Archive for April 2012

Farmers’ Markets You Should Visit in Peterborough

04/27/2012

One of the best things about spring is the fact that farmers’ markets begin opening up everywhere.

Peterborough is no exception. Home to our award-winning Avonlea community, this great town has more than its share of great farmers’ markets.

Consider this list:

  • Peterborough and District Farmers’ Market: This one is open year-round, but will only come outdoors and away from the heated indoors area on April 30th. This weekend, it will host an event called MapleFest Pancake Breakfast. I don’t know about you, but the name alone makes me want to go!

              Hours: Saturdays from 7 am to 1 pm

              Location: the Morrow Building & Parking Lot at the Corner of Lansdowne Street and Roger Neilson Way

             Hours (from May 2 to October 3): Wednesdays from 8:30 am to 2 pm.

             Location: the Louis Street Parking Lot (on the corner of Charlotte Street and Aylmer Street)

Feel like exploring the towns nearby? This blog post lists a few options, such as the Lakefield Farmers’ Market, a short distance from Peterborough.

If you happen to go to one of these markets and haven’t purchased an Avonlea home but are curious about our community, drop by for a visit at our Sales Office, located at 1224 Chemong Drive. (Hours are Mondays through Fridays from noon to 7 pm and weekends from 11 am to 6 pm.) You can also call 705-741-3676 for more info.

What do you like best about farmers’ markets? 

These Simple Earth Day Tips Will Benefit You as Well as the Planet

04/20/2012

Did you know Earth Day is this Sunday, April 22nd?

In fact, on that day events will be held in over 175 countries. Their aim? To increase awareness and appreciation of the Earth’s natural environment.

Having blogged last year about this important date (and having already linked to this page where you can find related events in your area), I’d like to talk about the simple steps that will preserve the environment and provide immediate, measurable benefits for your family and you.

  • If you already own a Mason Home, you’ve already taken a big first step. Our Green for Life program ensures you preserve energy (which saves you money), plus it provides your loved ones with great indoor air quality and helps you lessen your dependence on your car.
  • Using plug-in kettles rather than stovetop ones will help reduce energy consumption.
  • Buying local food also brings about positive consequences for the earth (reduced energy consumption) and for you (fresher, more nutritious, more delicious food). I often tweet about farmers’ markets. (Hint: follow me here.)

What are your favourite tips? I’d love to hear about them!

Final Clearance of New Homes in Downtown St. Catharines

04/13/2012

Final Clearance of New Homes in Downtown St. Catharines

I thought I’d let you know our Chicory Walk community in downtown St. Catharines is having a final clearance sale. Our Mockingbird townhome is on final clearance for $179,999, and the Yorkton model is on sale for $249,999.

Offering family-friendly streets and beautiful architecturally-controlled streetscapes, Chicory Walk is Green for Life. This Mason Homes program helps ensure the well-being of your family as well as the environment’s. It also puts more money back where it belongs — into your pocket.

Check out the community link here for an idea of what makes Chicory Walk a great community, including local amenities and the community plan.

Located at 6 Chicory Crescent, the Chicory Walk Sales Office is open from Monday to Wednesday from noon to 7 pm, and from 11 am to 6 pm on the weekends. Our staff are looking forward to meeting you there — or you can contact us at stcatharines@masonhomes.ca or 905-688-3777.

Make this Easter Weekend a Green One

04/05/2012

A Green Easter

With Easter Weekend coming up, it’s time to consider celebrating it in a manner that’s friendly to and respectful of the environment.

The following tips will help:

Reuse the previous year’s baskets. Why not start with the obvious? And if you don’t have the baskets anymore, be sure to hang on to them this time around.

Make your own treats. This site has great recipes. Pressed for time? (Or maybe you aren’t much of a baker?) Consider getting organic brands, or brands that carry the Fair Trade logo.

Use natural dyes. There’s no reason to expose your kids to more chemicals. This blog offers excellent instructions (and a fun video) on how to use natural dyes.

Get free-run or organic eggs. They have a lower impact on the environment.

Forego the car. Having guests over for dinner? Thanks to New Urbanism design principles, our communities promote walking, so if your guests are from the neighbourhood, encourage everyone to make the most of the beautiful spring weather by stretching their legs. On other hand, if walking’s not an option, arrange carpools.

Your turn! What are you doing this Easter Weekend? Have you considered making it “greener”?


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