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Drizzle Doesn't Fizzle Farmers' Market

Families didn't let the drizzle stop them from getting fresh produce, pies and crafts at the return of the Weston Farmers' Market Saturday morning.

There were some 300 visitors to the grounds outside the Weston Historical Society between 9 a.m. and noon, according to Cindy Sherlock, the Weston Women's League chair for the market.

Aspetuck Apple Barn, Blackbird Baked Goods and Melissa's handcrafted soaps were some of the 10 or so businesses selling their goods. Children observed chickens in their pen or tried their hand at free crafts and a small barn museum was open for anyone curious about local farm history.

New to the market this year was Wood Fired Pizza and the Mirabelle Mobile Market and Café, which were popular today, said Sherlock.

"Everyone comes in for their own niche," she said. "The chickens bring us a lot of kids."

"We were excited to come for the chickens and the crafts," said Nikki Lehman as her two children munched pizza slices at the picnic bench. "We try to come any week that we can get out of the house early enough. I think buying local is important."

Melissa Romano, who was back for her second year selling handcrafted soaps, said she gets a lot of repeat customers and meets a lot of people she would not meet otherwise. A Westport resident, she said coming to Weston on Saturday mornings gives her more exposure. What started as a hobby turned into a business for her. "I wanted to make gifts for Christmas for my family. I wanted to try something different," she said. Romano estimates she gets as many as 50 customers every Saturday.

The Weston Farmers' Market will run every Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon through October at the Weston Historical Society.

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