Farmers Market alive in Beach Park
By Tina Johansson Special to The News-Sun July 18, 2013 8:46PM
The Beach Park Farmers Market held at the southeast corner of Wadsworth Road and Lewis Avenue is to be held through October 22. . | Tina Johansson~for Sun-Times Media
Updated: August 21, 2013 6:03AM
The Beach Park farmers market had been drowned out for the first few days this year, and on Tuesday, July 16, participants struggled in weather that boasted a heat index of 100.
“This is the first time (this year) it didn’t get rained out,” said coordinator Lynda Guynn who had a booth at the market. “It really is hot, though.” Temperatures were hovering around 90.
But hot or not, Guynn said she was happy. “It’s really disappointing when it rains. Last week it rained so hard, no one even set up,” she remarked. “I’d rather have it like this.”
The farmers market has been going on for four years, with Guynn of Beach Park at the helm. She resurrected the event at the southeast corner of Lewis Avenue and Wadsworth Road after it had been dormant for some time. Last year, she shortened the event from a starting time of 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
“Were’ going to have about 12 vendors here,” she said around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. When the event officially started, there were indeed a dozen vendors including Ettore DeRosa of Kenosha who hauled in produce.
DeRosa, an Italian immigrant, sold one dozen ears of sweet corn for $3, and big, juicy watermelons for $5.
Going around the market offering samples of his sweet Georgia watermelons, DeRosa helped hydrate vendors and customers who were eager to take a slice.
While there was yard art, homemade jam, hand-crocheted items, and birdhouses made from gourds, people just seemed happy to stop and venture about, sometimes picking up a unique item or two along the way.
Birdhouses painted happy colors like blue and mauve complete with wine cork roofs were being sold by Guynn for $15 each. She also had an assortment of flower pots she painted in the Chicago Black Hawks motif. Her daughter, Kris Rich of Pleasant Prairie, Wis., offered jars of homemade strawberry jam and local honey.
Zion resident Sonia Campbell and her aunt Elsie Bryan of Kenosha, Wis., sold handmade hats, pot holders, hand towels and spices. Sweltering in the heat, the women took to wearing hats to help halt the sun’s rays.
The coordinator said she expects a few more farmers to come and join the vendors as soon as crops are ripe for the picking. The Beach Park farmer’s market is held every Tuesday through October 22.