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Not the last market of the year…

Written November 21st, 2020 by Hasso Hering

Even though its regular reason ends Nov. 21, this was not the last Albany Farmers’ Market of the year after all. I was reminded of this when someone pressed a little handbill into my hand at the market today.

They have scheduled a Christmas market for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 12 in the same outdoor space, the Ellsworth Street parking lot and Fourth Avenue outside City Hall. (They actually call it the “Albany Holiday Farmers’ Market,” but I just assumed that the holiday they mean is not the Fourth of July.)

What happens if there’s a winter storm that Saturday? “If weather requires, we’ll reschedule on Dec. 19,” it says on the handbill put out by the Albany-Corvallis Farmers’ Market. They suggest you check their website  (LocallyGrown.org) or the Albany Farmers’ Market Facebook page just before the 12th or early on that day.

Or, I suppose, you could just look out the window, or open the door and stick out your head.

Scheduling — and holding — Albany events outdoors in November takes guts. And even more so in December. So good luck.

They had luck today.The temperature was in the low 40s, but it didn’t rain. The market customers and the people staffing the stalls may have discovered a tangible side benefit of masks. They keep your face from getting  numb with the cold. (hh)

One response to “Not the last market of the year…”

  1. HowlingCicada says:

    Gee, an outdoor Christmas market — neat idea! I used to go to the OSU ballroom markets but gradually stayed away due to germ fear, and because the live-band music became ever louder and more obnoxious.


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