Springfield Market Continues Growth, Seeks Permanent Home
The revamped, rebranded Springfield Farmers Market, held downtown outdoors in the summer, has more than doubled in size in 2 years - with more than 40 vendors now participating. And that momentum has led to something new - a winter market.
We’re calling it 'The Market at Mothers.' People can shop local goods, they can drink good beer and just enjoy community together," says Camaren Sloan.
The Convention & Visitors Bureau Events Manager. Which is the organization that manages the Springfield Farmers Market.
"We're going to keep the focus on local produce, baked goods and consumables."
Sloan says the new winter market is a collaboration between the CVB, The Springfield Farmers Market and Mother Stewart's Brewing Company. Starting in January, fifteen vendors will set up Saturday mornings in the brewery located in downtown Springfield.
She says this is a step in the right direction for local commerce in Springfield.
"A lot of people right now are working to provide a year round market in downtown Springfield," she says "they are moving along which is extremely encouraging."
Sloan says a more permanent location would be needed for a year round market. One possibility is the building that housed the original market in Springfield, the old Myer’s market. That building is currently vacant and owned by the city.
The Market at Mothers will be open Saturdays 11-2, January through March.