Pakatakan Farmers' Market opens Saturday

Halcottsville — The Pakatakan Farmers’ Market, held at the historic Round Barn in Halcottsville, opens on Saturday, May 16 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The market, which is starting its 18th season, operates every Saturday through mid-October. Admission is free. Special events will be planned throughout the season.
The market will soon be putting its new Web site, www.pfmarket.org online. The site will provide information about vendors and their products on a year-round basis. It will also provide links to other regional attractions. The site will be launched in June.
The market has become one of the area’s premier attractions, with local residents and visitors making regular Saturday stops a part of their routine from spring through fall. 
Vendors who have already signed up to participate at the market during the 2009 season include: Just Us Farm of Margaretville, Brodie’s Sugarbush of Westford, Bread Alone of Boiceville, Beaverkill Trout Hatchery of Livingston Manor, Harpers-field of Jefferson, Catskill Artisans Guild of Mar-garetville, Patria Gardens of West Fulton, Lather Up of Denver, Lucky Dog Farm of Hamden, Buddhapesto of Cornwallville, Nikita Convert-ible Furniture of Oneonta, Shaver Hill Farm of Harperfield, Heller’s Farm of Bainbridge, Cooked Goose Farm of Roxbury, Grey Mouse Farm of Saugerties, Lamont Family Waffles of Delhi, Sue Mullen Farm of Franklin.
Also: Lorna’s Naturals of Windham, Larkin’s Herbal Treasures of Arkville, Maynard Farm of Ulster Park, Machu Picchu Breads of Roxbury, Tea Thyme Herb Farm of Denver, J.C. Menagerie of East Branch, Sherman Hill Farmstead of Franklin, Sapbush Hollow Farm of Warnerville, Quarter Moon Café of Delhi, Lucky Chocolates of Saugerties, Smyth / Cid Pottery of Middleburgh, Shandaken Bake of Shandaken, Stone & Thistle Farm & Kortright Creamery of East Meredith and Mary Zydel Jewelry of Saugerties.
Goods offered at the market must be either grown or handmade in the Catskills and brokered foods must be clearly marked. Some vendors set up inside the barn and others have outdoor booths. A pavilion was added at the site several years ago and structure provides vendor space as well as a covered area for dining.
Approximately 30-40 vendors will be represented at the market throughout the season. The number traditionally expands as the season goes on and more farm items become ready for sale. Among the items offered on a regular or seasonal basis are: bedding plants, shrubs, trees, fresh produce, baked goods, homemade crafts, jewelry, furniture, meat, eggs, fish, maple products, honey, wool, furniture and leather items. The number of organic products at the market continues to expand.
The Pakatakan Farmers’ Market is held rain or shine. The market is located at the historic Round Barn on Route 30 near the Delaware County hamlet of Halcottsville, in the central Catskill Mountains. The market is five miles north of Margaretville/Arkville and eight miles south of Roxbury.
For more information, call 845 586-3326 or visit: www.pfmarket.org (starting in June).