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A Night at Market


We don’t leave the farm often. We really don’t have the opportunity or desire to leave the farm. On most days, by the time our chore list is completed, we are too tired to even have the desire to leave the farm. With Covid-19 going on, we are even more reluctant to leave. However, last night was an exception to the rule. Last night, the Ligonier Country Market held its next to last night market on the diamond in Ligonier.

The Bibbed Wonder attends the Murrysville Market on Thursdays and The Bean and I stay home to hold down the fort and attend Tae Kwon Do class. We decided to forgo Tae Kwon Do class to go to Ligonier and support our fellow vendor friends and enjoy the lovely little town. When the evening was over, we were so happy we made the decision and the effort to attend.

Let me begin by saying, I can’t say enough good things about the town of Ligonier. It is so small business friendly, so well laid out, and all events are very well organized. The community and chamber of commerce really make an effort to support small, local business. The atmosphere of the night market was festive and invigorating. Music was playing from speakers around the town, boutiques and restaurants were open, people were milling about eating, shopping, and enjoying a beautiful night. Vendors were set up around the diamond and offering their wares. It really was a wonderful set up and a beautiful night.

The Bean and I visited with our friends, walked the perimeter of the town, enjoyed the architecture, the stores, and had dinner at a new Mexican restaurant in the heart of Ligonier. The Bean discovered she loves beef enchiladas, which is a huge win for this mama of a very picky eater. We enjoyed our dinner outside under the street lamps and watched the crowd. Overall, we had a great night and were happy we were in attendance.

The market is held from 5-8 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month. There will be one more Night Market in October. The vendors are limited to producers or processors. The goal is to promote local farmers and producers like wineries, distilleries, and food processors like salsa, kefir, coffee, jerky, dog biscuits, and baked goods. Also, the hope is that with the extra foot traffic from the market, the local shops and restaurants will invite more business as well. Well done, Ligonier.

Believe it or not, it was odd for me to drive after dark. We are usually in bed by 8:30-9:00. I felt like a little old lady telling my friends, “Well, it’s getting dark. We had better start home.” It is surprising to me how small my world has become that being out after dark is an unusual event. I suppose, it is just another residual effect of covid on day to day life. It has been a very odd year indeed.

If you are looking for a wonderful way to spend an evening and support local, small business, I strongly recommend attending the last Night Market in Ligonier. It is well worth attending and I am sure you won’t be disappointed. As always stay safe, stay smart, enjoy local events, and of course wash your hands.

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