Year-round indoor farmers market coming to Jefferson City

Floor plans for the new farmers market on Madison Street (KRCG 13)

A year-round indoor farmers market is anticipated to open in The Old Munichburg district May 2018.

Healthy Communities Coordinator Ashley Varner said it's a partnership with Ryan Freeman of Freeman Mortuary who owns the building on Madison Street and Capital City Farmers Market located on High Street.

"We want to bring local access to local residents and our entire community in south side in Old Munichburg to a census track that's considered a food desert," Varner said.

She explained there aren't many convenient options for grocery stores or restaurants in that area.

Varner gave KRCG 13 a look inside the former Blattner Home Furnishings store and explained how most of the inside will be demolished and about 20 vendors will set up in the mid-section space to sell local fruits, vegetables, baked goods and other items. There will also be a commercial kitchen that can be rented out, a cafe, as well as a cooking classroom.

"So many benefits. Obviously I think people are going to learn farm to table. Where is my food really coming from? Am I eating out of a box or food that was grown out of the ground? They're going to learn where food comes from," Varner said. "They're going to taste real food and they're going to have access to it close to them."

Construction is expected to begin in mid-November and will wrap up in January 2018. A soft opening is planned for March where people can check out the location and sign up for cooking classes. The official opening along with a ribbon cutting is set for May 2018.

The indoor farmers market will also be utilizing the double up box program to help assist low income families as well as accept EBT as a form of payment.

Varner said they were still looking for vendors who were interested in selling their local goods at the indoor farmers market.

"This is a great opportunity for a vendor that is just going to a local farmers market a couple days a week, a couple hours," Varner said.

She believes it could be a chance to help entice the local farmers to grow their business because they're hoping to have the new market open five days a week. And a vendor could still have their goods sold there even if they're not available to physically be there.

For more information, you can contact Ashley Varner at or 573-632-5605.

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