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Old Greenwich Farmers' Market Returns With Taste

GREENWICH, Conn. — As Pepe's Cream of the Crop Shellfish Farm co-owner Laurie Popadic was pouring clams into a bag Wednesday at the Old Greenwich Farmers' Market, she had a message: Don't sell anything you wouldn't eat yourself.

“We want people to have a fresh product,” she said. “This batch isn't even a day old.”

Presented with the Greenwich Park and Recreation Department, the market has returned for a second summer at the Old Presbyterian Church on 38 West End Ave. It will continue every Wednesday from 3 to 6 p.m. In addition to produce, the market also has weekly children's entertainment and musical guests on the stage.

Customers browsed products, including vegetables, meats, cheeses, jams and shellfish and even got a taste as business owners gave out free samples.

“Want to try some fresh maple syrup or honey?” Sugar Maple Farms owner Chuck Haralson said as he held out a small wooden utensil for sampling.

Haralson has been participating in the market since its debut last year, selling horseradish, maple syrup, maple butter and honey. He started working at farmers' markets because he enjoys the people and needed to stay busy.

“I'm an ex-banker, so when I retired I needed something to do,” he said.

Andre Kreft, owner of Savor, specializes in nontraditional cookie flavors, including coconut ginger, smoked red onion and roasted leek. Kreft got the idea when he was faced with boredom and a life change.

“I was a visual artist, and when my sight went bad, I started focusing on my taste buds instead,” he said. “It's like tasting art instead of seeing it.”

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