This week at the Ledyard Farmers Market

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

Breads N Cookies
  • Mark’s Woodworks will have a full selection of cutting boards in a variety of sizes this week. Be sure to stop in and check out a preview of some items he's making for a special Market next month.
  • Dragon’s Blood Elixir is bringing this year’s first blackberry sauce- Unique Destiny Blackberry Lime Rickey- great for spicy cocktails.
  • 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!
  • Definitely plan a stop at Oak Leaf Dairy. They’ll have lots of lovely scented goats milk soaps. Buy any four and receive a $1.00 off! Don't forget to pick up any of your favorite flavor chevre! Also plenty of Feta, cheddar, curds & caramel!
  • Lucky Girl Bakery is bringing lots of pies filled with local berries, fresh peaches from our own trees and enough chocolate treats to keep everyone happy!
  • At Flatland Alpacas we spin and dye our yarns with fiber donated by our small herd of 25 alpaca. We offer a variety of hand   crafted items utilizing the fiber grown on our farm: Alpaca & wool dryer balls made with our alpaca fiber and locally sourced sheep wool… they soften clothes, REDUCE static & wrinkles and you can save UP TO 25% drying timeall without chemical laden dryer sheets or liquid fabric softeners, alpaca felt insoles, bird nesting balls, hand knit/woven items, Soap in a Sweater (handmade soap in an alpaca sweater that acts as a scrubby!) and ceramic buttons/necklaces…
  • StandingStone Farm (home of Flatland Alpacas) will have Certified Naturally Grown chevon - ground, stew meat and CNG black walnuts.
  • Sage Hill Farm will have plenty of blueberry & strawberry jam available. Swing by and ask farmer Rachael how to make a delicious berry lemonade using jam!
  • Firefly Farms will have their delicious Rose Veal cuts and our fantastic Red Ranger and Cornish Cross chickens in whole and halves.
  • 18th Century Purity Farm will have peaches, plums, nectarines, early apples, summer squash, zucchini, cucumbers, green beans, yellow beans, H'Aricot Verts, and Red Norland, Bluegold, and fingerling potatoes.
  • Secchiaroli Farm - Offering naturally and sustainably raised pork.  Special this week:  $2 off per pound of breakfast sausage (links, bulk or 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, and Kielbasa.
  • Uncle D’s Blazin’ BBQ is back! Check out this week’s menu: Our menu for this week:
    • Jerk Pulled Pork Sandwich * Spare Ribs * Chopped BBQ Chicken sandwich * Mac   Attack- scratch made Mac & Cheese topped with Pulled pork OR Chopped chicken with bbq sauce

My Trip to Buttonwood Farms in Griswold

ParkingI decided to wait a week to report on my trip to Buttonwood Farms and the Sunflowers for Wishes fundraiser. I really do love the event and didn’t want to discourage people from going. I planned to meet two friends that day and was really looking forward to the Peppermint Stick Ice Cream. I even brought a cooler along to bring home a pint of Peach, my husband’s favorite.

I knew there was trouble when I saw the cars parked (illegally) along Route 165. The place was absolutely chaos. I finally found a parking place and met my friends but after checking out the 100 people in line we decided ice cream could wait for another day and we took off for the photo opportunities. That turned out to be difficult as well as we dodged people and cars.

In the past, the crowds weren’t nearly as large and the line for ice cream was manageable. I think social media has helped spread the word about the spectacular sight of sunflowers with really good ice cream as a bonus.  My Facebook newsfeed has been filled with sunflowers and ice cream for two weeks. I managed to get a few nice shots including the one below. I will return to Buttonwoods sometime this summer. The sunflowers will be gone but my Peppermint Stick Ice Cream will be there. 

Buttonwoods 2015


Connecticut Real Estate in Small Doses

ConnecticutAnyone who bought a home in the last few years will most likely sell it for a loss today.  Even the rich and famous.

Buyers’ or Sellers’ market?  Connecticut is one of 9 states still lagging behind the rest of the country.  Good news if you are a buyer.

I provide Ledyard Real Estate statistics a couple times a month here but occasionally I take a peak at other towns in CT.  This week I took a look at Westport where “The average list price is now $2,254,982 and the median price remains at $1,795,000.”  Even if you remove the first digit, those figures are well beyond many towns in Eastern CT including Ledyard.

Add Anderson Cooper to the list of the rich and famous that own a home in Connecticut.  I’m not sure I’ve ever heard of Bantam, CT?

And finally despite my small doses of big Connecticut prices, when describing Connecticut real estate, I often use the expression “flat as a pancake”. This Core Logic graphic paints the picture of exactly what that statistic looks like.

2015-08-02_CT 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.


TOM CLARK: Jack Delano: A Rogerine Quaker Thanksgiving

Mr. Timothy Levy Crouch, a Rogerine Quaker, living in Ledyard, Connecticut, finishing up his Thanksgiving dinner. Mr. Crouch is a stonemason by profession and lives on his farm where a little farming is done. Ledyard, Connecticut: photo by Jack Delano, November 1940

What a fabulous find! These photos were taken by Jack Delano in Ledyard in 1940 and shared here in a blog post by Tom Clark in 2011.


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

17 - Another Sage

  • 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.