Join us for the 2017 Springfield Holiday Farmers Markets

Join us for the 11th annual Springfield Holiday Farmers Markets! Start a tradition and shop locally for fresh ingredients and unique gifts that will make all your holiday gatherings merry and bright.

Saturday, November 18
Expo building
State Fairgrounds
9am -1pm

Saturday, December 16
Orr Building
State Fairgrounds
9am -1pm

Held indoors in warm and cozy buildings on the state fairgrounds, each of the Holiday Farmers Markets proudly presents more than 35 vendors from central Illinois selling a wide variety of products, including pasture-raised turkeys, pork, beef, poultry, eggs, cheese, honey, apples, baked goods, cider, local beer and Illinois wine. It’s the perfect place to pick up truly unique and local holiday gifts and ingredients while also keeping your shopping dollars in the local community.

Hot coffee and hot chocolate will be available for sale from Custom Cup, and Copper Pot Cooking Studio will have hot lunch available for purchase, including soups made from local ingredients and served with fresh-baked bread. Kids activities and crafts– including leather stamping and beaded bracelets made with beads from local llama wool– will be provided by the amazing artists of the Springfield Art Association, and local guitarist Silas Tockey will serenade shoppers with holiday music as they peruse the isles.

LINK cards will be accepted, and the Double Value Program offered by the Old Capitol Farmers Market will also be available thanks to a sponsorship from Central Baptist Church.  The church will provide a match of up to $25 for LINK recipients to use on fresh fruits and vegetables. This means LINK recipients can swipe their card for $25 and receive and additional $25 to use on produce, doubling their purchasing power and making wholesome holiday meals available to families across Springfield.

Pre-order Thanksgiving turkeys, holiday hams, and leg of lamb for your holiday meals!

Thanksgiving turkey: 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.

Leg of Lamb: pre-order leg of lamb for 20% off the original price (normally $13/lb bone-in and $13.50/lb boneless). Lambs are pasture-raised. Orders can be places on the Knob Hill Livestock Company Facebook page.

Holiday Hams: pre-order holiday hams from R & R Farms. Hams are $5/lb and range in size from 4lb to 12lbs. Order by calling Roger at 217-653-5108. Spiral and bone-in hams will be available for pick-up at the December Market.

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 holiday feasts, but it also gives you one last opportunity to stock up on local foods before the winter.

This event is free and open to the public. It is organized by Illinois Stewardship Alliance and their Buy Fresh Buy Local Central Illinois chapter in partnership with the Illinois Department of Agriculture, Slow Food Springfield, LRS (Levi, Ray, and Shoup), Illinois National Bank, Illinois Wine, the Bank of Springfield, Troxell Financial and New York LifeInterested in becoming a sponsor or learning more? Call the Illinois Stewardship Alliance office at 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 of the years, space is limited. Farmer and local food vendors will be given priority, and then if space is available we will open registration to artisans in the last two weeks before each market date. We will review all applications and inform applicants of acceptance as soon as we can. Register online here. If you already have a Manage My Market account, simply select the Springfield Holiday Farmers Markets to register.

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