our 21st year


The award-winning Old Capitol Farmers Market has been overseen by Downtown Springfield Inc. (DSI) since 1999, with support from premier sponsor HSHS St. John’s Hospital. The most popular Market in Central Illinois has been voted Best Reason to Go Downtown, Best Farmers Market, Best Public Art, & Best Free Entertainment. The Market supports small farms and local growers by providing an open air venue to sell their goods in the heart of the Springfield community. It strengthens the local economy by providing the public access to fresh, healthy foods at reasonable prices, while supporting budding entrepreneurs. It has launched numerous successful brick and mortars including Custom Cup, Buzz Bomb Brewing, and Three Twigs Bakery. The Market also encourages healthy lifestyles, celebrates the diversity presented by farmers and makers, and serves as a community gathering place. We partner with the Springfield Area Arts Council in jurying our artisans.

Thanks to Our 2020 Sponsor

What’s new in 2020?

The 21st summer season of the Old Capitol Farmer’s Market starts Saturday, May 16, and takes place every Wednesday and Saturday from 8 am – 1 pm through October 31, 2020. Farmers Markets are considered an Essential Service during COVID-19.

DSI is proud to be able to provide access to fresh, local foods during these difficult times. We have worked closely with Sangamon County Public Health, the City of Springfield, and our premier sponsor HSHS St. John’s to enact new services and safety precautions.

You must wear a mask to shop at our Market this year; please read all of the Social Guidelines (below) before you visit.

Pre-Order with Curbside Pickup:
You can pre-order online from the Farmers Market each week from Tuesday at 9 am thru Thursday at 5 pm and pick up your order in your car the following Saturday morning with our complimentary, hands-free curbside service. Check out the online pre-order website here.

What products are available in the next market? Find out here
Are my favorite vendors at the market? Find out here
Have more questions? Read FAQ


Social Guidelines

Social Distancing Guidelines: 

  • All customers should wear a mask per State of Illinois orders
  • Stay home if you are sick or you are in a high-risk group
  • Follow CDC guidelines to practice good cough and hand hygiene
  • Customers age 65+ should have someone shop for them whenever possible
  • Customers age 65+ that need to shop for themselves should shop early
  • Customers are not allowed to touch produce/products before buying, the vendor will bag purchases
  • Customers are not allowed to eat food at the Market
  • Make a shopping list and complete shopping as quickly as possible
  • This is not a social hour! Limit interactions with other customers, vendors
  • Pay with credit or debit. If paying with cash, pay with exact change (or round up) to limit touches. The Market will not provide cash tokens this year.
  • SNAP customers will still be able to use LINK card for tokens.
  • Limit two customers per household
  • Only bring small children if necessary
  • No pets


Want to know more about the market? Want to become a sponsor or a Vendor? Where do you park? Find out more in these FAQs. IF you don’t find what you’re looking for please contact us.

Main Street America


3 W Old State Capitol Plaza
Suite 15
Springfield, IL 62701
P: (217) 544-1723


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