Join Us at the Springfield Holiday Markets

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Join us for the 8th annual Holiday Farmers Markets on Saturday, November 22nd and Saturday, December 20th from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the Illinois Building at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. 

Each of the Holiday Farmers Markets will include at least 35 of vendors from central Illinois selling a wide variety of products, including pasture-raised turkeys, pork, beef, poultry, eggs, cheese, honey, and Illinois wine.  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 well into the winter months. Fresh greens, garlic, potatoes, squash, radishes, carrots, apples and many other varieties of produce will also be available. Not only is this an opportunity to purchase delicious, seasonal food for the upcoming holidays, but it also gives you one last opportunity to stock up on local foods before the winter.

Lunch will be available for purchase and the University of Illinois extension will be hosting kids’ activities, making the holiday market a family friendly affair. In addition, 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 14 and 35 lbs. They are priced at $4.00/lb and can be ordered via email dougrink68@icloud.com or by phone (815-848-3518).

This event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by Illinois Stewardship Alliance, Slow Food Springfield, Illinois Department of Agriculture, University of Illinois Extension, and Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association.

Online farmer registration for the Holiday Markets in Springfield is now available. Your payment must be submitted in order to reserve your space.  Please click on the link below for further details. Print applications will be distributed at both the Old Capitol Farmers Market and Illinois Products Farmers Market.  There has been growing interest in these markets over the years so please be sure to register as soon as possible because space will fill up.

Holiday Farmers Market
Saturday, November 22
Illinois Building
Illinois State Fairground
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Holiday Farmers Market
Saturday, December 20
Illinois Building
Illinois State Fairground
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Register online here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HolidayMarket2014

Call Illinois Stewardship Alliance at (217) 528-1563 with any questions. 

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