Sustainable Delaware County

Delaware County has always been closely connected to agriculture, farming, and a rural way of life. It is visible in the landscape as you drive through the valleys and hills, and when you stop into one of the many shops that sell local, sustainable products. Whether farming, cooking, dying clothing or making herbal remedies, most producers in the area are influenced by the natural landscape and resources of the Great Western Catskills. 

For a getaway you can feel great about, we have compiled a list of events, sustainable places to shop, and stays that have a small environmental footprint and put you on the doorstep of nature.

Photo courtesy of West Kortright Centre

Events + Upcoming Workshops
Browse events and activities that are closely tied to exploring nature.

Seed to Supper Gardening Series
Six Consecutive Tuesdays on April 16th-May 21 from 6-7:30pm
A six session gardening class led by Carla Crim that will teach participants about soil health, pollinator protection, and climate-smart growing.

Plant Foraging Identification Walk and Wild Food Tasting
Saturday, June 29th from 1pm-5pm
Join Wild Foods Forager and Plant Medicine person Marguerite Uhlmann-Bower for a fun and informative wild foods foraging walk at the West Kortright Center in East Meredith, NY.

The Rendezvous
August 8th-11th, 2024
A weekend festival of workshops, farm-to-table meals, rustic spa sessions, and activities with an emphasis on nature and community. 

Shop Sustainable Clothing, Apothecary + Vintage Items
There is nothing better than stepping outside of fast fashion and browsing thrift stores for unique finds or purchasing apothecary goods made by local professionals. Delaware County is dotted with thrift stores such as The Shop at Catskills Junction in Stamford, and DOOG GOODS in Walton. There are many stores that offer sustainable jewelry and apothecary items such as Kria World and Species by the Thousands in Margaretville, and Good Cheap Food in Delhi.

Shop Farmers’ Markets
Get the freshest produce and food items by shopping at local farmers markets and farm stands. Delhi, NY, has the only year-round farmers’ market in the county with fresh produce offered through the winter months alongside meat, eggs, baked goods and craft items. Memorial Day weekend tends to be the grand kick-off for the other markets. Browse all the farmers’ markets in Delaware County here.

Courtesy of Covered Bridge Farm Market

Shop Farm Stands
If you’re looking for local items on your way home from work or to your weekend rental, stop by some fantastic farm stores. Often operating on the honesty policy, these farm stands have their doors open with farm fresh eggs, meat, pies, cheese, and other items depending on the location. Visit ByeBrook Farm and Humdinger Farm Stores in Bloomville, Burn Ayr in Delhi, and Covered Bridge Farm Market in Unadilla for items direct from the farmers. Browse a more indepth list of farms, farm stands and farm stores.

Photo courtesy of Stony Creek Farmstead

Earth-Friendly Stays! Stay in Nature
The Great Western Catskills has a number of glamping sites and places that welcome you to pitch a tent. Stay on Stony Creek Farm and indulge in a community pizza night every Friday before turning in for the night in a fully furnished raised platform tent. Experience a night under the stars in a canvas tent at Succurro in East Meredith. Use the outdoor kitchen to prepare meals and refresh in the heated-outdoor shower. Bellfire Farm in Roxbury hosts guests in luxury off-grid cabins surrounded by untouched forest. Stay in a canvas tent or bring your own at Steady Slope Fields & Forest in Delhi. Steam it out in the sauna and soak in the outdoor bathtub. Explore even more options for camping in the area here.