Sweetwater Back to School Saturday!


Win a Family Portrait for Canned Goods!

Kids – bring in a canned good to be donated to a local food pantry and enter a drawing for a free family portrait ($150 value!) by area photographer Rae Jean Erickson. That’s her photo above, and you can check out her other wonderful photos at Photography by Raejean

Sweetwater Back-to-School Healthy Snacks Saturday!
Kids – sample healthy snacks with our vendors!

Music at the Market!
Front Porch Pickers Return with a Back to School Special!
The Pickers will be singing entertaining “back-to-school” music and leader Jo Ann Windberg will have some school supplies for kids!

This Week’s Vendors at Sweetwater Local Foods  Market
Blueberry Heritage Farms of Holland
Certified organic blueberries! Brendan will be bringing Elliot blueberries this Saturday! Kids can try a sample of one of the superfoods of snacks!
Earthly Kneads of Muskegon
Kids– Sample some Naturally Nutty peanut butter this Saturday!
Lots of goodies at the market this weekend! We’re open at the shop from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., too. If you would like to order ahead, please call the shop – 231.728.6383. Make sure you speak with a live person and NOT the voicemail system. Be sure to specify where you’d like to pick up your order (shop or market).
Bread – Specials this week: Pumpernickel; Cheesy Hot Pepper (made with organic cheddar cheese); Roasted Veggie Corn Bread. All the veggies are from either Earthscape/Full Circle Farm or Funny Farm. We will also have our regular Saturday schedule of bread (visit www.earthlykneads.com for details) minus the beer breads (had to make room for the specials!).
Sweets – Italian Cream Cupcakes (available in packs of 2 or 4), Black & Blue Berry Whole Wheat Coffee Cakes
Scones – Cherry Poppyseed, Apple Cinnamon, Wild Blueberry
Muffins – Mixed Berry, Dark Chocolate-Cherry
Cookies – Vegan AND Gluten Free Coconut; Vegan AND Gluten Free Peanut Butter; Sundrop; Sugar; Cranberry Almond
Granola – Several varieties this week, plus Gorp
Extras – Fresh Shiitake Mushrooms, Dried Shiitake Mushrooms, and Organically-Grown Heirloom Garlic (these bulbs are HUGE!) from Frasure Farms. We’ll also have an assortment of Food for Thought Jams & Preserves and Naturally Nutty Nut Butters with us.
Creswick Farms of Ravenna
Back to School Healthy Snacks for Kids Special! Grab a sample of Creswick Smoked Meat Snack Sticks! This Saturday only, buy 4 for $4.00 each, get 1 pack free!
Handcrafted Sausages and Specialty Meats
New! Healthy School Lunches start with Creswick’s Thin-sliced Ham Sandwich Meat! Sandwich sized slices of smoked ham from heritage pastured pork, nitrate free and packaged in easy to use zip-lock bags. Also: Nathan’s newest creation- Red Hot Brats! Per customer request he’s really kicked these sausages up a notch!
Other Pork Sausages: Jalapeno Brats, Garlic Kielbasa, Breakfast Links & Bulk, Chorizo.
Chicken Sausages: Apple Chicken Links, Chicken with Spinach & Feta Cheese Links.
Lamb Sausages: Back this week – Moroccan Lamb link sausage!
Fresh-Aire Pastured Pork.
Back this week! Country Style Ribs! Tender, meaty, excellent grilled. Also: Ham steaks. Pork Chops. Apple Smoked Nitrite-Free Bacon, Soup Seasoning Bacon Ends.
Grass-fed Beef
Fire up the Grill – We’ve got STEAKS! Back this week: Flank Steak (think Fajitas & London Broils), T-Bones, Ribeye & Sirloin Steak. Filet Mignon. Also: Chuck Roast. Gourmet Burgers, grass-fed beef & hickory smoked bacon 3-1/3lb patties per pkg. Ground Beef in 1 lb pkg. Ground Beef Patties 3-1/3lb patties per pkg.
Pastured Poultry
Boneless/skinless chicken breast, chicken wings, leg quarters, whole chicken & ground chicken in 1# pkg.
Also: At this point we are only taking pre-orders for eggs. See below.
Pre-Orders: Email Chris Bedford at chrisbedford@charter.net by Monday before the market and he will have it ready for you to pick up on Saturday. For a complete list of products, please see the website: www.CreswickFarms.com .
Earthscape/Full Circle Farm of Hesperia
Kids – stop by and try a healthy veggie snack!
Grass-Fed beef for sale by the quarter – please call or email if you are interested, or talk to me at the Market.
BEEF SALE! BUY 10 PACKAGES OF OUR GROUND BEEF AND GET 10% OFF. BUY 2 ROASTS AND GET 10% OFF! Soup Bones $1 per lb. Other cuts available: Rib Eye Steak, New York Strip, oxtail, tenderloin, Rib Steaks, Chuck and Arm Roasts, Rolled Rump Roast, TBones, Porterhouse, liver, heart, stew meat, Swiss steak, Short Ribs, ground beef bulk and patties. This is a mix of all grass-fed beef and some beef with our usual few months of grain to tenderize the meat. Please send me your advance orders and I’ll be sure to save beef for you.
VEGGIES THIS WEEK: Sweet Corn! Leeks! Cucumbers in quantity with dill for canning! Also: Celery, eggplant, sweet peppers & fingerling potatoes, Green Beans, Broccoli, Red Norland Potatoes, Lettuce Mix, Chard and Kale, summer squashes, and whatever else we find ready to pick on Friday! Fresh herbs: parsley, basil, oregano, rosemary, chives, dill.
Sale! Organic Olive Oil! Bring in your quart jar and fill it with Catalan Spanish oil for $35, or buy a jar from us. In the famous Rioja wine producing region of Northern Spain, the three Catalan brothers and their proud families produce an exceptional olive oil from their small orchard of Arbequina olives. It is smooth-tasting with a great balance, very good fruit, and the aftertaste is a bit peppery. The unfiltered oil is Certified Organic by the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture. It is exceptional with lamb, beef, salad or spicy foods. I will also have Moutere Grove from New Zealand ~ 250 ml $20; 500 ml $30 and bottled Catalan 250 ml $16; 500 ml $24.
HIGHER GROUNDS COFFEE! I’ll be bringing an assortment of 1# bags. More is on order, here’s hoping it arrives by Friday.
CHECK OUT OUR BLOG! http://www.earthscapefarm.blogspot.com
Grass Menagerie of Whitehall
Lois will bring wild-harvested blueberries from a field near her farm left alone for over twenty years. The bushes are nestled in among roses, honeysuckle & cherry trees. These were a market favorite last year. Also, she will have a nice variety of her home made castile soaps: Sensitve Skin with pure olive, coconut oil & goats milk, Scrubber Soap with horsetail & llang-llang; Peppermint Shower Soap with lavender, hops & jasmine. She will also have potted lemon balm & aloe vera for sale.
Olson Farm of Shelby
Ailsa Craig onions are in! Jim claims they are hands down better than any Vidalia he’s ever tasted! Also: red potatoes, green beans and this spring’s batch of Taste of Spring Maple Syrup.
Happy Hill Farm of Hart
Sale! Our 2008 chicken turkey & duck is on sale now – 50% off while it lasts!
Hoophouse & Veggie Garden! Sweet corn! Cabbage, Multi-colored carrots. Cucumbers for pickling & slicing. Also canning quantities of beans! Green, purple, & yellow, dragon & rattlesnake pole beans. Collards, kohlrabi, beets, green onions & big onions, mixed greens. Squash: green, yellow & 8 ball zuccini. Yellow scallop squash. Broccoli. Yukon Gold, Kennebec & Red Lasota potatoes. Herbs: Fresh & dried parsley, cilantro, basil, rosemary & sorrel.
Turkey Sausage. Breakfast, Italian, Brat & Chorizo. Breakfast & Italian in links/andor bulk. Turkeys were fed certified organic feed.
Ducks. Young and tender. The drakes weigh about 6 lbs.; the hens are just over 3 lbs.
Pastured turkey: Fed certified organic grain. We will have frozen packaged thighs, drumsticks, breast roast, sliced breast, and tenderloin.
Pastured chicken: Two options: Frozen chicken fed certified organic grains or chicken fed our own 2nd year transition corn. We have 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 of our meats are raised on pasture with daily moves, and are processed on farm: no stressful transporting.
Stewing Hens. Hens retired from laying eggs make the best chicken soup in the world! Simmer these gals for several hours and you have genuine old-fashioned chicken! Or roast on high in the crockpot with no water for 8-12 hours for scrumptious roasted chicken!
Rabbit. Whole, frozen. Raised by David Filbrun on the farm.
Happy Hill will have Abundant Harvest Bakery goods at their booth, including
Granola Breakfast Cookies and several gluten-free offerings.
Free-Range Eggs: Large. Also, goose eggs.
Ag and Health Alive of Marne
For any Fertrell fall garden supplies please call 616-677-6178 and Paul will bring it to market.
Also: Chicken & Duck Eggs, Honey, maple syrup, garden books, bagged wool.
Nantucket Bread Co. Freshly baked loaves of Whole Wheat Raisin Bread as well as regular Whole Wheat, baked with organic flour.
Bee and Botanicals of Spring Lake
Keep those pesky moths away from your closets and cupboards and knitting baskets. Try my own Moth Away blend and lavender sachets!
New this week – Special Laundry Bar from Lavender Hill Farms! This is a special soap bar to spot treat stubborn stains, and remove dirt and grime from clothing and other house hold items. It’s a big chunky bar that will last many years and is environmentally safe, using no harsh chemicals or bleach. No more stain remover bottles to throw away! Also organic lavender dryer bags for a light lavender scent to use instead of dryer sheets.
Nice selection of hand made cards, gift bags and tags too!
Grassfields Farm of Coopersville
We will return next week with a large selection of your favorite certified organic Dutch style raw milk cheeses!

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. Please note: Higher Grounds Coffee 1# bags for sale at Earthscape booth.

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Thanks to the 91 of you who have voted so far and also for your wonderful heart-warming comments – now c’mon the rest of you, help us out! Sponsored by Local Harvest, the Grand Prize is $5000 – that will buy a lot of Pop-Up tents! Also, there are prizes for the person who recruits the most friends to vote for the market!  Visit Local Harvest Care2 Love Your Farmers Market

Thanks for all you do as a consumer and advocate of a healthy local food system!

See you at the Market!
Diana Jancek
Market Manager