I know the weather isn’t perfect, but the South Milwaukee Downtown Market is prepared for a big start to our 2013 summer season.
We start our fifth season today (May 23), and we’re expecting more than 40 vendors selling produce (in season), organics, arts, crafts, baked goods, prepared foods and more.
We also have live music or a special event every week.
Hours are 3 to 7 p.m. this and every Thursday through October 10 (no market July 4). We’re located on 11th and Milwaukee Avenues.
See you at the market! Learn more here.
It seems like just yesterday, doesn’t it?
Well, the South Milwaukee Downtown Market open its fifth season on Thursday, May 23, bigger and better than ever.
As always, the market is open from 3 to 7 p.m., and we’re located at 11th and Milwaukee Avenues. Our season runs for 20 weeks through Oct. 10, taking July 4 off.
Here is the press release, and check out the market website for more information.
Tell your family and friends, and bring them with you on Thursday. It’s going to be a great summer!
I’ll be spending most of my Saturday helping out at the South Milwaukee Spring Market, as more than 60 vendors gather at South Milwaukee High School for what promises to be a terrific event.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., so why not stop by, do some shopping, grab lunch from one of our prepared food vendors and listen to some live music in our new seating area?
Sounds like a good time to me …
Learn more from our press release, and please “like” us on our new Facebook page.
Just a reminder …
A sure-to-be-interesting public information meeting on the restructuring of county government is set for Thursday at the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center. Led by Pat Jursik and featuring state Rep. Joe Sanfelippo and others, it runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Learn more here … and see you there!
Get a preview of the South Milwaukee Downtown Market’s fifth season — it’s hard to believe it’s been that long — with our next indoor Spring Market on Saturday, April 6, at the South Milwaukee High School Commons.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
More than 50 vendors are expected selling arts, crafts, organics, baked goods, prepared foods and more. And there will be live entertainment presented by the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center throughout the day.
Our Christmas Market at the high school was a big hit, and we expect this event to be the same. See you there!
Learn more here and here.
And if you haven’t already, please like our new market Facebook page here … and ask your friends to do the same. We’ve dumped our clunky “group” setting for a more traditional look.
Show of Whiskey, anyone?
The last of three South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center concerts at the South Milwaukee Downtown Market is Thursday, as female country trio The WhiskeyBelles perform starting around 5:30 p.m.
Bring your lawn chairs. It promises to be a great show!
And mark your calendars for next week’s market (Sept. 6), as South Shore Family Chiropractic presents a Health Fair at the event. More than 20 health-related vendors are planned, in addition to the dozens of other market regulars selling produce, organics, arts, crafts, baked goods, prepared foods and more. Check out the press release here.
And here is The WhiskeyBelles website.
Just a reminder that the last of the three outdoor Groovy Movie Nites is Thursday, as a showing of The Smurfs follows the South Milwaukee Farmers’ Market.
Showtime is dusk, or around 8:15 p.m.
The weather looks great, and bring your family and friends!
(The movie was rescheduled from August 9, due to rain.)
“There’s no place like home. There’s no place like home. There’s no place like … downtown South Milwaukee.”
The second of three Groovy Movie Nights is scheduled for Thursday night following the South Milwaukee Farmers’ Market, with The Wizard of Oz starting at dusk, around 8:15 p.m.
Come early to meet Dorothy, Tin Man, Scarecrow and Lion! And bring your lawn chairs and blankets.
The weather looks good, after some rain early Thursday, so we’ll see you there … and the Downtown Market, too. Market hours are 3 to 7 p.m.
Update: The Smurfs will now be shown on August 23.
Tonight’s showing of the The Smurfs has been cancelled due to rain.
I’ll keep you posted if and when a makeup date is announced. Next week’s Thursday night show is The Wizard of Oz.
The South Milwaukee Downtown Market music performance — of Of the North — has also been cancelled for tonight, although the market itself is a rain-or-shine event.
I got this earlier today from Alderperson Lisa Pieper …
Due to the impending weather forecast for Thursday evening, the Outdoor Groovy Movie Nite showing maybe in question. Please check back with southmilwaukee.org and southmilwaukeeblog.com for details after 5:30 on Thursday for the latest information.
I’ll keep you posted.
Here is the ugly forecast.
Just a reminder about a couple of special events at Thursday’s South Milwaukee Downtown Market …
First, there’s a special South Milwaukee Performing Arts concert starting at 5 p.m., as I’m Not a Pilot plays. See clips from this popular local group here.
Then, at dusk, around 8:15 p.m. or so, it’s the first of three outdoor Groovy Movie Nites planned following the market. This week, it’s Tangled, a fun and modern-day take on the Rapunzel. (My kids, ages 4 and 7 love it. And I must admit it’s pretty good.)
The August 9 movie is The Smurfs. August 16, it’s The Wizard of Oz.
The story was a predictable one: The potential impact on food prices due to the ongoing drought.
See it, and video, here. From it:
Some farmers have yet to show up to the South Milwaukee Farmer’s Market so far this season. They say their crops aren’t ready. Others say the drought’s affect on their crops will affect the general public’s bottom line.
Farms like Geneva Lakes in Burlington have been hit hard by the drought.
“It’s been pretty difficult lately. We’ve been irrigating like 24/7, trying to keep everything as much as possible. I know a lot of stuff has been damaged. We don’t have any lettuce,” Rachelle Bergersen said.
Down the road at B.S.W. Farms, they say the drought’s affect on the corn crop has affected their chickens, which has affected the production of poultry and eggs for consumers.
“The price is going to go up. The older (chickens) aren’t laying, and they’re going to have to go,” Karen Stardy said.
The good thing about the South Milwaukee Downtown Market: We are much more than produce. So, drought or not, there are plenty of reasons — dozens of vendors selling produce, organics, arts, crafts, baked goods, prepared foods and more — to stop by.
Like other markets in the area, the South Milwaukee Downtown Market is feeling the effects of this summer’s drought.
Channel 4 stopped by Thursday night to explore that issue a bit further. Here is the story and video.
Of course, the Downtown Market is about more than produce — so that’s why I’m confident we’ll be just fine despite the dry weather. Organics, arts, crafts, baked goods and all kinds of prepared food … the market still has plenty to offer this summer and beyond. We also have live music and a variety of upcoming special events (including outdoor movies in August).
Learn more on our website: www.smmarket.org.
With the heat advisory issued for Thursday – and the heat index expected to soar into the low 100s – please be careful as you head out. Stay cool.
Here are a few local notes on the heat …
- The South Milwaukee Downtown Market will occur as scheduled, from 3 to 7 p.m., on Thursday. But we have cancelled the outdoor music.
- The South Milwaukee Public Library and Grobschmidt Senior Center are cooling sites for South Milwaukee and are open to the general public in a health emergency. The library is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday. The senior center is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. Those hours may be extended if necessary.
- The Grobschmidt Pool is open from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 to 7 :30 p.m. Thursday.
Remember that the elderly, infants and young children, persons with chronic health problems and people on medication for mental health conditions are most susceptible to heat-related health effects. Please pay special attention to people who may be isolated or unable to recognize the effects of extreme heat.
Here are additional tips from the Milwaukee County Heat Task Force, of which South Milwaukee Health Administrator Jacqueline Ove is a member.
- Stay out of the sun, avoid strenuous outdoor activities and seek cooling in buildings with AC. Basements are also generally cooler than upper floor of buildings.
- Showers, baths and cool rags can also provide relief.
- Drink plenty of water and avoid beverages containing alcohol or caffeine (2-4 glasses per hour).
- Wear loose-fitting light colored clothing.
- Check frequently on elderly relatives and neighbors or those individuals homebound or isolated.
- Do not leave young children or pets in cars for even a few minutes.
I’ll keep you posted when I get more updates.
I’m happy to report the South Milwaukee Downtown Market is off to a great start in 2012.
With the outstanding weather the last couple of weeks, we’ve begun to really hit our stride, as more than 60 vendors selling produce, organics, arts, crafts, baked goods, dinner options, sweet treats and more gather from 3 to 7 p.m. at 11th and Milwaukee Avenues.
This week will be our biggest week yet.
That’s because Lake 94.5 FM is doing a two-hour live remote from 3 to 5 p.m., and during those hours the station is giving away a four-pack of Summerfest tickets every five minutes. You must be present to win.
Learn more at www.smarket.org. Summerfest runs June 27-July 1 and July 3-8.
Tell your family and friends, and we’ll see you there!