Volunteer With Us!

We need your help at the Old Capitol Farmers Market! Volunteering with us is a great way to support your community; meet new friends; learn more about local farms, chefs, bakers, and other vendors; and get a behind-the-scenes look at the people and faces that help make our farmers market the place to be every Saturday morning. The Old Capitol Farmers Market is all about building a thriving local community and creating a sense of place here in Springfield. We can’t do it without you!


Volunteer Shifts:

First shift: 8:00 am – 9:45 am
Second shift: 10:00 am – 11:45 am.

Shifts are just 1 hour and 45 minutes long and we need 5 volunteers for each shift.

Check out the OCFM Volunteer Schedule here to find out which of your friends are volunteering and where you can best fill in!

Volunteer Duties:

Volunteers will count people entering the market for a 20-minute period each hour. People watching at its finest! In between counts, volunteers are welcome to shop and enjoy the market, including live music, fitness activities, yoga, and chef demonstrations! There are just two 20-minute counts each shift, which means you get to spend just as much time eating breakfast tacos and watching chef demos as you do volunteering. That’s the kind of volunteer style we’re all about!

Other volunteer duties may include helping with set-up or tear-down of tables and chairs, taking pictures for social media, and taking attendance counts at the family fitness events or chef demos.

Why Attendance Counts?

Your help measuring market attendance allows us to document the importance of the Market to our community and local economy. Additionally, attendance is an important number when it comes to securing grants and sponsorships for the Market.

How do I sign up?!

Volunteers are welcome to sign up for a single date, multiple dates, or the whole season!
We’re counting market visitors every Saturday and once a month on Wednesdays. The market runs through October 28th. We would love your help!


Want to learn more? Email Marisa at marisa@ilstewards.org