Farmers Markets add a flair of country living, offer fresh vegetables and fruits and are a place to exchange gardening tips.  At this time of year local markets are opening up and provide a great place to shop.  My local farmers market opens this weekend and one of the highlights is the spotlight demonstrations offered by the master gardening program.

The Penn State Extension Master Gardeners have their schedule set up for spotlight presentations at the Farmers Market at the Liberty Street Parking lot in downtown Warren.

The season starts off with “Composting” and “Preparing Good Gardening Soil.” Penn State Extension Master Gardeners, Judy Kepple and Celia Knapp, will share tips on how improve your soil so that your plants will thrive. And as an added bonus this week local perennial plants from the Master Gardeners gardens will be available for sale.

This years schedule offer topics on a wide variety of subjects. Master Gardeners will be available to help you with gardening questions and problems. There will also be soil testing kits available for sale. These kits will help you to determine how to improve your soil for healthier plants and a better growing environment.

June 16 – Composting, Preparing Good Garden Soil

June 23 – Small Space Gardening

July 7 -The Many Faces of Master Gardeners

July 21 – Ground Covers (Celia Knapp)

August 4 – Wildflowers

August 18 – Edibles

Sept 1 – Tomato Testing  9 – 11:30

Sept 15 – A Garden comes Full Circle

Set 29 – The Versatility of Herbs  9 – noon

Oct 13 – Garden Journal/ Photography

Oct 27 – Carving Pumpkins 9- 11:15, Decorating with Pumpkins and Gourds

Join the Master Gardeners at the Farmers Market from 8a.m. to noon for information on gardening and to select fresh produce and flowers from local farmers.