With travel and shopping beginning to reopen in our region, Laurel Highlands farmers’ markets will soon be open for business! There is something special about shopping local, buying the freshest ingredients possible and getting insider tips and advice from the growers and craftsmen at the market.
In addition to getting deals on unique items, local farmers’ markets are also very important to your community. By patronizing local farmers, you are making a positive impact on the environment as well as supporting sustainable farming. So, let's go over a few ground rules for shopping at farmers' markets in 2020 and then see all of the amazing places you can buy local!
Shopping in the New Normal
To help keep everyone's farmers' market experience safe, we ask that you please follow these new guidelines in addition to wearing your mask and maintaining proper social distancing:
- Leave your bags at home. Let each vendor bag your purchase separately, and please don't bring reusable bags or totes.
- Sanitize as much as possible. Bring your own hand sanitizer and use it when you enter, exit and throughout your visit.
- Point, don't touch. Just let the vendor know what item you'd like, and let them handle the rest!
- Limit your contact. Try to only shop by yourself, pay with a card instead of cash and exit as quickly as possible when you're done.
- Enjoy at home. Please, do not consume any products while at the market.
- Follow all signage. Each farmers' market is going to be a little different, so please follow all posted signage for a smooth shopping experience to keep you, vendors and other shoppers safe.
Every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon at the corner of West Main Street and Springer Road from May 23 until Sept. 26, 2020
A morning at the Ligonier Country Market is a morning well spent, rain or shine! The market, celebrating its 45th anniversary, features dozens of vendors at the market, including crafters, processors, producers and ready-to-eat treats! Pick up a bundle of fresh cut flowers, enjoy delicious donuts and smoothies, browse crafts and decorations of all varieties and you can even purchase dog treats for your furry friends at home.
New for 2020, Ligonier Country Market is adding new Night Markets once per month, held on the Ligonier Diamond from 5-9 p.m. Check out the produce and processed foods available there on June 18, July 16, August 20. Sept. 17 and Oct. 15.
Every Tuesday from 3 to 6 p.m. in the parking lot between DV8 Cafe and the post office and every Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at Lynch Field Park from April 25 until Nov. 21, 2020.
How lucky is Greensburg to have a farmers' market twice a week?! Support your local farming community by grocery shopping at the Greensburg Farmers' Markets on both Tuesday and Saturday and snag fresh produce, delicious baked goods, meat products, homemade crafts and more. Organic items are also available, so don't miss out!
For 2020, the Greensburg market is drive-thru only, which is definitely a unique shopping experience. Just stay in your car, follow posted signs and drive up to each vendor as you make your selections to enjoy at home.
Every Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at Georgian Place outlet mall from May 23 until Nov. 21, 2020.
The Somerset County Farmers' Market is unique because it is a producer-only tailgate market! They also offer educational programs to teach the community about the importance of food safety and nutrition, which supports the market's goal to provide locals with healthy foods and products. Your dinners will taste so much better with the fresh ingredients that you pick up!
Springs Farmers' Market
Every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Folk Festival Grounds from May 23 until Sept. 19, 2020.
More than 80 local farmers and craftsmen gather at the Springs Farmers' Market and Flea Market to showcase their products. Browse fresh-picked produce, quilts, antiques, tools and other flea market items. You will also find artists displaying paintings and crafted artwork as well as new jewelry and one-of-a-kind woodwork items.
Thursdays from 5:30-9 p.m. June 25, July 30, August 27 and Oct. 1, 2020 on Pennsylvania Ave. behind Court House
The Greensburg Night Market is a wonderful way to spend a summer evening in downtown Greensburg! Shop vendors including local artisans, farmers and makers as the streets come to life. Enjoy fresh fruit and vegetables, cut flowers, plants, honey, local meats and liquors, plus salsas and dips, along with an assortment of artisan vendors.
Latrobe Farmers' Market
Every Tuesday from noon to 4 p.m. at Legion Keener Park from June 2 until Sept. 29, 2020.
It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood when you support local growers. This summer will be the Latrobe Farmers' Market's 13th season, and it's still growing...literally!
Shop small and purchase high quality produce and homemade products from farmers, crafters, caterers and other entrepreneurs from the surrounding Latrobe area.
Every Saturday from 8 a.m.-noon June 13 through Oct. 31 at 100 Pennsylvania Ave. in Irwin
Food, crafts, and local handmade goods make the Irwin Farm Market a perfect Saturday morning stop in the Laurel Highlands. Start your day of exploring here to load up on delicious local produce, baked goods and other treats to enjoy on your bike or hike!
Ebensburg Farmers' Market
Every Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at Penn Eben Park from July 11 until Sept. 19, 2020.
Ebensburg isn't just famous because of its PotatoFest! The Ebensburg Farmers' Market is a great way to buy fresh produce from local growers in a fun environment. Grab a homemade treat and support local farms like Benshoff Farms of New Germany. You never know what you might find!
Be sure to check each farmers' market's website to see a full list of vendors. Have fun exploring your local farmers' market this summer and be sure to use #laurelhighlands when you post photos of your experience and the treasures that you find!