Cranberry Picking and Helicopters!

How Cranberries Grow: “Cranberries 101” – Dry Harvest

Dry harvested cranberries represent the fruit that is sold as fresh fruit at farmer’s markets, road-side stands and grocery store shelves. This traditional method of harvesting now represents about 10% of the Massachusetts cranberry harvest. The other 90% of the crop is picked wet and is used to make juice, sauce, sweetened dried cranberries, among other products. Even though fresh fruit represents a small fraction of the total harvested crop, it nevertheless is an important aspect of the cranberry industry and for many growers, a way of life.

In order to pick the fresh fruit, the vines must be completely dry. Even a slight shower the night before, heavy dew, or damp conditions from a frost night is enough to delay harvest until the conditions improve on the bog. Depending on the harvest season, these conditions can provide more than enough challenges to growers.

Today, dry harvested bogs are picked using mechanical pickers with styles named Darlington, Furford or Western. These self-propelled harvesters all work in a similar manner, combing through the bogs and the fruit is then conveyed into a burlap bag or wooden box. In previous generations, wooden boxes were the collection device of choice but today most growers utilize burlap. Once the bag is full, the operator stops the machine, removes the bag and sets it on the bog, places an empty bag onto the machine and continues harvesting. After a sufficient amount of bags have been filled, the bags are then generally transported into larger containers. Some growers carry the bags off of the bog by hand, some by tractors with trailers, while others empty the bags into large plastic bins that can hold about 300 pounds of fruit. They they stack two more bins on top of the original bin, filling each bin as they proceed. The stack of three bins is then flown off of the bog via helicopter and onto waiting flatbed trucks for delivery to the screening plant or storage barn.

Growers use helicopters to reduce the damage caused by driving equipment on the bog. Most helicopter use consists of lifting ditch mud, making crop inspections, applying fertilizer and lifting dry-picked berries.

Some pesticides, especially herbicides may also be applied with helicopters. Pesticides and fertilizers are applied early in the morning by helicopter when the air is calm.

This information is courtesy of the  Cape Cod Cranberries Growers Organization.  Visit for more information.

This blog was posted on on October 29, 2015.

Winter Curb Appeal!

Tackle These Projects Now For Curb Appeal Through Winter

Take these steps to ensure your house’s curb appeal lasts through the winter months.

Baby, it’s (going to be) cold outside, but that doesn’t mean your house can’t be warm and inviting.
With winter approaching, long days of sunshine, colorful fall foliage, and green lawns are coming to an end. So too are the hours spent outside, raking up leaves and washing your windows. But don’t fully retreat into your humble abode to hibernate quite yet — especially if your home is on the market.

There are projects you can start now, when it’s just starting to get cooler outside, to ensure your home will look gorgeous, warm, and inviting throughout the upcoming winter months — whether you have a home for sale in Burlington, VT, or Seattle.

Plant flowers that bloom in the winter

Fall is the time to plant early-blooming bulbs such as crocuses, which will flower in late winter, even if they’re covered in snow. Other bulb flowers such as daffodils and tulips are hardy enough to survive cold winter temperatures below ground and bloom beautifully in early spring/late winter. Perennials, shrubs, and trees also do well with a fall planting.

According to the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP), the warm fall soil is great for root development, and plants have several months to establish themselves before the stress of the summer heat. Get your early planting done and enjoy a little taste of spring curb appeal while you’re still cuddled up in your flannel pajamas and slippers.

Install landscape lighting

Lighting is often overlooked but can make such a huge difference when strategically placed and tinted correctly. Consider sticking a few vintage lanterns along your driveway, or installing a soft-hued light bulb in your porch light. You could also light up your walking path with solar lights and finish off the look with some statuary or tree up-lighting.

Pro tip: Less is usually more for path lighting; too many lights, and you may create a runway effect.

Lawn and garden maintenance

Now is the time to make sure you’re helping your lawn make it through the winter, so your grass and other plants survive the harsh weather. NALP recommends applying 2 to 3 inches of mulch to protect plant roots from extreme temperatures.

The mulch barrier will also preserve moisture if your region doesn’t receive enough winter precipitation. Bonus: A thick layer of woodsy mulch lends a nice aesthetic touch to an otherwise barren landscape.

There’s not much you can do about brown, unsightly-looking grass during the winter months. But you can rake and remove the leaves that build up from falling foliage and winter storms. The raking work will pay off big time in the spring for lawn health and also keep it looking its best this season and into spring. A tidy lawn is the key for curb appeal in the long winter months.

Small upgrades and holiday decor

Alone, a new mailbox, doorknob, or set of address numbers on your house can seem inconsequential. But when replaced together as a set, these little details can make all the difference in the world — particularly from a distance. Now is the time to make a weekend project out of replacing all the small stuff for a big aesthetic reward.

From lights and greenery to candles in the windows, you can really get creative for the holidays with embellishments that won’t die off when the snow starts. There’s no need to get all Clark Griswold with the front yard, but tasteful, minimalist decor can really beautify your home.

There’s plenty to be done this fall to enhance your curb appeal through the winter months. Work to extend the interior’s cozy, well-kept feeling to the exterior of your home. Not only will you save yourself some maintenance in the spring, but also your home will shine all winter long.
Robyn Woodman spent several years as a real estate broker in the Seattle area, helping investors build their residential property portfolios. Based in the Pacific Northwest, she is an independent consultant; her writing has been featured on Refinery29, All Things Real Estate, and Modern Loss. You can find her on Twitter at @robynwoodman.
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This blog was posted on on October 21, 2015.

Maps App!

Maps AppAn invaluable App to use in real estate is the Maps App which comes on your iPad
and iPhone, it’s like having your own GPS.

1.  Simply tap on the Maps Icon to open, In the upper right corner is a search box.  Tap on
it and type in the address you are seeking. It will come up on a map with a pin showing your
destination. You can make the map bigger or smaller by pinching your fingers on the screen.

2.  Then tap on Directions in the upper left corner and a box will open. Type in your present
starting address and pick the car, person, or bus icon depending on the route you would
If you tap on the car icon and then type in the destination address, and then route, a
new map will come up with a choice of 1, 2 or 3 routes to your destination.

Tap on the route you choose and then tap start. The directions will come up on the top
your screen and you can scroll through them as you drive.

As you drive to your destination in your car, the arrow will show you moving along your route; it will give you verbal directions also if you have Siri
enabled on your IPad or IPhone.  You can go back to the overview map by simply hitting the overview icon in the right top corner, hit resume in the
upper right corner to resume your directions.

When you reach your destination, the box to enter your address will appear and you can hit the arrow to reverse the directions and get back home.

If you need to use your phone while enroute, you can simply press the home button and use your phone as you need.  The MAPS route you are following
will stay as a bar on the top of the screen and you can tap it when you are ready to resume.

This is a great app to  guide to your real estate destinations easily without having to purchase an GPS, It’s very easy to use and will assure you’ll
arrive in a timely manner at your desination.  It will tell you the approximate time it will take to travel and mileage.  A great help in your real estate
career or everyday use.

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This blog was posted on on October 14, 2015.


Google+, BOLD Moves Real EstateThis is basically Google’s version of Facebook. However, there are some perks that
Facebook doesn’t offer. Google+ allows you to organize your friends, colleagues,
and buyers in to circles. You can then monitor what information you post can be
seen by each circle. Let’s get started!

1. If you have already have a google account go ahead and sign in. If not head on over to
google and sign up!

2. Make sure that you have created your profile – Click on the profile page and enter in your
desired information

3. The circle interface is split into two sections; the top – section lists all contacts from your
Gmail address book, and the bottom section contains the circles

4. Pre-designed circles include: friends, family, acquaintances etc. – You can also make up
your own circles. To do this,  drag a contact onto the empty circle and click on the Create Circle link. Then add a description of  the circle, press
the create button and that’s it.

5. To add contacts: – Simply dragging the contact’s card to the circle  you’d like to place them in. – You can also remove it from the circle by
dragging it out.

6. A contact is allowed to be included in more than one circle

7. To view the contacts in the circle, simply hover over the circle and you will see who is in the circle.
If you have more than a dozen contacts in the  circle, click on the circle to see a list of contacts.

8. Adding people who are not in your address book is simple too Click on the find people search box – The find people option also gives you other
places to find people you want to add to your circles

9. Once your circles are created you can edit the privacy level for each one – You can create your own privacy level by selecting  custom

To learn more about the different features that Google+ has to offer be sure to check out for more helpful tips!

This blog was posted on on October 7, 2015.