Sweetwater Holiday Market #2!

Holiday Market #2!

Sweetwater Local Foods Market
Saturday, December 10th, 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.

We are an authorized Bridge Card Farmers Market

Sweetwater Holiday Market Week #2!

This Saturday you will find more locally grown, crafted, cooked, sewn and baked products for giving to your loved ones this Christmas than anywhere else in West Michigan!

 Not to mention some darn good organically grown greens, garlic and more!


At this week’s market:


Maple Moon Farm of Shelby

Thanks to the sunshine we were able to pick greens!

From the hoophouse:  We’ll have kale, spinach, lettuce, arugula, swiss chard, turnips with greens as well as each sold separately, and beets with greens.

Veggies in Storage: Potatoes, garlic, onions, winter squash, carrots and pie pumpkins.

We’ll also have culinary herbs we dried, for flavorful meals all winter.  Summer Savory, Parsley, and Basil.

New this week: JAM!  We made jam with berries we picked at the peak of ripeness this summer.  The jam is sweetened only with the fruit itself and a touch of local honey and made with natural citrus pectin.  Strawberry and Raspberry. A perfect holiday gift!

Like us on Facebook! http://www.facebook.com/pages/Maple-Moon Farm/266858233357042?ref=ts 

Earthscape Farm of Hesperia
VEGGIES ~  SALE: Butternut Squash sale this week .75 per lb! Sale continues!  Other squashes. We will also have Savoy & Red Cabbage, Smooth Green Cabbage – Make Sauerkraut!  Celeriac, Potatoes & Onions.  Herbs:  Rosemary.

BEEF ~  BEEF SALE is continuing:  Beef Hearts are $2 per lb.

Other cuts available this week:

  • We have lean Ground Beef!
  • Porterhouse, Tenderloin and Sirloin steaks
  • New York Strip and Rib Eye Steaks
  • Rolled Rump, Arm and Chuck Roasts
  • Stew Meat & Short Ribs
  • Liver, Tongue, Oxtail.
  • Soup Bones

Our steers are on lush rotational pastures from May to November.  They get all our quality hay they can eat, plus a little home-grown and ground- on-the-farm grain mostly in winter. Feeding cows small amounts of good grains are like humans eating small portions of dessert.  It’s ok for them as long as grass and legumes are their main diet.  The steers are hung to age and processed by Ebel’s Meats in Falmouth, a family-run USDA operation.

ORGANIC OLIVE OIL from Palestine! 500 ML Bottles.  Organic, Extra Virgin and Cold Pressed.  This oil is imported by Higher Grounds Coffee.

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!


Olson Farm of Shelby

This week stop by and sample a free pancake with my own made on the farm syrup! My Taste of Spring Maple Syrup comes in 12 oz gift bottles and quarts and makes the perfect Chrismas gift. 100% Grass Fed Beef: Only one quarter not yet spoken for, let me know if interested. Quarters of my 1-year old Galloway & Simental cross beef. Call for more info: 231.861.4903.


Chickadee Creek Farm of Nunica

Come sample our newest jam creations:  Apple Pie Jelly, Special Late Harvest Rubel (a wild heirloom blueberry) and Smooth Operator Red Plum, along with many others.

In addition to Grassfield’s famous Dutch process Goudas & Cheddars, we will now carry a selection of cheeses from Cowslip Creamery! Located on Lubbers Farm in West Michigan, Cowslip is dedicated to making excellent cheese the old fashioned way, by hand, using fresh milk from cows grazing sustainable pastures. This week try either the artisan Phocas, or Brigid. Also we’ll have a selection of delicious Flatbread Crackers from the Lubber’s on-farm Little Rooster Bakery!


Creswick Farms of Ravenna

Pasture Raised, Antibiotic & Hormone Free, Artisanal Meats
New product! Prosciutto! Nathan is at it again, just in time for the holidays!

This “Italian Ham” as it is widely known, is salted and air dried for a lengthy period. After curing, prosciutto is sliced into paper thin pieces which are usually slightly transparent. It is typically eaten uncooked, on charcuterie plates, wrapped around fruit and vegetables, or in salads. In some cases, prosciutto may be lightly cooked, as is the case when it is tossed with pasta.

Ground Beef in 1 lb. packages
Ground Beef patties

Gourmet Burgers – Ground Beef with Bacon

Corned Beef Hash! Perfect for when you want a quick meal, with potatoes and spice already added, or add eggs for breakfast! 1# pkg.

Whole Chickens

Apple Chicken Sausage Links

Chicken Breasts, boneless, skinless

Chicken Leg Quarters
Chicken Patties, BBQ or Plain. 1# 4/pr pkg.

Pork Tenderloin

Pork Chops
Bacon, Apple & Hickory Smoked
Breakfast Sausage Bulk & Links

Italian Bulk Sausage

German Thuringer

Garlic Kielbasa Sausage
Deli Ham Slices

Deli Sliced Old Fashioned Bologna.

Pepperoni Slices

Pancetta. Italian style, cured, seasoned & spiral sliced in small bundles.
Prosciutto 1/4lb $7.50

EGGS Large. No soy in chicken feed. $3.25 a dozen.

PRE-ORDERS. Space limitations force us to carry only the most asked for meats. If you want to be sure to get the meats you want every week, PRE-ORDERING is the way to go.  Take a look at the complete product list here: www.CreswickFarms.com
Email or call Diana Jancek at dijaan1@charter.net  or (231)292-1152 no later than midnight on the Monday evening before the next market and she will have it ready for you to pick up on Saturday

Facebook Fan Page:



Laughing Tree Brick Oven Bakery of Hart

Laughing Tree Brick Oven Bakery breads are all made from 100% organic flours and grains.  Nearly all of our breads are naturally-leavened using a levain that we cultivate on site in our bakery.  All of our doughs undergo a long, slow fermentation process that produces extraordinarily flavorful and easily digestible breads.  The grand finale:  our breads are baked in a handbuilt ,wood-fired brick oven which creates loaves of amazing texture and beauty!


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

Cranberry Orange Almond A bread for the holidays full of the goodies its name describes. Price $8.75


Homesteader’s Wheat A 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

Annie’s Raisin Spice Sweet organic raisins, organic cinnamon, and freshly ground cardamon. $6.00

The Michigander Made with Michigan-grown whole wheat—dark and soulful.$5.50

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 and tongue-tingling organic black pepper. $8.00

Pastries for Saturday:  We will be baking our Simply Currant Scones, Cranberry Orange Scones, Truly Ginger Scones, and our Michigan Cherry Scones.  All of our scones are made with organic butter and cream, fresh eggs, and a pinch of organic sugar. Deep Mud Brownies.

Granola Baked in our wood-fired brick oven after the intense bread-baking heat has dissipated (after several days).  They are baked at a low temperature to ensure that the nutrients in the grains and seeds remain intact!  Please note, these granolas are SWEETENED ONLY WITH MICHIGAN HONEY!  There is absolutely no refined sugar in them.

MOUNTAIN CRUNCH GRANOLA:  Organic oats, organic sunflower seeds, organic coconut, sliced almonds, Michigan honey, organic coconut oil, pure vanilla, sea salt. $6.00/pound

LAUGHING TREE PEANUT BUTTER GRANOLAOrganic oats, organic sunflower seeds, organic coconut, Michigan honey, Michigan-made peanut butter, organic coconut oil, pure vanilla, sea salt. $6.00/ pound

We are truly honored to bake for you and your family.

Hilde and Charlie Muller


Liberty Family Farm and Bakery of Hart

From the Hoophouse– chard, kale, lettuce, radishes and arugula!
New!  WREATHS– we make these from fresh silver fraser fir, and decorate them naturally!
Pre order Christmas Turkeys
We have a special selection of Baked Goods just for the Holiday Season!  I hope you enjoy.
New!  The Christmas Breakfast Cookie made with premium white chocolate, dried cherries and almonds.
New! Gingerbread Bundt Cakes – mini.
New!  Challah Bread – great for french toast!
New! Raisin Apple whole wheat bread.
New!  Cinnamon Coffee Bundt Cake
New!  Maple Nut Granola made with Michigan maple syrup & honey and dried Cherries!
New!  Maple Gingersnaps made with pure maple syrup from Michigan.
New!  Spice Rosemary Nuts- made with fresh Rosemary and a mixture of nuts.
We will also have our regular flavors of Breakfast Cookies and Quiches, plus Gluten Free Items.
Tim is back from shearing sheep out west and is looking forward to market!  See you there.


Bees & Botanicals of Spring Lake

Pretty, Practical & Organic products for the home

Honey for the Holiday’s and every day!  Several sizes to choice from. Local and not over heated or over filtered.

Certified Organic Soap Great selection of all the favorites available such as Lemongrass Tea, Oats & Spice & Lavender

Featured Soap this week:  Lavender – only essential oil is used for added scent (true with all our soaps. Lavender is known to be antibacterial in nature as well as good aromatherapy to calm and relax at the end of a stressful day.
Nature does it best with Michigan beeswax candles from tea lights to tapers.  Bright and long burning,
Smooth & rolled tapers, and many other fun shapes to choose from.  Great with fall colors and textures.
Lip Balms– smooth, moisturizing blend, current flavors: Grapefruit,  Natural
Organic Lavender Dryer Bags back in 2 sizes & Organic Lavender Sachets (smell great and natural moth deterrent)
Hand made cards & gift tags for bags, boxes & wine bottles and a variety of gift boxes for soaps. New Vendor!

Pet Chef Lakeshore

Barb Pitcher, vendor of all natural dog and cat food, treats and dog chews will be joining the market this Saturday to introduce you to Pet Chef, a better, healthier pet food, along with Holiday Gift Ideas for your favorite Fluffy or Fido!

Pet Chef Express quality dry kibble pet food is made with high quality proteins, no meat byproducts, seven different vegetables, kelp, flax, oatmeal for healthy immune systems, pre- and probiotics for digestive health, omega 6 & 3 oils for a shiny healthy coat, glucosamine/chondroitin for joint health, low temperature cooking process to prevent heat damage. Contains NO artificial preservatives, NO wheat, corn, soy, cereal fillers, artificial coloring.

Six specialty formulas for dogs with sensitive digestion and food allergies to cater to your pet’s need from weaning through all life stages:

• Puppy

• Chicken & Rice

• Lamb & Rice

• Salmon & Rice

• Grain Free

• Adult Lean

Three formulas for cats:

• Super Premium Kitten/young cat formula

• Premium Adult Cat

• Lean Cat

Pet Chef Express food is manufactured FRESH each month, and I deliver direct to the consumer with FREE HOME DELIVERY. Not available in retail stores, never sits in warehouses.

Your pets trust you to make the right decisions for their health and nutrition. Free samples available to take home. Let your pet decide!

Finished with your Christmas shopping?  Did you remember something for Fido and Fluffy?

Just in time for Christmas, I have holiday gift baskets for the dog who has everything, filled with all natural treats.  Buddy Biscuits are made with no artificial preservatives, corn, soy, salt, sugar, dairy or eggs, comes in five tantalizing flavors, Bacon & Cheese, Peanut butter, Roasted Chicken, Lamb Soft and Chewy, and a holiday special, Gingerbread (limited supplies).  Gift baskets available with two, three or all five flavors.

Miss Kitty or Mr. Kat will enjoy one pound of Pet Chef Express Premium Adult Cat food, a bag of Hairball Formula treats, a bag of dried, wildcrafted, all natural cat nip (grown in my back yard), and a special mini Christmas stocking cat nip toy, which I hand stuffed with the same wildcrafted cat nip.

Shady Side Farm of Holland

We are at the Holland Holiday Kerstmarkt http://holland.org/events/16369-holiday-kerstmarkt and will return to Sweetwater on December 17th. See you then!

Holiday Vendors

New Vendor!

Beech Coast Studio Pottery of West Olive

Susan Hoekema is back with art to add to your table.  Her stoneware serving bowls and trays, plates, soup bowls, and mugs are glazed in colors that reflect the woods, sand and water of West Michigan.   She will also have earthenware tumblers painted to capture days at Lake Michigan.  All her glazes are food and dishwasher safe.


Michigan’s Guide to Local Cooking of Spring Lake

Susan Clemente, author of Michigan’s Guide to Local Cooking will be at Sweetwater Saturday to sign cookbooks and  will also be selling some handpicked gift items for your favorite foodies gift basket.

Patricia’s Chocolates The Michigan Chocolate Bar! A Solid 58% couverture dark chocolate in the shape of Michigan’s lower peninsula. A heart is piped on the chocolate for Muskegon area. $4

Fortunato No. 4 Patricia’s Chocolate® is one of only a few chocolatiers in the world entrusted with this extraordinary chocolate. $4.50

Other chocolate: 2-piece set of Michigan Cherry and Blueberry Chocolates,  and Fresh Mint and Arabica & Espresso Chocolates $5.20

Michigan’s Guide to Local Cooking signed by the author $25

Naturally Nutty – Handcrafted Nut Butters from Traverse City.  8 ounce jars in 4 delicious flavors; Organic Pepita Sun Seed Butter $6.75, Organic Vanilla Almond Butter $7.75,  Butter Toffee Peanut Butter $5.75, and Organic Peanut Butter $5.75.

30 Minute Mozzarella & Ricotta Kit –Just add Milk! The Kit contains tools and enough ingredients to make Mozzarella 30 times using our own easy recipe! The whole process takes ±30 minutes!!! = $25

Basic Hard Cheese Making Kit – If you are a beginner cheese maker then this is the kit for you. Farmhouse Cheddar, Gouda, Monterey Jack, Feta, Cottage Cheese, Colby, Parmesan and Ricotta. $35

Home Cheese Making – Considered to be the “Bible of home cheese makers”. There are 75 cheese recipes, 25 other dairy recipes, Q&A, and lots more. $16.95

Salt Starter Set  1oz tins – Six gourmet sea salts, 1oz tins, idea for anyone exploring artisan salt for the first time. $25

Salad Salt Set – 2oz Jars – These three salts bring new life to fresh lettuce and vegetables. $25

Last but not least

We will have copies of Chris Bedford’s last film, “Getting Real about Food and the Future” available for purchase. Funds will be used to help support market educational activities.

We are excited to announce that Sweetwater Board Member Tom Wagner’s second book, Work and Hope: Further Thoughts on Living Faith has been published by Muskegon County Cooperating Churches. The volume is primarily a “best of compilation of his “Gleanings” essays regularly featured in the ecumenical organization’s bimonthly newsletter BRANCHES. The book also features illustrations by Muskegon artist Mat Moore.

Following is an excerpt from his essay “Winter Vespers”:

“West of our house and outbuildings stand several acres of woodland. Particularly on our rare cloudless days I find myself pausing to gaze at the forest of empty tree limbs silhouetted against the glow of dusk. Such moments grant me a sense of clarity and peace.

What draws my attention is the way the fading light shows off the intricate patterns of the trees under these conditions. During the growing season the leaves draw a green veil across the horizon. It takes the autumn winds and rains to restore our sunsets. Snowstorms transform the woods into a mere collection of phantoms. Cloudy days make the view a study of black on gray. Broken clouds painted with the fiery hues of dying light create a drama that overwhelms the naked forest. Yet in the cold, clear glow of winter twilight I become aware of small details of form. Color and blemishes no longer distract me. I observe each twig, how it connects to each branch and each branch connects to each trunk. Each tree, rooted in the earth joins others to create the forest. The fading sun has made this vision possible on so many levels. The scene reminds me that we as creatures are part of something much larger than ourselves. This is my moment of clarity.” (p. 35.)

This is a lovely volume and would make a wonderful Christmas gift. MCCC is publishing the collection as a fundraiser. The first limited edition of 200 copies is hand sewn in a soft cover by the author. Each copy is numbered and autographed. Copies are available for a $15.00 per copy donation to :

Muskegon County Cooperating Churches (MCCC)

1095 Third St., Suite 10

Muskegon, MI 49441

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

We are an authorized Bridge Card farmers market!