goshen-marketsignMy coworker, interior designer Sharon Henderson, is one of the founding members of this market in suburban St. Louis, across the Mississippi River in Edwardsville, Illinois. Don’t know if you can read this on the sign at left, but the market won Governor’s Home Town Awards in 1998 & 1999.

MRF Concert Crowd

MRF Concert Crowd

Edwardsville, Illinois, boasts not only this wonderful community market, but it is also the home of one of the Southern Illinois University campuses. It’s kind of a local crossroads of brainiacs, farmers and hippies. Hope nobody is offended by that description. I’m an outsider looking in, so consider the source!

I have my own connection to Edwardsville, that goes back to 1969. That was the year that SIU Edwardsville built an outdoor festival tent in a natural amphitheater on campus and began a series of outdoor concerts known  as the Mississippi River Festival (>MRF<). I’ve linked a virtual exhibit here for you and posted a photo at right. (Whoa! Can you say, “Flashback!”?!?)

That is almost certainly where the hippie connection began with Edwardsville that continues today. I’m guessing some people went there for a concert and never got their act together to head home. That was how it was in the late ’60s. Not quite sure how I got home after some of those concerts, myself … .

But I digress.

Land of Goshen’s Web site reads,

Our 2009 season will run from May 9 through October 10.

Opening Day is the Saturday before Mother’s Day!

Come experience the Land of Goshen Community Market! The market is your best source for locally grown, fresh, naturally ripened farm products; tasty baked goods with locally grown ingredients; and wonderful art and gift ideas. The selection changes weekly so plan to visit often to fully appreciate the wide selection available. Live entertainment and free demonstrations add to the festive atmosphere. A safe, wholesome environment for kids, so bring the family and stop on by!

Check out the link to the market’s Web site for a schedule of entertainment, etc.

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Downtown Edwardsville, next to the Courthouse on St. Louis Street

Edwardsville, IL 62025