our 24th 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 (and largest downstate producer-only Market) 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. The Market 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 have moved indoors for the winter season. You can find us on November 4 & 18, December 16, January 20, February 3 & 17, March 2 & 16, and April 6 & 20 at Historic Union Station (500 E Madison).


Thanks to Our Premier Sponsor

2023-24 winter SEASON


The winter season of the Old Capitol Farmers Market, presented by HSHS St. John’s will begin the first weekend of November. 

Winter dates are:

– November 4 & 18

– December 16

– January 20

– February 3 & 17

– March 2 & 16

– April 6 & 20

Historic Union Station, 500 E. Madison Street

8:00 am – 12:00 pm



Reduction to a less frequent schedule during the winter months can be hard on customers and vendors, so Old Capitol Farmers Market is exploring a ‘year round’ weekly farmers market. Want to see the market find a permanent home and go weekly year-round? Give your feedback if you’re a regular or new to the market. This data will help move the effort for ‘year round’ forward.



Street parking in downtown is currently free with time limits based on posted signage. There are also several parking lots that a free after 5p an on the weekend, here is a blog that lists those options.  

Social Guidelines

Social Distancing Guidelines: 

  • Stay home if you are sick or you are in a high-risk group
  • Follow CDC guidelines to practice good cough and hand hygiene

EBT will be accepted, SNAP recipients can come to the information desk and receive a Healthy Ways card that spends just like SNAP benefits, making wholesome holiday meals available to all families across Springfield. 


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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