A New Farmers Market (and more) Making Its Way to Springfield’s West Side
If you and your family frequent the Farmers Market of the Ozarks, get ready for this one. While Metro Eats will host two farmers markets every week, it is much, much more than just that. They’re calling themselves a “Food Park,” and we couldn’t come up with a better descriptor. Metro Eats, which has broken ground at 2463 West Sunshine St. in Springfield, will house 14 daily vendors, 9 food trucks, a mini food hall, and eventually, bountiful outdoor entertainment like a splash pad for kids, a drive-in movie theater, an amphitheater and more.
There are four local chefs and foodies behind the development: Christina Shellhart, Angel Kim, Angelo Wanithantri and Chris Perkins. Combined, the team has nearly a century of experience. Shellart said one thing she wanted to accomplish with the development was to give smaller, local chefs and foodies the opportunity to open a brick and mortar without spending astronomical amounts on rent. So, that’s where the daily food hall operations come into play: stop by Metro Eats for lunch with coworkers or meet friends there for a post-work happy hour.
The farmers markets will take place on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings, but the food park will be open daily. Construction is being completed in phases, but Shellhart says that they should start partial operation sometime this summer. Look for a few of your local favorites at Metro Eats: Springfield Brewing Company, Circle B Ranch, London Calling, Spring Branch Kombucha and more. We are SO excited for this new development, we just can’t talk about it enough. Head to 417metroeats.com to learn more and even get in on a few deals (the Early Bird program gets you into the farmers market an hour before opening to the public!)