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Pakatakan Farmers' Market, Delaware River Solar Teaming Up With Special Offer For Patrons

HALCOTTSVILLE — The Pakatakan Farmers' Market and Delaware River Solar are teaming up on a venture to benefit the environment and market patrons.
The market season's opening day will be Saturday, May 18 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. A representative of Delaware River Solar (DRS) will be on hand each week to explain the benefits when property owners participate in the company's solar energy program.
There is no cost to sign up for the DRS program and no on-site solar equipment at individual properties.
The DRS agreement assures energy bill savings by guaranteeing that a portion of participants' energy is derived from energy collected at solar farms. DRS will provide NYSEG 100 percent of the electricity each eligible meter will be using. Every member will be saving 10 percent on their electric energy each month and will eliminate more than six tons of carbon every year.
As a special incentive to customers at the Pakatakan Farmers' Market, when they sign up for the DRS program, they will receive 10 $5 tokens redeemable at any vendor booth at the weekly market.
In addition, after 10 market patrons have signed up for the program, DRS has pledged to donate $50 towards the Round Barn Roof Replacement Fund for everyone who signs up during the remainder of the market season.
The Round Barn on Route 30 in Halcottsville is the longtime home of the Pakatakan Farmers' Market and the 1893 barn is in urgent need of a new roof to help preserve the structure. The roof replacement on the sprawling landmark is estimated to cost $169,000.
This year will be the market's 24th season at the Round Barn. After five years of operating in Margaretville, the market relocated to the Round Barn of Halcottsville in 1996 and it has been open for business every Saturday since that time during the growing season — mid-May through mid-October. There's also an annual Holiday Market on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.
The Round Barn was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1984. The interior of the barn has been stabilized since the farmers' market began utilizing the space, but the roof has deteriorated to the point that imminent replacement is the only way to safeguard the structure.
For additional information about the project, e-mail to: RoundBarnRoof@gmail.com. Anyone wishing to make a contribution to the Roof Replacement Fund is welcome to send checks made out to: Round Barn of Halcottsville and mailing them to: PO Box 881, Margaretville, NY 12455. For additional information regarding the Pakatakan Farmers' Market, please visit: roundbarnmarket.org.





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