Community Learning

Build a Birdhouse
Sponsored by The Bluebird Society of PA
Learn what bluebirds like to eat and take home a birdhouse of your own.

Canvas Painting
Sponsored by A.O.K Accents
Bring your child for a painting party like you see at Painting with a Twist.

Climb a Ladder Truck
Sponsored by Ligonier Volunteer Hose Co #1
Ever want to ride to the top of a ladder truck?  Here is your change.  Bring your family and see how firemen prepare while riding to the very top.

Children's Garden Planting
Sponsored by the Weeders and Seeders
Parents, please remember that the Children's Garden at Ligonier Country Market is exactly that, the Children's Garden. They planted it this spring and they are to reap the harvest. Stop by often and see what is ripe and take something home for your table. It could be green beans or a tomato or perhaps a single sunflower for a vase. Check out the bounty!

Pollinator Palozza Rally
Sponsored by Loyalhanna Watershed Association
Take a tour of 17 pollinator gardens in Westmoreland County.

Pumpkin Painting
Sponsored by Weeders and Seeders
The garden is picked and it is time to paint a pumpkin.

Spirits of the Mountain Sled Dogs
Sponsored by Carmen L Jarvis-Rose
Stop by and visit the sled dogs and see what their equipment looks like.

Sponsored by Ligonier Valley Library
Mrs. Oats will be reading to children all day in the Children's Garden.

Toys of the Past
Sponsored by Fort Ligonier
Use period toys made from wood and witness life before phones!

Market Sprouts

In 2016, the board of directors realized that the need to educate the children attending the Market was important.  At that time, Daisy Mae played by Katie Andrews was born.  She started the program with reading to children in the garden a few weeks a year.  By 2019, the program expanded to weekly activities from Memorial Day until Labor Day and an additional mascot, Lilly Lavender played by Addison Gray was added.  Children participate in activities that include vegetable stamping, honey tasting, market scavenger hunts and more.  Both mascots spend time in the community sharing their love of the Market with children when possible.  The photo shows them riding in the Fort Ligonier Days float.

Same activities include:

Bee Hats
Sample 3 different flavors of local honey and take home a bee hat.

Corn on the Cob
It's national corn on the cob day so what does that mean?  Make a replica of corn on the cob.

Tractor Art
What is a farmer's market without the equipment of a farmer.  Make a tractor and thank a farmer.

Ice Cream Garden
Take home your own green bean seed in an ice cream cone to plant and watch it grow.

Q-tip Trees
Use Q-tips to paint the leaves of the trees while learning why leaves change colors and fall off in the fall.

April Showers Bring May Flowers.  Learn what this phrase means and color your own umbrella to take home.

Vegetable Stamping
Using different shapes of vegetables as paint brushes, decorate your own reusable shopping bag.