We remember the first time we decided to buy sausage from Bedford Produce at the 32nd Street Farmers Market in Waverly (www.32ndstreetmarket.org). The line for Walter Bedford's stand was about 12 deep, longer than any other line in the market. "So, um, is this sausage really worth it?" we asked the nice lady ahead of us. Her reply said it all: "Oh Lordy, yes." Bedford, who has been a fixture at the market for two decades, gets his breakfast sausage from another farmer in North Carolina, and it is some of the best we've tasted—well-spiced, meaty, and plump. Serve it at a brunch and watch it disappear. Bedford also sells slab and thick-sliced bacon, smoked sausage, cheddar cheese, and produce that he grows on his own Harford County farm. But the breakfast sausage, he says, is probably his most popular item. "It's just got a different flavor," he says. "Once people buy it, you don't have any problem selling it to them again."
Bedford Produce makes sausage worth standing in line for.
Issue date: March, 2007