Ligonier, Pennsylvania – May 4, 2021 – Spring has arrived, and vendors and officials from the Ligonier Country Market (LCM) are busy preparing for the market’s 2021 season — which begins Saturday, May 15.

Shoppers also are gearing up for another exciting year of visiting the LCM to buy locally produced goods from area farmers, food producers/processors, and crafters. The market hosts up to 130 farm, craft, and prepared food and drink vendors each Saturday during its season. The market continues to operate on the premise that vendors must “Make It, Bake It, or Grow It” to participate — offering one of the area’s most unique shopping experiences.

“For many people, visiting the market each week has become a tradition,” said Cari Frei, the LCM’s executive director. “We can’t wait to see our long-time customers once again and to greet new shoppers starting May 15.”

Entering its 46th season, the Saturday market is held from 8 a.m. to noon, rain or shine, at the Loyalhanna Watershed Association Farm, which is located off West Main Street and Route 30 in Ligonier Township. This year, the LCM’s regular season will run through Saturday, Sept. 25, with the annual Christmas Market to be held Saturday, Nov. 6, outdoors on the market grounds.

“We invite everyone from throughout the region, and people who may be visiting our area, to attend the market and ‘shop local’ — which powers our economy and supports many owner-operated businesses,” Frei said. “Please mark your calendar, and plan to join us May 15 and all season long.”

Ensuring a Safe Shopping Experience

To protect everyone who is on-site each market day, the LCM will continue to follow current coronavirus prevention and safety guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

“As we did last market season, we’ll be providing hand-washing stations and encouraging social distancing,” Frei said. “Our vendors and market officials will be required to wear masks, and we encourage all visitors to please consider wearing masks too.”

The LCM’s weekly Market Sprouts Kids’ Club, musical entertainment, and other special features will continue to be on hold until further notice.

"We thank everyone in advance for their cooperation and patience as we strive to ensure a safe shopping experience for everyone,” Frei said. “We are all in this together, and we will adapt to government safety guidelines as they change.”

Before attending the market each Saturday, shoppers should visit to review the LCM’s latest COVID-19 prevention and safety guidelines. They also should check the LCM’s Facebook page for breaking news and updates.

Cari Frei
Ligonier Country Market
Executive Director