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I love this time of year because fresh vegetables are so easy to buy locally. We have been frequent shoppers at the Bainbridge Farmer’s Market in Winslow since we moved here, but this year we decided to join a local CSA (Community Sponsored Agriculture) program. There are several good ones, but for selection and a convenient pick-up location on Bainbridge, I chose Persephone Farm based out of Indianola. Perspehone has a membership dinner at the beginning of summer to explain the program and tour the 13 acre farm where the food is grown. A great idea, especially since it is a beautiful sunny location, as you can imagine. Plus, members are free to visit and picnic on the farm throughout the season. I love any good reason to visit the neighboring town of Indianola.
Most CSA’s work on a ‘share’ program. Our family of four bought one full farm share for $650 for the 2014 June-October season. For the full share you get a box of vegetables each week and a bouquet of flowers. Last week our box included lettuce, basil, garlic, shelling peas, carrots and the flowers. The variety varies every week as the growing season evolves. For smaller families you can purchase a half share. Persephone also offers shares for eggs, cheese, bread and fish.
Persephone is not the only CSA in town. Locally there are other active and local CSA options including:
Butler Green Farms, Farm House Organics, FoxDog Farm, Sol Farm, and Heyday Farm. A great way to test-drive the farms is to shop their produce at the Bainbridge Farmer’s Market and at the market you can also inquire about their current CSA share availability.
To read about other farm fresh shopping and eating-out options on the island visit my blog posts on those topics:
During the month of May Bainbridge Island recorded 16 home sales, a decrease of 58% from last year. Even during the doldrums of 2008 Bainbridge recorded 21 sales. Even including the 12 condominium sales the number is still off 40% from last year’s home and condominium sales. This marked the fourth straight month of fewer sales than 2013, placing us 26% off last year’s pace for year to date sales.
At the same time our median price was up 26% in May over last year while our year to date median of $603K is up 24% from last year (which is much better but still a ways off the peak of $662K for the first 5 months of 2007). The trend of these two statistics are very much in line with a market suffering low inventory. Fewer choices resulting in fewer sales but the sales completed are benefiting from competition amongst buyers.
While the 16 sales may have represented a low in completed sales, during the same period this office alone put 56 properties under contract. It is difficult to say whether this is a record, but is is safe to say that it is a lot for one month.
Does that mean our low inventory problem is gone? Not exactly; on June 1st there were about 100 active listings, last June there were 134. Better, but we have a ways to go and it appears buyers are anxiously awaiting new choices and leaving all of us in this business wondering if the spring inventory will show up perhaps a little late and arrive this summer. Stay tuned.