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Friday Flashback #142

The Westport Farmers Market opens next Thursday (May 23). The Imperial Avenue parking lot will be filled with vendors selling fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, honey, ice cream, even pet food.

Musicians will play. Food trucks will serve pizza and tacos. It’s a wonderful part of Westport — organic, sustainable, (mostly) healthy and fun.

We have Paul Newman (in part) to thank. Back in 2006, he and chef Michel Nischan created the first Westport Farmers Market, at the Westport Country Playhouse parking lot.

But that was not the actor/automobile racer/lemonade, popcorn and salad dressing king/philanthropist’s first farm stand experience.

For years, he was a customer at Rippe’s. Westporters pretended to be cool as cucumbers as they saw Newman — then “only” an actor — and his wife Joanne Woodward casually checking out ears of corn, or putting apples in a bag.

Rippe’s Farm Stand, in its early years. It later grew into a more substantial building. (Photo courtesy of Paul Ehrismann, via Mrs. George Rippe Collection)

Rippe’s was one of several farm stands in Westport. Produce came from orchards behind it — stretching eastward, from Turkey Hill North to behind Long Lots Junior High — and fields on North Avenue, behind Burr Farms Elementary School.

The North Avenue farm is gone (so is Burr Farms School). In its place is a private road — the strangely named Greystone Farm Lane. In a nod to the past, a few of the homes include silo-like architecture.

The Post Road orchards and stand are gone too. They’ve been replaced by what — at the time — were Westport’s first and only condos.

In another nod to the past, they’re called Harvest Commons.

Unsung Hero #4

Most of us don’t know our trash collectors.

They arrive before we’re awake, or when we’re not home. If we do see them, we seldom interact.

But Bill Malone is special. According to Jo Ann Davidson — one of his 82 customers at Harvest Commons — he takes care of everyone, in all kinds of weather.

“He is always cheerful and helpful,” she says. “He lets us know if the holidays change the schedule. A real pro.”

Also on the Harvest Commons route is Bill’s now retired 1st grade teacher, Jane Fraser. She is proud of all her former students — especially her recycler, Bill Malone.

In fact, we all are!

Bill Malone

Let The Light Shine…

We’ve had a few hours to dig out — and play in — the Blizzard of 2016. Here are a few scenes from a day that looks quite a bit different from the one 24 hours earlier. (Click on or hover over photos to enlarge.)

The Compo Beach neighborhood escaped a flood. Instead -- like this home on the corner of Soundview Drive -- the scene was serene. (Photo/Betsy P. Kahn)

The Compo Beach neighborhood escaped a flood. Instead — like this home on the corner of Soundview Drive — the scene was serene (and very “love”-ly). (Photo/Betsy P. Kahn)

Around the corner, the Compo Beach marina was equally peaceful. (Photo/Steve Axthelm)

Around the corner, the Compo Beach marina was equally peaceful. (Photo/Steve Axthelm)

What dog doesn't love snow? (Photo/Ken Bernhard)

What dog doesn’t love snow? (Photo/Ken Bernhard)

Hayley and Monty. (Photo/Daphne Cook)

Hayley and Monty. (Photo/Daphne Cook)

Sledders were out in force at Kings Highway School. (Photo/Peter Tulupman)

Sledders were out in force at Kings Highway School. (Photo/Peter Tulupman)

Snowy mailboxes at Harvest Commons. (Photo/Jo Ann Davidson)

Snowy mailboxes at Harvest Commons. (Photo/Jo Ann Davidson)

Spring Has Sprung!

In the aftermath of this week’s little snowfall, Harvest Commons residents Alan Beasley and Jo Ann Davidson spotted a small flock of robins enjoying what rare greenery they could find.

Oh happy day!