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What's Fresh Now: October

Taste of the Catskills: Come visit over 25 Pure Catskills members at the Taste of the Catskills Festival  in Delhi, NY on October 7 and 8. Learn more about the event here, or buy your tickets here. Many Pure Catskills members have a lot going on this month, check out the Pure Catskills Calendar to stay up-to-date with all of the local area happenings. 

Pumpkins: The signature look of Autumn- roadside farmstands with an abundance of pumpkins! Did you know, each pumpkin has about 500 seeds? They take between 90 and 120 days to grow, are high in iron and can be roasted to eat. Carving pumpkins into jack-o'-lanterns is a popular Halloween tradition that originated hundreds of years ago in Ireland. Back then, however, jack-o'-lanterns were made out of turnips or potatoes; it wasn't until Irish immigrants arrived in America and discovered the pumpkin that a new Halloween ritual was born. Check out this fun video from the History Channel on Pumpkin Facts. Come pick-your-own pumpkins at Kelder’s Farm, Holley-Hill Farm or at Maple Shade Farm.

Apple Picking:  Apples are ripe for the picking this month! Do you know all of the different types of apples and what they are best for? Apples are the most common cultivated tree fruits. They come in all varieties and grow in many places all around the world. Apples usually are known by three different categories. Do you know them? They are Dessert, Cooking and Cider apples. Dessert apples are best for eating fresh, Cooking which are used for baking and cooking into sauces or butters and Cider apples are usually small and tart and are suited for making cider. Which apples do you like best for snacking, cooking and making cider? Let us know your favorite type of apple on our Facebook!  Looking for local u-pick farms to try out all the apples we talked about above? Stop by Hurds Family Farm, Prospect Hill Orchards, Middlefield Orchard, Soons Orchards  or Apple Bin Farm Market for tons of family fun.

Root Vegtables: Root vegetables are exactly what the name implies - they are the root of the plant. The most common root vegetables have become family staples: potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, onions, garlic, yams and beets. High in vitamins and minerals that they absorb from the ground, root vegetables are full of nutrients and are an excellent source of fiber. Many are high in vitamin C, B vitamins, and vitamin A. Many are high in antioxidants. Several have remarkable healing properties. Check out this recipe for Citrus-Ginger Roasted Beets and Carrots and head to the Pure Catskills Pinterest page for more recipes.