Support Farmer’s Markets

vegetablesFrom enjoying produce at the peak of freshness to meeting the people who grow your food, there are countless reasons to support farmers markets. From the farmers at CUESA, here are just a few!

1. Taste Real Flavors
The fruits and vegetables you buy at the farmers market are the freshest and tastiest available. Fruits are allowed to ripen fully in the field and are brought directly to you—no long-distance shipping, no gassing to simulate the ripening process, no sitting for weeks in storage. This food is as real as it gets—fresh from the farm.

2. Support Family Farmers
Family farmers need your support. Buying directly from farmers gives them a better return for their produce and gives them a fighting chance in today’s globalized economy.

3. Protect the Environment
Food in the U.S. travels an average of 1,500 miles to get to your plate. All this shipping uses large amounts of natural resources (especially fossil fuels), contributes to pollution, and creates trash with extra packaging. Food at the farmers market is transported shorter distances and is generally grown using methods that minimize the impact on the earth.

4. Nourish Yourself
Most food found at the farmers market is minimally processed, and many of our farmers go to great lengths to grow the most nutritious produce possible by using sustainable techniques, picking produce right before the market, and growing heirloom varieties.

5. Know Where Your Food Comes From
A regular trip to a farmers market is one of the best ways to connect with where your food comes from. Meeting and talking to farmers is a great opportunity to learn more about how and where food is produced.

6. Connect with Your Community
Wouldn’t you rather shop outside on a sunny day than roll your cart around a grocery store with artificial lights and piped in music? Coming to the farmers market makes shopping a pleasure rather than a chore. The farmers market is a community hub—a place to meet up with your friends, bring your children and experience small town life.

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The Joys of Living in a Small Town

There is an abundance of reasons to live in a small town, and more and more people are moving out of the city to a rural community saying that their reasons to live in a small town started with wanting a slower pace of life, or a better place to bring up their kids. There are some great benefits to living in a city but here are a few reasons to live in a small town.

1. Sense of Community
You may not have the whole town round for dinner once a week, but when there is a crisis – like a fire on a farm or somebody loses their dog– you will be amazed at how the community rallies together to get their fellow townsfolk the help they need.

2. The Stars
There is something really magical and humbling to sit outside under a wide open sky with a carpet of stars. In the country, or small town, you get to have that every single night of your life. Leave the light pollution of the city behind and move to a small town.

3. No Traffic and There is Always Parking
Once you have lived in a small town for a while, you kind of become allergic to traffic, as the only small town traffic you will encounter is a few minute wait at the stop light or sing. And there is always parking outside the grocery store.

8. Everybody Knows You
This may seem like a downside, but it’s a huge plus. Everybody knows where you live and who you are, how many sugars you take in your morning coffee at the café, what days you walk your dog, how many kids you have, what car you drive. You can be sure that your neighbors and friends will know immediately if you are in trouble or if you need help and will rally around you.

If you need extra reasons to live in a small town, then think about a beautiful place to connect with nature. Many people are moving to the countryside for a peaceful life where they can spend time together as a family. What would inspire you to move out of the city?

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Small Town, Big Tradition

Small towns have traditions. For one weekend every July, as the sun goes down over the town of The Dalles, the bright spotlights come up around a dirt arena. The smells of hot dogs, burgers and fresh-popped kettle corn mingle with warm earth, horses and hay. Fans from around the community fill the bleachers at the Milt Tumilson arena in anticipation of a cherished—and valuable—tradition: The Fort Dalles Rodeo. During the event, competitors, spectators and friends will descend on the park for three days of competition, and entertainment; all part of the annual Fort Dalles Days.

Fort Dalles Rodeo Queen, Carsen Cordell and Wally Wolf from the Fort Dalles Rodeo Association

Fort Dalles Rodeo Queen, Carsen Cordell and Wally Wolf from the Fort Dalles Rodeo Association

This year the Fort Dalles ‘Rough and Wild’ Pro Am Rodeo celebrates 50 years. Of course, back then there were no fairgrounds to hold the event. The rodeo was held at the Fort Dalles Riders Association arena off Chenoweth road. In those days, that small parking lot and a small camp trailer provided ample space and an office for the home grown rodeo.

From those humble beginnings, this good ol’ small town event gradually picked up momentum and grew. But despite its coming of age, the rodeo is still, at heart, a local event. It is still very much dependent on local volunteer efforts. It donates a portion of its proceeds to a local charity with its ‘Tough Enough to Wear Pink’ night. There is a sense of community spirit that surrounds this event like no other. It is a celebration of pride and tradition as only a small town can deliver.

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Why We Love Real Estate

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do.”
Steve Jobs

Forbes recently rated real estate brokers as having the happiest jobs in America. They listed reasons such as being your own boss, a flexible schedule, and the diversity of business. But they missed the real reason…it is the people you get to meet and serve. When you realize you’re making someone’s dream come true, and you found your client the house that will be a home to their family, all the long days and challenges of the job don’t seem to matter.

The Sweet Smell of Success!

The Sweet Smell of Success!

It is a great feeling when we help our clients achieve their dreams, whether it’s buying or selling. Real estate is going to be the most expensive investment people make in their lives. So, when we can find a buyers dream home, that is exciting. Or when we can get a fantastic offer on the sale of a seller’s home, we’re in heaven. Nothing is more satisfying than being next to a new home owner or seller at the closing table and seeing a smile on their face because we helped make this process as stress free and exciting as possible for them and everyone involved.

Recently, one of our brokers received a beautiful bouquet of flowers as a thank you gift from a client. A wonderful and thoughtful gesture to mark the successful transaction. But the real gift was at the beginning of the journey; just by choosing her as their agent, they were saying they trust her judgment and know she was going to do right by them. There’s nothing more rewarding than that!

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Have a Blast in The Dalles on the Fourth

What is more American than 4th of July in a small town? Many communities in our area celebrate the holiday, but The Dalles gets it right.

Back in the day, The Dalles was known for its fireworks display. Back then the rockets were launched off The Dalles Dam and the entire community came out to admire the pop and crackle of brightly colored fireworks as they filled the night sky. Now a few visionary community members have galvanized the community of to come together and bring back the tradition. What can I say? I’m a sap for good ol’ small town 4th of July goodness and The Dalles offers plenty.

The celebration kicks off with a James Otto concert and continues on the 4th with a jammed packed day of activities. Starting with a patriotic pancake breakfast, followed by a Rocket Run or yoga to burn off the calories. Then there’s the parade, with a Family Fun Festival with live music and fun stuff to do all day long. But the part that has my attention is the end. Of course it ends the way it should: with a fireworks display. But this isn’t just any pyrotechnical display. According to organizers, the display will feature the largest rockets allowed to be launched in the USA!

Sounds like the perfect way to spend your 4th of July weekend.

Check here for the schedule of events to get more information on the weekend.
Hope y’all have a Happy 4th!

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The Dalles Swimming Pool Opens

It’s easy to get excited about the opening of The Dalles Swimming Pool this weekend. The renovation is a great example of what can be created when people work together.  This exciting project has been a long time in the planning and came to fruition thanks to the dedication of some hardworking and determined locals. The occasion marks a milestone of achievement for this community.

Saturday’s grand opening begins at 1pm and lasts until 4pm. The pool will remain open until 6pm.

The newly completed upmarket facility is a user-friendly pool that has been designed to provide the best of facilities –the latest pool technology and easy accessibility for users. The eight lane, 50 meter pool has something for everyone with a 140 foot water slide, diving board and an aquatic climbing wall. There is a 1,800 foot splash park on the grounds that will be free and open to the public.

There are new, expanded locker rooms, with additional showers added outdoors. The Parks and Recreation offices will be on the second floor of the building.
This is a huge asset for The Dalles area and will be a great gathering place for friends and family alike.

Well done to our community and this wonderful group of volunteers and supporters. We look forward to making the most of this great facility.

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The Hot Topic of Wildfires

It’s that time of the year again.
The season when we are reminded that some of the qualities we most enjoy in the eastern Gorge- our warm, dry climate and beautiful natural landscapes – create potential wildfire conditions.

Fire is a beneficial force in our ecosystem, but it is hard to think about that when a wildfire is burning in our community. We can however take steps to reduce risk of loss to a wildfire. By taking steps to make your property “fire safe,” you can learn to live with fire season.

According to the Oregon Department of Forestry, creating defensible space around your home is the best way to protect your home from wildfire. The first 30 feet surrounding your home is the most critical – and there are some simple actions that homeowners can take to help protect their homes from wildfire that are easy, quick, and relatively inexpensive, such as:
• Removing dead and dying debris – particularly from places that it piles up near the    home such as in gutters and planters, any “valleys” that can catch debris that embers and sparks can blow onto – the most common way for a wildfire to damage or destroy a home
• Storing firewood at least 20 feet away from the home or completely covering it to protect it from those same blowing embers and sparks.
• Properly maintaining the plants that are in the area – pruning, removing dead and dying materials, and keeping them well-watered and green.
• Planting fire-resistant plants in your landscape.
While these steps do not ensure that your home will survive a wildfire, they substantially increase the chances that it will.

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The Dalles Gets a Dash of COLOR!

20150516_085321May 16th, 2015 is going down as one of THE most colorful days in our city’s history. The community rallied together to welcome and support a family friendly, fun and charitable event, hopefully the first of many to come.

Color Dash came to town, registering over 1000 participants, with 50% of the funds raised going to support The Dalles Chamber of Commerce and Mid Columbia Health Foundation’s “Level the Playing Field” drive, to revamp and improve The Dalles High School’s weight room and weight equipment.

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Maupin Daze 2015

  

If you are looking for something fun this Saturday, take a drive to South Wasco County and town of Maupin for Maupin Daze 2015.  There are many activities to take part in from a parade and community garage sales, to Grills and Grapes at Maupin Hardware, Bands, Foods and much more!  Activities start at 10 am and admission is free!  For more Information go to http://www.maupinoregon.com/index.php?m=53&s=438.  While you are enjoying the sunshine, Deschutes River and many activities, you might also want to check out some of our South Wasco County Listings.  http://columbiariverproperties.com/category/location/maupin/

 

 

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Real Estate Scams and You….

Real-Estate-Internet-MarketingWith the advent of the Internet, real estate sales and marketing were set on an exciting path, leading to greater visibility and marketability, bringing real estate listings to the forefront of the American and World markets. All at the click of the keyboard and mouse.

Real estate has always been a very visual business; it is more visual then ever, with clients examining homes (and professionals) online before they ever view them in person. This has also opened up a terrifyingly new way for scammers to not only rob people of their money, but also put the public, homeowners, and their properties in danger.

Sellers, please be sure you know exactly where your broker/agent plans on marketing your property, and be sure all photos have a watermark or copyright mark on them.

Buyers and Renters, if it is too good to be true, it usually is! If you see a property for sale or rent online, PLEASE check with a licensed real estate professional to be sure it is a legitimate sale or rental listing. Legitimate real estate brokers, agents, and property managers will most likely never ask you to wire funds without viewing the property, doing a background check, and all the necessary paperwork. If you run across a scam, or are the victim of one, please notify the proper authorities.

Click here for an article from Yahoo News about just such a problem, plaguing both home sellers and renters alike.

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