It’s berry picking time in the Catskills! Before you head into the fields, here’s a quick picking tip: unlike other fruits, raspberries don’t ripen any more once they have been picked. So, aim to pick them at their very best – when they are plump and juicy on the plant. To get creative with your berries, pair them with fresh locally made ice-cream from Pure Catskills members Polar Bear Homemade Ice Cream & More and Eternal Flame Farm Market. Click here to discover local berry producers like Brock’s Berries and Blossoms and Kelder’s Farm.
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Did you know that New York is the second largest squash producing state? Summer squashes, like zucchini, are packed full of vitamin C and A, and have more potassium than a banana. Celebrate the harvest with these easy zucchini foil packets featuring zucchini, summer squash, onions and a mustard-butter sauce, found on our Pinterest page!
Check out our Farmers’ Markets of the Week each week for where to find your local squash!
Sausage: Looking for a tasty and simple recipe for your summer barbeque or potluck? Celebrate National Baked Bean Month and try out this recipe for Southern Style Baked Beans, featuring sausage, onions, bell peppers, and Cajun spice!
- 28 ounces baked beans
- Thinly sliced sausage (Burn-Ayr Farm, Catskill Food Company, Horton Hill Farm, Buck Hill Farm)
- 1/4 red bell pepper-diced (Cold Spring Farm)
- 1/4 green bell pepper-diced (Cold Spring Farm)
- 1 small onion-diced (Berry Brook Farm)
- 1 cup bbq sauce of preferred brand
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 1 tbsp. molasses
- 1 tbsp. mustard yellow, spicy or dijon
- 1 tbsp. soy sauce
- 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tbsp. brown sugar
- 1 tsp. Cajun seasoning (Lumps Spice Company)
- 2 tbsp. cooking oil (Kiraly Farm Enterprises, LLC)
- butter to grease baking dish
- Pre-heat oven to 350°F
- Add oil, onions, bell peppers, and sausages to a large saucepan or pot. Sautee until lightly browned.
- Add baked beans, barbecue sauce, ketchup, molasses, mustard, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, and Cajun seasoning. Combine all ingredients and let simmer for 5 minutes.
- Using butter or nonstick cooking spray grease a baking dish. Add the baked beans and sausage mixture to the baking dish and cover with aluminum foil.
- Bake for 45 minutes
- After 45 minutes remove aluminum foil and bake uncovered for 15 minutes, before removing and serving.
More scrumptious recipes await you on the Pure Catskills Recipe page!