The most popular question these days at the markets is “How long does this market go on?” Meaning, on what date is the final market? (Answer: Our markets last through the end of this month. You can check the Reader’s farmers’ market guide for market-by-market information.)
Wednesday morning a woman in her late 50s or early 60s rode up on her bike before the market opened, while I was stretching to attach the sign to the top of the tent. “Excuse me,” she said. “When does this market end?”
“It doesn’t end,” I replied. “It just goes on and on and on.” She studied me for several very long seconds.
“I’m just kidding,” I said. “It goes through the end of the month outdoors and then we move inside to the Nature Museum through the end of the year.”
“It sounds like you’re ready for it to be over,” she said as she started to wheel away.
“I’m all right. I don’t want it to end. I’m just tired.”
Very, very tired.