Sweetwater Friday Update for Saturday December 17th Farmers Market

Sweetwater Local Foods Market

Saturday, December 17th, 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!
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Friday Update Newsletter
The LAST Sweetwater market of 2022 is coming up this Saturday!
There is still time to get a preorder in, or just swing by the market from 10am to 11am Saturday!
Happiest of Holidays to everyone, and we’ll see you soon at the market!

Holiday Calendar:
Closed Saturday Christmas Eve, December 24th
Closed Saturday New Years Eve, December 31st
Next Sweetwater market is Saturday January 7th

Vendors Attending Saturday December 17th:

Shady Side Farm of Holland
Shady Side Farm will be at the market this Saturday, 12/17. I prefer walk up sales (less coordination ahead of time), but if you want large quantities of beans or flours, or something else that I haven’t mentioned, please email me.
Wool dryer balls, 1 for $7, 3 for $20, and 6 for $35.
Certified organic heirloom dry beans available in 1lb. bags, $12 each. If you buy FIVE 1lb. bags, you can have the sixth for free:
·  Amethyst – Creamy texture, slightly fruity flavor
·  Arikara Yellow – Good flavor, hold shape well, baked beans, soups
·  Calypso – Slight potato flavor, crumbly texture, good for soups and salads
·  Creel Crowder Cowpea – Rich, hearty flavor, slightly sweet, soul food or southern dishes
·  Dapple Grey – Hold shape well, meaty texture, deep flavor, great for soup
·  Fast Lady Cowpea – Quick cooking, creamy texture, slightly sweet, soul food or southern dishes
·  Fort Portal Jade – Firm, hold up in cooking, pleasant, earthy flavor
·  Hutterite Soup – Comfort food, cook fast, creamy soup, baby food
·  Jacob’s Cattle – Big and meaty, taste like potatoes, traditional baked beans, chili
·  Jacob’s Cattle Gold – Sturdy, soak up other flavors, soups and stews
·  Lina Cisco’s Bird Egg – Creamy smooth texture, nutty, sweet flavor, thin skin, soups or chili
·  Marrow – Creamy bean with a slight taste of bacon, good in soups and white chili
·  Medley – Random mixture, good in soup
·  Painted Lady – Slightly sweet, smooth, creamy texture, good all-purpose bean
·  Painted Pony – Rich and nutty, keeps coloring during cooking
·  Rouge et Noir Cowpea – earthy flavor, hold shape well, good all purpose cowpea
·  Spanish Tolosana – Rich and creamy, hold shape well, good for chili, bean salads
·  Tiger Eye  – Creamy smooth texture, rich flavor, tender skin, all-purpose bean
·  Valentine  – Replacement for kidney beans, great for salads, soups and dips
·  Yellow Indian Woman  – Mild, creamy tasting, sturdy, salads or chili
·  Zebra  – Smooth, creamy texture, full-bodied flavor, good all-purpose bean
I can also bring mini bags of the above beans (6oz. each) that are great for gift-giving. These are $6 each, but if you buy 4 or more, the price drops to $5 each. Please do email me with what you’d like in mini bags, otherwise I won’t take them along. 
Certified organic non-heirloom dry beans, available in 1# bags ($8), 2# bags ($14), or 5# bags ($30):
·  Black Turtle – Common black bean, great in Mexican dishes
·  Pinto – Earthy flavor, great in Mexican cooking, fall apart under long cooking
Ground products from our certified organic heritage corn in 2# bags, $8 each:
·  Corn Flour, great in muffins, pancakes, waffles, and more, also available in 4# bags ($12)
·  Corn Meal, can be used for polenta or in baking
·  Coarse Grits, good for grits or polenta
Flour from our certified organic heritage grain:
·  Einkorn Flour, 24 oz. bags ($10) or 4# bags ($20)
·  Spelt Flour, 24 oz. bags ($8), or 4# bags ($16)
Bran from the grinding of the certified organic heritage grain, available in 6-9 oz. bags ($3) or 18 oz. bags ($5). Great for bran muffins (recipe on the back of the bag). Small bag is enough for 2 batches.
·  Einkorn Bran
·  Spelt Bran
Dehulled berries from our certified organic heritage grains:
·  Einkorn Berries, in 1lb. bags ($8), 2lb. bags ($15) or 5lb. bags ($30)
·  Spelt Berries, in 1lb. bags ($6), 2lb. bags ($10), or 5lb. bags ($20)
Berries can be ground for flour, added to soups like barley, or soaked and cooked like rice for a hearty, nutty whole grain pilaf or breakfast cereal.
See you Saturday!
Shady Side Farm

Blackbird Farm of Coopersville
Friends, this will be our last market until summer. Thanks so much for all your support this season! This will be a great week for you to stock up for your Christmas feasts, as well as for winter. We will likely be bring the following, for walk-up sales only:
head lettuce
baby kohlrabi
Brussels sprouts
butternut squash
acorn squash
autumn beauty squash
We also have a few more of our special fire cider kits available.
Forrest should also be in attendance with a variety of his handcrafted provisions.
Looking forward to seeing friends old and new this weekend!
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
We will have an assortment of breads & pastries available for walk up sales on Saturday.
We will be at The Cheese Lady in Muskegon on Friday, December 23 from 10—3pm.
Anita will be passing out flyers this Saturday detailing what’s available on 12/23–including OCEANA ROLLS, Chocolate Cherry Bread, Cranberry Orange Almond Bread, and more! Oceana Rolls are only available on 12/23 at The Cheese Lady.
We will also be doing store deliveries on 12/23.
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
Eye of round steaks $7.75
Arm 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 obtained a processing date in January. If you would like a half or quarter early in the year, please let me know. 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. We will likely have a pick up time for shares over the holidays. If you are short eggs, feel free to contact me. I anticipate having eggs available.
Duck eggs: $10/dozen
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),

Earthscape Farm of Hesperia
Greetings Sweetwater Friends!
We are coming this Saturday, December 17th and then not till end of January!  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? These are all still at our same price per lb, but we will be raising prices for the next slaughter.
Red and Yellow Onions $1 each
Red and Green Cabbages $3 each
Amarosa Fingerling Potatoes $5 per quart
Red Norland Potatoes $4 per quart
Ground Chuck  $7.50 per lb.
Ground Sirloin  $9 per lb.
Ground Beef  $6.50/lb.   ~ 1# packages
Ground Beef Patties $7.50 per lb.  2 AND 4 patties per package!
Soup bones!  $2.50 per lb.
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 a list of all our products:  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
Ancho Peppers  $5  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  $5 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.    Works great on homemade pizza.
Acorn squash $1 each   This variety of acorn squash is smaller running 1/2 to 1 1/2 lbs each.
Whole Chicken  $20.00 each (about 4 – 5 lbs each)     USDA Inspected
Young Guinea Fowl   $20.00 each (about  2 – 2.5 lbs each)    Guinea Fowl is all dark meat, very tender, and very similar to pheasant without a gamey taste.   USDA Inspected
Rabbit   $20.00 each (average 3.99 lbs each)   Great less fat alternative to chicken.  Prepare it using your favorite chicken recipe.  Processed in MDARD Inspected facilities.
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 farm.
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.
We are now offering 2023 CSA memberships.  Our CSA is a Free Choice plan, each member is issued a Farm Card which they use to purchase produce, meat and/or eggs from us.  The member decides what they want and when they want it.   For details, please contact us at the.mannor.farm@gmail.com.
This will be the last market we will attend until spring 2023.
Dan & Linda Mannor
The Mannor Farm LLC
5595 E Arthur Road
Hesperia, MI 49421

The Pasturage of Montague
New! Just in time for Christmas, Hand woven dish cloths ($4.00 ea) & rugs ($74.00) created by my Mom.
New! Our new Product Price List is up!
Dec 22 The Pasturage Product price list
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.
To Pickup:
At Sweetwater Local Foods Market, order by 4pm Friday for the 10am-11am Saturday market.
A selection of our most popular cuts listed below. The new product list is here: Dec 22 The Pasturage Product price list
Lamb Brisket Corned lamb! Avg 0.36 lbs. per pack. 8.00 /#
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:
Dec 22 The 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!

Busy Bee Farm of Whitehall
Current products for sale:
NEW on Saturday, Carrot Cake Jam and Chow Chow
Savory pepper jam
Salsa Verde
Christmas Jam
Apple pie jam
Pumpkin pie jam
Variety of Pie fillings
Thai chili sauce
Christmas Gift Sets
Taking preorders and I will have products available for purchase on the day of. For Preorders email busybeefarm58@gmail.com
Check out our products and follow us on Facebook @BusyBeeFarm5258
Cash or Credit Card Accepted

Scholl Farm of Montague
We do not anticipate enough eggs for Saturday, so will plan on seeing everyone again on January 7th.
Thanks so Much,
Stu and Connie
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

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