What to Expect for SSFM as of June 2

News Update: The South Shore Farmers Market is scheduled to open our 22nd season on Saturday, June 20th at 8am. This simple statement, however, belies the many changes that visitors to the Market will experience this year.

The first priority will be the safety and health of our customers, vendors and staff. To achieve this, the Market experience will necessarily be more about shopping than socializing. With the proper precautions we believe our farmers’ market can be safer than shopping in a conventional grocery store while providing the freshest most nutrient- rich foods available.

An overview of the changes:

Vendors will be required – along with all Market visitors – to adhere to a number of safety precautions.

Many vendors will be in new locations in the park. A map should be available sometime after the Market opens.

Please leave your dogs at home. Families are encouraged to have just one person visit to shop.

If you attend, please consider wearing a mask.

Are you sick? Please stay home, perhaps have someone shop for you.

Special safety and health protocols for interacting with vendors will be in place.

No seating available for eating or socializing – all food must be consumed off-site.

The entertainment program is suspended indefinitely.

We are working to develop pre-ordering options with your favorite vendors for quick pickup.

We are partnering with the Bay View Community Center to offer FoodShare benefits (SNAP) for the first time.
The situation remains fluid. These protocols and procedures are being developed and may change. Please continue to stay informed here, on our website and through other local media. Although this may not be the Market experience we might wish it to be, we are excited to start our 22nd season in Bay View and look forward to seeing you at the Market – however briefly – each week through the end of October.

SSFM guideline updates will be ongoing as needed. Please check back regularly for any changes: COVID Guidelines Update

2017 South Shore Farmers’ Market Performance Schedule

Time:  10:00 am (unless noted)

Date                                            Name                                                Description

June 17       Nickel & Rose Neo-Folk Duo blending Soul, Blues, Jazz, Country & African styles
June 24 The Squeezettes Good-time music Polkafied!
July 1 Don Linke Trialogue Master Jazz guitarist presents original music
July 8 Geoff Marsh    Show: 9:30-11:15am Stunts, Puppets, Juggling & Fire Circus Show!
July 15 NO Market – South Shore Frolics  
July 22 Carley Baer Original folk/pop with a ukulele twist
July 29 Tamarind Tribal Belly Dance  – 9am  Bluegrass All Stars  – 10:15am Belly Dance & Bluegrass – what’s not to like?
August 5 Fox & Branch Family & Kid’s Folk Tunes
August 12 4th Street Elevator Hot-Club Jazz Ensemble
August 19 Savanna Rose Energetic 17-year old singer/guitarist
August 26 Plankenhorn, Ferrara & Kovach Original Blues and R&B –   sweet guitar, angelic voice & tasty Hammond B3
September 2 Philomusica String Quartet Light Classical fare with Tango & Pop selections
September 9 Lil Rev & The Good X2 Red-hot Boogie-Woogie and Blues
September 16 Barb & Tom Webber Americana, Roots Rock & Folk
September 23 Irish Fest School of Music Teachers & students present traditional Irish music
September 30 John Stano Americana, Blues & Folk Singer-songwriter
October 7 David HB Drake Folk – “Songs for all Seasons”
October 14 Bay View Middle & High School Marching Band

The Musical Stars of Tomorrow, Today!


Just real quick…

This past week has been crunch time, so I’ll post more soon about out delightful interaction with Cowboy Kettle Corn and Herrin Veggie’s, but for now just two quick things from last weeks market.

Nasturtiums in the lettuce mix at LOTFOTL…




… and the August 17, 2013 DOG OF THE WEEK!




Meet Toby, we’ve had our eye on him for a couple of weeks, always hanging out at Drewery Farms with the Maple Syrup, but the timing had never been right. This cute little pup is a pekingese/beagle mix or “peagle.” He was picked up at the animal shelter, and is very loving, but a bit weary of being pet by strangers, as we experienced. However, he was warming up to us by the end of our lovely conversation with his mom and dad who say that SSFM has been good therapy and has done wonders for his social skills.

See you tomorrow!

I love Bay View, and now I know even more about it!

This past weekend was FULL for myself, my husband, and my father who was visiting from out of town. His visits always prompt us to do things we’ve never done in Milwaukee (we have only been here a year and a half). We had an amazing dinner at Braise, pork fat budino… what!?! We went to the zoo, the elephants were my favorite. We went to the State Fair on a super busy day, so I was a little overwhelmed, but the trip did produce this great photo of cows, rotating while simultaneously diminishing in size.


I’m not surprised to say, however, the most fun, educational and inspiring outing we had was our trip to the SSFM. My father had just brought us a truck full of vegetables, so it wasn’t necessary to stock up on food. I did, however, spot some amazing looking door county peaches, and as market manager Adam Horwitz put it, all the ingredients for ratatouille had finally arrived (tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, basil, etc…)! Another new arrival was the SSFM CD, featuring music from various entertainers who have performed at the market throughout the years, pretty good deal at only $10, I plan to pick up my copy tomorrow at the information booth!


Perhaps most interesting was the presence of the The Milwaukee Observatory pop-up museum.  This program is a collaboration between Discovery World, Bay View High and Bradley Tech High. What I walked upon was a very impressive installation, complete with well designed, engineered and built signage communicating a stunning amount of information about the Bay View neighborhood.


What was even MORE impressive were the high school students and recent graduates who are involved with the program. What bright young minds. They gave me a tour of the pop-up museum, feeding me facts about historically significant trees, homes, and artifacts from an excavation they had conducted (pictured below). I spoke with the Bay View High Principal, who was delighted to be a partnering school, and humbly passed my questions onto the students. Seeing the evidence of this multi-faceted, multi-disciplinary approach to education left me feeling optimistic about the future.  I encourage you all to seek out their next pop-up museum, and you must talk to the kids while you’re there.


Last but not least, you know what’s coming, it’s the DOG OF THE WEEK!


That’s Rocky on the right and Cooper on the left. What sweethearts! Both Golden Retrievers, both 9 years old. Their mom got them when they were one. You might see them at Colombia St. Mary’s where they both volunteer as therapy dogs.

Hope to see you tomorrow morning!