Time for a picnic, the melons are in!

Melon Time!

Sweetwater Local Foods Market
Saturday, August 20th, 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

Picnic time – the Melons are in!

More Certified Organic Sweet Corn!

More Heirloom Tomatoes!


At this week’s market:
Chickadee Creek Farm of Nunica

Chris and Amy VanDenToorn are turning their recently purchased  20 acre farm in Nunica into their dream operation:   a chemical free, compost-based produce operation complemented by a pasture raised livestock production.  Currently they have a small CSA program (7 shares),  pastured hogs, a flock of free range laying hens, ducks, geese, turkeys, rabbits, and goats.  They will bring extra produce and their own farm grown fruit made into delicious jams and jellies. Chris interned at the Trillium Haven Farm in Jenison, and while they both still have off-farm jobs they look forward to growing with Sweetwater and making the farm their full time pursuit.

This week they will cucumbers, beans, squash, and hot peppers. Plus blueberry, strawberry and raspberry jams!


CJ Veggies of Zeeland

New this week: Muskmelons! Watermelon!

More this week: SWEET CORN! It’s here, and it’s so good you can eat it raw! Also this week: Tomatoes, Green onion, Kale, Collards, Turnips, Beans: green and yellow.
We are a Certified Organic veggie operation!

Earthscape Farm of Hesperia
New this week: Canteloupe and Red & Yellow Watermelons!

VEGGIES ~ Eggplant!  Heirloom, Roma and Regular Tomatoes ~ Large ones, Medium and Small, too, and in quantity!   Pickling and Slicing Cucumbers.  Basil in bulk for making pesto!  Arugula and lettuce mix. Beets with Greens.  Red Norland and our new favorite AUGUSTA Potatoes (Yellow skin with a pink blush and yellow flesh), Cabbages, Tomatillos, Radicchio,  Sweet Peppers,  Summer squash,  Kohlrabi,  Chard and Kale.  Herbs: Parsley, Dill, Basil, Cilantro and Rosemary.  Flower fans: Sunflowers & Glads!
BEEF ~    Please note: We are out of Steaks.  Consider other cuts of beef now that the weather is a bit cooler.  Crock pot a roast or short ribs.  
Try our beef.  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. Email us pre-orders by Friday 7pm.
Quarters of BEEF for sale.  This is the most economical way to purchase beef. Talk to me or email for more information.  www.earthscapefarm@gmail.com
ORGANIC OLIVE OIL from Palestine! 500 ML Bottles.  Organic, Extra Virgin and Cold Pressed
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!

 Creswick Farms of Ravenna
Pasture Raised, Antibiotic & Hormone Free, Artisanal Meats
New this week: STEAKS!

While Earthscape Farms prepares to get their beef cows off to market, we will carry a small selection of our grilling favorites.

Rib-Eye Steak

T-Bone Steak

Flank Steak

Ground Beef in 1 lb. packages
Ground Beef patties

Gourmet Burgers – Ground Beef with Bacon

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

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

Back again! Ground Chicken. Bulk 1# pkg. If you are looking for a low-fat alternative to beef, this is it! Did you know that 1- 4oz patty of ground chicken has the same fat content, and is lower in calories, than 1- 4 oz patty of ground turkey?
Country Ribs
! Meaty ribs perfect for grilling.

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

Apple Smoked Brats

Garlic Kielbasa Sausage
Deli Ham Slices
Pepperoni Slices

Pancetta. Italian style, cured, seasoned & spiral sliced in small bundles.
EGGS 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 dijaan@charter.net  or (231)893-3937 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. Pre-orders not picked up by noon market day will be placed back into stock. Please call (231) 769-6514 if you are going to be late. Thanks!

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Farm Store Hours:

Weds: 1-6pm

Fri: 10-5pm

Sat:  10-3pm

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The Fishmonger’s Wife of Muskegon
Pre-Orders are the way to go for best selection! See below.

The Fresh Catch this week: Fresh Whitefish, Whitefish Livers & Smoked Sockeye Salmon, Smoked Whitefish Crumbles. No smoked whitefish chunks at market this week.

PRE-ORDERS: Call us at 231-730-3327. Pre-orders will be held until 11 a.m. and then released. If you are going to be late feel free to call us to make other arrangements.

Winter Whitefish Sale is back! We are close to wrapping up the whitefish season. Technically the season closes October 31, but in reality any time in October could be the end. This is your chance to purchase whitefish in bulk at a reduced price to fill your freezer with while we are gone (this year we are roughly planning on being gone 25 weeks). We are starting the Winter Whitefish Sale early this year in order to fill everyone’s order before the season ends. Order forms and half payment will be accepted starting now, and orders will begin being filled the first week of September.

Sign up to receive our email newsletter Fish Wrap for Fish Folk at thefishmongerswife@frontier.com

McLaughlin Grows of Muskegon

We will bring our large Cuostralee Heirloom Tomatoes, Sungold and red cherry toms, and other veggies. Also we will have our CSA shares ready for pick up.

Olson Farm of Shelby

Onions! Big Daddy, Ailsa Craig and Italian Cippollini! Also a selection of Paste and cherry tomatoes, plus my Taste of Spring Maple Syrup.


Laughing Tree Brick Oven Bakery of Hart

Our 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!

Come early if you are able!  We often sell out before noon…

This week’s SPECIALTY BREADS are:

Rosemary Round:  Local, freshly chopped rosemary transforms our light wheat bread into something altogether new. $5.50


Toasted Walnut Batard: Aromatic toasted walnuts lend a lovely nuttiness and a purple(!) hue to this versatile batard. {Price TBA}


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 Lovely Lemon Scones, Cranberry Orange Scones, Truly Ginger Scones, and our Michigan Cherry Scones.  All of our scones are made with organic butter and cream, our own fresh eggs, and a pinch of organic sugar.  We will also be baking our Expedition Cookies, our Tree Hugger PB Cookies, and our Deep Mud Brownies.

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

Hilde and Charlie Muller

Liberty Family Farm and Bakery of Hart

Heirloom tomatos and lettuce mix

New! Banana Coconut Muffins

New! Southwestern Corn Tart, tender sweet corn with slivers of fresh chilies and organic cheddar cheese (size-10 inches)

New! Tomato Basil Tart with Mozzarella Cheese

New! Greek Pizzetta with Spinach, Feta and Rosemary
Veggie Turnovers

Corn Muffins

Morning Glory Muffins

All of our Original Breakfast Cookie Flavors,  Gluten Free Breakfast Cookies



Bee and Botanicals of Spring Lake
Great selection of certified organic soap– try our Rows and Furrows blend this summer when you come in from the garden.  It has ground almonds, ground coffee and a little added orange essential oil for extra cleaning power (and smells nice too).
Michigan beeswax candles from tea lights to tapers.  Bright and long burning, with just that mellow scent of honey (no artificial fragrances, colors, or petroleum used in the making of this product)!
Nice selection of Organic Lavender sachets in stock.. Lavender not only smells great but has been used for centuries as a moth repellent.  Keep moths at bay in your closets and linen closets in a natural way.

Shady Side Farm of Holland

We will be absent this week while we transport our daughter off to college. We’ll see you on September 3rd.


Last but not least

As always, if you would like to become a Friend of the Market for a suggested donation of $10.00, which entitles you to a free cup of Higher Grounds 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.

We are updating our website, including current vendor contact info: http://sweetwaterlocalfoodsmarket.org/farmers.htm

Sweetwater is on Facebook!  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Muskegon-MI/Sweetwater-Local-Foods-Market/111077177535

Enjoy your summer, and hope to see you soon!
Diana Jancek
Market Manager

We are an authorized Bridge Card farmers market!