On the Bright Side: Guide focuses on local foods, products | Local News

The latest edition of a guide that reflects the abundance of locally grown products and businesses has recently been released, an official involved said.

The 2017-18 Guide to Pure Catskills Products is part of a regional buy local branding campaign developed by the Watershed Agricultural Council, according to a media release. It is part of the Pure Catskills effort to improve the economic viability of the local community, sustain the working landscapes of the Catskills and preserve water quality in the New York City Watershed region.

The 72-page publication lists more than 280 farms and forest producers, restaurants, local businesses and farmers’ markets in Delaware, Greene, Otsego, Schoharie, Sullivan and Ulster counties.

WAC economic viability program manager Kristan Morley said the guide has expanded quite a bit since a group of farmers sought help in marketing their high quality products.

It began as a brochure covering just Delaware County and today covers a variety of products in the six-county area, she said.

The effort has seen tangible proof of success with the growth of such initiatives as the Lucky Dog Food Hub in Hamden that distributes products to New York City markets. This has resulted in increased revenue to farmers that participate, she said.

Pure Catskills also attends a number of events, such as Taste of the Catskills and Cauliflower Festival, where it helps members sell their products, Morley said.

The product guide is one example of Pure Catskills initiatives that are “a testament to our members,” Morley said. “They put in the effort to provide the best products available.”

One of those in the guide is the Bull & Garland pub and inn in Hobart. Melissa Pycroft owns the business with her husband, Oliver. They they have been Pure Catskills members for two years, even before the business…

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