Pioneer Valley

You're Invited to the Hope Against Hunger Annual Auction!

Monday, May 13th, 5-7 pm at Hope & Olive in Greenfield, MA

Franklin County Community Meals ProgramEnjoy an evening of delicious appetizers and the chance to win amazing local auction items at the 16th Annual Hope Against Hunger Auction. Guest auctioneer Lis Fisk from WHAI/Bear Country will be there, as well as the members of Franklin County Community Meals Program (FCCMP). Hosted by Hope & Olive restaurant in Greenfield, the auction benefits FCCMP. Tickets are $20 at the door or $15 in advance - ask a FCCMP board member or stop into the Greenfield Savings Bank , 400 Main St in Greenfield to purchase.

The FCCMP runs the Orange and GCC Food Pantries, which provide food and household supplies monthly to area residents and GCC students and staff, respectfully, with emergency needs. 

So come out and show your support for this wonderful cause this Monday! 

 

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Get Your Yard Spring Ready: Local Landscapers and More

There’s no denying it now -- Spring is here. Birds are chirping, buds are blooming and the snow has melted away. Now’s the time to get your yard ready for spring!

If you enjoy working outside, perhaps you prefer to do it all yourself. However, time doesn’t always allow for that. Get some help with the weeding, mowing, and clean up, by calling these local professionals:

Canepari’s Landscaping

A small local company providing professional landscaping services to Franklin County and the hilltowns since 2003.
www.CaneparisLandscaping.com
(413)625-2324

CountryScape Landscape

Professional landscape design and construction services for residential and commercial customers.
www.countryscape.com
(413)625-9501

Snow & Sons Landscaping

They offer a complete line of services for every aspect of lawn maintenance, snow removal, excavating, landscaping and hardscaping work.
www.snowandsons.com
(413)774-2604

If you do have the time and energy to do it yourself you can pick up supplies and tips from these local garden vendors:

Shelburne Farm and Garden

Located on the Mohawk Trail right outside of Shelburne Falls, they offer everything for your home and garden, plus nursery, pet, birding, and livestock supplies.
www.shelburnefarmandgarden.com
(413)625-6650

Greenfield Farmers Cooperative Exchange

A farmer owned Cooperative with thousands of products for your home, farm, garden, and pets.
www.greenfieldfarmerscoop.com
(413)773-9639

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Greenfield Farmers' Market Opens This Saturday!

Start Saturdays Fresh!

Greenfield Farmers' Market Massachusetts

Head over to the Greenfield Farmers' Market this Saturday to help them kick off the 2019 season. Going 45 years strong, the Greenfield Farmers' Market continues to provide fresh organic produce and local crafts such as herbal ointments and salves, hand-made wooden bowls, home-made soap, handcrafted clothing, and more. You'll also find delicious food ready to eat. Check out the various vendors from 8 am to 12:30 pm in Court Square in downtown Greenfield. 

This Saturday, enjoy live music by Tom Gizzi while you visit the following vendors:

FARMERS

PRODUCE/PRODUCTS

Balky Farm Wool, fleece, rovings, wool blankets, sheepskins, yarn, pickles, barbeque sauce, quilted table runners. 
Bear Meadow Farm Hard cider and vinegar from their own apples; honey.
Beaumont’s Berries Homemade preserves/jams, including low and no-sugar, and jarred pickles, relish, picalilli. 
Bostrom Farms Grass fed beef, pork, ham. 
Clarkdale Fruit Farms Apples, peaches, pears, plums, cherries and cider. 
Eden Pond Farm Heritage breed pastured chicken, whole and parts, fresh and frozen, eggs from pastured chickens. Starting in July. 
Hart Farm Vegetables, currants, blueberries, gooseberries, raspberries, early greens, eggs from chickens fed non-gmo local grain, fruit popsicles. 
Heart Rock Ranch Farm Native pollinator plants.
Johnson Farm We offer a large variety of produce including sweet corn, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, summer squash, winter squash, peas, strawberries, potatoes, cabbage, annuals, peppers, carrots, and lots more.
Just Roots Just Roots grows over 50 different types of fruit, vegetables and herbs.
Lyonsville Farm Raspberries, strawberries, herbs, vegetables, starts, annuals, perennials, fresh and dried flower bouquets, eggs.
Rainbow Harvest Farms Organically grown but not certified, heirloom tomato plants and other nursery plants, salad mix, greens, heirloom tomatoes, peppers, peas, other heirloom & unique veg & herbs, dried chiles, dried heirloom tomatoes, dried mushrooms, seasoning salts, berry plants, wheatgrass.
Sage Farms Prepared food vendor providing grilled sausage served with sides of vegetables, onions, peppers, salad with ingredients from other local farms and from pigs raised by the farm.  Breakfast sandwiches and pastry available as well as their own pork cuts available for purchase and eggs. 
Shoestring Farm Plant starts.
Sunrise Farms Maple Syrup & rhubarb, fire wood, pumpkins, gift baskets, small tree saplings, maple candy, cream.  
Warner Farm Asparagus, strawberries, peas, farm made jams and pickles. 
Wing and a Prayer Nursery Plant starts. 
P.K. Industries

Annuals, perennials, jams and jellies.

 

CRAFTERS/ARTISANS

(most of whom come occasionally throughout
the season)

PRODUCTS

Bake My Day Baked goods.
Comida Latina  Fresh and delicious Handmade tamales– chicken, bean, or cheese, hot or frozen.
Cozy Home Critters Pet Accessories.
Earthern Herbal (Blue Dragon Apothecary) Botanica cocktail bitters, rose & hibiscus elixir, aromatherapy blends. 
Harper Keehn Knife and Tool Sharpening Knife and tool sharpening.
Hearthstone Artisan Bakery Artisanal sourdough and ciabatta bread.
Nuthatch Studios Linen clothing and housewares.
Prospect Prints Hand-screened pre-loved shirts with a message you can get behind.
Square Knot Flour sack towels.
Sweet Latina Baked goods.
Taproot Threads Original designs screened on responsibly sourced clothing. 
Dr. Cookie Homemade baked goods including cookies, coffee cake, and all kinds of delicious treats.

 

Information taken from greenfieldfarmersmarket.org -- Visit their website for more details!

March Sales Report of Single Family Homes in Pioneer Valley

 

Sales of single family homes in Franklin County were down 25% and median price up 2.2% in March 2019 compared to March 2018. The sales were down in Hampshire and up in Hampden County. Median price was down in both Hampden and Hampshire County. 

The average days on market was up 15% from 97 days in March 2018 compared to 82 days in March 2019. Listings that are pending (under agreement to sell) were up 17.6% from 518 listings pending in March 2018 to 609 listings pending sale in March 2019.

 

March Sales Report by County

 

March Sales Report Key Points

March Local Market Update Franklin County

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Compete, Volunteer, or Cheer at the Berkshire Highlands Pentathlon

This is an amazing time of year where Winter and Summer overlap in our area. You can be skiing in the mountains in the morning and biking on the roads or kayaking the rivers in the afternoon. This makes it the perfect time of year to hold a pentathlon, combining five outdoor activities into one event. The 8th Annual Berkshire Highlands Pentathlon is this Saturday, April 6, starting and finishing at Berkshire East Mountain Resort.

The race has five legs- a 4 mile trail run, 16 mile road bike, 2 mile river paddle, 2 mile obstacle course run, and finally a climb up Berkshire East to a ski/snowboard down to the finish line. Participate in the pentathlon on your own as a “Braveheart” or as part of a team of two or five people. There is a special category for family teams, as well! The pentathlon is a fun way to challenge yourself in a variety of sports in the same race. After the race, all participants are welcome to a free meal at Berkshire East and a free beer from Berkshire Brewing Company!

You can also be part of the fun as a volunteer! The Berkshire Highlands Pentathlon is still seeking volunteers to help time and monitor the course. Volunteers are crucial to making this event happen and receive a free T-shirt and meal to say thanks for their help. Sign up for a volunteer role here.

Of course, supporters are always needed to boost up the participants. Come out and cheer on the participants as they challenge themselves. There are several great viewing areas for different legs of the course. Check out the best places to spectate here. Participants will meet at 10:15 am and the race starts at 11:00 am.

For more information and to register for the Pentathlon, click here.

Good luck to all the racers!



 

Magnificent Log Style Home in Leyden For Sale

Custom designed magnificent log style home located in a private 12 acre setting conveniently located near Route 5 and I-91 just north of Bernardston center. This special home has been used as a successful Airbnb business and it is the ideal countryside retreat. You will instantly fall in love with the great room that features an open kitchen, dining and living area with 20ft cathedral ceiling, exposed beams and a beautiful stone gas fireplace. The master suite has a full bath with tiled shower, vaulted ceiling, den with sliding glass doors to the front porch, and a laundry room. There are two additional bedrooms each with their own private full bath, vaulted ceiling and sliding glass door with access to your own private porch. In addition there are gorgeous wood floors, radiant heat, 3 on demand hot water heaters, sprinkler system, mini split heat & air conditioning, huge full basement and attached 2 car garage. There is a small barn with fenced in area for sheep! Must be seen!
 
Call or email Wanda today for a viewing! 413-768-9848 or Wanda@Wandamooney.com
                    
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January Monthly Sales Report of Single Family Homes in Pioneer Valley

Sales of single family homes in Franklin County were down 21.3% and median price up 17.6% in January 2019 compared to January 2018. The sales were down in both Hampshire and Hampden County and median price up in Hampden County but down in Hampshire County. 

The average days on market was up 9.5% from 84 days in January, 2018 compared to 91 days in January, 2019. Listings that are pending (under agreement to sell) were up 18.9% from 344 listings pending in January 2018 to 409 listings pending sale in January, 2019.

 

 

The sale reports below and stats are provided from the Realtor Association of Pioneer Valley.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Escape the Cold at Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory in South Deerfield

Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory South DeerfieldDuring this time of year, in the middle of winter in New England, the cold can start to get to me a little bit. When that happens, I like to escape to an oasis from the cold in South Deerfield, Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory. The conservatory is 8,000 square-feet and houses nearly 4,000 exotic and domestic butterflies. The butterflies can flutter among various tropical plants and flowers and small ponds which hold Japanese Carp, or Koi fish. If you’re lucky, a butterfly might even land on you! The best part is: they keep the conservatory at tropical temperatures, so you can enjoy the warmth, even when it’s wintry weather outside.

Magic Wings also has a gift shop to purchase some butterfly souvenirs, outdoor gardens for the warmer weather, and a food court. They offer the option to host events in their facilities, as well, such as weddings, birthday parties, meetings, or other private parties.

Magic Wings is open every day from 9 am to 5 pm. The cost of admission is $16.00 for adults and $10.00 for children under 17. They also offer discounts for seniors and students. So if you need an escape from winter without taking a flight, just drive to Magic Wings in South Deerfield.

Click here to check out their website. 

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Year End Real Estate Market Update of Single Family Homes in the Pioneer Valley Region

Sales of single family homes in Franklin County were down 8.5% and median price up 3.4% in 2018 compared to 2017. The sales were up in both Hampshire and Hampden County and median price up in Hampden County but down in Hampshire County. 

The average days on market was down 12.8% from 78 days in 2017 compared to 68 days in 2018. Listings which are pending (under agreement to sell) were down 1.2% from 6076 listings pending in 2917 to 6,004 in 2018.  

The sale reports are provided from the Realtor Association of Pioneer Valley.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to Get Outside This Winter in Franklin County

We still have a few months until Spring, but that doesn’t mean you need to stay cooped up inside the house until then! Break through the cabin fever and head out to these local gems in Franklin County for outdoor adventuring in the snow.

Berkshire East

Berkshire East Mountain Resort has activities year round. But in the winter, it is the best local mountain, located right in Charlemont, MA! It is a great beginner mountain but has trails for those more advanced as well. They offer lessons for snowboarding and skiing and have high quality equipment rentals. You can also take a fun ride on a tube at their snow tubing park. Afterwards, warm up inside the Crazy Horse Bar and Grill for some good food and drinks.

Stump Sprouts

If sometimes you prefer a slower pace through the snow, then head over to Stump Sprouts Cross Country Ski Center, just up the road from Berkshire East in Hawley, MA. There you can cross country ski or snowshoe with beautiful expansive views of rural northwestern Massachusetts.

Northfield Mountain

For more great cross country adventuring with different views, check out Northfield Mountain Cross Country Ski Area. Located on Route 63 in Northfield, they have 25 miles of trails groomed for classical and freestyle skiing. There, you can rent skis and snowshoesand take a lesson with a ski instructor. They also have trailside warming huts and a cozy base area yurt. Visit them Wednesday through Sunday 9 am to 4:30 pm.

 

Visit shelburnefalls.com or franklincc.org for more ideas on how to stay active this winter!