National Weather Service forecasts of high winds for this Saturday have prompted an unprecedented closure of both the Albany Farmers’ Market and the Corvallis Farmers’ Market on October15.
Farmers will return to Corvallis’ downtown on Wednesday October 19, and the markets will continue every Saturday in both cities and Wednesday (Corvallis only) through November 23, the day before Thanksgiving.
Rebecca Landis, market director for the nonprofit association, said CAFM has never before canceled a farmers’ market. On rare occasions, a market has shut down early. In this case, Landis said, “there is a very real threat of dangerous wind conditions that could hurt farmersand customers both in transit and at the market sites.”
Although rain also is predicted, the market association’s decision hinged on the substantial challenge of keeping market tents firmly on the ground — even with extra weights. Flying tents can cause injuries to customers in addition to property damage.
“I have plenty of experience running farmers’ markets in rain,” Landis said. “If we canceled every time a lot of rain was forecast, we would not have viable farmers’ markets in Oregon.”