The eighth annual Springfield Farmers Market will begin its season at 9 a.m. Saturday with several added vendors and improvements.
The market, located at 117 S. Fountain Ave., will likely have its largest vendor lineup to date, with 40 vendors lined up — including several new businesses from other counties, said manager Dave Black.
“We’ve got most if not all of our vendors returning from last year with some additional vendors lined up,” Black said.
Businesses heard the market, located downtown near the Clark County Heritage Center on the corner of High Street and Fountain Avenue, was doing well and decided to participate this summer, Black said. Several of the new vendors are from Champaign County and Cedarville, he said.
“It’s always good to know that word of mouth is getting around about Springfield’s market to other places,” Black said.
The market sells produce, as well as baked goods, jams, handmade crafts and other locally-made items.
Local bands will perform, and demonstrations will also take place each week by groups such as the Master Gardeners, Bike Stop and the YMCA.
The market also takes debit and Ohio Direction cards. The market doubles EBT points for purchases up to $25 each week, meaning cardholders can spend up to $50.
EBT sales were approximately $4,000 last year, Black said. The donations are matched by the market through local churches and non-profit organizations.
“This year, we’re hoping to see an increase in those donors,” Black said.
Another new feature this year will be The Painted Pepper food truck, which will use foods produced by other Farmers Market vendors to create different meals, Black said.
“They’re buying their goods throughout the week from the vendors and then making it available to people,” Black said.
The market is open rain or shine every Saturday from 9 a.m -12:30 p.m through through Sept. 27.
A weekly newsletter will also be sent to update people on happenings at the markets.
For more information, log on to center-city.org or the Springfield Farmers Market’s Facebook page.