Blueberry and raspberry picking in the Catskills

Above: Picking blueberries at Blue Sky Farm & Winery in Stamford. Photo by Jane Margolies.

Strawberry season has come and gone, but not to worry if you didn’t get your fill of luscious, locally grown berries. Blueberry season is upon us, and, thanks to the late spring rains, growers at U-Pick farms around the Catskills are reporting bumper crops of berries that are bigger and plumper than usual. Raspberries are also ripe for the picking at some farms. So grab a pail and get out your pie and cobbler recipes—and stay tuned for more updates on U-Pick offerings throughout the summer and fall.

DELAWARE COUNTY

Blue Sky Farm & Winery
779 Charcoal Road, Stamford
607-652-4712; blueskyfarmwinery.com

Blue Sky Farm & Winery had its first U-Pick day July 18, and owner Russ Betz says he’ll have blueberries for the next three or four weekends (Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.). The berries are $3 per pound—and you can pick up a bottle of blueberry wine while you’re at it.  Read more

Summer at Tay Tea is Simply Delicious!

Visitors enjoying lunch on the Tay porch.

Come and enjoy light, delicious, vegetarian lunches and tea-infused sweet treats on the Tay Tea porch all season long!

Besides our hand-blended teas, we offer sandwiches, soups, salads and other flavorful international fare with fresh produce sourced only from the finest local organic farms: Star Route Farm, 607 CSA, Burnett Farms & Burn Ayr.

Try our signature Nini Panini (mouthwatering greens, mushrooms, and melted cheese on organic bread from local Bread Fellows). It's sublime with one of our cold brewed tea blends!

And don't forget to check out AND NORTH's wonderful feature story on Tay Tea!

Kaapstad iced tea—a refreshing blend of herbal tea & ginger & almonds.

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Hobart Book Village hosts jazz weekend; mulls festival

Above: Victor Mullen and John Mahoney install the art for their Jazz Soiree exhibit weekend at Liberty Rock Books. Photo via the Hobart Book Village Facebook page.

The Hobart Book Village will hold a Jazz Soiree and Sale from Friday, July 31 to Sunday, August 2, featuring live jazz music, jazz workshops, a free screening of Ken Burns' film "Jazz" and the sale of a private collection of over 2,000 Jazz LP and 400 plus CD's. All events are free, and all are welcomed.   Read more

Registration Forms Available at MHF Offices

On Thursday, August 6th, the Margaretville Health Foundation will be holding its 3rd Annual Golf Tournament at the College Golf Course in Delhi to benefit Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center. Our foundation ensures that many of the significant improvements made at the hospital and residential care center are possible through the support of residents and community leaders like you. We want our supporters to know that their contributions are sent directly to the funding of that mission. The cost for participating in the tournament is $85.00 per person which includes range, golf, cart, snack and barbecue lunch. There will be limited lunch only seating available. Please call us to reserve. Liz Warren 845-586-2131 Ext 3181 or email [email protected]

The Catskills comes to Queens

Above: Joseph DiStefano (left) and Chef David Noeth of NY Epicurean Events at M. Wells Steakhouse, Long Island City, Queens. Photo by Stanford Chiou.

Catskills-made cider, craft beers, cheeses and meats are coming to the Flushing Town Hall in Queens this Saturday at a new tasting event that aims to bring mountain foodies and city dwellers together.

The Catskills Comes to Queens” is the brainchild of David Noeth, a Catskills-born chef who has logged time at The Four Seasons and the Waldorf Astoria in New York City and at the Catskill Mountain Lodge in Palenville, and Joseph DiStefano, a Queens-based food writer for the New York Times, Gourmet and his own website, Chopsticks and Marrow

The two have founded a new business, New York Epicurean Events, which is based in the Delaware County hamlet of Delancey, Noeth's hometown. The Queens event is the first of many farm-to-table festivals the pair plan to produce with the goal of boosting “culinary and agricultural and culinary tourism in the Catskill-Delaware New York City watershed.”   Read more

Wednesday Night’s Show: Catskill Ginseng

CFA-On-The-Air: From the Forest
Wednesdays 6PM – 7PM
WIOX ROXBURY 91.3FM or www.wioxradio.org

American Ginseng (Panax quinquefolium) – A plant that has been highly sought after for thousands of years in both China & Korea. It is also heavily sought after right here in the Catskills too. “Shang” is harvested mostly to satisfy the Asian market, but there are some who pick only a few to satisfy their own medicinal desires. Tune in at 91.3 FM or stream online @ www.wioxradio.org to learn about this extremely long-lived & renowned herb.

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST?
Well, it’s hot & muggy outside, interspersed with periods of rain. Maybe not the best weather for dressing up in leg-chaps & cutting firewood, but good for finding mushrooms. Found some more golden chanterelles last night. Tomorrow, I’ll introduce them to some venison caramelized in a little maple syrup & make a damn good meal that’s definitely “from the forest.” Running out of venison though. Is it almost deer hunting season?  Read more

Delaware County Fair won't ban Confederate flags

Above: A tractor decorated with an American flag and a Confederate flag in Delaware County. Photo by Julia Reischel.

The New York State Fair has banned sales of merchandise bearing the Confederate battle flag, but the Delaware County Fair will not follow suit. 

The flag, the best-known symbol of the southern rebellion in the U.S. Civil War, became more divisive than at any time since the end of that war after nine African-American people were killed at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. on June 17.

The man charged with the crimes, 21-year-old Dylann Roof, was pictured on a website posing with the flag and other emblems associated with white supremacy. The ensuing controversy led to the removal of the flag from the South Carolina Statehouse on July 10. Many national retailers, including Wal-Mart and Sears, have stopped selling the flag. 

Above: The board of directors of the Delaware Valley Agricultural Society at the July 27 meeting. The board is wrapping up plans for the upcoming Delaware County Fair. A ban of Confederate flag merchandise is not part of those plans. Photo by Robert Cairns.

Last month, the New York State Fair announced that the Confederate battle flag would not be welcome at its fairgrounds.

Spokesman Dave Bullard issued a statement:

"The Great New York State Fair is a proud symbol of the heritage, diversity, and great promise of New York State. Our state and our Fair represent inclusion and respect for all. The Fair requests vendors to refrain from selling or displaying items that may offend or in cases of public health and safety. Our vendors have always complied with these requests. The Fair is aware of two vendors who have sold Confederate merchandise in the past. They have agreed not to sell such merchandise at the State Fair."

The Delaware Valley Agricultural Society is the governing body of the Delaware County Fair, which runs from August 17 to August 22 in the town of Walton.

Noting the state fair’s ban, Leslie Kauffman, a 4-H club leader and a co-superintendent of the rabbit barn at the Delaware County Fair, contacted Ed Rossley, the president of the society's board of directors, to request a similar ban.

Rossley brought the issue to a Monday, July 27 meeting of the board of directors, reading an email message from Kauffman.

“She wants to know what you think about Confederate flags at the fair,” he said.

“The more of them, the better,” replied Director Norm Kilpatrick.

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NYC woman found with 499 bags of heroin during Hancock traffic stop, police say

Above: Close to 500 bags of heroin were found in a car headed from the Bronx to the Delaware County village of Sidney on July 25, police say. Photo via the Delaware County Sheriff's Office.

A woman driving from the Bronx to the Delaware County village of Sidney was found with 499 bags of heroin when she was pulled over for a traffic violation on Saturday, July 25, police say.

Left: Sonia Ramirez. Photo via the Delaware County Sheriff's Office.  

Fifty-three-year-old Sonia Ramirez of Ottawa, Illinois and New York City was pulled over for speeding on Route 17 in the village of Hancock at 12:30 a.m. on Saturday, according to a press release from the Delaware County Sheriff's Office.

While talking to Ramirez, Sheriff's Deputy Kyle Karcher allegedly smelled marijuana in her car. When he ran her driver's license, he found that it had been suspended.

Karcher arrested Ramirez for speeding and for operating a vehicle with a suspended license.

Then sheriff's deputies and Ozzie, a drug-sniffing police dog, searched Ramirez's belongings.  Read more

MHF Golf Tournament August 6th Registration Form

On Thursday, August 6th, the Margaretville Health Foundation will be holding its 3rd Annual Golf Tournament at the College Golf Course in Delhi to benefit Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center. Our foundation ensures that many of the significant improvements made at the hospital and residential care center are possible through the support of residents and community leaders like you. We want our supporters to know that their contributions are sent directly to the funding of that mission. The cost for participating in the tournament is $85.00 per person which includes range, golf, cart, snack and barbecue lunch. There will be limited lunch only seating available. Please call us to reserve. Liz Warren 845-586-2131 Ext 3181 or email [email protected]

The Cannonsville Dam isn't leaking, DEP finds

Above: A rendering of the drilling incident that caused muddy discharge at the base of the Cannonsville Dam, according to the NYC DEP. Source: NYC DEP.

The Cannonsville Dam isn’t leaking, an investigation by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection has found.

After a mysterious muddy discharge appeared below the dam on July 8, fears that the dam was compromised prompted the DEP to draw down the reservoir and warm communities downstream

Now the DEP knows that the sediment leaking into the West Branch of the Delaware River downstream of the dam isn’t coming from the earthen dam itself, DEP spokesman Adam Bosch said on Friday, July 24.

Instead, the sediment is coming from a silt layer in a rock embankment about 50 yards away downstream where contractors were drilling on July 8, Bosch said.   Read more


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