Week #2 for Certified Organic Strawberries!

Ware Farm Certfied Organic Strawberries!

Sweetwater Local Foods Market

Saturday, June 29th, 2013, 9:00am to 1:00pm
 Mercy Health Partners Lakes Campus
On 6401 Harvey St. at US31/Pontaluna Rd. Exit. 1st Bldg North of Pontaluna Rd.

We accept Bridge Cards Year Round!



Sweetwater II opens this Wednesday, July 3rd at

 Tanglewood Park from 5pm to 7pm!

Sweetwater Fans – we need your help! We’re excited to be starting a new weekday evening market this coming Wednesday,  but our advertising budget does not allow for expensive ads so we’re asking for your help! PLEASE forward the link below to as many of your friends as you can! THANKS! http://sweetwaterlocalfoodsmarket.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/sweet-ii-poster-for-tanglewood2.pdf

Attending this Saturday’s market:

Strawberries return!

The Ware Farm of Bear Lake

Certified Organic Strawberries! We SO appreciate the Ware Farm traveling the distance to bring us the best strawberries in West Michigan! Certified Organic for over a decade now, Bernie & Sandee Ware have always specialized in Heirloom varieties of strawberries, happy that they are able to offer fruit that is safe for people, kids and the planet!

The weather has been much more cooperative this year, but please come early if you want some!


Hickory Ridge Family Farm of Ferry

Hickory Ridge Family Farm will return to the market this weekend with the first pre-ordered chickens of the season, and a limited number of chicken cuts available for purchase! If you submitted a pre-order form for the month of June, please drop by to pick up your order – we can’t wait for you to try our birds this year! If you haven’t ordered a chicken yet, be sure to ask us about pre-orders, or come try our available fresh chicken cuts while they last.

We will have limited quantities of our delicious pastured pork available this week, including Pork Chops, Sweet Italian Sausage, Chorizo Sausage, and Smoked Ham Hocks.

We are also excited to announce that we will be offering limited quantities of Freedom Ranger chickens beginning in mid-August! Freedom Rangers were developed in France from traditional, heritage-breed chickens to meet the highest standards of the French “Label Rouge Free Range Program.” Unlike the conventional cornish-cross chickens that we usually raise on pasture, Freedom Rangers need no encouragement to graze and will forage for 30% or more of their diet, resulting in a very happy, healthy, and tasty 4-6 lb chicken. We will have Freedom Ranger pre-order forms available at market and would love to talk to you about these delightful and delicious chickens.


 Maple Moon Farm of Shelby


Kale (a few different varieties including a beautiful red leaf kale)

Lettuce Mix



Spicy Brassica Mix (like a little bite in your greens?  this is a tasty blend of baby kale, arugula, and mustards-we love it in fresh spring rolls!)

Chard (this is limited as the local deer population have voted it the best leafy green in the neighborhood)


Garlic Scapes



Carrots incredibly sweet fresh spring carrots!






Oregano and more

Have you tried our teas iced?

We have three great healthy herbal tea blends, all are caffeine free.

Nourish this is a great everyday tea and Amanda’s favorite

(Raspberry leaf, Nettle, Dandelion leaf, Alfalfa, Oat Straw, and Rosehips)

Peace a great tea to calm and relax the whole body.  We like to give it to the kids in the evening (we even put it in their bath water sometimes)

(Lemonbalm, Oatstraw and tops, rose petals, chamomile, and lavender)

Restore restores the body and nourishes the adrenals, helpful for those who are overworked or over stressed and/or rely on caffeine

(Nettle, rose petals, and green rooibos)

Amanda has been busy wildcrafting and this year’s herbal salves are coming soon.

We’ll have our creams, made with high quality organic ingredients and nourishing herbs.  Keep your skin healthy this summer.

Radiant Beauty a light cream that can be use on the whole body and face.  Must be applied to the body with love and care, this is the secret to radiant beauty.

Patti’s Hard Working Hands a hard working herbal cream for hard working hands!  Great for farmers, gardeners, potters, nurses, and anyone else who has hands that need a little TLC.


September’s Herbs & Produce of Montague

Summers bounty is kicking in and this week we are excited to have our first harvest of …..



Fresh Cut Flower Blends:



Bounty from the Garden:





Fresh CULINARY Herbs:






*And many more

Heart Healthy Greens:





Shady Side Farm of Holland

I will be at market with felting kits, wool roving, certified organic beans, and Grassfields Farm’s awesome cheese! This week the Black Valentine Bean is our Special of the Week. The 2-lb. bags will be available for $10, regularly $11.50 and the 1-lb. bags will be available for $5.50, regularly $6.00. Black Valentine have a meaty texture, and a flavor that is close to a kidney bean. They are wonderful in soups and stews and salads. The cheese flavors I will have along this week include: Edam, Lamont Cheddar and Polkton Corners. See you Saturday!



Earthscape Farm of Hesperia

The cattle herd is loving being on lush green pastures.  We are so happy the rains have been good this year so far!  We have had about 20 calves born, and all are looking happy and healthy.

We look forward to getting your pre-orders by Email.  If you want more info about our farm in particular, including prices, send us an email  earthscapefarm@gmail.com .


At the market this week:

SPECIALS: Ground Beef – 10 packages for $50. Short Ribs!  $3 per lb.  Liver – $3 per lb. Order in advance to be sure we save some for you.

Ground beef  1 lb pkgs

Bone-In:  Rib and T-Bone  Steaks

Boneless:  Tenderloin, NY Strip, Rib Eye and Sirloin Steaks.

Roasts:   Chuck

Swiss Steak and Round Steak

Stew Meat

Short Ribs, also good for meaty soups

Soup Bones


Tongue,  Liver and Heart

VEGETABLES: Snow Peas, Shelling Peas, Kohlrabi, Raddichio, Head Lettuces, Swiss Chard, Kale, Scallions, Salad Mix

HERBS: Fresh Dill!

PLANTS: Parsley and Sage Plants!

ORGANIC OLIVE OIL ~ Fair Trade, too!  Imported by Higher Grounds in Traverse City

NEW SHIPMENT: 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!

Also at Earthscape’s table: Crow Feather Farm. This week, Carolyn and I will be bringing head lettuces, baby Brassica salad mix, beet greens, radishes, ‘Hakurei’ salad turnips, kale, rainbow chard, collard greens, garlic scapes, and lots of fresh basil.  We’ll also have eggs from our pastured hens.

CJ Veggie of Zeeland

We’ll be at Sweetwater this Saturday with our certified organic veggies Mesclun, Arugula, Zucchini & Cucumber.

Carriage House Gardens

Kim Coston will return this week with more of her artistic seasonal herbal-floral bouquets from the garden: lavender, sage, white hydrangea and more!


Muskegon Conservation District

Annual Native Plant Sale!

The Muskegon Conservation District is a unique governmental subdivision of the state created to serve as stewards of our natural resources. The guiding philosophy is that local people should make decisions on conservation issues at the local level, with technical assistance provided by local resource professionals. Our native plant sales raise funds for the Conservation District and promote awareness about the importance and benefits of including native plants in landscaping projects.

Julie Batty from MCD will be bringing these and possibly other native plants for purchase:

Western  (false) Sunflower

White Wild Indigo


Lanceleaf Coreopsis

Smooth Beardtongue

Purple Prairie Clover

Compass Plant

Rattlesnake Master


Culver’s Root

Smooth Blue Aster

Purple Coneflower

Tall Tickseed

Switch Grass

Joe Pye Weed

Nodding Wild Onion


Blue Vervain

Obedient Plant



Funny Farm of Grant

We’ll be bringing a fresh load of veggies &

Apron Lady & Janet will return as well!


Liberty Family Farm & Bakery of Hart

We will be at market with baked goods & greens.


Chickadee Creek Farm of Nunica

We will have our freezer stocked with bulk sweet Italian sausage, bulk breakfast sausage, and kielbasa links as well as our regular pork cuts from our heirloom Mulefoot pork.


Not attending this week but back soon:

Laughing Tree Brick Oven Bakery of Hart

We’re taking a break this Saturday. Looking forward to seeing you again on July 6th!

Maple Creek Sugars of Fremont

Bee’s & Botanicals


At the info table this week:

Marsha Mason will have information about a new organization forming in the  Spring Lake- Grand Haven area called No GMO 4 MICHIGAN.


Pre-Order Only: Pet Chef Lakeshore of Twin Lake

Orders can be placed no later than FRIDAY evening by calling Barb at 231-288-9805, or email petcheflakeshore@gmail.com and Amy will have your order available at the market between 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. If you can’t make it to market during that time frame, Barb will personally deliver your order the following week.


Friends of the Market

Sweetwater Thanks & Hugs to Joan LaMourie for renewing her Friend of the Market pledge!

If you would like to become a Friend of the Market for a suggested donation of $20.00, 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.


See you at the market!

Diana Jancek
Market Manager

Contact info: (231)292-1152, dijaan1@charter.net


We are a BRIDGE CARD market!