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What’s Fresh Now: March

Let the madness of March begin! Our Pure Catskills membership drive for the 2017-2018 Guide is in full swing. To become a member, renew your membership online by March 17th.  On the fence? Learn more about the benefits of being a member here!

Corned Beef: What’s March without corned beef? Turn your local beef brisket into a tasty Irish dinner by purchasing from Pure Catskills members Fieldstone Farm, Catskill Cattle Company, Bramley Mountain Farm, Weinland Farms or search here for a producer near you to get the freshest the market has to offer!

Sweet Potato: Looking for something sweet to go along with your corned beef? Check out this recipe for Sweet Potato Casserole and head to the Pure Catskills Recipe Page for many more delicious menu ideas.


  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus more for buttering the baking dish
  • 3 cups mashed sweet potatoes (3 to 4 large potatoes; about 1 3/4 pounds)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 large eggs


  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans


For the filling: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and butter a 2-quart baking dish.  Whisk together the butter, mashed sweet potatoes, milk, brown sugar, vanilla, salt and the eggs in a large bowl. Transfer to the prepared baking dish.

For the topping: Combine the flour, brown sugar, butter and salt in a medium bowl until moist and the mixture clumps together. Stir in the pecans and spread over the top of the sweet potatoes in an even layer. Bake until mostly set in the center and golden on top, 25 to 30 minutes. Serve hot.

Maple: Fun Fact: Sugar, Black, and Red maples are the trees that are important for maple syrup production. Maple trees can live to 200 years and beyond, and have been tapped for 150 years or more. NYS Maple Weekend is March 18-19, and March 25-26th 2017 this year. Find a participating producer, local event, purchase online now at Pure Catskills Marketplace, or head to My WoodLot to find learn more about our fascinating woods!

Craft Beer/Breweries: Keep it local this March and fuel your love of beer with our craft breweries. The popular craft beer craze continues to grow throughout the Catskills, with many local brewers making some of the most delicious beer around. Stop by Catskill Brewery before making your way through the Catskills!