Friday, January 3, 2014
While saying bundle up may sound like a no brainer for anyone who is heading outside for an outdoor market. I think that it might be appropriate to remind you to REALLY bundle up tomorrow! I've been managing the Durham Farmers' Market for over 7 years now and if I've learned one thing, it is that the Market's Pavilion is always a few degrees colder and windier than the surrounding neighborhoods. So, throw an extra hat or mittens into your bag, just for insurance.
If you are wondering, there is a very good reason why the Pavilion is slightly colder than its surroundings. When the Pavilion was designed back in the early 2000s, it was designed with the Durham Farmers' Market in mind. At that time, the Market was only open from April through November and the idea of having winter hours hadn't yet formed. Ellen Cassily, the architect of the Pavilion, designed it so that during the long, hot, humid summers, the structure would catch the errant breeze when it came along. And it does! In the summer time, the Pavilion is also slightly cooler than the surrounding areas.
When the Market added winter time hours, we realized that it does the same thing in the winter time! It catches the breeze, but the breeze is quite a bit colder during the winter hours. Thankfully, in Durham, the winter is quite a bit shorter in the summer. Ellen's innovative design is a much appreciated feature of our home! But, for now, remember to wear an extra layer on chilly days.
Tomorrow: Due to the cold weather and the difficulty harvesting when the temperatures are below freezing, the winter bounty may be somewhat limited. But, there will still be plenty of greens, root vegetables and storage crops (such as winter squashes and sweet potatoes).
Also, tomorrow will be the last day of the winter peppers from Piedmont Biofarm. Farmer Doug and his crew were able to keep their pepper plants alive and producing in the greenhouses this fall. They have brought colorful bell peppers to Market all through the fall. Farmer Doug reported to me last week that today will be their last harvest because the plants aren't withstanding the cold temperatures and short days any longer. It is always exciting to see what our farmers are able to do to extend the seasons!
See you at the Market,
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