2019 SUMMER SEASON – our 20th year!!!!
May 18 – Oct. 26
Official Grand Reopening Ceremony is Saturday, May 18 – Join us for the community ribbon cutting at 10:30 am
Wednesdays and Saturdays, 8 am – 12:30 pm
We will stop accepting new farmer applications for the Summer Season on September 1, 2019 but new vendors (of all kinds) will be accepted for consideration for the Holiday and Winter Markets.
The Market has been produced by Downtown Springfield Inc. (DSI) since 1999 with support from HSHS St. John’s Hospital; other sponsors include Development Services Group, the City of Springfield, and Central Baptist Church. This is the third year that Springfield Area Arts Council (SAAC) has programmed Music at the Market, which was voted Best Free Entertainment by Illinois Times readers in 2018.
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The Market is located on Adams Street between 3rd and 5th Streets. On Saturdays, we also close down a portion of 4th Street between Monroe and Washington.
Feed the meters on the street.
SATURDAY WHILE YOU SHOP
9 am: Family Fitness Activity
9:30 am: Healthy Cooking Tent – Chef Demonstration
10 am – Noon: Acoustic Music at the Market programmed by Springfield Area Arts Council
We’ll be announcing the 2019 schedule soon.
Tokens are for credit/debit, Link, & Link Match dollars and are available for purchase on Wednesdays and Saturdays at our market booth at 4th & Adams.
- Wooden tokens are purchased with credit or debit and can be used the same as cash throughout the entire market. Vendors cannot give change for wooden tokens.
- Orange tokens are purchased with EBT and be used on any SNAP/LINK eligible grocery item. This includes but is not limited to baked goods, popcorn, produce, meat & cheese. This does not include ready to eat items or artisan goods. Vendors cannot give change for orange tokens.
- Up to $25 in LINK Match Dollars are given every time you swipe your EBT card at the market. (as long as funds are available) These can be used for whole, unprocessed produce ONLY. Vendors cannot give change for LINK Match Dollars.
LINK MATCH PROGRAM
For LINK customers we offer to match your orange tokens with LINK Match Dollars up to $25. For example, we can scan your card for $25 and give you $25 worth of orange tokens and $25 worth of LINK Match Dollars for a total of $50 to spend at the market.
Parking is free on the street. Resource One kindly allows shoppers to use their parking lot for free (enter using 3rd Street). You may also park in the City of Springfield parking ramp at 4th and Washington for $5. There is also free parking at the lot at 2nd and Washington and walk through the Sangamo Club entrance toward Adams St. Download the map>
HSHS St. John’s Hospital has supported the Old Capitol Farmers Market as Premier Sponsor for all twenty years DSI has produced this Market. Each week at the market they will offer various health screenings such as blood pressure monitoring and measuring body mass index for free.
The Old Capitol Farmers Market is provided by Downtown Springfield, Inc. in cooperation with Springfield Area Arts Council. SAAC partners to jury the artisan vendors and schedule local musicians. The City of Springfield Office of Public Works also supports the Market. Contact our Market Manager with any questions.
The Old Capitol Farmers Market strives to:
- Support small farms and local growers by providing a venue to directly market their goods.
- Strengthen the local economy by providing a venue for the public to connect with local growers, artisans, musicians, and entrepreneurs.
- Build community by providing a public gathering space for community members to engage, interact, and exchange ideas with the people and projects around them.
- Encourage healthy lifestyles through increasing availability of fresh produce and locally raised food.
- Celebrate the diversity of locally-grown food and artisan products that are unique to Springfield and central Illinois.
- Support, revitalize, and grow downtown Springfield by increasing foot traffic and patronage to the downtown area.
We support local farmers and local ingredients! Vendors may participate in the Market if they meet our requirements and register online. Prices benefit those steady vendors who participate more weeks of the market. We also accept artisans who make their own creations.
Click here to learn more about becoming a vendor.
Click here to learn more about becoming an Artisan vendor.
Click here to learn more about how your Community Group can get involved.
KIDS DAY AT THE MARKET
This special event takes place on Sat., July 20, sponsored by J. Andrew Davis Financial, The Baker Group and SpringfieldMoms.org. There will be special activities for Kids 0-12 provided by local kids’ organizations. Plus the one year anniversary of Kidzeum for Health and Science will be celebrated!
FRIENDS OF THE MARKET STREET DINNER
This wonderful four-course dinner under the stars on the Old State Capitol Plaza sold out last year, and there’s a good reason why! Four courses of Market ingredients are expertly prepared by four local chefs, with wine pairings for each course, for only a $75 ticket. All proceeds go toward the programming at the Old Capitol Farmers Market. This year’s event is on Thursday, September 5, 2019. Tickets go on sale to the general public on July 15, 2019.
HALLOWEEN AT THE MARKET
This special event takes place on Sat., Oct. 26, sponsored by Bank of Springfield, WNNS and SpringfieldMoms.org. There will be costume contests for Kids 0-12, Families and Dogs! Plus lots of special activities as we say goodbye to another fabulous summer season.