With spring in full swing, three of Springfield’s well-attended farmer’s markets have opened for the season. Fresh produce and handmade crafts and goods are available for purchase every weekend, as local artisans and producers return to benefit the community in the local shopping sector.
Greater Springfield Farmer’s Market is open year-round on Saturday mornings from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. and is located at 2825 S. Glenstone Ave. Ste 101. From April to October, this non-resale, outdoor market is also open on Tuesdays and Thursday mornings. Vendors include farmers with specialties such as berries, vegetables, dairy products, home canned goods and more.
In 2023, the Greater Springfield Market will be hosting 40+ family-owned businesses and independent vendors. These participants and their websites can be found on the market’s Local Vendors list. This market issues rain checks for rainy or harsh weather.
The C-Street City Market is open Saturdays from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. through spring into late fall. Located at 321 E. Commercial St. within the outside parking lot patio, vendors line up underneath the red train stop awning.
During their busy season, the C-Street City Market Instagram page features vendor spotlights, which include a personal biography and photos of their unique booths. Annette Hammer, owner of Bread Artistry Bakery, has been selling baked breads and pies at the market for over four seasons.
"If you want the freshest, you need to shop local,” said Hammer. “Everything is made the day before…there are no added preservatives either.”
The City Market accepts Electronic Benefits Transfer cards through the Double Up Food Bucks program. Visitors can go to the information barn during market hours with a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program card to redeem up to $25 in tokens each day.
Farmer’s Market of the Ozarks is open year-round on Saturday mornings from 8 a.m-1 p.m. In the winter, the market opens an hour later at 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. Located at Farmers Park on 2144 E. Republic Road, this venue hosts farmers, bakers, acoustic musicians, local restaurant owners and non-profit organization stands.
This market requires any service dogs visiting the location to be passed and verified by the Farmer’s Market of the Ozarks Canine Good Citizen Program. Learn more about the program and the market’s many monthly events at the FMO website.
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