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Danbury CT Summer Concerts On The Green Start 6/12

City Center Danbury CT is kicking off  their 2010 Concerts On The Green tomorrow evening at 7:30 with the Danbury Symphony

Orchestra.  Admission is free.

Concerts will be held all summer long culminating with The Marshall Tucker Band on September 11.

Here is the entire schedule.  Hope to see you there.

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Rick Schwartz,   REALTOR

Homes for sale in Danbury, Bethel, Brookfield, Newtown, New Fairfield, New Milford, Ridgefield and Redding CT.

Upcoming Foreclosure Prevention Clinics in Hartford

Any of these dates:

  • May 18, 2010
  • June 15, 2010
  • July 20, 2010

Each Seminar will begin at 5:30 and runs for two hours.  They will be held in the Handel Performing Arts Center Community Room at the University of Hartford.  You can get directions here.

They are being presented by the University of Hartford Paralegal Program and the CT Fair Housing Center

In addition to learning about the process and how best to minimize the impact of foreclosure, you will also have the opportunity to meet with volunteer attorneys as well as Paralegal students.

There is no pre-registration required and anyone can attend.

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Rick Schwartz,   REALTOR

Homes for sale in Danbury, Bethel, Brookfield, Newtown, New Fairfield, New Milford, Ridgefield and Redding CT.

Single Family Homes in Brookfield CT: Units Sales Level but Time on Market Way Down

The most recent data in shows that for the three month period ending 3/2010,  the number of single family homes in Brookfield CT that were sold is about level with the same period a year ago.

The time it took to sell single family homes in Brookfield is actually down quite a bit.

Video Tour of Bethel CT

If you haven’t had a chance to drive around and see the sights in Bethel CT, here’s your chance.

There are currently 157 single family and condominiums for sale in Bethel.

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Rick Schwartz,   REALTOR

Homes for sale in Danbury, Bethel, Brookfield, Newtown, New Fairfield, New Milford, Ridgefield and Redding CT.

Bethel CT Craft Fair Saturday 4/24 on Municipal Center Lawn

The Annual “Bethel Blooms Weekend”  Craft Fair will be held this Saturday 4/24 – RAIN OR SHINE.  The Bethel Blooms celebration will be held throughout downtown with artist’s displays along Greenwood Avenue.

Craft Fair, Saturday 4/24

The fair will be held on the lawn at the Clifford J Hurgin Municipal Center at 1 School Street in Bethel.

Clifford J Hurgin Municipal Center 1 School Street Bethel CT

Fairfield County Farmers Markets

Those of you who know me well have to be rolling your eyes at the idea of me talking about places to buyburger and fries and consume fresh produce and farm products.  After all, my idea of trying to eat healthy is to have a diet Coke with my burger and fries.

As the old expression goes – “It’s not what you know but who you know.”  So I asked my friend Alicia Ghio @Aliciaghio on Twitter,  for some help in putting this article together.  Alicia, is a great resource in the area for all things about eating healthy – and local.  She hosts a terrific Web Show called  The Natural Princess where she entertains and educates you about things that grow. It’s not only good information, Alicia has a very cool style and makes learning fun.

I’ve been watching the episodes and I’ve learned so far that there are 7,000 different varieties of Apples, and that Apples can help pregnant women in a few different ways – and the stuff you can use garlic for is really amazing….So check out her shows as well her Blog LOCAL FOOD ROCKS.

Anyway – she put together the list below for us to help find out where in the area we can go to partake of some locally grown, healthy stuff.

FARMERS MARKETS

corn stand

BETHEL FARMERS’ MARKET Saturdays 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. July – October Fairfield County  Cooperative Extension Building Rte. 6, 67 Stony Hill Rd FMNP Authorized

DANBURY FARMERS’ MARKET Fridays 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. J

uly 10 – October 23 Kennedy Park, Main Street FMNP Authorized EBT Available

GEORGETOWN FARMERS’ MARKET Sundays 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. May 24 – November 1 Intersection of Main Street & Rte. 57

NEW MILFORD FARMERS’ MARKET Saturdays 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. May 9 – October 31 Town Green, Main Street FMNP Authorized

RIDGEFIELD FARMERS’ MARKET Fridays 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. June – October 88-90 Danbury Road http://www.ridgefieldfarmersmarket.org

SANDY HOOK FARMERS’ MARKET Sundays 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. June 1 – October 1 5 Glen Road

SANDY HOOK ORGANIC FARMERS’ MARKET Tuesdays 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. June 23 – Oct. 13 St. John’s Church, 5 Washington Avenue EBT Available

FARMS/FARM STANDS

BABBLING BROOK FARM 16 Church Road, Sherman, CT 06784 860-354-2749

Seasons Open: July to October        Hours: 24hrs/7days   Honor System: Yes

Products offered: Vegetables, Pumpkins, gourds, and other fall products

BLOOMINGFIELDS FARM 9 Route 55, Sherman, CT 06784 860-354-6951    Products offered: perennials

Farm stand: Fri., Sat, & Sun. 10am-5pm Memorial Day to Labor Day

BLUE JAY ORCHARDS 125 Plumtrees Rd, Bethel, CT 06801 203-748-0119

Seasons Open: July to October, November and December      Hours: Mid-Aug to Xmas. Market: 10am-5:30pm, PYO: 10am-5pm.

Products offered: Pumpkins, gourds, and other fall products, Fruit, Agritourism activities: pick-your-own, corn mazes, hayrides, etc., Specialty foods including jams, jellies, honey, maple syrup, salsas etc., Specialty products such as CT made soaps, candles, lotions etc.

FORT HILL FARM Bay State Organic Certifiers 18 Fort Hill Rd., New Milford, CT 06776 860 350-3158

Products offered: flowers, fruit, garlic, herbs, salad greens, transplants, vegetables Weston and Westport Farmers’ Markets

GARDEN OF IDEAS 647 North Salem Road, Ridgefield, CT 06877 203-431-9914

Seasons Open: April to June, July to October, November and December

Hours: Daily, 10am-4pm

Honor System: Yes

Products offered: Vegetables, Green products such as annuals, perennials, nursery/landscape stock, potted herbs, cut flowers, etc., Agritourism activities: pick-your-own, corn mazes, hayrides, etc.

HOLBROOK FARM 45 Turkey Plain Rd (Rt. 53), Bethel, CT 06801-2842 203-792-0561

Products offered: bedding plants, cheese, eggs, flowers, fruit, garlic, greenhouse, herbs, honey, milk, on-site bakery, perennials, pork, poultry, salad greens, straw, transplants, vegetables

Farm stand: year round Mon-Sat 10:00am-6:00pm.

ON THE ROCKS FARM 9 Points O’Rocks Road, Newtown, CT 06470 203-426-3868 wpieragostini@yahoo.com Products offered: Eggs, Farm Stand, Poultry, Turkeys Farm Stand: Self-serve, 9am – 5pm, 7 days a week.

SHORTTS FARM & GARDEN CENTER Bay State Organic Certifiers 52-A River Side Rd., Sandy Hook, CT 06482 203-426-9283

Products offered: bedding plants, eggs, flowers, fruit, herbs, perennials, salad greens, transplants, vegetables New Canaan & Sandy Hook Organic farmers’ markets

Farm store at farm: Apr -Oct. 7 days a week

STONE’S THROW FARM, LLC PO Box 76, Bethel, CT 06801-0076 203-798-0151

Products offered: Berries, container plants, fruit, flowers, garlic, herbs, pumpkins, salad greens, vegetables.

SULLIVAN FARM 140 Park Lane, New Milford, CT 06776 860-210-2030

Seasons Open: April to June, July to October, November and December

Hours: Mon-Sat 9:30am-6:30pm, Sun 12pm-6pm

Honor System: No

Products offered: Vegetables, Pumpkins, gourds, and other fall products, Agritourism activities: pick-your-own, corn mazes, hayrides, etc., Specialty foods including jams, jellies, honey, maple syrup, salsas etc.

TAYLOR FAMILY FARM 94 Great Plain Rd., Danbury, CT 06811 203-744-1798

Products offered: bedding plants, flowers, garlic, gourds, greenhouse, hay, herbs, honey, perennials, salad greens, transplants, vegetables Bethel & Georgetown farmer’s markets

VICTORIA TAFT’S GARDEN 94 Rte. 39 North, Sherman, CT 06784 860-350-2711

Seasons Open: April to June, July to October Hours: Open daily starting in May, 9am-6pm

Honor System: Yes

Products offered: Green products such as annuals, perennials, nursery/landscape stock, potted herbs, cut flowers, etc.

WARRUPS FARM Stellar Certification Services 51 John Read Rd., West Redding, CT 06896 203-938-9403

Products offered: Christmas trees, flowers, fruit, garlic, gourds, hay, herbs, maple candy, maple syrup, pumpkins, vegetables.

Weston and Maple Demo’s Farmers’ Market Farm stand: mid August-end of Oct, Tues-Sunday, 10:00am-6:00pm

Retail store and pick your own sales Maple syrup making demonstrations 1st three weekends in March—pick your own pumpkins & hayrides weekends in October and Columbus Day, 11-5. Group visits Tues-Fri by reservation.

WHITE SILO FARM & WINERY 32 Route 37 East, Sherman, CT 06784 860-355-0271

Seasons Open: April to June, July to October, November and December Hours: Call for hours

Honor System: Yes

Products offered: Fruit, Vegetables, Fruit Wines

Where do I put all my stuff?

One of the tips we Realtors give our clients about selling their house is this:

De-Clutter De-Clutter De-Clutter

The simple fact is this – rooms look bigger with less stuff in them.

  • The photo array of your family tree on the wall (you know – on that wall under the stairs heading from the front door to the kitchen) has great sentimental value to you and yours.  To a prospective buyer it is just a distraction.  It’s better to have just a few photos to accent the wall rather than to blanket it.
  • Your wine bottle collection (model car collection, cork collection, mug collection, etc) can take away from the beauty of the built-in shelves in your living room.
  • It’s great to keep the spare bedrooms furnished for your grown kids and grand-kids who visit. The 4 poster bed, triple dresser and wardrobe may have a great, homey feel to them but they do make the room look a little smaller.

Get the point?   Some of your stuff has to go.

Sounds like a monumental and highly emotional undertaking to have to get rid of things that have great value but there’s a simple solution.

Remember, the goal of selling is to move.  You are going to have to pack ALL your things at some point, so why not get some of packed up now, make your house look bigger and ultimately have less to pack when the day does arrive.

So go through the house, pick out some things that will make a difference (I’m not suggesting that you empty the place – you do still live there) and put them in a self-storage facility.

When Shereen and I moved in 2007 we managed to empty out quite a bit of stuff and kept it in storage for a few months.  I can’t remember exactly but the whole cost of it was well under $1,000.  When we sold and moved, we simply had the moving truck make a second stop at the storage place and pick up the stuff and we were on our way.

Make sure to check the place out to make sure you are comfortable with it.  Many facilities have climate control and the ones I have seen are typically very clean and secure.

Here is a list of some places in the Northern Fairfield and Southern Litchfield area.  There are likely some others but this will give you a place to start.

Rick Schwartz,   REALTOR

Homes for sale in Danbury, Bethel, Brookfield, Newtown, New Fairfield, New Milford, Ridgefield and Redding CT.