Autumn Equinox Means It’s Official: Fall is Here!

Early Autumn Harvest at Sweetwater!

Sweetwater Local Foods Market
Saturday, September 25th, 9:00am to 1:00pm
Mercy Health Partners/Hackley Health at the Lakes
On Harvey St. at US31/Pontaluna Rd. Exit. 1st Bldg North of Pontaluna Rd.
We are a Bridge Card & Project Fresh market

Autumn is Officially Here – Believe it or Not!

The temps may be in the 70’s, but the Maples and Sumacs agree that it is time to stock up on cold weather veggies!

Earthscape Farm of Hesperia

Veggies this week ~ Acorn Squash on sale!  Little Decorative Pumpkins! Potatoes; Watermelons;  Celery.  Beets. Sweet Peppers, including red, yellow, purple and green.  Hot Peppers. Eggplant.  Large yellow and red onions,  kale, mixed salad greens,  Swiss chard,  arugula, parsley, dill, rosemary, basil in bunches and gallons for making pesto.
BEEF ~ We will have almost all cuts of our pastured Angus.  ON SALE:  Swiss (Cubed) Steak.  This is  round steak, a very flavorful, lean, but not as tender cut of beef that is run through a tenderizer so it cooks quicker.  I like to make Swiss Steak  with it.  It’s also good for any stew or soup or moist, longer cooking process.  10% off.
Great Cookbook – Vegetables A to Z – last copies are for sale for $18.
HIGHER GROUNDS COFFEE in 1# bags. A new shipment is supposed to arrive today! Various types, beans or ground, dark or light roast.

Creswick Farms of Ravenna

Pastured Raised, Antibiotic & Hormone Free, Artisanal Meats
Featured this week!

Braunschweiger & Meat Snack Sticks are back!

Limited supply of Ring Bologna


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

Ring Bologna (Limited Supplies)
Deli Ham Slices
Pepperoni Slices
Hot Italian Sausage Links
Breakfast Sausage (Bulk 1 lb. packages + links)
Italian Bulk Sausge (1 lb. packages)
Meat Snack Sticks
Chicago Style Hog Dogs

Soy Free Eggs: A limited number will be available

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:

Maple Moon Farm of Shelby

This week we will have tomatoes, eggplant, summer squash, winter squash, kale, swiss chard, leeks, garlic, potatoes, carrots, beets, broccoli, fresh herbs, and lots of green beans.

Olson Farm of Shelby

Red potatoes, red & white onions, cherry tomatoes, and his 2010 batch of Taste of Spring Maple Syrup.

Grassfields Farm of Coopersville

Raw Milk Certified Organic Cheese

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


Earthly Kneads of Muskegon

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

Scones, Muffins, Cookies We’ll have lots of great goodies this week!

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

Fresh garlic.

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

“Grass-fed Meat & Eggs, Heirloom Vegetables & Healthy Baked Goods”

Grass-fed Meat & Eggs
100% grass-fed Lamb & Beef
Pasture Raised Chicken all cuts available

Garden Offerings: Mixed Greens, Beets & beet greens, turnips, arugula and a Mediterranean Salad Mix ( Free Sample Dressing)
From the Bakery
NEW!! We have a delicious GLUTEN FREE BREAD AVAILABLE in several flavors, plain sandwich bread, cinnamon & Raisin, Organic Cheese & Onion, Italian Herb.  Come and check it out!
GLUTEN FREE OFFERINGS INCLUDE granola, breakfast cookies, quiches & pies.
Regular Breakfast Cookies 3 flavors, Organic Broccoli & Cheddar Quiche, granola, Empanadas, Apple Pies, Blueberry Turnovers, NEW ! Challah Bread with fresh Apples & Organic Pumpkin. Thank you and see you at Market.

Laughing Tree Brick Oven Bakery of Hart

Laughing Tree Brick Oven Bakery will be at the market with our familiar array of eight breads made from 100% organic flours and grains.  Nearly all of our breads are naturally-leavened using a levain that we cultivate on site in our bakery.  All of our doughs undergo a long, slow fermentation process that produces extraordinarily flavorful and easily digestible breads.  For the grand finale:  our breads are baked in a handbuilt wood-fired brick oven which creates loaves of amazing texture and beauty!

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

Ayurvedic Farm of Montague

New!! Rebecca Todd, painter of those landscapes, flowers, vegetable and fruit paintings we have been seeing for the past few months at Sweetwater has another talent: portrait sketches.  She can capture a likeness in charcoal in 5 minutes for $5.  She will be set up to offer portrait sketches Saturdays starting this Saturday.

This week! Fresh cut microgreens make a great healthy school snack! Just a 1/4 cup of these greens pack a real nutrition punch and taste great too! Also: Rattle Snake Beans, Pattypan Squash, Zucchini, and Cucumbers. Also: Handmade soy candles & garden art.

Hickory Ridge Family Farm
New! Grassfed Beef. Ground beef in packages.

Pastured Poultry. 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 feed from a local farm co-op.

Agriculture & Health Alive of Marne

Thanks to those who responded to requests for help. Paul is still looking for someone to help with the Sweetwater Market. Paul has an injured tendon that will keep him laid up for a month. If you’re interested contact him at (616) 677-6176. The farm is in Marne, MI. Please pass on to anyone you think might be interested.


Good for the body & soul!

Bee & Botanicals of Spring Lake
Certified Organic Soaps in Lavender, Grapefruit, Lemongrass Tea, Peppermint 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).
Wonderful beeswax candles, made with 100%  pure Michigan 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.
Yummy lip balms in unflavored, peppermint, grapefruit and cinnamon, made with moisturizing oils, made with Michigan beeswax and the finest organic essential oils.

Lavender dryer bags, organic lavender – reusable many times for Field Fresh laundry!

Lavender sachets, smell wonderful, pretty and functional too – for drawers, closets, yarn baskets.

*Moth away sachets for kitchen drawers, closets and cupboards. Buy one get one 1/2 off this week!

Look forward to seeing you at the market!

Daisy Doodles of Whitehall

We have plenty of fresh, wholesome Artisanal Dog Treats made with local and organic ingredients. Come see us this Saturday and receive your choice of a “One Big Treat” or 3-pack “Treats to Go” with every purchase!

Last but not least

Sweetwater Hugs & Thanks go out to Jeff Plyler for renewing his Friend of the Market pledge! 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