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Four Fresh and Delicious Recipes to Make with Farmer’s Market Ingredients

It’s officially Arlington area Farmer’s Markets season!  With eight different markets, set up all over Arlington County, it will never be easier to stock up on fresh produce, meats, cheeses, flowers (and more!).  To get you in the spirit, we’re sharing four delicious recipes for spring!  And the best part is that all of them can be made with local farmer’s market’s freshest ingredients:

1. Tomato Mozzarella Basil Tart with Mozzarella cheese from District Cheese at Fairlington Farmer’s Market (Arlington’s newest market!)

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2. Triple Berry Salad with raspberries, blueberries and strawberries from Westmoreland Berry Farm from Ballston FreshFarms Market

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3. Arugula Lemon Pizza with arugula & lemons from Arlington Farmers Market

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4. Baked Eggs Boat with French bread from Baguette Republic from Clarendon Farmer’s Market 

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You can also find the full list of Farmer’s Markets in Arlington here on Arlington Patch, but we’ve also listed a few of our favorites, that are all right around the corner from The Maxwell:

  • Ballston FreshFarm Market: Open Thursdays, May through October from 3-7PM, located in Welburn Square across from the Ballston Metro
  • Clarendon Farmer’s Market: Open Wednesdays, April through December from 3-7PM, located at Clarendon Blvd. & N. Highland St.
  • Arlington Farmers Market: Open Saturdays, April through December from 8-noon, located at  N. Courthouse Rd. & N. 14th St.

Be sure to share your farmer’s market finds with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!  Just use the hashtag #LiveWellMaxwell.  Happy Spring!

LEED Gold Certified

The Maxwell offers so many features that make it different than all of the other apartments out there. A big part of that being that we here at The Maxwell promise to provide a home that’s equally as good to our residents as it is to the environment around it.

We are so excited to announce that The Maxwell is now a LEED® Gold certified building! And being LEED® certified is something that has been very important to us since the start. It allows us to demonstrate that our building is truly “green.”

So, what does all of this mean?

LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a certification given by The Green Building Certification Institute. There is a scorecard in which our “project,” The Maxwell, has been rated on in the following categories:

Transportation:
The Maxwell is served by 16 bus lines within one quarter mile walking distance of the building.

Water Consumption:
We are 51.1% more water efficient than the average building. Inside the building, we used low-flow faucets, showers and low-flush water closets, reducing water consumption by 31% compared to the average building.

Energy Efficiency:
We have achieved energy cost savings of 29.2% because of the energy efficiency measures incorporated into The Maxwell building design, including reduced interior lighting power density and high efficiency air source heat pumps.

Renewable Energy:
We match our consumption with renewable energy credits! We have purchased Green-e accredited Tradable Renewable Certificates (RECs) equal to 100% of the predicted annual electrical consumption over a 2-year period.

Waste Management:
The Maxwell project has diverted 76.67% of on-site generated construction waste from landfill.

Recycled Content:
21.47% of the total building materials content, by value, have been manufactured using recycled materials. 26.4% of the total building materials value includes building materials and/or products that have been extracted, harvested or recovered, as well as manufactured within 500 miles of the project site.

Beyond these categories defined by LEED®, and probably most appealing to our residents, every unit in The Maxwell also features ENERGY STAR® appliances and Nest Learning Thermostats.  You can read more about these two features below.

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ENERGY STAR® appliances: The Maxwell features appliances that have received ENERGY STAR® certification, which is a government-backed symbol for energy-efficiency. Having ENERGY STAR® appliances helps us to save our residents high energy costs as well as reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other harmful pollutants.

Nest learning thermostats: Nest Thermostats can save up to half of a home’s energy bill, simply by having a “programmed” thermostat. The nice part about what Nest has done with their Learning Thermostat is that you simply use your thermostat as you normally would and it does the rest. It’s Nest Sense technology learns about you and your home and begins to optimize your home’s energy use based on your habits. We think our residents agree with us in thinking it’s pretty awesome! Fun Fact: It was co-designed by Apple engineers!

Learn more about The Maxwell and it’s features here.

2015 Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington DC

Every year, hundreds of tourists from all over the world, plus local residents, travel to the Tidal Basin in Washington DC to see the cherry blossom trees during the Cherry Blossom Festival.  The festival is a celebration of the gift of the cherry blossoms from Japan and is open to the public and free to attend.  This year’s event begins today, March 20th, and lasts through April 12th.  Whether it’s your first time attending the event or not, here are some helpful hints that we think will ensure smooth sailing during your trip the 2015 Cherry Blossom Festival.

Peak Bloom:  It’s always hard to tell, but experts say that the Peak Bloom Date is when 70% of the trees have blossomed.  Surrounding the Peak Bloom Date is the Blooming Period, before more than 20% of the petals fall and leaves appear which typically lasts about 14 days.  Just from taking a look at past year’s bloom schedules, it appears the best time to go would be between the weekends of March 20 – April 3 (but of course, we’re no experts).

Transportation: The closest Metro station to the Tidal Basin is the Smithsonian Metro Station and from there it’s about a 10 minute walk.  There is no designated Cherry Blossom Festival parking, and parking is very limited in the area as well, so the Metro is usually the easiest way to get there.  If you’re leaving from The Maxwell, simply hop on the Orange line to get there.

Once Your There:  Besides walking the Tidal Basin on foot, you’ll also have the option to experience the cherry blossoms by paddle boat.  The Tidal Basin Boathouse is located at 1501 Maine Ave. SW and offers boat rides for $12-24 per hour, between the hours of 10 AM and 12 PM.  We recommend that reserve your boats in advance online, to ensure boat availably: http://www.tidalbasinpaddleboats.com/reservations.html

After-Party:  Since you’re most likely traveling a little ways to see the cherry blossoms, you’ll want to make sure to have some other activities planned to do while in Washington DC.  Beyond the various events the festival puts on, there are many local restaurants and bars that celebrate the festival with great specials and deals that are worth checking out.  For example, Mari Vanna DC will be offering $5 cherry pies, $5 cherry vodka shots and $5 cherry cocktails during the festival.  We love this article about 10 ways to eat and drink your way through the festival, plus you can read more about related events on the Festival’s website here: http://www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/

Have fun and be sure to share your pictures with us on social media using the hashtag #LiveWellMaxwell!


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