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The rains are back after a couple days of sun. Drops of rain cling to a bright red maple branch. Despite the grey day, color is everywhere. People were wise to get their Thanksgiving grocery shopping done yesterday before the new storm. The last two weeks of November are generally the most stormy of the whole year, but this year it looks like we got all our November rains early.
Please note in the side bar the link to give financial assistance to Seattle's Pike Place Market flower and veggie farmers whose fields were flooded and whose crops are either unusable or destroyed for next season. Whenever I need flowers I hop on the bus and head to the flower vendor at the Market where for $5, $10, or $15 I can purchase a huge bouquet which often includes peonies, lilies, dahlias, and just an amazing variety of common and hard-to-find blooms. This farming family grows all their own stock, and their fields are underwater, their bulbs are lost for next year--a $50,000 loss. Similarly, a few of the Market veggie farmers are not being allowed to sell anything from their flooded fields because of risk of contamination. The donation to the PP Market's foundation is US tax deduct able, and you can note it is for the affected farming vendors. If you're out of town but have been a tourist here and enjoyed the Market, consider giving. If you'd like to contribute in person, there is an enormous PIGgy bank at the Market in which you can put change, checks, and bills. The growers from other farmers markets around town may be similarly affected, so check with those you regularly buy from and see if they can use some extra help. I suggest we all try to pay double or triple the asking price to farmers who have had flood damage. They keep fresh organic products available to us all year, and we can support them and appreciate them in this small way. Without them, this community would be a very sorry, uncolorful place. Whatever you can do, I invite you to do it.