Two farmers and a priest walk into a bar and … oh wait, is that how the joke goes? Springfield’s Neighborhood Economic Development Corporation (NEDCO) is hatching Sprout!, which is no joke — it’s a food hub that will be housed in the former First Christian Church on 4th and A streets.
NEDCO Assistant Director Sarai Johnson says the hub will have three main components: a year-round farmers market, a central kitchen that can accommodate up to five businesses at once, and an expansion of NEDCO’s Hatch business incubator program.
“All of those things intertwine amazingly well,” Johnson says, because small businesses can access technical and business assistance in their own marketplace.
Right now, the project is in its design and development phase, but NEDCO plans to open the farmers market in October.
Sprout!’s first-ever “Stalk-holder Celebration” will be from 1 to 4 pm Saturday, March 10, at 418 A St., Springfield; $5 suggested donation.