The New York Times recently published a “guide to Delaware County’s thriving craft culture” and although a few of our friends and neighbours were included, a significant portion of our wares was omitted. Here in Delaware County and in the wider area of the Catskills, you can’t throw a stone without hitting a local producer of the highest quality. We have a vast array of everything artisanal, handmade and locally produced. The Catskill Mountains are home to a huge community of entrepreneurs, craftspeople and artists but the aforementioned article only included ten local purveyors. This post is the first part of a guide to all things made in the Catskills.
SOAP & LOTIONS
People of the Catskills don’t have to go very far at all to smell fantastic; we have more soap, oils, unguents and lotions than we can handle. It’s all gorgeous and handmade here in Delco and environs: some of it organic, some of it not. We’re all going to be clean, fresh and silky smooth until well after the apocalypse. You can find most of what you read about here at the Catskill Artisan’s Guild, Home Goods of Margaretville, Roxbury General, Stick in the Mud, Barber’s Farm Shop, Lucky Dog Farm Store, R&S Meats, or Freshtown of Margaretville. The Upstate Dispatch favorite is Northern Catskills Essentials as their soaps and lotions are absolutely luscious. The best thing about this soap is that it lasts longer than shower gel and saves a whole plastic bottle going into landfill or the ocean.
We haven’t reached the food, farming, beekeeping, herbalism, writing, growing, cultivating, cooking, foraging, clothing, tanning, dressmaking, weaving, sculpting, relaxing or entertaining sections yet and if you would like to see a local producer in our future lists, email email@example.com.
Here’s a list of our ten best producers of soap and skincare:
Catskills Northern Essentials
Weathertop Farm LLC
M Leroux, 691 Pasciak Road, Bloomville, NY (stocked at Catskill Mt Artisan Guild)
Damn Good Honey Farm
Locust Grove Soap Company
Green Spiral Herbs
Jada Hill Farm
Earthly Remedies by Erin
Moody’s Mountain Medica, Margaretville NY (stocked in Home Goods of Margaretville)
Phoenicia Soap Company