Normandy’s Hinsdale Showroom Accepting Home-Grown Garden Donations

As the backyard garden harvests get in full swing, we wanted to remind all our gardening friends that their surplus fruits and veggies would be a welcome addition to the dinner table of a neighbor in need.  This summer, Normandy is pairing up with the Westmont Food Pantry to make it easy for the everyday gardener to help feed the hungry. 

So, if you find yourself with a surplus of fresh produce from your garden, or if you have other perishable or non-perishable items to donate, stop by the Normandy Showroom to make your donation. The owners of Normandy Builders and their families have long been involved in the local food pantry and by creating a drop-off location at our showroom, even more of our neighbors can help in the fight against hunger.

For those of us who love our gardens, but frequently find ourselves with a bounty we, and our families, can’t possibly consume, this is a great way to know that the fruits of our labor will be going to someone who will welcome and enjoy the fresh vegetables of the season.

The Normandy Showroom is located at 440 E Ogden in Hinsdale and is open Monday through Friday from 9-5 and Saturday from 9-4.  

The Extended Summertime Living Space

Now that we’re in the heart of the lazy days of summer, we’re reminded that “lazy” doesn’t really apply to any of the days of summer. Between picnics, parties, weddings, and activities, it can seem like summer weekends get booked up almost before summer begins. But, weekends aren’t the only time we have to enjoy this wonderful weather. Possibly the best part about Chicago summers is our long-awaited warm weather paired with bonus hours of sunlight, seemingly stolen time that is so often lost the rest of the year. The warm weather coupled with those extra hours of daylight translate into friendly gatherings, catching fireflies at dusk, or a stroll in the park. The yard really becomes the “extra” room of everyone’s home during these fleeting summer months and there are some easy ways you can make the most of your largest room underneath the sun and the stars.

  1. Good lighting, but not necessarily bright lighting. Choose something that can allow your enjoyment of these warm summer nights to extend past dusk that corresponds with your outdoor activities. Maybe just a strand of Christmas lights strewn across your deck railing provides just enough light for those firefly hunts.
  2. Comfortable and appropriate outdoor furnishings that suit your lifestyle. If you are more apt to eat dinners (or even brunch) outdoors, then a traditional table and chairs will probably suit your needs best. If you are more inclined to open a bottle of wine and visit with friends then the newer styles of outdoor furniture that mimic indoor furniture (sofas, chairs, ottomans) would probably be a great fit.
  3. Appropriate placement of the grill. One of the best parts of summer is the chance to play backyard chef and grill on the open flame. But every year we hear too many stories about a grill placed too close to the home that results in disaster. It’s recommended that all grills (or outdoor fireplaces or heaters) should be 5-10 feet away from your home or flammable structure, which includes the wood deck.

All too soon, the leaves will begin to change and we will prepare for the beauty of our Midwestern fall. But for now, we can all enjoy the little gift that Mother Nature gives us each and every year.

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