SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — The gray skies and raindrops are pushing all of us indoors, but for some folks it’s not just about staying dry, but staying in business.
Marketplace at Sprout, formerly the Springfield Farmer’s Market, is making its big indoor debut Friday. It’s located in the old First Christian Church building on 4th and A streets, which is being turned into the region’s first community food hub called Sprout.
The vendors have filled the sanctuary to celebrate the move, but organizers say it’s just the beginning.
While the market will be housed there year-round, the building will also provide folks with a commercial kitchen, two rental spaces and a business incubator, where folks can go to take advantage of space and resources like classes on how they can grow and develop their businesses.
Vendors and organizers said they’re looking forward to what the move and facility as a whole can offer the community.
“I think they’re trying to do the total package to make sure that local food gets as good a chance as it’s going to get,” said Stewart Phillips, Red Wagon Creamery co-owner.
These other spaces won’t be completed till early next year, but until then, there will be vendors there every Friday to help folks keep their fridges and pantries filled with fresh and local products.
Despite the rain, there will be a pumpkin patch, beer garden and other vendors outside. The celebration will go on till 7 p.m. Friday night.