Thursday, May 14, 2020 / by Vanessa Saunders
By Vanessa Saunders, MBA, MIMC , Broker Owner, Global Property Systems Real Estate.
May 14, 2020
The Nyack Farmer's Market will hold a "soft opening" today, May 14 continuing their every Thursday tradition during warm weather months, opening from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. This year's market comes with a new list of safety protocols to follow social distancing guidelines.
Market guide lines can be viewed in detail HERE, but their protocols follow what we've all gotten used to - wear a mask, keep your distance, don't touch the goods, etc. They ask that we pre-order and pre-pay when possible from the list of vendors on the Nyack Farmers Market page.
Farmer's markets are a quaint and delightful tradition in towns and villages on both sides of the Hudson River. They offer an easy, reliable way for residents to have access to locally produced foods. Stands proudly display overflowing produce, fresh and smoked meats, fresh-baked pies, breads, muffins and more. Vendors typical ...
Thursday, February 27, 2020 / by Vanessa Saunders
By Vanessa Saunders, MBA, MIMC , Broker Owner, Global Property Systems
Last November 5th, we reported the opening of Aldi's new grocery store in Nanuet. Aldi is a German-based grocery chain which is known for its tighter-than-bark-on-a-tree strategies to save money (like the 25-cent shopping cart rental scheme and not offering shopping bags). Such penny-pinching has allowed Aldi to undercut even Walmart's margin-thin grocery prices.
Today, the Rockland County Business Journal reported plans for another German-based grocery hoping to open in Rockland County. Lidl, a grocer with 10,000 stores across Europe and 77 in nine US states is planning to open a location in the Tappan Plaza center on Route 303 in the town of Orangetown.
Lidl stores are generally smaller than most of its U.S. competitors, averaging 20,000 square feet with six aisles. Like Aldi, approximately 90% of Lidl's merchandise will be house brands, including fresh and frozen seafood, fresh produce, bak ...
Monday, November 11, 2019 / by Vanessa Saunders
Veterans qualify for ZERO-down home mortgages when buying a home. So far, thousands have taken advantage of this amazing benefit for our veterans and active-duty service personnel. Thank you, vets!
Tuesday, October 2, 2018 / by Vanessa Saunders
More and more homeowners are getting the Halloween holiday spirit and will be spookifying their homes, inside and out. The National Retail Federation predicts that in 2018, total spending for Halloween is expected to reach $9 billion. Celebrants are planning to spend an average of $86.79 per capita, up from last year's $86.13, with more than 175 million Americans planning to partake in Halloween festivities.
Decorating home exteriors is a big part of that spending number. Inflatable spiders and dragons, talking witches and smoldering corpses in scary front yard graveyards are creeping up on home fronts all over the Hudson Valley. In that spirit, we've scoured the web and have some truly spooky ideas for your Halloween Home Decor!
The Spooky Grave Yard
These folks have turned their otherwise inviting home into a spookilly lit burial ground. No doubt some trick or treaters will have second thoughts entering there.
Here's a classic Flying Pumpkinhead, tas ...
Monday, October 1, 2018 / by Vanessa Saunders
Apple picking season is upon us, but how do we know what varieties are best? Standing around the fruit stands at vinyards and orchards in the Hudson Valley, we are often challenged to find that perfect fruit - sweet but tart, crunchy and crisp to the tooth. Haven't we all bitten into a shiny Red Delicious expecting both, and finding the fruit mealy, bland and thick skinned?
So here goes, based on MyRecipes.com's comparison of apples to apples. (Excluded from this summary but reviewed by MyRecipes were Empress, Mutsu, Elstar, Akane, Paula Red, Blondee, Red Delicious, Mollie's Delicious and Summer Treat. I know. We hadn't heard of most of those either.)
Pretty OK. Not outstanding, but not forgettable.
9. Golden Delicious
Sweet and mild, and holds up well in the basket.
A pretty good apple but with a great name. Pretty good eating too.
After all these years, Mac still comes in as a great apple, sweet and crunchy.
6. Granny Smith ...