Sunday, August 30, 2009

September is Buy Local Month is the Catskills!

Pure Catskills is teaming up with Farm Catskills for a month-long celebration of the bounty of foods available and the multitude of great events happening in September! We’re asking members of our community to show their commitment to local farms and fresh foods by taking the Buy Local Challenge, a pledge to spend $10 each week on local food for the month of September – or even longer! Our goal is to sign on 500 community members by September 30th. In October, we’ll celebrate the thousand of dollars pledge toward our local businesses.

Buy Local Month kicks-off at Farm Fair to be held on Sunday, September 6 from 2:30 to 7:00 pm at the West Kortright Centre, East Meredith. Throughout September, Buy Local Month representatives will ask residents at local farmers markets and seasonal festivals to take the Buy Local Challenge.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Slow Food Catskills Putting it Up Workshop

Diane Frances of La Basse Cour in South Kortright talks cucumbers with a fellow pickler.

Rosalie Glauser of the Slow Down Food Company in Andes leading a canning demonstration.

Slow Food Catskills
organized a great canning workshop called, "Putting it Up" at the Delaware County Historical Association. Over 50 canners learned tips and tricks on preserving string beans, cucumbers and tomatoes.

The Great Zucchini Challenge!

Slow Food Upper Delaware River Valley hosted a Zucchini Challenge last weekend at The Cutting Garden in Youngsville. It was a great day to celebrate zucchini with all sorts of contests - from professional and amateur cooking to a search for the largest cucurbit in the Catskills!

Prize-winning zucchini earrings.

The judge deliberate over the most delicious dish!

Sabrina Artel of Trailer Talk interviews cooking contest entrants.