Perch Auction Party at Sweet Water Organics, Wed. Jan. 20th, 5 to 8 p.m.

This is from the most benevolent “Olde” James Godsil, now of Sweet Water Organics. These auction-parties are a lot of fun, even if you don’t buy any fish:

Dear All,

A great time has been had by all who have attended the first two Sweet Water Perch Auction Party.

Good food, Lakefront beer, wine, Howard Lewis’ uplifting lyrics and music, warmth from flowing heated water, beautiful lettuces, basil, water cress, tilapia, and perch!

Michael Timm of the “Bay View Compass” wrote a wonderful piece on the second auction held a few weeks back:

New Feature for the Event: Check Out the Tulip Complex for Rental

Artists, Artisans, Agrarians, Professionals, Merchants, and others are invited to take a look at a huge complex of offices and warehouses that are now open for rental in the adjoining “Tulip Building” just to the north of and attached to Sweet Water.

Front page story on the first two auctions has details explaining the basics of this the 3rd auction party.

Call me at 414 232 1336 or e-mail me to let me know if you plan on attending.



I have taken the plunge, and am now on record as buyer #3. (See if you can find me in the photo there. A hint: I’m not on the left side…)

Sweet Water has been noticed. The Yale Sustainable Food Project blog has this picture from before the windows were replaced or the fish runways installed:

The abandoned Harnischfeger plant was just as  dark, bleak, and even post-apocalyptic as the above picture suggests. But now, look at what it’s become:

Things like Sweet Water are helping to revitalize Milwaukee in ways that we had never before imagined. It’s great to be part of it!


Author: Jason Haas

Jason is an elected member of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, occasionally moonlights as an amateur gardener, and is a proud father of two, or three, depending on how you do the math.