The rain continued. It was a hard rain, a perpetual rain, a sweating and steaming rain; it was a mizzle, a downpour, a fountain, a whipping at the eyes, an undertow at the ankles; it was a rain to drown all rains and the memory of rains.
The opening lines of Ray Bradbury's short story, The Long Rain
OK, so maybe it wasn't quite that bad. But, as my friend Barb pointed out, the weather here in Madison was starting to feel like something out of a Ray Bradbury short story.
And then there was sun! And there we were enjoying the opening day of the Madison Farmer's Market.
The market will run every Friday during the season, from 3 to 6 p.m. on the town green off of Meetinghouse Lane.
I saw many of my favorite vendors and products from years past and a few new ones. In particular, Sabrina Santoro of Connecticut Natural Soapworks and Sunflower Farm of Orange is now stocking "Madison Breeze" soap. And, she's offering flavored creamed honey this year as well, in addition to her usual wares.
Santoro, who handles the Facebook page for the market, along with other communications, tells us that Kingsley Goddard of Madison's will serve as market master this year and that anyone interested in participating should contact him to find out how to apply.He can be reached at (203) 245-2373, or you can stop by at the market on Fridays to check with him.
Cory Nebel of Madison was providing the music Friday afternoon, and he said he plans to be there for other Fridays as well. His music proved irresistable to several in attendance who broke out in a little dance, including little William Pappas of Madison, who was there with his mother, Marina Pappas.
Emily Gumbrecht, 19, Mary Levesque, 17, and Liz Ballantine, 18, were among the many area residents there Friday afternoon, doing some shopping, testing out new products, and enjoying the sunshine.
Gumbrecht said one of her favorite stops is Sunflower Farm for the soap. For Levesque, it was the apple pie from another vendor. And Ballantine was shopping for baked goods as well.
But they all agreed, as did others, that one of the biggest treats of the afternoon was the bright sunshine.
And thank goodness too, because that Bradbury story did not end well.
Here is the extended forecast for the rest of the weekend from the National Weather Service:
Saturday: A slight chance of sprinkles before 1pm. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 68. Northeast wind between 5 and 8 mph.
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 46. Southeast wind around 6 mph becoming calm.
Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 67. North wind around 7 mph becoming south.
Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 43. South wind between 4 and 7 mph becoming calm.