Old Capitol Farmers Market

The Old Capitol Farmers Market (“Market”) is a producer-only farmers market located in the heart of Downtown Springfield at or near the corner of 4th and Adams Street. The 2018 season of the Old Capitol Farmers Market operates on Wednesdays and Saturdays for a total of 24 weeks, beginning Wednesday, May 16th and ending Saturday, October 27th. This is a total of 48 market dates. The Market will take place every Wednesday and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. RAIN OR SHINE.

Market Mission

The Old Capitol Farmers Market strives to:

  • Support small farms and local growers by providing a venue to directly market their goods.
  • Strengthen the local economy by providing a venue for the public to connect with local growers, artisans, musicians, and entrepreneurs.
  • Build community by providing a public gathering space for community members to engage, interact, and exchange ideas with the people and projects around them.
  • Encourage healthy lifestyles through increasing availability of fresh produce and locally raised food.
  • Celebrate the diversity of locally-grown food and artisan products that are unique to Springfield and central Illinois.
  • Support, revitalize, and grow downtown Springfield by increasing foot traffic and patronage to the downtown area.

Market Governance

The Market is governed by Downtown Springfield Inc. (DSI) and managed by the Illinois Stewardship Alliance (ISA). Springfield Area Arts Council (SAAC) finds and hires local performers for Saturday markets, oversees any other performances, and approves artisan applications. Downtown Springfield Inc. retains ownership of the Market and is responsible for consumer marketing and sponsorships. Illinois Stewardship Alliance is responsible for Market operations, including registration, approval of applicants, space assignments, inspections, vendor disputes, and other processes involving vendors as well as educational programming and consumer marketing during the market. Please contact the Market Manager, Deborah Cavanaugh-Grant at Deborah@ilstewards.org with questions, or call the Alliance office at 217-528-1563.

VOLUNTEER AT THE MARKET

MARKET MAP

APPLY TO BE A VENDOR

If you are interested in becoming a vendor at the Old Capitol Farmers Market, the application is now live. Once you have completed your application, it will be reviewed for approval. If you are approved you will receive an email notification and an invoice. Payment is not due until after application is processed.

We understand that some of you may not feel comfortable applying using the online system and we will be available to help you. If you would like assistance completing the online application please contact the market manager at deborah@ilstewards.org. We can set up a time for you to come to the Illinois Stewardship Alliance office in Springfield and we will assist you in filling it out. Remember that you will need copies of your liability insurance certificate, Illinois Business Tax Id Number, current vehicle insurance, and any and all necessary documentation from the Sangamon County Health Department/State of Illinois. We have not yet begun approving, placing, or invoicing vendors. Please be patient as we review applications.

For more vendor resources, see below:

VENDOR POLICIES

COTTAGE FOOD LAW

COMMON FOOD REGULATION CONTACT LIST

FARMERS MARKET SAMPLING CERTIFICATE

IDPH PRE-INSPECTION CHECKLIST

CONNECT FRESH

CONNECT FRESH QUICK FACTS

ILLINOIS FARMERS MARKET QUICK FACTS

The Old Capitol Farmers Market is a proud member of the Illinois Farmers Market Association.