March 8: Let the thaw begin!

Ready to lose the snow…..

Sweetwater Local Foods Market

Saturday, March 8th, 2014, 9:00am to 1:00pm
 Mercy Health Lakes Campus
On 6401 Harvey St. at US31/Pontaluna Rd. Exit. 1st Bldg North of Pontaluna Rd.

We accept Bridge Cards Year Round!


Sweetwater “winter is almost over” Market Schedule!

March Hours: OPEN March 8th & 22nd, and EVERY Saturday after that.


Attending this Saturday’s market:


Maple Moon Farm of Shelby

This week we have:

Carrots-super sweet baby winter carrots

Potatoes-Red LaSoda, Russet, Adirondack Blue and Red.  End of season, get them while they’re here!

Eggs-the hens are really enjoying this increase in sunshine, they wander around soaking up the vitamin D.

Herbal teas, salves, and creams.  Check out our herbals for winter skin care.


Shady Side Farm of Holland

We will be at market Saturday with 1 and 2 pound bags of our certified organic beans: Black Calypso, Black Turtle, Black Valentine, Green Flageolet, Hidatsa Red, Hutterite Soup, Jacob’s Cattle, Jacob’s Cattle Gold, Marrow, Nuña, October, Pinto, Yellow Indian Woman, and Zebra.

In addition, we’ll have Grassfield Farms raw aged cheeses along in the following flavors: Country Dill, Edam, Garlic & Onion, Gouda, Lamont Cheddar, Leyden and Polkton Corners.

Email us by Friday evening if you want something specific along in the wool department (mittens, socks, roving, felting kits), or if you want to buy beans in larger quantities.

Shady Side Farm


Laughing Tree Bakery of Hart

Greetings from Laughing Tree Brick Oven Bakery!

We’ve been studying up on KAMUT these days and have learned some things worth sharing.  KAMUT is actually a trademarked name for Khorasan Wheat.  Khorasan wheat that is sold under the Kamut name is guaranteed to be certified organic, as well as guaranteed to be 99% free of modern wheat varieties (a heritage grain).  It is also non-hybridized and GMO-free (genetically modified organisms).

Khorasan wheat was brought to the United States by a U.S. airman named Earl Dedman who was in Portugal in 1949.  The grain (32 kernels to be exact) was given him by a friend who had recently traveled to Egypt and had found the grain there.  Earl sent the kernels to his farmer who was a grain farmer in Montana.  His father propagated and cared for the seed for many years non-commercially.  In 1977 a graduate student in California named Bob Quinn acquired a jar of the grain with the hopes of developing a commercial market for Khorasan wheat.  In 1990 the KAMUT name was trademarked and the rest, as they say, is history.

According to Kamut International, Khorasan wheat is higher in protein and fats than many other wheats, and is also high in selenium, zinc, and magnesium (higher than modern wheat varieties).

If you haven’t tried our 100% Kamut loaf, it has a wonderful flavor—almost sweet and corny.  It is a naturally leavened loaf with a 20-hour fermentation time.  This fermentation time allows the wild yeast and bacteria to pre-digest the grains rendering them more digestible and more nutrient-accessible for our bodies.  Our five-year-old daughter Annie requests Kamut toast for breakfast every day—with butter, cashew butter, and raspberry jam!

Another note about bread storage:  While we do keep all our breads in plastic bags on our counter for the week, we DO NOT SEAL the Kamut or Michigander as they contain substantial amounts of whole grains.  These breads will mold faster than the others if they are sealed.  For best keeping results, allow these breads to breathe by keeping the plastic bag somewhat open.  If allowed to breathe, these loaves will keep an entire week on the counter.


Homesteader’s Wheat (An extraordinary light wheat bread with a wonderfully chewy crust) $5.00

Oceana Round  ( Rustic Italian country bread) $5.00

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

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 cardamon) $6.00

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) $8.25

100% whole grain Kamut: Light and moist with a fruity flavor, a great loaf for folks with wheat sensitivities. $6.00


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

Rustic Baguette  Our interpretation of the classic French baguette.  An excellent partner for your favorite cheese or spread.  They also just look nice sticking out the top of a shopping bag.  Price $3.00

Irish Cheddar Peppercorn (Smooth Irish Cheddar accompanied by tongue tingling black pepper).  Price $8.00

Toasted Walnut Batard: (aromatic toasted walnuts lend a lovely nuttiness and a purple hue to this versatile batard) $6.50


Expedition Cookies– The kitchen sink including bits of chocolate, coconut, and raisins rolled into whole oats and barley flour.   $2.25 each

 Treehuggers The one and only quarter pound peanut buttery original.  $2.25 each.

Deep Mud Brownies $2.75 each* Our brownies are made with extraordinary Callebaut dark chocolate, our own fresh eggs, and Michigan grown organic barley flour—they are amazing!

Cranberry Orange Scones

Truly Ginger Scones

Michigan Cherry Scones

Pecan Date Scones


Earthscape Farm of Hesperia

We will accept advance orders up till 6pm Friday.


Steaks: Tenderloin, Porterhouse, NY Strip, RibEye, TBone, Sirloin, Rib, Swiss, Round,


Stew Meat

Roasts: Chuck, Rolled Rump, English, Arm

Ground Beef 

Short Ribs – one of the most flavorful and unappreciated cuts of beef!

Soup Bones & Oxtail

Liver, Heart and Tongue

VEGETABLES~ Celeriac!  Kohlrabi.

EGGS from our own chickens, fed greens, hay, homegrown whole grains and non-GMO feed.

ORGANIC OLIVE OIL ~ Imported by Higher Grounds in Traverse City.  $15 per bottle!

HIGHER GROUNDS COFFEE in 1# 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!


Meadow View Goat Dairy & Farm of Fremont


We have a quantity of FETA & FRESH CHEVRE approaching its “must sell by” date, so for ONE WEEK ONLY we are offering it at 50% off!! Both Feta & Fresh Chevre freeze very nicely, so stock up!

New! Marco is our latest creation and we think it will be a hit! Similar to Dutch Kase but pasteurized and vacuum sealed, it comes in Pepper, Sage, Italian & Garlic. Try a sample!

Chevreʹ  Fresh chevre with a nice spreading consistency, perfect for sandwich toppings and cooking. Cherry Capital Foods of Traverse City says  ” The chèvre produced by Meadow View has a pitch perfect acidity on the palate that becomes gently sweet and milky with a grassy note on the finish.”

Seasoned Chevreʹ                                                     

Our fresh Chevre available in your favorite flavorings: Blueberry Vanilla (great on a morning bagel!) Hickory-smoked bacon Bits, Garlic, Italian Herb, & Hot Pepper


A smooth and creamy feta which is low in salt and rich in fresh goat milk flavor. The brining process gives feta cheese a salty, tangy flavor and a crumbly consistency. Feta cheese can be served as a table cheese, used in baking savory dishes, or served as an appetizer or in salads. The classic Greek salad is made with Feta cheese. In crumbles or cubes for easy slicing.

Dutch Kase                                                               

A Meadow View Dairy original! If you are looking for a nicely aged but milder version of our Tomme, this is the cheese for you. Vacuum sealed without mold and aged at least 60 days.

Tomme de Fremont                                     

Our first aged cheese is quickly becoming a customer favorite! Developed from a French recipe, Tomme is a lower fat mold ripened cheese, aged at least 60 days. This gives the cheese a stronger flavor & firmer texture than the fresh Chevres, perfect for slicing.

Other items from our farm:

New! Homemade Egg Noodles! Made with certified organic flour and our own eggs-YUM!

We’ll also have eggs from our free-range, GMO-free flock.


Funny Farm of Grant

We’ll be at market Saturday with Eggs, shallots, herbs, dried garlic, dried  mushrooms and peppers, crab apple jelly, and Barb’s Baubles. The Apron Lady & Janet are also coming!
I am so glad we’ve had some sunny days, I am so done with this winter. At least it’s “spring ahead” this weekend! That always seems to help.
See you Saturday – The Funny Farm crew.


Liberty Family Farm & Bakery of Hart

No big surprise, it has been too cold and cloudy for production in the Hoop House.

We will have Pasture Raised Pork-try our Italian brats and breakfast sausage!

Bakery Offerings

Fresh Spinach and Organic Cheddar Quiche  GF and Regular

Italian sausage and Cheddar Quiche

A selection of Gluten Free and Grain Free goodies. We use organic eggs and local syrup in these baked goods.

Morning Glory Muffins

Challah Bread & Ciabatta Bread

Breakfast Cookies and more….

We will be experimenting with some new recipes  and we would love your feedback. Hope to see you at the market!


Kasza Sugar Bush of Shelby

Along with our bottled syrup, we have also expanded our line of maple products this summer to include the following:

Maple Cream – this is maple syrup condensed, cooled, and stirred into a beautiful buttery-like spread excellent on bagels, toast, doughnuts, winter squash, or a glaze on meat (esp. fish, and venison). The best thing about this is that it is totally natural only pure maple syrup.

Maple Candy – an excellent treat for someone’s sweet tooth. Simply pure maple syrup cooked down to only sugar and minerals remaining with enough moisture to hold the sugar in beautiful little maple leaf shaped candies.

Maple Granulated Sugar – is much like Maple Candy but without moisture. This can be used in place of white sugar as a natural sweetener along with the maple taste (esp. on oatmeal)

Maple Sugar-Coated Almonds and Pecans – a healthy sweet and crunchy treat.  These make great gifts if they don’t get eaten before that!!!

Please stop by and check out all these 100% natural products for yourself. We would be very happy to answer any questions or visit our web Looking forward to seeing you Saturday!


Five Oaks Farm CSA of Montague

Onions are up! Lettuces are growing! Those, of course, are the pampered seeds on our heat mat in our basement growing room, but hey, it’s a start! Our hoophouse froze out, and what the weeks of zero temps didn’t kill the hoophouse being hermetically sealed away from predators allowed the voles to chomp at their leisure and they finished off anything that did survive. We are SO ready for spring!!

We’ve been tweaking our online CSA application, you can see it at  If you’re interested in becoming a member of our 2014 CSA we’ll have our brochure and sign up forms at the market tomorrow. Until then check out our new blog here: Also at Local Harvest at See you then!


Crow Feather Farm of Hesperia

If I could attach a video with this market post, it would be SNL’s Mr. Bill being blown away by a harsh winter blizzard (oh noooooo!)  The sub-zero temperatures of the last two weeks have taken their toll – our storage room was FROZEN OUT!  As a result we have no more storage items to offer, and will NOT be attending this weekend’s Sweetwater Market. But the GOOD news is that our hoophouse survived beautifully, and with the sunshine and (slowly) warming temperatures we will have plenty of hoophouse goodies available for the first spring market on 3-22.  See you then!  ~Nic & Carolyn

Sweetwater March Market Schedule!

March Hours: OPEN March 8th & 22nd, CLOSED March 1st & 15th.  We will resume our every Saturday schedule March 22nd.


Think Spring – it might help!

Diana Jancek

Market Manager