Summer lingered a bit in downtown Littleton on Sept. 5, when the temperature hit a record-breaking 98 degrees. It lingered, too, in Matthew Boulter’s farmers market trailer, parked in the Reinke …
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Summer lingered a bit in downtown Littleton on Sept. 5, when the temperature hit a record-breaking 98 degrees.
It lingered, too, in Matthew Boulter’s farmers market trailer, parked in the Reinke Bros. parking lot on Prince Street, where boxes still brimmed with Olathe sweet corn and Palisade peaches.
“The corn is just perfect this year,” Boulter said. “Melons have been excellent too.”
Boulter will stick it out selling from the lot every Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through at least the end of September, he said, and longer if this year’s apple crop comes in strong.
“We haven’t even started pumpkins and gourds yet,” Boulter said.
At the Littleton Market at Rapp Street and Alamo Avenue, owner Hannah King said the cold, wet spring meant some crops haven’t even come in yet.
“Harvest is basically a month late,” King said. “We’re just now in the middle of tomato season. There are lots of peppers yet to come.”
It’s crunch time for picklers and canners, King said, as a lot of produce hits its peak at the same time.
Across from Littleton Market, the ladies at the Painted Estate, an eclectic gift and décor shop, were planning a busy fall schedule.
“We’ve got all kinds of workshops coming up,” said owner Vivien Zafferani, who plans to teach classes on topics like making stenciled pillows and signs.
“It’s such a lovely time of year here,” Zafferani said. “The air gets crisp, and here at the shop, we’ll go straight from summer to thinking about the holidays.”
Back on Prince Street, a crew was hard at work on the Reinke Bros. Haunted Mansion, with plans to open up in a wing of the sprawling costume and magic shop by Sept. 27.
“We’ll have new monsters, new rooms and new effects,” said manager Ken Walters. “Halloween’s coming, and you ain’t seen nothing yet.”
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