From the Ledyard Farmers Market

LogoIt was nice of the weather to cooperate last week and give us a break from the heat. It turned out to be a wonderful day at the Market. There will be lots or fresh eggs and locally ground cornmeal this week. Can you guess which vendor will be there with these goodies? Glad to see you back, Davis Farms.

 

Hidden Brook Gardens has had some beautiful pattypan squash recently. Here is a recipe that will make good use of them.

Have you tried cornmeal pancakes? How about covered with raspberry syrup? You can pick up all of the main ingredients you need from Davis Farms and Upper Pond Farm to make this middle of the week supper.

The market is held every Wednesday on the Ledyard Fair Grounds in Ledyard Center on RT 117.  If you are a Facebook Member, the links below will take you to the vendor Facebook Pages. Click on the links and give them a "like". Their pages are a great place to read market updates.


Stonewall Apiary, LLC
Connecticut Gourmet

Secchiaroli Farm
18th Century Purity Farm
Marks’ Woodworks
Anastasia’s Coffee
Davis Farms
Dragon’s Blood Elixir
Meadow Stone Farm
Breads ‘N’ Cookies
Sweet Country Roads, LLC
Hidden Brook Gardens, LLC
Shepherd’s Harvest
Bluebird Garden Design
Zest Fresh Pastry, LLC
Upper Pond Farm 

Rolling Tomato will be there for dinner to carry out or eat at the Market at on of the many picnic tables under the Holdridge Pavilion.

And this week special guest vendors:

Preston Ridge Vineyard
Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm
Thames River Quilt Guild
Biittersweet Gardens
 

New London County Real Estate Update

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 good news is that the number of closed sales Year to Date (YTD)  in New London County is up 22% from a year ago.  The number of new pending sales Year to Date is  up 9%  for that same period. The number of active listings (2150) is down from a year ago and up slightly from May. Please note that statistics 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. 

  New London County Homes Sales June 2016

 

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Data Source: CoreLogic. Statistics calculated March 7, 2016.

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.


Ledyard Food Pantry

I recently read that the use of food pantries increases during the summer while at the same time donations go down.  That is quite evident at the Ledyard Food Pantry.  The two biggest food drives in Ledyard are held in November (Scouting for Food) and May (Stamp Out Food) and with those behind us, many of the pantries most popular items are dwindling. That's why the Ledyard Parks & Recreation Playground food drives are welcome news. On Thursday, the first of the food drive donations were delivered, boxes and boxes of Mac & Cheese from the appropriately dressed in orange, Ledyard Center Colonels. Ironically, and purely a coincidence,  Thursday, July 14th is known as National Macaroni and Cheese Day.

The other 2 playground locations are in the process of collecting snacks and pasta meals like the ever popular Spaghettios. Residents often ask me what items are most needed at the pantry. As a result, I keep a list I can access anytime from my iPhone or iPad. Here is my current list which I update regularly based on needs:

Peanut Butter and Jelly (especially grape), Pancake mix and Syrup, Salad dressing and fixings' like Croutons and Olives, Canned tomato products, Baking needs including Cake Mixes and Frosting,  Boxed and canned pasta meals, Canned meat like Ham and Spam, Condiments including Mayo, Instant Potatoes, and Spices. The pantry is always low on snacks!

The Ledyard Food Pantry was dedicated on November 22, 2015.  On that day, the responsibility of distributing food to those in need in our community,  changed hands from town government to volunteers organized by the Ledyard Congregational Church. I am a firm proponent of the private sector including faith based groups taking on the role of feeding the hungry. I am convinced they do a better job in general with more compassion. The Ledyard Food Pantry is opened Tuesdays , Thursdays and Saturdays from 9-11AM plus one evening a week, Thursday 5-7 PM).

Ledyard Parks and Recs


Sunflowers for Wishes

Buttonwoods Sunflowers 2008 009 (Small)When July rolls around  I usually look forward to one  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 23rd – 31st.

Second is some of the best home made ice cream in Connecticut. My favorite is peppermint stick, while my husband really loves the peach 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.  

That being said, last year was a bit of a disappointment.  Here is what I had to say a year ago:

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( I counted) 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 and I will return to Buttonwoods sometime this summer but probably after the event. The sunflowers will be gone but my Peppermint Stick Ice Cream will be there. 

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

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Just in from the Ledyard Farmers Market

LogoIt was another beautiful day at the Market last week. The threatened rain held off and the Market was enjoyed by another large crowd. Everyone was delighted by the musical stylings of Ken Atkins and the Honky Tonk Kind. Hopefully they will be back sometime.

Have you thought about changing up the look of your yard? Is your curb appeal a little drab? Stop by and talk to Alyssa at Bluebird Garden Design. She will help you get your existing yard looking better or reshape your yard into the masterpiece you've always longed for.

The market is held every Wednesday on the Ledyard Fair Grounds in Ledyard Center between the School and the Library on RT 117.  If you are a Facebook Member, the links below will take you to the vendor Facebook Pages. Click on the links and give them a “like”. Their pages are a great place to read market updates.

Check out this week's vendors:

Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm will be back this week with lots of fresh cuts of turkey and chicken. Have you tried their homemade turkey salad? So delicious!

Mark's Woodworks is offering a 10% discount on purchases this week to all active military. Just show your ID when making your purchase.
This week at the Market we have our usual full time vendors:

Stonewall Apiary, LLC
Connecticut Gourmet

Secchiaroli Farm
18th Century Purity Farm
Marks’ Woodworks
Anastasia’s Coffee
Dragon’s Blood Elixir
Meadow Stone Farm

Breads ‘N’ Cookies
Sweet Country Roads, LLC
Hidden Brook Gardens, LLC

Shepherd’s Harvest
Bluebird Garden Design
Zest Fresh Pastry, LLC

Along with the following guest vendors:
Upper Pond Farm

Farm to Gold Ghee
Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm
Broad Brook Maple Syrup
Bittersweet Garden at Cabin Creek Farm
Rolling Tomato will be there for dinner to carry out or eat at the Market on one of the many picnic tables under the Holdridge Pavillion. Entertainment this week is provided by Smart
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Ledyard Real Estate Update

11 September 2005 - Buffalo, New York - Flags adorn the field around the Albright Knox art gallery in Buffalo, NY, to commemorate the anniversary of events which occurred on September 11, 2001.
Photo Credit: Jethro SoudantIt bears repeating, the number of home sales continues to bring really good news for Ledyard Real Estate. There were 28 closed sales in June!   For the first 6 months of 2016, there were 109 home sales compared to 96 in 2015. The median price however has dropped from $198,000 to $184.000 but could prices be increasing soon?
Typical for this time of year, the number of pending sales has dropped from 40 last month to a current total of 34 as we move from our spring market to a summer market. There were only 14 pending sales reported in June but more than half of those were listed above $299,900. Could this be the good news sellers have been waiting for?  

While our summer market is traditionally slower than spring, there will still be buyers looking to find a home and close before schools begins. August is always a slow month but September and October typically bounce back stronger.

Real Estate News

Although the "experts" keep talking about interest rates rising this year, Interest rates are once again near all time lows. You can even find 15 year rates under 3%. If you are looking to buy or refinance, now would be a good time to jump in.

On the Market

Inventory dropped this month (good news for sellers). There are currently 113 single family homes on the market. The median list price is $260,000. There were 29 new listings reported in May. We are very close to a balanced market which would indicate that prices should start rising. Good news for sure but in the chart below you can see we are a long way from our peak.

Current Pending Sales

There are currently 34 pending listings with a median list price of $222,000. There were 14 new pending listings in June with a median list price of $294,000.

There are currently 23 pending but "Show for Backup" with a median list price of $199,000. Homes are often listed as "Show for Backup" when there may be a concern about contract contingencies including financing. 

Closed Sales

There are currently 109 closed sales in Ledyard with a median sales price of $185,000.

There were 28 closed listings in June. 

While it is useful to follow month by month, a 6 month trend is a better indicator of market conditions.

  -  The median price of the 109 homes that have closed in the past 6 months is $185,000  -

1 - 2015 Ledyard Home Sales

 

Data to Consider

This LINK will take you to New London County Market Statistics by Town, including Ledyard as prepared by the Eastern CT Association of Realtors using sales reported by the members of the Connecticut Multiple Listing Service. 

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.

Listings and sales reported by the members of the CT MLS, Inc and may not represent all sales. Information deemed reliable but not guaranteed.


Just in from the Ledyard Farmers Market

What a great day at the Market last week. It was the biggest turnout of the year and this week should be even better. This is the time to stock up for those Fourth of July cookouts and parties. The fresh veggies are coming on in ever increasing numbers and will only be more plentiful as the summer rolls along.

The market is held every Wednesday on the Ledyard Fair Grounds in Ledyard Center between the School and the Library on RT 117.  If you are a Facebook Member, the links below will take you to the vendor Facebook Pages. Click on the links and give them a “like”. Their pages are a great place to read market updates.

Check out this week's vendors:

Hidden Brook Gardens will have lots of fresh cabbage this week. How should you prepare this great early summer brassica? How about Fried Cabbage and Bacon with Onion
Everyone knows the honey from Stonewall Apiary is delicious but did you know there are lots of other uses for honey? Check out these uses and you will know that honey is truly one of the healthiest foods.

This week at the Market we have our usual full time vendors:

Stonewall Apiary
Connecticut Gourmet
Flatland Alpacas
Secchiaroli Farm
18th Century Purity Farm
Marks’ Woodworks
Anastasia’s Coffee
Dragon’s Blood Elixir
Meadow Stone Farm
Breads ‘N’ Cookies
Sweet Country Roads, LLC
Hidden Brook Gardens, LLC
Shepherd’s Harvest
Bluebird Garden Design
Zest Fresh Pastry, LLC
Along with the following guest vendors:
Upper Pond Farm
Colleens Dichroic Jewelry
The Potters Circle
Right Path Organic Café
Kettlepot Soap
Stephanie Morton, Handweaver
Bittersweet Floral

Rolling Tomato will be there for dinner at the Market, or carry out and Ken Atkins and Paul Davis will be on hand to provide musical entertainment while you're shopping. 


Little Bites of Ledyard

Bites of Ledyard

Spread the word to your Ledyard neighbors: Ledyard Youth & Social Services PACK-IT-BACK-TO-SCHOOL Program. Back Packs, School Supplies and Payless Shoes Gift Certificates are available for families living in Ledyard, who qualify for assistance with the expenses of back to school supplies. Registration for the annual Back-to-School Program is required and begins Monday, August 1, 2016 through Friday, August 12, 2016. Back-To-School supplies can be picked-up on Wednesday August 24, 2016 from 9am to 3pm at Ledyard Youth & Social Services Department in the Town Hall. Please Call 860-464-3254 for qualifying information.

Want to watch your Ledyard Town Council and Board of Education volunteers at work?  Channel 96 on Comcast Cable and 670 on Thames Valley Communications broadcasts Town Council and Board of Education meetings seven days a week.  Town Council meetings are shown every day at 4 pm and 8:30 pm and includes reports from the Mayor and other town Boards and Commissions. The Ledyard Board of Education meetings are shown at 1:30 and 6 pm.

Ledyard Fair LogoOn Sunday, September 11, the Ledyard Fair will be the biggest thing happening in SE CT. Braiden Sunshine (The Voice) will be returning for an encore, along with country music star Cassadee Pope. Large crowds are expected, and the Ledyard Fair needs your help on Sunday, the day of the show.  If you've ever secretly wanted to direct pedestrians and traffic at an event wearing a Security shirt, now is your chance! Please email me with your name and email address if you're interested, and the Fair will contact you for an interview.

Little Bites of Ledyard is my gathering place for events, news items and even an occasional opinion about anything Ledyard.


The Ledyard Farmers Market

LogoThe weather looks wonderful for this weeks Ledyard Farmers’ Market.  Strawberries were plentiful last week as well as local food and handcrafted items. As we move into the growing season, it just keeps getting better.

The market is held every Wednesday on the Ledyard Fair Grounds in Ledyard Center between the School and the Library on RT 117.  If you are a Facebook Member, the links below will take you to the vendor Facebook Pages. Click on the links and give them a “like”. Their pages are a great place to read market updates.

Check out this week's vendors:

The Rolling Tomato.com
Sweet Country Roads
Stonewall Apiary
Secchiaroli Farm
Dragon's Blood Elixir
Zest
Hidden Brook Gardens, LLC
Connecticut Gourmet
Mark's Woodworks
Davis Farm
Anastasia's Coffee
Bluebird Garden Design
18th Century Purity Farms
Shepherd's Harvest, LLC
Meadow Stone Farm
Flatland Alpacas at StandingStone Farm
Breads N' Cookies, LLC
local author, Cassia Taylor
Upper Pond Farm
Munchies Food Truck


Little Bites of Ledyard

Bites of LedyardLittle Bites of Ledyard is my gathering place for events, news items and even an occasional opinion about anything Ledyard.

From the Office of Ledyard Mayor Mike Finkelstein:  This week, representatives of Eversource met with Ledyard Officials to advise them of upcoming work on the Stoddard’s Warf section of RT 214. It was explained that the purpose of this work is to be proactive in their attempt to reduce power outages and provide a redundancy to some of the Town’s electrical circuits. Starting in late June, Eversource will undertake selective tree trimming between RT 12 and Avery Hill Rd. This is being done to clear the way for the installation of new utility poles in that same area. The new poles will replace existing ones, and will have new “spacer cable”, which is more resilient than the current power lines. Eversource plans to have this work completed by the end of September.

The Ledyard Community Forum on Facebook turns 5 this month. An article in today’s New London Day speaks of a number of town groups and how they are run.  The reporter describes me as running a tight ship. I’ve watched a number of area groups implode so while I’ve taken some criticism for being pretty rigid, the Ledyard forum still exists after 5 years. The good news about Facebook is that if you don’t like the way a group is run, you can create your own.

Ledyard Budget season is over and the important issues discussed are now forgotten.  As in most years, many people engage too late to make a difference. I answered many questions on Facebook about the budget and I realized that many residents, even those deeply involved do not understand how the Town Charter affects the budget process. So before the next season begins how about a review of the Ledyard Town Charter? Pay particular attention to Chapter Seven.  Download Ledyard Town Charter. 

Speaking of the budget, a new town committee has been formed called “Committee to Transform the Budget Process”.  The committee will reexamine a number of issues including the process and format of the budget, shared services, funding sources and mandates. If you are interested in learning more about the Ledyard budget process you may want to attend the committee meetings. The next meeting is June 23rd at 5:00PM in the Ledyard Town Hall Annex. Meetings will continue every other Thursday until the committee reports to the Town Council in October.