A Wedding? Teeth Cleaning?


Blog by Gina…
I’ve posted a picture to show the glamorous life of Market Managers. Don’t I look like I am having the time of my life?Earlier today it was bright and sunny so I took on the daunting task of scrubbing clean the chairs we use on Market Day. I lined them up in neat rows, like I was preparing for an outdoor wedding behind our office. I had my SOS pads, a hose and the sunshine on my side. I began to scrub away and I was enjoying myself, shedding layers and feeling a great sense of accomplishment. I would suds the chairs and a thick blue film would cover them and quickly begin to dry. It reminded me of getting my teeth cleaned at the dentist’s office. As it started to dry and get chalky I would bring out the hose and spray the muck and soap away. The spray that was slowly soaking my clothes didn’t bother me. That was until the clouds rolled in over the coastal range and covered the sun with pillows of rain. Soon it began to pour. I moved quickly for shelter but all of the chairs, my whole setup, was already ready already. I had to finish. So I scrubbed under the shelter of a tree, the water from the hose feeling cold now, the wet socks and jeans that I’m wearing began to feel uncomfortable. I scrubbed through it. This is training for Market season. I can’t just pack up and go home when it starts to rain. What would my vendors think? Where would our faithful customers get produce? The world doesn’t stop just because it’s raining. At least not in these parts. At our market, we have busier days when it is raining than when it is really hot. It cracks me up that Oregonians prefer the rain to the heat! Are you willing to brave the weather to shop at your local farmers market? I hope so…