It Was So Hot On July 29th... (How Hot Was It?...)

Frying a Sea Breeze egg on the sidewalk. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons. 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.

David from Full Circle kept his produce, and himself, alive with his mister bottle. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

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.

This Hayton Farms vendor donned a bag of ice as a hat. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Others cooled off with whatever was at hand. In the case above, that was a bag of ice worn as a hat.

Theo and Pirate (in stroller) battle the heat. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

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, with a "Fish In A Bag." Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Jill from Wilson Fish spent the day icing down bags of whole coho salmon, and herself.

Market manager Jessica Vets hits me with the "Equalizer." Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

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.

Jessica and Sara (behind, from Pasteria Lucchese) laughing at Jessica's unfortunate aim. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Okay, maybe Jessica could have put a little more thought into her aim. She hit me right in the shorts.

Load out was slow and hot, too, but welcome relief. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

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.