Sweetwater Friday Update for Saturday December 10th Farmers Market

Sweetwater Local Foods Market

Saturday, December 10th, 2022
10:00am to 11:00am
Mercy Health Lakes Village
6401 Harvey St. at US31/Pontaluna Rd.
Supporting Small Local Organic Food Producers since 2005!
Sweetwater Pledge to Customers
Friday Update Newsletter
You still have a few hours left to get those meat preorders in! Please take advantage of all the great meat cuts available this week! We have Pine Row Farm & Earthscape Farm both on hand with grassfed beef, and The Pasturage with lamb & pork. Liberty Farm has pork & chicken. Scholl Farm has chicken. Mannor Farm has chicken, guinea fowl and rabbit! So many good choices from so many good farmers!

Holiday Calendar:
Closed Saturday Christmas Eve, December 24th
Closed Saturday New Years Eve, December 31st

Vendors Attending Saturday December 10th:

Blackbird Farm of Coopersville
This week at market, we are again offering our pre-selected, pre-packed bags of fresh vegetables. These bags are something akin to our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) shares. We assemble bags of our highest quality veggies based on whatever is fresh and in season for that week. In the bag, we aim to have some combination and quantity of at least six different vegetables with a combined value around $25. We also include a brief note from Farmer Greg and a farm-tested recipe. Each bag costs $20.
This week’s bag will likely contain a combination of some of the following: head lettuce, carrots, potatoes, turnips, winter squash, leeks, and garlic. Again, each bag will cost $20.
To order your Blackbird Farms Veggie Bag, please email us at hello.blackbirdfarms@gmail.com by noon on Thursday. We will then send you an invoice via Square. Payment can also be made via cash or check (payable to Blackbird Farms).
We also plan to have several items for walk-up sales—watch for more information in Friday’s newsletter.
Thanks so much! We’re looking forward to seeing friends old and new this Saturday!
Greg Dunn
Blackbird Farms LLC

The Woven Farmstead of Whitehall
I will have a variety of veggies available for walk up sales on Saturday!
I will also have a variety of foraged wreathes for the holidays. Most are a pinecone or greenery base with foraged finds, all from the farm
For those looking to give the gift of fresh veggies and/or flowers this holiday season, my 2023 veggie CSA and flower CSA are live on my website! Market cards are available as well – choose your amount and I will add an additional 10% to the value!
Follow the link below to sign up
(Payment plans available)
Cheers to good growing!

Laughing Tree Bakery of Hart
Note:  Although Sweetwater is closed Saturday Dec 24th, we will be at The Cheese Lady in Muskegon on Friday, Dec 23 from 10–3pm.
We will have an assortment of breads and pastries available for walk up sales on Saturday Dec 10th at Sweetwater.
Hilde and Charlie Muller
Laughing Tree Brick Oven Bakery
Find us on facebook and Instagram

Pine Row Farm of Rothbury
Hello :-),
We will accept orders until 5pm on Friday. If you miss the deadline or prefer to shop in person, I do bring a selection of what’s available every Saturday. I will plan to get totals emailed out by 9:30pm on Friday. If you don’t get a response from me, please contact me. We accept cash or check payable to Pine Row Farm.
100% grass fed beef:
Prices listed are per pound. Orders are filled in the order we receive them.
Skirt steak $10
Sirloin sizzlers $11.50
Eye of round steaks $7.75
Arm roasts $8.50
Rolled rump roasts $8.50
Burger patties (1# average 4/package) $8.25
Ground beef $7.25
Ground round $7.75
Short ribs $7
Shank $5.75
We sell by halves and quarters. Please contact us if you would like to be on the list for beef in 2023. We have unexpectedly been offered a processing date in January. If you would like a half or quarter early in the year, please let me know. If there’s sufficient interest we will keep the date. We’d previously planned on spring being the next date. 
All of our poultry are free range, locked in nightly, and have certified organic feed.
Chicken eggs: $6/dozen *Sold out already. Any extras will be available for walk up on Saturday. 
Duck eggs: I should have a dozen or close to it by Saturday if they continue laying.
We will bring the following honey:
Plastic squeeze bottles:
12 oz bear $6
1# raw $8
2# $12
Glass canning jars:
Pint raw $10
Quart raw $16
1# block $10
Old fashioned boiled maple syrup, powered by wood! Glass jars only. Mother Hubbard’s maple syrup: 
Pints $10
Quarts $16
Kasza Sugar Bush Maple Syrup 
Glass containers.
Quarts $16
Gallons $55
Holiday item: Maple cream $15/#. Spreadable and delicious 100% maple syrup.
See you Saturday!
Sarah (and Bill and the kids),

Scholl Farm of Montague
All of our products and produce are raised/grown organically.
EGGS, Chicken – $6.00/doz. (Limit 1 doz.)
– Frozen whole birds, 4 TO 6+ lbs. $5.50/lb.
– Frozen whole cut up chicken, 8 pcs per pkg. 5-6 lbs., $6.00/lb.
– Necks, gizzards, and livers: $3.00/lb.
Purple, Yellow, Kennebec, and Crescent Fingers. Mix or match.
$15.00/peck (4 qt.)
$30.00/1/2 bu.
$50.00/1 bu.
Spuds are easy to store if kept in cool, dark, dry environment with some airflow.
Stock up on your favorite varieties.
We are SOLD OUT of gourds, squash & osage orange.
Place all orders via voice message at (231) 893-1311. Leave your name, phone number and speak slow and clear.
Thanks so Much,
Stu and Connie

Earthscape Farm of Hesperia
Greetings Sweetwater Friends!  It’s been busy on the Farm and with Midwifery!  6 babies were born in November, and 5 are due this month.  We’ve been selling a lot of firewood.
We are coming this Saturday, December 10th!  Please get your pre – orders in!   Please let us know if you want to pay at pick up (cash or checks made out to Earthscape Farm), or on line with a Square invoice.  We can most likely fill orders up until 8am Saturday morning!  Email earthscapefarm@gmail.com.
We are low on beef cuts ~~ HAVE BEEN SELLING MOST BEEF BY THE QUARTER LATELY.  We butcher again in a few weeks.  Would you like a quarter? WINTER SQUASH!  ACORN, BUTTERNUT, DELICATA AND BUTTERCUP!
Onions $1 each or a quart for $3.
Red and Green Cabbages $3 each
Amarosa Fingerling Potatoes $5 per quart  AmaRosa is a mid-season fingerling variety with smooth bright red skin and deep red/pink flesh. These creamy nutritious fingerlings are great for baking, roasting, and grilling.
Ground Chuck  $7.50 per lb.
Ground Sirloin  $9 per lb.
Ground Beef  $6.50/lb.   ~ 1/2# AND 1# packages
Ground Beef Patties $7.50 per lb.  2 AND 4 patties per package!
CONTACT: Patrice and Bill Bobier
4220 E. Loop Rd.
Hesperia, MI  49421
email earthscapefarm@gmail.com
Forest Finds of Muskegon
New products!
Blueberry Shrub $13/4oz
Organic blueberries infused into apple cider vinegar with raw honey!
-Cottonwood Body Oil $25/4oz
Cottonwood is a great oil to seal in moisture and relieve inflammation!
-St John’s Wort Oil $25/4oz
Relieve inflammation and smooth the nervous system.
-Cottonwood Lip Balm $5
Seal in moisture and smells delicious!
For preorders, please check out our product list  here:  FOREST FINDS-3
If you have any questions, etc about any of our products please email me at ForestFinds@yahoo.com
Call or text 616-834-3233
Thanks! Cody
Liberty Family Farm & Bakery of Hart
Preorders accepted.
Empire  Apples from Hackert Family Farm, Certified Organic! . $52 per bushel.
$28.00 per half bushel.
$15 per peck.
$9.00 per half peck.
VEGGIES from the garden and hoop house!!
Red Potatoes $5.00/ qt
White Potatoes Russets $5.00/ qt
Kale $5.00
FARM FRESH EGGS! $5.00 per dozen
Whole Chicken $5.50 per lb avg weight 5-7 lbs
Breasts $10.25 lb avg. weight per pkg 1-1.5 lbs
Thighs $7.00/lb
Drumsticks $5.75/ lb
Wings $5.75/lb
Livers $5.00
New product in! PASTURED PORK
Breakfast links $10.00lb
New! Breakfast Patties $10.00 lb
Pork chops$9.00/lb
Maple Sage sausage$9.00
Italian bulk sausage $9.00
Garlic basil bulk sausage$9.00
Ground pork $6.00
Nitrate free bacon$12.00
Pork Steaks $8.00/lb
Fresh Ham Steaks $9.00 /lb
Pork Kabobs $8.00 /lb
Italian Brats $9.00/lb
Pork Shoulder  Roasts $10.00 lb
Ribs $9.00/lb
Nitrate Free Ham Hocks $7.00 /lb
**Please let us know if you need a bulk order of something so we can reserve it for you. We will have all the usual cuts, sausage, nitrate free bacon & hams, and brats.
GRASS FED LAMB 100% raised on pasture! No hormones or chemicals ever!
Ground Lamb$10.50
Leg Steaks$15.00
Shoulder Steaks$12.75
Lamb Stew Meat $9.00
Shanks $9.00
New! Gingerbread Cookies $5.00 per 10 cookies/bag
New! Cranberry Bread Lg loaf $10.000
New! Cranberry Shortbread Bars $3.00
New! Gingerbread Muffins with a lemon glaze $4.00 lg
New! English Muffins $6.00 (6pk)
Baked donuts cinnamon/sugar, glazed, or Plain $6.00 per half dozen.
 Apple Crumb top pies made with our own organic apples $18.00
 MultiGrain Knot Rolls 4pk $6.00
Apple Galettes $10.00
Spinach & Cheddar GF or Reg. $15.00
Broccoli & Cheddar GF or Reg. $15.00
Classic Banana Bread $8.00 small $5.00
Ultimate Granola $5.00 bag
Breakfast Cookies $4.00 each
Pizza Crusts $5.00 (4 pack)
Please send order via email libertyff@gmail.com by Friday evening and we will send an invoice on Friday evening through email.  Feel free to pay with cash on Saturday. Please email if you do not get a confirmation within 24 hours.
NOTE: If you get this email too late for a preorder we will plan to have limited amounts of veggies, apples, eggs & baked goods available for walk up sales.
Thank you very much!
The Wrights
Liberty Family Farm

The Mannor Farm of Hesperia
We will have the following available for this week.
Please have orders in to us by Thursday.
Ancho Peppers  $8.00  3 oz resealable pouch.  Dried Poblano peppers.  This pepper is a very mild hot pepper (more spicy than hot).  Use them in Mole or Enchilada sauce.  Rehydrates easily in warm water in about 15 minutes.
Crushed Hot Pepper  $7 Net Wt  2 oz jar  A blend of our Certified Naturally Grown hot peppers.   Add a little zest to your chili, soups or fresh salads.
Honeynut Squash $2 each  This variety of butternut squash is sweeter and smaller running 1/2 to 1 1/2 lbs each.  It does not have a tough skin like most butternut varieties so does not store as long.
Tuffy acorn squash $2 each   This variety of acorn squash is smaller running 1/2 to 1 1/2 lbs each.
Johansen’s Maple Syrup  $10 pint  Jed Johansen is a retired Navy Master Chief who lives northeast of Hesperia.  Jed and his family raise mushrooms and veggies as well as process the sap from the Maple trees on their arm.
Whole Chicken  $20.00 each (average 5.26 lbs each)   We have 9 left.  They range in weight from 3.98 lbs to 6.06 lbs.   Our poultry and rabbits are always young and fed 100% CNG or organic feed.   USDA Inspected
Young Guinea Fowl   $20.00 each (average 2.54 lbs each)   We have 10 left.     Guinea Fowl is all dark meat, very tender, and very similar to pheasant without a gamey taste.  Try guinea fowl roasted with a red currant gravy or batter fried like chicken. Our poultry and rabbits are always young and fed 100% CNG or organic fed.   USDA Inspected.
Rabbit    $20.00 each (average 3.99 lbs each)   We have 18 left.      Our rabbits are always young and fed 100% CNG or Non-GMO feed.   Processed in MDARD Inspected  facilities.
All our produce and poultry are Certified Naturally Grown.  It is Locally Grown Naturally!
Please send orders to the.mannor.farm@gmail.com or text to 231-301-9894.  We will send an invoice via Square for payment.  If you prefer, you may pay with cash at time of pick-up on Saturday.
Dan & Linda Mannor
The Mannor Farm LLC
5595 E Arthur Road
Hesperia, MI 49421

The Pasturage of Montague
I will be there this weekend with meat in tow. We have plenty of petite lamb sirloin roasts for small holiday gatherings, all the way up to legs of lamb and whole pork shoulder and butt roasts, plus pork loin roasts. To place a preorder: Text or call 231 288 6112. Email thepasturage@gmail.com Look for a confirmation via whatever method you contacted me.
Most popular cuts are listed below. For the connoisseur of snout to tail the entire inventory list is here: Oct-Nov 22 Engel SW Pasturage Product price list
Chop Loin $16.00/# Classic cut. 2 per pack, avg .47 lb / pk.
Chop Rib $16.00/# Tender nugget in an arc of bone. 2/pkg, avg 0.36 lb/pk.
Ground Lamb $12.00/# Shepherd’s pie. 1lb tube.
Rack Of Lamb, Half $18.00/# 4-5 ribs per pack, range 0.6-1.0 lbs. per pack.
Rack Of Lamb, Whole $18.00/# 8-9 ribs per pack, range 1-1.75 lbs per pk.
Leg Bone-in $14.00/# Epitome of a roast.  Around 4 lbs each.
Leg Boneless $14.00/# Any way you cut it: delicious. Netted, 3-4 lbs / pk.
Shoulder Boneless $10.00/# Braise, appraise and rave.  Avg. 3.3
Sirloin Roast $16.00/# 1/pk, boneless, netted, avg. 1.2 lbs.
Bratwurst $14.00ea 5 links in 1 lb package. Breakfast links $14.00ea Breakfast is better with lamb!  10 links in 1lb pkg.
Breakfast links SPICY $14.00ea 10 links in 1lb pkg.
Italian $14.00ea New recipe, still Italian but not sweet. 5 links in 1lb pkg.
Kielbasa $14.00ea No sugar or dextrose. 5 links in 1 lb pkg.
Shanks Osso Bucco $10.00/# Single pc. Need 3 for whole shank.
Shanks Whole $10.00/# Stunning. 2 whole shanks, avg 1.5 – 2.2 # per pkg
Leg $14.00/# Christmas in July! 1/pk, bone-in, straight cut. .44 – .68lb/pk.
Shoulder $10.00/# Slow and low. 2/pk. 0.75 – 1.1lb/pk.
Sirloin Steak $16.00/# Nothing says special like sirloin. 1/pkg, avg .77lb/pk.
Stewmeat $12.00ea Kebob ready. 1lb pkg.
Mutton chops $13.00/# More than just a hair style. 2/pk, 0.75 # avg.
Bacon $14.00/# Relatively thick sliced. Avg. 1#/pk.
Belly, whole slab. $10.00/# Skin off. About 7.5#/pk.
Belly, fresh side pork. $10.00/# Small packs, skin off. Avg. 0.5#/pk.
Chops $11.00/# 3/4″-1"thick, 2-4 per pkg. Range 0.5 – 1.5lb
Cubes $9.00/#. for stir fry, kebabs, or stew. About 1# pk of 1” cubes.
Ground Pork $9.00ea Versatile.  1 lb. Tube
Hocks, Fresh $5.00/# 2/pk, range 1.5-2lbs.
Hocks, Smoked* NO NITRATE $6.00/# Pea soup. 2 hocks cut into 3 pieces each, avg 2#/pk. *low stock, pre-order only*
Pork Shanks $5.00/# 1/pk, range 1.5-2lbs.
Jowl, fresh/cheek $5.00/# Make your own jowl bacon. 1-2 lbs per pack.
Jowl, Smoked NO NITRATE $8.00/# Jowl bacon. Sliced. Avg .75#/pk.
Pork Steak $11.00/# Better than beef!  2/pk, 0.75-1.5#/pk.
Ham, fresh $10.00/# Put home-smoker to use. Whole (2-4lbs).
Loin Roast $12.00/# Prime rib of pork. Bone-in. Range 1.5 – 2.75lb
Shoulder, butt, fresh, whole or half. $12.00/# The back of the shoulder. Whole (3-4#) or half (2-3#).
Shoulder, fresh, whole. $12.00/# Traditional pulled pork cut. Whole only (7-8.5#).
Andouille $13.00ea Last chance, discontinued recipe. 1 lb pkg of 5 links.
Brats $13.00ea Classic recipe. 1lb pkg of 5 links.
Brats, Jalapeno $13.00ea Mild heat, booming flavor.  1lb pkg of 5 links.
Breakfast Links $13.00/# 10 pr pkg. Pork, water, salt, sugar, spices.
Chorizo $13.00ea A Sweetwater favorite. 1lb pkg of 5 links.
Italian $13.00ea Perfect for spaghetti. 1lb pkg of 5 links.
Kielbasa $13.00ea Fresh German style. 1lb pkg of 5 links.
Polish $13.00/# No sugar or dextrose. 4 links, range 0.8-1.7#/pk.
Smoked Ham slice $10.00/# So easy, practically serves itself for dinner. 0.5-2.0 #/pk.
For the connoisseur of snout to tail, our entire inventory list is here:
Oct-Nov 22 Engel SW Pasturage Product price list
To place a preorder: Text or call 231 288 6112. Email thepasturage@gmail.com Look for a confirmation via whatever method you contacted me.
Thank you!

Earthkeeper Farm of Kent City
Deadline 8pm Friday.
All crops are Certified Naturally Grown on our farm in Kent City. This will be our last market of the year. Preorder deadline is 8pm Friday.
Frozen Elderberries
Frozen, off-the-stem 5lb box is $48 (we do not have 1lb units at this time)
Elderberries are a nutritional powerhouse, known for their immune boosting compounds and health benefits. They are most often made into elderberry syrup, which can be taken to help prevent colds or lessen their severity. They can also be made into jellies, baked goods, and wine or fermented drinks.
German Extra Hardy, $14/lb. There are about 12 heads in a pound. Minimum order of 1lb.
Please email Rachelle@earthkeeperfarm.com or call/text 616-403-0526 to place order. Payment can be made at market pick up with a check, cash, or credit card. Or we can email you an invoice for online payment. Order deadline is 8pm the Friday before market. More farm info at www.earthkeeperfarm.com
Thank you!

Funny Farm of Grant
Hello everyone! Our produce is finished for the season. That means Jim and I are getting busy in our workshops so I will be attending market if I receive orders for any goods. If you are interested in any unusual gifts for this holiday season, please consider contacting us about creating one for you. Custom orders are gladly accepted. Various types of cutting boards, hinged boxes, candle stands, wall shelves and nearly anything you could imagine, Jim could probably create. I will have our jelly assortment available for gift-giving also. The flavors are listed below. Bowl cozies for hot soups or ice cream bowls are good stocking stuffers! Please text me at 734-945-0720 for preorders or questions. See you in December.
All flavors are low sugar. Elderberry, blueberry, kiwi, crab apple-kiwi, apple, wild grape. Blackberry-elderberry coming soon.
Dark Water Coffee Roasters of Mears
Not sure of our plans at this point, but if you’re in need of a fresh coffee supply, jump on our website www.darkwatercoffeeroasters.com and we will ship right to your doorstep!  There are some exciting new offerings sure to excite your morning cuppa.
Happy Fall,
Lauren, Tony, Damian, and Neve

1. Look over the list. Each vendor has a unique deadline for when they need to receive your pre-order depending on their product. Send your pre-order by email to each vendor you want to order from, within their required deadlines.
2. Vendors will respond back by no later than Friday before market day with an order confirmation and an invoice that in most cases will allow you to pre-pay for your order. If a vendor is not set up to take payment online they will accept checks (preferred) or cash in a sealed envelope on market day pickup.
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to be informed of the pre-order schedule for the next market.
If you have questions about info in this newsletter
please email them to sweetwaterlocalfoods@gmail.com
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