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May 30, 2008

A sad market story



If you're going to the Waverly Farmers Market tomorrow, keep an eye out for the table pictured. I wasn't there last weekend, but Marty Katz took the photo and sent it to me.

Walter Bedford, who's been a vendor at the market for 27 years, won't be back. Here's what Marty e-mailed me when I asked what he sold:

I think he was general produce but was not on my radar, or vegdar. But market boss Marc and customers were upset and manned a sign-a-card table. Marc was explaining the sudden call from the guy saying doc said no more exertion.

(Photo by Marty Katz) 

Posted by Elizabeth Large at 10:20 AM | | Comments (3)


"Heavenly creator, giver of life and health: Comfort and relieve your servant Walter, and give your power of healing to those who minister to his needs, that he for whom our prayers are offered may be strengthened in his weakness and have confidence in your loving care. Amen."

(Just one of the services a Canon can offer.)

Thank you, Rev'd. Canon.

Turns out Mr. Bedford, around 90, was one of the founders of the Waverly Market 27 years ago. He sold produce, smoked meats and wheels of cheese. He's having a knee replacement and moving to Tennessee to live with a son. The other vendors bought the plants he had going in greenhouses, and the collection effort netted nearly a thousand dollars. And another produce seller hired his salesman for continuity.

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Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

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