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Down to Earth Farmers Markets | Cross River Real Estate




Grand Opening Celebration of New Rochelle Farmers Market Tomorrow;
SALE: Fresh Mussels from American Pride Seafood;
Making Berry Love Last + MORE

June 26th-July 2nd, 2014

What’s New, In Season, and On Sale This Week

Rexcroft Farm

Roasted eggplant dip

Nana’s Home Kitchen

Alex’s Tomato Farm
Fishkill Farm
R & G Produce

Rexcroft Farm

Caramelized Garlic Loaf
Wave Hill Breads

Chocolate Chip, Ginger & Peanut Butter, all made with local honey

Honeybrook Farm

Taliaferro Farms

Pika’s Farm Table

Cauliflower, carrots, celery,
and sweet peppers steeped to perfection for delicious snack
Sale: Pint = $4 (Reg. $5)

Pickle Licious

Taliaferro Farms

Green & Purple Kohlrabi
Alex’s Tomato Farm

Macadamia Nut Bars
10% OFF this week


SALE: $4/pound or $7 for two pounds

American Pride Seafood

Nana’s Cheese Beurak
Oven baked puff pastry w/cheese

Nana’s Home Kitchen

New Potatoes
R & G Produce

Alex’s Tomato Farm
Newgate Farms
Taliaferro Farms

Rainbow Chard Ravioli with Black Pepper Pasta
$10 for 18 pieces

Trotta Foods

Roman Foccacia
Wave Hill Breads

Sour Cherry Pies & Tarts
Regular & gluten-free – made with local cherries!

Meredith’s Bread

Fishkill Farm
Migliorelli Farm
Wright Family Farm


Wright Family Farm

Yellow Zucchini
Migliorelli Farm

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Spring Valley

8:30 am-3:00 pm

Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow

8:30 am-1:00 pm

New Rochelle

8:30 am-2:30 pm

Headed to the city soon?

Visit a Down to Earth
Farmers Market in NYC!


Susan Chasen from the Organic Teaching Kitchen will be at the Croton-on-Hudson farmers market this Sunday from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, creating a seasonal raw kale salad for all to sample. Pick up a recipe to try at home and l
earn more about organic eating.

New Rochelle – Tomorrow – Grand Opening at 10:30 am

It is time to cut the ribbon and celebrate the 2014 season of New Rochelle’s Down to Earth Farmers Market! On Friday, June 27th, help us welcome several community leaders and market supporters, including State Senator George Latimer and Mayor Noam Bramson. The market now has an expanded selection of seasonal fruits and vegetables, pasture-raised meats, local honey, and baked goods. We’re located on North Avenue, at Huguenot Park, in front of New Rochelle High School. See you there every Friday, through November 21st, from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm.


Calling all kids! The Rye Free Reading Room will be hosting an ‘Eating Green with Granny Jean’ Storytelling event at the market on Sunday from 11:30 am to noon. Join storyteller Granny Jean as she reads stories and shares activities to inspire curiosity about healthy foods.

For additional events, visit our Down to Earth Markets Event Calendar.

Stay tuned to all market happenings via our Down to Earth Markets Facebook page
and follow us on Instagram and on Twitter @DowntoEarthMkts.

Berries, Let’s Make this Love Last
This is how we feel about the annual berry harvest

This week we went on a Choose Your Own Adventure – of the berry variety. Our quest was to preserve the beautiful berry harvest of late June. We chose strawberries as our protagonist in this story, but it could have just as easily starred the season’s blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, or cherries. They are all appearing at our farmers markets these days – have you seen them? Have you tried them? Have you relished every bite, and with each one, taken a moment to say thank you to summer? Yes, SAME HERE.

We tried two different methods of preserving our quarts of fresh, local strawberries: 1) drying and 2) freezing. On the drying front, we don’t have a dehydrator, so we tried the oven method. It calls for cleaning the berries, cutting off the green stem, and then placing them in the oven for 3-4 hours at 200 degrees Fahrenheit. We’re sharing this because we’d like our fellow preservationists to learn from our mistakes: Don’t do it.

When we pulled out the berries at hour #4, our they had shriveled to little flakes and used a lot of energy in the process. Yes, shriveling is the point of drying, but nonetheless, it was an energy-intensive process that created a hot kitchen on a hotter summer day — without much return. In seeing the final outcome, the phrase Pinterest Fail quickly came to mind.

We’re happy to say that the journey of freezing the berries went much better. It’s so easy to do in just 5 steps:

  1. Rinse the berries.
  2. Dry them with a paper towel. Our method is to roll them around in a colander lined with paper towels.
  3. Cut off the green stem, so there is a flat surface on one side.
  4. Distribute them across a baking sheet; do not allow them to touch. This is how we prevent the berries from freezing into one massive bunch.
  5. Put the berries in the freezer. Once they are frozen (2+ hours), add them into a Zip-Loc freezer bag. Now we’ve got berries to add to smoothies, pancakes, and more for many months to come. And they taste divine.

To share the process visually, we snapped a few photos along the way and posted this photo album online. Click on any photo to read its caption.

Are you preserving the harvest this year? If so, we’d love to see what you’re up to, so let us know. AND – See you at the farmers market berry table this weekend!

Rotating* Vendors This Week
*Vendors who rotate through
various markets during the season.
They enjoy getting to know many communities, and here’s where to find them this week:


Calcutta Kitchens
#Freedom Craft Brewery
Lulu’s Southern Pies
The Peanut Principle
The RAD Soap Company
Trotta Foods

New Rochelle

e-Desserts (Freshly baked scones, cakes, and more!)


Hudson River Apiaries
Nana’s Home Kitchen


Kontoulis Family Olive Oil
Tuthilltown Spirits Farm Distillery


Kontoulis Family Olive Oil

Down to Earth Markets 173 Main Street Ossining, NY 10562 Phone: 914-923-4837

The 11 Most Expensive Studios in NYC Are Here to Upset You | Cross River Real Estate


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Earlier this week, Twitter caught wind of the fact that there is a 532-square-foot studio in 205 West 76th Street listed for $1.075 million, or $2,020 per square foot. From the uproar that followed, one would logically assume that this is the most expensive studio apartment in New York City, however—as you may have guessed by now—that is hardly the case. Here now, we present to you an additional 11 studio apartments currently on the market for more than $1 million in NYC. Can you guess how much the most expensive one is asking? Better question: do you even want to?


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Freddie Mac June 2014 U.S. Economic and Housing Market Outlook | Cross River Real Estate


Freddie Mac (OTCQB: FMCC) released today its U.S. Economic and Housing Market Outlook for June providing a mid-year assessment as well as how for-sale inventory and vacancy rates will affect the near-term outlook. The complete June 2014 U.S. Economic and Housing Market Outlook and forecast table are available here.

Outlook Highlights

  • Low for-sale inventory will help to sustain house price and rent gains but at the expense of affordability in the short term.
  • While the total number of vacant units has decreased by 4.2 percent from the first quarter of 2010 to the first quarter of 2014, the number of vacant units for sale has declined by 24.2 percent (485,000 units).
  • Home purchase applications have picked up a bit recently with the traditional homebuying season underway, yet they’re still currently 13 percent below last year. For this reason, we’re lowering our overall homes sales forecast from 5.5 million to 5.4 million.
  • We expect fixed rates to rise gradually during the second half of the year in part as a result of the Federal Reserve’s “tapering” of net mortgage-backed securities acquisitions. Expect the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage to gradually rise higher, ending the year around 4.4 percent.

Attributed to Frank Nothaft, Freddie Mac vice president and chief economist.

“We’re nearly half way through the year and single-family housing remains weaker than we projected six months ago, while multifamily appears to be right on track. With vacancy rates moving back in line with historical averages, even falling below historical averages in some markets, and for-sale inventories remaining tight, U.S. home price indexes are likely to continue their above-inflation growth for the remainder of the year, as will rent gains, albeit much slower than in 2013. The important question is how much further will prices and rents have to rise to give incentives for more existing owners to list their property for sale and developers bring more supply to the market. Construction has rebounded over the past two years but is still significantly below the levels one would expect to see given projections of household formations.”

How the Cold War Shaped the Design of American Malls | Cross River Real Estate



[Photo courtesy of Life Magazine Photo Archive via Shorpy]

Regardless of location, the American shopping mall takes the same form: two floors of enclosed shopping and parking connected by escalators, with a lush central arboretum and two anchor department stores at either end. Today this design seems cliche, but in 1956, it was a revolutionary setup that brought comfort to a nation that feared itself on the brink of nuclear war. America’s first mall, Southdale in Edina, Minnesota, was a Cold War-era invention that forever changed the way America lives and shops.

Southdale was designed by Austrian-born architect Victor Gruen. Gruen grew up in the high arts scene in Vienna and designed housing projects and stores for local merchants, but he fled his home and the rise of Nazi Germany in 1938. He settled in America, where he first designed a leather goods boutique for Ludwig Leder on Fifth Avenue in New York. Gruen turned the typical street-fronting New York boutique on its head by designing a mini arcade entranceway for Lederer. Then he turned his attention to larger-scale design, entering a 1943 Architectural Forum competition called “Architecture 194x,” which solicited ideas from renowned modern architects to design components of a futuristic model town. (The contest title referred to an unspecified year sometime in the postwar future.)




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Alejandro Sanz Taking His 15 Grammys, Selling His Historic N. Bay Road Hacienda For $15M | Cross River Homes


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Many grammy winning Latin singer Alejandro Sanz is selling his guitar-filled mediterranean revival villa built in 1933 on the shores of Sunset Lake, the body of water formed by the sheltering embrace of the four Sunset Islands. The house, which we’re curious to identify the original architect of (could it be DeGarmo, Pancoast, Fatio?), was renovated by “legendary designer” Wallace Tutt, of Thomas Kramer’s ‘haunted’ house fame. A search of property appraiser’s records for the architect proved fruitless. So did the Miami Beach historic property database. Just from the look of it, however, the house could be a Russell Pancoast or even an August Geiger. It’s sleuthing time.



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U.S. mortgage collectors gag homeowners in loan deals | Cross River Real Estate



Joseph and Neidin Henard thought they had finally fixed the mortgage that was crushing them.

In January, the couple reached a settlement with every company that had a stake in the mortgage on their house in Santa Cruz, California, a deal that would have slashed their monthly payment by almost 40 percent to $3,337. It was the end of a process that started with their defaulting in 2009.

But when they saw the final paperwork for their settlement, they found that Ocwen Financial Corp, the company that collected and processed their mortgage payments, had added an extra clause: they could not say or print or post anything negative about Ocwen, ever.

The Henards’ experience was not unusual. Mortgage payment collectors at companies including Ocwen, Bank of America Corp and PNC Financial Services Group are agreeing to ease the terms of borrowers’ underwater mortgages, but they are increasingly demanding that homeowners promise not to insult them publicly, consumer lawyers say. In many cases, they are demanding that homeowners’ lawyers agree to the same terms. Sometimes, they even require borrowers to agree not to sue them again.

These clauses can hurt borrowers who later have problems with their mortgage collector by preventing them from complaining publicly about their difficulties or suing, lawyers said. If a collector, known as a servicer, makes an error, getting everything fixed can be a nightmare without litigation or public outcry.



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Mortgage applications continue downward heading | Cross River Real Estate


Mortgage applications fell 5.9% from one week earlier, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s weekly survey of mortgage applications for the week ending April 25, 2014.

Applications perked up last week by 4.3%, breaking a four-week streak of declines.

The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, fell 5.9% on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier.

The Refinance Index decreased 7% from the previous week. The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index decreased 4% from one week earlier.

“Both purchase and refinance application activity fell last week, and the market composite index is at its lowest level since December 2000,” said Mike Fratantoni, MBA’s chief economist. “Purchase applications decreased 4% over the week, and were 21% lower than a year ago. Refinance activity also continued to slide despite a 30-year fixed rate that was unchanged from the previous week. The refinance index dropped 7% to the lowest level since 2008, continuing the declining trend that we have seen since May 2013.”



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Housing is in danger of overheating again: Zillow’s Stan Humphries | Cross River Homes


Home values in more than 1,000 U.S. cities are expected to surpass their pre-2008 levels within the year, according to a new report released today by Zillow.

“It’s definitely a mixed bag of news,” says Humphries in the video above. “On the one hand you’re happy that home prices are recovering so nicely. On the other hand home values were definitely overvalued in 2006 and the fact that just so shortly after the greatest housing recession of the century we’re already seeing a lot of metros return to their peak levels is a sign for how robust the recovery is…but some markets are definitely in danger of overheating again.”

He continues: “In some markets, people are spending more of their incomes on a mortgage than they did during the 15 years before the housing runoff,” says Humphries. “Broadly speaking though, at a national level we think homes are still very affordable.”

Another issue that’s affecting home buyers: lending requirements. Now that the volume of refinancing has decreased, banks are getting searching for new ways to make money: they’re lowering down payment requirements, targeting lower credit-score borrowers and more.

A recent Wall Street Journal article reveals that mortgage standards are becoming more lax. Within the past year, one in six homebuyers made down payments of less than 10%, which is the highest share since 2008 (excluding FHA mortgages). But in early 2007 that figure was more than 44%.



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