In Praise of the Humble Parsnip & Other Great Roots!

Great fall meals start with ROOTS!


Sweetwater Local Foods Market
Saturday, October 9th, 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

In Praise of the Humble Parsnip & Other Great Roots!

Parsnip quiche, anyone? You’ll find great recipe ideas for the wonderful roots at the market this week!

About apples….many customers have been asking where the apples are this season. Conversations with several growers tell us that this spring’s weird hot weather and then successive frosts severely set back the organic apple season this year. There is hope, however. If you don’t mind a drive, Cherry Pointe Market in Shelby has apples that have been grown without chemicals for over 3 years; she is not considering certification at this point but they are grown according to NOP regs.

Also, Fruitful Acres, our normal apple vendor, has had a disappointing season for fresh apples and is processing organic Apple Cider as I write this; they plan to be at the next market.

To meet the demand for fresh apples, Jim Olson will be bringing nearly a hundred pounds of Mutsu & Red Delicious apples he harvested from a neighbors orchard. The orchardist decided not to bother with spraying at all this year, so they may not be picture perfect but they will be unsprayed. We will continue to search for more organic sources to bring you the kind of fruit you expect at Sweetwater.

Maple Moon Farm of Shelby

Frost has come, fall crops are in abundance!  Sweet Potatoes!! Potatoes, garlic, carrots, parsnips, beets, leeks, winter squash, pie pumpkins, swiss chard, kale, some fresh herbs, and dried herbs from the summer garden.

Earthscape Farm of Hesperia

Veggies this week ~ Sweet Potatoes, and it’s been a great year for them!  Delicata, Butternut and Acorn Squash.  See our blog for information on storage of winter squash.   Little Decorative Pumpkins!  Potatoes; Celery and Celeriac, Eggplant, Onions, kale, chard, mixed salad greens, arugula.  Bulk deals on Sweet and Hot Peppers.  Freeze or dry them for winter. We’ll have some herbs: parsley, cilantro, rosemary, sage.
BEEF ~ We will have almost all cuts of our pastured Angus.
Great Cookbook – Vegetables A to Z – last copies are for sale for $16.
HIGHER GROUNDS COFFEE in 1# bags. A new shipment arrived this week ~ Various types, beans or ground, dark or light roast, full caf, half caf or decaf.

Creswick Farms of Ravenna

Pastured Raised, Antibiotic & Hormone Free, Artisanal Meats

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 (out this week)
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:

McLaughlin Grows!  Urban Farm of Muskegon

“Tops”  Turnip greens.  Last of the hot & sweet peppers.  Blackeye peas.

Laughing Tree Brick Oven Bakery of Hart

Until winter market our breads will be brought to the market by our friends at Maple Moon Farm.  They will have at least six of our nine varieties on hand—all  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.  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

Olson Farm of Shelby

Mutsu & Red Delicious apples. From a neighbors orchard. Up until last fall they have been grown conventionally but were not sprayed with chemicals since then. Prairie Blush Red potatoes, red & white onions, and the 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

Specials-Chocolate hazlenut sweet rolls, Cinnamom swirl challah, Chili cheese bread, Shitake feta cheese bread, Olive bread.

Regular Bread – 100% Whole Grain Spelt, Seeded Spelt, Peasant Bread, Tuscan Bread, Italian Rosemary.

Scones- Apricot almond, Apple pie & Chocolate cherry.

Muffins, Cinnamom rhubarb & Pumpkin spice.

Cookies Dark chocolate chip, Dark chocolate chip macaroons, Gluten free vegan peanut butter cookies.

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

Fresh garlic. Fresh shitakes.

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 Meats, Vegetables and wholesome Baked Goods.
GRASS-FED MEATS Grass-fed beef round steaks, ground beef & soup bones GARDEN OFFERINGS arugula, turnip greens, beet greens& mixed lettuces.
Breakfast Cookies. New Peanut Butter Chocolate made with organic peanut butter
Chocolate Walnut, Cherry Chocolate Pecan and Ultimate Breakfast Cookies
New! Pumpkin Challah Bread
New! Cinnamon Rolls with Bailey’s Irish Cream, we are trying a new sweet roll flavor each week. Yum!
New! Apple Coffee Cake Squares
Empanadas made with 100% organic grass-fed meat and spices.
Broccoli Cheddar Quiche
New! Spinach and mozzarella galette. Very good,made with fresh picked baby spinach. Savory.
New! Ciabatta bread.Also ciabatta with carmalized onions and cheese.
New! Ginger spice cookies
Sandwich bread, Cinnamon Raisin bread with Walnuts.
Cinnamon and Raisin bread with pecans.
New! Italian Herb and Cheese bread
New! Ciabatta bread
Breakfast cookies, Regular and Chocolate Walnut
Quiche Broccoli chedder with corn, pepper and onion
New! Pumpkin Coffee Cake

Hickory Ridge Family Farm
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.

Ayurvedic Farm of Montague

We will be bring the last of our Roma Tomatoes and as usual our freshly grown Micro Greens. Rebecca will be bringing some new paintings and will be doing charcoal portraits  on site for a special Farmers Market price. We will be bringing some great recipes also that will be Indian cooking based

Agriculture & Health Alive of Marne

Paul will return next week.


Good for the body & soul!

Bee & Botanicals of Spring Lake
Bees Wax Candles-New selection of handmade in Michigan beeswax candles with cotton wicks.   Perfect for fall with their natural textures, colors and warm honey scent.

Starry Night Dream Pillow Sachets-made with a special blend of herbs to aid in relaxation and add a soothing aroma to your pillow or bed side table for a heavenly nights sleep.

Lavender sachets – a variety to choose from for drawers, closets and knitting bags, travel bags and cars.

Pantry Moth away sachets – are buy one get one half off (refillable next year too)!

Lavender dryer bags, great for bed linens and towels

Certified Organic Soaps – in Lavender,  Lemongrass Tea, Spice and others wonderful scents made with essential oils (no artificial fragrances or colors are used in these soaps).

Lip balms – unflavored, peppermint, grapefruit and cinnamon, made with moisturizing oils, made with Michigan beeswax and the finest organic essential oils for flavoring.

Cards and gift tags – Unique one of a kind including Halloween, Fall and Thanksgiving designs as well as gift boxes for the organic soaps.

Look forward to seeing you at the market!

Daisy Doodles of Whitehall

This week we have plenty of delicious Original Pumpkin Peanut Butter and Peanut Butter Cup flavor treats, so stop by and pick up your favorite size treat and package.

Daisy also wants to let you know that starting October 9th she’ll be sharing her free-range eggs with Sweetwater shoppers! The girls have been generously providing more than we need for our treats, so we’ll be offering non-GMO free-range eggs in various shades of browns (and an occasional blue) for $3.00/dozen. Birdland Eggs, starting October 9. Look for the sign!

Imagination to Creation of North Muskegon

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.  This week I will have Breast Cancer Awareness items ranging from jewelry to totes, to cards and bookmarks.  Show your support for those suffering from this dreaded disease during October and all year round. I will also be bringing new sweater/scarf pins and earrings for the fall season.

Last but not least

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