Here we are in November, 2017. A hard rain was coming down, the wind was howling, swirling through the valley. We were warm and snug in our little stucco farmhouse. Surfing the web, drinking coffee, planning and looking forward to our 2018 growing season. In fact, our farmhouse does such a nice job protecting us from the weather, including August's hot sun, we didn't realize the direction or ferocity of this November storm.
At the computer, I heard a "thunk" noise, but didn't get up to look outside. Doug happened to be coming from the kitchen with a fresh cup of coffee and looked out the living room picture window that looks out to our produce stand.
This picture is what that "thunk" sound was. A southeast gust of wind had smacked up under the overhang. It flipped our produce stand completely upside down on it's roof. Must have been more than a gust of wind! Our produce stand had been sitting in this location since 2010, it was built out of 2x6 construction, there was an attached deck with steps, flower pots sitting on each side of the deck, and a cooler sitting inside of it. Deep breath, and a sigh. Call the insurance company.
So, we were left with no other choice but to replace the stand. The new stand will have more storage/produce space. Being surrounded by bright green pastures, and sitting in front of a big bright red (eventually) barn, our lemon twist yellow farm stand will definitely be noticed by passers-by. See next picture: