Sweetwater Thanksgiving Newsletter for Saturday November 19th Farmers Market

Sweetwater Local Foods Market

Saturday, November 19th, 2022
10:00am to 11:00am
Mercy Health Lakes Village
6401 Harvey St. at US31/Pontaluna Rd.
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With November 19th being the last Saturday before Thanksgiving, please remember that the market is closed the Saturday after Thanksgiving, and order accordingly!
Looking for a locally grown turkey for Thanksgiving? Both Liberty Family Farm & Pine Row Farm have a few turkeys not spoken for. Call them today to reserve yours! 
Both Liberty Farm & Laughing Tree Bakery have pies available for Thanksgiving, check their listings for details.
Blackbird Farm has a great assortment of veggies including roasting kits, fire cider kits and fresh greens!
Preorders are more important now (cold weather) than ever, so look over the list and get your orders in today!
See you at the market Saturday, and if not then, have a Happy Thanksgiving and we’ll see you again on December 3rd!

Holiday Calendar: We will be open every Saturday except:
Closed Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 26th
Closed Saturday Christmas Eve, December 24th
Closed Saturday New Years Eve, December 31st
Thanks again, and see you at the Market!

Vendors Attending Saturday November 19th:

Blackbird Farm of Coopersville
Note: List below is for walk up sales only, no preorders. If you can’t make the market we are having an on-farm event from 1-5 (see below).
Winter has hit us hard this week, but we saw it coming and have been spending the past couple of weeks harvesting all we could in preparation. Which makes this Saturday a great day for you to defy the cold wind and snow and stock up on all manner of good things to eat for your Thanksgiving feast and beyond!
This Saturday at market we will be bringing:
FIRE CIDER KITS: Fire cider is an easily made tonic that is said to boost one’s immune system. Ingredients such as garlic, ginger, turmeric, hot peppers, and horseradish are steeped in apple cider vinegar and then sweetened with honey. We have assembled kits, plus instructions, that will include all you will need to make your own, with all ingredients grown here at Blackbird Farms.
SPINACH, ARUGULA, AND BABY KALE: Tender baby greens fresh from our hoophouse. And there’s no spinach like fall spinach–don’t miss out!
BABY BEET, CARROT, AND POTATO ROASTING MIX: Little nuggets of deliciousness specially selected and ready for your roasting pan.
We will also be bringing:
Head lettuce
Bok choi
Baby kohlrabi
Brussels sprouts
Full-size cabbages
Onions, red and yellow storage
Winter Squash, multiple varieties
Also be sure to ask Forrest about the various provisions he will have with him.
In addition, know that you are welcome to our on-farm holiday market this Saturday (November 19) from 1-5 p.m. We will have all our vegetables, plus other edible goods from our farmer friends, as well as artisan goods like pottery, textiles, notebooks, and more. Our address is 5213 Roosevelt, Coopersville, 409404. Hope to see you there!
Looking forward to seeing friends old and new this weekend!
Greg Dunn
Blackbird Farms LLC

The Woven Farmstead of Whitehall
I will have goodies for walk up sales Saturday – stop by the booth!
All is Certified Naturally Grown and Grown with Love!
To order, please email inquire@thewoventrifecta.com by 7am Friday
Cheers to good growing!

Laughing Tree Bakery of Hart
We will have an assortment of breads and pastries available for walk up sales on Saturday if you missed the Tuesday preorder. Also, here is our pie list and how to snag one (orders due by Saturday, Nov 19th!)
**We will have pies available ONLY the day before Thanksgiving (11/23) at The Cheese Lady
in Muskegon from 10—3pm. Please email Hilde your order by Saturday, November 19 th .
RIGHTEOUS PUMPKIN PIE—made with local pumpkin and a buttery oat and seed crust.
This pie has NO flour in it. $20 each.
ABBA PETER’S FAVORITE APPLE PIE—a substantial pie made by hand with local apples and a traditional crust. $25 each.
Oceana Rolls, Cranberry Orange Almond Bread, other breads and scones available 11/23 at The Cheese Lady as well! Email Hilde with questions or to place an order.
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 do bring a selection of what’s available every Saturday. I will plan 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.
Brisket $9
Skirt steak $10
Sirloin sizzlers $11.50
Eye of round steaks $7.75
Arm 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
Short ribs $7
Shank $5.75
Soup bones $2.25
We sell by halves and quarters. Please contact us if you would like to be on the list for beef in 2023.
All of our poultry are free range, locked in nightly, and have certified organic feed.
Chicken eggs: $6/dozen
Duck eggs: we’ve got a couple of ducks that decided they quit laying a bit early this year (and I agree with them completely!). I expect to have a dozen or close to it for next week if they continue. We gathered 6 this past week.
We have a couple of turkeys that aren’t yet spoken for. They are free range with certified organic feed. They are scheduled for processing on the 17th. Deposits and processing fees are due by the 16th. They will be whole, vacuum sealed birds. I was unsuccessful at locating heritage breed poults this year. These are the standard white broad breasted turkeys, and I expect them to weigh in with a 20# average.
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 $10
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
Holiday item: Maple cream $15/#. Spreadable and delicious 100% maple syrup.
See you Saturday!
Sarah (and Bill and the kids),

Scholl Farm of Montague
All of our products and produce are raised/grown organically.
EGGS, Chicken – $6.00/doz. (Limit 1 doz.)
– Frozen whole birds, 4 TO 6+ lbs. $5.50/lb.
– Frozen whole cut up chicken, 8 pcs per pkg. 5-6 lbs., $6.00/lb.
– Necks, gizzards, and livers: $3.00/lb.
Purple, Yellow, Kennebec, and Crescent Fingers. Mix or match.
$15.00/peck (4 qt.)
$30.00/1/2 bu.
$50.00/1 bu.
Spuds are easy to store if kept in cool, dark, dry environment with some airflow.
Stock up on your favorite varieties.
SQUASH: Acorn, Delicata, and Spaghetti ($3 each), Buttercup ($4 each).
Supplies are getting low.
OSAGE ORANGE (hedge apple) – $.50 each
A Variety of decorative Thanksgiving GOURDS
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

Liberty Family Farm & Bakery of Hart
THANKSGIVING TURKEYS FOR SALE! We have 4 available between 10-16 lbs. $6.50 per lb. 
Thanksgiving Pies are Available Wednesday the 23rd between 4-5:30 p.m. We can meet in the parking lot at the market location.
Pumpkin Pie– 9inch $20.00 
Apple Crumb Top Pie or a double crust – 9 inch $20.00
Pecan Pie– 9 inch $20.00
Apple Butter Pie with a Pecan/ Oat crumb topping $22.00
Pear & Apple Pie double crust $20.00
Ginger Cinnamon Apple Crisp topped with a Maple Walnut Oat Crumb topping 8×8 pan $12.00
Pull Apart Dinner rolls 6 pk $6.00 Made with organic flour, organic eggs & organic milk, baked til golden and brushed with butter!
Quiche 9 inch $15.00 ( Spinach & Cheddar, or Broccoli & Cheddar) made with veggies from our hoop house.
Pumpkin Tea Bread $10.00
Preorders accepted.
Empire & Jonathan Apples from Hackert Family Farm, Certified Organic! . $52 per bushel.
$28.00 per half bushel.
$15 per peck.
$9.00 per half peck.
VEGGIES from the garden and hoop house!!
Red Potatoes $5.00/ qt
White Potatoes Russets $5.00/ qt
1/2 peck $8.00
Kale $5.00/bag
Carrots $6.00 per lg bunch
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
Drumsticks $5.75/ lb
Wings $5.75/lb
Livers $5.00
New product in! PASTURED PORK
Breakfast links $10.00lb
Pork chops$9.00/lb
Maple Sage sausage$9.00
Italian bulk sausage $9.00
Garlic basil bulk sausage$9.00
Ground pork $6.00
Nitrate free bacon$12.00
Pork Steaks $8.00/lb
Fresh Ham Steaks $9.00 /lb
Pork Kabobs $8.00 /lb
Italian Brats $9.00/lb
Pork Shoulder  Roasts $10.00 lb
Ribs $9.00/lb
Nitrate Free Ham Hocks $7.00 /lb
**Please let us know if you need a bulk order of something so we can reserve it for you. We will have all the usual cuts, sausage, nitrate-free bacon & hams, and brats.
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! Baked donuts cinnamon/sugar, glazed, or Plain $6.00 per half dozen.
New! Pumpkin Tea Bread lg loaf $10.00
New! Cranberry Crumb Bars $3.00
New! Pear & Cheddar Galettes $10.00 8 inch
New! Apple Crumb top pies made with our own organic apples $18.00
New! MultiGrain Knot Rolls 4pk $6.00
Apple Galettes $10.00
Spinach & Cheddar GF or Reg. $15.00
Broccoli & Cheddar GF or Reg. $15.00
Classic Banana Bread $8.00 small $5.00
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 Pasturage of Montague
Hi all! I missed market last weekend due to a head cold so I apologize if you were looking and didn’t find me. I am on the mend and will be at Sweetwater this weekend with apples and meat. We have new lamb cuts available: neck roast, bone-in shoulder roast, boneless loin and tenderloin, and bulk sausage for your stuffing in both hot and sweet Italian; plus mild breakfast links are back!  All of our lamb sausages are made with our 100% Certified Grassfed lamb, which means you get tremendous flavor with good fat! Numerous blind taste tests have confirmed that people do not know which of our sausages are lamb and which are pork. Try it for yourself!
For both apples & meats feel free to pre-order; walk-ups welcome. Bring your own containers, please.
Prices for apples are as follows:
Under 24# is $3.25/#
Over 24# is $3.00/#
Keep in mind 24# is about a half bushel, which nearly fills a paper grocery bag.
As for our pastured meats, it’s not too early to begin considering holiday roasts. Product price list here:
Oct-Nov 22 Engel SW Pasturage Product price list
To place a preorder: Text or call 231 288 6112. Email thepasturage@gmail.com Look for a confirmation via whatever method you contacted me. Thank you!

The Mannor Farm of Hesperia
We will have the following available for this week.
Ancho Peppers – $8 per bag. Dried Poblano peppers.  This pepper is a very mild hot pepper (more spicy than hot).  Use them in Mole or Enchilada sauce.  Rehydrates easily in warm water in about 15 minutes
Crushed Hot Pepper   A blend of our Certified Naturally Grown hot peppers.   Add a little zest to your chili, soups or fresh salads.  $7 Net Wt 2 oz jar
Honeynut Squash $1 each  This variety of butternut squash is sweeter and smaller running 1/2 to 1 1/2 lbs each.
Tuffy acorn squash $1 each   This variety of acorn squash is smaller running 1/2 to 1 1/2 lbs each.
Whole Chicken $4.50 per lb. 5 – 6 lbs  Our poultry and rabbits are always young and fed 100% CNG or organic feed.   USDA Inspected
Young Guinea Fowl  $8 per lb 2.5 – 3 lbs   Guinea Fowl is all dark meat, very tender, and very similar to pheasant without a gamey taste.  Our poultry and rabbits are always young and fed 100% CNG or organic fed.  USDA Inspected
Johansen’s Maple Syrup  $10 pint
We are currently out of our Rabbit but will have more back in stock in November.  We normally offer our poultry and rabbit frozen.  If you are interested in buying it fresh (not frozen), let us know and we can arrange pick-up the day we get it from the processor.
All our produce and poultry are Certified Naturally Grown.  It is Locally Grown Naturally!
Please send orders to  dlmannor1975@gmail.com or text to 231-301-9894.  We will send an invoice via Square for payment.  If you prefer, you may pay with cash at time of pick-up on Saturday.
Dan & Linda Mannor
The Mannor Farm LLC
5595 E Arthur Road
Hesperia, MI 49421

Earthkeeper Farm of Kent City
We are moving our November 19th visit to December 10th. Feel free to place preorders at any time, or even to visit the farm if you have garlic and elderberry needs before then!
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!
Funny Farm of Grant
Hello everyone! Our produce is finished for the season. That means Jim and I are getting busy in our workshops so I will be attending market if I receive orders for any goods. If you are interested in any unusual gifts for this holiday season, please consider contacting us about creating one for you. Custom orders are gladly accepted. Various types of cutting boards, hinged boxes, candle stands, wall shelves and nearly anything you could imagine, Jim could probably create. I will have our jelly assortment available for gift-giving also. The flavors are listed below. Bowl cozies for hot soups or ice cream bowls are good stocking stuffers! Please text me at 734-945-0720 for preorders or questions. See you in December.
All flavors are low sugar. Elderberry, blueberry, kiwi, crab apple-kiwi, apple, wild grape. Blackberry-elderberry coming soon.

Earthscape Farm of Hesperia
We will return soon.

Forest Finds of Muskegon
We will visit the market again soon.
If you have items you need before then, 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

Dark Water Coffee Roasters of Mears
Not sure of our plans at this point, but if you’re in need of a fresh coffee supply, jump on our website www.darkwatercoffeeroasters.com and we will ship right to your doorstep!  There are some exciting new offerings sure to excite your morning cuppa.
Happy Fall,
Lauren, Tony, Damian, and Neve

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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