Folks were arriving, despite the cycling of sunshine and rain- and we were off to a good start- and then it happened.
With wide eyes, we saw the blackness coming from the West- the mother of all rain clouds was quickly descending on the valley.
Scrambling to get products, shoppers hustled between vendor booths, trying to get what they came for. And then it happened.
"BOOM" rumble rumble.
The wind picked up speed, the sky grew increasingly dark and then the rain- hard, soaking, heavy rain drops came forcefully. Screams erupted from shoppers as they were pelted and ran for cover inside Orting Station building, trying to wait it out.
FLASH, and flash again. Rumble and rumble some more.
Vendors, attempting to protect their products, prodded their canopies to reduce the weight of the water bearing down on them.
Should we stay or should be go now? (LOL)
A look at the radar (wonderful phone app) said there is more on the way. We had to make the call to shut down the market for the safety of the vendors and shoppers.
It was disappointing to have to do so, only 1 and 1/2 hours into the season. But nature has a way of controlling things. Much like the weather has controlled the harvest of spring crops, so it has also controlled your ability to "harvest" from the market on opening day.
But with that, we will be there again for you on Friday, June 16- rain or shine (but not in lightning). Wear appropriate weather gear, bring your shopping bag, a friend, and a great attitude and well see you there!