Get Ready for an Organic Easter!

Easter Eggs 2014

Botanical Egg Dye Kits from Maple Moon Farm!

Sweetwater Local Foods Market

Saturday, April 19th, 2014, 9:00am to 1:00pm
 Mercy Health Lakes Campus
On 6401 Harvey St. at US31/Pontaluna Rd. Exit. 1st Bldg North of Pontaluna Rd.

We accept Bridge Cards Year Round!

 

Attending this Saturday’s market:

 

Funny Farm of Grant

Sweetwater Customers: At this point we are not sure Funny Farm is attending. For those who haven’t heard their farm was hit pretty hard by the storm last Saturday. Their back porch was blown away and Barb walked out the back door, fell 4′ and broke her wrist. Also several greenhouses were destroyed. We are taking up a collection at the coffee table this Saturday to help with expenses not covered by their insurance, and will be talking to them about getting a group of us together to assist with a cleanup day.

 

(From last weeks newsletter: Sign up for our CSA this Saturday, get the details at our booth. We’ll have plenty of eggs, including Turkey Eggs.  Also, dried mushrooms, dried sweet peppers, crab apple jelly, herbs and sea salt and any shallots or onions we might have left. )

 

Five Oaks Farm CSA of Montague

Welcome to all the new members this week -we’ve been busy planting vegetables for you! With  snow peas, spinach, lettuces, kales, onions, radish, & mixed greens in the ground and many more transplants waiting their turn in the greenhouse, we’re gearing up for a great year. If want to join our CSA we have many options to suit your needs and your budget, including half price shares for Bridge Card families. We are partnering with Sweetwater Center for Organic Opportunity for our Good Food for All fund; your tax deductible contribution to this project will help families who could use it afford our CSA. There is more info about this project and our farm at http://fiveoaksfarmcsa.weebly.com/ , and we’ll have info available at the market.

 

Scholl Farm of Montague

We’ll have our free range non-gmo frozen whole chicken and eggs.

 

Laughing Tree Bakery of Hart

The snow has finally left our little hillside after the thorough drenching we received last night. All of that after great chunks of ice descended from the sky on a somewhat treacherous drive home.  So we prepare for another week, which will include zesting oranges again for our Cranberry Orange Almond loaf for Easter weekend.  This bread keeps well and is great fresh or toasted all week long, but you have to cut it thinly so the cranberries carmelize and the almonds  brown in almondy frangrence! This loaf will be available in both stores and at markets.

Once again a note on natural leavening: The fermentation time (when bread is still dough)  increases the overall digestibility of grains—in fact without this long fermentation most grains are very hard for our bodies to digest.  Natural leavening (fermentation) pre-digests gluten and helps our bodies access the numerous vitamins and minerals that grains offer.  Tell your friends about naturally leavened bread!!  Wahooo!

OUR EIGHT WEEKLY VARIETIES:

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

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

SPECIALTY BREAD BAKE SCHEDULE 

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

Rustic Baguette  Our interpretation of the classic French baguette.  An excellent partner for your favorite cheese or spread.  They also just look nice sticking out the top of a shopping bag.  Price $3.00

Cranberry Orange  Almond  (A loaf for the holidays full of the goodies its name includes). Price $8.75

Chili Cheddar   Whoa-homegrown, pickled jalapeno peppers coupled with mild cheddar cheese makes for great flavor with a little kick.  Fresh or toasted, great as an accompaniment to soup or chili.  $8.00

Pumpernickel Rye A new twist on an old Eastern European standard.  Cracked Rye and Caraway seed in a dark, chewy loaf. $6.00

PASTRIES AVAILABLE FOR SATURDAY

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!

Hilltoppers (our 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

Blueberry Scones

Cranberry Orange Scones

Truly Ginger Scones

Michigan Cherry Scones

BAKER’S DOZEN:  If you order 12 pastries you’ll receive a 13th pastry FREE! 

  

Shady Side Farm of Holland

Black Calypso

Black Turtle

Black Valentine

Hidatsa Red (almost gone!)

Hutterite Soup

Jacob’s Cattle

Jacob’s Cattle Gold

Marrow

Nuña

October

Painted Lady (new!)

Pinto

Yellow Indian Woman

Zebra

In addition, we’ll have Grassfield Farms raw aged cheeses along in the following flavors:

Country Dill

Garlic & Onion

Gouda

Lamont Cheddar

Spring Herb, a Polkton base (a softer cheese) with chives, parsley, garlic and tarragon

Email us by Friday evening if you want something specific along in the wool department (dryer balls, socks, roving, felting kits), or if you want to buy beans in larger quantities. There is a volume discount if you buy a 5# bag of any one bean variety–the Heirloom varieties are $25 for a 5# bag, and the Pinto/Black Turtle beans are $12.50 for a 5# bag. But I do not take 5# bags along unless someone preorders them.

Shady Side Farm

shadysidefarmmichigan@gmail.com

 

Meadow View Goat Dairy & Farm of Fremont

New! Marco is our latest creation and we think it will be a hit! Similar to Dutch Kase but pasteurized and vacuum sealed, it comes in Pepper, Sage, Italian & Garlic. Try a sample!

Chevreʹ  Fresh chevre with a nice spreading consistency, perfect for sandwich toppings and cooking. Cherry Capital Foods of Traverse City says  ” The chèvre produced by Meadow View has a pitch perfect acidity on the palate that becomes gently sweet and milky with a grassy note on the finish.”

Seasoned Chevreʹ                                                     

Our fresh Chevre available in your favorite flavorings: Blueberry Vanilla (great on a morning bagel!) Hickory-smoked bacon Bits, Garlic, Italian Herb, & Hot Pepper

Feta                                                                                        

A smooth and creamy feta which is low in salt and rich in fresh goat milk flavor. The brining process gives feta cheese a salty, tangy flavor and a crumbly consistency. Feta cheese can be served as a table cheese, used in baking savory dishes, or served as an appetizer or in salads. The classic Greek salad is made with Feta cheese. In crumbles or cubes for easy slicing.

Dutch Kase                                                               

A Meadow View Dairy original! If you are looking for a nicely aged but milder version of our Tomme, this is the cheese for you. Vacuum sealed without mold and aged at least 60 days.

Tomme de Fremont                                     

Our first aged cheese is quickly becoming a customer favorite! Developed from a French recipe, Tomme is a lower fat mold ripened cheese, aged at least 60 days. This gives the cheese a stronger flavor & firmer texture than the fresh Chevres, perfect for slicing.

Other items from our farm:

New! Homemade Egg Noodles! Made with certified organic flour and our own eggs-YUM!

We’ll also have eggs from our free-range, GMO-free flock.  http://www.meadowviewgoatdairy.com/home

 

Earthscape Farm of Hesperia

BEEF!  We should have all cuts of beef this week!  AND it is continuing to rise in price.  Our ground beef has taken the big jump this month.  That’s because we can get almost as much money for our steers if we sold them live as we can when we go to the extra hassle of butchering them out to sell at Market!  I know, it’s ridiculous. We hope to have some ground beef specials soon.  Our cattle eat $600 worth of hay per week this time of year!  And getting them out on grazing pasture will be later than usual because of the cold weather and all the snow.  They are enjoying the sunshine and exercise, and calving has begun – 11 new calves now!

Grilling Steaks ~ Tenderloin, Porterhouse, NY Strip, RibEye, TBone, Sirloin, Rib Steaks

Braising Steaks ~ Swiss & Round

Roasts ~ Rolled Rump, Arm, English & Chuck

Stew Meat ~ from Sirloin Tip

Lean Ground Beef

Specialty cuts ~ Skirt Steak, Flank Steak & Brisket!

Short Ribs

Soup Bones & Oxtail

Liver, Heart and Tongue

ORGANIC OLIVE OIL ~ Imported by Higher Grounds in Traverse City.  $15 per bottle!

HIGHER GROUNDS COFFEE in  12 oz bags. I know, I really liked the 1# bags, too.  Certified organic, Fair Trade. Various types, beans or ground, dark or medium roast, full caf, half caf or decaf. Try a cup at the Sweetwater Market table!

 

Maple Moon Farm of Shelby

Maple Moon is enjoying spring!  The hoops are growing, the greenhouse is full to bursting, and we have bare ground outside (though very wet). We are excited to share our spring produce with you.
SPINACH-tender and flavorful

LETTUCE-delicious spring lettuce Limited amounts

KALE-the miracle kale that over wintered.  In March, it was questionable whether it was alive, some plants made it and now it is full and beautiful and ready for harvest.  Limited amounts.
CARROTS-over-wintered in the ground for the sweetest taste
**BOTANICAL EGG DYES**
We have put together 100% plant material dyes for eggs.(organic and fair trade botanicals) Beautiful, rich colors.  One kit comes with 9 dye packets capable of making all the colors of the rainbow.  Safe for you, the environment, and all the little hands that touch your colored eggs.
DRIED HERBS
Parsley
Crushed Red Pepper
Whole Cayenne
HERBAL TEA
Nourish, a great everyday tea that gently supports the whole body
Restore, supports adrenal health and overall well being
Peace, calming and supports the nervous system
CREAMS
Patti’s Hard Working Hands-a hard working cream for hands that need a little TLC.  We infused calendula, comfrey and violet leaf in organic oils, for a cream that heals even the roughest skin.
Zen Cream-organic apricot kernel oil infused with calming flowers from summer’s garden make the base for this relaxing cream.  Soothes the skin and the soul.  We love it as a cream to soothe our littlest ones, but the grown ups at our house love it too.
EGGS
Our chickens are fully free range, and have been out on every inch of bare ground scratching.  They are supplied non-GMO grain.
We have great program available through our farm.  It’s a market based CSA, and allows customers to choose their investment amount and what they receive in produce.  Please ask us about it, the program is almost full for the season.
Another facet of this program is community based food support.  In partnership with our community, we have a community fund on our farm. We believe that everyone should have access to clean food and water.  If you or someone you know could benefit from receiving produce from our farm without any/or reduced out of pocket expense, just ask us for an application.  Or, if you would like to learn more about how you can contribute, please pick up a brochure or ask about it.
Please help us welcome our wonderful intern, Dana Wloch, to beautiful west Michigan.  Dana is spending the season on our farm learning about sustainable farming.

Mike and Amanda Jones
Maple Moon Farm
(231)861-2535
1224 S.144th Ave
Shelby, MI 49456

 

Crow Feather Farm of Hesperia

This week we are offering:

Baby kale & kale mix

Spicy mustard greens for braising

Spinach
Cilantro

See you on Saturday!

 

Kasza Sugar Bush of Shelby

Along with our bottled syrup, we have also expanded our line of maple products this summer to include the following:

Maple Cream – this is maple syrup condensed, cooled, and stirred into a beautiful buttery-like spread excellent on bagels, toast, doughnuts, winter squash, or a glaze on meat (esp. fish, and venison). The best thing about this is that it is totally natural only pure maple syrup.

Maple Candy – an excellent treat for someone’s sweet tooth. Simply pure maple syrup cooked down to only sugar and minerals remaining with enough moisture to hold the sugar in beautiful little maple leaf shaped candies.

Maple Granulated Sugar – is much like Maple Candy but without moisture. This can be used in place of white sugar as a natural sweetener along with the maple taste (esp. on oatmeal)

Maple Sugar-Coated Almonds and Pecans – a healthy sweet and crunchy treat.  These make great gifts if they don’t get eaten before that!!!

Please stop by and check out all these 100% natural products for yourself. We would be very happy to answer any questions or visit our web www.kaszasugarbush.com Looking forward to seeing you Saturday!

 

Hickory Ridge Family Farm

It’s time to order your Chickens! Stop by our table to pick up an order form and our Spring Newsletter. Make sure you talk to Will about our different pre-ordering options.  We will also have the last of our Specialty Pork Sausages available for purchase – get some while they last! We can’t wait to see you all!

 

Liberty Family Farm

Hoop house Offerings

Fresh Spinach & Arugula!

Grass Fed Lamb – ALL CUTS Available!

All cuts available!

Bakery Offerings

We’ll have all sorts of Easter Goodies available this week!

Sausage Cheddar Quiche

Breakfast Cookies GFree & Reg.

Spinach & Cheddar Quiche!

Ciabatta Bread

Blackberry Bars

English Muffins

Fresh Bagels

Grain Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Grain Free Breakfast Cookie

Grain Free Banana Bread

Happy Spring !

See you at the market:)

 

Healthy. Humane. Homegrown. Local food you can trust!

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Do you know where YOUR eggs come from? Happier chickens make healthier eggs, and that means chickens raised out on grass & supplemented with GMO-free feed.

Sweetwater Local Foods Market

Saturday, April 12th, 2014, 9:00am to 1:00pm
 Mercy Health Lakes Campus
On 6401 Harvey St. at US31/Pontaluna Rd. Exit. 1st Bldg North of Pontaluna Rd.

We accept Bridge Cards Year Round!

 

Help us Get Out the Guide!

2014 Sweetwater Guide to West Michigan Organic Food!

Our deadline for publication of our 2014 guide is quickly approaching! Claire Schlaff, Project Director for the Sweetwater guide, will be on hand this Saturday with information about how you can help us get out the guide this season! She will also have information about a great Permaculture workshop going on in Montague on May 3rd & 4th.

 

Attending this Saturday’s market:

 

Five Oaks Farm CSA of Montague

Welcome to all the new members this week -we’ve been busy planting vegetables for you! With  snow peas, spinach, lettuces, kales, onions, radish, & mixed greens in the ground and many more transplants waiting their turn in the greenhouse, we’re gearing up for a great year. If want to join our CSA we have many options to suit your needs and your budget, including half price shares for Bridge Card families. We are partnering with Sweetwater Center for Organic Opportunity for our Good Food for All fund; your tax deductible contribution to this project will help families who could use it afford our CSA. There is more info about this project and our farm at http://fiveoaksfarmcsa.weebly.com/ , and we’ll have info available at the market.

 

Scholl Farm of Montague

We’ll have our free range non-gmo frozen whole chicken and eggs.

 

Laughing Tree Bakery of Hart

Every day our daughter Annie (and Mama too) starts the day with toast.  Annie’s favorite is Kamut—Mama’s favorite is Annie’s Raisin Spice.  We love our whole grains–after a nice long fermentation period!  The fermentation time (when bread is still dough)  increases the overall digestibility of grains—in fact without this long fermentation most grains are very hard for our bodies to digest.  Natural leavening (fermentation) pre-digests gluten and helps our bodies access the numerous vitamins and minerals that grains offer.  Tell your friends about naturally leavened bread!!  Come get FRESH GREENS, carrots, and Naturally Leavened bread!

OUR EIGHT WEEKLY VARIETIES:

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

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

SPECIALTY BREAD BAKE SCHEDULE 

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

Rustic Baguette  Our interpretation of the classic French baguette.  An excellent partner for your favorite cheese or spread.  They also just look nice sticking out the top of a shopping bag.  Price $3.00

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

Hazel Road Rustic:  An old-time New England bread made with organic cornmeal (Michigan grown), rye, and golden molasses.  A bread with a slightly sweet, complex flavor.  Great for french toast or slathered with jam.  $5.50 a loaf.

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

PASTRIES AVAILABLE FOR SATURDAY

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!!

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

Mrs. Moose’s Wangdangdoodlers $2.25 each-Chunks of chocolate and walnuts give this cookie texture into which one can sink their teeth with great fervor.

Pecan Date Scones

Cranberry Orange Scones

Truly Ginger Scones

Michigan Cherry Scones

BAKER’S DOZEN:  If you order 12 pastries you’ll receive a 13th pastry FREE!

  

Shady Side Farm of Holland

We will be at market Saturday with 1 and 2 pound bags of our certified organic beans in the following varieties:

Black Calypso

Black Turtle

Black Valentine

Hidatsa Red

Hutterite Soup

Jacob’s Cattle

Jacob’s Cattle Gold

Marrow

Nuña

October

Painted Lady (new!)

Pinto

Yellow Indian Woman

Zebra

In addition, we’ll have Grassfield Farms raw aged cheeses along in the following flavors:

Country Dill

Lamont Cheddar

Polkton Corners

Spring Herb, a Polkton base (a softer cheese) with chives, parsley, garlic and tarragon
Email us by Friday evening if you want something specific along in the wool department (dryer balls, mittens, socks, roving, felting kits), or if you want to buy beans in larger quantities. There is a volume discount if you buy a 5# bag of any one bean variety–the Heirloom varieties are $25 for a 5# bag, and the Pinto/Black Turtle beans are $12.50 for a 5# bag. But I do not take 5# bags along unless someone preorders them.

Shady Side Farm
shadysidefarmmichigan@gmail.com

 

Earthscape Farm of Hesperia

BEEF!  We should have all cuts of beef this week!  AND it is continuing to rise in price.  Our ground beef has taken the big jump this month.  That’s because we can get almost as much money for our steers if we sold them live as we can when we go to the extra hassle of butchering them out to sell at Market!  I know, it’s ridiculous. We hope to have some ground beef specials soon.

Our cattle eat $600 worth of hay per week this time of year!  And getting them out on grazing pasture will be later than usual because of the cold weather and all the snow.  They are enjoying the sunshine and exercise, and calving has begun – 6 new calves last I checked.

ORGANIC OLIVE OIL ~ Imported by Higher Grounds in Traverse City.  $15 per bottle!

HIGHER GROUNDS COFFEE in  12 oz and 1# bags.  Certified organic, Fair Trade. Various types, beans or ground, dark or medium roast, full caf, half caf or decaf. Try a cup at the Sweetwater Market table!

 

Maple Moon Farm of Shelby

Though the weather is slow to transition from the chill of winter, our farm is stirring and beginning to see glimpses of spring.
Our hoop houses are warming in the ever increasing sunshine and lots of growth is happening!
We are excited to have fresh SPINACH!

We will also have CARROTS.
Winter carrots are the sweetest! The cold causes the carrot to increase sugars, as a life preserving measure.  Reap the benefits of all this cold weather!
Red LaSoda POTATOES.  Beautiful red skin and creamy white flesh.  These are tasty all purpose potatoes; roast them, bake them or mash them.  The lull in potatoes is fast approaching.
**BOTANICAL EGG DYES**
We have put together 100% plant material dyes for eggs.(organic and fair trade botanicals) Beautiful, rich colors.  One kit comes with 9 dye packets capable of making all the colors of the rainbow.  Safe for you, the environment, and all the little hands that touch your colored eggs.

$10 per kit
DRIED HERBS
Parley
Crushed Red Pepper
Whole Cayenne
HERBAL TEA
Nourish, a great everyday tea that gently supports the whole body
Restore, supports adrenal health and overall well being
Peace, calming and supports the nervous system
$5, 2oz loose tea or 16 individual bags
*we are almost sold out of Restore and Peace-they will be in season again late summer.
CREAMS
Patti’s Hard Working Hands-a hard working cream for hands that need a little TLC.  We infused calendula, comfrey and violet leaf in organic oils, for a cream that heals even the roughest skin.
Radiant Beauty-organic almond and apricot kernel oil make for a light and nourishing cream.  Can be applied to the whole body, but light and gentle for the face.
2oz $10
EGGS
Our chickens are fully free range, and have been out on every inch of bare ground scratching.  They are supplied non-GMO grain.
$4 per dozen
We have great program available through our farm.  It’s a market based CSA, and allows customers to choose their investment amount and what they receive in produce.  Please ask us about it!
Another facet of this program is community based food support.  In partnership with our community, we have a community fund on our farm. We believe that everyone should have access to clean food and water.  If you or someone you know could benefit from receiving produce from our farm without any/or reduced out of pocket expense, just ask us for an application.  Or, if you would like to learn more about how you can contribute, please pick up a brochure or ask about it.
Mike and Amanda Jones
Maple Moon Farm
(231)861-2535
1224 S.144th Ave
Shelby, MI 49456

 

Funny Farm of Grant

Sign up for our CSA this Saturday, get the details at our booth. We’ll have plenty of eggs, including Turkey Eggs.  Also, dried mushrooms, dried sweet peppers, crab apple jelly, herbs and sea salt and any shallots or onions we might have left.

 

Crow Feather Farm of Hesperia

This week we will again be bringing various greens from our hoophouse:

Delicious sweet spinach

Fragrant and tasty cilantro

Baby kale mix – a variation on last week’s offering.

We will also have dried Cayenne and Habanero peppers

See you on Saturday!

 

Kasza Sugar Bush of Shelby

Along with our bottled syrup, we have also expanded our line of maple products this summer to include the following:

Maple Cream – this is maple syrup condensed, cooled, and stirred into a beautiful buttery-like spread excellent on bagels, toast, doughnuts, winter squash, or a glaze on meat (esp. fish, and venison). The best thing about this is that it is totally natural only pure maple syrup.

Maple Candy – an excellent treat for someone’s sweet tooth. Simply pure maple syrup cooked down to only sugar and minerals remaining with enough moisture to hold the sugar in beautiful little maple leaf shaped candies.

Maple Granulated Sugar – is much like Maple Candy but without moisture. This can be used in place of white sugar as a natural sweetener along with the maple taste (esp. on oatmeal)

Maple Sugar-Coated Almonds and Pecans – a healthy sweet and crunchy treat.  These make great gifts if they don’t get eaten before that!!!

Please stop by and check out all these 100% natural products for yourself. We would be very happy to answer any questions or visit our web www.kaszasugarbush.com Looking forward to seeing you Saturday!

 

Hickory Ridge Family Farm

Happy Spring! We’ve missed you all this winter. We will return to the market next week with our Spring Newsletter and Chicken Order Forms! Also, we will have the last of our Specialty Pork Sausages available for purchase. Looking forward to seeing you all next week!

 

Liberty Family Farm

Hoop house Offerings

Yeah!!! Fresh Spinach & Arugula!

Grass Fed Lamb!

All cuts available!

Bakery Offerings

Breakfast Cookies GFree & Reg.

Spinach & Cheddar Quiche!

Ciabatta Bread

Blackberry Bars

English Muffins

Fresh Bagels

Grain Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Grain Free Breakfast Cookie

Grain Free Banana Bread

Happy Spring !

See you at the market:)

 

Meadow View Goat Dairy & Farm of Fremont

We will not be at market this week, see you next week!

 

 

Think Spring!

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It’s ALMOST Spring!

Sweetwater Local Foods Market

Saturday, April 5th, 2014, 9:00am to 1:00pm
 Mercy Health Lakes Campus
On 6401 Harvey St. at US31/Pontaluna Rd. Exit. 1st Bldg North of Pontaluna Rd.

We accept Bridge Cards Year Round!

 

Help us Get Out the Guide!

2014 Sweetwater Guide to West Michigan Organic Food!

Our deadline for publication of our 2014 guide is quickly approaching! Claire Schlaff, Project Director for the Sweetwater guide, will be on hand this Saturday with information about how you can help us get out the guide this season! She will also have information about a great Permaculture workshop going on in Montague on May 3rd & 4th.

 

Attending this Saturday’s market:

 

September’s Herbs & Produce of Montague

Spring is FINALLY springing and so are we!! With that said what we have springing up for this saturday:

Fresh Culinary Herbs

*Fresh Basil (this week ONLY!)

*Fresh flat leaf parsley

*Onion tops

Other Goodies

*Fresh dug baby carrots (sugar sweet & Rylan approved)

*Micro Green Mixes (Red Russian Kale& lettuce)

Whats Flowering

*Snow Drop transplants (in bloom for your garden)

*Bouquets of Hamamelis or (witch hazel) & pussy willow

It has been a slow grow this spring as you all know, but soon just in time for Mothers Day if not before:

*Daffodils

*Anemone Flowers(new this year & gorgeous)

*Ranunculus (new this year & beautiful)

* French Tulips (new colors this year as well as the classic)

September’s Herbs and Produce LLC

Herbsandproduce@gmail.com

(231)557-9838

 

Meadow View Goat Dairy & Farm of Fremont

Please note: We will not be at the April 12th market next Saturday so please plan to stock up.

New! Marco is our latest creation and we think it will be a hit! Similar to Dutch Kase but pasteurized and vacuum sealed, it comes in Pepper, Sage, Italian & Garlic. Try a sample!

Chevreʹ  Fresh chevre with a nice spreading consistency, perfect for sandwich toppings and cooking. Cherry Capital Foods of Traverse City says  ” The chèvre produced by Meadow View has a pitch perfect acidity on the palate that becomes gently sweet and milky with a grassy note on the finish.”

Seasoned Chevreʹ                                                     

Our fresh Chevre available in your favorite flavorings: Blueberry Vanilla (great on a morning bagel!) Hickory-smoked bacon Bits, Garlic, Italian Herb, & Hot Pepper

Feta                                                                                        

A smooth and creamy feta which is low in salt and rich in fresh goat milk flavor. The brining process gives feta cheese a salty, tangy flavor and a crumbly consistency. Feta cheese can be served as a table cheese, used in baking savory dishes, or served as an appetizer or in salads. The classic Greek salad is made with Feta cheese. In crumbles or cubes for easy slicing.

Dutch Kase                                                               

A Meadow View Dairy original! If you are looking for a nicely aged but milder version of our Tomme, this is the cheese for you. Vacuum sealed without mold and aged at least 60 days.

Tomme de Fremont                                     

Our first aged cheese is quickly becoming a customer favorite! Developed from a French recipe, Tomme is a lower fat mold ripened cheese, aged at least 60 days. This gives the cheese a stronger flavor & firmer texture than the fresh Chevres, perfect for slicing.

We’ll also have eggs from our free-range, GMO-free flock.  http://www.meadowviewgoatdairy.com/home

 

Five Oaks Farm CSA of Montague

Spring has sprung in our hoophouse! Our replanted beds of radish, Hakurei turnip, greens & carrots are all sprouting, and with just a litttttle more warm weather we’ll soon be harvesting! We still have space and options available in our 2014 CSA to suit your needs and your budget, including half price shares for Bridge Card families. We are partnering with Sweetwater Center for Organic Opportunity for our Good Food for All fund; your tax deductible contribution to this project will help families who could use it afford our CSA. There is more info about this project and our farm at http://fiveoaksfarmcsa.weebly.com/ , and we’ll have info available at the market.

 

Scholl Farm of Montague

We’ll have our free range non-gmo frozen whole chicken and eggs.

 

Laughing Tree Bakery of Hart

Top of a beautiful morning to all our friends!  The sun is shining and we’re producing lots of power today as our array of solar panels hums away.  A note on our Kamut bread.  We’ve been having some issues with the flour we’ve been using lately.  Without getting too technical suffice it to say that our loaves have not been coming out as we’d like them.  We’re working on sourcing our flour from another mill and are anticipating its arrival this coming weekend.  In the meantime, we’re planning on adding a small amount of sifted wheat flour to our mix for this coming weekend and then return to the normal mix once we’re satisfied that the new batch will perform as we are accustomed.  We apologize to those of you who buy this highly nutritious loaf and appreciate your patience!

OUR EIGHT WEEKLY VARIETIES:

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

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

SPECIALTY BREAD BAKE SCHEDULE 

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

Rustic Baguette  Our interpretation of the classic French baguette.  An excellent partner for your favorite cheese or spread.  They also just look nice sticking out the top of a shopping bag.  Price $3.00

Pumpernickel Rye A new twist on an old Eastern European standard.  Cracked Rye and Caraway seed in a dark, chewy loaf. $6.00

Chili Cheddar   Whoa-homegrown, pickled jalapeno peppers coupled with mild cheddar cheese makes for great flavor with a little kick.  Fresh or toasted, great as an accompaniment to soup or chili.  $8.00

PASTRIES AVAILABLE FOR SATURDAY

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!!

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

Treehuggers The one and only quarter pound peanut buttery original.  $2.25 each.

Bursting  Blueberry Scones

Cranberry Orange Scones

Truly Ginger Scones

Michigan Cherry Scones

BAKER’S DOZEN:  If you order 12 pastries you’ll receive a 13th pastry FREE!

  

Shady Side Farm of Holland

We will be at market Saturday with 1 and 2 pound bags of our certified organic beans in the following varieties:

Black Calypso

Black Turtle

Black Valentine

Hidatsa Red

Hutterite Soup

Jacob’s Cattle

Jacob’s Cattle Gold

Marrow

Nuña

October

Painted Lady (new!)

Pinto

Yellow Indian Woman

Zebra

In addition, we’ll have Grassfield Farms raw aged cheeses along in the following flavors:

Country Dill

Lamont Cheddar

Polkton Corners

Spring Herb, a Polkton base (a softer cheese) with chives, parsley, garlic and tarragon
Email us by Friday evening if you want something specific along in the wool department (dryer balls, mittens, socks, roving, felting kits), or if you want to buy beans in larger quantities. There is a volume discount if you buy a 5# bag of any one bean variety–the Heirloom varieties are $25 for a 5# bag, and the Pinto/Black Turtle beans are $12.50 for a 5# bag. But I do not take 5# bags along unless someone preorders them.

Shady Side Farm
shadysidefarmmichigan@gmail.com

 

Earthscape Farm of Hesperia

We are almost out of beef and won’t have a good supply until next week.  We also have a few quarters of beef for sale.  Email if you are interested.  earthscapefarm@gmail.com

Steaks: Tenderloin, Porterhouse, NY Strip, RibEye, TBone, Sirloin, Rib,  Round, Skirt

Stew Meat

Chuck Roast

Soup Bones

Tongue

We also have some leaf lard for rendering.

VEGETABLES~ Celeriac!

EGGS from our own chickens, fed greens, hay, homegrown whole grains and non-GMO feed.

ORGANIC OLIVE OIL ~ Imported by Higher Grounds in Traverse City.  $15 per bottle!

HIGHER GROUNDS COFFEE ~ New packaging!  The coffee now comes in 12 oz. bags.  I have a few 1# bags remaining.  Certified organic, Fair Trade. Various types, beans or ground, dark or medium roast, full caf, half caf or decaf. Try a cup at the Sweetwater Market table!

 

Maple Moon Farm of Shelby

Though the weather is slow to transition from the chill of winter, our farm is stirring and beginning to see glimpses of spring.
Our hoop houses are warming in the ever increasing sunshine and lots of growth is happening!
We are excited to have fresh SPINACH!

We will also have CARROTS.
Winter carrots are the sweetest! The cold causes the carrot to increase sugars, as a life preserving measure.  Reap the benefits of all this cold weather!
Red LaSoda POTATOES.  Beautiful red skin and creamy white flesh.  These are tasty all purpose potatoes; roast them, bake them or mash them.  The lull in potatoes is fast approaching.
**BOTANICAL EGG DYES**
We have put together 100% plant material dyes for eggs.(organic and fair trade botanicals) Beautiful, rich colors.  One kit comes with 9 dye packets capable of making all the colors of the rainbow.  Safe for you, the environment, and all the little hands that touch your colored eggs.

$10 per kit
DRIED HERBS
Parley
Crushed Red Pepper
Whole Cayenne
HERBAL TEA
Nourish, a great everyday tea that gently supports the whole body
Restore, supports adrenal health and overall well being
Peace, calming and supports the nervous system
$5, 2oz loose tea or 16 individual bags
*we are almost sold out of Restore and Peace-they will be in season again late summer.
CREAMS
Patti’s Hard Working Hands-a hard working cream for hands that need a little TLC.  We infused calendula, comfrey and violet leaf in organic oils, for a cream that heals even the roughest skin.
Radiant Beauty-organic almond and apricot kernel oil make for a light and nourishing cream.  Can be applied to the whole body, but light and gentle for the face.
2oz $10
EGGS
Our chickens are fully free range, and have been out on every inch of bare ground scratching.  They are supplied non-GMO grain.
$4 per dozen
We have great program available through our farm.  It’s a market based CSA, and allows customers to choose their investment amount and what they receive in produce.  Please ask us about it!
Another facet of this program is community based food support.  In partnership with our community, we have a community fund on our farm. We believe that everyone should have access to clean food and water.  If you or someone you know could benefit from receiving produce from our farm without any/or reduced out of pocket expense, just ask us for an application.  Or, if you would like to learn more about how you can contribute, please pick up a brochure or ask about it.
Mike and Amanda Jones
Maple Moon Farm
(231)861-2535
1224 S.144th Ave
Shelby, MI 49456

 

Funny Farm of Grant

We’ll have plenty of eggs.  Also, dried mushrooms, dried sweet peppers, crab apple jelly, herbs and sea salt and any shallots or onions we might have left.

 

Crow Feather Farm of Hesperia

This week we will again be bringing various greens from our hoophouse:

Delicious sweet spinach

Fragrant and tasty cilantro

Baby kale mix – a variation on last week’s offering.

We will also have dried Cayenne and Habanero peppers

See you on Saturday!

 

Kasza Sugar Bush

We’re having a wedding in the family this week – Samuel is getting married! Be back next week.

Liberty Family Farm

We’re taking a break this week, see you next week!

 

 

Join us for a GOING AWAY PARTY for WINTER!

g'bye winter

Sweetwater Local Foods Market

Saturday, March 29nd, 2014, 9:00am to 1:00pm
 Mercy Health Lakes Campus
On 6401 Harvey St. at US31/Pontaluna Rd. Exit. 1st Bldg North of Pontaluna Rd.

We accept Bridge Cards Year Round!

 

Come join the GOING AWAY PARTY for WINTER at our

FIRST OUTDOOR MARKET of the YEAR!

 

Mercy Health Women’s Breast Care Center will be having a Mammogram Party inside where our market usually is, so we’ll be holding down our usual spot in the parking lot. Dress warm and plan to join us, however briefly!

 

Help us Get Out the Guide!

2014 Sweetwater Guide to West Michigan Organic Food!

Claire Schlaff, Project Director for the Sweetwater guide, will be on hand this Saturday with information about how you can help us get out the guide this season! She will also have information about a great Permaculture workshop going on in Montague on May 3rd & 4th.

 

Attending this Saturday’s market:

 

Laughing Tree Bakery of Hart

This past week Finn (age 7) and I stacked the last of the wood to burn in our woodstove—this means the end is in sight!  Unfortunately, once we had it stacked we had to call our wood supplier for a little more…  The pile on the porch is way too small to get us through April!  But the chickens and ducks have finally ventured out of the chicken yard and we saw Sandhill Cranes flying (and calling) overhead several times this week.  When Annie (age 5) heard the cranes she did a little celebration jig!

Still, the surest sign of spring is that we received a 1 pound bag of freshly-picked SPINACH from our friends down the road at Maple Moon Farm.  Greens are back!  Come to Sweetwater early this Saturday if you want to get your hands on some…

OUR EIGHT WEEKLY VARIETIES:

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

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

SPECIALTY BREAD BAKE SCHEDULE 

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

Rustic Baguette  Our interpretation of the classic French baguette.  An excellent partner for your favorite cheese or spread.  They also just look nice sticking out the top of a shopping bag.  Price $3.00

Hazel Road Rustic:  An old-time New England bread made with organic cornmeal (Michigan grown), rye, and golden molasses.  A bread with a slightly sweet, complex flavor.  Great for french toast or slathered with jam.  $5.50 a loaf.

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

PASTRIES AVAILABLE FOR SATURDAY

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

Treehuggers The one and only quarter pound peanut buttery original.  $2.25 each.

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!!

Bursting  Blueberry Scones

Cranberry Orange Scones

Truly Ginger Scones

Michigan Cherry Scones

BAKER’S DOZEN:  If you order 12 pastries you’ll receive a 13th pastry FREE!

  

Shady Side Farm of Holland

We will be at market Saturday with 1 and 2 pound bags of our certified organic beans in the following varieties: Black Calypso, Black Turtle, Black Valentine,  Hidatsa Red, Hutterite Soup, Jacob’s Cattle, Jacob’s Cattle Gold, Marrow, Nuña, October, Painted Lady (new!), Pinto, Yellow Indian Woman, and Zebra.

 

In addition, we’ll have Grassfield Farms raw aged cheeses along in the following flavors: Country Dill, Edam, Fait Gras (a triple cream cheddar), Garlic & Onion, Gouda, Lamont Cheddar, Leyden and Polkton Corners. This week I will also have their limited edition Polkton Spring Herb. It is a Polkton base (a softer cheese) with chives, parsley, garlic and tarragon. Very delicious!

 

Email us by Friday evening if you want something specific along in the wool department (mittens, socks, roving, felting kits), or if you want to buy beans in larger quantities.

 

Shady Side Farm

shadysidefarmmichigan@gmail.com

 

Meadow View Goat Dairy & Farm of Fremont

New! Marco is our latest creation and we think it will be a hit! Similar to Dutch Kase but pasteurized and vacuum sealed, it comes in Pepper, Sage, Italian & Garlic. Try a sample!

Chevreʹ  Fresh chevre with a nice spreading consistency, perfect for sandwich toppings and cooking. Cherry Capital Foods of Traverse City says  ” The chèvre produced by Meadow View has a pitch perfect acidity on the palate that becomes gently sweet and milky with a grassy note on the finish.”

Seasoned Chevreʹ                                                     

Our fresh Chevre available in your favorite flavorings: Blueberry Vanilla (great on a morning bagel!) Hickory-smoked bacon Bits, Garlic, Italian Herb, & Hot Pepper

Feta                                                                                        

A smooth and creamy feta which is low in salt and rich in fresh goat milk flavor. The brining process gives feta cheese a salty, tangy flavor and a crumbly consistency. Feta cheese can be served as a table cheese, used in baking savory dishes, or served as an appetizer or in salads. The classic Greek salad is made with Feta cheese. In crumbles or cubes for easy slicing.

Dutch Kase                                                               

A Meadow View Dairy original! If you are looking for a nicely aged but milder version of our Tomme, this is the cheese for you. Vacuum sealed without mold and aged at least 60 days.

Tomme de Fremont                                     

Our first aged cheese is quickly becoming a customer favorite! Developed from a French recipe, Tomme is a lower fat mold ripened cheese, aged at least 60 days. This gives the cheese a stronger flavor & firmer texture than the fresh Chevres, perfect for slicing.

Other items from our farm:

New! Homemade Egg Noodles! Made with certified organic flour and our own eggs-YUM!

We’ll also have eggs from our free-range, GMO-free flock.  http://www.meadowviewgoatdairy.com/home

 

Funny Farm of Grant

We’ll have plenty of eggs.  Also, dried mushrooms, dried sweet peppers, crab apple jelly, herbs and sea salt and any shallots or onions we might have left.

 

Liberty Family Farm & Bakery of Hart

Hoop house Offerings

Yeah!!! Fresh Spinach!

Grass Fed Lamb!

All cuts available!

Bakery Offerings

Breakfast Cookies GFree & Reg.

Spinach & Cheddar Quiche!

Ciabatta Bread

Blackberry Bars

English Muffins

Fresh Bagels

Grain Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Grain Free Breakfast Cookie

Grain Free Banana Bread

Happy Spring !

See you at the market:)

 

Crow Feather Farm of Hesperia

This week we will again be bringing various greens from our hoophouse:

Delicious sweet spinach

Fragrant and tasty cilantro

Baby kale mix – a variation on last week’s offering.
We will also have dried Cayenne and Habanero peppers

See you on Saturday!

 

Maple Moon Farm of Shelby

We’re celebrating the arrival of spring with fresh vegetables!

SPINACH fresh, sweet, and tender

CARROTS winter carrots are the sweetest

POTATOES Red LaSodas, beautiful white flesh and red skin; great for

roasting, mashing, or baking.

HERBALS

Teas, Salves, and Creams

EGGS

Our free ranging girls are loving the increase in daylight, we’ve got

plenty of them.

 

Five Oaks Farm CSA of Montague

Warm thanks and welcome to everyone who’s signed up to be part of our CSA this year! If you’re interested in becoming a member of our 2014 CSA stop by and talk to us Saturday, we’ll have our brochure and sign up forms with us. Until then check out our new blog here: http://fiveoaksfarmcsa.weebly.com/  See you then!

 

Kasza Sugar Bush of Shelby

Along with our bottled syrup, we have also expanded our line of maple products this summer to include the following:

Maple Cream – this is maple syrup condensed, cooled, and stirred into a beautiful buttery-like spread excellent on bagels, toast, doughnuts, winter squash, or a glaze on meat (esp. fish, and venison). The best thing about this is that it is totally natural only pure maple syrup.

Maple Candy – an excellent treat for someone’s sweet tooth. Simply pure maple syrup cooked down to only sugar and minerals remaining with enough moisture to hold the sugar in beautiful little maple leaf shaped candies.

Maple Granulated Sugar – is much like Maple Candy but without moisture. This can be used in place of white sugar as a natural sweetener along with the maple taste (esp. on oatmeal)

Maple Sugar-Coated Almonds and Pecans – a healthy sweet and crunchy treat.  These make great gifts if they don’t get eaten before that!!!

Please stop by and check out all these 100% natural products for yourself. We would be very happy to answer any questions or visit our web www.kaszasugarbush.com Looking forward to seeing you Saturday!

 

Scholl Farm of Montague

We’ll be at the market with our free-range GMO free chicken & eggs.

 

Earthscape Farm of Hesperia

We’ll be back at market next week with BEEF! All cuts. See you then!

 

Diana Jancek

Market Manager

 

Spring! Spring? Spring!

Spinach_Use

The GREENS are back but come early if you want some!

 

Sweetwater Local Foods Market

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014, 9:00am to 1:00pm
 Mercy Health Lakes Campus
On 6401 Harvey St. at US31/Pontaluna Rd. Exit. 1st Bldg North of Pontaluna Rd.

We accept Bridge Cards Year Round!

 

Spring! Spring? Spring!

 

Save the Date: March 30th Sweetwater Community Spring Gathering!

Stop by the info table this Saturday and grab a ticket for this event – they’re going fast!

Where: Grand Haven Church of the Dunes

When: Sunday, March 30 from 2pm – 6 pm

What: Soups, greens, desserts. Suggested donation: $5, $10 family. Or, free if you sign up for the set-up/clean-up crew!

 

While we know that the market has always been a gathering place for those of us who love and appreciate healthy local food, we thought it was time to sit down and share a meal together as a community. Bill Bobier of Earthscape Farm will be speaking, and the menu will be local, with options for vegetarians.

 

Poster is also here: http://sweetwaterlocalfoodsmarket.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/mar-30-spring-gatherfinal2.pdf

 

Help us Get Out the Guide!

2014 Sweetwater Guide to West Michigan Organic Food!

Claire Schlaff, Project Director for the Sweetwater guide, will be on hand this Saturday with information about how you can help us get out the guide this season! She will also have information about a great Permaculture workshop going on in Montague on May 3rd & 4th.

 

Music at the Market!

One of our very favorite people & a wonderful musician to boot, Kwame Kamau will be holding down a corner at the market this Saturday serenading us with lovely tunes.
Attending this Saturday’s market:

 

Liberty Family Farm & Bakery of Hart

Hoop house Offerings

Yeah!!! Fresh Spinach!

Grass Fed Lamb!

All cuts available!

Bakery Offerings

Breakfast Cookies GFree & Reg.

Spinach & Cheddar Quiche!

Ciabatta Bread

Blackberry Bars

English Muffins

Fresh Bagels

Grain Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Grain Free Breakfast Cookie

Grain Free Banana Bread

Happy Spring !

See you at the market:)

 

Crow Feather Farm of Hesperia

Springtime weather may be a bit behind this year, but not in our hoophouse.  “The little salad greens that could” have not only survived the epic winter of 2014, but are some of the sweetest we’ve ever tasted.  They respond to the bitter cold by producing extra sugars which help protect the leaves from freezing.  We will be offering:

Our baby Brassica salad mix
Tender baby Kale

Fresh, sweet Spinach

Remarkably flavorful Cilantro

We look forward to seeing you all on Saturday!

 

Maple Moon Farm of Shelby

We’re celebrating the arrival of spring with fresh vegetables!

SPRING SPINACH, delicious, cold sweetened spinach picked on the vernal equinox.

CARROTS hidden beneath the snow and straw, we find these tasty  roots

POTATOES

Red LaSoda, Adirondack Red, and Adirondack Blue (this is the last of the Adirondacks for the season)

EGGS

Our chickens are fully free-range.  They have open access to roam and forage on our 40 acres, and they reluctantly venture out in the snow.  They are fed non-GMO feed. (we also gratefully accept empty egg cartons)

DRIED HERBS

Parsley

Sage

Red Pepper Flakes

Whole Cayenne Peppers

HERBALS

Salves:Mama’s All Purpose and Mike’s Muscles Relaxer

Creams: Radiant Beauty and Zen Cream

Teas: Nourish, Restore, and Peace

*we are almost sold out of Peace Tea, again stock up while it’s available

Lip Balm: Michigan Winter balm, and Sova’s Heartsong

We’re opening enrollment in our farm investment program. Last year was a great success and we are looking forward to this growing season.  It’s our version of market-based CSA. Come ask Mike about how you can participate.

 

Five Oaks Farm CSA of Montague

Warm thanks and welcome to everyone who’s signed up to be part of our CSA this year! If you’re interested in becoming a member of our 2014 CSA stop by and talk to us Saturday, we’ll have our brochure and sign up forms with us. Until then check out our new blog here: http://fiveoaksfarmcsa.weebly.com/  See you then!

 

Shady Side Farm of Holland

We will be at market Saturday with 1 and 2 pound bags of our certified organic beans. This week is the last week we will offer Green Flageolet. The rest need to be saved for seed. So get them while you can! Also, we held back a new variety last fall, thinking we would need all of it for seed. We don’t! So we will bring a few bags of this new variety. Stop by and see if you can determine which is the new one. If you guess rightly on the first try (without input from other people), we will sell you a bag of the new beans for $4 (regularly $6), until they are gone.

 

In addition, we’ll have Grassfield Farms raw aged cheeses along in the following flavors: Country Dill, Edam, Fait Gras (a triple cream cheddar), Garlic & Onion, Gouda, Lamont Cheddar, Leyden and Polkton Corners. This week I will also have their limited edition Polkton Spring Herb. It is a Polkton base (a softer cheese) with chives, parsley, garlic and tarragon. Very delicious!

 

Email us by Friday evening if you want something specific along in the wool department (mittens, socks, roving, felting kits), or if you want to buy beans in larger quantities.

 

Shady Side Farm

shadysidefarmmichigan@gmail.com

 

Laughing Tree Bakery of Hart

O yes winter, you can try to hold on, but fate and sunshine will surely be your undoing! Take heart good people, cold or hot, ice or heat, there will be bread.  This coming weekend marks the beginning of The Sweetwater Local market’s every week schedule.  We’ll be there this coming weekend with loaves of Cobmoosa Onion Rye for all those longing for a tasty Reuben sandwich and Chili Cheddar for those brave enough to take their toasted cheese to the next level. We’ll also have loads of the usual suspects including our 100% whole grain Kamut loaves full of great vegetable protein and high in a number of beneficial minerals.

On a market related note, we are looking for one or two enthusiastic folks to help us at market this coming season.  If you or someone you know would like to earn a few bucks and a loaf of bread on Saturday mornings this summer, please let us know here in the near future.  We have been fortunate to work with some extraordinary people over the last few years and would love to broaden our tent a little.

OUR EIGHT WEEKLY VARIETIES:

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

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

SPECIALTY BREAD BAKE SCHEDULE 

Chili Cheddar   Whoa-homegrown, pickled jalapeno peppers coupled with mild cheddar cheese makes for great flavor with a little kick.  Fresh or toasted, great as an accompaniment to soup or chili.  $8.00

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

Rustic Baguette  Our interpretation of the classic French baguette.  An excellent partner for your favorite cheese or spread.  They also just look nice sticking out the top of a shopping bag.  Price $3.00

Cobmoosa Onion Rye ( Carmelized organic onions, Michigan rye flour, and a hint of caraway) $6.00

PASTRIES AVAILABLE FOR SATURDAY

Hilltoppers Cookies- Molasses Ginger cookies…A 4oz cookie sweetened with golden molasses and bits of candied ginger)  $2.25 each

Mrs. Moose’s Wangdangdoodlers $2.25 each-Chunks of chocolate and walnuts give this cookie texture into which one can sink their teeth with great fervor.

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!!

Pecan Date Scones

Cranberry Orange Scones

Truly Ginger Scones

Michigan Cherry Scones

BAKER’S DOZEN:  If you order 12 pastries you’ll receive a 13th pastry FREE!

 

Earthscape Farm of Hesperia

We are almost out of beef and won’t have a good supply for 3 weeks.  The steers did not grow much for the whole month of January, and our stock trailer needed to take them to the butcher was snowed in back in the woods.  It took a front end loader and many days to dig back to it!

Steaks: Tenderloin, Porterhouse, NY Strip, RibEye, TBone, Sirloin, Rib, Swiss, Round, Skirt

Stew Meat

Roasts: Chuck, Rolled Rump

Ground Beef 

Short Ribs

Soup Bones

Tongue

We also have some leaf lard for rendering.

VEGETABLES~ Celeriac!

EGGS from our own chickens, fed greens, hay, homegrown whole grains and non-GMO feed.

ORGANIC OLIVE OIL ~ Imported by Higher Grounds in Traverse City.  $15 per bottle!

HIGHER GROUNDS COFFEE ~ New packaging!  The coffee now comes in 12 oz. bags.  I have a few 1# bags remaining.  Certified organic, Fair Trade. Various types, beans or ground, dark or medium roast, full caf, half caf or decaf. Try a cup at the Sweetwater Market table!

  

Meadow View Goat Dairy & Farm of Fremont

New! Marco is our latest creation and we think it will be a hit! Similar to Dutch Kase but pasteurized and vacuum sealed, it comes in Pepper, Sage, Italian & Garlic. Try a sample!

Chevreʹ  Fresh chevre with a nice spreading consistency, perfect for sandwich toppings and cooking. Cherry Capital Foods of Traverse City says  ” The chèvre produced by Meadow View has a pitch perfect acidity on the palate that becomes gently sweet and milky with a grassy note on the finish.”

Seasoned Chevreʹ                                                     

Our fresh Chevre available in your favorite flavorings: Blueberry Vanilla (great on a morning bagel!) Hickory-smoked bacon Bits, Garlic, Italian Herb, & Hot Pepper

Feta                                                                                        

A smooth and creamy feta which is low in salt and rich in fresh goat milk flavor. The brining process gives feta cheese a salty, tangy flavor and a crumbly consistency. Feta cheese can be served as a table cheese, used in baking savory dishes, or served as an appetizer or in salads. The classic Greek salad is made with Feta cheese. In crumbles or cubes for easy slicing.

Dutch Kase                                                               

A Meadow View Dairy original! If you are looking for a nicely aged but milder version of our Tomme, this is the cheese for you. Vacuum sealed without mold and aged at least 60 days.

Tomme de Fremont                                     

Our first aged cheese is quickly becoming a customer favorite! Developed from a French recipe, Tomme is a lower fat mold ripened cheese, aged at least 60 days. This gives the cheese a stronger flavor & firmer texture than the fresh Chevres, perfect for slicing.

Other items from our farm:

New! Homemade Egg Noodles! Made with certified organic flour and our own eggs-YUM!

We’ll also have eggs from our free-range, GMO-free flock.  http://www.meadowviewgoatdairy.com/home

 

Funny Farm of Grant

We’ll have plenty of eggs and will offer a quantity discount: $4 ea, 2 for $7, 3 for $10. Also, dried mushrooms, dried sweet peppers, crab apple jelly, herbs and sea salt and any shallots or onions we might have left.  Barb will be at a craft show along with Apron Lady & Janet, at the Mamreland Church on Fruit Ridge just north of 14 mi Rd.

 

Kasza Sugar Bush of Shelby

Along with our bottled syrup, we have also expanded our line of maple products this summer to include the following:

Maple Cream – this is maple syrup condensed, cooled, and stirred into a beautiful buttery-like spread excellent on bagels, toast, doughnuts, winter squash, or a glaze on meat (esp. fish, and venison). The best thing about this is that it is totally natural only pure maple syrup.

Maple Candy – an excellent treat for someone’s sweet tooth. Simply pure maple syrup cooked down to only sugar and minerals remaining with enough moisture to hold the sugar in beautiful little maple leaf shaped candies.

Maple Granulated Sugar – is much like Maple Candy but without moisture. This can be used in place of white sugar as a natural sweetener along with the maple taste (esp. on oatmeal)

Maple Sugar-Coated Almonds and Pecans – a healthy sweet and crunchy treat.  These make great gifts if they don’t get eaten before that!!!

Please stop by and check out all these 100% natural products for yourself. We would be very happy to answer any questions or visit our web www.kaszasugarbush.com Looking forward to seeing you Saturday!

 

Diana Jancek

Market Manager

 

Friday March 14th Announcements

Sweetwater  Local Foods Market -

What’s New for Friday, March 14,  2014

Hello Friends of Sweetwater

No, this is not your regular Market Email, but we have a few things we wanted to be sure to share this weekend. Tomorrow, Saturday, March 15th, will be the last Saturday that we are closed until after Christmas!

Sweetwater Community Gathering on Sunday, March 30, 2014.

Please see the Poster at link below regarding an event coming up on Sunday, March 30th from 2-6 at Church of the Dunes in Grand Haven.  While we know that the market has always been a gathering place for those of us who love and appreciate healthy local food, we thought it was time to sit down and share a meal together as a community. Bill Bobier of Earthscape Farm will be speaking, and the menu will be local, of course!

Poster is  here: http://sweetwaterlocalfoodsmarket.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/mar-30-spring-gatherfinal2.pdf

Time to Sign Up for Community Supported Agriculture!  This is the time of year we usually have a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Day at the market, but both because of the crazy weather and because there are only two farms involved in CSA this year, we are publishing the information about them in this email.

The most basic answer to the question “What is Community Supported Agriculture?”  is that of eaters supporting growers in the most direct way possible. Members of a farm’s CSA pay up-front ahead of the season when farmers are most in need of money for seed, supplies and equipment. In return eaters are guaranteed a share of the farm’s harvest. The CSA community is one of shared risk and shared reward, empowering both consumers with the knowledge of where their food comes from and farmers with a more secure market for the fruits (and vegetables, leaves & shoots) of their hard work. Please give consideration to one of these farms this season.

 

Funny Farm of Grant

Jim & Barb Loe

13181 Centerline Rd.

Grant, MI

funyfarm@riverview.net

We’ve been farming organically for over 20 years. Going into our 12th year as a CSA farm, we are now accepting new members for 2014 season. Full & half shares available. Call 231-234-8643 or stop by our booth at Sweetwater Local Foods Market for more information.

 

Five Oaks Farm of Montague

Dustin Anderson, Farm Manager

6543 Hancock Rd.

Montague, MI 49437

fiveoakscsa@gmail.com

Although we’ve always grown organically in the almost 30 years we’ve been here, this is our 2nd year operating as a Community Supported Ag farm. We’re accepting applications for both full & half shares and this year we’re also offering a Market Share for those who cannot consistently use a box of vegetables every week. For an application and to learn more about our farm, please visit our farm website at http://fiveoaksfarmcsa.weebly.com/2014-share-application.html

We will also be at Sweetwater Mkt with information, or you can call (231)292-1152.

March 8: Let the thaw begin!

modis-lake-michigan

Ready to lose the snow…..

Sweetwater Local Foods Market

Saturday, March 8th, 2014, 9:00am to 1:00pm
 Mercy Health Lakes Campus
On 6401 Harvey St. at US31/Pontaluna Rd. Exit. 1st Bldg North of Pontaluna Rd.

We accept Bridge Cards Year Round!

 

Sweetwater “winter is almost over” Market Schedule!

March Hours: OPEN March 8th & 22nd, and EVERY Saturday after that.

 

Attending this Saturday’s market:

 

Maple Moon Farm of Shelby

This week we have:

Carrots-super sweet baby winter carrots

Potatoes-Red LaSoda, Russet, Adirondack Blue and Red.  End of season, get them while they’re here!

Eggs-the hens are really enjoying this increase in sunshine, they wander around soaking up the vitamin D.

Herbal teas, salves, and creams.  Check out our herbals for winter skin care.

 

Shady Side Farm of Holland

We will be at market Saturday with 1 and 2 pound bags of our certified organic beans: Black Calypso, Black Turtle, Black Valentine, Green Flageolet, Hidatsa Red, Hutterite Soup, Jacob’s Cattle, Jacob’s Cattle Gold, Marrow, Nuña, October, Pinto, Yellow Indian Woman, and Zebra.

In addition, we’ll have Grassfield Farms raw aged cheeses along in the following flavors: Country Dill, Edam, Garlic & Onion, Gouda, Lamont Cheddar, Leyden and Polkton Corners.

Email us by Friday evening if you want something specific along in the wool department (mittens, socks, roving, felting kits), or if you want to buy beans in larger quantities.

Shady Side Farm

shadysidefarmmichigan@gmail.com

 

Laughing Tree Bakery of Hart

Greetings from Laughing Tree Brick Oven Bakery!

We’ve been studying up on KAMUT these days and have learned some things worth sharing.  KAMUT is actually a trademarked name for Khorasan Wheat.  Khorasan wheat that is sold under the Kamut name is guaranteed to be certified organic, as well as guaranteed to be 99% free of modern wheat varieties (a heritage grain).  It is also non-hybridized and GMO-free (genetically modified organisms).

Khorasan wheat was brought to the United States by a U.S. airman named Earl Dedman who was in Portugal in 1949.  The grain (32 kernels to be exact) was given him by a friend who had recently traveled to Egypt and had found the grain there.  Earl sent the kernels to his farmer who was a grain farmer in Montana.  His father propagated and cared for the seed for many years non-commercially.  In 1977 a graduate student in California named Bob Quinn acquired a jar of the grain with the hopes of developing a commercial market for Khorasan wheat.  In 1990 the KAMUT name was trademarked and the rest, as they say, is history.

According to Kamut International, Khorasan wheat is higher in protein and fats than many other wheats, and is also high in selenium, zinc, and magnesium (higher than modern wheat varieties).

If you haven’t tried our 100% Kamut loaf, it has a wonderful flavor—almost sweet and corny.  It is a naturally leavened loaf with a 20-hour fermentation time.  This fermentation time allows the wild yeast and bacteria to pre-digest the grains rendering them more digestible and more nutrient-accessible for our bodies.  Our five-year-old daughter Annie requests Kamut toast for breakfast every day—with butter, cashew butter, and raspberry jam!

Another note about bread storage:  While we do keep all our breads in plastic bags on our counter for the week, we DO NOT SEAL the Kamut or Michigander as they contain substantial amounts of whole grains.  These breads will mold faster than the others if they are sealed.  For best keeping results, allow these breads to breathe by keeping the plastic bag somewhat open.  If allowed to breathe, these loaves will keep an entire week on the counter.

OUR EIGHT WEEKLY VARIETIES:

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

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

Feb 22nd SPECIALTY BREAD BAKE  

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

Rustic Baguette  Our interpretation of the classic French baguette.  An excellent partner for your favorite cheese or spread.  They also just look nice sticking out the top of a shopping bag.  Price $3.00

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

PASTRIES AVAILABLE FOR SATURDAY

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

 Treehuggers The one and only quarter pound peanut buttery original.  $2.25 each.

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!

Cranberry Orange Scones

Truly Ginger Scones

Michigan Cherry Scones

Pecan Date Scones

 

Earthscape Farm of Hesperia

We will accept advance orders up till 6pm Friday.

BEEF HEART IS ON SALE! $2 PER LB.

Steaks: Tenderloin, Porterhouse, NY Strip, RibEye, TBone, Sirloin, Rib, Swiss, Round,

Brisket

Stew Meat

Roasts: Chuck, Rolled Rump, English, Arm

Ground Beef 

Short Ribs - one of the most flavorful and unappreciated cuts of beef!

Soup Bones & Oxtail

Liver, Heart and Tongue

VEGETABLES~ Celeriac!  Kohlrabi.

EGGS from our own chickens, fed greens, hay, homegrown whole grains and non-GMO feed.

ORGANIC OLIVE OIL ~ Imported by Higher Grounds in Traverse City.  $15 per bottle!

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

 

Meadow View Goat Dairy & Farm of Fremont

SALE!!

We have a quantity of FETA & FRESH CHEVRE approaching its “must sell by” date, so for ONE WEEK ONLY we are offering it at 50% off!! Both Feta & Fresh Chevre freeze very nicely, so stock up!

New! Marco is our latest creation and we think it will be a hit! Similar to Dutch Kase but pasteurized and vacuum sealed, it comes in Pepper, Sage, Italian & Garlic. Try a sample!

Chevreʹ  Fresh chevre with a nice spreading consistency, perfect for sandwich toppings and cooking. Cherry Capital Foods of Traverse City says  ” The chèvre produced by Meadow View has a pitch perfect acidity on the palate that becomes gently sweet and milky with a grassy note on the finish.”

Seasoned Chevreʹ                                                     

Our fresh Chevre available in your favorite flavorings: Blueberry Vanilla (great on a morning bagel!) Hickory-smoked bacon Bits, Garlic, Italian Herb, & Hot Pepper

Feta                                                                                        

A smooth and creamy feta which is low in salt and rich in fresh goat milk flavor. The brining process gives feta cheese a salty, tangy flavor and a crumbly consistency. Feta cheese can be served as a table cheese, used in baking savory dishes, or served as an appetizer or in salads. The classic Greek salad is made with Feta cheese. In crumbles or cubes for easy slicing.

Dutch Kase                                                               

A Meadow View Dairy original! If you are looking for a nicely aged but milder version of our Tomme, this is the cheese for you. Vacuum sealed without mold and aged at least 60 days.

Tomme de Fremont                                     

Our first aged cheese is quickly becoming a customer favorite! Developed from a French recipe, Tomme is a lower fat mold ripened cheese, aged at least 60 days. This gives the cheese a stronger flavor & firmer texture than the fresh Chevres, perfect for slicing.

Other items from our farm:

New! Homemade Egg Noodles! Made with certified organic flour and our own eggs-YUM!

We’ll also have eggs from our free-range, GMO-free flock.  http://www.meadowviewgoatdairy.com/home

 

Funny Farm of Grant

We’ll be at market Saturday with Eggs, shallots, herbs, dried garlic, dried  mushrooms and peppers, crab apple jelly, and Barb’s Baubles. The Apron Lady & Janet are also coming!
I am so glad we’ve had some sunny days, I am so done with this winter. At least it’s “spring ahead” this weekend! That always seems to help.
See you Saturday – The Funny Farm crew.

 

Liberty Family Farm & Bakery of Hart

No big surprise, it has been too cold and cloudy for production in the Hoop House.

We will have Pasture Raised Pork-try our Italian brats and breakfast sausage!

Bakery Offerings

Fresh Spinach and Organic Cheddar Quiche  GF and Regular

Italian sausage and Cheddar Quiche

A selection of Gluten Free and Grain Free goodies. We use organic eggs and local syrup in these baked goods.

Morning Glory Muffins

Challah Bread & Ciabatta Bread

Breakfast Cookies and more….

We will be experimenting with some new recipes  and we would love your feedback. Hope to see you at the market!

 

Kasza Sugar Bush of Shelby

Along with our bottled syrup, we have also expanded our line of maple products this summer to include the following:

Maple Cream – this is maple syrup condensed, cooled, and stirred into a beautiful buttery-like spread excellent on bagels, toast, doughnuts, winter squash, or a glaze on meat (esp. fish, and venison). The best thing about this is that it is totally natural only pure maple syrup.

Maple Candy – an excellent treat for someone’s sweet tooth. Simply pure maple syrup cooked down to only sugar and minerals remaining with enough moisture to hold the sugar in beautiful little maple leaf shaped candies.

Maple Granulated Sugar – is much like Maple Candy but without moisture. This can be used in place of white sugar as a natural sweetener along with the maple taste (esp. on oatmeal)

Maple Sugar-Coated Almonds and Pecans – a healthy sweet and crunchy treat.  These make great gifts if they don’t get eaten before that!!!

Please stop by and check out all these 100% natural products for yourself. We would be very happy to answer any questions or visit our web www.kaszasugarbush.com Looking forward to seeing you Saturday!

 

Five Oaks Farm CSA of Montague

Onions are up! Lettuces are growing! Those, of course, are the pampered seeds on our heat mat in our basement growing room, but hey, it’s a start! Our hoophouse froze out, and what the weeks of zero temps didn’t kill the hoophouse being hermetically sealed away from predators allowed the voles to chomp at their leisure and they finished off anything that did survive. We are SO ready for spring!!

We’ve been tweaking our online CSA application, you can see it at http://fiveoaksfarmcsa.weebly.com/uploads/2/5/5/9/25597139/final2014_csa_commitment_form.pdf  If you’re interested in becoming a member of our 2014 CSA we’ll have our brochure and sign up forms at the market tomorrow. Until then check out our new blog here: http://fiveoaksfarmcsa.weebly.com/ Also at Local Harvest at http://www.localharvest.org/five-oaks-farm-csa-M62492 See you then!

 

Crow Feather Farm of Hesperia

If I could attach a video with this market post, it would be SNL’s Mr. Bill being blown away by a harsh winter blizzard (oh noooooo!)  The sub-zero temperatures of the last two weeks have taken their toll – our storage room was FROZEN OUT!  As a result we have no more storage items to offer, and will NOT be attending this weekend’s Sweetwater Market. But the GOOD news is that our hoophouse survived beautifully, and with the sunshine and (slowly) warming temperatures we will have plenty of hoophouse goodies available for the first spring market on 3-22.  See you then!  ~Nic & Carolyn

Sweetwater March Market Schedule!

March Hours: OPEN March 8th & 22nd, CLOSED March 1st & 15th.  We will resume our every Saturday schedule March 22nd.

 

Think Spring – it might help!

Diana Jancek

Market Manager

 

 

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