Last Holiday Market of 2010!

Have a Wonderful Holiday Season!

Happy Holidays from Sweetwater Local Foods Market!


After this Saturday, we will be CLOSED Dec 25th, Jan 1st, and Jan 8th.

We will Re-OPEN on Jan 15th, and every other Saturday thereafter until spring. THANKS, and please pass this schedule on to those who may not be getting this email!

Last Sweetwater Market Until January 15th!

Come shop in our beautiful warm market space! Visit our new holiday vendors and old favorites. Musicians from Front Porch Picken will be playing their special brand of Old Tyme Music!

New Vendor!

Maple Creek Sugars of Fremont

Doug & Tate Luchies have been producing wonderful maple syrup & honey for almost 8 years on their farm.  Sizes will range from quarts to pints and there will be Christmas gift bottles as well.

Shady Side Farm of Holland

We’ll have freshly ground cornmeal this week, as well soybeans, pinto beans, black beans, wheat, corn and winter squash. In case anyone needs a last-minute gift, we’ll have our fresh-from-the-farm wool socks, rag rugs, and recycled felted wool mittens and hats. We are Mike and Lona Bronkema of Shady Side Farm and we have been farming since 1992 and have recently transitioned to organic in parts of our operation, certifying through Global Organic Alliance (GOA). The farm is home to 150 or so sheep and some chickens. Wool from our sheep is dyed at the farm, and in our spare time Mike makes beautiful, warm wool socks and Lona makes hefty rugs from recycled fabrics.

McLaughlin Grows! Urban Farm of Muskegon

Pac Choi, Mixed Lettuces, Baby Lettuce.


Creswick Farms of Ravenna

Pastured Raised, Antibiotic & Hormone Free, Artisanal Meats
Featured this week!  Ham Deli Slices and Apple Chicken Sausage are back! Braunschweiger to warm your heart!

Skinless, boneless chicken breasts
Chicken leg quarters
Ground chicken
Pork Chops
Pork Tenderloin,
Bacon, Apple Smoked
Bacon, Hickory Smoked
Bacon Ends
Flank Steak
Gourmet Patties
Ground Beef Patties
NOTE: Filet Mignon and other steak cuts are available by special order.
Garlic Kielbasa Sausage
German Thuringer
Moroccan Lamb Sausage
Chicken Spinach Feta Sausage
Chicken Apple Sausage (They’re back!)
Ring Bologna
Deli Ham Slices (They’re back!)
Pepperoni Slices
Hot Italian Sausage Links
Breakfast Sausage (Bulk 1 lb. packages)

Breakfast Sausage Links

Italian Sausge (Bulk 1 lb. packages)

Meat Snack Sticks
Chicago Style Hog Dogs
Soy Free Eggs: We’ll have them but please come early if you want them!
Important Notice Regarding Pre-Orders: If you pre-order meat you will have to pick it up on Saturday by no later than 12:00 noon or the items will be put back in stock. If you have an emergency and can’t make it you can call the cell phone to reach me before the noon cut-off at 231.670.4817. Thanks! Pre-Orders: Email Chris Bedford at by no later than Monday morning  before the next market and he will have it ready for you to pick up on Saturday. For a complete list of products, please see the website:

Hickory Ridge Family Farm
Sale! All Happy Hill turkey;  pieces, ground & sausage is now on sale at 50% off until gone!

New! Limited quantities of our pasture raised pork. Pork steaks, chops, fresh ham roasts, ground pork. We raised them this summer, they were  rotated through our pastures and woodlands rooting for food like their wild relatives. Superb taste results!

Grassfed Beef. Ground beef in packages.

Pastured Poultry. Chicken leg quarters, wings, soup stock. Chickens raised on pasture & supplemented with either certified organic feed from Grahams Organic, or non-organic but not GMO feed from a local farm co-op.

Earthscape Farm of Hesperia

VEGGIES this week ~ I hope to dig some fresh CARROTS and  CELERIAC today!  Will also have Delicata, Heart of Gold and Acorn Squash.  Red cabbage and Green Savoy Cabbages. Kennebec, Red Norland and Fingerling Potatoes;  Yellow Onions.  We will be selling dried herbs from Maple Moon Farm. 
~  Try our beef!  Our steers were on lush pastures from May to November.  IF YOU WANT SOMETHING SPECIAL TO HOLD YOU FOR 3 WEEKS, PLEASE EMAIL ME YOUR ORDER BY 4PM.   We have some new boneless steaks – New York Strip and Rib Eye, plus our other steak cuts.
GREAT COOKBOOK – Vegetables A to Z – ON SALE for $15.    Makes a great Christmas gift.  Only 1 copy left.
HIGHER GROUNDS COFFEE in 1# bags ~ Various types, beans or ground, dark or light roast, full caf, half caf or decaf.  A new shipment arrives today.  Don’t forget to stock up for the next 3 weeks.

Grassfields Farm of Coopersville

Raw Milk Certified Organic Cheese

Gouda, Gouda w/dill, Gouda w/cumin (Leyden), Lamont Cheddar. Gouda w/chili flakes.


Ayurvedic Farm of Montague

Back again, Pecan Pralines! Also, we’ll have our Radish Microgreens and Rebecca will be bringing some new paintings.

Earthly Kneads of Muskegon

This week’s Specials:

Christmas Stollen. Gail’s mother-in-law’s secret recipe filled with fruit & pecans.

Brie Bread. We start with our Tuscan bread and add Brie from our neighbor the Cheese Lady!

Italian Panettone – Italian Sweet Bread studded with organic apricots, almonds, and dried fruits.

Sale! Light of Day Organic Teas – All of our teas and tea accessories are 20% off regular price.

Regular Bread – 100% Whole Grain Spelt, Seeded Spelt, Peasant Bread, Tuscan Bread, Italian Rosemary, Sweet Vanilla Challah

Scones – Eggnog, Apple Pie, Blueberry Lemonchocolate chip, apple cinnamon

Muffins – Blueberry, Strawberry Rhubarb (all local and organic fruit!)

Cookies – Sweet n’ Salty Cashews, Coconut Pecan Macaroons (GF), Double Chocolate Cookies (Vegan), Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies (Vegan), Pfefferneuse Cookies (German “peppernut” cookies.  SERIOUS Gingerbread action in a bite of these), Ginger Fig Oatmeal, Cinnamon Raisin Oatmeal,  Dark Chocolate Chip, Mexican Wedding Cookies (aka Pecan Puffs.  Melt in your mouth shortbread with toasted pecans), and more!

We’ll have granola, gorp, and muesli, too.

Fresh garlic is on sale!  Giant 2 pound mesh bags are marked down from $32 to $20.

We will also have our usual assortment of Naturally Nutty Nut Butters and Food for Thought Preserves, Hot Sauces, and Salsa.

Liberty Family Farm of Hart

Wow, time has really flown by, only 2 more markets left this year!  Wow, time has really flown by.  Well we are working on a great layout for this market. Look forward to seeing you there!
A complete Breakfast Cookie selection this week.  They freeze well; stock up for our 3 week break! The Ultimate, Cherry Chocolate Pecan. Chocolate Walnut, Peanut Butter Chocolate & the Christmas Cookie.
Quiche. Broccoli Cheddar, Spinach & Cheddar and Swiss Chard & Bacon.
New! Cranberry Tea Ring, perfect for Sunday morning coffee.
New! Ginger Sweet Rolls
New! Giant Gingerbread Men and Ginger Cookies.
New! Banana Chocolate Bread, Cranberry Orange Bread & more.
Granola, Empanadas & Turnovers.
New! Pumpkin Empanada
New! Cranberry Crumble Tart
Stollen Bread & Mexican Rolls
Pumpkin Pies & More!!!
New! BREAKFAST COOKIE GIFT BASKETS, a few available this week.  You can special order for next week.
Gluten Free Breakfast Cookies, Granola, Breads, Quiches & Pies.
Hopefully Spinach and Kale!
Eggs, Turkey Sausage & Grass-fed Beef!
Laughing Tree Brick Oven Bakery of Hart

AUNTIE P’S CHOCOLATE CHERRY: (In honor of our friend Priscilla who nearly died from delight when she tasted this bread for the first time…)   A deep, dark, unparalleled chocolate and dried cherry bread that pushes the bounds of what bread can be.  Made with French Valrhona chocolate, Belgian Callebaut chocolate, organic cocoa powder, and dried Michigan cherries this bread is nothing short of decadent.              We will also be sampling our other new breads…

Come early!  We often sell out by noon…

Irish Cheddar Peppercorn –Muskegon’s own Cheese Lady turned us on to this amazing Irish Cheddar—after our first taste we knew we had to get it into some of our bread…We’ve married this smooth Irish Cheddar to tongue-tingling organic black pepper.  Needless to say, it’s a very happy marriage!  $8.00 a loaf.

Cranberry Orange Almond—A true festival of flavors with sweetened cranberries, organic orange zest, and toasted almonds.  A lovely bread for a special breakfast, or tea time, or seasonal celebrations…$8.75 a round.

Our Other Breads:

West Michigan Wheat $5.00 (A light and creamy wheat bread)

Oceana Round $5.00 ( Rustic Italian country bread)

O’Batta $5.00 (Ciabatta-style ripping and dipping bread)

Third Coast Three Seed $5.50 (Sunnies, Sesames, and Flax in a light wheat)

Hazel Road Rustic $5.50 (A lovely 4-grain featuring Michigan spelt, barley, rye and wheat)

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

Finn’s Pecan Raisin Pecan $7.75 (Jam packed with pecans and organic raisins)

Elbridge Parmesan Olive $8.00 (Wisconsin parmesan and Kalamata olives in every bite!)

THE MICHIGANDER! A naturally-leavened bread made with 100% Michigan grown whole grains!  $5.50

New Holiday Vendors!

Beech Coast Studio Pottery of West Olive

Susan Hoekema is back with functional pottery created in her backyard studio.  Her stoneware bowls, mugs, and plates are inspired by Lake Michigan, the dunes, and the woods.  Joining her Michigan tree mugs this year are African tree mugs and maple syrup bottles whose glass stoppers came from Kenya.  Also available are tumblers painted with Lake Michigan storms, sunsets and calm warm days and tile trivets.

Fiber Creations of Whitehall

As artist Ann Nessa reminds us: Fiber is Good For You!

This year Ann will have more hand knit and woven items. Scarves knit and woven in wool and acrylic materials, including a Mohair Shawl that can really top off your outfit for a party or just to keep you warm and a Lace Alpaca shawl/scarf/table runner. Thrummed Mittens to keep your fingers warm. Many felted purses and tote bags. Compact shopping bags so you always have a bag with you and you can say “No Thank You To Plastic Bags”.  Also a new batch of coffee cups. All items are one of a kind.

Bee & Botanicals of Spring Lake
Great gifts that are pretty, practical and organic…

Organic Soaps –  Peppermint, Northern Forest, Spice, Lemongrass Tea, Lavender, and other wonderful scents (made with certified organic oils, and botanicals – no artificial fragrances or colors, only essential oils).

Lip Balms – great  stocking  stuffers for just about any age.  With the dry air of the season upon us you’ll want to buy more than one! Made with organic ingredients and food safe essential oils.

Starry Night Dream Pillow sachets and a variety of organic lavender sachets

Bees Wax Candles – Great Victorian Santas, Fir Trees, Snowmen, votives, pillars, tapers and tea lights. New scented beeswax for the holidays in travel tins and votives in frosted glass (cinnamon, pine and warm vanilla scent). 100% Michigan beeswax

Hasselman’s Honey -Great for holiday cooking or just a lone with a warm cup of tea and piece of toast, muffin or biscuit.  Locally made by bee’s in Fremont, Michigan. Many sizes and pretty gift bottles to choose from. Make it a gift bag and add a beeswax candle!

Cards, gift tags, gift bags & special wrapped boxes for organic soaps in a variety of designs.

Daisy Doodles of Whitehall

HOLIDAY SPECIAL, this Saturday only at Sweetwater: Purchase $15 worth of Daisy Doodles and receive your choice of a FREE 2011 Dogma mini calendar or a Starmark training clicker, while supplies last. Daisy thinks I’m crazy. Crazy in the holiday spirit!
Don’t forget that we now offer Daisy Doodles Wheat, Corn and Soy FREE treats as well, for doggies with sensitive systems. Same great taste as our Original Pumpkin Peanut Butter but without some known allergens. We still have a few special holiday packages of “Santa’s Paws” and “Daisy’s Gingerbread Dogs.” What better way to show your puppy love?

Love Community Garden of Muskegon

If your idea of gift giving includes supporting the growth of Community Gardens in the Muskegon area, stop by and purchase one of the fund-raiser items from the good gardeners of Love Community Garden. They will have calendars, gift cards, and NEW! this week, Scented Pinecones. All proceeds go to support the continued efforts of the Garden and the Children’s Art program.

Last but not least

Sweetwater Hugs & Thanks to new Friend of the Market Joan Oegema for her contribution and also to Gregg Smith for renewing his Friend of the Market membership!

If you would like to become a Friend of the Market for a suggested donation of $10.00, which entitles you to a free cup of coffee at every market you attend for a full year, please see me at the market this Saturday! We will also have  Higher Grounds Coffee by the Cup for a suggested donation of $1.00.

Sweetwater is now on Facebook!

Hope to see you at the market, but if not please have a great Holiday Season, and we’ll see you on January 15th!

Diana Jancek
Market Manager