A big weekly event in Park Ridge is the farmers market held each weekend during the warmer months. Local farmers and merchants sell food, crafts, spices, and many other items downtown. Common fresh produce found in the market includes apples, broccoli, cauliflower, grapes, green beans, peppers, pears, pumpkins, and squash. The market is open in the mornings every Saturday from Memorial Day to the last Saturday in October. Pets are a welcome sight at this farmers market and owners will be delighted to find fresh and healthy snacks for their dog at the Tail Waggin' Treats stand.
Historic Park Ridge
Park Ridge started out as an area of fertile land that was inhabited by the Pottawatamie Indians. Its first white settlers came from New England and New York in the 1830s. The first name given to the settlement was Pennyville, named after George Penny, owner of the local brickyard. Then the name changed to Brickton. Park Ridge was incorporated with its final name in 1873. Many historic buildings still stand, including the original library, located on Northwest Highway. Another historic building is the Pickwick Theater, which stands in Uptown and was built in the late 1920s.