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What's Fresh Now: April

Garlic: April is National Garlic Month, and we are celebrating with this very simple and fun Oven Roasted Garlic Recipe:

Directions:

-Place garlic cut side up in a small, ungreased baking dish
-Pour 1/3 cup water around the bulbs.
-Cover and bake in a 350 degree oven for 1 hour or until the garlic is very soft.
-Cool for 5 minutes.
-Slowly drizzle ¼ cup olive oil into the center and over each garlic head.
-Spread that goodness on your bread of choice and enjoy!

Tip: To prepare garlic for roasting, leave the skin on and slice the top off of each to expose each of the cloves. For additional herb flavor, place fresh thyme over the cut surface of the garlic before roasting.

If you haven’t grown it yourself, don’t forget to buy locally from Pure Catskills members Grand Gorge Garlic and Maple located in Grand Gorge, NY or Grandpa’s Garlic in Walton, NY!

Eggs: With longer days and warmer nights headed our way it is an egg-laying hen's afternoon delight! Farm fresh eggs from Abbas Acres, Applegarth Farm, Black Willow Pond Farm, Horton Hill Farm, Crystal Brook Farms, Butchie’s Organic Farm, Kountry Kubby Farm and many more Pure Catskills members. Local eggs make for a key ingredient or headliner in a Cobb Salad, deviled or fritatta’d! Check out the Pure Catskills recipe page to try our delicious Tomato, Basil & Mozzarella Frittata!

Nursey Starters: Spring has sprung!Get a kick start to your growing season this year and check out The Green Thumb in their new location, Delhi, NY, Sunnycrest Orchards, Greenhouses & Farm Market in Sharon Springs, NY, Everlasting Spring Garden Center, LLC in White Sulphur Springs, NY, or Story's Neversink Plant Co. in Neversink, NY to get your favorite seedlings. Search more local stores online here!

Forging/Leeks: Ramps or wild leeks are a favorite here in the Catskills, and are some of the earliest wild edibles to emerge. With their garlicky-onion flavor and high level of vitamin C, it’s no wonder they are sought out by foodies and chef’s alike. Look for wild leeks in the woods and mountains on your next hike, but make sure not to take them all one patch as they don’t regrow otherwise. Check out your local farm store like Main Street Farm, Lucky Dog Farm, Berried Treasures Farm or Eagle Hollow Farm as many of them have harvests available!