Fiber Arts Weekend and Fresh Chicken!

Fresh chicken in the cooler!  Whole and parts, including half chickens, so good on the grill!  The farm store and cafe are open from 11am-3pm every Saturday and Sunday (our summer hours).

Fiber Arts Weekend
We will have free demonstrations all weekend, as well as fiber arts related items available for sale.  Drop it and hang out.

Saturday morning, May 30, starting around 10am. Ray Baitsholts will be shearing our 5 llamas, 3 alpacas, and 4 rams and wethers.  Some are cooperative, some are not! Ray is a master at them all.  Meet us at the red barn on Knowles Road.

Saturday, 1pm, Maggie Corrigan of Warnerville, NY,  will be sharing her many years of fiber knitting and crafting knowledge.  She'll bring her drop spindle and demonstrate how she makes sweaters, scarves, socks and more. Shepherd and knitter Kate Henderson of Sheepy Valley Farm, Medusa, will also be here, with additional knitting demonstrations, and yarns made from her flock of fiber sheep. Kate also have knitting supplies, such as patterns and needles available to purchase.
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Royal Meadery brings the world's oldest fermented drink to the Catskills

Above: Mumford’s Melomel, a berry mead made of honey and water fermented with black currants, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries. Made by Royal Meadery in Richmondville, NY. Photo by Greg Wilhelm.

Greg Wilhelm, who just completed his last semester at SUNY Cobleskill, is not your typical recent college grad. As he finishes his bachelor’s degree in business administration, he is starting a real business: Royal Meadery, which is on track to open in the Schoharie County town of Richmondville in June.

Left: Greg Wilhelm. Wilhelm's business plan for Royal Meadery won second place at the 2015 New York Business Plan Competition in April 2015.

Mead is not exactly a common choice for college students — at least not in this century. The wine-like beverage, created by fermenting honey with water and other ingredients, is known as the drink of either the Norse gods or the Greek gods, depending on whom you ask.  Read more

Local "Celebrity" Waiters Event at Peekamoose

On Saturday June 6th at Noon, Peekamoose Restaurant is "turning the tables" on some of their favorite regular guests, as they become waiters to raise money for the Margaretville Health Foundation. Come see some local 'celebrities' put on an apron, balance drinks on a tray, and earn tips - all for a great cause. Tickets are limited.

For more information contact Joan Lawrence-Bauer at  [email protected] or 845-254-5553 or

Liz Warren at [email protected] or 845-586-2631 Ext 3181

The winners of the 2015 Catskills Outdoor Guide Photo Contest

Above: "Ashokan Reservoir" by Mark Miller, the grand prize winner of the 2015 Catskills Outdoor Guide Photo Contest. 

It's Memorial Day weekend, and our print 2015 Catskills Outdoor Guide has hit the streets! Copies are waiting at dozens of locations around the Catskills. See what it looks like and how to get one by clicking here.

Each year, we ask readers of the Watershed Post and our Catskills Outdoor Guide to send us their best photos of the Catskills great outdoors. This year, 52 photographers entered our 2015 Catskills Outdoor Guide Photo Contest  Read more

Reservoir boating season begins in Catskills

Above: Kayakers on the Pepacton Reservoir. Photo via NYC DEP.

Sunrise this morning -- Friday, May 22 -- marked the beginning of the boating season on four of New York City's upstate reservoirs in the Catskills: the Cannonsville, the Neversink, the Schoharie and the Pepacton. Boating on the reservoirs is allowed during daylight hours from Friday, May 22 to Monday, Oct. 12.

2015 is the fourth year that non-motorized boats have been allowed to ply the waters of the city's protected drinking supply, and there are a few new additions to the program in 2015. 

According to a press release from the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, there are now racks at some popular boat launch sites that allow avid kayakers, sailors and paddlers to store their crafts near the water all summer long.

Also, boat rental companies are allowed to rent boats on the banks of the Cannonsville Reservoir for the first time as well, which means that all four reservoirs have rental businesses right on the water.   Read more

Mountainside Administrator, Phil Mehl, Receives Prestigious Award

Phil Mehl, who has led Mountainside since 2009, received the Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award for maintaining a “top-performing” long-term-care facility, the organization said. Under Mehl’s leadership, Mountainside demonstrated “identified measures of clinical achievement, good service, compliance excellence, reduced liability exposure, and [operational] success,” said the Alexandria, Va., group. “Advancing leadership excellence is at the core of our mission,” ACHCA President and Chief Executive Officer Marianna Grachek said. “There is a close relationship between facility leadership and quality outcomes -- and, ultimately, between quality care and operational success.” Mehl said he was “proud to receive this award on behalf of our wonderful, compassionate and expert team that demonstrates daily its commitment to the highest-quality, person-centered care.” Mountainside has the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ highest-level five-star quality rating and is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the country’s Best Nursing Homes.

Fiber Arts Weekend, May 30-31

May 30, 2015 - 10:00am

Fiber Arts Weekend 2015

at Heather Ridge Farm

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Memorial Day Weekend BBQ, Sunday May 24

May 24, 2015 - 12:00pm
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This Weekend: Memorial Day in the Catskills

Above: Princesses in Liberty's 2014 Memorial Day Parade. Photo by John of Catskills Photography, submitted to the Watershed Post Flickr pool. This year, Liberty's parade takes place on Monday, May 25 at 10:30 a.m.

Ah, Memorial Day: a bittersweet tang, part remembrance, part celebration. The scent of gunpowder from ritual muskets mingling with the fresh blooms of late spring and a whiff of barbecue sauce. The unofficial beginning of summer brings a host of wonderful seasonal things bursting open at once.

Come out and imbibe the heady mix. Here’s our five county guide to the best of the Catskills this weekend, May 23 to 25.


Fiber Arts Weekend at Heather Ridge Farm

Fiber Arts Weekend 2015

at Heather Ridge Farm

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