Sweetwater Friday Update for Saturday May 14th Farmers Market

Sweetwater Local Foods Market

Saturday, May 14th 2022
10:00am to 11:00am
Mercy Health Lakes Village
6401 Harvey St. at US31/Pontaluna Rd.
Friday Update Newsletter
Liberty Family Farm delayed their trip and will be bringing greens, ramps & radishes Saturday! They’re taking preorders today and will also have lots of produce available for walk up sales.

Blackbird Farms will take preorders until noon today and will also have plenty of beautiful garden starts for sales on Saturday.

Be sure to stop by our new coffee vendors, Dark Water Coffee Roasters booth and say hi!

Vendors attending Saturday May 14th:

Liberty Family Farm
This weather has brought a crazy spurt in our early season crops so we have decided to delay our departure out west and will be at the market Saturday. We will accept preorders libertyff@gmail.com until Friday evening.
There will also be produce for sale for walk ups Saturday. (Note: Our daughter Olivia may be able to come to market for us next week as well). New! Loads of Spinach!  $5.00
New!  Radish Bunch       $4.00
New! Arugula                  $5.00
New! Ramps                   $5.00
New! Baby Kale              $5.00
Eggs $5.00
Rhubarb bars $3.00 made from our own rhubarb. 
Look forward to seeing you! Email your order libertyff@gmail.com PLEASE ORDER EARLY!!!
The Wrights

New Vendor!
Dark Waters Coffee Roasters of Mears
Friday Update: Preorders need to be in by 9am Wednesday, so in case you missed that date Tony & Lauren will bring some of their favorite varieties for walk up sales on Saturday. Please welcome them and do try their coffee! DeMatteo started their coffee roasting company in 2019 with the mission to support farmers that take pride in what they do and who deserve to be compensated fairly for their hard work. They purchase certified organic & fair trade coffees and have a pretty incredible selection at their website here:   www.darkwatercoffeeroasters.com
Preorders need to be in by 9am Wednesday, their roasting day. When you place an order you will choose your pick up option and place “Sweetwater Pickup” in the notes section.
Welcome Tony & Lauren!

Blackbird Farms of Coopersville
Friday Update! Plant pre-orders are due by noon today (Friday, May 13); confirmation e-mails will go out this evening, as well as invoices for those who want to pay via credit card.
For walk-up sales this week, we’ll have our full line of herb and vegetable plants, and maybe some bunches of kale, green garlic, and scallions. We also have some beautiful, large rosemary plants that were overwintered in our greenhouse. 
We’ll be back at market this Saturday with a larger selection of herb and vegetable plants (including several heirloom tomato varieties!) for walk-up sales. And new this week, you have the option to pre-order via our online form, which will ensure that you’ll be able to get the plants you want on Saturday without waiting in line. The order deadline is noon on Friday.
We will have plants available at Sweetwater throughout the month of May (and perhaps into June), both for walk-up sales and pre-orders. (A new form will be published each week to reflect current inventory.)
And in case your May Saturdays are already jam-packed but you still want to purchase some plants, all Sweetwater friends are cordially invited to our on-farm plant sale and perennial exchange on Thursday, May 19, 5:00-8:00 pm (5213 Roosevelt, Coopersville, MI 49404).
Looking forward to seeing friends old and new this Saturday!
Greg Dunn
Blackbird Farms LLC

Laughing Tree Bakery of Hart
If you missed the Tuesday 6pm preorder date we will have a selection of breads & pastries for walk up sales on Saturday.
Hilde and Charlie Muller
Laughing Tree Brick Oven Bakery
Find us on facebook and Instagram

Scholl Farms of Montague
All of our products are grown organically.
This week we will have:
RHUBARB! $2.50 a bunch.
EGGS: Chicken: $6/doz., $15/flat, no limit. Duck: $10/doz.
DRESSED BROILERS: (frozen whole): 7+ lbs. $5.50/lb.
2022 Broilers will be available in late June – Order now, still only $5.50/lb. –
state weight and quantity.
Asparagus is just around the corner!
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

Pine Row Farm of Rothbury
Hello :-),
We will accept orders until 5pm on Friday. I will plan to get totals emailed out by 9:00pm.  If you don’t get a response from me, please contact me. We accept cash or check payable to Pine Row Farm.
I heard the first whippoorwill song last Wednesday, 5-4. Pastures are growing, and the herd and I are looking forward to another summer of grazing.
100% grass fed beef:
The beef we picked up from the processor in April is moooving quickly. We have beef at the processor that will lengthen our list again soon.
Prices listed are per pound.
NY strip: $16.50
Ground round: $7.75
Short ribs: $7.00
Brisket: $9.00
Hanger steak: $10.00
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: $9/dozen
Goose eggs! Our geese are American Buff.
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
Our Idaho Pasture Pigs are growing nicely. They are eating hay and certified organic feed while we all wait for pastures to green up. We do have a waiting list for pork halves. Please contact us if you wish to be added. Pork should be ready by fall, and Ofelia looks close to farrowing!
See you Saturday!
Sarah (and Bill and the kids),

The Pasturage LLC of Montague
On May 21 we will not be at Sweetwater.  We will be at Muskegon Farmers Market, though.  Likewise, during June and July, we will not be at Sweetwater but we will still be at the Muskegon Farmers Market, and our stall is actually 148.  We will return to Sweetwater in August.
Also, people wonder what we will have for walk up.  Pretty much everything on this list is available for walk up in small quantity unless the listing says *low stock, pre-order only* or it is marked OUT in which case I usually give a date when it will be back in stock.  If you want more than one of something, then I advise pre-ordering.
Spring!  Sun!  Salutations!
L Chop Loin $16.00/# Classic cut. 2 per pack, avg .47 lb / pk.
L Chop Rib $16.00/# Tender nugget in an arc of bone. 2/pkg, avg 0.36 lb/pk.
L Ground Lamb $12.00/# Shepherd’s pie. 1lb tube.
L ofl Bones, Soup $5.00/# Now cut into pieces!  Avg 1.5 lbs per pack.
L ofl Heart $5.00/# Aorta be standard fare.  Avg. 0.6 lbs per pkg.
L ofl Kidney $5.00/# Deviled kidneys, so good!  2 per pkg, avg 0.3 per pkg.
L ofl Liver $5.00/# Conveniently pre-sliced. Avg 0.5-1 lb per pkg.
L Rack Of Lamb, Half $16.00/# 4-5 ribs per pack, range 0.6-1.0 lbs. per pack.
L Rack Of Lamb, Whole $16.00/# 8-9 ribs per pack, range 1-1.75 lbs per pack.
L rst Leg Bone-in $14.00/# Epitome of a roast.  Around 4 lbs each.
L rst Leg Boneless $14.00/# Any way you cut it: delicious. Netted, range 3-4 lbs / pk.
L rst Shoulder Boneless $10.00/# Braise, appraise and rave.  Avg. 3.3
L rst Sirloin Roast $16.00/# Small crowd pleaser.  1/pk, boneless, netted, avg. 1.2 lbs.
L saus Bratwurst $14.00ea Perfect for pork averse people.  5 links in 1 lb package.
L saus Breakfast links $14.00ea Breakfast is better with lamb!  10 links in 1lb package.
L saus Kielbasa $14.00ea Not just for pork. No sugar or dextrose. 5 links in 1 lb pkg.
L saus SPICY Breakfast links $14.00ea Add a little heat to your morning!  10 links in 1lb package.
L saus Italian $14.00ea New recipe, still Italian but not sweet. 5 links in 1lb package.
L Shanks Osso Bucco $10.00/# Singly packaged, so order three to make a whole shank.
L Shanks Whole $10.00/# Stunning. 2 whole shanks, avg 1.5 – 2.2 # per pkg
L steak Leg $14.00/# Christmas in July! 1/pk, bone-in, straight cut. .44 – .68lb/pk.
L steak Shoulder $10.00/# Slow and low. 2/pk. 0.75 – 1.1lb/pk.
L steak Sirloin Steak $16.00/# Nothing says special like sirloin. 1/pkg, avg .77lb/pk.
L Stewmeat $12.00ea Kebob ready. 1lb pkg.
M chops $13.00/# Mutton chops, more than just a hair style. 2/pk, 0.75 # avg.
P Side Pork $10.00/# Small packs, skin off. Avg. 0.5#/pk.
P Chops $11.00/# 3/4″-1″thick, 2-4 per pkg. Range 0.5 – 1.5lb
P Fat Back $3.00/# My favorite for deep frying.  Range 0.5-2.0 lbs per pack.
P Fat Leaf fat $5.00/# Great for flaky pastry. 1.5 – 4lbs per pkg
P Ground Pork $9.00ea Versatile.  1 lb. tube
P leg Hocks, Fresh $5.00/# For Schweinhaxe. 2/pk, range 1.5-2lbs.
P leg Hocks, Smoked NO NITRATE $8.00/# Pea soup. 2 hocks cut into 3 pieces each, avg 2#/pk. *low stock, pre-order only*
P leg Pork Shanks $5.00/# Also for Schweinhaxe. 1/pk, range 1.5-2lbs.
P ofl Ears $5.00/# Also great raw dog treat.  Two per pkg. .25 – .5 lb
P ofl Heart $5.00/# One per pkg. 0.75 – 1.25lb
P ofl Jowl, fresh/cheek $5.00/# Make your own jowl bacon. 1-2 lbs per pack.
P ofl Kidney $5.00/# One or two per pkg. 0.25 – 0.75lb
P ofl Liver $5.00/# Zinc your cold away with liver. 0.5-1.5 #/pk.
P ofl Neck Bones $4.00/# Budget cut, lots of meat and nutrition. 1-2 #/pk.
P ofl Snout $5.00/# Collagen rich. 1/pk, avg 0.5#/pk.
P ofl Tongue $5.00/# Makes the best tacos. 0.3-0.7 per package.
P Pork Steak $11.00/# Better than beef!  2/pk, 0.75-1.5#/pk.
P rst Ham, fresh $10.00/# Put home-smoker to use. Whole (2-4lbs).
P rst Loin Roast $12.00/# Prime rib of pork. Bone-in. Range 1.5 – 2.75lb
P rst Shldr, butt, fresh, whole $12.00/# The back of the shoulder. Whole (3-4lbs).
P saus Andouille $13.00ea Last chance, discontinued recipe. 1 lb pkg of 5 links.
P saus Brats $13.00ea Classic recipe. 1lb pkg of 5 links.  *OUT until 5/28*
P saus Brats, Jalapeno $13.00ea Mild heat, booming flavor.  1lb pkg of 5 links.
P saus Breakfast Links $13.00/# Labeled wrong. Real ingredients: pork, water, salt, sugar, spices. 10 links.
P saus Chorizo $13.00ea A Sweetwater favorite. 1lb pkg of 5 links.
P saus Italian $13.00ea Perfect for spaghetti. 1lb pkg of 5 links.
P saus Kielbasa $13.00ea Fresh German style. 1lb pkg of 5 links.
P saus Polish $13.00/# No sugar or dextrose. 4 links, range 0.8-1.7#/pk.
P Smoked Ham slice $10.00/# So easy, practically serves itself for dinner. 0.5-2.0 #/pk.
P Smoked Ham slice NO NITRATE $12.00/# Has cane sugar, brown sugar. Avg 0.7#
P Smoked Ham, whole NO NITRATE $12.00/# Has cane sugar, brown sugar. Avg 2.5#
To order:
Text or call 231 288 6112. 
Email thepasturage@gmail.com
Please do so by Friday at 4pm for Sweetwater Local Foods Market pick up.  Otherwise, whenever.
Look for a confirmation via whatever method you contacted me.  Thank you!
To pay:
Cash or check (made out to The Pasturage, LLC) at pick up is preferred.
Or I can do a credit card at pick up.  Or, finally, I can email you an online link to pay via credit card beforehand.
Thank you so much for your patronage!

The Woven Farmstead
Friday Update: There will be peashoots & spring bouquets available at market Saturday! Veggie + Flower CSA Shares are still available! – Check out the options + added perks!
Market Cards are available! – if CSA is not your style, but you would like to support the farm through an early season purchase, consider a market card. It is a gift card that I add an extra 20% of the value to, that can be used on any of the farm offerings + gets you all of the additional perks I offer to traditional CSA customers! To learn more:
Seedlings are available for preorder! I am offering preorders on seedling plants this year! This will allow me to grow a bit more sustainably as it will prevent over seeding and wasting resources. (I will have limited seedling availability for walk up purchases though May and June)
However, if you would like to guarantee yourself seedlings consider preordering below!
All seedlings will be healthy and well rooted in a 3” pot, ready to transplant into your own garden!
All seedlings will be available to pick up on farm or at Sweetwater market from late May through June!
Order here:
Please reach out via phone or email with any questions regarding CSA!
Cheers to good growing!
Samantha Otto

On a very sad note: For those of you who have asked, Greg Mund was taken to the hospital with complications from his cancer treatment. His daughter said he will be transitioning to hospice when he returns home. If you want to send him a message his address is: 4864 Strong St., Montague, MI 49437.


Forest Finds of Muskegon
We will return on May 21. For orders before that, contact me @ ForestFinds@yahoo.com
Call or text 616-834-3233

Earthscape Farm of Hesperia
We will return soon. If you have questions or want to buy from the farm:
CONTACT: Patrice and Bill Bobier
4220 E. Loop Rd.
Hesperia, MI  49421
email earthscapefarm@gmail.com

Shady Side Farm of Holland
We will return soon, in the meantime see below.
Shady Side Farm
Get news, recipes, and alerts from the farm: https://mailchi.mp/ffb92e5e9f09/shadysidefarmsubscribe

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 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