When it’s 44 degrees and raining, as it was Saturday morning, the Albany Farmers’ Market is not exactly overrun, but it’s still a good place to shop.
Next Saturday will be the last regular market day of the year for the organization, and the organizers probably don’t have to worry much about exceeding the capacity limit imposed by Governor Brown’s two-week “freeze,” which starts Wednesday.
Among other things, the governor’s latest order to slow the spread of Covid-19 says that markets must not admit more people than 75 percent of their capacity. That apparently applies to open-air markets as well.
But as Rebecca Landis, farmers’ market director, says, “We were probably there or below already, and weather has taken us lower.”
So the farmers’ market should not be affected by the governor’s latest edict.
While attendance is clearly down, it’s still worth a trip no matter how nasty the November weather gets next Saturday.
You can get get all kinds of locally grown produce available late in the season, not to mention other stuff ranging from honey to bread, cakes and pastries, mushrooms, and meat, all locally produced or prepared. And Nov. 21 will be your last chance until next spring. (hh)