Sweetwater Friday Update for Saturday May 21st Farmers Market

Sweetwater Local Foods Market

Saturday, May 21st 2022
10:00am to 11:00am
Mercy Health Lakes Village
6401 Harvey St. at US31/Pontaluna Rd.
Friday Update Newsletter

I can’t tell you (do I even need to?) how exciting it is to have fresh local & organically grown greens again! After a lonnnnng winter with those boring, wilted, too many miles on ‘em greens from the big box stores, it’s heaven!

Stu Scholl  called this morning with an update on his asparagus. The week turned chilly and the growth slowed down a bit so he is limiting all sales this week to 1.5 lbs for $5 for green and 1.5lbs $6 for purple per customer. He will have some available for walk up sales on Saturday as well.

Dark Waters Coffee Roasters will have freshly brewed coffee by the cup as well as whole bean bags for walk up sales Saturday!

Blackbird Farms will be back with more herb & vegetable plants, with a Friday noon deadline for preorders. They will also have the first of the kale, green garlic & scallion bunches for early birds to the market Saturday!

Liberty will return with more greens, come say hi to Olivia this week! They will also have chicken available for preordering until 6pm Friday evening.

See you at the market!

Vendors attending Saturday May 21st:

Scholl Farms of Montague
All of our products are grown organically.
This week we will have:
Please note! Our asparagus grew slower than anticipated and so for this first week we are limiting amounts to 1.5lb per customer. Price is $5 for 1.5lb green asparagus and $6 for 1.5lb of our specialty purple asparagus. We will have some for walkup sales as well.
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.
New! Seed potatoes for garden planting! 4 varieties. $4 a qt
MAY SPECIAL! 2022 Broilers will be available in late June – SPECIAL PRICE now until the end of May – $5.00/lb. Save $.50 a lb!
state weight and quantity.
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

New Vendor!
Dark Waters Coffee Roasters of Mears
We are excited to announce that we will be brewing some fine specialty coffee for market tomorrow!
I have not located an organic creamer worthy to offer yet, so please bring your own for your preferred pantone.
We will have a nice selection of organic and fair trade coffees as well if you missed pre-order.
With Gratitude,
Lauren, Tony, Damian, and Neve

Blackbird Farms of Coopersville
Friday upate: 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 will have our full line of herb and vegetable plants, as well as a few bunches of kale, green garlic, and scallions. We also have some beautiful, large rosemary plants in large terra cotta pots, ready for your porch or patio.
We’ll be back at market this Saturday with our complete selection of herb and vegetable plants (including many heirloom tomato varieties!) for walk-up sales. And again 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.)
Looking forward to seeing friends old and new this Saturday!
Greg Dunn
Blackbird Farms LLC

Liberty Family Farm
We will accept preorders at libertyff@gmail.com until Friday evening.
There will also be produce for sale for walk ups Saturday. Our daughter Olivia will come to market for us this week.
Thighs $7.00lb
Drumsticks $5.75lb
Wings $5.75 lb
Breasts $10.25lb
New! Loads of Spinach!  $5.00
New!  Lots of Radish Bunches    $4.00
New! Arugula                  $5.00
New! Baby Kale              $5.00
Eggs $5.00
Look forward to seeing you! Email your order libertyff@gmail.com PLEASE ORDER EARLY!!!
The Wrights

The Pasturage LLC of Montague
Change in plans!
My parents are not traveling this weekend because their intended destination is under quarantine.  So. That means we’ll be at Sweetwater on May 21!  It’s best to load up this weekend because they may be travelling over Memorial Day weekend instead.
We’ll have all your favorites at Sweetwater & Muskegon Farmers Market this weekend, like bacon, which we now have in stock.  Also, jowl bacon and bratwurst are back in stock.  We also have pork cubes which is a NEW product.  See website below for full product price list & details about how to order from The Pasturage.  Get your grill on!

Laughing Tree Bakery of Hart
We will have a selection of breads & pastries available for those who missed the Tuesday baking preorder deadline.
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. 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.
Pastures are growing, and the herd and I are looking forward to another summer of grazing. The cow/calf group started moooving from field to field last week. We plan to take the first trip across the road in the upcoming week.
100% grass fed beef:
Here’s what we should have back from the processor for Saturday. Prices listed are per pound.
T-bone, porterhouse and ribeye $17
NY strip $16.50
Sirloin steak, sizzlers, and tip roasts $11.50
Skirt or flank steak $9.25
Hanger steak $10
Brisket $9
Arm, chuck, English, and rump roasts $8.50
Shank $5.75
Ground beef $7.25
Ground round $7.75
Ground sirloin $11.50
Short ribs $7
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),

Earthscape Farm of Hesperia
Hello, Sweetwater friends!  We will be there on Saturday, May 21st!  Get your steaks for grilling on Memorial Day weekend!  We will see you next for 1 or 2 Saturdays in June.
Are you interested in a quarter?  We have 2 left for sale. $689, cut, wrapped and frozen, picked up at our Farm.    You save about $100 per quarter buying it by the quarter. We have not raised our prices in years!
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.
EGGS!  $5 per dozen.  Fed organic feed.  
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.
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 1 per package  OUT
New York Strip $14 / lb  1 & 2 per package
RibEye $14 / 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.
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  OUT
Rolled Rump,  English and Arm Roast  $8.00/lb.   BUY 2 of any roast, get 10% off!
Brisket $8 per lb.
Chuck Roast $7.50 per lb.
Ground Chuck!  $7.50 per lb.
Ground Beef  $6.50/lb.   ~ 1/2# and 1# packages
Ground Beef Patties $7.50 per lb.   4 per package
Short Ribs $5 per lb.
Liver $4/lb
Heart $3 per lb.
Tongue $3.50 per lb.
Oxtail $5 per lb.  OUT
Soup Bones $2.50 per lb.  SALE!  BUY 10# FOR $2 PER LB.
CONTACT: Patrice and Bill Bobier
4220 E. Loop Rd.
Hesperia, MI  49421
email earthscapefarm@gmail.com

Forest Finds of Muskegon
Plant facts! 
St. John’s wort is a summer blooming plant with bright yellow flowers. It is commonly used internally during the dark months for seasonal depression, and shifting moods. It is best to not use internally during the summer, as it can cause photo sensitivity. Interestingly it is wonderful topically for sunburns. Infused into oil it turns the oil a dark red color, due to a constituent in the flowers called hypericum. It is concentrated in little dots on the edge of the petals. St. John’s wort oil is used topically for inflammation, sunburns, irritated skin, and soothing shingles. Check out our St Johns wort oil!
New! Our Price list is online! Click here FOREST FINDS-3
to get the whole list of products and how to order. Thanks!
Orders can be placed until 5pm Friday.
Contact me at ForestFinds@yahoo.com
Call or text 616-834-3233
Orders can be placed until 5pm Friday.
Contact me @ ForestFinds@yahoo.com
Call or text 616-834-3233


The Woven Farmstead
Hello! 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

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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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