Although 90-degree temperatures greeted fall across the region, produce stands in Cabarrus County are preparing for the change in season.
Rows of pumpkins are lined up around Country Boy's Farm Market, Poplar Tent Road, Concord.
"It's that time of year," said Joe Mesimer, who co-owns the store with his wife.
People have been trickling into the store to buy pumpkins for decorations, he said, and the Halloween rush will follow.
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Farm Fresh Market is stocking up on fall favorites such as apples, muscadines, gourds and mums, said Adam Honeycutt as he stacked pumpkins on hay bales at the stand on Pitts School Road in Concord.
As the produce season comes to an end, local farmers' markets are winding down. The markets in Harrisburg and downtown Concord ended this month, and the N.C. Research Campus will host its final market from 4-7 p.m. Thursday.
The Winecoff Market, held 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays on Winecoff School Road in Concord, will run through Dec. 18.