Asparagus! Rhubarb! Spring Greens!

It's Asparagus Time!

Sweetwater Local Foods Market
Saturday, May 15th, 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!

Asparagus! Rhubarb! Spring Greens!

And of course, road work. We’ve been told that contractors will be re-sealing and painting the north half of the north parking lots this Saturday. Park in the south half of the north lots, or in the parking spaces to the left as you enter. Cones will be placed to help indicate where to go.

This Week’s Vendors

New Vendor!

Mund Farm of Rothbury

Sweetwater welcomes Greg Mund of the Mund Farm this week, who is bringing first of the season asparagus to the market! 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.

New Vendor!

McLaughlin Grows! Urban Farm of Muskegon

Sweetwater welcomes Dustin Anderson, farm manager of this new inner city urban farm sponsored by Community EnCompass, who will bring bagged mixed greens including purple pac choi, arugula & mixed kales.

Creswick Farms of Ravenna

Chicken is Back!

Boneless Chicken Breasts

Ground Chicken (1 lb. Packages)

Chicken Leg Quarters

Apple Chicken Sausage

Spinach Chicken Feta Sausage

Handcrafted Sausages and Specialty Meats

New Product! Pancetta! A Dry Cured Italian Bacon

1/4 pound packages. This is a favorite of chefs, highly seasoned, used sparingly to add great flavor to many dishes – $5/package.

Returning this week! Creswick’s Snack Sticks! 4 generous sticks $4.00/pkg.

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


Old Fashioned Ring-Style Bologna.

Thin-sliced Deli Style Ham.

Grass-fed Beef
Flank Steak. Filet Mignon. Gourmet Patties (beef, bacon 3 1/3# patties)

Ground Beef Patties (3 1/3# patties).

Pepperoni slices. Thin-sliced & spiced perfectly for pizzas, pasta salads & snacking.
Lamb Sausages: Moroccan Lamb link sausage.

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

Earthscape Farm of Hesperia

Veggies this week ~  Nourishing Spring Greens!!  Spinach and Mixed Salad Greens;  Kale & Chard;  Scallions;  Radishes; Parsley, Chives, Rosemary.  A few heads of lettuce.

Spring Fruit!  Rhubarb ~ grown by Peter Clark, no sprays or chemicals of any kind have been used on his plants.

We will also have some plants – early Siletz, Sophies Choice, Glacier, and Sungold tomatoes with fruit and blossoms on them! Plus 2 kinds of parsley – Flatleaf Gigante d’Italia and Curly Krauss.

BEEF ~  We  have Quarters of our Grass-Fed Beef FOR SALE!  Prices are $390-$465 depending on individual hanging weights.   Email or call for details.

We will have  beef by the pound and package at Sweetwater on Saturday.  Steaks, roasts, ground beef,  stew meat, cubed steak, tongue, oxtail, soup bones, heart.  Also  ground beef in 10 + # quantities  (1-2# packages) for $3.50 per lb.

Organic Olive Oil ~ Choose your favorite bottle.
HIGHER GROUNDS COFFEE ~  I’ll be bringing an assortment of 1# bags. New shipment arrived this week.
CHECK OUT OUR BLOG ~ We have 4 shares remaining for this year’s CSA.  Let us know if you are interested. We will deliver to Sweetwater Market this year.

Harmony Gardens of Montague

First of season Hakurei Turnips! First of lettuces in an array of beautiful textures & colors. More mixed radishes. Mixed mustard greens. Shungiku edible chrisanthymum.

Liberty Family Farm & Abundant Harvest Bakery of Hart

From the farm:

Grass fed Meat & Eggs

Our animals are rotationally grazed on pasture. Chemical, hormone, antibiotic and GMO free.

This week’s Features include 100% Grass fed lamb & goat and beef.

Goat & Lamb chops, steaks, ground, shanks.  ITALIAN LAMB BRATS AVAILABLE.

Grass fed Beef  1# ground beef, 1# ground beef patties, soup bones & liver

FREE RANGE EGGS chicken & turkey eggs


Bloomsdale & Space Spinach.  Our first picking of Arugula and 2 types of Parsley

Heirloom Tomato Starts Too!

From the bakery:

Breakfast cookies Regular & Chocolate Walnut

Broccoli Cheddar Quiche

Spinach & Wild Leek Quiche



Lemon Poppy Seed Bread by the slice

Natural Leavened Multi Grain, Cinnamon Raisin & Whole Wheat.  Ciabatta & Kaiser Rolls.


Rice  Sandwich bread

chocolate bundt cake


Earthly Kneads of Muskegon

Please note – The shop will be CLOSED on Tuesday, May 18th, but will be open again for regular business on May 19th.

Specials – Olive Bread (made with assorted olives from The Cheese Lady!), Croissants made with real organic butter (available plain or stuffed with raspberry and cream cheese, organic chocolate, or egg and organic raw-milk cheddar cheese), Spicy & Cheesy Cornbread, Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting, and Apple Streusel Sweet Breads.  Feel free to call the shop to order ahead!  231.728.6383

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

Scones – Apricot & Almond, Dark Chocolate Chip, Cinnamon Raisin

Muffins – Strawberry Rhubarb Pie, Almond Poppyseed

Cookies – Double Chocolate Cookies (Vegan, NOT G.F.), Peanut Butter Cookies (Vegan AND G.F.), HUGE! Dark Chocolate Chip, Giant Peanut Butter Cookies with Sundrops (G.F.), Sweet & Salty Cashew Cookies (all oats, no wheat), Oatmeal Cookies – Cinnamon Raisin, Malted Chocolate Chip, or Cherry Almond (the oatmeal cookies are all oats, no wheat), Chocolate Sandwich Cookies (Vegan AND G.F.), Sugar Cookies, Snickerdoodles, Coconut Pecan Macaroons (G.F.), and more!

Granola – Blueberry Hazelnut, Ginger Fig Almond, Cherry Almond, Cranberry Pecan, Apple Pepita, and Totally Nuts, plus Muesli and Gorp

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

Agriculture & Health Alive of Marne

New from the Garden! Spinach & Arugula! 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.

Hickory Ridge Family Farm
Goose! These freshly processed and frozen geese run between 6 to 9 lbs, and were pastured on grass and supplemented with oats grown on the nearby Earthscape Farm.

Duck! Stewing ducks, whole ducks, & boneless skinless duck breast. Frozen.

Happy Hill Frozen Turkey & Chicken

Turkey Sausage. Breakfast, Italian, Brat & Chorizo. Breakfast & Italian in links or bulk. Turkeys were fed certified organic feed.
Pastured turkey: Fed certified organic grain.  Whole turkeys processed the week before Thanksgiving, also: frozen packaged thighs, drumsticks, breast roast, sliced breast, and tenderloin.
Pastured chicken
: Frozen chicken fed certified organic grains. All cuts—whole, cut up, bone-in and boneless skinless breast, drumsticks, thighs, leg quarters and wings, soup stock, feet, liver, hearts and gizzards. All meats raised on pasture with daily moves.
Free-Range Eggs: Large.

New from Hickory Ridge! Besides raising pastured poultry, Will raises Shetland sheep and now has beautiful wool in various natural colors for sale by skein. Also his sister Rebecca will bring her hand-knit gloves, mittens & socks. She will also do custom orders.

Garlic! $1.00 a head.

Grassfields Farm of Coopersville
Certified Organic raw milk cheeses in the Dutch process tradition.
This Week! Gouda, Leyden, Gouda with Dill, Edam (low-fat Gouda), Gouda Spice (garlic & onion), & Lamont Cheddar.


Good for the body & soul!

Bee & Botanical of Spring Lake

New this week! I now have an assortment of Michigan beeswax candles for Sweetwater Market from Swarm Naturals. These candles are made with 100%  pure beeswax and 100% cotton wicks.  They not only have that nice natural honey scent but they are the cleanest and brightest burning candles on the market.  Because beeswax has a very high melting point, they also burn slower, lasting longer.
Also new this week: Lip Balms! Unflavored, peppermint and  grapefruit, made with moisturizing oils, Michigan beeswax and the finest organic essential oils for flavoring.
I will  also have a full assortment of our Certified Organic Soap including our newest Rows & Furrows Garden Soap, Quietude bath Tea, and pretty lavender sachet gifts for Mom!
Look forward to seeing you at the market!

Brittanie’s Thyme of Cedar Springs

We will return to the market on the 29th. In the meantime, FYI….

So many of us have been successfully cleansing our bodies to move our systems from the winter mode to summer, nutritionally.  This is also the time of year I like to do the same for my complexion.  This is when I use our Sampler Pack products.  My favorite Organic Facial Steam of lavender, calendula, and peppermint help my skin to not only revitalize, but also really deep clean.  Simply add one vial of  Organic Facial Steam herbs to 3-4 cups of boiling water, then tent a towel over  head as you allow the blend of herbal aroma and botanical cleansing  overcome your skin.  Stop by my table on the 29th for more spring skin cleansing tips!

Imagination to Creation Jewelry of North Muskegon

New this week! Pure copper necklaces. Also, 50% off mens and young lady jewelry and the economical $20 and under table.  See you at the market!

Soul Infusions of Cedar Springs

Laura Bonarski returns with more herbal teas, honey & her other shop specialties.

Last but not least

Sweetwater thanks & hugs to new Friend of the Market Sue Vargas!

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!
Diana Jancek
Market Manager