This Weekend: Bounty of the County raises funds for Schoharie flood relief

The Schoharie Valley, at the northern edge of the Catskills, is still recovering from the ravages of Tropical Storm Irene, which submerged the valley and its fertile farmland in 2011. Out of that disaster sprang Schoharie Area Long Term Recovery, known as SALT, a nonprofit that funds disaster recovery, often by directly helping out flood victims themselves. 

SALT throws a two-day foodie event called Bounty of the County in June to raise flood relief funds. This year, the Bounty of the County features cocktails with Sharon Springs' own Fabulous Beekman Boys, a four-course dinner prepared by Las Vegas chef (and Middleburgh native) Nicole Brisson, and a country brunch and farmers' market.

The Watershed Post is proud to be one of Bounty in the County's sponsors. Check out the full press release about the event below, and consider chipping in to eat, drink, make merry, and help out with flood relief. 

Bounty of the County, benefit for SALT Recovery. Saturday, June 28, 5:30 p.m. The Carrot Barn, Route 30, Schoharie. To buy tickets, click here or call 518-702-5017. More info at 

Read the full press release below: 

Schoharie Area Long Term (SALT) invites our friends and neighbors over to Schoharie to join special guests, Middleburgh native and Las Vegas chef, Nicole Brisson and Sharon Springs’ own Fabulous Beekman Boys for the Second Annual Bounty of the County, June 28 and 29, as we celebrate the fertility and productivity of our county.

On Saturday night, mingle over cocktails at the historic Schoharie Covered Bridge with The Fabulous Beekman Boys, Josh and Brent - accidental goat farmers, entrepreneurs, and stars of TV’s The Fabulous Beekman Boys, who are responsible for reintroducing the word mercantile into our vocabulary and introducing countless people to the beauty and bounty of Schoharie County.

The cocktail hour, beginning at 5:30 p.m., will also feature samples of Schoharie-produced libations from Green Wolf Brewing Company, a nano-brewery new to Middleburgh; Kymar Winery and Distillery of Charlottesville; and Hummingbird Winery of Fultonville.

Stay for a mouth-watering (and belly-busting!) four-course dinner prepared by Chef Brisson beginning at 7 p.m. at the Carrot Barn. Brisson who normally supervises a staff of 120 as Executive Chef at renowned steak house, Carnevino in Las Vegas, was featured on the TV show "Chopped" in 2013. All dishes on the menu feature produce donated by local farmers, and virtually everything our guests eat will have been produced here.

Come back to Schoharie on Sunday, when, beginning at 10 a.m., a country brunch kicks off Bounty of the County’s farmers and artisans market, to be held on the lawn of historic Lasell Hall.

SALT, the lead agency in coordinating flood recovery efforts in the Schoharie Creek Basin and surrounding areas, will be hosting the two-day event. Besides raising vitally-needed funds for individuals and families still in need, Bounty of the County will showcase the recovery of this picturesque and historic area.

To date, SALT has raised over $1.1 million dollars to assist in recovery efforts, but returning to a state of normalcy from this history-making natural disaster still requires considerable support. "We really need funds to keep the effort moving ahead, as we are

supported primarily by private donations," reports SALT Executive Director, Sarah Goodrich.

Seating for this exclusive, gourmet dinner is limited. To purchase tickets and for event details, please visit

Schoharie Area Long Term generates synergy through multi-sector partnerships to advance disaster recovery for families and communities, fostering resilience and sustainability in the Schoharie Creek basin and surrounding areas.