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VERY Sustainable: A Guide to Neighborhood Farmer’s Markets

It’s that wonderful time of year! The Farmer’s Markets and Farm to City Coops are popping up like May flowers.

Here’s a VERY helpful guide to the markets and some delicious vendors to keep an eye out for!

Rittenhouse Farmers’ Market

Location: 18th Street and Walnut Street

Day: Tuesdays, starting June 3, 2014

Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

N3RD Farmers Market

Location: Church Street between 2nd and 3rd Streets (Old City)

Days: Tuesdays

Time: 2:00 – 7:00 PM

Old City’s latest community effort will return this season!

Fairmount Farmers’ Market

Location: 22nd Street and Fairmount Avenue

Day: Thursdays

Time: 3:00 – 7:00 PM

Check out Philly Fair Trade Roasters for delicious coffee.

Jefferson Farmers Market

Location: 10th and Chestnut Street

Day: Thursdays

Time: 11:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Jefferson makes an impact on the local neighborhood of Washington Square West by sponsoring this weekly market.

Liberty Lands Park Farmers’ Market

Location: 3rd and Poplar Streets

Days: Thursdays

Time: 3:00 – 7:00 PM

This farmers market is located at the hub of the Northern Liberties community space, including a playground!

Fitler Square Farmers’ Market

Location: 23rd and Pine Streets

Day: Saturdays

Time: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

The Jennings 1785 Farm  will be selling grass fed beef.

Headhouse Farmers’ Market

Location: 2nd and Lombard Streets

Days: Sundays

Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

This market is located in the historic Society Hill neighborhood, featuring more than 40 vendors, including Frecon Farms’ hard cider and LoveBar’s bean to bar chocolate.

The Food Trust Night Market is a great way to support local vendors! Check out the upcoming Night Market in Old City Philadelphia on Thursday, May 15, 2014.

VERY Snowy: What to do in Philadelphia on a Snow Day!

With weather forecasts calling for snow, VERY Real Estate shovels up fun snow day activities!

The Belmont Plateau in Fairmount Park is a Philadelphian’s best chance for serious sledding.  Don’t want to clean the car off? Check out the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s famous “Rocky” steps and the hill to the side of the steps, the spot has become a favorite sledding destination.

If snow angels are more your speed, our favorite squares – Washington square, Rittenhouse Square or Franklin Square – offer enough open space for snow angles, building snow men and the inevitable snow ball fight!

We can’t forget about our furry friends – most dogs LOVE spending time in the snow. It’s a great time to bring them to the city’s dog parks, like the Schuylkill River Park Dog Run, near Rittenhouse Square.

After sledding and playing in the snow, warm up with some delicious hot chocolate from The Franklin Fountain in Old City

If après ski is more your speed, VERY understands! Layer your favorite alpine sweater with a puffy jacket and check out some great neighborhood bars and restaurants to make it through the bad weather!

There are two options for a snowy day in Old City: Philadelphia Bar & Restaurant which has amazing windows to watch the snowfall, while staying warm inside! The Plough & Stars has a cozy fire to warm you up. Both spots are cozy and welcoming.  For anyone near Rittenhouse Square, a.bar offers delightful and cozy cocktails and amazing views of the Square to watch the snowfall.

Growlers, in Bella Vista, offers fireplaces, a living room atmosphere and good food! Tria and Varga are great wine and beer bars in the Washington Square West neighborhood that will help this neighborhood weather the storm!

We hope you enjoy the snow and whatever you decide to do! Stay warm and safe!

VERY Supportive: VERY Real Estate supports Small Business Saturday in Philadelphia

Tomorrow, Saturday November 30, 2013 is Small Business Saturday. Small businesses benefit the community and neighborhoods they are located in, providing unique items and fantastic customer service – all qualities VERY Real Estate adheres to.

Adresse in Old City is perfect for any fashion-istas on your list! Or, if you are looking for a fabulous holiday party dress, this is the first place you should check!

If you’re in Northern Liberties, check out Swag Boutique! This shop takes local to a whole new level, offering unique, & handmade gifts by local artisans.

Miel Patisserie in Rittenhouse Square is the sweet spot for any sweet tooth on your list.  Grab an espresso to recharge your shopping batteries!

If you’re in the Art Museum/Fairmount neighborhood, check out Take 2 Chic Boutique for unique jewelry and accessories gifts this holiday season.

If you have an avid reader on your holiday list, check out Head House Books in Queen Village.

After crossing off your holiday to do list, stop by the Papery’s new location in Washington Square West for holiday cards, unique gift tags and fabulous wrapping paper! The Papery also has great hostess gifts.

Where ever you are, don’t forget that shopping local can make a big impact on your neighborhood.

VERY Entertaining: Ideas for Entertaining and Decorating this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is only one week away and VERY Real Estate wanted to offer some fun tips for entertaining this Thanksgiving!

Easy Holiday Decorating Ideas

A quick and easy way to introduce a snug and welcoming feel to your rooms is to swap out pillows in lightweight fabrics, like linen and cotton, for luxe velvet ones in rich, fall shades. Add coordinating throws for a warm, layered look.

Adding a wreath, in fall colors, to any space spruces up the area and gets you ready to entertain!  It’s a great piece to help transition through the fall entertaining season. Placing mums and a few pumpkins by your front door welcomes guests before they’ve even knocked!

 Setting the scene: Tablescapes

Our favorite idea for a unique Thanksgiving centerpiece is to frame black-and-white photos of memorable moments throughout the year, placing them along the center of the table. This creates depth and is a great conversation starter.

Want the “kids’ table to be just as special? Use these recycled plastic wishbones attaching one to each rolled-up napkin with some twine. It’s a unique napkin holder, and a perfect solution for including everyone in the holiday tradition.

A favorite hostess gift of VERY is sending a floral arrangement the day before the party! This helps the hostess decorate and is a unique way to express your gratitude!

 The Secret Ingredient:  Semi-Homemade

If cooking a full Thanksgiving dinner intimidates you, like it does a few of us, here are some delicious take out options

Percy Street BBQ in Queen Village/Bella Vista, offers two take out options:  a full Thanksgiving dinner or just the turkey which will feed between 6 to 8 people.

If side dish help is what you need, consider Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse! They are offering side dishes to go!

For a complete list of Thanksgiving Dinner take-out options, check out eater.com’s list.

 Get This Party Started!

Greeting friends and family with a tray of already prepared piping-hot cider, garnished with fresh cinnamon stir sticks is a great way to get the party started! This handy tip allows you to easily manage your guest’s arrival – taking their coats and handling any hostess gift or menu items they may have brought!

Serving dinner buffet style helps the hosts enjoy the party too! Assign dishes or ask your guests what they’d like to bring to dinner. When they arrive, transfer everything to matching platters and serving dishes to create a striking display. Create mini-menu cards, letting guests know what each dish is. This lets the cuisine take over hosting duties for a little while.

If you want to stick to the traditional sit down dinner, a dessert buffet is a great option during the holiday season.  This encourages guests to move and mingle!