Sweetwater Friday Update News for Saturday June 4th Farmers Market

Sweetwater Local Foods Market

Saturday, June 4th 2022
10:00am to 11:00am
Mercy Health Lakes Village
6401 Harvey St. at US31/Pontaluna Rd.

Friday Update Market Newsletter
THANKS SO MUCH to the generous Sweetwater Folk who have already donated to Bring Water to the Woven Farm fundraiser! We’re almost halfway to our goal! Please help out the effort by passing along this this link to the GoFundMe, or if you haven’t already, please consider a donation! See end of newsletter for repeat of yesterday’s GoFundMe request, and thanks again!
GoFundMe Link: https://gofund.me/c6873fdd

Friday Update & Vendors Attending Saturday June 4th:

Scholl Farms of Montague
All of our products are grown organically.
ASPARAGUS! 1.5 lb. bag: Green $5, Purple $6
RHUBARB: 2 lb. bundle $5
EGGS: Chicken: $6/doz., $15/flat, no limit. Duck: $10/doz. Goose: $2 each
DRESSED BROILERS: (frozen whole): 7+ lbs. $5.50/lb. 2022 Broilers will be available in mid-June
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

Blackbird Farms of Coopersville
We’ll be back at market this Saturday with our complete selection of herb and vegetable plants 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.
Please note: This will be our final week for plant pre-orders, and this Saturday will be the last market day when we will have our full line of plants available.
Looking forward to seeing friends old and new this Saturday!
Greg Dunn
Blackbird Farms LLC

Dark Waters Coffee Roasters of Mears
We will have an assortment of the following roasts for walk up sales (all organic & fair trade):Saturday, plus CUPS of COFFEE for $3.00 ea.
Horsehead Nebula Signature Blend. Roast level-dark
Stargazer Signature Blend. Roast level-medium
Crux. Signature espresso. Roast level-dark
Colombia Roast level-medium
Seven Sisters. Signature Blend. Roast level-dark.
Guatemala Chajul. Roast level-medium.
Decaf Roast level-medium
Mexico Maya Vinic. Chiapas Region roast level-medium
Sumatra Bener Meriah Region. Roast level-medium.
Each 12 oz bag of whole beans is $14.00
With Gratitude,
Lauren, Tony, Damian, and Neve

Laughing Tree Bakery of Hart
We will have an assortment of breads & pastries available for walk up sales on Saturday.
Hilde and Charlie Muller
Laughing Tree Brick Oven Bakery
Find us on facebook and Instagram

The Pasturage LLC of Montague
We are so thrilled to have the sheep on grass! We move the flock four times per day to ensure the health of the pasture and the flock (it’s not hard because we have a pretty good system).  In time, as summer progresses and as our pasture improves, we hope to reduce moving them to one or two times per day.  We remain committed to 100% grass-fed because we believe it is the best thing for the lamb, the pasture and You!
We will be at Sweetwater this weekend, June 4, so feel free to pre-order from the linked list.  All of those items will also be available for walk up purchase. A reminder that if you’d like more than one of something, pre-ordering guarantees you’ll get what you want!

Liberty Family Farm & Bakery of Hart
Fresh Veggies
Red Lettuce $5.00
Green Lettuce $5.00
Kale Mix medium size $5.00
Rhubarb  $5.00 per bunch
Fresh Peony Bouquets $16.00
Mixed Flower Bouquets $12.00
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
Wings $5.75/lb
Livers $5.00
Turkey Drumsticks $5.00/lb
Wings $5.00/lb
New Selection of Pork!
Breakfast Links $12.00/lb
Ground Pork $6.00/lb
Bacon nitrate free  $12.00/lb
Ham Slices nitrate free $8.50/lb
Italian brats $10.00/lb
Pork Chops $8.00/lb
Pork Shoulder  Roasts $10.00 lb
Ribs $9.00/lb
Nitrate Free Ham Hocks $7.00 lb
New! Rhubarb custard pie $16.00 This is absolutely delicious! It has an oatmeal crumb topping!! Made with our organic rhubarb.
New! Rhubarb Bars $3.00 each
Spinach & Cheddar GF or Reg. $15.00
Broccoli & Cheddar GF or Reg. $15.00
English Muffins $6.00
Raspberry Muffins $4.00 made with our very own raspberries.
Classic Banana Bread $8.00 small $5.00
Ultimate Granola $5.00 bag
Breakfast Cookies $4.00 each
Pizza Crusts $5.00 (4 pack)
Looking forward to seeing everyone at the market! Please send order via email libertyff@gmail.com 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. Thank you very much!
The Wrights
Liberty Family F

Earthscape Farm of Hesperia
Hello, Sweetwater friends!  We will be there on Saturday, June 4th!  We have a restocked freezer!
Here’s a recipe for a Rolled Rump Roast. We like rare beef at our house, and this is easy and turned out perfect.   My 92 year old mother said it was the best she ever ate! 
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.  OUT
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
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.
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.   ~ 1/2# and 1# packages
Ground Beef Patties $7.50 per lb.   2 and 4 per package
Short Ribs $5 per lb.
Liver $4/lb
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
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.
100% grass fed beef:
Prices listed are per pound.
T-bone $17
Porterhouse $17
Ribeye $17
NY strip $16.50
Sirloin steak $11.50
Sirloin sizzlers $11.50
Sirloin tip roasts $11.50
Skirt steak $9.25
Hanger steak $10
Round steaks $7.75
Brisket $9
Arm roasts $8.50
Chuck roasts $8.50
English roasts $8.50
Rolled rump roasts $8.50
Shank $5.75
Burger patties (1# average 4/package) $8.25
Ground beef $7.25
Ground round $7.75
Ground sirloin $11.50
Stew meat $8.75
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. $3 each or 2 for $5
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. Ofelia’s 8 piglets are running around outside with her.
See you Saturday!
Sarah (and Bill and the kids),

Forest Finds of Muskegon
We will return to market on June 11.
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
GoFundMe Link: https://gofund.me/c6873fdd
Bring Water to the Woven Farm!
To: The Sweetwater Community and People Who Want to See Small Local Organic Farms Survive
Many of you have already met Samantha Otto & know of her Woven Farmstead.  This extraordinary young farmer joined our market a few seasons ago, coaxing an amazing amount of vegetables from a very small piece of leased land near Wesley School in Muskegon.

Over a year ago Sam & her husband purchased a piece of property in Fruitland Township. They worked diligently to clear that land, & had installed a greenhouse in the middle of winter & shortly after that put in a well and were on their way to realizing the dream of a new farm when through a visit from strangers one day learned they had been sold the wrong parcel of land!

After consulting with the real estate agent who sold them the property she secured the correct parcel and without skipping a beat deconstructed the hoophouse & well and moved it to the new parcel further north.

To try to explain Sam’s “get it done” spirit, you only need to read what she wrote after moving to the new parcel:  “It’s wild how vastly different this space is, compared to what we thought we had purchased. In many ways, the differences are flustering. So many set backs and losses and extra work going into the differences; yet this land continues to shine with its beauty and offerings. I am grateful for this space, and so excited to share it with you this season.”
The new property had to be cleared, it needed a road and the weather did not cooperate. None of which stopped Sam.
Until now.
Again from Sam: “Once the land was ready, we reinstalled the well earlier this month only to discover it was dry. We then reinstalled it again, and again, and AGAIN! We are currently on our 5th install and our 3rd set of parts. between hitting clay, stripping threads, and wasting a whole lot of time, we are shifting our focus to other alternatives, and will hopefully have water soon!”
As of this writing Sam is bringing in water and doing as much handwatering as she can manage. Several neighboring farms, Tortoise & Hare & Lundell Farm have offered to help give her water in large containers, but CLEARLY this will not work for the field crops and the future of her farm’s success.

The growing season is here, and the professional drillers Sam has conferred with have told her that she may have to put in a residential well, which means she has to go very deep, maybe 200 ft deep, and that brings us to our urgent request:  The Woven Farm needs funds, immediately, in order to get water.
You can read about Sam’s saga on her Instagram page here https://www.instagram.com/the.woven.trifecta/

All farmers know that they will contend with the vagaries of the weather, and accept that without question as part of the cost of farming. But this is different; this is a show stopping emergency. The growing season is here, and The Woven Farmstead needs our help, and the sooner, the better.

The GoFundME page we have created for Sam is here:

We are setting a modest goal of $5000 in hopes that we can quickly raise the needed funds and fingers crossed, surpass that goal to help Sam get water to her farm.

Please consider making a donation. If you prefer to send it directly to Sam, here is her address:
Samantha Otto, 7722 Whitehall Rd, Whitehall, MI 49461

For the Sweetwater Local Foods Market
Diana Jancek & The Committee to Get Water for Woven Farm

Samantha Otto

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