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How I love this time of year! I am not talking weather here, I am talking about Farmer's Markets! Not all of us can grow our own vegetables so thankfully, the ones that can, sell them in local markets. I've put together a great list of where you can shop all the great local flavors and harvests. Comment below and add to the list!

Acushnet Farmers Market at Stone Bridge Farm
186 Leonard Street, Acushnet, MA 02743
508-951-1551
http://acushnetfarmersmarket.com
The Acushnet Farmers’ Market supports local sustainable agriculture by connecting the public with local farmers, artisans, and other producers in an economically viable marketplace.

Brooklawn Park Farmers' Market
Ashley Blvd, New Bedford, MA 02745
508-979-5100

http://www.farmfresh.org/food/farmersmarkets_details.php?market=115
Peets Farms – Jams, Poultry, Eggs
Ds’Lectables – Cookies, bars, and gluten-free items
Pies by Moira – Homemade pies

Silverbrook Farm
934 Main Street, Acushnet MA 02743
(774) 202-1027
http://www.thesilverbrookfarm.com/
Family owned and operated for nearly two decades, with their famous homemade Pies, Horse Drawn Hayrides, Expanding Produce and Livestock Programs, and colorful seasonal Events, Silverbrook Farm is becoming the standard in traditional products and entertainment.

Farmer's Market
255 Cape Hwy, East Taunton, MA 02718
508-824-7920
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Farmers-Outlet/140591585980273

Freedom Food Farm
471 Leonard St, Raynham, MA 02767
978-884-7102

http://freedomfoodfarm.com/
We care deeply about the quality of our food and sustainability of our practices. At Freedom Food Farm we produce healthy food that nurtures us as well as our customers. We offer a diverse selection of food year-round and all farm products are grown and raised on our farm.

First Parish Church in Taunton
76 Church Green, Taunton, MA  02780
508.822.2107
http://www.firstparishtaunton.org/
The Church Green Farmers Market is held on the lawn of First Parish Church in Taunton each year from mid-July to mid-October. The Market is open every Sunday from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm and features fresh vegetables and fruits, homemade baked goods, local specialty foods, and handmade crafts.

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I think we have all heard of this movement or group I should say. While I am sure you all do kind things for yourselves and other people, this group really goes the extra mile by sharing ideas and stories on acts of kindness. "Be the Spark" is their slogan and what a lovely one it is. The idea is that kindness has a ripple effect and they want everyone to start the line. It can be something as simple as leaving a kind note or complimenting a stranger. I love this idea because our lives are so fast paced and we do not take time to appreciate the small things. Sometimes you just need to stop and smile. It will make a huge difference in yours and someone elses day.

Here are some great ideas from their site as well as some things I have done. This could make a great monthly gesture you perform with the grandkids too!

1. If you are a whiz with a needle and thread, offer to mend, hem or sew someone's clothes for free. Perhaps a friend of yours is getting married and needs her wedding dress or bridesmaids dresses hemmed. Or maybe your neighbor is constantly looking for a good place to hem his pants. Offer to do these services for free! Benefits: You get to do something you enjoy while also helping out a friend, neighbor, or stranger. Many people cannot afford to buy new clothes but you can help them make their old clothes look as good as new! Step It Up: Volunteer at a local soup kitchen or homeless shelter. While there, take the time to ask the people there if they need anything hemmed or mended. Commit to going once a week and let them know you will be there to help each time. There are many ways to use the gift of sewing to help people. Keep It Simple: If you don't have a lot of time on hand, just commit to doing something small each month. Maybe patch a hole in someone's favorite jeans, or fix a zipper on someone's winter jacket.

2. Help the homeless by going to a shelter and volunteering your time. We have may people in need in our area so you will have many options as to where to go.

3.  If you notice a car's parking meter is about to expire, put some change in.

4. Create a Facebook page to share your own kind deeds as well as inspire others to follow your lead! It's such a simple task, to be kind, but often forgotten! Hoping we can make a difference by spreading our compassion. do a good deed! daily, weekly, whatever it takes! Give a compliment to begin and watch how contagious that good feeling is.

5. Start a food drive and donate it all to the local food pantry.

6. Organize a walk or a fill a bus event for toys.

7. Be kind to your neighbor by helping them take their trash out, bring them a meal when they are feeling sick, or something as simple as waving hello with a smile.

8. How about leaving your change in the vending machine. We all remember that thrill as a child finding the extra quarter someone left behind!

9. Volunteer at a local animal shelter. Working with animals is so rewarding and the love you give the animals will be well received.

10. Pay it forward in the line at any coffee shop or restaurant. Pay someone's bill or pay for the persons coffee behind you.

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There is nothing like fresh vegetables and growing them is not as hard as some may think. The key is good LOOSE soil and full sun. While we have a shorter grow season than that of the south, you can still grow quite a bit during the short months we do have. Even better if you know how to can, pickle, or have a root cellar. Your produce can sustain you all year round if you plan right! Not all vegetables can grow in the north though so here are a few tips for the best bets for your garden.

Root Vegetables: Potatoes grow especially well in Massachusetts, surviving in a wide range of soils. They do best, however, in well-drained loamy or sandy soil. Sweet potatoes need a longer and warmer growing season and do not do as well in the state. Carrots, as a cool-season crop, do well. You might want to build a mound before planting the carrots to help loosen the soil, but after this initial time investment the carrots need little care.
 

Lettuce: There are many varieties of leaf lettuce you can choose from. Plant as seeds or young plants, making sure they’re placed in afternoon shade and get plenty of water. Pull leaves off heads as they mature to create fresh, crisp salads! A second crop can be started for fall when the blazing hot weather has passed.
 

Corn: For early plantings, sow seeds 1 inch deep. In hotter weather of midsummer, sow 4 inches deep. Cultivate thoroughly around the stalks for the first month of growth. Afterward, control weeds by applying mulch to avoid damaging the shallow roots. To prevent cross-pollination keep different corn cultivars separated or plant so they tassel two weeks apart. To promote pollination, plant the same cultivar in blocks or hand-pollinate. Corn is a heavy feeder, especially on nitrogen. It thrives where earth-enriching crops like clover or beans grew the previous year.

Tomatoes: Cherry and grape tomatoes mature more quickly than large varieties and suffer fewer problems with pollination. But, most tomato varieties will grow in New England and benefit from a slightly acidic soil. Try planting several types, including grape tomatoes, fresh slicing tomatoes, and paste tomatoes.

Beans and Peas: All beans grow well in Massachusetts except lima beans. Plant beans in the soil after the temperature exceeds 60 F. Rotate your bean crop every year to avoid diseases that stay in the soil over the winter. You can plant snap peas, the most popular pea crop grown in Massachusetts, as soon as the soil is tillable.

Brassicas: Broccoli, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts prefer cool temperatures and moist, rich soil, making them an ideal crop for New England in the spring. They prefer soil on the alkaline side, so amend your soil if the pH falls below 6.0.

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With the weather taking a warmer turn one thing comes to mind – Concert Time. I am a die hard concert fan. There is nothing like live music on a warm summer night to make you feel alive. We have so many options around here on where to go too. Whether it is your favorite restaurant with local live bands, The Cape Cod Melody Tent, or larger venues like PPAC or Foxwoods, there is something to suit every musical genre.  Here are a few upcoming concerts to think about…

Cape Cod Melody Tent:
The Band Perry – July 6
Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons – July 9
Lynyrd Skynyrd – July 21
ABBA – August 10

Providence Performing Arts Center:
Carol Burnett – May 22
Celtic Woman – June 29
Steven Tyler – September 10

Xfinity Center:
Florence and the Machine – June 7
Dave Matthews Band – June 10
Dixie Chicks – June 14
Keith Urban – June 26
Steely Dan & Steve Winwood – July 7
Toby Keith – July 22

DCU Center:
Sting and Peter Gabriel – July 2
Maroon 5 – September 17
Kiss Tour – September 3

Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel:
French Montana – May 19
The Indigo Girls – June 26

House of Blues Boston:
Chvrches – June 3 and June 4
Whitesnake – June 25
Garbage – July 28
The Go Go's – August 8
Flume – August 29

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Pine Hill Estates is proud to offer exclusive modular homes from the Titan Homes collection. Call us today with any questions.

A little bit about Titan…

It’s finding a home you can truly feel proud to call your own. It’s design choices that perfectly match your need for space and comfort and frees you to express them in your own way. It’s award-winning design and craftsmanship, with true attention to detail. It’s a commitment to providing you with the style and features you’ll enjoy for years to come, It’s combining everything you would want in a home with surprising affordability.

For over 40 years, Titan Homes has grown to become one of the most recognized and respected builders of factory-built and modular homes throughout the Northeastern United States. It’s a recognition earned by consistently delivering more than our customers might expect. More innovative quality features. More home styles and personalized floor plans. More helpful customer service. More home for the money.

What is Modular Construction?

For decades, builders have been improving and shortening the construction process by incorporating factory assembled components like pre-hung doors, cabinet modules and roof trusses. Modern modular construction, with Titan, is just an extension of this evolution.

Titan simply assembles larger components (known as 'modules') in a manufacturing facility utilizing the same materials and construction codes used in the traditional-built construction process, but with all the benefits of a controlled manufacturing environment and improved quality control systems.

 

Advantages of Modular Construction

  • Better quality control

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  • Less waste

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You won't find better quality homes anywhere else in Massachusetts. If you are looking for a great over 55 community in Massachusetts, look no more. You have found your new home with Pine Hill Estates!

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It’s warming up! We can venture outdoors without freezing, start our gardens, and just enjoy the sunshine! I am sure we are all busy gardening, but now is also a great time to start planning some fun time with the grandkids. There is so much to do here in the South Coast, so it can be hard to decide what to do and to find something everyone will enjoy. I took some time, trolled the net, and found some great ideas you can try out. Let me know if you try any of these or put some ideas of your own down in the comments! Happy trails!

Old Sturbridge Village – Living History Museum – https://www.osv.org/
This week is also the best week to go, all the baby animals come to the farm for the first time this year.
Old Sturbridge Village is a living, breathing, vibrant village depicting life in New England from 1790-1840. Meet historians in costume and tour 40 antique buildings, including a country store, school, and water-powered mills. Ride the stagecoach, learn to plow, make crafts, dip candles, and help the printer, potter and blacksmith at work. And at our 19th-century Freeman Farm, watch historians demonstrate farm work through the seasons: planting, harvesting, milking cows, churning butter, and cooking over the hearth. Don't forget to meet our heritage breed sheep, oxen, chickens and pigs!

It’s baseball season so why not take in a Red Sox Game! – www.redsox.com
Visit their website, there is always some kind of deal on tickets and the kids will love it.

Head to the LegoLand Discovery Center – https://www.legolanddiscoverycenter.com/boston/
With so many different attractions to explore all indoors at Assembly Row in Somerville, the Center is designed with mini LEGO® fans in mind and their parents! Ideal for children aged 3 -10 years, jump into a giant box of LEGO® bricks and see what your imagination will create in our world of color and creativity. There are plenty of activities for every kid to enjoy!

Coco Key Indoor Water Park – Need I say more? – https://www.cocokeyboston.com/
Open year round and offering an entertaining and family-friendly getaway, CoCo Key is the perfect choice for a wet and wild day of water fun.

Southwick Zoo is a must for animal lovers  and the zoo is massive- http://southwickszoo.com/
Prepare to be amazed viewing giraffes, lions, tigers, white rhino’s, and chimpanzees in our beautiful 200 acres of naturalistic habitats. Southwick’s Zoo is home to 850 exotic animals from around the world and our interactive exhibits are fun for all ages. Stroll leisurely through our 35 acre deer forest, where the deer roam free or ride the Woodlands Express train ride through the North American Elk habitat and wetlands. View the African Plains and other animal exhibits from new heights on our Skyfari Skyride.

Woods Hole Science Aquarium – http://aquarium.nefsc.noaa.gov/ – FREE!
We are a small, public aquarium that displays approximately 140 species of marine animals found in Northeast and Middle Atlantic waters. Admission is free, but donations are gladly accepted.

Head on down to Patriot Place for fun activities: Irish Festivals, ice skating, outdoor movies, story times and more.

I could go on and on, but you get the picture…

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Spring has definitely sprung and with it nicer weather has arrived. New England can be harsh on exteriors and landscaping so it takes a bit of time here in the north to beautify for summer. Most people will agree though they can’t wait to break out the rakes and mulch! Here are some tips to spruce up your manufactured home from its winter slumber.

  1. Get the exterior summer ready by giving it a good power spray. If you do not have a power washer, you should invest in one for sure. You use them for everything from siding to your lawn furniture. You can also rent one for a day from your local hardware store.  Be sure to spray top to bottom including your skirting.
  2. Clear your gutters out. Months of wet leaves and winter filth are piled up in there. Hire someone to climb on up or carefully clean it out yourself. Also check your downspouts and make sure they are all in place and pointing away from the house.
  3. Check around your foundation for any low lying areas of grading. You want to make sure the ground rolls away at a pitch from your home. This is to prevent any water from getting into your foundation.
  4. Have your chimney inspected if you have one. Your chimney needs to be swept annually and inspected for any safety issues.
  5. Check your outside faucets or hose lines to ensure nothing froze and split over the winter. Hopefully you read my post on how to prepare for winter and drained those lines!
  6. Have your AC unit serviced. You should have it inspected annually to ensure it will work at peak performance. Hard to imagine now but, it will be very hot soon.
  7. Give your power equipment a once over. Check your gas, battery life, etc. on all your tools. Service your mower and sharpen your bladed to make cutting your lawn easier.
  8. Take some time and inspect your screens. If you keep them up now is a good time to power wash them. If not, grab them from the garage and wash and hang them. Repair any holes or tears in the screens.
  9. While it is still a bit early to start planting, start planning your beds and gardens. Some good planning now will save you time and money when you are ready to start planting.
  10. Give your yard its first mow to see if you have any problem areas. Address these with your landscaper or fill in with new loan and seed. Taking care of lawn issues now will make for a nice lawn all summer long when it counts.
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Want to downsize, but are worried you will have a small kitchen? Worry no more. Pine Hill Estates offers the ultimate kitchen package (on select models) for the chef in your household. Just take a peek at some of the features that will rival any chefs kitchen!
 
– Counter-to-Cabinet Ceramic Backsplash
– An eye-catching design with a stylish inlay above the cooktop
 
– Under-cabinet Lighting 
– Subtle lighting for working spaces and surfaces
 
– Elegant Cabinets
– Available in different finishes
 
– Fluted Glass Door Inserts
– A decorative flair adding a touch of style to the cabinetry
 
– Bold Profile Stainless Steel Range Hood
– Euro style range hood that enhances ventilation for your kitchen
 
– Whirlpool Stainless Steel Appliances
– Modern stainless steel appliances by Whirlpool — the number one major appliance manufacturer in the world — are as attractive as they are efficient
 
– Smooth Ceramic Glass Electric Cooktop
– Cook up some style on your attractive cooktop
 
– Shaker-style Cabinet Crown Molding
– A bold Shaker-style design
 
– Pot-filler Faucet
– Thoughtful features like this pot-filler faucet simplify food prep
 
– Small Appliance Convenience Center
– Say goodbye to kitchen clutter — there’s ample space and storage for your small appliances and kitchen gadgets
 
– Large Pot and Pan Drawers
– Spacious drawers designed for storing your large cookware
 
– Recessed Lighting Throughout 
– Makes for a bright and inviting kitchen space
 
– USB Receptacle
– Convenient station for charging your mobile devices
 
– Large Stainless Steel Farmhouse Sink
– A classic fixture with modern style
 
– Gooseneck Kitchen Faucet
– A head-turning element with a high-arched spout for easy filling and a pull down sprayer
 
– Large Stainless Steel Pulls
– Sleek and convenient handles for your cabinets and drawers
 
Style. Convenience. Value. 
All the essential elements.
 
It’s where the elements of life come together — your kitchen — a place to eat, talk, share, catch up and entertain friends and family. Ultimate Kitchen Two lets you do it all in style. From modern stainless steel appliances to an ultra-hip farmhouse sink to unique touches like accent lighting — even a convenient USB receptacle for charging your mobile devices — Ultimate Kitchen Tow is designed around you. 

798 UK2 Kitchen 2

 
Let Pine Hill Estates, the top over 55 community in Massachusetts, help you achieve your dream kitchen!
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Sleep is very important for all adults, and we all know this. There is a myth that sleep is not as important for seniors, but this simply is not true. Adults, including seniors, need 7-8 hours each night. A big problem seniors have is developing lasting sleep patterns. Lack of sleep is a big issue in older adults, but there are ways to improve the quality of your sleep.

As you age you will begin to notice several sleeping pattern changes. The most common issues are sleeping for less time, waking earlier, waking throughout the night, taking longer to fall asleep, and feeling sleepier much earlier in the day. If you are experiencing any of these issues, you are not alone.

While these changes are normal with increased age, other health issues could arise due to lack of sleep. Insomnia is a common sleep disorder for seniors. A NSF (National Sleep Foundation) poll found that 44 percent of older adults experience one or more of the nighttime symptoms of insomnia at least a few times a week or more. Advanced Sleep Phase is another common issue senior’s experience. Symptoms include waking early and feeling tired all day. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a disorder in which a sleeping person stops breathing for 10 to 60 second intervals, causing the oxygen levels in the blood to drop. Snoring is also an issue as many of you may well know.

Okay so what can you do?
1. Do not take any naps during the day
2. Eliminate any coffee after noon
3. Exercise – this is key
4. Try not to drink alcohol or smoke after noon
5. Add room darkening curtains and keep the temperature cool
6. Turn away the alarm clock from your view
7. Try some warm decaffeinated tea before bed
8. Take a hot shower or bath to calm the body down
9. Try not to eat or drink past 6 to avoid late night trips to the bathroom
10. There are some over the counter sleeps meds that do work, but consult with your doctor first.

Do you have any other sleep tips to share with the group? If so, comment below!

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Who doesn't love St. Patrick's Day! It is a day of fun, food, and festival and you don't even need to be Irish. There are a ton of recipes anyone can make and enjoy, but I wanted to share some of my favorites with the best over 55 community in Massachusetts! What are your plans for the day? Parade? Favorite Pub? Let us know in the comment section how you spend this celebrated day of green and what recipes you make for your Irish gathering.

Forget Cornbeef and Cabbage, think outside the box!

Guiness anyone?

Chocolate Guiness Cake

  • 1 cup Guiness (dark beer)

  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed

  • 2 cups sugar

  • 3/4 cup baking cocoa

  • 2 eggs, beaten

  • 2/3 cup sour cream

  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda

  • TOPPING:

  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened

  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar

  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

    Directions:

  • Grease a 9-in. springform pan and line the bottom with parchment paper; set aside.

  • In a small saucepan, heat beer and butter until butter is melted. Remove from the heat; whisk in sugar and cocoa until blended. Combine the eggs, sour cream and vanilla; whisk into beer mixture. Combine flour and baking soda; whisk into beer mixture until smooth. Pour batter into prepared pan.

  • Bake at 350° for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Remove sides of pan.

  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Add confectioners’ sugar and cream; beat until smooth (do not over-beat). Remove cake from the pan and place on a platter or cake stand. Ice top of cake so that it resembles a frothy pint of beer. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 12 servings.

Shamrock Smoothies!

          Ingredients

  • 6 kiwi fruit, peeled and quartered

  • 1 cup seedless green grapes

  • 1 banana, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 1 6 – ounce carton key lime- or vanilla-flavored yogurt

  • 1 cup orange juice or white grape juice, well-chilled

  • 3 tablespoons honey

  • 2 -4 tablespoons rum*

  • 1 -2 drops green food coloring (optional)

  • Fresh kiwifruit slices

          Directions

  • Place kiwi fruit and banana in a 15x10x1-inch baking pan. Place in freezer and freeze, uncovered, for 2 hours or until frozen**.

  • In a blender, combine grapes, yogurt, orange juice, honey, rum and about 1/3 of the frozen fruit. Cover and blend until almost smooth. Gradually add remaining fruit, blending after each addition until almost smooth. Add food coloring, if you like.

  • Pour into glasses and garnish with kiwifruit slices.

Smoky Cheese & Potato Soup

          Ingredients

  • 6 ounces smoked cheese (cheddar, mozzarella, or gouda), shredded

  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

  • 4 ounces ham, finely chopped

  • 1 medium carrot, finely chopped

  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika

  • 3 cups whole milk

  • 1/2 24 – ounce package refrigerated garlic mashed potatoes

  • Canned shoestring potatoes, fresh snipped parsley, and/or paprika (optional)

Directions

  • In a bowl combine cheese and flour; set aside.

  • In a Dutch oven combine the ham, carrot, curry powder, and paprika. Cook and stir over medium heat for 2 minutes. Stir in milk. Cook, uncovered, for 4 to 5 minutes, just until milk is hot but not boiling, stirring occasionally. Gradually whisk in mashed potatoes. Cook, stirring frequently, until hot and bubbly. Stir in the cheese and flour. Cook and stir for 2 minutes, just until cheese is melted.

  • Ladle soup into bowls. Top with shoestring potatoes, parsley, and/or paprika.

 

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