Guide to farmers’ markets in the Heartland

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Farmers’ market season 2019 is gearing up!

We’ve put together when and where you’ll find your fresh veggies and other unique finds.


Bollinger County

The Bollinger County Farmers Market‘s opening day is Saturday, April 20 from 8 a.m. to noon. It’s held in the parking lot of the Bollinger County Eagle’s Club in Marble Hill.

Cape Girardeau

Fill up on fresh veggies and sweet goodies at the Cape Farmer’s Market. It opens for the season on Thursday, April 11. The market can be found between Macy’s and Goodwill in the Macy’s parking lot. From noon to 5 p.m. you will find fresh produce and homemade offerings all locally sourced throughout the area. It will continue through November.

The Cape Riverfront Market will kick off on Saturday, May 4 from 8 a.m. to noon. This market features a variety of local vendors, located within a 100-mile radius of Cape Girardeau. You’ll find locally grown farm goods like fruits, vegetables, meats, and cheeses. That’s not all, though, specialty items range from baked goods to artisan crafts. Bring the whole family to enjoy demonstrations and live music.


On Tuesdays, you can find a farmer’s market at the Train Station in Jackson, Mo. It opens for the season on May 7. The market includes seasonal vendors and additional daily vendors selling a variety of products including farm-fresh produce, eggs, meats, baked goods, jams, honey, maple syrup, soaps, and arts and crafts. All products are locally grown, produced or prepared.

Poplar Bluff

The Downtown Poplar Bluff Farmer’s Market offers residents an opportunity to purchase fresh, local produce from local growers. The 2019 season begins on Saturday, May 4 at 8 a.m. Find fresh fruits and veggies, meats eggs, honey, homemade baked goods, handmade crafts and more at the Historic Train Depot on South Main Street. Organizers say the market has been such a hit that they need more vendors! If you have a garden or a friend who grows fresh produce, email to see how you can set up at the depot. It costs $20 to set up and sell every Saturday through September.


The place to be on Saturday mornings, according to the folks in Sikeston, is at the American Legion Park for the farmer’s market. The Downtown Sikeston Farmers’ Market officially kicks off on May 4. Get fresh food from local growers and more every Saturday from 7 a.m. to sellout.

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The 2019 season kicks off on Saturday, April 6. The Carbondale Farmer’s Market has been providing fresh, seasonal fruits, vegetables, and meats to Southern Illinois for more than 42 years. There you’ll find a great selection of baked goods, cultivated mushrooms, pastured eggs, pickled products, salsas, honey, and cheese. The market is open every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. from April through November – rain or shine- at the Westowne Shopping Centre on Carbondale’s west side.

Johnston City

In Johnston City, you can shop fresh at the Johnston City Farmers’ Market on Fridays April through November. The market will be held every Friday from 2:30 to 6 p.m. There you’ll find plants, crafts, baked goods, meat, eggs and of course the freshest fruits and veggies. The market is held at 100 E. Broadway Boulevard.


The Farmer’s Market in Marion is open from 6-10 a.m. each Wednesday and from 6 a.m. until noon on Saturdays beginning May 4. Here, you’ll find fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables, as well as delicious baked goods.

Mt. Vernon

The Mt. Vernon Market Days occur on the first Saturday of each month between May and September. This season’s dates are May 4, June 1, July 6, August 3, and September 7. In addition to produce and flowers, a variety of vendors have signed up this season including blacksmith items, jewelry, books, sports collectibles, kettle corn, rose bushes, toys, home décor, furniture, pet products, antiques, purses, baked goods, cotton candy, and more. Vendors will be located outdoors in the grassy area on the north side of the Rolland Lewis Building. Admission is free.


In Murphysboro, the Farmers’ Market features locally grown produce, crafts, food vendors, and more only on Tuesdays. It typically runs from Spring to Fall starting at 3 p.m. and ending at 7 p.m. The first day of the season hasn’t been set yet, but check back for updates!



The Paducah Homegrown Farmers’ Market will kick off the 2019 season on April 27. There you will find a variety of local, homegrown products – including fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, eggs, and dairy products, artisan and baked goods, and good eats from local lunch vendors. Saturdays are full market days. Stroll through North Second and Monroe Streets in historic downtown Paducah from 7:30 a.m. to noon.

Paducah Farmer’s Market will open to customers on May 4 from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. You can get your fix of produce, artisan goods, flowers, veggie plants, soaps, eggs, meat, baked goods, breakfast, woodworking items, jewelry and more! There will be live music by Jack Martin and Good Co. There will be a chance for you to make and take a craft and balloons. Stop by 306 2nd St. in Paducah to check it out.