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
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
Hidatsa Red (almost gone!)
Jacob’s Cattle Gold
Painted Lady (new!)
Yellow Indian Woman
In addition, we’ll have Grassfield Farms raw aged cheeses along in the following flavors:
Garlic & Onion
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
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.”
Our fresh Chevre available in your favorite flavorings: Blueberry Vanilla (great on a morning bagel!) Hickory-smoked bacon Bits, Garlic, Italian Herb, & Hot Pepper
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.
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!
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.
Crushed Red Pepper
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
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.
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.
Crow Feather Farm of Hesperia
This week we are offering:
Baby kale & kale mix
Spicy mustard greens for braising
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!
We’ll have all sorts of Easter Goodies available this week!
Sausage Cheddar Quiche
Breakfast Cookies GFree & Reg.
Spinach & Cheddar Quiche!
Grain Free Chocolate Chip Cookies
Grain Free Breakfast Cookie
Grain Free Banana Bread
Happy Spring !
See you at the market:)