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What's Fresh Now: August 2020


Starting mid-to-late August begins apple/peach season. Apples and peaches both start to ripen after they have been picked. Do you know that apples continue to ripen, but they won’t get any sweeter just softer? Peaches on the other hand will continue to ripen after they have been picked, and become sweeter with time. Take a trip to one of our Pure Catskills members to pick some of these sweet treats. Stop by Hurds Family Farm, Prospect Hill Orchards, Middlefield Orchard or Apple Bin Farm Market for tons of family fun.


Add lamb to your dinner line up this month and try out these Grilled Rosemary Marinated Lamb Chops! Fire up the grill and grab your local lamb from our Pure Catskills members for your family gathering: Albano Farms, Applegarth Farm & Pottery, Home at Last Farm, Nectar Hills Farm, Greenane Farms, Stony Creek Farmstead, SaJoBe Farms, Black Willow Pond Farm, Hudson Valley Cattle Company / Nat Kagan Meat & Poultry, Inc. or Evans & Evans Farm.

Canning (Green Beans)

Looking to preserve some of your summer crops? We recommend our delicious Dilly Beans recipe! What are some of your favorite canning tips? Comment below!

Dilly Beans

  • 1-3/4 pounds fresh green beans, trimmed
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 4 teaspoons dill seed or 4 fresh dill heads
  • 2-1/2 cups water
  • 2-1/2 cups white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup canning salt


  • Sterilize jars, (Pints or Quarts) Fill water bath canner, bring the jars to a boil. Tip: you can also use a dishwasher without soap, the dry cycle heat sterilized them.
  • Pack beans into four hot 1-pint jars to within 1/2 in. of the top. Add cayenne, garlic and dill seed to jars.
  • In a large saucepan, bring water, vinegar and salt to a boil.
  • Carefully ladle hot liquid over beans, leaving 1/2-in. headspace. Remove air bubbles and adjust headspace, if necessary, by adding hot mixture. Wipe rims. Center lids on jars; screw on bands until fingertip tight.
  • Place jars into canner with simmering water, ensuring that they are completely covered with water. Bring to a boil; process for 10 minutes.
  • Remove jars and cool.


Our favorite end of summer crop is now in season! Get your local corn now from farmstands and farmers’ markets throughout the region. When choosing the best corn to take home here are a few tips – you will want a bright green and well-hydrated husk, whatever you do, don't peel back the husk! It will expedite dehydration and cause the kernels to prematurely lose their sweetness. Once you have your corn you want to get it into the refrigerator as quickly as possible to make it last longer. Head to to find some places to stop today! Which color kernel do you think is sweeter, yellow or white? Comment below!