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.


This Week at the Ledyard Farmers Market

Ledyard RadishesII’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:

We just keep on growing!

This week's market is going to be fantastic! Be sure to come out and visit your favorite weekly vendors, and give a warm welcome to Firefly Farms from North Stonington. They'll be bringing CHICKEN, veal, and other specialty cuts of meat to add to our fantastic selection!
Kettlepot Soap from right here in Ledyard will be joining us this week as well. Look for them in the space where you usually find Oak Leaf Dairy (they'll be away this week, taking a well deserved vacation!) Keep reading to check out what else will be happening this Wednesday...

  • 18th Century Purity Farm will have pesticide-free blueberries, sweet and tender green and yellow filet beans, white Hakurei salad turnips, garlic scapes, freshly dug red and blue potatoes,raspberries, and some potted herb plants.
  • Dragon’s Blood Elixir will have the new version of Unique Destiny Pineapple Satay- great for Indonesian noodles or as a brush on Thai accent.
  • Hidden Brook Gardens has beets, wonderful beets! Kale, chard, purple kohlrabi, scallions and more!
  • Lucky Girl Bakery is bringing the sweets! Pies, brownies, marshmallows, and if you’re lucky, it might finally be time for the return of the handmade PoPTarts
  • FlatFlatland Alpacas will be at the market with luscious hand dyed alpaca yarn donated by members of our herd. We will also have Certified Naturally Grown black walnuts, wool dryer balls and ceramic buttons, felt insoles and bird nesting balls.
  • Uncle D’s Blazin BBQ is back this week! Check out their menu: Jerked Pulled Pork Sandwich, Chopped BBQ Chicken Nachos, Ribs, Chopped BBQ Chicken Sandwich, Mac & Cheese, Rice & Beans, & Watermelon Lemonade
  • Stonewall Apiary will have honey, honey butter,creamed honey, and many beeswax products at this week's market.
  • Check it out! In addition to jams, jellies, chutney, butters, relishes, spice mixes, rubs, & dip mixes, Sweet Country Road will have zesty salsa(medium) and the HOT & Spicy salsa (High Heat)
  • Mark's Woodworks will have a full selection of handmade hardwood cutting boards. Mark's cutting boards make great wedding, anniversary, and housewarming gifts. And, if Mark doesn't have what you want on the table, place a custom order. Many orders can be filled in one week's time.
  • Secchiaroli Farm - Offering naturally and sustainably raised pork. Cuts include smoked bacon (yes, it's back!), chops, regular ribs, country style ribs, butt roast, ground pork and hot dogs.  They’ll also be stocked with the following sausage:  Hot Italian, Sweet Italian, Breakfast, Maple Breakfast, Chorizo, Jalapeno/Chipotle,  Kielbasa, Cajun.
  • There will be more Fresh Squeezed Lemonade at the market this week helping you stay cool, and they’ll also have beautiful cut flowers including Gladiolus and Tiger Lillies!
  • Sage Hill Farm has sugar snap peas, and be sure to check out their new black pepper strawberry balsamic jam!

The Ledyard Forum picks their favorite Lobster Roll. Again.

Two years ago, I asked the Ledyard Community Forum on Facebook to name their favorite lobster roll in the area and there was no question that Captain Scott’s was the winner.  I decided to ask again after I talked about finding a nice lobster roll at Jimmies Ice Cream Shoppe right over the Ledyard Line into Preston. It seems that opinions have shifted over the past two years with Ford’s Lobster in Noank giving Scott’s a run for your lobster money. I thought it would be fun to see what the viewers on Yelp thought about the question and our answers. They seem to agree.

Ford’s Lobster

Captain Scott’s in New London

and closest to Ledyard is Jimmies Ice Cream Shoppe (Yes, they sell Lobster Rolls)

 

Captain ScottsShaws Cove


Ledyard Real Estate Update

Summer is in full swing with vacations. reunions, cookouts, fireworks and home sales!  The good news is mostly for buyers, There are plenty of homes to choose from in Ledyard while interest rates remain low. Sellers do continue to find buyers but no matter who analyzes the numbers, the market is flat at best.

Nothing much has changed from a year ago although sale prices are slightly lower. During the first half of 2014, 94 homes closed with an average sales price of $215,000 and median price of $207,500. In 2015, there have been 93 sales with an average sales price of $211,000 and a median of $198,000.  While that is not very good news, pending listing prices look a bit more encouraging. 

When the number of listings increase, price and condition become even more important as there are more homes for a buyer to choose from. Last month Merry and I had 3 Gales Ferry sales which went under deposit in less than a week.They were in different neighborhoods but had two things in common - perfect condition and well priced.

What should we expect for the rest of the summer? June was a big closing month but buyers didn't add much to our pending list and there are only 24 homes pending in Ledyard right now.
While a slow down is disappointing, July and August are typically slow months for Ledyard real estate. For those looking to catch up, here is a link to the Ledyard home sales for the first 6 months of the year. (When clicking the link, select "display" for views with photos and additional information.

7-5-2015 Ledyard Real Estate

As of July 5th, the average list price (asking price) of the 113 homes currently on the market is $263,879. There are currently 24 homes pending with an average list price of $231,338. There are an additional 18 homes listed as pending -"show for backup" with an average listed price of $224,773. There were 29 new listings and 28 closed sales reported during the month of June.

History of Ledyard Home Sales

93 home sales have been reported closed during the first half of 2015,
with a median sold price of $198,000.

Ledyard Home Sales through 2014

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.


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 borders.

Connecticut has nothing to celebrate. Unless you are a CT Home Buyer.  Sellers have nothing to cheer about at least as far as home price recovery.

How far have we fallen?  CT is in the bright orange.  HINT:  Bright range is not good. (Click on the photo to see for yourself.)

CT Home Price and Time

 

There is some good news to report as “Connecticut's home foreclosure troubles eased significantly in May”.  This is better than good news, this is great news!

Have you ever wanted to live on an island?  There is one for sale in the Norwalk area but you might need to be a super model to afford it.

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.


The 10th Anniversary of Kelo v. City of New London

It’s been 10 years since the historic Supreme Court decision Kelo v. City of New London. It seems that New London won a round in the Supreme Court, lost in the court of public opinion, and then lost again when Pfizer decided to close its research and development headquarters. New London did get a slight reprieve when  General Dynamics agreed to purchase the Pfizer complex.

Feelings about the whole mess still simmer. I’ve been asked more than once for the use of my photo taken on Hamilton Street in New London not far from the Fort Trumbull neighborhood that was the setting of the controversy. The book, The Little Pink House, has been written.  I’m still waiting for the movie.

Kelo