Now Springfield shoppers can find everything they need for holiday feasts and winter meals in downtown Springfield during the Springfield Holiday & Winter Markets at their new location at the State House Inn.
The Holiday & Winter Farmers Markets kick off on Saturday, November 17th, the weekend before Thanksgiving, and take place one Saturday each month from November – April, for a total of 6 markets. These free events will be held at the State House Inn on 101 E. Adams Street from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Market dates include:
Holiday & Winter Farmers Markets
State House Inn, 101 E. Adams St.
One Saturday per month, November – April
9am – 1pm
Saturday, November 17th
Saturday, December 22nd
Saturday, January 19th
Saturday, February 16th
Saturday, March 16th
Saturday, April 20th
The move to the new location, just a block from the outdoor Old Capitol Farmers Market, which ended on October 27th, makes fresh produce and local proteins available year round in downtown Springfield, as well as provides an additional opportunity for farmers to sell their local products throughout the winter. While it's often believed that farmers in central Illinois aren't able to grow produce throughout the winter, advances in season-extension technology, such as hoop houses, have given farmers the ability to continue to grow products even in sub-freezing environments. Some crops, like spinach and kale, even benefit from the colder temperatures, producing more sugars and a sweeter flavor.
Shoppers at the Holiday & Winter Markets can expect to find 25 local vendors selling a wide variety of products, including pasture-raised meats, eggs, honey, cheese, greens, carrots, potatoes, turnips, radishes, sunchokes, and winter squashes. 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 to firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 815-848-3518.
In addition to farm-fresh products shoppers can find a variety of baked goods, wine, and unique local gifts. Hot lunch and smoothies featuring local ingredients will be available for purchase from Smart Natured Smoothies and kids activities will be provided by KIDDOS by Urban Sassafras, giving families an opportunity to shop while their kids play.
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 an additional $25 to use on produce, doubling their purchasing power and making wholesome holiday meals available to families across Springfield.
The full list of vendors and products for the upcoming market on November 17th can be found below:
4 Lees Farm: pasture-raised bacon, beef, chicken, eggs, pork, sausage
Black Cat Home Bakery: pastries, pies, cookies, cupcakes
Brown Farms: broccoli, cabbage, brussel sprouts, turnips, beets, cauliflower, daikon radishes, greens, red potatoes, yellow potatoes, sweet potatoes ,spinach and popcorn
Cloyd's Apples and Honey: apples, apple butter, honey, honey comb, jams, jellies, preserves
Coming Home Candles: soy candles
Garden Gate Farm: organically raised ground corn, herbs, popcorn, turkey, wood products
Greenthoughts Garden: artisan soaps and bath products, dried herbs, leather bracelets and jewelry
Honey Creek Farm: sustainably raised fruit, vegetables, baked goods, crafts, flowers
Incredibly Delicious: baked goods, bread, breakfast items, brownies, cinnamon rolls, cookies, pastries, scones
Jon and Emma's Place: grass-fed beef and organic herbs, greens, and vegetables
Knob Hill Livestock Company: lamb
Linda's Salsa: baked goods, jams, jellies, and preserves, salsa, and tomatoes, chips
Lisa's Bakery: Baked goods
Moon Girl Farm: organically-raised produce
Natural Artistry: baked goods, cookies, dog treats, fermented beverages, gardening accessories, jams, jellies, preserves
Nature's Goodness: soap, bath, and skin care products
Oak Tree Farms: organically raised apples, arugula, beets, and carrots, plus pastured pork
Ostermeier Honey: honey
Sitka Salmon: salmon, cod, halibut, and smoked fish
Smart Natured: Hot lunch including pizza, soup, and sandwiches, as well as fresh smoothies made with local ingredients
Suttill's Gardens: fall produce
Voss Pecans: pecans
West of Wise Winery: wine
Spirit Knob Winery: wine
"We're excited about our new location downtown," says Molly Gleason, Communications Director for Illinois Stewardship Alliance. "We hope that folks will not only pick up fresh ingredients at our market, but stay and shop at the other amazing downtown businesses, and truly make this holiday season a local affair."
This event is free and open to the public. It is organized by Illinois Stewardship Alliance in partnership with the State House Inn, Slow Food Springfield, Downtown Springfield Inc., Troxell Financial, 12Five Capital, People's Bank & Trust of Springfield, the SIU School of Medicine, NPR Illinois 91.9 UIS, Illinois Times, KIDDOS by Urban Sassafras, Central Baptist Church, and special contribution by John Record.
For more information about the Holiday & Winter Farmers Markets visit the www.facebook.com/oldcapitolfarmersmarket or contact Illinois Stewardship Alliance at (217) 528-1563.
Illinois Stewardship Alliance is a nonprofit organization that cultivates environmentally sustainable, economically viable, socially just local food and farms systems through policy development, advocacy, and education. To stay up to date on the latest programs, news, and events visit www.ilstewards.org