John Manke is an active former Bay View resident who is involved in numerous neighborhood organizations, including the Bay View Historical Society, the Humboldt Park Fourth of July Association and the Shore Shore Farmers Market. He believes Bay View has a fine tradition in its past that we do not want to lose in the future.
On Saturday, October 13, 2012, we held the last day of the South Shore Farmers Market for this season. On a cold and raining day, we had a bad day at the market. Many vendors and customers did not come out in the rain. The goods that were on sale went well. I was able to buy two dozen corn, two stalks of brussell sprouts, purple carrots, fresh green beans, six egg rolls and some bakery. Everything was fresh and in good supply. Our musical entertainment was unable to come due to potential rain damage to our sound system. Even though we did not have a full house of vendors and customers, all that came were very happy to be able to purchase what they needed for themselves. Despite all of the raincoats, people did come to the market. I wish to thank everybody who has come over this past season. In spite of one bad day, all of the other days of the market were wonderful. People would come and buy bakery and coffee, and sit on picnic tables to be able to enjoy our educational and entertaining segments of our market days. The quanity of goods to purchase was always great. We were proud to have three bakeries, two coffee shops, one tea shop that also sold egg rolls, a place that sold prime beef hamburgers and other meats on the grill, fresh mushrooms, kettle corn, homemade candy, crepes, preserves and jams, honey and honey products, farm goods from both organic and regular farmers, fruit from up northern Wisconsin, apples and other such items. It always felt like great southern comfort when the vendors and customer interact. You always felt welcome at the market. I am much looking forward to next season of the South Shore Farmers Market at South Shore park, 2900 S. Shore Drive in Bay View, starting the third week in June and ending in the third week of October. (Except during th South Shore Frolics) Thank you all for coming to our market. I hope to see you again next season.