Blog :: 09-2016

Fall is here! Head out to the farm

The summer of 2016 was unseasonably dry and unfortunately tough on our local farms. That’s why it is more important than ever that we head out and enjoy all that they have to offer! Here is a round-up of some of our great farms in our area. Be sure to visit their websites for a complete list of seasonal festivals and activities.

Tendercrop Farm, NewburyportTendercrop Farm: Fresh produce, baked goods, meats, poultry and gorgeous seasonal flowers make Tendercrop Farm a favorite. There is even a small petting zoo area where kids can feed and interact with animals. Pumpkins and mums will soon be in for Fall! Locations in Newbury, Dover and Wenham. Tendercrop Farm, 108 High Road, Newbury, MA.

Cider Hill Farm: Apple picking season is underway! Walk through the orchards, enjoy a hayride and visit the Farm Store. Cider Hill farm is famous for their fabulous cider donuts, and their bakery is full of other amazing treats. Bring a picnic or visit the concession stand (open on weekends) to make it a day at the farm! 45 Fern Avenue, Amesbury MA

Spencer Peirce Little Farm: The Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm is a Colonial American farm located in the midst of 231 acres of open land bordering the Merrimack River and Plum Island Sound. They have wonderful vintage baseball games and food festivals in the summer and fall for visitors. Check the calendar at: for more information about events and visiting the farm.  5 Little's Lane, Newbury, MA.

Smolak Farm: An ice cream stand, a bakery, a candy apple maker, tractor rides and even farm supplied picnics can be enjoyed at this scenic New England farm. There is apple picking currently underway and educational tours of the farm are scheduled regularly (learn about planting, harvesting and even bees.) They also offer birthday parties. 315 South Bradford Street, North Andover, MA

Applecrest Farm: This farm is the oldest continually operated orchard in America! They have wonderful Harvest Festivals in September and October with hayrides and music. Don’t miss the  delicious Farm Bistro restaurant on-site serving lunch and dinner for the ultimate farm-to-table experience. 133 Exeter Road, Hampton Falls, NH


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    Fall Real Estate Market Update

    This fall is going to be an incredible time to buy or sell based on market trends in the North Shore of Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire. Aside from the fact that Essex County and the Merrimack River Valley are extremely desirable places to live, there are other factors, like a strong job market, that are factoring into this exciting season.

    Stone Ridge Properties Co-Owner Cathy Toomey comments, “whether you are a first time buyer or a seasoned real estate pro, you have to admit these interest rates allow for much greater purchasing power.”258 High Street Newburyport MA

    Earlier this year The Boston Globe predicted that this Fall would be a great time to buy or sell: “Interest rates are still low; mortgage guidelines are loosening; inventory is on the low side, keeping the supply under control and demand high; the economy in Greater Boston is booming; home equity is rising; and pride of homeownership is definitely back.” Inventory is still low which is great for sellers hoping to get an offer on their home quickly, and buyers can be optimistic about mortgage approval as mortgages are getting easier to obtain.

    With low inventory and eager buyers, be sure to connect with a Stone Ridge agent soon to make the most of this busy season. We are ready to get working for you! Visit our website to find an agent and set up an account to receive daily real estate updates.

    IMAGE: 258 High Street, Newburyport, MA $599,900, click image for complete listing.

    Sources: The Boston Globe, Feb 7 2016: Another Big Year for the Housing Market Ahead. The Fiscal Times, May 2016: 10 Trends Driving the Housing Market Now.