The Bedford Farmers Market, which opened with such high excitement just four months ago, finished up today—and I am sad to report that it was rather more with a whimper than any sort of loud or otherwise celebratory sound. Things were perhaps looking up early this marketing season, but the last month or so there just hasn't been that much reason to even stop in. Not many customers, and not many farmers either: Busa, Chip-in, and Butterbrook farms all abandoned the thinning crowds, leaving us without a single purveyor of general-purpose vegetables. Thank you Flats Mentor Farm for sticking around and letting us buy carrots and bok choi!
So we won't miss the Bedford market, as convenient as it may be. We will, however, miss the fantastic Lexington market, which only has two more market days left—and which, I learn, recently won the 2010 Best of Boston award for best Farmers Market. It really is a great scene, with probably four times the number of booths than there are at Bedford and a great crowd every market day. I skipped a couple weeks due to home emergencies and poverty, but you'd better believe I'll be there tomorrow hoping to stock up on squashes and cranberries for the long winter ahead!
So, better luck next year Bedford?