Wednesday, May 18 | Submitted by
The Greater Springfield Farmers Market and the Urban Districts Alliance are partnering to bring a new Thursday night market to Jubilee Park beginning on May 19.
The market will be held from 3:30 to 7:30 pm each week to serve the 25,000 employees and 16,000 residents within a mile of downtown. Located at Jefferson and St. Louis, it will be very convenient to those working near the Square, at Government Plaza, Hammons Tower, or any of the three nearby colleges.
Amenities of the new site will include local live music, accepting EBT and debit cards, and the green space of Jubilee Park. Over 20 Greater Springfield Farmers Market vendors have committed to bring a wide variety of bedding plants, fruits, vegetables, meats, herbs, coffee, honey, granola, fresh baked goods and other sweets, cut flowers, crafts made by local artisans, skin care, and much more.
Steve Madewell, President of the GSFM and owner of Madewell Meats, said “Over our 33 years, the Greater Springfield Farmers Market has continued to evolve to meet the needs of our customers. The new downtown market is a great opportunity to bring our products to office workers, loft residents, and college students and faculty in Center City.”
The market site is rich with history as it is located on Historic Route 66 and across the street from the Colonial Hotel (where Route 66 was named) and the Jewell Theatre site (home of the nationally televised Ozark Mountain Jubilee from 1955 to 1960). Current downtown neighbors include the Discovery Center, Missouri State University’s Meyer Alumni Center, and 40 restaurants (many of which feature local foods).
Free parking will be available at the Jordan Valley Health Center parking garage adjacent to the market at Trafficway and Benton. There are dozens of free on-street spaces adjacent to the market. It will be bike friendly with its close proximity to The Link (a new north-south bicycle corridor) and numerous downtown bike routes.
Rusty Worley, Executive Director of the Urban Districts Alliance, noted “We are excited to partner with the Greater Springfield Farmers Market. This will more than double the number of vendors we have had at our markets the past two years and move us closer to our vision for a permanent farmers market pavilion in downtown similar to facilities at the Soulard Market in St. Louis and the River Market in Kansas City. “