I checked the weather forecast as is my custom before a Market day, and a Small Craft Advisory was in effect until Thursday afternoon. Being a coastal person, I’ve heard this term all my life, but my vague definition runs thus: the wind is going to blow like crazy, but not as hard as storm-caliber wind. Probably not the most pleasant day to hunt for agates or plan a picnic on the beach. What it actually means, according to Wikipedia, is that the winds “have reached, or are expected to reach within 12 hours, a speed marginally less than gale force.” Hmmm . . . Now that I know THAT, why was I gearing up to do Wednesday Farmers Market? I guess because that’s just what I do on Wednesdays!
Shortly after 10am, as winds were picking up, I decided I needed the HEAVY (60 pounds of concrete) weights to hold the tent down. Fortunately, a strong and smiling young man came to my rescue and carried them from the truck to the tent for me. I did not know this stranger. I asked him in all seriousness if he was an angel.
Conditions went from bad to worse as first my neighbor’s, and then my own soap displays were swept off our tables and sent us scrambling after our products. Then a tent down the way flipped over backwards and several people ran to retrieve it. A friend’s rack of photo postcards decided to fly away. The worst near-catastrophe occurred when a large tent came cartwheeling down the center of the market and was (thankfully) stopped RIGHT AT a stunning display of handcrafted pottery. Whew! I think we all realized that Wednesday Market was over for this day and started our tearing-down processes, which were obviously hampered by the stiff breezes (understatement!)
We used our new display for the first time today. Here is what it looked like before I took it to market and after the wind hit it:
Fortunately, not a lot of product damage from the wind–just a bit of a mess. My husband had a short day at school, so was able to come downtown and load everything for me. That was a big blessing!
Here is my advice: when the weatherman forecasts WIND, stay home and make soap! I think that’s what I’ll do next time rather than brave the perils of a Small Craft Advisory.