Thursday, October 8, 2009

October newsletter


Fall is here and I am sure you are enjoying this beautiful weather as much as I am. It's also the time not to forget to pay close attention to health. Here are a few swine flu and common cold things to look out for:
Symptoms of the Novel HINI (Swine) virus include fever (over 104 degrees) and respiratory-tract illness (cough, sore throat, runny nose), headaches and in some cases vomiting and diarrhea. The Novel HINI flu virus differs from a cold in that the onset of symptoms is sudden, not gradual. A fever is common and lasts three to four days, which is rare with a cold, and a cough that is dry and can become severe. Coughing is typically mild with a cold. Muscle or joint aches, headaches, extreme exhaustion and chest discomfort are commom and are rare or mild with a cold. If you are concerned that your symptoms might be of swine flue, contact your doctor. Ok enough of that. Let's talk about the market.

Foreclosures fell slightly in Sept. - Last month, foreclosures dropped slightly, while home prices inched up again. Lenders foreclosed on 3,759 Valley homes - almost a 5% drop from August, according to the Information Market. It's the second month in a row foreclosures have fallen. Pre-foreclosures also dropped in September suggesting that there will be another decline in foreclosures this month. There were 7,857 pre-foreclosures, or notice of trustee sales, filed by lenders last month - an 11% drop. The median price of metro Phoenix home sales climbed to $130,000, according to Mike Orr's Cromford Report. A month ago, the median was $127,000. Home prices, particularly in many of the Valley's edge communities, have been slowly climbing since April. New-home prices are up as well, with the median price of a new Valley home reaching $197,948, after hitting a recent low of $183,750 in July.

Here are some Pumpkin Patches and Fall Harvest Festivals you might want to check out.

Apple Annie’s Produce & Pumpkins
6405 W. Williams Rd., Willcox, AZ 85643 - 520-384-2084
From their web site: "Enjoy old-fashioned family fun picking your own pumpkins, fall
vegetables and apples. Pumpkins of all sizes, shapes and colors will be available for
picking in our huge pumpkin patch. $3/person fee includes hayride to the pumpkin
patch and children's play area; children 2 and under are free. We-pick pumpkins will be available at the
pumpkin stand. Don't miss Arizona's newest and largest, absolutely amazing CORN MAZE with 3 levels
of difficulty - it's perfect for the entire family! Come early and enjoy a delicious "All-You-Can-Eat" pancake
breakfast served from 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM, or partake in the Apple Smoked Burger lunch served
from 11 AM - 4 PM; both meals are served at our orchard location." Bring your camera and a jacket, as
fall days can be quite cool in Willcox.
In 2009: October 10-11, October 17-18, October 24-25, October 31.

Aqua Linda Farm
Amado, Arizona - 520-398-3218
Pumpkin patch, hayrides, petting zoo, pony rides, farm raised burgers, you-pick vegetables, Farm Store,
homemade pumpkin pie, hay bale maze, live music and movie nights by the pumpkin patch. $7 per car
admission includes hayrides, petting zoo and maze. No additional charge on movie nights Oct. 16, 23 &
30. In 2009: Saturdays and Sundays, Oct. 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31.
Some Friday evenings, too.

Freeman Farms Pumpkin Festival
1096 E. Road 3 South, Chino Valley, Arizona - 520-850-3990
Farm fresh pumpkins off the vine! Enjoy the scenery of a working farm. See Mammoth Donkeys and
enjoy the animals in the petting zoo. Hay Ride; Mini-Corn Maze; Horse Presentations. Activities have a
charge. There is no admission charge to purchase pumpkins or produce located at the check out stand.
In 2009: Open every Friday, Saturday & Sunday in October from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Have a safe and Happy Halloween