Any Market Manager fears a poor weather forecast and when you get messages from your traders in the run-up to a market asking if the market is likely to go ahead, you pay extra attention to the forecast! When you then find the day is likely to wet but not too windy, you set your expectations accordingly and hope for the best.
Our Apple Day on 13 October was in the middle of the weekend when Storm Calum was in the news, but turned out to be an excellent day, despite the damp. Yes, it rained; yes, people got very wet, but our wonderful customers came anyway and supported their local farmers’ market.
Our friends from Transition Tynedale did a stirling job turning the apple glut into bottles and bottles of delicious apple juice, Ros from Rookhope had her apple knowledge tested and provided customers with information and, crucially, names for their mystery apple varieties and everyone actually had a pretty good time! And when you get a wide variety of stallholders tell you they’re done well, you know the day was a success!