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Farmers' Market Shows Off Fall's Harvest

As the days grow shorter and temperatures drop, the last few crops of the growing season are being harvested. At the Norwalk Farmers' Market on Flax Hill Avenue, this is reflected in the smaller number of sellers who set up their wares each Friday. But even though there are just two weeks left in the market's season, there is still plenty of fresh food to be had, if not the cornucopia that was available in July and August.

"Apples are at their peak right now," said Ward Palmer of Scott Orchards in Old Saybrook. Palmer's boss, Wilson Scott, is the organizer of the market, which moved to its current location from a parking lot next to the Maritime Aquarium two years ago. Scott had a wide range of squash on display, as well as several varieties of pumpkins, including a white pumpkin that would make a ghostly jack-o'-lantern for Halloween. "You don't see those very often," he said.

Some summer produce, such as tomatoes, strawberries and Brussels sprouts, occupied a few of the display tables, joined by a few bushels of corn, which Scott said was "surprisingly good" for this late in the season.

As Scott stood behind his wares, bundled in a sweatshirt and jacket against a brisk autumn wind, he said this summer had been a good one for sales at the relatively new location. "It's taken a while for people to discover where we've moved, but they're figuring it out," he said. With two more weeks remaining to buy produce picked the same morning, it's a discovery worth making.

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