Schlafly Farmers Market, Wednesday, April 26th, 4pm-7pm, Bottleworks, Maplewood, MO
What a week to start the market report and market blog! The crazy weather predictions for market day make it difficult for all of us to plan too far ahead.
I started this blog post and market report last night and decided to wait until late this morning to see what kind of vendor responses and updated weather predictions I was going to get.
The farmer producers have to know the right time to pick and pack to come to market. And even if they get their vehicles packed early before bad weather hits, it’s hard to say what the weather will be like on market day, driving and during market hours. Putting tents up, keeping the tents up, keeping the products as dry as possible and most of all, hoping that customers come to shop and make purchases during inclimate weather are all the challenges the market vendor faces during times of unpredictable market day forecasts.
As a market manager for several years, I have done my best to support the market vendors during potential bad weather. We all need to be safe. But the vendors continue to need a reliable source of income and commerce available to them on a regular basis. I have to say that I have become much more aware of the nuances in weather and how it affects what food I have available to me from week to week and season to season. Before I became a market manager I would hear things on the news about a drought or a flood or a freeze that could affect the supermarket or commodity prices or availability for certain produce. But on a local, seasonal, personal level, forming relationships and depending on market vendors for my food each week has given me a new awareness to the highs and lows and unpredictability of what I might eat each week. Or for that season.
Now, I will stop lamenting about the weather!
I will have to say that we will have a market today in some form or fashion. I will tell you that I cannot predict exactly who will be there. The vendors that do come and set up will need our support. So, please stop in with your bag or basket and fill up on whatever is there.
Buy some beautiful flowers to brighten your rainy day! Plants, produce, eggs, flowers….enjoy what our market vendors have brought to share with us on the rainy Wednesday.
See you at the market.