Fresh from the Catskills Holiday Guide supports local producers

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Make holiday purchases count toward supporting local farmers and regional food businesses this season. “Fresh from the Catskills” Holiday Gift Guide 2012 offers gift-giving ideas of

Pure Catskills farm products, cut-your-own Christmas trees, and specialty products like honey and jams. Give the gift that gives twice - Buy Fresh & Local.

The newly released “Fresh from the Catskills” Holiday Gift Guide 2012 offers unique ideas for giving locally grown and handcrafted products from local farmers and holiday markets. County-by-county listings share where to cut Christmas trees, sources for holiday decorating, and festive regional dining options with gift certificates for take-home enjoyment this holiday season.

A must-have guide for residents from the NYC metro area planning trips to the Catskills region and local consumers who want to support farmers by buying local, the “Fresh From the Catskills” Holiday Gift Guide 2012 is filled with gift-giving ideas for individuals and businesses.

Retailer locations, phone numbers, email, and websites make locating these local outlets easier. Shopping local is a cinch at regional one-day, multivendor opportunities at indoor locations throughout Delaware, Greene, Scho-harie, Sullivan, and Ulster counties. You’ll know just where to start, right here in the Catskills, to find everything you need for enjoyingand entertaining into the New Year.

Better than the 12 days of Christmas line-up, the “Fresh from the Catskills” Holiday Gift Guide 2012 contains nearly 100 regional listings for 18 honey collectors; 12 wool and fiber makers; 10 outlets for wreath, flowers, and holiday decoration.

Other products
Also: 10 cut-your-own tree farms; eight wine, beer and spirits makers; six holiday farmers’ markets; five pottery and handmade gifts outlets; four farm-to-table restaurants; three jelly and jams varieties; six botanical/soap lines; six holiday bakers and three local food caterers… All in ONE easy-to-access resource – the Fresh From the Catskills Holiday Gift Guide 2012. Download your complimentary guide at BuyPureCatkills.com.

“The Catskills region founded the modern Christmas tree market when Catskills farmer Mark Carr was said to have hauled two ox sleds of evergreens into New York City in 1851 and sold them all,” says Tara Collins, communications director for the Watershed Agricultural Council.
“Today, visitors from New York, New Jerseyand Connecticut, and local folks from throughout the region, come to the Catskills for our large selection of trees and to share the outdoor farm experience with family and friends.

“Supporting local farmers and farm merchants is important year-round. But it’s especially significant during the holidays. Shopping small and local has a tangible economic impact for these businesses,” she says.

“We can choose how we spend our gift dollars this year. Let’s keep it local. Connecting with farmers, growers and merchants at retail shops and farmers' markets makes the season all the more festive, while supporting rural communities.”

“Fresh from the Catskills” is a new campaign promoting specialty crops in the Catskills aimed at informing local consumers and visitors about where to find locally grown produce at farmers' markets, farmstands and pick-your-own farms in Delaware, Greene, Schoharie, Sullivan and Ulster counties.

Funding for the campaign comes from a grant to the Watershed Agricultural Council from New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets through the United States Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Grant Program and Pride of NY.