Sweetwater has all the “sweet stuff” this Saturday!

Everbearing Strawberries, Heirloom Watermelons, Jenny Lind Cantaloupes, and more!

Sweetwater Local Foods Market
Saturday, Sept 8th, 9:00am to 1:00pm
 Mercy Health Partners/Hackley Health at the Lakes
On Harvey St. at US31/Pontaluna Rd. Exit. 1st Bldg North of Pontaluna Rd.

Bridge Cards, Double Up Food Bucks, Project Fresh Coupons and

 Senior Project Fresh Accepted Here!

Attending this week’s market:

New Vendor!

RF Johnson & Sons Farm of Sparta

This small family farm, growing “on the ridge” as Aaron Johnson describes the region known as Michigan’s fruit ridge, has always been chemical and GMO free, preferring to grow mostly heirloom varieties of fruits and veggies. Erin Mund will bring their Everbearing Strawberries to market this Saturday. Check out the farm here: http://www.rfjohnsonandsons.com/


Shady Side Farm of Holland

First Crop!! We have dry beans! Freshly-harvested October beans will be available at this Saturday’s market. October beans are part of the cranberry bean family, and are mostly white with red markings. This is a new variety for us. We will also have wool yarn, roving and hand-cranked socks, and Lona’s handwoven rugs.

Funny Farm of Grant

New! Sweet peppers: red, yellow and green. Hot peppers: jalapenos, hot wax and sweet/mildly hot sugar chilis. Also: Cherry tomatoes in orange, red and yellow. Heirloom watermelons. Onions! Try our small yellow Cippolini, shallots, scallions, or our yellow red or white large onions. Cukes,  kales,  garlic,  potatoes, summer squash, okra, and kohlrabi. We accept Project Fresh and Senior Project Fresh coupons!

Maple Moon Farm of Shelby
This week we have butternut squash, All Blue potatoes, Red LaSoda potatoes, tomatoes, trombocino summer squash, sweet peppers, jalapeños, carrots, kale, chard, beets, scallions, onions, garlic, pickles, cucumbers, fresh herbs, dried herbs, herbal tea and herbal salves.
See you there!

Earthscape Farm of Hesperia

We now have the ability to take PROJECT FRESH coupons as well as credit cards at Sweetwater Market!  

VEGGIES ~  BEETS AND TOMATOES FOR CANNING!  MELONS!  Both Watermelons and Canteloupes.  Tomatoes! 1/2 bushels for canning – Paste or Red Round.  Great quality and also some 2nds available for a lower price! Heirlooms of every color imaginable, Paste, Red Round, Multi-colored Cherries, Juliets. For fresh eating, drying and roasting.  MAYBE SOME SWEET CORN, Celery,  Beets, Tomatillos.  Cabbage, Salad mix. Garlic, Beans, Eggplant, Sweet Peppers. Broccoli,  Cucumbers,  Large Onions and Summer Squash, Kale and Chard ~~ EAT MORE KALE stickers to anyone who buys a bag of kale this Saturday,  Rosemary, Fresh Basil (including large amounts for making Pesto!), Dill and Parsley;  Red, Kennebec & Russet Potatoes. Fingerling Potatoes.  Sunflowers!

BEEF ~ NEW BEEF CUTS!  JUST PICKED UP THIS WEEK! Our steers and cows are on pasture, and happy!

  • We have lean Ground Beef!
  • Chuck, Arm & English Roasts
  • Bone-In  TBone, Porterhouse and Rib Steaks
  • Boneless Sirloin and Tenderloin Steaks
  • Swiss Steak
  • Stew Meat & Short Ribs
  • Liver, Heart and Tongue
  • Soup Bones

SALE:  ORGANIC OLIVE OIL ~ Fair Trade, too!  Imported by Higher Grounds in Traverse City

NEW SHIPMENT: HIGHER GROUNDS COFFEE in 1# bags.  Certified organic, Fair Trade. Various types, beans or ground, dark or light roast, full caf, half caf or decaf. Try a cup at the Sweetwater Market table!


Grassfield’s Cheese of Coopersville

We’ll be at market this week with our certified organic Dutch Style gouda’s & cheddars. Try our Gouda with Dill, Gouda with Chili, Lamont Cheddar, or Edam!


Ed’s Farm of Spring Lake
Broccoli, Cabbage,  Acorn Squash, Peppers, Beets, Herbs: catnip, basil, mint.

Creswick Farms of Ravenna

Pasture Raised, Antibiotic & Hormone Free, Artisanal Meats

Kids Healthy Snacks Choices: Snack Sticks, Pepperoni Slices, Chicken Deli and Ham Deli Slices!

Again this week! Apple Smoked Chicken Halves! Try cold smoked chicken in a black bean lime salsa salad – YUM!

Steaks: Flank, Ribeye & Top Sirloin for the grill!

Ground Beef in 1 lb. packages
Ground Beef patties


New! Apple Smoked Chicken Halves. $6.95lb

Chicken Patties, Regular or BBQ, 1#/ 4 pr pkg

Chicken Breast, boneless, skinless.

Chicken Leg Quarters

Chicken Deli Lunch Slices are back!

Pork Tenderloin

Boneless Pork Chops

We now offer Breakfast Sausage 3 ways: Patties, Links and Bulk 1# pkg!

Bacon: Choose from Hickory or Apple Smoked.


Regular Bratwurst

Oberon Brats

Apple Smoked Brats

Two Deli Lunchmeat choices: Chicken Deli & Ham Deli!

Chicago Style Hotdogs! No nitrates, no fillers – just  100%  pastured meats!

Snack Sticks

Chorizo 1/2lb pkg
EGGS No soy in chicken feed. Large. $3.25 a dozen. Jumbo or medium by pre-order only.

PRE-ORDERS. Sign up to be on the Pre Order reminder list here: dijaan1@charter.net or at the market. On Sunday you will receive a reminder and you’ll have until 9am Tuesday to put your order in. Once placed, all you have to do is come to the market anytime on Saturday and pick it up!


CJ Veggies of Zeeland

Sweet corn, the real deal! Lacinato “Dino” kale, Tomatoes Garlic beans melons white turnips Mesclun mix Arugula, Baby Swiss Chard, Basil, green onions.



Laughing Tree Bakery of Hart

West Michigan’s ONLY Brick Oven Solar Powered Bakery!

Our thanks to all of you who went to Sweetwater last weekend to purchase our products.  As folks who appreciate great sandwiches, this time of year is always special to us as the tomatoes,

eggplants, and cucumbers are plentiful.  So enjoy the creative possibilities of the season!

Here is a little more “sourdough” 101 touting the benefits of fermented foods.

Sourdough bread preparation improves nutrition by:

-pre-digesting starches, making the bread more easily digestible

-lowering insulin response/improving glucose tolerance

-protecting Vitamin B1 from the damage of the heat of baking

-breaking down gluten, which may result in a bread that gluten-sensitive people can eat

-activating phytase to hydrolyze (dissolve) the phytates, thus freeing up minerals such as zinc, iron, magnesium, copper & phophorous.

We now make a 100 percent whole grain loaf from Kamut flour.  Kamut is a non hybridized relative of durum wheat that is said to have originated in ancient Egypt.  It results in a surprisingly light loaf with a moist texture and fruity flavor.  While it does contain the proteins that develop gluten, it is a great alternative for folks with wheat sensitivities.


Homesteader’s Wheat (An extraordinary light wheat bread with a wonderfully chewy crust) $5.00

Oceana Round  ( Rustic Italian country bread) $5.00

 Third Coast Three Seed  (Sunnies, Sesames, and Flax in a light wheat) $5.50

The Michigander (made with Michigan-grown whole wheat—dark and soulful) $5.50

Annie’s Raisin Spice (sweet organic raisins, organic cinnamon, and freshly ground cardamon) $6.00

Griff’s 8-Grain (Hearty, hearty! Eight organic grains and a bit of Michigan honey) $6.50

Finn’s Pecan Raisin Pecan (Jam packed with pecans and organic raisins) $8.25

Elbridge Parmesan Olive (Sumptuous parmesan and Kalamata black olives) $8.00

Irish Cheddar Peppercorn (Smooth Irish Cheddar accompanied by tongue tingling black pepper).  Price $8.00


Toasted Walnut Batard: (Aromatic toasted walnuts lend a lovely nuttiness and a purple hue to this versatile batard) $6.50

100% whole grain Kamut: Light and moist with a fruity flavor, a great loaf for folks with wheat sensitivities. $6.00

HAVE YOU TRIED OUR GRANOLA LATELY?  Choose from: Mountain Crunch Granola (pure vanilla, toasted almonds, and organic coconut oil) and Laughing Tree Peanut Butter Granola (all-natural PB, pure vanilla, and Michigan honey).

Pastries available for Saturday:

Cranberry Orange Scones

Truly Ginger Scones

Michigan Cherry Scones

Pecan Date Scones

(All our scones are $2.25 each* and are handmade with our own fresh eggs, organic cream, and organic butter)

Deep Mud Brownies $2.75 each* (Our brownies are made with extraordinary Callebaut dark chocolate, our own fresh eggs, and Michigan grown organic barley flour—they are amazing!!)

Orange Mud Brownies  $3.00 The original Deep Mud Brownie infused with dried oranges and orange zest.

Hilltoppers (our NEW Molasses Ginger cookies…A 4oz cookie sweetened with golden molasses and bits of candied ginger)  $2.25 each *

 Expedition Cookies– The kitchen sink including bits of chocolate, coconut, and raisins rolled into whole oats and barley flour.   $2.25 each

Bees & Botanicals of Spring Lake
Pretty, Practical, Eco-friendly and Organic 

Pure yummy Michigan honey in several sizes.

Pure Michigan beeswax candles, natural, bright, clean and long burning- tapers back in stock as well as other fun shapes and sizes.

Certified Organic Soap in an assortment of essential oil fragrances or our simple/sensitive soap for those who just want a great soap

without any added scent.

    Fragrant and versatile Lavender –  Organza, embroidered, and hand colored organic Lavender Sachets
    Organic Lavender Dryer Bags for lavender field fresh sheets and towels (great for closets and drawers too)
Liberty Family Farm & Bakery of Hart

We’re on vacation this week – see you next week!

Last but not least

Recipe Corner


We are a 2012 Double Up Food Bucks Market!

For new Bridge Card customers we have a special gift bag that includes a market tote, Kid Approved Cookbook, cutting board, veggie scrubber, and a $5.00 Sweetwater Gift Card to spend on anything at the market!

Thanks to a grant received from the Fair Food Network and others, Sweetwater will be offering Double Up Food Bucks to anyone using a Bridge Card at our market from June 2nd through November.  Click here to see how it works: http://sweetwaterlocalfoodsmarket.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/ffn_dufb-2012-faq-customer.pdf


Friends of the Market

If you would like to become a Friend of the Market for a suggested donation of $20.00, which entitles you to a free cup of coffee at every market you attend for a full year, please see me at the market this Saturday! We will also have  Higher Grounds Coffee by the Cup for a suggested donation of $1.00.

Hope to see you at the market!
Diana Jancek
Market Manager

Contact info: (231)292-1152, dijaan1@charter.net

We are a BRIDGE CARD Double Up Foods Bucks 2012 market!