2016 Springfield Holiday Farmers Markets


Join us for the 10th annual Holiday Farmers Markets from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. on the Illinois State Fairgrounds! We will be hosting two holiday markets: Saturday, November 19th in the Expo Building and Saturday, December 17th in the Illinois Building. Help us celebrate 10 years of fantastic local food!

Each of the Holiday Farmers Markets will include at least 35 vendors from central Illinois selling a wide variety of products, including pasture-raised turkeys, pork, beef, poultry, eggs, cheese, honey, coffee, craft beer,  and Illinois wine.   Fresh produce, including greens, garlic, potatoes, squash, radishes, carrots, apples and many other varieties will also be available.

Although the late fall and winter seasons are generally believed to be a time where there is very little in the way of fresh fruits and vegetables, many farmers have found inventive ways to extend their growing seasons, giving consumers more options for buying locally throughout the winter, while providing farmers an extra opportunity to earn income in the slower winter months.

“Good food starts with the good ingredients, and the holiday farmers markets give shoppers an opportunity to purchase the freshest, most delicious ingredients in central Illinois to help their holiday meals shine” says Lindsay Record, Executive Director, Illinois Stewardship Alliance. “The holiday farmers market are also a great place to pick up gifts or stock up on local food before the winter.”

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 6 and 24 lbs. They are priced at $4.00/lb and can be ordered via email dougrink68@icloud.com or by phone: 815-848-3518.  

Copper Pot Cooking Studio will be preparing lunch items for purchase, including seasonal crepes, chili, squash and apple bisque, and herbed biscuits. Additionally, the University of Illinois extension will be hosting kids’ activities, making the holiday market a family friendly affair.  

This event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by Illinois Stewardship Alliance, Slow Food Springfield, Illinois Wine, and the University of Illinois Extension.

For more information about the Springfield Holiday Farmers Markets contact Illinois Stewardship Alliance, (217) 528-1563

For Farmers: Online farmer registration for the Holiday Markets in Springfield is now available. Due to the growing interest in these markets over the years, space is very limited. We will review all applications and inform applicants of acceptance in early November. First priority will be given to farmers who have attended in previous years, followed by new farmers. Artisan and craft vendors will be considered if space is available. To register, vendors will need to create an account (or use an existing account) at www.managemymarket.com, complete the profile questions, and then select the Springfield Holiday Farmers Markets from the list of available markets.

Holiday Farmers Market
Saturday, November 19th
Expo Building
Illinois State Fairground
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Holiday Farmers Market
Saturday, December 17th
Illinois Building
Illinois State Fairground
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Call Illinois Stewardship Alliance at (217) 528-1563 with any questions. For vendors who wish to register in person or need help applying online, please schedule an appointment with Lindsay Miller at lindsay@ilstewards.org.