Farmers' Market of the Week: Delhi

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 Delhi Farmers' Market, located on Court House Square in downtown Delhi.

The Delhi Farmers' Market runs every Wednesday from June 3 - September 30, from 9 AM - 2 PM. 

Products: The Farmers' Market provides a wonderful opportunity to meet local farmers and producers. Shoppers can expect a wide array of products including fresh local produce, cheese, fresh baked goods, locally raised bedding plants and hanging baskets, locally produced crafts and maple products. Purchasing locally grown produce and products keeps more capital in the community and it is environmentally friendly since it was grown or produced within a drivable distance, reducing the amount of resources required for transport.  Read more

Delaware County's freshest batch of restaurants

Above: Clams casino at Maplehurst, a new Italian restaurant in Roxbury. Photo by Rebecca Andre.

New eateries are popping up across the Catskills -- so many, in fact, that we can't list them all in one story. In Delaware County alone, in the central and western Catskills, seven new restaurants have recently opened their doors. 

Goatie Whites 
46 Depot St., Fleischmanns

Above: A happy customer at Goatie Whites. Photo by Rebecca Andre. 

Owner Bob Zellner’s goatee is the inspiration for the name of this new ice cream parlor and café at the corner of Depot Street and Route 28 in the village of Fleischmanns. Zellner and his wife, Norika, are both longtime Delaware County locals who began serving Perry’s hard ice cream and soft-serve custard on Memorial Day.  Read more

Wednesday Night’s Show: Catskill Trees with Gary Mead & Hoppy Quick – Eastern Redcedar

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 EASTERN REDCEDAR tree with both Hoppy Quick & Gary Mead. Hoppy is a chainsaw carver and uses redcedar extensively in his own wood art.

Gary Mead is the owner of Fruitful Furnishings. Fruitful Furnishings began in 1979 as a custom furniture shop. Within ten years, a sawmill was added for producing dimension parts and providing custom sawing, planing, and kiln drying services to customers wishing to furnish their homes with wood from their own trees. More recently, Gary has added Gary Mead Gallery – located at the mill-site – which showcases one-of-a-kind pieces made from wood. Tune in at 91.3 FM or stream online @ www.wioxradio.org to learn more.  Read more

Foundation 5th Annual Donor and Sponsor Appreciation Event

From left to right: Heather Brighton, Board Chair Margaretville Health Foundation, David Scarpino, President and CEO of Health Alliance of the Hudson Valley (HAHV), Carey Wagner, Board Chair, Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center, and Diane Scarpino.

Margaretville Health Foundation welcomed guests to its 5th Annual Donor and Sponsor Appreciation Event.

Mr. Scarpino addressed the guests to emphasize the inevitable changes coming to the landscape of healthcare, affecting urban and rural areas alike, such as our community of the Central Catskills. The message was that the upcoming affiliation of the HAHV with Westchester Medical Center will bring together a larger network of resources to benefit and strengthen the facilities encompassing HAHV.  Read more

Take a dip: Where to swim in the Catskills

Above: Belleayre Beach at Pine Hill Lake in July 2014. Photo by Jonathan Garin.

In the Catskills, there’s a secret swimming hole in almost every town. (If you ask nicely, a local may point you in the right direction.) Here are a few of the best known publicly accessible swimming spots, from lifeguarded beaches to swimming pools to blue holes in the wilderness.

SWIMMING HOLES

BIG DEEP is a beloved woodsy swimming hole with a rope swing on the Saw Kill. East of town on Route 212 in Woodstock.

Above: Peekamoose Blue Hole. Photo by Tim Cox. 

PEEKAMOOSE BLUE HOLE, an icy cold, deep blue basin, is tucked into the woods near the border of Ulster and Sullivan counties. From Route 28A in West Shokan, go 10 miles southwest on County Road 42.  Read more

Belleayre Resort gets DEC greenlight

In one of his final acts as New York State's top environmental official, Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens acted on Friday to allow the long-awaited Belleayre Resort project in the Catskills to move forward. 

In a decision enacted on Friday, July 10, Martens granted a motion from the DEC's staff to cancel the final hurdle that still lay between the project and the issuing of permits for construction: a legal proceeding called an "adjudicatory hearing."

Above: An interactive timeline of 16 years of Belleayre Resort review.

If it had been held, the hearing would have given environmental groups that successfully sought to downsize the project years ago another chance to weigh in on changes that have been made to the plans in recent years.   Read more

Rustic Camp in Margaretville NY!

Rustic Country Cabin in Margaretville NY! Straight across from Hannah Golf Course off Route 30 sits this cozy home with great potential. Two bedrooms + one full bath is just the right size for a weekend get-a-way, golf & or ski house. The great room features carpet over cherry wood and a hearth warming brick fire place. The full bath has a retro Bakelite sink + all in one shower tub combo. Outside you will find stone walls, perennial gardens and fruit trees including a deer attracting apple tree. Detached garage, stone patio + 3 decks for relaxation or maybe a BBQ. Year round views of Hannah Golf Course with panoramic mountain views included. Public land is just a few parcels away. Close to Belleayre & Plattekill Ski Centers. All this under 2.5 hours from the GWB at a phenomenal price. Asking $59K. Call Team Callahan for your private showing, we'll leave the Tikki Light on for you!  Read more

Two charged in militia plot to attack Islamberg

Above: Hussein Adams, the CEO of The Muslims of America. Photo by Julia Reischel.

A second person has been charged in connection with a Tennessee man's plot to attack Islamberg, a Muslim community in the Catskills, according to federal prosecutors.

Robert R. Doggart, a 63-year-old former congressional candidate, was arrested on April 10 for plotting to burn down buildings and attack the inhabitants of Islamberg, a community of about 200 black Muslims in the Delaware County town of Tompkins, near the village of Hancock.

Left: Robert R. Doggart in a campaign photograph, via Heavy.com.

On Tuesday, July 7, a federal grand jury in Knoxville, Tennessee charged Doggart with solicitation for recruiting another person to help him burn down Islamberg’s mosque, school and cafeteria.   Read more

East Meets West in Hancock NY!

Where The East Branch meets The West Branch of the Delaware River in Hancock NY, you can have your river & fish it too! 3 separate contiguous deeded parcels totaling 37.37 acres with well, septic & electricity nicely notched into the perfect camping spot has a right of way to the Delaware River for some of the best fishing in the country. Come on bring your camper, hook it up and cast that line. Asking $149,000. Go to http://www.callahancatskillrealestate.com/real-estate/Otsego-Delaware-MLS/Land/property/101115-Stockport-Road-Hancock-NY-13783/ for more information about this property, or to make an appointment to see it!

Contemporary Home in Andes NY!

The home you've been looking for is in Andes NY! Contemporary 4 bedrooms 2 full bath abode featuring a towering stone fireplace is just the ticket for your weekend getaway or full time residence. Set so beautifully on 2 separate deeded parcels totaling 14.76 acres, there are 2 wells should you choose to build an additional home or guest cottage. This property is close to skiing & all the four season activities the Catskills has to offer, including hunting, fishing & kayaking the Pepacton Reservoir, hiking, biking, four wheeling or just relaxing on the 24x14 wrap around rear deck. Open floor plan includes a 31x30 Great Room with 16' tongue & groove vaulted ceiling a kitchen with breakfast bar + dining area. The 2nd story loft leads to the family room with it's own cozy balcony. Bonus; the full basement has a wood stove. There's a barn out back too + a year round stream. The grounds are stunning & the views are amazing. 10 minutes to the Town of Andes for fine dining, shopping & more!  Read more


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