If you're a locavore eater, how about this holiday season being a locavore giver? A handcrafted or locally made gift from Sullivan County is perfect to tuck under the the tree. Here are some shopping ideas for gifts from the Sullivan County Catskills.
First off, Carolyn Duke at Duke Pottery is hosting her annual "Handmade for the Holidays" shop at her studio west of Roscoe for the next two weekends. (Facebook page) In addition to her pottery, Carolyn invites other local artisans to display their handmade offerings, and there's a wide selection of really interesting gifts.
Also check out Signature Gifts at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, 37 Main Street in Narrowsburg, chock full of items made by many of the area's top local artisans. The Gallery at DVAA is also hosting its annual "Art in Sixes" exhibit, with dozens of small (under six inches) works that make very unique and affordable gifts.
Local maple syrup will bring a sugary smile to friends and relatives. Check out the products from Catskill Mountain Sugar House. You can find their syrup at Peck's (in plastic jugs), or order online if you'd prefer glass bottles.
For your drinking friends, how about giving a bottle of Bootlegger Vodka from the Prohibition Distillery in Roscoe? It's a great vodka that comes in this really neat bottle. You can pick it up at their tasting room in Roscoe, or if you're not heading up between now and the holidays, you can find it in a number of liquor stores around the city. (They have a "Find It" map on their website.)