How to store your fresh picked apples

One of the best and simple pleasures of living in the Shenandoah Valley is apple picking season!  We are lucky that we have so many choices for our apple picking adventures!

Check out the link below to find the best locations in the area.

https://www.virginia.org/fall/apples

 

Now that you have your peck of apples…What is the best way to preserve them?   Our friends at Gardners.com recommends the following tips.

1.) Carefully pick and avoid bruised apples.   The old saying is true that one bad apple will ruin others next to it.

2.) Temperature is key. Make sure that the apples are stored in a cool area.

3.) Wrapping the apple in kraft paper helps extend the life of the apple

4.) Do not need apples near other produce

Make sure to read the full article from the link above for more information!

Enjoy your crunchy apples!!

MarketPlace REALTY offers a wide portfolio of real estate services in the Shenandoah Valley.   Call 540-450-2747 for a custom consultation, or visit us at mympr.com and discover all of our beautiful current listings.   We are located at 302 South Braddock St. Winchester VA, 22601.   Angela Duncan, Broker.   Licensed in VA and WV.  Equal Housing Opportunities.

Carve Your Best Pumpkin EVER!

Sure you have carved pumpkins in the past, but did you know there are a few tips and tricks that can make the process much easier?

Here are some of our favorite tools to have on hand to make pumpkin prep a snap.

Tools and Supplies

  • Pumpkin Carving Kit and Tools
  • Old Newspaper
  • 5 Gallon Bucket ( To Soak your pumpkin in a solution of water and a few tablespoons of bleach to make it last longer)
  • Trashbags or plastic drop cloths
  • Permanent Markers
  • Windex ( To remove permanent marker marks)
  • Petroleum jelly (Use on the carved edges to seal in moisture)
  • Scotch Tape
  • Battery Operated Candles ( For Safety!)
  • NOW…

Check out this article from our friends at “Taste of Home” for all kinds of ideas to take your pumpkin carving to the next level!

https://www.tasteofhome.com/article/how-to-carve-a-pumpkin/

 

MarketPlace REALTY offers a wide portfolio of real estate services in the Shenandoah Valley.   Call 540-450-2747 for a custom consultation, or visit us at mympr.com and discover all of our beautiful current listings.   We are located at 302 South Braddock St. Winchester VA, 22601.   Angela Duncan, Broker.   Licensed in VA and WV.  Equal Housing Opportunities.

Weekend Festivals!

Looking for something fun to get into this weekend?  Never fear!  The Shenandoah Valley does not disappoint when it comes to fall festival entertainment!   As a bonus, the weather looks promising for a wonderful day in the sun.

Check out these great local events and enjoy!!

 

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https://www.virginia.org/listings/Events/WatermelonParkFestMusicFestival/

 

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Apple Gala & Cider Festival

https://www.virginia.org/listings/Events/GreatCountryFarmsAnnualCiderFestival/

 

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Fun abounds in downtown Front Royal, Virginia on Saturday, September 22, 2018!   Bring your family and enjoy a day of fun, delicious food, great live entertainment, and of course, beer tasting. The festival gates open at noon with activities and live entertainment all day until 6 p.m.

 

MarketPlace REALTY offers a wide portfolio of real estate services in the Shenandoah Valley.   Call 540-450-2747 for a custom consultation, or visit us at mympr.com and discover all of our beautiful current listings.   We are located at 302 South Braddock St. Winchester VA, 22601.   Angela Duncan, Broker.   Licensed in VA and WV.  Equal Housing Opportunities.

 

 

 

Valley Fall Running Events

Tis the season for autumnal running events!

What better way to enjoy our beautiful valley than to grab your sneakers and walk or run with your friends and family.

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Our area has a plethora of racing events scheduled so make sure to grab your PSL, calendar, and Fitbit and start scheduling your next race!

Check out these two resources for great local events!

 

Area Events

https://localraces.com/winchester-va

 

Local Running Club

http://svrunners.org/

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We have residential, land, and commercial property for sale.  Our team of experts are ready to help you achieve your real estate goals.

MarketPlace REALTY offers a wide portfolio of real estate services in the Shenandoah Valley.   Call 540-450-2747 for a custom consultation, or visit us at mympr.com and discover all of our beautiful current listings.   We are located at 302 South Braddock St. Winchester VA, 22601.   Angela Duncan, Broker.   Licensed in VA and WV.  Equal Housing Opportunities.

 

Fun End of Summer Activity Ideas

Summer is quickly coming to an end, but there are still so many great things to do in our area with our family and friends.   Living in the Shenandoah Valley is wonderful this time of year!

We are reposting a few of our favorite ideas from Jon Lal, Contributor at BeFrugal.com about how to enjoy the end of this great season in an affordable way!

 

Host a potluck: Summer is the perfect time to connect with friends before the busy school and holiday seasons start when everyone’s schedules are packed. No need to go to a pricey restaurant or throw an expensive party – just host a potluck. Assign your guests a type of dish (such as “appetizer” or “non-alcoholic drink”) and you’ll have everything you need for a delicious meal. Bonus: You won’t need to spend any time in a (hot) kitchen and can enjoy the company.

Walking or steps challenge: Start a challenge amongst your family, friends or coworkers to walk a certain amount of steps every day. This is a great excuse to get outside and explore, whether it’s as a group or on your own. You will need a pedometer or other type of tracker to count your steps, but this is a good investment in your overall health. Larger groups might be able to get discounts or packages on more formal programs.

 

Pitch a tent: If you’re feeling adventurous, pack up for the weekend and head off to the wilderness to sleep under the stars. You don’t have to spend much for a camping weekend, depending on the supplies you already have. Keep in mind the cost of travel, site fees and any food you might bring. If you want to keep your costs even lower, or if you have small children that aren’t quite ready for the great outdoors, pitching a tent in your own backyard can be just as fun with less of the hassle.

 

Get out the paintbrush: Take advantage of the nice weather and carry out a few do-it-yourself projects. Look around the house to see what needs a fresh coat of paint, or give a makeover to your latest flea market find.

 

Water balloon fight: This cheap idea is the perfect way to cool off, and the more that join in the more fun it can be. This could be a great way to get to know your neighbors, as well. Just make sure that everyone picks up the discarded balloons at the end and throws them away. They can be a dangerous choking hazard to small children and pets.

What are your favorite tips!!

 

MarketPlace REALTY offers a wide portfolio of real estate services in the Shenandoah Valley.   Call 540-450-2747 for a custom consultation, or visit us at mympr.com and discover all of our beautiful current listings.   We are located at 302 South Braddock St. Winchester VA, 22601.   Angela Duncan, Broker.   Licensed in VA and WV.  Equal Housing Opportunities.

Enjoy local produce!

Winchester Virginia is surrounded by many orchards and local farmers markets.   Now is the time to enjoy some fresh peaches!   Do you know what season is the best for local produce?

Check out this link for the recommended Virginia harvesting schedule!

Meanwhile… Check out this great recipe from our friends at Betty Crocker Kitchens to slice up a special treat for your family and friends.   Labor Day Weekend is not too far away!

Late Summer Peach Pie

Ingredients

2/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
5 to 5 1/2 cups sliced peeled fresh peaches (5 to 6 medium)
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 package (12 oz) frozen deep dish pie crusts

3 Easy Steps

  • 1 Place cookie sheet on oven rack. Heat oven to 400°F.
  • 2 In a large bowl, mix sugar, flour, and cinnamon. Stir in peaches and lemon juice. Spoon into frozen crust. While second crust is still in pan and frozen, remove crimp with a sharp knife. Remove crust from pan and center frozen crust upside down on top of filled pie. Let thaw 10 minutes; crimp edges together. Cut 2 or 3 slits in top crust. Cover edge of crust with a pie shield or foil strips.
  • 3 Bake on cookie sheet about 45 minutes or until crust is golden brown and juice is thick and bubbly. Cover entire top of pie loosely with foil if the crust is getting too brown. Cool on cooling rack at least 2 hours.

Do you bake or can fresh summer produce?  Comment below!

 

MarketPlace REALTY offers a wide portfolio of real estate services in the Shenandoah Valley.   Call 540-450-2747 for a custom consultation, or visit us at mympr.com and discover all of our beautiful current listings.   We are located at 302 South Braddock St. Winchester VA, 22601.   Angela Duncan, Broker.   Licensed in VA and WV.  Equal Housing Opportunities.