Last Holiday Market for 2009!

Sweetwater Local Foods Market
Saturday, December 19th, 9:00am to 1:00pm
Mercy Health Partners/Hackley Health at the Lakes
On Harvey St. ½ mile S of Lakes Mall-exit US31 at Pontaluna Rd
We are a Bridge Card Market
All Food Vendors Gladly Accept the Bridge Card!

Last Holiday Market of 2009!
Back Porch Pickers return with Old Tyme Christmas tunes!
New Holiday Gift Vendors! Free Sweetwater Gift Cards!
Relaxing Free Chair Massage!

This Week’s Vendors
The Organic Olive Oil Company of Spring Lake

Taste a Sample of Organic Olive Oil!

We are pleased to welcome Field Reichardt, owner, to our market this week! Field will be sampling the delicate Armando Mansur, from Argentina … and the robust Taso Sarganis from Greece. They will be available in both 250 and 500 ml sizes at the Earthscape booth this Saturday! You can always purchase his oils at Earthscape, or check out his company at:
Earthscape Farm of Hesperia
Special Christmas SALE! Organic Olive Oil! 10% of all sales donated to the West Michigan Food Bank ~ Feeding America. Bulk blended organic oil for sale for $30 in your quart jar.
BEEF: We are running low on many cuts of beef, but will have all cuts again in January. These steers were fed some homegrown grain with their homegrown hay last winter, and were on lush rotational pastures all summer. Cows can eat grain as long as they are on pasture or hay free-range. They balance their own diets when given variety to choose from. SALE! Beef liver and Swiss (Cubed) Steak 50¢ off per pound.
Ground Beef Sale! in 1#-2# packages, minimum order 10# at $3.50 per lb. Must be pre-ordered. Call (231)861-2234 or email We have a limited number of quarters of beef for sale – they will be done in January.
Veggies this week: I will try to dig Carrots or Parsnips in this weather. We still have Celeriac, Cabbage, Winter squash, Red & Yellow onions, and potatoes in storage. Potatoes: Red Norlands are the most popular red-skinned potato ~ excellent boiled, mashed, & smashed. Russets are the standard baking potato- high in starch and low in moisture, so they bake well and yield light, fluffy mashed potatoes. They don’t hold their shape after cooking, so don’t use them to make potato salads or scalloped potatoes. We also have Russian fingerlings ~ buff brown skin / white flesh.
HIGHER GROUNDS COFFEE ~ I’ll be bringing an assortment of 1# bags.
Ag and Health Alive of Marne
Great Holiday Gift Ideas! We will have half bushel baskets with wrapping paper & ribbon for a special gift for a gardener or anyone special. Fill it with:
-Any of a number of great books on healthy living economies, including our newest book on gardening: Ask Mother Nature: A Conscious Gardeners Guide, by Ellen Vandevisse. Or How to Grow More Vegetables, by John Jeavons.
-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.
-Stock a special food basket with Northern Naturals Cherry Concentrate, or a bottle of honey or maple syrup, along with baked goods from Nantucket Bakery!
Also: winter squash & pumpkins.
Earthly Kneads of Muskegon
Please Note our Holiday Hours:
Monday(Dec 21) thru Wednesday(Dec 23) – 9:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
Thursday(Dec 24) – 9:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.
Christmas Day – CLOSED
Saturday(Dec 26) – 9:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M., No Market this Day
Sunday(Dec 27) – CLOSED
Monday(Dec 28) – 9:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
Tuesday(Dec 29) – 9:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
Wednesday(Dec 30) THRU January 14th – CLOSED
Regular hours resume starting January 15th.
We will return to Sweetwater Market starting on January 23rd.
Special Note: Get your holiday pie, cake, cookie, and bread orders in for next week! Diane will have special order slips with her at market this Saturday. Talk to her or call the shop if you’re interested in ordering ahead (231-728-6383). Next week, we’ll have pies (buttermilk, eggnog, pumpkin eggnog, and dutch apple), cakes (devil’s food with peppermint frosting), holiday cookies (mexican wedding cookies, pfeffernuesse, springerles, gingerbread men, holiday sugar cookies, ginger hermits, available as assorted multipacks, too), stollens, panettone, and rolls.
This Weekend’s Bread Selection: Our usual assortment of Saturday Breads (Seeded Spelt, Whole Grain Spelt, Peaseant, Italian Rosemary, Tuscan, Challah) plus English Muffin Bread, Beer Bread, “Gouda for What Ales You”, and Christmas Stollens.
Specials: Christmas Stollens, Sticky Buns, and Ginger Hermits (bar cookies topped with a generous amount of caramel icing and lots of crystallized ginger)
Scones: Lemon (Yes, we were able to get our hands on some good looking organic lemons. Get them while you can!), Dark Chocolate Chip, Eggnog (probably the last week for these)
Muffins: Strawberry Pina Colada, Chocolate Raspberry
Cookies: Vegan Chocolate Cherry Peanut Butter; Dark Chocolate Chip; Sugar; Sweet & Salty Cashew (all oats, no wheat); Pfefferneusse (German “Pepper Nut” Cookies – Spicy Gingerbread & Almond Cookies tossed in powdered sugar), Gingerbread Men, Christmas Iced Sugar Cookies
Granola: Several varieties this week, plus Muesli and Gorp. We have holiday jars of granola all packed up and ready for gift giving, too!
Great gift Extras: We’ll have an assortment of Food for Thought certified organic jams & preserves and Naturally Nutty certified organic nut butters with us.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!
Creswick Farms of Ravenna
Handcrafted Sausages and Specialty Meats
Lunchmeats & snacks.
Great Holiday gift ideas! Braunschweiger and/or Creswick Old Fashioned Ring Bologna. We will have plenty of what Nathan calls his “greatest creation” — a delicious smoked liverwurst made the traditional way, with pork liver, cream & spices, and the ring bologna, which we quickly sell out of every week we’ve had it.
Pepperoni slices. Thin-sliced & spiced perfectly for pizzas, pasta salads & snacking.
Thin-sliced Deli Style Ham. Sandwich size in 1# pkgs.
Pork Sausages: German Thuringer. Red Hot Brats. Garlic Kielbasa. Chorizo. Breakfast sausage, links and 1# bulk pkg. Italian Sausage in 1# bulk pkg.
Chicken Sausages: Apple Chicken links, Chicken with Spinach & Feta Cheese links.
Lamb Sausages: Moroccan Lamb link sausage.
Fresh-Aire Pastured Pork
Pork Tenderloin, Pork Chops. Two choices of bacon this week: Apple Smoked and Hickory Smoked. Nitrite-Free. Soup Seasoning Bacon Ends.
Grass-fed Beef
Flank Steak. Filet Mignon. Gourmet Burgers: grass-fed beef & hickory smoked bacon 3-1/3lb patties per pkg. Ground Beef Patties 3-1/3lb patties per pkg.
Pastured Poultry
Chicken Breast. Whole Chicken. Ground chicken in 1# bulk pkg.
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: .
Grassfields Farm of Coopersville
Certified Organic raw milk cheeses in the Dutch process tradition.
This Week! Polkton Corners, Gouda, Leyden, Gouda with Dill, Gouda Spice (garlic & onion), and Lamont Cheddar
You can special order Grassfields Cheese by emailing Chris Bedford at by no later than Monday morning before the next market.
Hickory Ridge Family Farm
Shetland Wool Skeins & Hand-knit mittens & gloves!
Order your Christmas Goose Now! 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.
Olson Farm of Shelby
Christmas Potato Sale!
2 quarts for $3
Taste of Spring Maple Syrup.
Fruitful Acres of Manistee
Specially packed gift bags of assorted certified organic apples grown up at Fruitful Acres, & Hugh’s Northern Naturals fresh-pressed apple cider!

Good for the body & soul!

New Vendor!
Ladybug Designs of Muskegon
Emma Hardiman will return this week with more of her wonderful, cozy knitted afghans, quilts, angels and more!
Special Sale Prices for last Holiday Market!
Organizers! Help that special person conquer clutter with a quilted organizer for the car, kitchen, bathroom –anywhere! $25.00/ $5.00 off Now $15.00
Aprons $15.00/ $5.00 off Now $10.00
Heart potholders $6.00/ $1.00 off Now $5.00
Strawberry potholder $5.00/ $1.00 off Now $4.00
Baby afghans $35.00/ $5.00 off Now $30.00
Baby quilts $50.00 / $5.00 off Now $45.00
Angels: Large $15.00 / $5.00 off Now $10.00 Small $10.00 / $5.00 off Now$5.00
Tree $5.00 / $1.00 off Now $4.00
Pillow $5.00/ $1.00 off Now $4.00
Computer bags $20.00 / $10.00 off Now $10.00
Brittanie’s Thyme of Cedar Springs
End of the Year Holiday Special! Maybe the shopping is done or maybe you’d like something for yourself, but whatever the case may be we’d like to add a little warmth with 25% off your entire purchase, for this last Sweetwater market of 2009! And may we add a heartfelt thanks to all of you for this wonderful season – from Michelle, Nancy and Yvonne at Brittanie’s Thyme!
Bee & Botanical of Spring Lake
We’re happy to help you shorten that holiday shopping list and buy organic too!
Certified organic soaps in a nice variety make great office gifts, hostess gifts and stocking stuffers.
To make it even easier we have soap gift boxes available with holiday designs (for a small additional fee).
Quietude herbal bath tea blend of yummy orgainc botanicals and salts to relax after a long stressful day.
Also nice to tuck in stockings or in with another gift, pretty sachets in lavender, citrus and Rose blends.
Organic catnip for the kitty’s stocking : x )
Lavender Dryer bags available in 2 size packages, and our Lavender Hill Farm stain removal bar for you laundry needs.
Holiday cards and gift tags.
Wishing you all the simple joys of the holiday season!
Thank you for your support this year and look forward to seeing you at the market!
Imagination to Creation Jewelry of North Muskegon
Christmas Sale!
Lots of specials for Christmas gifting this Saturday!
Christmas tins – $1.00 off
Christmas “treat” boxes – $1.00 off
Snowflake suncatchers – $3.00 off
Christmas “purse” cards – $1.00 off
Christmas Snowman jewelry – 20% off
All other Christmas jewelry -10% off
Also, I would like to give a heads up on my end-of-the-year jewelry sale that will occur in January, 2010. 20 to 50 % off on all items displayed.
Linda LaMair Crafts
I will have hand-blown glass pendants (with a free leather cord), which make great gifts and also felted items including bowls, Christmas ornaments and earrings. I’ll be offering a special on the balls and ornaments – buy any 5 and get $2.00 off the total price. I will also have a few handknit scarves and purses.
Sandgate Ceramics of West Olive
Pottery artist Judy Bregman has been making kiln-fired pottery for many years, and will be bringing her hand-made, wheel-thrown teapots and cups. Each item makes a unique one of a kind gift!
Soul Infusions of Cedar Springs
This week Laura will have an assortment of herbal organic teas and different herbs, plus local honey and whole food beauty care items. Soul Infusions is located at 90 N. Main St, Cedar Springs, MI 49319. Laura can be reached at 616-696-1808.
Weiss Chiropractic Wellness Center of Spring Lake
Great gift idea! Christine from Weiss Chiropractic returns this Saturday to provide free five minute chair massages. You can then purchase 30 minute chair massage gift certificates for just $15 dollars! Located in downtown Spring Lake, the Center’s mission is to help the people in our community experience natural healing and wellness by coaching them to eat well, move well and to think well. The center has two chiropractors and three massage therapists.

Last but not least: We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our Friends of the Market for 2009 – Thanks so much for your support, and we hope to see you back in 2010!!
Sweetwater Thanks to our 2009 New & Renewing Friends:
Jo Ann Windberg
Betsy Horrigan
Marianne Nelson
Jackie Nelson
Julie Winklepleck
Jen & Thom Jorgensen
Mike, Jennifer & Malcolm Johnson
Jim & Jackie Fisher
Brad & Heidi Sprague
Joan LaMourie
Delphine Hogston
Arlene Hecksel
Louis Ward
Kate Heineman & Lee Henderson
Nancy Waters
John Gabrosek
Jennifer Stewart
Joanne Patterson
Lebeau Potgieter & Amelia Bueche
Victoria Veenstra & Robert Taylor
Cheryl Gurden
AJ Bougher
Cecelia Perkins
Deborah Johnson

Free Sweetwater Gift Cards! Stop by the Coffee table to get your Free Sweetwater Holiday Gift Tag. Designed by local graphics artist Dustin Anderson, it will tell the gift receiver that your gift was purchased locally! One tag card per gift purchased at the market.