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What's Fresh Now: March

Breweries: Last year is was announced that New York State now has more breweries than ever before (400+), breaking a record from 1876 that totalled 393. Though that may be true, we certainly believe the Catskills boosts the best and tastiest of them all! Planning a visit to the area? Stop by Pure Catskills members: Catskill Brewery located in Livingston Manor with their “Honest Hardworking Beer,” and Muddy River Hops and Farm Brewery in Unadilla. NY when they open this spring. Visit their websites for tasting room hours and more!

Maple: Happenings this month: NYS Maple Weekend is March 23rd-24th and March 30-31th this year. Check out the Maple Fest happening at CCE’s Agroforestry Resource Center on March 23rd, FREE to attend. Find a participating producer, local pancake breakfast. Learn more about maple producers in the region in our We Are Pure Catskills video featuring Buck Hill Farm. Here are some more of our Pure Catskills Maple producers: Tree Juice Maple Syrup, Catskill Mountain Maple, Sugar Mountain Maple Farm, Vly Creek Maple Farm, Mountain Lady Maple, Roxbury Mountain Maple, Justus Asthalter Maple Syrup Inc.

Potatoes: Spice up your potatoes this month with our Iron Skillet Roasted Fingerling Potatoes with Rosemary & Sea Salt recipe! The perfect side dish for any meal!

1 lb Fingerling Potatoes – rinsed and patted dry (Good Cheap Food)
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
2 Inch Piece of Fresh Rosemary – leaves stripped from stem and separated
Sea Salt or Kosher Salt

Heat an Iron Skillet over a medium-high heat and allow the pan to get hot for about 3 minutes. Add the oil and toss the potatoes into the pan. Shake the pan to coat them with the oil. When they begin to sizzle, reduce the heat to low, cover the pan and allow potatoes to cook for 20 minutes shaking the pan frequently. After the 20 minutes, remove the lid, raise the heat to medium, toss in the rosemary and continue to cook for another 10 minutes uncovered, shaking the pan frequently. Turn off the heat and sprinkle with sea salt over the potatoes.

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Corned Beef: Is it an American or an Irish tradition? Either way, corned beef and cabbage is a signature meal for many during the month of March. Shop locally for your corned beef this month! Head to the Pure Catskills member directory to find a farm near you!