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What's Fresh Now: May 2021


Fishing in the Catskills is a favorite activity for residents and tourists alike, and is a great social distancing day out. For more information on fishing in the wild, visit the NYS Fresh Water Statewide regulations page and don’t forget to get your fishing license here! Looking to purchase local fish for your dinner menu? Beaverkill Trout Hatchery and Skytop Springs Fish Farm have you covered!


Our Pure Catskills members have something for everyone! From herbs for cooking to hand-blended teas and slow roasted coffee beans, to bath, body, face and home décor – be on the lookout for all of these goodies for purchase at your local farmers’ market. Check out our farmers’ market of the week campaign updated weekly throughout the summer here:


April showers bring May flowers! As the weather is getting nicer many plants are starting to bloom. Some flowers blooming this month in New York are Daffodils, Lilacs, Forsythia, Salvia, Iris, Peonies, Lily of the Valley and Tulips.      

When the weather is nice get outside to pick some wildflowers. Here are some tips:

  • The best time to go wildflower picking is really early in the morning or in the evening because the stems are filled with water and the air is cooler.
  • Choose flowers which are just coming into bloom, ones that are dropping petals or are covered in pollen are too old.
  • Don’t over pick!
  • It might be called “wildflower picking” but when using scissors make sure to cut the stem at an angle. This will help to keep the flowers alive longer.
  • Lastly, when placing the flowers in a vase use room temperature water.

Or if you are looking for a local source for flowers check out Blackberry Ridge Farm, Earth Girl Flowers, Edgewood, The Perennial Field, EdgewoodArt Farm Flowers at the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market.  Looking to visit a greenhouse? Head to the The Green Thumb, Sunnycrest Orchards, Greenhouses & Farm Market, Cold Spring Farm, Everlasting Spring Garden Center, LLC and Story's Neversink Plant Co.

Mother’s Day Brunch, Restaurants

Now that NYS has increased capacity for restaurants to operate, maybe you are looking to take Mom out for a nice meal.  Most restaurants even offer take-out options and have outside seating. Find Pure Catskills Restaurants by county here.