BUY LOCAL: Introducing Genuine Girard Foods

The Beardsley Team believes strongly in supporting our local small business. Today we introduce you to “Genuine Girard Foods”. Here they are in their own words.

Welcome to Genuine Girard Foods. We are a brother and sister team that combines Mark’s 25 years of experience as a chef with Cindy’s 15+ years of experience cooking for a family which has dietary restrictions. Both of us face health challenges, but do not want those challenges to prevent us from being productive members of the community.

We opened for business in January 2013 and we started selling publicly at the Metcalfe Farmer’s Market in August that year. We are striving to offer healthy alternatives to the commercial prepared foods found in stores. Our aim is to be able to expand the company so that we can hire other people with disabilities, and to empower them to gain the work place skills that will enable them to move on to work in fields that better fit their skills or apply their skills within Genuine Girard.  Our good friend, Matt Carroll has joined us in our vision. As he gains work experience with us, we learn more about how to set up the business to accomplish our goals to make it a social enterprise which effectively trains and/or employs those with disabilities. Cindy will be able to use her background as an adult education teacher and parent of two young men with autism spectrum disorders to design a suitable personalized training program for each individual that works with us.

Although we believe that starting with organic food is best, we realize that not everyone can support that alternative on their budget, as a result we offer a variety of healthy foods for every budget- some organic, some not. At all times though we strive to keep our food:

  • Preservative free
  • MSG free
  • Free of artificial flavour enhancers
  • Free of artificial sweeteners
  • Free of artificial colours
  • Free of man-made chemicals

We love what we do and if you are on a restrictive diet we would be honoured to help you to find a solution. Let us know if we can design a food for you. We are also available to offer you cooking advice; please feel free to call or email us your questions. A short video can be found here.

The Beardsley Team encourages you to please BUY LOCAL and support companies such as this. Note the Beardsley Team is not affiliated with Genuine Girard Foods in any way and does not receive any compensation of any type. The Beardsley Team encourages you to please BUY LOCAL and support companies such as this.

Bev and Keith Beardsley, sales representatives and also Seniors Real Estate Specialists with Keller Williams Solid Rock Realty (Brokerage). They serve the Ottawa region including the many rural communities that surround the city. Call or text 613-897-6839, www.BeardsleyTeam.ca, www.Facebook.com/OttawaCountryHomes.

BUY LOCAL- the Metcalfe Farmer’s Market

We support our local businesses and have included a “BUY LOCAL” page on our web site to encourage people to use and buy from local businesses as much as possible. This article is one of a series that we hope will encourage you to “buy local.”

When you live in the country one of the things you get to enjoy is the local farmer’s market. Near us we have four (Metcalfe, North Gower, Kemptville and Chesterville) with others a bit further away.

During the months that it is open, the Metcalfe Farmer’s Market is one of our must do items every Saturday. Some weekends we even manage to get to all four (Kemptville is open on Sunday). It is hard to beat the prices of the fresh produce and we have a couple of favourite vendors where we stop by to pick up fresh vegetables and berries, baked goods, jams and salsa. But the market is much more than that, it is a collection of friendly knowledgeable people who would love to say hello. We have put together a quick video to give you a bit of the flavour of the market. There is a lot of information on their web site at http://metcalfefm.com/ along with a list of the vendors etc.

Located in Metcalfe, the market is roughly a 20 minute drive from the 417/174 split. Why don’t you drive out and walk around, chat with the vendors and see what might interest you. Our video is here.

Bev and Keith Beardsley, sales representatives and also Seniors Real Estate Specialists with Keller Williams Solid Rock Realty (Brokerage). They serve the Ottawa region including the many rural communities that surround the city. Call or text 613-897-6839, www.BeardsleyTeam.ca, www.Facebook.com/OttawaCountryHomes.

BUY LOCAL: Introducing Phyllis Home Baking

The BEARDSLEY TEAM strongly supports buying local and we encourage everyone to support our local businesses. We have added a “BUY LOCAL” page to our web site and there you will find the contact information for many local businesses as well as links to the local farmers markets and fairs. We encourage you to support these companies as they contribute so much to our local rural economy.
The first one that we would like to introduce is “Phyllis Home Baking” VIEW HERE.
Here in her own words is Phyllis:
“Hi my name is Phyllis Desnoyers.  I grew up on a farm in Buckingham, Quebec and I began baking at a very young age.
As you may know forty years ago there was no such a thing as electric mixers and all the fancy equipment we have today.  We had the good old woodstove with no timers on them; we had to make do with an old fashioned clock. Every year the threshing machine would go from farm to farm to harvest the crops and everyone would help out. I helped out with feeding the workers. That is when I learned to bake and I began to enjoy it, I thought it was fun.
After growing up and finishing school I started working, got married and had a family .When our children grew up and got married and had their own children I was still working. This was when I decided to leave my job and do something different and that is when I started baking and I joined the Metcalfe Farmers Market.
I began with approximately fifteen home-made pies and two dozen butter tarts. Every year I would add one new item.  I am now in my twenty-second year at the Market and enjoy it and love my customers and I have met so many lovely people.
I now make an assortment of squares, cookies, scones, muffins, doughnuts, pies, quiches and  various loaves of bread, chicken pies and much more. When my Christmas shows are beginning I start making Christmas cakes, Christmas puddings, tourtieres and other goodies. Aĺl of my baking is homemade and made from fresh ingredients,  I do not use any boxed or canned ingredients.
You may contact me at any time, as I take orders, my email address is baking2680@hotmail.com and my phone number is 613-821-0815.”
                       Please support our local businesses and BUY LOCAL

Bev and Keith Beardsley, sales representatives and also Seniors Real Estate Specialists with Keller Williams Solid Rock Realty (Brokerage). They serve the Ottawa region including the many rural communities that surround the city. Call or text 613-897-6839, www.BeardsleyTeam.ca, www.Facebook.com/OttawaCountryHomes.

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New FREE real estate market update videos are now available

 

New FREE real estate market update videos are now available for the time period of January 1st to May 31st. Videos are available for the following:

  • Russell
  • Greely
  • Osgoode-Vernon-Metcalfe
  • Kemptville
  • Orleans
  • Findlay Creek-Deerfield Village
  • South Keys-Greenboro-Hunt Club Park
  • Riverside South

They can be found on our main Beardsley Team web page at http://www.beardsleyteam.ca/market-videos-and-stats.html

If there are other areas that you are interested in, please email BeardsleyTeam@outlook.com or call 613-821-2384

These free videos are brought to you by the Beardsley Team; serving Ottawa and the surrounding rural communities.

Bev and Keith Beardsley, sales representatives and also Seniors Real Estate Specialists with Keller Williams Solid Rock Realty (Brokerage). They serve the Ottawa region including the many rural communities that surround the city. Call or text 613-897-6839, www.BeardsleyTeam.ca, www.Facebook.com/OttawaCountryHomes.

 

First Time Home Buyer Tip #5- Understand the Process

 

Understand the process. Don’t start learning what to do when you are in the process of submitting an offer. Start with asking your agent to go over the process with you- ideally before you go shopping for your new home. Know the terminology, ask for an explanation of what a counter offer is, how it works. Find out what is expected of you. Ask your agent for a blank copy of an offer so that you have time to look at it, digest what is in it and you have time to ask questions and get concerns addressed before you sit down with your agent to write up your first offer.  When looking for a home you should never feel intimated or feel like you are being pressured into a decision. You need to use an agent that you can trust. Knowledge is power- get ahead of the curve, pick an agent that you can trust and enjoy the journey- enjoy your new home. For additional information watch the video click here

Bev and Keith Beardsley, sales representatives and also Seniors Real Estate Specialists with Keller Williams Solid Rock Realty (Brokerage). They serve the Ottawa region including the many rural communities that surround the city. Call or text 613-897-6839, www.BeardsleyTeam.ca, www.Facebook.com/OttawaCountryHomes.

First time home buyer tip #4- Stop Looking at Fixer-Uppers

Stop looking at fixer-uppers. It is always tempting when you see the price of some homes advertised as needing TLC or a fixer-upper or “sold as is” to think that they might be a great buy. They can be if you know what you are doing or if you have friends or family with renovating experience. It is one thing to give such a home a coat of paint; it is quite another thing to have to start ripping out kitchens or putting on a new roof etc. Look at the repairs they need and add on the cost of making those renovations to the asking price to see if this is something you really want to do. To that add on living in the dust and noise etc of a work in progress instead of enjoying your new home. That is another overlooked item to consider. If you don’t have the skills or budget, find a home that is in decent condition even if it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of a new home. You can save for those over time.

For additional information watch the video click here

Bev and Keith Beardsley, sales representatives and also Seniors Real Estate Specialists with Keller Williams Solid Rock Realty (Brokerage). They serve the Ottawa region including the many rural communities that surround the city. Call or text 613-897-6839, www.BeardsleyTeam.ca, www.Facebook.com/OttawaCountryHomes.

First Time Home Buyer Tip #3

Tip number three is really pretty simple. While searching the internet you will always have questions about various properties. At this point in your search (after picking your communities and getting pre-approved), it is time to stop clicking on agent after agent to ask questions about these properties. Besides being inundated with responses from agents and their additional messages that come later; you are much better off to find just one agent who you think will do a great job for you. It doesn’t matter which company or which agent has the listing that you have a question about; the agent you trust and choose can get you all the answers that you need. Which agent you pick and who you trust is entirely up to you- you are in control when making that decision. Just choose carefully as you will be relying on them for much of your buying experience. Note that the best agent is rarely the agent who tells you they are the best. The best agents let you find that out on your own and they demonstrate their expertise by the way they work with you.

For additional information watch the video click here

Bev and Keith Beardsley, sales representatives and also Seniors Real Estate Specialists with Keller Williams Solid Rock Realty (Brokerage). They serve the Ottawa region including the many rural communities that surround the city. Call or text 613-897-6839, www.BeardsleyTeam.ca, www.Facebook.com/OttawaCountryHomes.

First time home buyer tip #2- the pre-approval process

Tip 2:

Now is the time to get pre-approved by a reputable lender. We have several on our web site. It is very important to know what you can afford before you start looking at homes. This blog site has several articles on the pre-approval process. Scroll down the list and you will find a three part one under “Are You Thinking About Buying a Home” Those three articles will go into quite a bit more detail.
For additional information watch the video click here

Bev and Keith Beardsley, sales representatives and also Seniors Real Estate Specialists with Keller Williams Solid Rock Realty (Brokerage). They serve the Ottawa region including the many rural communities that surround the city. Call or text 613-897-6839, www.BeardsleyTeam.ca, www.Facebook.com/OttawaCountryHomes.

 

First Time Home Buyer’s Tip #1

AN EXCLUSIVE PROGRAM OF THE BEARDSLEY TEAM

Are you a first time buyer? Are you ready to compete with the thousands of other buyers who will be out looking for a home at the same time as you? Are you getting stressed out about the process? Are you worried about how to get started?

The Beardsley Team has a package for first time buyers just like you. Our aim is to make this process enjoyable and help you to find the home of your dreams.

A great way to get started is a “buyer’s strategy” session. If you are not yet ready for that, check out our “FIVE FIRST TIME BUYER TIPS.” Read over these points before you go to see your very first home or drop into an open house:

FIVE FIRST TIME BUYER TIPS

1. Pick a neighbourhood or town that you would like to live in. Forget about browsing the internet for now. Drive and check out the area. See what it offers. Try to focus on only one to three neighbourhoods maximum. That will help me to focus on specific features that you want in your area of choice.

Drive around those neighbourhoods at least three times at different times of the day and on weekends. See what is going on there. Check the commuting time to your place of work. Are these neighbourhoods still your top choices?

More information can be found on this video: First Time Buyers Tip #1

Watch for additional blogs as we present more First Time Buyer Tips or visit www.BeardsleyTeam.ca for additional information on our first time buyer’s package.

Bev and Keith Beardsley, sales representatives and also Seniors Real Estate Specialists with Keller Williams Solid Rock Realty (Brokerage). They serve the Ottawa region including the many rural communities that surround the city. Call or text 613-897-6839, www.BeardsleyTeam.ca, www.Facebook.com/OttawaCountryHomes.

 

Welcome to Greely (May 2016)

We have updated our “Rural Communities” page on our web site with a new video on the Greely Real Estate market.

Welcome to Greely, one of the fastest growing communities in Eastern Ontario. Many people associate Greely with expensive homes that reach into the millions of dollars. But in reality it has quite a mix of housing. As the attached video shows Greely also has relatively new developments that includes townhomes that start in the $300,000s. It also has an older section and many beautiful areas with tree lined streets, large lots and very affordable housing. Greely certainly has homes priced over the $600,000 mark as well, but Greely truly does offer something for everyone. The video can be found here

If you have questions on the Greely market or on any of its surrounding communities give us a call and we can chat about real estate in those communities. Our main web page is www.beardsleyteam.ca

Bev and Keith Beardsley, sales representatives and also Seniors Real Estate Specialists with Keller Williams Solid Rock Realty (Brokerage). They serve the Ottawa region including the many rural communities that surround the city. Call or text 613-897-6839, www.BeardsleyTeam.ca, www.Facebook.com/OttawaCountryHomes.