Sweetwater Friday Update News for Saturday September 24th Farmers Market

Sweetwater Local Foods Market

Saturday, September 24th, 2022
10:00am to 11:00am
Mercy Health Lakes Village
6401 Harvey St. at US31/Pontaluna Rd.
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Julie Engel of the Pasturage is asking for preorders for the Honeycrisp Apples. Given that the weather reports are calling for rain Saturday she would like to get a head start on filling orders. No worries if you don’t preorder, she will have plenty of apples, but do remember to bring your own containers.

Also Earthkeeper Farm is returning with a new offering: frozen elderberries!

Blackbird Farm, Earthscape Farm, Liberty Farm & The Woven Farm have a nice variety of fall veggies, baked goods & meats available for both preorder and walk up sales!

Thanks again, and see you at the Market!

Vendors Attending Saturday September 24th:

The Pasturage of Montague
Update on purchasing Certified Organic Honeycrisp Apples Saturday: In light of the rain predicted for Saturday, I think I’d better get a jump on people’s orders. That way, people don’t have to stand in the rain while I weigh apples.  To place a preorder: Text or call 231 288 6112. Email thepasturage@gmail.com 
To pay: Cash or check (made out to The Pasturage, LLC) at pick up is preferred. And don’t forget to check out our meat pricelist and pre-order your meat as well!
Apple details:
Bring your own container.  Note that 48# is roughly a bushel. Prices are as follows:
-For 48# and above, this weekend only, Sweetwater Special, it will be $2.80/#.
-Between 24-48#, it’ll be $3/#.
-Anything under 24# is $3.25/#.
Order as many as you want!  Brave the weather!  These beauts are worth it!!
More info on apples: These apples are via my neighbors the Jensen Family, at First Fruits Farm in New Era. They have harvested their first ever Certified Organic Honeycrisp crop. They’re delicious, I mean, blow your mind. They are a beautiful red strained variety; really something to be proud of. Note that 48# is roughly a bushel.
After this weekend, we will likely still have the apples for sale, but I’m not sure. I know we will not be at Sweetwater on 10/8 or 10/29.
Come out in droves for this fall favorite!
As always, we will have pork and lamb for sale as well!

Earthkeeper Farm of Kent City
Deadline 8pm Friday.
All crops are Certified Naturally Grown on our farm in Kent City. We plan to attend market once a month through the end of the year. Our dates will be Sept 24, Oct 22, Nov 19, and Dec 10.
Frozen Elderberries
Frozen, off-the-stem 5lb box is $48 (we do not have 1lb units at this time)
Elderberries are a nutritional powerhouse, known for their immune boosting compounds and health benefits. They are most often made into elderberry syrup, which can be taken to help prevent colds or lessen their severity. They can also be made into jellies, baked goods, and wine or fermented drinks.
German Extra Hardy, $14/lb. There are about 12 heads in a pound. Minimum order of 1lb.
Please email Rachelle@earthkeeperfarm.com or call/text 616-403-0526 to place order. Payment can be made at market pick up with a check, cash, or credit card. Or we can email you an invoice for online payment. Order deadline is 8pm the Friday before market. More farm info at www.earthkeeperfarm.com
Thank you!

Blackbird Farm of Coopersville
So many good things to eat this time of year–don’t miss out on the abundance!
This week at market we will likely be bringing:
head lettuce
collard greens
full-size cabbages, green, red, and savoyed
red tomatoes
heirloom tomatoes
saladette tomatoes
red sweet peppers
green sweet peppers
hot peppers
We will also have a few, small flower bouquet’s from Shel’s cut flower garden
And be sure to ask Forrest about his latest provisions!
Looking forward to seeing friends old and new at market this weekend!
Greg Dunn
Blackbird Farms LLC

Liberty Family Farm & Bakery of Hart
VEGGIES from the garden and hoop house!!
Red Potatoes $5.00/ qt
White Potatoes Russets $5.00/ qt
Kale $5.00/bag
Carrots $6.00 per lg bunch
Radish $5.00
Collards $5.00 bunch
New! Basil Bags $4.00 we have a ton of fresh basil!
APPLES- McIntosh  $5.00 per 1/2peck our own apples organically grown:) 1 full peck $10.00
FARM FRESH EGGS! $5.00 per dozen
NEW! FRESH FARM BOUQUETS $20.00 large a beautiful selection of our organically grown flowers on the farm!
 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
Pork Steaks $8.00/lb
Fresh Ham Steaks $9.00 /lb
Pork Kabobs $8.00 /lb
Ground Pork $6.00/lb
Maple Sage Sausage $8.00/lb
Italian Brats $9.00/lb
Nitrate Free Ham Slices $ 9.00/lb
Pork Shoulder  Roasts $10.00 lb
Ribs $9.00/lb
Nitrate Free Ham Hocks $7.00 /lb
GRASS FED BEEF 100% we raise Irish Dexter Cattle pasture raised!
Ground Beef 1# pkg $7.50
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! Apple Crumb top pies made with our own organic apples $16.00
New! MultiGrain Knot Rolls 4pk $6.00
New! Green Pepper, Roasted Onion, Corn & Cheddar Quiche $15.00 Made with our own organic veggies.
 Raspberry Crumb bars made with our own organic raspberries $4.00 each
Peach Galettes $8.00
Apple Galettes $8.00
Spinach & Cheddar GF or Reg. $15.00
Broccoli & Cheddar GF or Reg. $15.00
Classic Banana Bread $8.00 small $5.00
Ginger Apricot Granola $5.00 bag
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 Woven Farmstead of Whitehall
Preorders accepted until 7pm Friday.
Microgreens – $5 each
Spicy Mix Microgreens – a zippy blend of greens great for salads, smoothies, edible garnishes etc
Mellow Mix Microgreens – a mild blend of greens great for salads, smoothies, edible garnishes
Amaranth Microgreens – an earth tasting green with beautiful pink-red color
Radish blend Microgreens – a refreshing radish flavor packed in the form of greens!
Cilantro Microgreens – all of the flavor of traditional cilantro in micro form!
Basil Microgreens – all of the flavor of traditional basil packed into tender greens
Sunflower shoots – a crisp and crunchy micro with nutty flavor great for fresh meals or in a stir fry
Pea shoots – a crisp and crunchy micro with sweet pea flavor. Great fresh on sandwiches or prepared in a stir fry
Cat Grass – Microgreens for your feline friends! Cat grass comes planted in a 2.5″ terracotta pot, and is the purrrfect organic treat for your pet! The grass regrows as cats snack on it, typically lasting 1 month or more!
Mini Cabbages – $3/quart
Swiss Chard – $3/bunch
Curly Kale – $3/bunch
Tuscan Kale -$3/bunch
Collards – $3/bunch
Cucumbers- $3/quart
Zucchini/ Summer Squash – $3/quart
Lunchbox peppers – $3/quart
Jalapeno Peppers – $3/Pint
Banana Peppers – $3/pint
Green tomatoes – $5/quart
Heirloom tomatoes – $5/quart
Assorted Cherry Tomatoes – $5/clamshell (an overflowing pint)
Tomatillo – $4/clamshell (overflowing pint)
Potato Medley (red/yellow/purple/blue) – $5/quart
Onions (small) – $5/pint
Edible Flower Confetti – $4/clamshell
Basil – $3/bunch
Sage – $3/bunch
Leaf Fennel – $3/bunch
Fresh garlic – $5/pint
Large flower bouquet (Quart Jar) – $20
Small flower bouquet (Pint Jar) – $12
All is Certified Naturally Grown and Grown with Love!
To place a pre-order, please email inquire@thewoventrifecta.com by 7am Friday.
Cash, cards, and checks are accepted.
Please make checks out to : The Woven Trifecta or Samantha Otto
Have a lovely week + Cheers to good growing!!

Earthscape Farm of Hesperia
Hello, Sweetwater friends!  We will be there on Saturday, September 24th!  
I HAVE SO MANY PEPPERS!  RED, ORANGE, LAVENDAR, PURPLE, GREEN, AND POBLANO! Peppers freeze well!  Seed and chop them.  Spread them 1 layer deep on cookie sheets and freeze till hard.  Put them in any kind of container.  They will last a year in the freezer, and can be used in any cooked dish – eggs, chili, casseroles, etc.  I like to freeze red peppers to add pizzazz to any dish.  Sweet Red Peppers always make me remember Amy Oak.  They were her favorite.   Plus we will bring any other extra vegetables with us – eggplant, onions, Savoy, red and green cabbage, and maybe more.   Need tomatoes? 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.
Please note: We have limited beef with us to buy at Market.   Please try to get a preorder in to get exactly what you want.
We have a lot of ground beef – plus ground chuck and sirloin.
We are low on other  beef cuts, and the next steers are already sold!
All the cuts are below, and orders are filled in the order we receive them.
Hanger Steak $10 / lb 1 per package
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. We have a whole brisket!  Feed a crowd!
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.    OUT
Short Ribs $5 per lb.
Heart $3 per lb.
Liver $4  OUT
Tongue $3.50 per lb.
Oxtail $5 per lb.
Soup Bones $2.50 per lb.
CONTACT: Patrice and Bill Bobier
4220 E. Loop Rd.
Hesperia, MI  49421
email earthscapefarm@gmail.com
Laughing Tree Bakery of Hart
If you missed the Tuesday preorder date, we will have an assortment of breads & pastries available at the market for walk in sales.
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 bring a selection of what’s available every Saturday. 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. Orders are filled in the order we receive them.
Brisket $9
Skirt steak $10
Hanger steak $10
Sirloin sizzlers $11.50
Round steaks $7.75
Eye of round $7.75
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 SALE! $8.75
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 in beef this fall. We are trying to obtain a processing date.
All of our poultry are free range, locked in nightly, and have certified organic feed.
Chicken eggs: $6/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 $6.50
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
See you Saturday!
Sarah (and Bill and the kids),

Forest Finds of Muskegon
New! Strawberry shrub! 4oz/11$
Organic strawberries extracted in apple cider vinegar and our raw honey. The combo of apple cider vinegar and honey is a good electrolyte mix. This makes a nice addition to sparkling or still water, for extra flavor and hydration. This is also a great addition to olive oil for a salad dressing.
Our product list is here:  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

Michigan’s Finest Mushrooms
Finally, some cooler nights and rain have brought back some of our favorites!
I will have the following available for preorder and walk up Saturday.
Call if you want me to hold an order for you!
Shitake / Chanterelles / Hedgehog Mushrooms
$15 per pound / $8 per half pound
Also will have Stumpers (honey mushroom)
$8 per pound
Michigan’s Finest Mushrooms

Funny Farm of Grant
Will return soon.

Scholl Farm of Montague
We’ll be back next week.
Stu and Connie

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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