Market Sprouts is a program focused on educating children (and their parents) on the importance of eating fresh, local produce. Farmers from our market donate a different crop each week for taste testing, all of which has been grown within a 100-mile radius of Edwardsville. Because of this interactive, playful programming, kids venture their first tastes of mysterious vegetables like kohlrabi, beets, and kale. Children learn educational facts about crops and healthy eating and meet with the farmers who grew the week’s mystery crop. In 2017, with support from Edwardsville’s Rotary Club, the Goshen Market Foundation unveiled the Market Sprouts Garden a lush, self-sustaining plot with raised beds and a cistern where our little sprouts will have the opportunity to grow their own food and learn about sustainable farming practices.