A Good Day For Fresh Peppers

Photo: Kendra Bobowick

Sue Shortt of Shortt’s Farm & Garden Center, left, helps customer Grace Pisano as she purchases peppers. 

Admiring the bell peppers’ rich, dark color, Grace Pisano purchased her produce Tuesday, August 6, at The Farmers Market at Fairfield Hills. Sue Shortt of Shortt’s Farm & Garden Center bagged the peppers for Ms Pisano.

Also for sale were baskets spilling over with eggplant, cherry tomatoes, and fresh fruit. With a mild breeze pushing her hair aside, Ms Shortt glanced at the sunny sky, glad that rain and thunderstorms did not again interrupt the Tuesday market. Sales this week and last had been “fantastic,” she said. Although, some items are late this season.

“The tomatoes just started,” she said. “And we are just beginning to pick peppers.”

Sarah Blersch also noted, “Today is beautiful,” as she watched over the Daffodil Hill Growers at Woodside Farm stand. The farm, out of Southbury, has its booth in town for the second year. Decorating the tables were cut cleome in bursts of pink and white.

“We plant rows of cleome in the fields,” Ms Blersch said. “They attract bees, and we can cut them.”

The annual flower variety is “a really old variety cottage flower,” and although it is not technically a perennial, it does tend to reseed and come up again, she said.

A few steps away, bundling fresh greens into a bag for customers was Patrick Horan, with an array of certified organic vegetables from Waldingfield Farm in Washington. He sold bunches of “killer,” or good, arugula along with other fresh items.

Across the lawn was a gourmet caramel popcorn booth where Mary O’Rourke and Barbara Dague sold Dague Popcorn, made in Newtown. Their best seller? “Salted is the most popular. People love the salty sweet combination,” Ms Dague said.

Next to the popcorn booth was Nick Cocivi, selling produce form Caccavales farm on Route 25 in Newtown. His favorite? Cherry tomatoes.

“They are really sweet,” he said.

Lily and Oliver Charles and their mother Kim of Cider Mill Designs of Sandy Hook displayed a variety of potted succulents and plants nestled in beds of smooth stones. She helps clients with small-scale garden design. In her second year with the farmers market, Ms Charles said that “something good” comes of the weekly market. She meets people, gains exposure, she said.

The market runs from 2 to 6 pm Tuesdays in Fairfield Hills through October 22. The venue is pet friendly and offers a variety of fresh vegetables, baked goods, music, and more.

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