October 30, 1934 - 1997
Welcome to the VanderBlog at VanderMeerBakery.com
Pete Vander Meer Sr. opened the Vander Meer Bakery in LeMars Iowa on October 30, 1934. His son, Pete Vander Meer Jr. became a partner in the early 1960s and eventually bought the bakery from his father in the early 1970s. He ran the business until he retired in 1997, at which time he sold the bakery.
This site presents bakery memorabilia collected by Pete Jr. over the years. We hope you enjoy it.
Original Storefront Opening Announcement First Ad Inside the Original Store Pete Sr in Holland Storefront from 1930s Old Bakery Truck Flour Sack Girls Low Prices Smorgasbord Play it Again, Jim Frozen Pete Holiday Display Remodeled Storefront Remodeled Store 1974 Fruitcake Production Wrapping Room Candy Sales Smoke Rings Ridiculous Days National Retail Bakers Week How to Buy Bread Trophy 48th Anniversary Dorothy Nitzschke 50th Anniversary Peanut Brittle A Buns Life Cake Decorating Graduation Panza Innovations Pete Vander Meer Sr Chamber Coffee Agrifest Computer Graphics Stained Glass Windows Iowa Bakers Association Bakery Magazine Bakery of the Year Pete Vander Meer Jr Meet the Bakers From the Oven to the Table For Sixty Years... Dead Johns Have a Cow Party Time Final Years Molzen Health Food Bakery Closing Tribute by Margaret Dorr Aftermath New Beginnings A Look Back at the Original Building