Pioneer Valley

Going Solar in Franklin County

solar panels pv squared massachusettsWhy Go Solar?

With the constant increase in the cost of electricity, for many, the appeal of solar panels is increasing too. Solar panels for your home can greatly reduce or even eliminate your electricity bill, not to mention your carbon footprint. 

According to energysage.com, the average 20-year savings from solar panels in Massachusetts is over $30,000. Plus, Massachusetts has a policy called net metering, where energy produced by your solar panels that you don’t use can be sent to the grid in exchange for credits on your electric bill. This allows for you to still draw electricity from the grid at times when your panels can’t pull energy from the sun, without necessarily getting charged for it.

Go Solar With PV Squared

If you decide that going solar is right for your home, you don’t have to go far to find a company to install them. We are lucky to have a worker-owned cooperative solar company right here in Franklin County - PV Squared. PV Squared has been solar experts in the area since 2002, and was voted best solar company in the Pioneer Valley the past 3 years in a row. They can design and install solar panels specifically for your home. 

There are so many benefits to going solar with PV Squared. For one, almost all of their projects see their investment paid back within 10 years, and some even within 5! They offer 10 year workmanship and 25 year product warranties, and can help you navigate the state incentive programs and tax credits. 

More and more people are seeking greener homes. Increase the value of your home and combat climate change with solar panels for your home. Learn more about PV Squared and check out some of the projects they’ve done at pvsquared.coop

Listings For Sale with Solar Panels by Wanda

Check out these sustainable homes for sale in Franklin County:

43 Underwood Hill Road Heath, MA

house for sale heath massachusetts solarTucked away in the hills of Heath on 4.3 acres in a peaceful and private setting is the perfect mini farm where you can raise a few animals, grow your own food and the outdoor wood boiler is an option to heat your home. Outbuildings include 24 x 40 oversized 3 car garage, 16 x 25 barn, 24 x 24 storage shed, 12 x 24 greenhouse and solar panels to help cover the electric costs. Read More...

96 Deerfield Street, Greenfield, MA (Green River Commons)

house for sale greenfield green river commonsWelcome to Green River Commons, 7 beautiful single level, sustainable, comfortable and net zero ready townhome condominiums. Green River Homes, LLC and Wright Builders, Inc. are proud to be working with the Town of Greenfield to offer 4 of the 7 homes at a reduced market rate to qualified buyers who meet certain income guidelines. There is an application process, and if selected, you will have an opportunity to live in one of these energy efficient homes. Read More...

55 Shelburne Center Road, Shelburne, MA

house for sale shelburne massachusettsThis impressive and versatile 25 acre property with picturesque mountain views was once a very successful equestrian center. The commercial size 80x200 barn has a fabulous indoor riding arena provides opportunity for many interior uses. It has a brand new roof and other updates have been done. The massive structure features 28 stalls, 2 tack rooms, heated viewing room, 2 ton grain bin, heated lounge with laundry, bathroom, kitchen and 24kw photovoltaic solar array that covers most of your electric costs. Read More...

To view these homes contact Wanda Mooney at 413-768-9848 or Wanda@WandaMooney.com.

 

 

May 2019 Sales Report of Single Family Homes in Pioneer Valley

real estate sales report pioneer valley massachusettsSales of single family homes in Franklin County were up 22.2% and median price up 3.7% in May 2019 compared to May 2018. The sales were up in Hampden County, while sales were down in Hampshire County. Median price was up in both Hampden and Hampshire Counties. 

The average days on market was up 4.2% from 68 days in April 2018 compared to 71 days in April 2019. Listings that are pending (under agreement to sell) were up 4.9% from 677 listings pending in April 2018 to 710 listings pending sale in April 2019.

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Be Transported to Medieval Times at the Mutton and Mead Medieval Festival

Joust Mutton Mead Medieval FestivalDo you want to be transported to medieval times? This weekend you can at the Mutton and Mead Medieval Festival in Montague, Massachusetts. Started in 2011, the Mutton and Mead Festival is a highly anticipated annual event, where medieval England comes alive in Western Massachusetts. Once a year, the fictitious Mutton and Mead Tavern hosts their town’s summer festival and festival goers are brought back to the 13th century.

Children and adults alike are bound to find something that intrigues them at the Mutton and Mead Festival. The schedule is filled with events for Saturday and Sunday, June 15 and 16 from 10 am to 6:30 pm. See the joust where brave knights on horseback compete on the field of honor. Play games of skill and shoot a round of archery. Meet medieval characters such as Robin Hood and Maiden Marion. Explore the enchanted forest. Plus, enjoy many more comedy, stunt, and Shakespeare acts. View the full lineup here.

Local vendors from around the valley will be there as well, selling artisanal crafts, costumes, art, body products, tarot card readings, and more. Come hungry because there will also be lots of food for sale, and of course ales and mead too. See the full list of vendors here.  

The Mutton and Mead Festival is a project by the Knighten Guild. For directions to the festival, to purchase tickets, and for more details, visit their website.

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Cost vs. Value: Is Your Home Renovation Worth It?

Deciding Whether to Renovate

Renovated Kitchen Western MassachusettsHow do you know whether it’s worth it to make a renovation to your home? Perhaps you want to improve the quality of living at your home, but don’t necessarily want to sell in the near future. Maybe you are planning to sell soon and want to increase your resale value. No matter what your reason, below is a helpful table which compares the average costs of specific home renovations to the resale value and cost recouped for New England.

Reach out to Wanda Mooney to discuss which renovations will provide the highest return for your home based on when you plan to sell. Email Wanda at Wanda@WandaMooney.com or call (413) 768-9848. 

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Local Builders in Western Massachusetts

Once you have made the decision to renovate, check out these local businesses who can help you in your home renovations.

Bathroom Renovation Western MassachusettsWright Builders, Inc: Wright Builders is a Western Massachusetts' sustainable, high performance and zero net energy construction expert. With nearly 45 years of high-performance building practices; from planning, to design, to construction, their expertise and commitment to excellence will bring your home, workplace, institutional or commercial project from concept to fruition. They have ongoing partnerships with the EPA's ENERGY STAR and Indoor airPlus programs to enhance the quality of the living and work environments they create with you. Contact Wright Builders at (413) 586-8287 or info@wright-builders.com.

Scott DiGeorge/DiGeorge Builders: Based out of Bernardston, Mass, DiGeorge Builders provides excellent service in custom building and remodeling. Contact Scott DiGeorge at (413) 648-0584. 

JPH Building, Inc: JPH Building is a full service residential and light commercial building company. Located in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts and founded by Jay Heilman, a master craftsman with over twenty years of experience. Contact JPH Building at (413) 775-3305 or Jay@jphbuilding.com

AIP Builders: AIP or Aging in Place Builders specializes in renovations which help the elderly or those with disabilities to renovate their home in a way which allows them to continue to live comfortably in their home. They are a family owned and operated business based out of Northfield, MA. Contact AIP Builders at (413) 225-3047.

 

(Source: https://www.remodeling.hw.net/cost-vs-value/2018/new-england/)

 

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

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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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