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Berries

It’s berry picking time in the Catskills! Strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries. Before you head into the fields, here’s a quick picking tip: unlike other fruits, raspberries don’t ripen more once they have been picked. So, aim to pick them at their very best – when they are plump and juicy on the plant. Click here to discover local berry producers like, Blue Sky Farm & Winery, Middlefield Orchard, and Kelder’s Farm

Happy picking!

Peppers

Looking for a simple dinner item sure to fill you up? Try this stuffed pepper recipe after you stop by our local farmers’ market and pick up some fresh peppers. Check out our Farmers’ Markets of the Week each week for where to find your local peppers!

Try out this recipe for stuffed peppers:

Ingredients

  • 1/2 c. uncooked rice
  • 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 (14.5-oz.) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 bell peppers, tops and cores removed
  • 1 c. shredded Monterey jack
  • Freshly chopped parsley, for garnish

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°. In a small saucepan, prepare rice according to package instructions. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat oil. Cook onion until soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in tomato paste and garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute more. Add ground beef and cook, breaking up meat with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink, 6 minutes. Drain fat.
  2. Return beef mixture to skillet, then stir in cooked rice and diced tomatoes. Season with oregano, salt, and pepper. Let simmer until liquid has reduced slightly, about 5 minutes.
  3. Place peppers cut side-up in a 9"-x-13" baking dish and drizzle with oil. Spoon beef mixture into each pepper and top with Monterey jack, then cover baking dish with foil.
  4. Bake until peppers are tender, about 35 minutes. Uncover and bake until cheese is bubbly, 10 minutes more.
  5. Garnish with parsley before serving.

https://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/a23014857/classic-stuffed-peppers-recipe/

Asparagus

Did you recently grab some asparagus from your local farmers’ market? Keep it in prime condition with this trick. Trim the cut ends, stand them in a glass of water, cover with plastic, and refrigerate (glass and all) for up to two days. What are some of your favorite tricks to keeping fresh veggies longer?

Check out our Farmers’ Markets of the Week each week for where to find your local asparagus!

Sausage

Looking for a great local sausage? Check out or Pure Catskills members for all your sausage needs: Burn-Ayr Farm, Horton Hill Farm, JJF Farm, D&D Farms, S.M.I Farm, Johnk Family Farm LLC , Stony Creek Farmstead, and Snowdance Farm just to name a few. Search on our online member directory here to find more Pure Catskills members offering sausage.