ELK COUNTY--Two local Farmers Markets return next week to Elk County, one for the first time in several years. 
 
First off, on Tuesday, June 22, beginning at 3 p.m. in the St. Leo Magnus parking lot on Main Street, the Ridgway Farmers Market begins the season through October each week. This extremely popular market features local farmers and producers, including the always popular Big Maple Farm with fresh produce, eggs, and meat including lamb and chicken. Canned goods, handmade soap, and baked goods are also featured. And if shoppers are lucky, a visit from the Kemmer's of Pine Ridge Farm of Ridgway and Fox Township with Merv's smoked cheeses and homemade sauerkraut. Organizers this year are adding a rotating list of food trucks each week and other activities to help bring people out each week. 
 
On Wednesday, June 23, from 3-6 p.m., the first "Artisan, Farmers, and Producers" Market will take place in Johnsonburg. Absent for several years, and partnering with the Johnsonburg Community Trust, the organizers of the returning market are hoping to make a big splash on the market scene with multiple activities, farmers, artisans, music, and local food trucks. 
 
Nancy Parana and Stephanie Distler outlined plans for the Farmers Market to return at the past few Johnsonburg Brough Council meetings and finally convinced them to allow the closure of Market Street each Wednesday from 2:30-6:30 p.m. for an outdoor event centered around the Brick-Block building. On a trial basis, Market Street will be closed every Wednesday from 2:30-6:30 p.m., with the Market hours being from 3-6 p.m. In addition to the regular local farmers, the JCT plans to invite artists and musicians to bring a weekly event to highlight the historic district. Food trucks are already arranged for the first event next Wednesday, with outdoor seating and vendors, along with guided tours of the Johnsonburg Historic District. 
 
The Fox Township Farmers Market will be the sole holdout next week and will probably not open until July, as it relies heavily on locally produced fruit and vegetables in the Kersey area, and the growing season is just beginning. They will return to the Fox Township Community Park each Thursday from 4-6 p.m.
 
Help support your local farmers and artisans with a trip to the Markets each week, featuring items grown and produced in Elk County. 

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