First of season asparagus, great Mother’s Day gifts, new vendors!

Happy Mother’s Day
Sunday May 12th!

Sweetwater Local Foods Market

Saturday, May 11th, 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!


Mother’s Day Specials!

Asparagus Season!

New & Newly Returning Vendors!


Attending this week’s market:

New Vendor!

September’s Herbs & Produce of Montague

Sweetwater welcomes this new vendor just in time for Mother’s Day!  Bringing her beautiful tulip & daffodil  bouquet blends along with baby spinach, baby kale, arugula and some herbs,

farm owner September Dykema: “I am a second generation grower that believes a tomato should taste like a tomato.  This is why we tend to grow, as much as possible, old fashioned and heirloom varieties. We look forward to meeting all of you and joining in the Sweetwater movement!” September, Simon & Rylan Dykema


First of Season Organic Asparagus!

Mund Farm of  Rothbury

Thank you Mother Nature, for cooperating this week! Greg Mund will be at the market tomorrow with his delicious organically grown asparagus. This is going to go fast, so come early!


Shady Side Farm of Holland

Lona from Shady Side Farm will be at market with their certified organic dry beans. As always, I will have our certified organic dry beans at Saturday’s market–grown last summer on our farm south of Grand Haven. The special this week is Yellow Indian Woman beans–regular price for a 2 lb. bag is $11.50–this week you can get a 2 lb. bag for $10. Great way to stock up for a long summer of bean dips and salads! I will also have a nice assortment of Grassfields Farm raw milk cheese. This week’s flavors:

Lamont Cheddar

Garlic & Onion

Country Dill

Chili Cheese

Polkton Corners





And, if the weather cooperates, I will have our rhubarb along. We have two small patches of rhubarb, so not a great amount. But it’s more than we can eat by ourselves, and we’re happy to share. Contact us at:


Earthscape Farm of Hesperia

The BOBIER BEEF Story ~  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 .

Our steers and cows were born on our Farm, as were their great-great-great Grandmothers.  We’ve been doing rotational pastures since the 70’s.  We only buy bulls for breeding, and they come from reputable farmers in Michigan.  Our cows raise their own calves until they are weaned at about 9 months.  We raise our own hay, plus what we buy comes from our own neighborhood so we know how it was grown. Our cattle have access to 3-5 acre yards through the winter, with some barn access, fresh water, bedding straw, and all the hay they can eat.  The steers get minimal amounts of homegrown and ground grain during the colder months (like Dessert!).  We think this makes our beef tasty and tender, with all the benefits of grass-fed beef, too!  The cattle should be going out on pasture this weekend.  They will be so happy!


At the market this week:

SPECIALS: Ground Beef – 10 packages for $50.  Liver – $3 per lb.  1 Whole Brisket; Skirt Steak (tradional Fajita beef!)

Ground beef  1 lb pkgs

Ground Sirloin

Ground Beef Patties  1/4 # each,  4 to a package

Bone-In:  Rib, T-Bone and Porterhouse Steaks

Boneless:  Tenderloin – Do a stir-fry with a small package or grill some larger steaks!

Boneless:  NY Strip, Sirloin and RibEye Steaks.

Roasts:  English and Chuck

Swiss Steak & Round Steak

Stew Meat

Short Ribs, also good for meaty soups

Soup Bones


Tongue,  Liver and Heart

VEGETABLES:  Salad Mix, Spinach, Kale, Chard, Cilantro, Rosemary, Parsley and Scallions from our small hoophouse and outdoors!

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

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. Nic & Caroline will bring Baby Brassica Salad Mix.  We’ll also have radishes, and eggs from our pastured hens.


Chickadee Creek Farm of Nunica

Have you tried our Slow Ark of Food selection pork yet? You don’t know what you’re missing out on! This week we’ll have our pork spareribs, pork chops & steaks, as well as picnic hams, smoked ham slices, smoked hocks and more! We believe our pork has all of the old fashioned raised on the farm taste you’ve been looking for!


Maple Moon Farm of Shelby

We have lots of spring greens!

Lettuce mix, Kale, Swiss Chard, and Spinach!

Fresh cilantro and rosemary.

Mother Nature has grown ramps and garlic chives.  These have intense and incredible flavors!  Ramps are delicate and unfortunately are often over and mis harvested.  We are committed to sustainable and ethical wild harvesting.

We have our normal spread of herbal products; herbal teas, creams, lip balms, and a few remaining salves.


Scholl’s Country Farm of Montague

We will have a representative at the market with our eggs, limited supply this week. Thanks!


Funny Farm of Grant

Mushroom lovers, take note! Our shiitake mushrooms are back! We’ll also have our fresh cut Spinach & Spring Mix!

Apron Lady & Janet will return as well!


Hickory Ridge Family Farm of Ferry

Try our new SAUSAGE! Andouille, Italian, Chorizo & Bratwurst. We’ll also have our usual pork cuts: bacon, pork steaks, ham roasts, ham slices, ham hocks, ground pork in one pound pkgs, shoulder roasts and smoked ends and pieces. Raised on pasture, our pigs get 60% of their diet from foraging.

Chicken Pre-Ordering! The DEADLINE to pre-order chicken from the first batch is May 18, 2013. We are requiring deposits of $8.00 per chicken ordered. Once again we will be pricing pre-ordered chicken at a fixed rate. This year’s pre-order flat rate is $15.00. You will owe the balance after deposit upon delivery or pick up, which should be the last week of June, 2013. We’ll have eggs as well.


Laughing Tree Brick Oven Bakery of Hart

BREADS: Each week we bake our seven scrumptious weekly breads (listed below) as well as one or more specialty breads.  Please consult the schedule below to find out when we are making your favorite specialty bread!

GRANOLA!  We make two different varieties of granola: Mountain Crunch Granola (pure vanilla, toasted almonds, and organic coconut oil) and Laughing Tree Peanut Butter Granola (all-natural PB, pure vanilla, and Michigan honey).


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


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

Chile Cheddar   Whoa-homegrown, pickled jalapeno peppers coupled with mild cheddar cheese makes for great flavor with a little kick.  Fresh or toasted, great as an accompaniment to soup or chili.  $8.00

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

Pastries available for Saturday:  

Mrs. Moose’s Wangdangdoodlers $2.25 each-Chunks of chocolate and walnuts give this cookie texture into which one can sink their teeth with great fervor.

 Hilltoppers Cookies– Molasses Ginger cookies…A 4oz cookie sweetened with golden molasses and bits of candied ginger)  $2.25 each

Cranberry Orange Scones

Truly Ginger Scones

Michigan Cherry Scones

Currant Scones

(All our scones are $2.25 each* and are handmade with our own fresh eggs, organic cream, and organic butter)

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!!

Cherry Mud Brownies $3.00 each* Deep Mud brownies infused with Michigan grown dried cherries.


 Liberty Family Farm and Bakery of Hart

Hoop house Offerings

Mixed Greens and Arugula!!!

From the Farm

Farm Fresh Eggs


Ground, chops, steaks, roasts, and shanks.


Chops, ground, roasts, ribs and more.

Brats German, Garlic Basil and Italian

Pepper Bacon, Hardwood Bacon, and Canadian Bacon.


Breakfast Cookies all flavors

New! Organic Cheddar and Ramp Quiche

New! Rhubarb Galettes

New! Ramp, herb and cheddar Foccacia Bread Rounds

Cinnamon Rolls, Multigrain Rolls, Ham and Cheddar Sandwich made with

our own ham lunch meat.

Morning Glory Muffins, Hazelnut and chocolate Muffins and more..

Turnovers and Gluten Free Quiches!!

New! Rhubarb Pie– limited quantities since our Rhubarb is just coming on.

More Mother’s Day Goodies to choose from……. HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!!!

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Happy Goat Soaps

At Happy Goat we have been making soaps with goat milk from our own goats for the past 5 years.  Our soaps are gentle and have a wonderful lather.

We have unscented soaps AND soaps scented with quality essential oils.

Please stop by our booth and check out our new 100% Natural liquid foaming hand soap.

And don’t forget we have awesome 100% Natural Shampoo Bars!

All bars are open on the short end so that you may smell them.

Tell us which ones are YOUR favorite!


Kendra McKimmy of Fremont

Kendra returns with her hand-crafted pottery, porcelain jewelry sculpture.


Saving Face Organics of Fruitport

We’re attending a wedding this week. See you soon!


Bees & Botanicals of Spring Lake 

  Pretty, Practical, Eco-friendly and Organic!

Our soaps are made with organic ingredients, no foaming agents added, only rosemary extract for preservative and only essentials oils used for a nice variety of scents (unscented also available) –  Lavender, Lavender Citrus, Honey, Shea & Oats, Simply Rosemary,Lemongrass Tea, Oats & Spice,Orange,  Vanilla & Oats (Dreamsicle)

By request – Soap Dishs now available in both pine and cedar
Pretty draw Cord embroidered bag with 2 oz. bar available in the Orange, Vanilla & Oats and Lavender (make nice gifts)

Fragrant and versatile Organic Lavender – Organza, embroidered, and hand colored organic Lavender Sachets.  Add natural fragrance to drawers, closets, clothing in storage, travel bags, desk drawers… it smells sweet, clean & fresh but also known to be a natural relaxant and also a moth deterrent.

100% Michigan beeswax candles; natural, bright, clean and long burning.

Tea lights back in stock!


Maple Creek Sugars of Fremont

We will not be at market this week. See you soon!


Pet Chef Lakeshore of Twin Lake

We will not be present this Saturday.  However dog/cat food pre-orders can be picked up at the market through Amy Oak. Orders can be placed no later than FRIDAY evening by calling Barb at 231-288-9805, or email 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

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.


Sweetwater Pre-Ordering Service for Sunday, May 12th!

If you prefer the convenience of pre-ordering your meat & eggs from the market consider signing up with any of the vendors listed below at the market or by emailing for our preorder reminder email that will go out on Sundays. You will receive a price list from all participating vendors for each week and will have until Tuesday, midnight to send an order in for the following Saturday’s market..

This Sunday, May 12th, you will be receiving an email from the market with price lists and ordering info from the following farms: Earthscape Farm (beef & eggs), Chickadee Creek Farm (pork & eggs), Liberty Family Farm (lamb, chicken, pork & eggs), Hickory Ridge Family Farm (pork, chicken & eggs), and Maple Moon Farm (pork & eggs).

You will have several days to put an order in which we will send off to the individual farms who will fill the orders and bring them to the market. If this service goes as well as we think it will we may expand it to offer other items as well!



Sweetwater Center for Organic Opportunity (SCOOP), the market’s “sister” 501c3 organization is ready to take the  beautiful 2013 “LET’S EAT! West Michigan Guide to Organic Food” to the presses, now all we need is YOU!  Claire Schlaff, Let’s Eat Guide Project Director, will be at the market this Saturday with inaugural copies of the guide and will be accepting your donations. Please consider a contribution to help us “Get Out the Guide!”


Happy Mother’s Day to all Moms!

See you at the market!

Diana Jancek
Market Manager

Contact info: (231)292-1152,


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