The regional farmers markets are gearing up for the 2016 season. Market manager of the Jackson Farmers Market Michelle Chesser expects to have 20 vendors participate, up about 25 percent from last year. The Jackson Farmers Market will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. May 3 at the St. Louis Iron Mountain & Southern Railway train station near the intersection of Highway 25 and U.S. 61. The Cape Farmers Market will be at capacity this season. When the market opens April 21 in the south parking lot of West Park Mall, shoppers will see of new and returning vendors. The Cape Farmers Market will run from noon to 5 p.m. each Thursday after the season begins. Businesses at the Cape Riverfront Market on Spanish Street in downtown also will have new wares to offer when their season begins May 7. Cooking demonstrations and live music are a regular occurrence at the Cape Riverfront Market.