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Stay warm this January and celebrate with a nice cup of coffee or tea! Pick up locally roasted coffee bean from Pure Catskills members- Roman Roasters, Catskills Curated, Java Love Coffee Roasting Co. and 2 Queens Coffee, Tea & Bees. Celebrate National Tea Month with localtea blends from these Pure Catskills members- Elderberry Herb Farm, Weathertop Farm LLC, Wellington Herbs & Spices, Honeybee Herbs and Tay Tea!


How does kale stay fresh even in the cold months? One way is to freeze it! Not only does it grow in abundance here in the Catskills, it also has a number of health benefits. Learn more tips on planting, caring and harvesting to plan for your upcoming growing season from The Old Farmer’s Almanac online here!


Need a delicious main course for your post-holiday parties? Check out this recipe for Whole Roasted Duck with Raspberry & Orange Sauce:

1 five lb whole duck - Bonticou Ducks and East Durham Farm
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 cup melted butter

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
Rub salt, pepper, and paprika into the skin of the duck. Place in a roasting pan.
Roast duck in preheated oven for 1 hour. Spoon 1/4 cup melted butter over bird, and continue cooking for 45 more minutes. Spoon remaining 1/4 cup melted butter over duck, and cook for 15 more minutes, or until golden brown.

Raspberry Port Sauce
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 shallot, minced
1/4 cup ruby port
1/4 cup dry white wine
2 tablespoons seedless raspberry preserves
1 tablespoon raspberry vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/2 cup raspberries

Melt 1 tablespoon of the butter in a medium saucepan. Add the shallot and cook over moderate heat, stirring frequently, until softened, about 2 minutes. Add the port and white wine and cook over moderate heat until the sauce is reduced to 2 tablespoons, about 7 minutes. Add the raspberry preserves, vinegar and mustard and whisk over low heat until smooth. Add the raspberries and cook, whisking gently to break up the berries. Whisk in the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter and season with salt and pepper; keep the sauce warm.

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Want to learn more about Catskills mushrooms in 2020? Not only are they delicious and nutritious, but they have many important health benefits. Learn more from Pure Catskills member Catskill Fungi about his products and guided mushroom walks, or visit to see where you can purchase locally grown/wildly-crafted mushrooms.

Photo Credit: John Michelotti of Catskill Fungi