Busy Homewood Farmers Market basks in surprise sunshine

The Homewood Farmers Market got off to a great start on Saturday, according to Market Manager Kate Duff. 

At 8 a.m. the vendors were ready, and customers came in droves.

Duff said she couldn't even get a good attendance count.

"It was too full to count," she said. "I'm pretty sure this was our busiest start ever."

The night before, Duff was not sure the first market of the summer season would happen at all. The weather forecast was that bad, calling for a high chance of heavy rain and thunderstorms overnight and throughout Saturday morning.

"It was a nail-biter," she said.

But she likes to wait as long as possible before cancelling or delaying. Vendors have a lot of time and money invested in each market, and customers count on them to be open for business if possible.

When she got up Saturday morning, it was not yet clear skies, but the forecast obviously had been wrong, and the delay paid off. 

By the time the market opened the sky was a brilliant blue and the day was getting warm. 

As with most opening days, there was a mix of regular vendors and newcomers. There was live music performed by the James Hart School jazz bands and by local guitarist Dominic Ruffalo.

Rain arrived mid-morning, but it was limited to sprinkles and the market activities — including the music — didn't miss a beat. 

Homewood Science Center, adjacent to the market, held its first PopUp Science session of the summer. The theme was "Building Basics." Kids had a chance to learn about electricity safety, tools, building materials.

Cool Women in Construction led by Kelsey Green and Christine Scully gave kids a chance to learn about building codes through a ramp construction experiment.

Homewood Public Works staff member Kirk Lindstrom taught kids about electricity.

The next PopUp Science session will be "Go Green" on Saturday, June 22.

The summer market is open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday through Oct. 12. Wednesday evening markets will begin June 12 and will be open 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 14.

Photos by Eric Crump/H-F Chronicle.

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