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What's Fresh Now: October

Taste of the Catskills: Come visit our largest tent to date with 30+ vendors under the Pure Catskills tent at the Taste of the Catskills Festival in Delhi, NY on October 6 and 7. Learn more about the event online here and purchase your tickets online early here. There are many other member happenings this month, head to our Pure Catskills Calendar to stay up-to-date!

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. Pick-your-own pumpkins at Scruff  and Pups Pumpkins, Kelder’s Farm, or at Maple Shade Farm.

Cider: Hard Cider was a staple of the early American diet and served with breakfast, lunch and dinner, and is now a staple in the Catskills. Stop by Awestruck Ciders, Wayside Cider or Westwind Orchard on your fall travels this month to taste and purchase our local favorites! More fun facts about hard cider can be found here: Apple Cider Country New York State.

Pork: Nights are getting longer and cooler which means one thing to us, warm hearty dinners! Pork is our featured meat this month, check out this simple recipe for (One Pan) Roasted Garlic Potatoes, Asparagus, and Sausage from Chelsea’s Messy Apron. And as always, keep it local and purchase from S.M.I Farm, Stone & Thistle Farm, Brush Brook Farm, Majestic Farm, Brookside Farm & Maple, Eternal Flame Market, Applegarth Farm & Pottery, East Durham Farms or Snowdance Farm.