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“There is no CULTURE without AgriCULTURE” declares the front page of Tallawah Farms website. A sentiment felt and embodied in all the work we do at The Capital Market of 20743, made possible by the fresh African & Carribean centered produce from Queen of Greens (Upper Marlboro) and Tallawah Farms (Princess Anne). 

These two local Black women owned and operated farms are brought to us each week by Ruth Tyson, and her mother Ivy. Queen of Greens in Upper Marlboro, provides us with heritage produce like callaloo, gomen, Malabar spinach, bitter leaf, huckleberry leaf, jute leaf, sweet potato leaf, and even raw local honey. Queen of Greens along with Tallawah Farms also brings us several varieties of okra, hot peppers, scotch bonnets, kale, chard, tomatoes, squashes, eggplants and watermelon. 

“I see the food system as a tool for healing our communities. We’re trying to support Black businesses and Black farmers while healing health disparities in the Black community.”

Ruth makes the 4+ hour trek to the Eastern Shore before every market because she is passionate about our food systems and the intersection of environmental justice and social justice. 

“I see the food system as a tool for healing our communities.” Ruth said, “We’re trying to support Black businesses and Black farmers while healing health disparities in the Black community.” 

The women of Queen of Greens and Tallawah farms are passionate about food as medicine, for the mind, body, and spirit. These culturally affirming, vitamin rich, sustainably grown foods and the families that bring them to us are exactly what The Capital Market of 20743 is all about.

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