Sweetwater Friday Update for Saturday July 16th Farmers Market

Sweetwater Local Foods Market

Saturday, July 16th 2022
10:00am to 11:00am
Mercy Health Lakes Village
6401 Harvey St. at US31/Pontaluna Rd.
Friday Market Update Newsletter
Is there anything more summery than summer squash? Besides grilling and sliced raw into salads, how do you best enjoy this golden goodness?

Learning to enjoy new parts of our common veggies can be fun! I made a delicious carrot top pesto last week, with a little added basil, garlic, walnuts, parm & EVOO – it was delicious! A friend from work told me she makes kohlrabi chips from the leaves, same as kale chips but very light & crispy!

Blackbird Farm & Woven Farm will both have lots of summer squash so be sure to get some! And Earthscape Farm will have kohlrabi & snow peas along with their meats. (meat cuts should be preordered if possible).

On a more serious note, we’re as concerned as everyone else about the price of food these days, particularly meat. Just FYI, our farmers have kept their meat prices down in spite of rising costs on their ends, so not only is ordering from them more economical for you, it also supports our local food economy (instead of the 2 or 3 huge meat conglomerates selling most of what is in the supermarkets). Most importantly, locally raised pastured animals are SO much healthier for you! You can rest assured all the animal products sold at Sweetwater are from small flocks enjoying grassy pastures this time of year, not crowded into buildings & pens and crammed full of antibiotics…….it’s a WIN WIN!
Earthscape Farm & Pine Row Farm will both have a limited amount of beef cuts available for walk up sales, so please consider getting a preorder in ahead of Saturday, it assures you will get the precise cuts you want, as our farmers can’t possibly haul everything they have down to you.
Okay, off the soapbox we go, and we’ll see you at the market!

Vendors Attending Saturday July 16th:

Blackbird Farms of Coopersville
Here at the farm we have had just a lovely stretch of weather, and the crops are responding in kind. We hope you will visit us at market this Saturday to share in the abundance.
We will be bringing:
kale (red and green curly)
Swiss chard
head lettuce (red and green butterhead)
microgreens (arugula and kale)
bok choi
minicabbages (including our signature “conehead” cabbages)
summer squash
patty pan squash
And please stop by and say hi to Forrest, hot sauce connoisseur, to see what provisions he has to share this week!
Looking forward to seeing friends old and new at market this Saturday!
Greg Dunn
Blackbird Farms LLC

The Woven Farm of Whitehall
Looking ahead to Saturday, the market tables will feature:
Salad Mix
Head Lettuce
Assorted Asian Greens
Assorted Kale
Summer Squash
Edible Flower Mix
Assorted herbs
Flower Bouquets
….and probably a few more items I’m forgetting!
Some items are abundant, others are verrrrry limited!
Stop by, say hi, (Viki at Sweetwater, me at Montague) and stock up on fresh, local goods for the upcoming weekend! 💥

Laughing Tree Bakery of Hart
If you missed the Tuesday preorder deadline we’ll have a nice selection of breads and pastries available for walk up sales.
Hilde and Charlie Muller
Laughing Tree Brick Oven Bakery
Find us on facebook and Instagram

Earthscape Farm of Hesperia
VEGGIES!  Snow peas and maybe some sugar snaps, too. We planted more than we can possibly eat.
Kohlrabis!  Sliced and eaten raw – my favorite way!
Thyme plants – $3 each!
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.
Email earthscapefarm@gmail.com.
Please note: We will have a limited selection of beef cuts with us for Walk up purchase, so please try to get a preorder in to get exactly what you want. Please pre-order by Friday evening.
All the cuts are below, and orders are filled in the order we receive them.
Tenderloin $20 / lb. 2 per package OUT
Porterhouse $14/lb 2 per package
New York Strip $14 / lb  2 per package
Rib Steaks $12 / lb. 2 per package
T Bone Steak  $13/ lb.  2 per package  OUT
Sirloin Steak  $10/lb.   1 per package.
Flank Steak $10 / lb.  1 per package
Hanger Steak $10 / lb 1 per package
Stew Meat $7 per lb.
Kabob beef $7 per lb.      Great for grilling!
Skirt Steak $7/lb
Cubed Steak  $7/lb. .5 to 1.5# per package
Round Steak  $6.50/lb.  .5 to 1.5# per package
Rolled Rump,  English and Arm Roast  $8.00/lb.   BUY 2 of any roast, get 10% off!
Brisket $8 per lb. Half and whole available!
Chuck Roast $7.50 per lb.
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 per package
Short Ribs $5 per lb.
Liver $4/lb OUT
Heart $3 per lb.
Tongue $3.50 per lb.
Oxtail $5 per lb.
Soup Bones $2.50 per lb.  SALE!  BUY 10# FOR $2 PER LB.
Suet $1 per lb.
CONTACT: Patrice and Bill Bobier
4220 E. Loop Rd.
Hesperia, MI  49421
email earthscapefarm@gmail.com

Pine Row Farm of Rothbury
Friday Update: If you missed the Friday evening preorder deadline I will have a limited supply of ground beef, steaks & roasts available at market,  as well as chicken & duck eggs & honey.
Hello :-),
We will accept orders until 5pm on Friday. I will plan to get totals emailed out by 9:30pm.  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.
Ribeye $17
New York strip steaks $17
Sirloin tip roasts $11.50
Round steaks $7.75
Brisket $9
Arm roasts $8.50
Chuck roasts $8.50
English roasts $8.50
Rolled rump roasts $8.50
Burger patties (1# average 4/package) $8.25
Ground beef $7.25
Ground round $7.75
Ground sirloin $11.50
Stew meat $8.75
Kabob meat $11.50
Short ribs $7
Shank $5.75
Soup bones $2.25
Suet $1.25
We sell by halves and quarters! Please contact us if you are interested.
All of our poultry are free range, locked in nightly, and have certified organic feed.
Chicken eggs: $6/dozen
Duck eggs: $10/dozen
I will be bringing extra chicken eggs from Maple Moon Farm for the next two weeks.
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
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
We have a waiting list for pork halves. Please contact us if you wish to be added.
See you Saturday!
Sarah (and Bill and the kids),


The Pasturage LLC of Montague
Unfortunately, the new person I lined up to cover Muskegon for me for the foreseeable future is not able to do so.  So.  I will not be at Sweetwater this weekend. You can find me this weekend at Muskegon and I hope to be back at Sweetwater soon!
If there are products you need before I return, my list is here, my stall is 178 at Muskegon.
The Pasturage LLC of Montague UPDATE 6 17 22

Grandsons Gardens of West Olive

It was good to see everyone last week. Our plan is to visit the market again soon, but our
schedule will be irregular, so watch for us in the newsletter. Thanks! Russ
Forest Finds of Muskegon
Taking orders now for market on July 9th!
Please note, we will not be back again to market until the end of July.
In the meantime, our Price List is online! Click here FOREST FINDS-3
to get the whole list of products and how to order. Thanks!
Contact me at ForestFinds@yahoo.com
Call or text 616-834-3233
Contact me @ ForestFinds@yahoo.com
Call or text 616-834-3233

Liberty Family Farm & Bakery of Hart
Hi friends, we are super busy at the farm right now and are planning to return to market at the end of August. If you would like to order our products and come to the farm for pick up you are welcome to.
The Wrights
Liberty Family Farm

Dark Waters Coffee Roasters of Mears
Hello friends,
This Saturday, July 16, we are unable to attend Sweetwater.  If you are in need of coffee, fear not!  Head over to www.darkwatercoffeeroasters.com and we can ship it to your doorstep. Orders will be roasted Wednesday and shipped on Thursday.
We will be attending the Mears art show and Montague farmers market on Saturday so if you’re looking for something to do, it should be a fun event.
We’re looking for a little feedback, how often would you like to see us at market?  Your opinion matters to us. We have been enjoying meeting all you great folks and so grateful to be here this Summer.
Your humble coffee servants,
Lauren, Tony, Damian, and Neve

Scholl Farms of Montague
Please note: I will be at runners camp on Saturday July 16 & 23.
See you soon!
Stu and Connie

Shady Side Farm of Holland
We will return soon, in the meantime see below.
Shady Side Farm
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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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If you have questions about info in this newsletter
please email them to sweetwaterlocalfoods@gmail.com
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To remind everyone about what is unique about Sweetwater, here is a link to the Sweetwater Pledge to Our Customers. This Pledge is signed by all vendors, and we stand behind it. http://www.sweetwaterlocalfoodsmarket.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/2015-final-sweetwater-pledge-to-customers-update.pdf