The temperature hit at least 106 degrees at the Wallingford Farmers Market on July 29th, as we all lumbered through the hottest day ever in Seattle recorded history. All but three of our regular vendors were there, though, and we applaud the hearty regular Market customers who visited us that day, too. Many of you were rewarded with a cool misting.
Mister bottles were the tool of the day on the 29th. Market managers spent much of the day misting vendors down with one of four bottles we kept on ice in an armada of coolers we had on hand. In some cases, vendors took matters into their own hands and misted themselves down.
Others cooled off with whatever was at hand. In the case above, that was a bag of ice worn as a hat.
The heat was especially tough on our fine, furry friends. Blacktop can easily burn the paws of a dog very quickly in hot weather. I dunked one cattle dog in a bucket of water at one point. He looked at me first with concern, and then with delight. And Pirate, above, got the royal treatment, being wheeled well above the searing pavement on a stroller by his pal, Theo.
Jill from Wilson Fish spent the day icing down bags of whole coho salmon, and herself.
Horseplay amongst the managers and vendors at the Wallingford Farmers Market on July 29th provided a cooling relief from the heat. Here, Market manager Jessica Vets blasts me with the "Equalizer." Notice how she conscientiously aims the stream of water well below my camera. How thoughtful of her.
Okay, maybe Jessica could have put a little more thought into her aim. She hit me right in the shorts.
Long shadows cast by Wallingford Center as the sun lowered in the sky offered little relief from the heat as vendors loaded their trucks at market's end. Still, the thought of escaping to an air conditioned cab or pub, or a cool lake or river, kept them going. And just so we all can keep our record-breaking heat in proper perspective, check out these images of the Ballard Farmers Market snowstorm of Dec. 2008, lest we forget the flip-side of this coin that will return far too soon.