This week at the Ledyard Farmers' Market

Good stuff like Pizza, BBQ and music plus much more.  Here is just a peek from the Ledyard Farmer’s Market newsletter.  Sign up for your copy

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  • Take a peek at this week's variety at the market!
  • Sweet Country Roads will have a great selection of your favorites this week… pesto, jams, jellies, chutney, vinegars, rubs and mixes.
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Secchiaroli Farm - Offering naturally and sustainably raised pork.  New this week:  breakfast patties!  Other cuts include smoked bacon, smoked ham steaks, chops, regular ribs, country style ribs, butt roast, ground pork and hot dogs.  We will also be stocked with the following sausage:  Cajun, Chorizo, Jalapeno/Chipotle, Hot Italian, Sweet Italian, Breakfast (links or bulk), Maple Breakfast, and Kielbasa.

18th Century Purity Farm will have peaches, plums, early apples, pesticide-free blueberries and raspberries, summer squash, zucchini, tender green and yellow filet beans, onions, cucumbers, mini tomatoes, heirloom dry beans, and potted herb plants. Also, be on the lookout for freshly dug Red Norland, Bluegold, and fingerling potatoes!

Dragon’s Blood Elixir will have their new cucumber sauce- Unique Destiny Spicy Tzatziki- made with local cucumbers, sesame tahini and roasted garlic. We can’t wait to try it!

Lucky Girl Bakery is bringing the pies and sweets! Stop by for a marshmallow (toasted to order!) or grab a pie to bring home to enjoy!

Hidden Brook Gardens will have tables full of beets, summer squashes, lettuce, tomatoes, scallions, cabbage, cukes, garlic, kale, kohlrabi with attitude, tomatoes and other gorgeous veggies!

Oak Leaf Dairy is bringing the goat cheese! Haven’t tried our cheddar yet. Oh you're missing out! We'll have plenty of our delicious 14 month aged goats milk cheddar!

Stonewall Apiary will have Wildflower Honey, Honey Butter, Propolis Bitters, and plenty of Beeswax Candles and Beeswax Wood Polish.  Stop by for a free sample or just to talk honeybees!

Firefly Farms will be there with delicious Red Ranger and Cornish Cross chickens fed an organic soy free diet. Wholes and halves. We will also have a cooler full of Rose Veal raised on pasture with the herd.


What your Ledyard Home is NOT worth

Front (1280x960)1.  What you need to sell it for to buy another.

2.  What your neighbors home sold for a year ago.

3.  What your home appraised for when you re-financed.

4.  What your tax assessment says it is worth.

5.  What you want to get.

I spend a good part of my week analyzing statistics and working on comparative market reports for homeowners mostly in Ledyard.  So how much is your home worth?  Your home IS worth what a buyer is willing to pay in today's market. Buyers don't care about 1-5. They do care about value, location and condition. You can’t control location but you have complete control over value and condition.

If you are planning a move next month or even next year. it would be our pleasure to come take a look and let you know what your home is worth.

P.S. The photo above is a Gales Ferry home that sold in less than a week.  It was in a good location, in wonderful condition and its price was right on target.  The sellers were thrilled and the buyers are very happy with their purchase.

 


Vacancies on Ledyard Town Committees

Help WantedLedyard Town Government is mostly run by volunteers. I’ve always said that the best thing about living in a small town is that an individual can make a difference.  Although committees require minority representation by Connecticut State Statute,  you don’t have to be a Republican or a Democrat to be a member. Most of the members of the current Town Council started as members of Town Boards or Commissions. I started as a member of the Ledyard Parks and Recreations Commission before being elected first to the Board of Education and then the Town Council. Committee and Commission members are not elected but appointed by the Ledyard Town Council or in some cases, the Mayor.

Below is a list of current openings.  Contact 860-464-3203 if you are interested. You can make a difference in Ledyard. 

Ledyard Vacancy Report

About the author:  Linda Davis has been a licensed real estate agent in Ledyard CT for over 35 years. She has a long history of community service and currently serves as Chairman/Deputy Mayor of  the Ledyard Town Council. Linda is the administer of the popular Ledyard Community Forum on Facebook and also teaches and speaks on technology, mostly for beginners. Linda can help with homes for sale in Ledyard as well as homes for sale in Eastern CT including, Groton, Mystic, Stonington, Norwich, Montville, New London, East Lyme, or Waterford.


This Week at the Ledyard Farmers' Market

8-20 Lucky Girl PiesWhat better way to spend Wednesday evening?

It looks like we're going to have beautiful weather on Wednesday, and our vendors will be out with full tables with fantastic selections of some of the best farm and handmade products anywhere! Anastasia's Coffee and Fresh Squeezed Lemonade will be ready to keep us all nice and cool with an icy beverage while we all fill our market bags. Take a peek at some other things that you'll find this week: 

  • This week, Hidden Brook Gardens is bringing beets, summer squashes, lettuce, TOMATOES,  scallions, cabbage, cukes,  fresh garlic, kale,  kohlrabi with attitude,  and who knows what else! 
  • Secchiaroli Farm - Offering naturally and sustainably raised pork.  A new way to enjoy your morning meal - we will have bulk breakfast sausage this week.  Other cuts include smoked bacon, smoked ham steaks, chops, regular ribs, country style ribs, butt roast, ground pork and hot dogs.  We will also be stocked with the following linked sausage:  Hot Italian, Sweet Italian, Breakfast, Maple Breakfast, Chorizo, Jalapeno/Chipotle,  Kielbasa, Cajun.
  • Mark's Woodworks will have several new boards at the market this week. Be sure to stop by and take a look. And remember, if you don't see the board you want on the table, place a custom order. Megan ordered this board last week and was thrilled when she picked it up! 
  • If you’re looking for something spicy, Dragon’s Blood Elixir has got what you need! Check out their Honey Jalapeño sauce made with honey from Devils River and Red Ripe Jalapeños from Riverview farm.
  • Stonewall Apiary will be there with Wildflower Honey, Honey Butter, Propolis Bitters, Beeswax Wood Polish, Beeswax Candles, and more! 
  • 18th Century Purity Farm will have Lodi and Summer Champion apples (first apples of the season!), peaches, pesticide-free blueberries, raspberries, summer squash, zucchini, tender H'Aricot Verts beans, yellow beans, cucumbers, garlic scapes,  freshly dug new red, blue, and fingerling potatoes, and a clearance sale on potted herb plants.
  • Sweet Country Roads is bringing salsa, mild, zesty, HOT, Peach and Mango.  Look for their usual great selection of relish, jams, jellies, chutney, butters, pesto, vinegar, extracts, rubs, spice mixes, dip mixes
  • Lucky Girl Bakery is toasting handmade marshmallows right under the tent this week! While you’re there, grab a pie and some other sweets. There will be lots of local blueberries, peaches, and zucchini in goodies. And chocolate… always chocolate!

    From the Ledyard Farmer’s Market newsletter.  Sign up for your copy.

New London County Real Estate Report

This report of Single Family Home Sales in New London County is generated by the 10th of each month with information from the previous month.  It includes new listings, pending and closed sales in New London County for the month of June.  What’s up and what's down from a year ago?  The number of closed sales Year to date (YTD)  in New London County are slightly higher than a year ago but the number of new pending sales are down 13%.  The median sold price of single family homes is up 2.8% year to date. Please note that percentages will vary from town to town.

For a complete (and easier to read) New London County Real Estate report including condos and single families click on the photo below.

 

7-19-2015 New London County Real Estate

 

 

About the author:  Linda Davis has been a licensed real estate agent in Ledyard CT for over 35 years. She has a long history of community service and currently serves as Chairman/Deputy Mayor of  the Ledyard Town Council. Linda is the administer of the popular Ledyard Community Forum on Facebook and also teaches and speaks on technology, mostly for beginners. Linda can help with homes for sale in Ledyard as well as homes for sale in Eastern CT including, Groton, Mystic, Stonington, Norwich, Montville, New London, East Lyme, or Waterford.


Running in Ledyard

Davis ButtonI've been involved in real estate for the past 38 years but I've been involved in politics almost all my life.  I started as a 6 year old in my hometown of Pittsburgh where I licked stamps for the Adlai Stevenson campaign. I really preferred the little "I Like Ike" buttons but my Italian Catholic family were all staunch Democrats.  Since I became eligible to vote, I've been a Democrat, a Republican, an Independent and a Republican again. 

I currently serve as the Chairman of Ledyard Town Council, having previously served as Chairman of the Ledyard Board of Education. My fifth term on the Town Council will be over at the end of the year and I’m hoping to win a 6th term. Tuesday Night I will be seeking my party's endorsement for reelection.  The Republican Party is extremely fortunate.  Plenty of good candidates stepped forward and no arm twisting was needed to field an outstanding slate of candidates. 

Ledyard is largely run by volunteers.  It is a positive testament to the town that so many feel an obligation to serve simply because they love the town of Ledyard. 

About the author:  Linda Davis has been a licensed real estate agent in Ledyard CT for over 35 years. She has a long history of community service and currently serves as Chairman/Deputy Mayor of  the Ledyard Town Council. Linda is the administer of the popular Ledyard Community Forum on Facebook and also teaches and speaks on technology, mostly for beginners. Linda can help with homes for sale in Ledyard as well as homes for sale in Eastern CT including, Groton, Mystic, Stonington, Norwich, Montville, New London, East Lyme, or Waterford.


This Week at the Ledyard Farmers Market

17 - PeachesII’s another week at the Ledyard Farmers’ Market and more surprises for this amazing season. I hope to see you Wednesday between 4-7PM at the Ledyard Fair Grounds.

Here’s the scoop from their newsletter:

  • This week Davis Farm is bringing green and yellow beans to add to their line up. They’ll also have scallions, eggs, corn meal, & greens.
  • Sage Hill Farm is heading out to harvest blueberries, so that means they'll  have cinnamon blueberry, and lavender blueberry jam this week! 
  • Hidden Brook Gardens will have kale, chard,beets (these beets are gorgeous!), kohlrabi, red green and savoy cabbage; scallions, summer squash, cukes, & some late breaking surprises!
  • In addition to his beautiful full line of cutting boards, Mark’s Woodworks has new Beer Flights. Is there something you would like to see on the Mark's table? Put in a request and it may show up in a couple of weeks. Or, just place a special order. Most special orders can be filled within a weeks time.
  • Holy cow, friends! This week Dragon’s Blood Elixir’s new hot sauce is Unique Destiny Grapefruit Shandy- made with CTGrown Hops. Doesn’t that sound summery and fantastic???
  • 18th Century Purity Farm will have blueberries, the first peaches of the season,raspberries, sweet and tender green and yellow filet beans, summer squash, zucchini, new potatoes, heirloom dry beans, and garlic scapes.
  • Lucky Girl Bakery is LOVING all of the gorgeous local fruit that popping up everywhere! Don’t miss out on the pies and cakes: bourbon peach, peach crumb, classic blueberry, blueberry mojito; mulberry cakes, cupcakes, PoPTarts and more!
  • Secchiaroli Farm - Offering naturally and sustainably raised pork. New to the market this week:  Smoked Ham Steaks.   Other cuts include smoked bacon, chops, regular ribs, country style ribs, butt roast, ground pork and hot dogs.  We will also be stocked with the following sausage:  Hot Italian, Sweet Italian, Breakfast, Maple Breakfast, Chorizo, Jalapeno/Chipotle,  Kielbasa, Cajun.

Ledyard Gales Ferry - Real Estate Snapshot

Here is a quick look at the number of home sales in Ledyard (blue) and Gales Ferry (red) since January, 2014.    June is always a big closing month and you have to go back about 10 years to find a June this big. While the number of sales is very positive, home prices remain flat. In fact, sales prices are slightly lower than a year ago. You can find more statistics in my June Ledyard Real Estate Update.

7-13-2015 Ledyard Home Sales in June


Connecticut Real Estate in Small Doses

I mostly talk about Ledyard on my blog but when it comes to real estate it is good to occasionally take a peak at what is happening throughout CT. Here are a few small doses of real estate news beyond our Ledyard borders.

Is your home poppin? Many homes built in Connecticut still have those awful popcorn ceilings; they were an easy finish to cover a host of imperfections. These days buyers are passing on the popcorn so take heed if you are still staring at those bumpy ceilings, especially if your home is in the higher price ranges.

Speaking of food, can you say “flat as a pancake”. That is an expression I use quite often to describe the Ledyard Real Estate Market and it is the same throughout much of Connecticut.  While the increase in the number of sales is a good sign,  prices are not improving.  The average sold price for residential home sales in Connecticut during the month of June was $231,000, that is down slightly from two years ago and up less than 1/2 percent from a year ago. For a complete report of Connecticut Residential Home Sales CLICK HERE.

7-11-2015 CT Home Sales

These statistics are generated from a paid subscription to Market Trends Premium. CoreLogic. Copyright © 2015 RealEstate Business Intelligence, LLC.  All Rights Reserved. Statistics calculated July 8, 2015.

Thank you military families in Connecticut!  In recognition, CHFA has two programs designed to help the men and women who serve, and their families, realize the dream of owning their first home. 

Have you noticed? I’m not sure about you but I’m seeing lots of solar panels on roofs around Connecticut. The Solar Company salespeople seem to be working full time to add you to their list of customers.  People often ask me what I think of leased solar panels as it affects resale. My answer is taken directly from this NPR article written a year ago.  “There just isn't a long history of sales involving such houses.” This is especially true in Connecticut where the idea of leasing solar panels is just catching on. In fact, I haven’t yet been involved in a transaction with leased panels so I’m reaching out to some of my real estate friends throughout Connecticut to see if they have any experience.

Do you pin? My most popular pin ever on Pinterest is the photo from this Business Insider article about a home that was for sale in Greenwich CT. The photo has been repined 250 times. 

About the author:  Linda Davis has been a licensed real estate agent in Ledyard CT for over 35 years. She has a long history of community service and currently serves as Chairman/Deputy Mayor of  the Ledyard Town Council. Linda is the administer of the popular Ledyard Community Forum on Facebook and also teaches and speaks on technology, mostly for beginners. Linda can help with homes for sale in Ledyard as well as homes for sale in Eastern CT including, Groton, Mystic, Stonington, Norwich, Montville, New London, East Lyme, or Waterford.


Sunflowers for Wishes - Buttonwood Farms 2015

IMG_3030 (Small)When July rolls around  I find myself thinking about one of my favorite summertime adventures - a trip to Buttonwood Farms in Griswold.  There are  2 reasons to go there.

First is the photo opportunity.

The owners at Buttonwood Farms plant 10 acres of sunflowers, providing 300,000 magnificent blooms framed by blue skies and stone walls. Every year they sell bunches of these flowers and donate the proceeds to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.  People and their cameras show up from all over the state to visit.  I go back each year to see if I can take an even better photo!  This year the event runs from 10 a.m. to dusk the week of July 18 - 26th.

Second is some of the best home made ice cream in Connecticut. My favorite is peppermint stick, while my assistant Kerry loves the peach. That is also my husband’s favorite so I  pack a cooler and bring him home his own private pint of it.  Check out  these flavors if you need some extra incitement to go there.  Fortunately, it is only about 25 minutes from my home in Gales Ferry and once the sunflowers have finished blooming, the ice cream is still there.

Buttonwood Farms is located at 473 Shetucket Turnpike, Griswold, CT 06351

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About the author:  Linda Davis has been a licensed real estate agent in Ledyard CT for over 35 years. She has a long history of community service and currently serves as Chairman/Deputy Mayor of  the Ledyard Town Council. Linda is the administer of the popular Ledyard Community Forum on Facebook and also teaches and speaks on technology, mostly for beginners. Linda can help with homes for sale in Ledyard as well as homes for sale in Eastern CT including, Groton, Mystic, Stonington, Norwich, Montville, New London, East Lyme, or Waterford.