Certified Organic Strawberries!

Sweetwater Local Foods Market
Saturday, June 12th, 9:00am to 1:00pm
Mercy Health Partners/Hackley Health at the Lakes
On Harvey St just 1/2 mile North of Pontaluna Rd.
We are a Bridge Card market

All Eligible Vendors Gladly Accept the Bridge Card!

Certified Organic Strawberries! Fruitful Acres & The Ware Farm will both bring Certified Organic strawberries to market!

Music at the Market! Front Porch Pickin’ musicians join us this week.


Fruitful Acres of Manistee

Hugh Bowling returns to market for the first time this season with his wonderful certified organic strawberries.

Ware Farm of Bear Lake

Bernie & Sandee Ware have operated this certified organic CSA farm for over 15 years. Bernie will bring fresh picked Early Glow strawberries.

New Vendor!

Ayurvedic Farm of Montague

Customers who love Microgreens will be thrilled to learn that we now have a regular vendor for them! Chris Brooks and his partner Rebecca Todd will be bringing their signature mix of radish, broccoli & wheat grass microgreens, to be cut fresh at the market. Also: handmade soy candles.

Dancing Goat Creamery of Byron Center

The creamery produces award winning Chevre cheese which is used at several local restaurants and is now available at Sweetwater!  Barbara Jenness is owner and Master Cheesemaker.

She will also bring a selection of Little Rooster Breads from the Lubbers Farm on-farm bakery run by son Casey Lubbers. Please check the Little Rooster website for a description of how these wonderful breads are produced.

The creamery is on

Little Rooster Bread Company info:

Mund Farm of Rothbury

Greg & daughter Erin Mund will return with fresh picked asparagus this week!  The Mund Farm has been in the family since the 1900’s. It was originally a dairy farm, changing to fruit and vegetables in 1955. Greg started using organic practices in 1992, and went totally organic in 2009. The farm will apply for organic certification in 2010-11.

Creswick Farms of Ravenna

Handcrafted Sausages and Specialty Meats

Chicago Style Hot Dogs. Pasture raised beef & pork. No added nitrites.
Deli Sliced Ham.
Perfect for sandwiches.

Braunsweiger. Nathan’s pride & joy.

Old Fashioned Ring-Style Bologna.

Pepperoni slices. Thin-sliced & spiced perfectly for pizzas, pasta salads & snacking.
Snack Sticks. Beef, pork & spice. 4 per package. Kids love ’em!

Pancetta Gourmet item often called Italian bacon. Unsmoked pork belly cured in salt and dried for months with a mix of spices. Spiral rolled. Added chopped or diced to dishes, it gives a distinctive pork flavor to pasta dishes without the smokiness of bacon.

Chicken is back! We will have chicken breasts & leg quarters, and ground chicken in 1 lb. pkg. Apple chicken sausage.

Fresh-Aire Pastured Pork
Pork Tenderloin. Pork Chops. Hickory Smoked & Apple Smoked  Bacon. Nitrite-Free. Soup Seasoning Bacon Ends.
Pork Sausages: Garlic Kielbasa. Chorizo. Breakfast sausage, links and 1# bulk pkg. Italian Sausage in 1# bulk pkg.

Lamb Sausages: Moroccan Lamb link sausage.

Grass-fed Beef

Flank Steak. Filet Mignon. Ground Beef Patties (3-1/3# patties) Ground Beef in 1lb. packages. Gourmet Burgers (beef & bacon, 3-1/3# patties).

Soy Free Eggs: Available by pre-order only (see below).
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:

Grassfields Organic, Raw Milk Cheese of Coopersville

Lamont Cheddar, Gouda, Gouda with Dill, Gouda with Garlic & Onion, Leyden (Gouda with Cumin) Polkton Corners (unpressed Gouda = softer cheese), Edam (low-fat Gouda)

Earthscape Farm of Hesperia

Veggies this week ~  Broccoli!  Kale! The last of the Spinach,  Mixed Salad Greens;  Head lettuces including Anuenue and Michelle Crisp-head; Turnip greens, Kohlrabi; Red Scallions; Radishes; Cilantro, Parsley, Rosemary, fresh Oregano.

Chive Plants; Plus 2 kinds of parsley – Flatleaf Gigante d’Italia and Curly Krauss.

BEEF ~  We will have  beef by the pound and package at Sweetwater on Saturday.  Steaks, roasts, ground beef,  stew meat, cubed steak, soup bones, heart.  SALE! Chuck and Arm Roasts 10% off.  Also  ground beef in 10 + # quantities  (1-2# packages) for $3.50 per lb.

We  have Quarters of our Grass-Fed Beef FOR SALE!  It is getting butchered soon.  Order a quarter now and you can have it cut & packaged the way you want, or get our standard cut.  Email or call for details.

SALE!  Organic Olive Oil ~ Choose your favorite bottle. 10% off.
HIGHER GROUNDS COFFEE ~  I’ll be bringing a new shipment of 1# bags.

McLaughlin Grows! Urban Farm of Muskegon

Dustin Anderson, farm manager of this new inner city urban farm sponsored by Community EnCompass, returns with heads of Romaine lettuce. bagged mixed greens. First of season radishes.

Harmony Gardens of Montague

Garden Plants! Heirloom tomatoes, peppers & more. (for customer who requested a Shungiku plant, I will bring one).

From the Hoophouse: Hakurei Turnips. Arugula. Kales. Lettuces. Green onions.

Olson Farm of Shelby

Jim Olson will be bringing his 2010 batch of Taste of Spring Maple Syrup, lettuces, and possibly strawberries.

Liberty Family Farm & Abundant Harvest Bakery of Hart

From the farm:

Fresh Pasture Raised Chicken. Fed non-GMO grains, supplemented with flaxseed. Whole chickens, Boneless Skinless Breast, leg quarters, wings & livers.

Grassfed Beef. 1# ground beef,patties, soupbones, oxtail. tongue & liver.

Grassfed Goat & Lamb all cuts available. Chops, steaks, shanks, ground and ribs.

From The Bakery

Fresh baked pies, cookies & breads!

From the Garden

Loads of Spinach and Heirloom Lettuces are still coming!

Arugula, parsley & green onions

Earthly Kneads of Muskegon

New this week: fresh and dried shiitake mushrooms from Frasure Farms!

Customers: We’re baking up a storm and will be at market with our usual huge assortment of Bread, Scones, cookies, muffins and granolas. See you there!

Hickory Ridge Family Farm

Finally! A Fresh supply of chicken! Whole chicken &  cuts including chicken breast & leg quarters, wings, soup stock. Chickens raised on pasture & supplemented with either certified organic feed from Grahams Organic, or non-organic but not GMO from a local farm co-op.

Garlic scapes.


We still have an small assortment of Happy Hill Frozen Turkey & Chicken.

Agriculture & Health Alive of Marne

New from the Garden! Freshly dug & potted Comfrey plants. Comfrey is a dynamic accumulator; that means it has a large taproot that brings valuable minerals up to the surface. Good for teas, poultices & lots more.

Garden supplies. We will have 10 oz to 10# sizes of various garden supplements, like Berry Mix, Liquid Fish & Kelp concentrates, Maxicrop, Dry Kelp Meal, Milky spore & Diamatacious Earth.

From the bookshelf: Ask Mother Nature: A Conscious Gardeners Guide, by Ellen Vandevisse. Or How to Grow More Vegetables, by John Jeavons.

Also: Nantucket Bakery Cinnamon Raisin Bread and other baked goods.

Northern Naturals Cherry Concentrate. Blackstrap molasses, honey & maple syrup.


Good for the body & soul!

Soul Infusions of Cedar Springs

Ready for the gallon jug, Sun Tea Bags will be $3.00 ea or 2 for $5.00

Stock up on summer herbs and salts for grilling. Lots of tea and we will be sampling “Almond Blossom oolong” iced tea..also for sale by the glass $2.00. See you Saturday!

Brittanie’s Thyme of Cedar Springs

Brittanie’s Thyme: FRENCH GREEN CLAY with White Tea.  Clays have been used for centuries for many different medicinal purposes and still are in the present time.  French Green Clay is an element that I call multi fauceted, containing beneficial minerals including Silica, Magnesium, Calcium, Iron, Potassium, Cobalt, Manganese, Zinc, Selenium, Copper, Aluminium, Phosphorous and Sodium.  French Green Clay has the ability to draw impurities and toxins absorbed by the skin. Whether this is from the makeup we use, or impurities found in the air, French Green Clay acts as a magnet, penetrating deep into the skin layers. The natural minerals found in clay aids healing to the cells under the skin which in all makes this skin care product a wonderful addition to anyones regime.  Our specials are Organic Almond Oatmeal Scrub reg $8.00/sale $6.00  French Green Clay with White Tea reg $5.00/ sale $4.00.

Bee & Botanical of Spring Lake

Stop by and check out our wonderful beeswax candles, certified organic soaps, lip balms, lavender sachets and other great organic and natural products. Candles are made with 100%  pure Michigan beeswax and 100% cotton wicks.

Certified Organic Soaps in Peppermint, Grapefruit, Lemongrass Tea, Northern Forest and others wonderful scents made with essential oils (no artificial fragrances or colors are used in these soaps). Specialty soaps including Rows and Furrow’s Gardener’s Soap with the orange oil and ground almonds to cut the grit and grime that come from a good day of gardening or other dirty work (nice for the kitchen too).

Dog Shampoo Soap in a regular Dirty Dog blend and also one for dogs with itchy or dry skin, Oatmeal and Honey, which includes honey, almond oil and oats.  Both are made using rose geranium, neem oil, rosemary, lavender and other oils to keep away ticks, fleas and mosquitos in a natural non-toxic way.

Last but not least

Big Sweetwater Hugs & Thanks goes out to 8 renewing Friends of the Market! Thanks to Mike, Jennifer & Malcolm Johnson; Joanne Patterson; Michael, Sally & Miles Triant and Robert Tyler & Victoria Veenstra!

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.