The final Winter Market of the season has been moved due to COVID-19 to an outdoor location at the parking lot at 2nd and Washington Streets. Please visit our website for new social distancing rules for our patrons (and our vendors) and other information concerning this Market.
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Looking for something amazing to do for New Years?? Your search is over. Ring in the New Year right with some of your favorite local artists and musicians alongside some amazing local craft beer. Did we mention board games and card games?? Yeah, we’ve got those. 1920’s themed costumes are encouraged but not required.
Staunztastic Art are very excited to celebrate the second New Years with Anvil and Forge. Entry to the event is free. Announced featured musicians are The Complaint Line.
So join us for a laid back evening that will help you start the New Year off right by supporting local!!! See you soon!
The first indoor market of the season is here, just in time for your Thanksgiving meal preparations.
Come shop the vendors from the summer outdoor season of the Old Capitol Farmers Market INSIDE! One Saturday a month from November to April, from 9:00a – 12:00p.
Springfield shoppers can still find locally grown, high-quality products during the winter months at one of six indoor Holiday/Winter Markets hosted by Downtown Springfield Inc. and made possible by HSHS St. John’s Hospital and other generous sponsors.
These cold-weather markets were started by Illinois Stewardship Alliance, who turned them over to DSI in 2019 under our Old Capitol Farmers Market umbrella, as we work to grow the demand for a year-round Farmers Market in downtown Springfield.
The first indoor Market is this Saturday, November 23rd from 9 am – noon, and there is one indoor Market each month through April. This year’s location is Anvil & Forge on 619 E Washington Street, which offers approximately 6,000 square feet for each Market, a much larger space than we have been able to utilize downtown previously.
The November and December, or “Holiday” Markets, are perfect for prepping for your holiday gatherings. With 35 vendors, shoppers can check out five meat vendors, five bakeries and eleven produce farms and more. Farm-fresh products include pasture-raised meats, eggs, honey, cheese, greens, carrots, potatoes, turnips, radishes, apples, and winter squashes. Regionally-produced baked goods, Illinois wine, craft beer, coffee, and other unique local gifts are also available.
While it’s often believed that farmers in central Illinois aren’t able to grow produce throughout the winter, advances in season-extension technology, such as hoop houses, have given farmers the ability to continue to grow products even in sub-freezing environments. Some crops, like spinach and kale, actually benefit from the colder temperatures, producing more sugars and a sweeter flavor.
THANKSGIVING TURKEY PRE-ORDERS
Customers looking to pick up a Thanksgiving turkey can pre-order from Garden Gate Farm. The turkeys are pasture-raised with non-GMO feed and range in size between 11 and 24 lbs. They are priced at $4.00/lb. and can be ordered via email or by phone 815-848-3518.
DOUBLE VALUE LINK PROGRAM
LINK cards are accepted, and the Double Value Program offered by the Old Capitol Farmers Market is still available thanks to grants from the State Treasurer’s Charitable Trust Program and LinkUp Illinois. LINK recipients will receive a $25 match to use on fresh fruits and vegetables. This means LINK recipients can swipe their card for $25 and receive an additional $25 to use on produce, doubling their purchasing power and making wholesome holiday meals available to families across Springfield.
Parking is free on the streets of downtown Springfield during the indoor markets and the parking garage next to the Convention Center is one block away.
The indoor Market dates are: Saturday, December 21; Saturday, January 18; Saturday, February 15; Saturday, March 21; and Saturday, April 18.
MADE POSSIBLE BY GENEROUS SPONSORS
The Old Capitol Farmers Market is a free, 12 month activity that is organized by Downtown Springfield Inc., in partnership with premier sponsor HSHS St. John’s Hospital. Other sponsors include Development Services Group, Community Bankers Association of Illinois, State Treasurer’s Charitable Trust Grant Program, LinkUp Illinois, Junior League of Springfield, Bank of Springfield, The Baker Group, SpringfieldMoms.org, West Central Bank, Davis Financial Group, Central Baptist Church and the City of Springfield.