Soul food stays alive in Tallahassee through community efforts

“I think soul food begins with the sun,” David Ritchey said.

Ritchey, 32, works a five-acre farm in Quincy with his girlfriend, Angelique Taylor. The duo’s aim is to heal the soil and teach others the importance of economic sustainability.

“When I eat food fresh from the garden, I feel like I’m eating the energy the food was metabolizing before I ate it,” he said.

They grow seasonal and perennial crops such as collard greens, African spinach, tomatoes and buckwheat to sell at community farmers markets, including Saturdays at the Frenchtown Farmers Market in Tallahassee. Their crops make up the basics of a soul food dish, the pièces de resistance of southern African American cooking.

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