Friday, November 15, 2013

Fresh from the Catskills on the WIOX Watershed Wake-up Call 11/15/13

WELCOME: Beth McKellips, the newest face to the Pure Catskills buy local movement. Beth joins the Council as Farm to Market Coordinator on Monday, November 18.

REGISTER TODAY: 2nd Annual Harvesting Opportunities in New York: Growing Local Food Economies and Protecting Farmland hosted by American Farmland Trust of NY on November 20 at Hotel Albany; all-day event includes cider-doughnut breakfast and lunch for $90.

Over the last 25 years, nearly half a million acres of farmland, the equivalent of 4,500 farms, has been lost to housing developments, shopping malls and big box stores. In fact, over 80 percent of the fruits, vegetables and dairy products produced in New York are grown near urban areas and lie directly in the path of sprawling development. Join others across New York in supporting local farms and saving local farmland. Help grow local food economies, and meet others working to support the next generation of farmers. Registration Opens at 8:30 a.m. Download the Conference Brochure  and register today.
Conference Track 1: Buy Local
Conference Track 2: Save Farms in Your Community
Conference Track 3: Spread the Word
Conference Track 4: Farmland for the Next Generation of Farmers
Compliment your holiday meals with what's Fresh From the Catskills like this recipe for Winter Squash soup.

Oneonta Farmers' Market
November 16, 23, 30 (Saturday) 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Main Street Plaza, Oneonta 13820

Sullivan County Farmers' Markets Association: Callicoon
November 17 and 24 (Sunday) 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. 
Callicoon Creek Park, A. Dorrer Drive
Holiday Pop-Up Market
November 23, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. indoors at the Frank W. Cyr Center (Rexmere). This market is accepting vendors for this and the December 19th indoor market. 
Christmas at the Creamery
November 29-30 Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Ideuma Creek Alpacas Holiday Store
November 30 and December 1
321 Ideuma Road, Unadilla

Look for the Catskills Food Guide on November 23: Pure Catskills members Flaca Vaca Farm, Dirty Girl Farm, Heather Ridge Farm, La Basse Cour. Top Tip from the Catskills Food Guide: Give the gift of CSA this holiday season.

Pure Catskills' Facebook Holiday Gift Giving & Buy Local Gift Idea Exchange: Join us for this Facebook event! Share your best kept secrets of local gift ideas, favorite foods and artisanal creations. We're gathering those to share in one easy-to-reference list along with our 2013 Pure Catskills Holiday Gift Guide. Pure Catskills members share what they have to offer; gift givers share their favorite places to shop. (Don'[t forget to "Like" our Page so you'll know when the master list is ready...)

Here are a few of our favorite ideas so far:

1) a handmade dust broom from Catskill Mountain Broomworks
2) Jams, chutneys and spreads from Barlow's General Store, Buck Hill Farm and Stone & Thistle FarmWhat’s the difference? 
3) Holiday evergreens and wreaths from Stamford Greenhouse & Nursery, Maple Shade Farm and Cold Spring Farm

BONUS EVENT: Winter Tree Identification Hike on November 17 at Clearpool Model Forest, Carmel Cost: $10

Join us every other Friday for What's Fresh From the Catskills on the Watershed Wake-up Call on WIOX-FM 91.3FM.