February 2, 2013
This is my 3rd Saturday working at the Corvallis Indoor Winter Market and you'd think I’d be going on at length about the incredible produce, or the flower and plant starts that are pushing more and more into evidence, but what really struck my attention this week is the redheads.
Now there are red-haired vendors that already sell at the Market: Jennifer at the Mushroomery has that delicate red-gold in long dreads. She looks like a cross between a dreamy beauty in a Pre-Raphaelite painting and a stage manager at the Reggae music festival. And Suzanne, over at Krazy Woman Ranch has a passel of young’uns in her booth with that flame-colored hair that can’t be caught in a bottle of dye, unlike Elizabeth the MudMom who laughed when I commented on her strawberry-blond tresses and said “yeah, I’m a redhead this month."
And the customers! Most of them look like survivors of a Viking invasion. Or some kind of invasion – maybe the Martians are actually all good-looking Celtic types with hair like a sunset painted by Titian or Turner. We come in peace from the Morgo Theta galaxy-please sell us many rutabagas and hazelnuts that we may create fresh rocket fuel for our hover craft.
Now that I’m thoroughly paranoid about it, next week I’ll be checking eye colors.
Daniel Conan Young