After harvesting what Westport Farmers Market organizers call a "phenomenally successful summer season," rain Thursday failed to dampen enthusiasm at the last outdoor market of the year -- as vendors and shoppers alike looked forward to opening the Winter Farmers Market on Nov. 15.

"It's cold, but it's good," said Killian Janpierre of Westport, who patronizes the market regularly.

"I've had a lot of my regulars come in," said vendor Pamela Aflalo of Westport-based Nutty Bunny. "It's better than I thought (and) it does usually pick up in the afternoon."

"It's a little slow," Rebecca Batchie of Fort Hill Farm in New Milford said of the dreary day. "We were hoping to end it with a sunny day, but a lot of the regulars are here."

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WINTER FARM MARKET EVENTS
Nov. 15: Canned jar swap at noon
Nov. 22: Wreath-making with Carrie Gilbertie
Nov. 29: closed
Dec. 6: Cooking competition, home cooks compete with featured ingredient
Dec. 13: Box tree demonstration, Gilbertie staff
Dec. 20: Vagabond Daughter, organic vegetable fabric dying
Dec. 27: closed
Jan. 3: The Stand -- How and Why to Cleanse
Jan. 10: Arogya, tea lecture and tasting
Jan. 17: Cooking competition, home cooks compete with featured ingredient
Jan. 24: "Tractor Mac" author and illustrator Bill Steers
Jan. 31: Canned jar swap at noon
Feb. 7: CTbites' Stephanie Webster demonstrates how to photograph food
Feb. 14: Fairfield Green Food Guide's Analiese Paik, love and truth about chocolate
Feb. 21: Cooking competition, home cooks compete with featured ingredient
Feb. 28: topiary-making demonstration with Gilbertie's
March 7: seed-starting with Gilbertie's
March 14: Maple syrup, how to do it yourself

With the seasonal move to the winter venue -- Gilbertie's Herb Gardens, 7 Sylvan Lane -- will come changes in the offerings, according to Christine Cote of Stratford-based Huckleberries Artisan Pastries.

"It's nice to be able to play with the winter flavors," she said. "There's just as much variety in the winter as there is in the summer. It's just a totally different array of foods."

The winter market will open at Gilbertie's from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 15, according to Lori Cochran-Dougall, market director. It will run there through March 14.

"This is a great opportunity to bring the entire family as you shop from your favorite vendors," she said. "Sip on a warm cup of coffee or tea and let the little ones snack on a pizza, tortilla soup and a sweet treat as you shop for your artisanal breads and cheeses, meats, baked goods and seasonal vegetables, as well as a variety of salad greens that have been grown hydroponically. Enjoy our weekly lecture, cooking competition and demonstration series throughout the entire winter season."

For details, visit www.westportfarmersmarket.com or email director@westportfarmersmarket.com.