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10 Catskill mountain waterfalls worth visiting

Above: Old Mill Falls in Platte Clove (number 1 on the list below). Photo by Joshua Trupin.

Steep slopes and restless streams make the Catskill Mountains rich waterfall territory. Here are 10 falls worth visiting, winnowed down from the dozens and dozens to be found in the region. Some are a cool reward at the end of a rugged hike, while others plunge just a few yards from the road.

While most waterfalls in the Catskills are located in the high escarpment in the east part of Greene County, there are cascades, plunges and cataracts in each of the counties that make up the region -- Delaware, Greene, Schoharie, Sullivan and Ulster. All five counties are represented on this list, so there's a waterfall here close to you.   Read more

Brittany Elliott to Perform at Foundation Event on July 11th

We are pleased to announce that entertainment for this year’s

Margaretville Health Foundation Event will be performed by Brittany Elliot.

Brittany is a resident of New Kingston and is seventh generation from

her family homestead, Crystal Brook Farms, settled in 1817 by Thomas Elliot.

From an extended size musical family,

Brittany has got something no other family member has:  Love for composing music.

Graduated from Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY in 2011,

she majored with a B.A. Degree in Music Performance.

Brittany will be performing on keyboards.

Shotgun Start

Tonight’s Show: Birch Syrup with Mike Porter

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

On tonight’s show, From the Forest will be interviewing veteran maple producer & Catskill Forest Association’s Board President Mike Porter of Margaretville. Mike has been on before several times to talk about maple. However, this time around it’ll be on BIRCH; that’s right, BIRCH SYRUP. Tune in at 91.3 FM or stream online @ www.wioxradio.org to learn more about tapping birch trees for syrup.

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST?
When a short downpour stops, I have learned that two things occur near wooded areas. One, is that mushrooms start popping up from beneath the forest floor & out of rotting wood. Two, is that deer begin to pop out of the woods and into fields, lawns, and roadways. I must have seen over 20 deer crossing the road last night after that rain. They waited out the storm first, and then fed heavily afterwards.

May the forest be with you,
Ryan Trapani
Education Forester
Catskill Forest Association  Read more

Legislature approves the Catskill Mountains Scenic Byway

It's taken seven years, but Route 28 in Ulster and Delaware counties has finally received legislative approval to become the Catskill Mountains Scenic Byway, according to a press release from New York State Senator James Seward.

Seward made the announcement on Tuesday, June 23, in what officials hoped was the last day of the legislative session, which has run close to a week over its normal schedule this year. 

The 65-mile byway runs along Route 28 from the Ulster County town of Olive to the Delaware County town of Andes, with short jogs along Route 212 and Route 42, through Shandaken, Middletown and Andes. It still must receive Gov. Andrew Cuomo's signature to become law.

State approval means that the byway will be designated on maps and will be eligible for federal grant money. It also means that someday soon you'll see the byway's signature logo, which features a bobcat paw print (above), along the roadway from Olive to Andes.   Read more

Farmers' Market of the Week: Pakatakan Market

The Watershed Agricultural Council and Pure Catskills are featuring a different Catskills farmers' market every week during the 2015 growing season.

This week's market is the Pakatakan Farmers' Market, located on Route 30 in Halcottsville, NY in the Round Barn.

The Pakatakan Farmers' Market runs every Saturday from May 16 - October 10, from 9 AM - 2 PM. 

Products: Since its inception in 1991, the market has consistently been a popular shopping and socializing spot for locals residents, weekenders and even celebrities from near and far.

Among the many products featured at the market (depending on the season) are goods that are grown on local, organic and sustainable farms and crate farms. Items offered include: pasture-raised meats, trout, cheeses, breads as well as bedding plants for your garden and patio. Locally made indoor and outdoor furniture is also offered.  Read more

Primo Father's Day Sale

Primo Father's Day Sale! 

Get up to $400 in free accessories through July 2. 

The Tinderbox
1130 Main St.
Fleischmanns, NY
845-254-5999

Wednesday Night’s Show: Catskill Trees with Gary Mead – Norway & Red Spruce

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

Every 3rd Wednesday we talk to Gary Mead about a different tree found in or near the Catskill Mountains. Every tree is different, and there is always something unique & special we find out about it. We’ll be discussing the NORWAY & RED SPRUCE trees. Red spruce is our region’s native spruce, while Norway spruce can be found in many plantings as well as Rockefeller Center during Christmas time. Gary will tell us his experiences with these two trees in his mill or in his art.  Read more

Farmstead gelato maker Lazy Crazy Acres closes

Above: Lazy Crazy Acres gelato.

Karen and Jake Fairbairn, the owners of the Arkville-based "cow-to-cone" gelato maker Lazy Crazy Acres, announced in a blog post on Tuesday, June 16 that they are shuttering their gelato business. 

The Fairbairns have run Lazy Crazy Acres since 2010. (Read our interview with them from 2012.) They are part of a new generation of Catskills dairy farmers attempting to keep their family farms going in an era of low milk prices by making "value-added" products with their milk. For them, farming came first; the gelato was a way to support their "farming addiction." 

Yesterday's announcement sheds a grim light on the hope that value-added products will save many ancestral Catskills dairy farms.   Read more

NYC media outlets dive deep into the Catskills watershed

It's unusual for New York City-based media outlets to pay much attention to the Catskills, and even more unusual for them to examine the long, often painful history of how exactly New Yorkers get their water, more than a billions gallons a day of it, from the Catskills watershed. 

But this week, WNYC radio and a news website called CityLimits.org are diving deep into the story of the Catskills watershed in their week-long The Cost of Our Water collaborative investigative series. They're airing thoughtful radio pieces and publishing long articles about the sometimes fraught relationship between the NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), which runs the vast system of reservoirs that dominates the Catskills, and upstate residents.   Read more


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