butter, OG coconut oil, sea salt)  $8.00/pound


Five Oaks Farm

CSA Members: No CSA Shares this week! Please call us at 231 292-1152 if you have any questions. Or reply back to this email, thanks.



Certified organic apples available, Oct 26 – Nov 1, 2014.

NOTE: Please email me at grmund@aol.com for pre-ordering 1/2 & whole bushel quantities. I will schedule delivery / pick-up for the week of Oct 26 – 29 in Muskegon area.


Varieties are Empire and Jonathan…(tree run / sorted for defects) – 1/2 bu @ $25/ea (Approx. 21 lbs); 1 bu @ $45 (Approx. 42 lbs); Please bring your own containers to switch over from my baskets.  I’ll have these same varieties at Market on Nov 1, in smaller quantities, as well as 1/2 bu & whole bushel.  THANK YOU!



A McIntosh type apple

Long shelf life

Aromatic and crisp with creamy white juicy flesh.

Best for: eating fresh



One of the first red apples of the fall

Sweet-tart taste with firm texture

Light red stripes over yellow or deep red

Best for: eating and cooking