Sweetwater Monday Preorder for Saturday August 26th Farmers Market

Sweetwater Local Foods Market

Saturday, August 26th, 2023
10:00am to 11:00am
Mercy Health Lakes Village
6401 Harvey St. at US31/Pontaluna Rd.
Contact info at end of newsletter
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Blackbird Farm needs your veggie bag preorders by Thursday.
Funny Farm needs preorders for blackberries.
Everyone attending appreciates preorders, whenever possible!
Watch for the Friday newsletter for updated veggie lists!

Vendors Attending Saturday August 26th:

Blackbird Farm of Coopersville
We are looking forward to seeing you again at this Saturday’s market with all manner of good things to eat!
This week we are again offering for pre-order our pre-selected, pre-packed bags of fresh vegetables. These bags are something akin to our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) shares. We assemble bags of our highest quality veggies based on whatever is fresh and in season for that week. In the bag, we aim to have some combination and quantity of at least five different vegetables with a combined value around $25. We also include a brief note from Farmer Greg and a farm-tested recipe. Each bag costs $20. This week’s bag will potentially contain a selection of some of the following: lettuce, mini-cabbages, carrots, herbs, green peppers, summer squash, zucchini, cucumbers, tomatoes, eggplant, and garlic. To order your Blackbird Farms Veggie Bag, please email us at hello.blackbirdfarms@gmail.com by noon on Thursday. We will then send you an invoice via Square. Payment can also be made via cash or check (payable to Blackbird Farms).
In addition, this season we are experimenting with offering four-week-long trial shares for folks who are curious about the CSA model but not quite ready to commit to a full season. These will be offered in four-week sessions (basically the months of September, and October), with pick-up on the farm on Thursday evenings. Trial shares will be offered as either full shares ($140) or small shares ($75). The sign-up form is available online.
We also plan to have many items for walk-up sales–watch for more information in Friday’s newsletter.
Thanks so much! We’re looking forward to seeing friends old and new this Saturday!
Greg & Shel
Blackbird Farm

Funny Farm of Grant
The farm is looking good except for the weeds. To be expected, it’s August! The berries are still making berries, I hope there’s more this week. They keep making flowers and more baby berries so I should have them for a while. Here’s what I plan to bring.
Cabbage and Napa cabbage,
kohlrabis, the Giant kind
Swiss chard(?)
White onions
Potatoes, red, golden and nicola
Cucumbers and/or pickles
I will have some big blackberries, please preorder.
Updates if needed will post on Friday.
Preorder requests: text # 734 945 0720 and I
will respond to confirm the order.
Thanks for a good year!
Barb Loe

Dirty Roots Healing of Muskegon
Forest Finds has rebranded! Dirty Roots Healing is our new name. Still the same amazing herbal products. I am going to continue to carry the favorites, along with new seasonal items.
This week: A new batch of Wild Salt is coming! If you haven’t tried it yet, it’s a great blend of just right herbs and salt, for veggies and/or meats!
As always I can be contacted for orders, for pickup at Henry St Health Hutt, or I can ship items. . . Find our new menu at:  DIRTY ROOTS-1   Email us at  dirtyrootshealing@yahoo.com or leave a message at 616-834-3233 Thank you for your support!
Love, Cody

The Woven Farm of Whitehall
Happy Monday!
Sorry that I missed everyone last week – a communication error on my part! I will however be back this week with an assortment of produce for walk up sales!
Tomatoes and peppers are very slowly coming on (but will hopefully be making their first appearance on the market table!)
Blueberries are also still growing! This may be the last week for them though.
Check back Friday for a full list of what will be on the market table!
Cheers to good growing!
Sam Otto
The Woven Trifecta

Pine Row Farm of Rothbury
Hello :-),
I have been asked quite a few times about insect populations this year, so here’s my observations from the farm. Butterflies seem a bit scarce; moths are not. The firefly population is down from last season. Bald faced hornets are about as plentiful as last year. Honey bees are holding their own and going after star thistle, an invasive species that apparently has nectar even in a drought. I’m grateful for that. They’re clearly not insects, but the bat population has actually increased this year. I’ve enjoyed watching them. And while I hadn’t seen a cow bird in decades, we’ve seen a few this summer.
We will accept orders until 5pm on Friday. If you miss the deadline or prefer to shop in person, I do bring a selection of what’s available every Saturday. I will try to get totals emailed out by 9:30pm on Friday. 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.
Round steaks $7.75
Rolled rump roast $8.50
Chuck roast $8.50
Chuck steaks $8.50
English roasts $8.50
Arm roasts $8.50
Short ribs, regular or Korean cut, $7
Shank $5.75
Ground beef $7.25
Ground round (vacuum sealed) $8.25
Ground round (tube pack) $7.75
Ground sirloin (vacuum sealed) $12
Ground sirloin (tube pack) $11.50
Soup bones $2.25
Suet $1.25
Oxtail $6.25
Tongue $6.00
Kidneys $4.50
We sell by halves and quarters. Please let me know if you would like to be added to the list for 2024.
Sale! We have ground beef bundles available in 25, 50, 75, and 100 pounds. Save 25 cents a pound on 25#, and 50 cents a pound on 50# or more, while supplies last! We have enough ground round and ground sirloin on hand to offer the same sale.
We’re sold out for this year.
All of our poultry are free range, locked in nightly, and have certified organic feed.
*Chicken eggs are $6/dozen. Sold out. 
*Chicken eggs have been in short supply. Please don’t give up on us. I have 52 lovely little chick hens that should begin to lay at production level in September. I’ve been raising them since early April. The standing order list will reopen once the supply increases sufficiently. Please let me know if you would like to be on the list, and how many dozen you would like weekly. Thanks!
**Duck eggs are $10/dozen. Sold out.
**I have finally committed to ordering female ducklings. They are still $15 apiece, but I found a source with reasonable shipping. They are scheduled to arrive this week and should begin to lay in February if the weather is favorable.
We will bring the following honey:
Plastic squeeze bottles:
1# raw $8
2# $12
Glass canning jars:
Pint raw $10
Quart raw $16
1# block $10
Old fashioned boiled maple syrup, powered by wood! Glass jars only. Mother Hubbard’s maple syrup: 
Pints $10
Quarts $20
Kasza Sugar Bush Maple Syrup 
Glass containers.
Quarts $20
Gallons $55
I have been monitoring the fruit trees for the last couple of weeks. Fruit will be available for walk up sales only, once it’s ready and I have daylight hours for harvesting.
See you Saturday!

The Pasturage of Montague
Summer! What a glorious time. We weaned our lambs from the ewes and they’re both feasting on the mid-summer pasture which has mostly recovered from the drought.  Our pigs are devouring poison ivy, multi-flora rose and honeysuckle. I admit I encourage this behavior with a little well-placed grain. We’re hosting a turkey tour in early October so stay tuned for updates to see these prehistoric creatures chirring on grass. Anyone with a pre-order this week will receive a complimentary reusable, bright orange bag, brand new from CVS.
As always, our pre-order form is the best way to see what we have and get what you want! Find it here: https://form.jotform.com/231266729632056 or you can always call/text 231 288 6112 or email thepasturage@gmail.com
Just a small sampling of our lamb & pork products from our preorder form:
Ground Lamb $13 PER POUND
Lamb Stewmeat $13 PER POUND
Lamb Hot Dogs (aka sheep dogs) $11.50 PER EACH
Lamb Gyro Brat $11.50 PER EACH
Pork Chops $12.00 PER POUND
Pork Breakfast links $13.50 PER POUND


Laughing Tree Bakery
We will return next week. If you need breads/and or pastries please visit us at our Muskegon Farmers market location this Saturday.
Hilde and Charlie Muller
Laughing Tree Brick Oven Bakery
Find us on facebook and Instagram

Earthscape Farm of Hesperia
CONTACT: Patrice and Bill Bobier
4220 E. Loop Rd.
Hesperia, MI  49421
email earthscapefarm@gmail.com
We will return soon.

Scholl Farms of Montague
We will return next week.
Thanks So Much,
Stu and Connie

In Case of Severe Weather: Cancellation Notice
If we need to cancel a market due to severe weather I will send out a separate email no later than Friday evening before a market notifying you that we will be closed. I will post the same message to our FB & Instagram pages as well as the website. If you know people who are regulars to the market and not in the habit of checking emails please let them know. Thanks!

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 on market day pickup.

Contact the market
(231)742-8477 (leave a message).
Email: sweetwaterlocalfoodsmkt@gmail.com
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